• Jack Johnson's Debut Album Brushfire Fairytales Remastered and Available in 16 bit / 48 kHz Lossless Download

    Attention Jack Johnson fans: Jack's debut album has been remastered by Bernie Grundman and made available for download at 16 bit / 48 kHz. I've been a big Jack Johnson fan since the first time I heard his song Flake on the radio in 2002. I've purchased every JJ album since this debut. One thing is certain with Jack Johnson albums. I can put any one of them on repeat and enjoy every single track over and over. There's not an offensive note in the bunch. Based on the limited information available about this remaster it does appear sound quality was a major concern during the whole process. Vinyl lovers will be excited to read the 180 gram remastered release was kept in the analog domain from the tape it was recorded on to the lacquer master use for the vinyl pressing. I downloaded the digital version earlier this morning and have been listening to it nonstop. I'm very impressed with the sound quality. This remaster makes the original release sound like it was recorded in a tin can. Listening to the 16/48 version I immediately noticed an awesome texture to the instruments. The most apparent difference can be heard in the purity and decay of the xylophone steel drum on Jack's debut single Flake. Highly recommended.

     

    Here are some details from the Bandcamp download site that's selling the newly remastered Brushfire Fairytales album at 16/48k. The download is available in the following formats MP3 (320k), FLAC, MP3 (VBR V0), AAC, Ogg Vorbis, and Apple Lossless (ALAC). I'll be very interested to see Computer Audiophile readers analysis of the tracks both sonically and technically via applications like Audacity, Sonic Visualizer, and Adobe Audition.

    The album can be purchased here -> [Link]link

     

    From Bandcamp:



    "Everloving loves Bandcamp. *And now Jack Johnson's album is available digitally through their service CLICK HERE to buy the album and bonus tracks in uncompressed digital format for immediate download. *Of course you can also buy the 180gram AAA vinyl version which comes with a download card for 320k mp3's or the CD which will hit stores on April 12th. *But this digital version allows you to hear all the nuance and subtleties from the original recording. *It's been remastered by the famed Bernie Grundman. *The Vinyl was cut using a direct to lacquer technique employing all tube equipment. *This means it's a true AAA (analog analog analog) album for your purists. *Brushfire Fairytales is the perfect album for this type of treatment as it was recorded on all acoustic instruments using vintage tube microphones at the famous Grandmaster Studio and King Sound in Hollywood Ca. *The new version blows away the original release as old version was transferred through 16 bit (archaic) equipment which is now in the electronics junk pile of history. *ENJOY"

     



     

