Vinyl Pressing Review

Hoi' Polloi


Hoi' Polloi


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 08.01.2013

Recorded over spring break at Earlham College in 1972, the lone studio release from Richmond, IN's Hoi' Polloi has been resurrected from ashes of psychedelic folklore. From the high quality remastering treatment to the extensive package of extras, Family Vineyard pulled out all the stops for the debut release of its new reissue imprint Folk Evaluation.



Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:

9.00

The production quality is top notch on this release, particularly given the DIY recording process. The LP has the aesthetic of a mid-70s rock release: sharp vocal harmonies with the precision that comes with dozens of takes in the studio. The vocals are up front. No frills or overproduction here. The guitars are crisp, with every tone of the acoustic and electric illuminated. Either the original master tapes for this record were in pristine shape, or the remastering process airbrushed any deficiencies away.
 

Pressing Quality:

9.00

The LP is pressed on heavy, durable black vinyl. The plastic-lined, paper sleeve should be mandatory for all vinyl releases in this reviewer's opinion, and is an appreciated addition. See "Overall Extras" for the laundry list of bonus materials in this package. No, warping, weaving or other manufacturing flaws present.
 

Vinyl Noise:

9.00

Very quiet pressing. No noticeable static. No popping or skipping. If you close your eyes, it's almost like sitting in on those original recording sessions at Earlham College.
 

Overall Artwork:

8.00

The cover is a reproduction of the original artwork by Jeff D'angelo. It's minimalist, with bold, hand-drawn psychedelic lettering. The insert includes photography by the album's original producer John Schuerman. The back cover of the jacket is completely blank.
 

Overall Extras:

9.50

Includes a download for an alternate mix of the album, along with bonus tracks from two student compilation LPs and a batch of unreleased live recordings. The reissue also includes a reproduction of the original xerox insert and a gatefold insert with black and white photographs from the recording sessions, new liner notes from Jason Henn and Patrick Lundborg's extensive 2003 interview with the bandmembers.


Reviewed By:
Rob Peoni

I'm a longtime music junkie who began collecting vinyl around three years ago. I have around 300 titles that span a broad variety of genres. I tend to gravitate toward...

Rob has reviewed 48 other Records.

 

Total Score

: 4.45

 


Info

Label: Family Vineyard / Folk Evaluation
Release Year: 2013
Purchase Price: 18.00
Pressing Company: unknown
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: unknown
Color: black
Gatefold: No
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:
paper with plastic liner
 







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Thanks for stopping by and keeping me honest, Dan! :) I must've misread something in the Lundborg interview. I knew the album was recorded in a couple of weeks, but I thought it was a comprehensive multitracking process. Happy to get the clarification, and even happier to have this pressing in my hands. Such a fun package!
08.07.2013Rob
Hi Rob, Thanks for the kind words! I only wish we really did have "dozens of takes in the studio." We did the whole thing in about 2 weeks over spring break, and I don't think we had time for more than a couple takes on any one tune. The sound quality is a direct result of John Schuerman's skill and ingenuity during the sessions, and his meticulous care with the tapes over all these years, for which we are ever grateful. All the band members are delighted that Jason and Jordan of Folk Evaluation took such an interest in our 40-year old record, and have done such a masterful job with this reissue. Thanks again for the positive review. It's great that people are still enjoying our music! Best wishes, Dan (Hoi Polloi band member)
08.06.2013Dan