     
    Comments 40 Comments
    1. new_media's Avatar
      new_media -
      <i>As a mac user, any reason to download in FLAC and convert to ALAC vs. just downloading it in ALAC in the first place since the site offers both choices?</i><br />
      <br />
      Only if your player of choice uses FLAC.<br />
      <br />
    1. tubes59's Avatar
      tubes59 -
      I use Itunes and PM and would be converting the FLAC to ALAC with Max anyway so it looks like I can just get the ALAC version to begin with. Thanks.
    1. zerung's Avatar
      zerung -
      Chris,<br />
      Thanks. I needed to google Jack Johnson and listen to the music a bit to know what you meant. His wikipedia notes puts him as a solid citizen and his music is second to none.<br />
      <br />
      I am still bit dissapointed with the industry putting the download version of the music at the same rate as the CD. The only advantage we seems to have gained is to have a set of digital music which will physically never breakdown, skip, etc. Well! loose some, gain some...
    1. shum3s's Avatar
      shum3s -
      Wow Chris this recording sounds great. The drums and the percussion's sound so real,just goes to show you what 16/48 can sound like when done right. Thanks for the heads up. Sam
    1. AudioExplorations's Avatar
      AudioExplorations -
      Always enjoy the occasional JJ here and there, especially when something lighthearted is needed, it has a very soothing effect on me. First time I heard this was at a deserted beach bar somewhere in the Phi Phi islands southern Thailand. With a nice cold beer and the sea breeze this music (besides reggae) was absolutely a perfect fit.<br />
      <br />
      Will definitely check this out and hope the rest of his catalogue gets a similar treatment!
    1. dsnyder's Avatar
      dsnyder -
      Hello Chris,<br />
      <br />
      Thanks for sharing the link. I've purchased the FLAC just now. Can't wait to hear it!<br />
      <br />
      -- David<br />
    1. The Offenbach Kid's Avatar
      The Offenbach Kid -
      Hi Chris<br />
      <br />
      Just downloaded the Flac and converted to AIFF as I do for all my listening files.<br />
      <br />
      Not only does it sound good but as a Brit it cost me just £8.19 which is exceptional value for money.<br />
      <br />
      Regards,<br />
      <br />
      Neil
    1. Audio_ELF's Avatar
      Audio_ELF -
      Yes... But how does it compare to a copy of the original CD?
    1. The Offenbach Kid's Avatar
      The Offenbach Kid -
      Hi Eloise<br />
      <br />
      Sorry, I don't own a copy of the original CD so I can't offer a comparison. I just bought this on Chris's recommendation.<br />
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      Chis does say in his review that it makes the original sound like it was recorded in a tin can.............I interpreted this to mean it is significantly better.<br />
      <br />
      Neil.
    1. brownricetofu's Avatar
      brownricetofu -
      Thanks for the heads up on this Chris! I have been waiting for these recordings to get the remaster treatment. Before I downloaded I was disappointed it was only 16/48 and not higher, but after downloading and listing, these recordings are AWESOME. So much better then the original. Downloaded the ALAC, and have yet to convert to AIFF. Wonder if there will be much of a difference.
    1. mindnoise's Avatar
      mindnoise -
      Thanks Chris! Will check this one out for sure.<br />
      <br />
      I'm a big JJ fan. Got to fly to Waikiki to see him in an outdoor concert under the stars, it was magical :-)<br />
      <br />
      Correct me if I'm wrong but I think the Xylophone in Flake is actually the steel drums.<br />
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      Cheers,<br />
      Jay
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi Jay - I'm envious! I'd love to see him in Hawaii. <br />
      <br />
      I did some research before writing to article. It seems like others think it's a Xylophone as do I. Do you have the physical CD liner notes handy? That may be our definitive answer.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi Jay - I stand corrected. You are correct it's a steel drum. Thanks so much!
    1. mindnoise's Avatar
      mindnoise -
      Hi Chris,<br />
      <br />
      I'm at work, but just checked JJ's web site for liner notes. Found this listed:<br />
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      "Tommy Jordan-steel drums on Flake<br />
      appears coutesy of Luaka Bop Inc." <br />
      <br />
      Jay
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Great find Jay :~)
    1. Part-Time Audiophile's Avatar
      Part-Time Audiophile -
      +1 on the recommendation. Much thanks -- keep them coming!
    1. davidR's Avatar
      davidR -
      Chris, I had no clue about this until your heads up. Thanks alot for this. Sounds great and quite an improvement over the original recording. Your description of the original with the tin can is on point. 75 and sunny without a cloud in the sky here today in Nashville, TN. Perfect music fit for today.
    1. tasiv's Avatar
      tasiv -
      I see today that Jack Johnson's debut album has been remastered by Bernie Grundman and made available for download at 16 bit / 48 kHz. I also found that on eclassical.com, most of what they call "FLAC 24s" from BIS are issued at at 24 bit / 44.1 kHz.<br />
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      My question is, why wouldn't these be issued at 24 bit, in the first example, and 48, 88, 96 or above kHz in the second example? I don't see the point in limiting them.<br />
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      Thanks,<br />
      <br />
      Allen Scott<br />
    1. Forehaven's Avatar
      Forehaven -
      Wow, I totally agree with the high praises of this album. Never heard of JJ before, so Thanks for sharing your find Chris! The recording does sound very good, and the music is awesome.<br />
      But I agree, 24 bit would be nice.
    1. catastrofe's Avatar
      catastrofe -
      Sounds fantastic on my PWD/Bridge!