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Al Schmitt

One of Our Favorite Producer-Engineers

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AL SCHMITT is one of our favorite engineers and producers . Click on the links below to find our in-stock Al Schmitt engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.
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Andy Johns

One of Our Favorite Engineers

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ANDY JOHNS is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Andy Johns engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.
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Arthur Fiedler

One of Our Favorite Conductors

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ARTHUR FIEDLER is one of the All Time Great Conductors.

Music Conducted by Arthur Fiedler in Stock

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Bill Halverson

One of Our Favorite Engineers

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BILL HALVERSON is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers.

Not long ago we wrote that when all the elements are working together, the music on Steve Stills' first album is positively AMAZING. Until I hear something better, I'm going to have to call this Halverson's Engineering Masterpiece. Yes, on the best copies it's that good.

STOP THE PRESSES.

We have now heard something even better, an album from earlier in the same year in fact, Deja Vu. You can read all about it HERE.

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Bob Simpson

One of Our Favorite Engineers

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BOB SIMPSON is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the links below to find his albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.

We could not find a picture of the man so we've included a picture of the RCA label of one of his most famous recordings, Belafonte at Carnegie Hall.

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Bruce Botnick

One of Our Favorite Engineers

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BRUCE BOTNICK is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Botnick engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.
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Chris Kimsey

One of Our Favorite Engineers

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CHRIS KIMSEY is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Kimsey engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.

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Chris Thomas

One of Our Favorite Producer-Engineers

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CHRIS THOMAS is one of our favorite engineers and producers. Click on the links below to find our Chris Thomas engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.
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Dave Hassinger

One of Our Favorite Engineers

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DAVE HASSINGER is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Dave Hassinger engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.

"'Satisfaction' was [mixed] on four tracks," Hassinger recalls. "That was a big thing." He adds:

"When I first arrived at RCA there were three tracks. When it went to four tracks we were all thinking. What are we going to do with the extra track?"

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Don Sebesky

One of Our Favorite Arrangers

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DON SEBESKY is one of our favorite arrangers.

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Eddie Kramer

One of Our Favorite Engineers

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EDDIE KRAMER is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Check out our supply of Eddie Kramer engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.
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Eddie Offord

One of Our Favorite Engineers

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EDDIE OFFORD is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Eddie Offord engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.

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Fred Plaut

One of Our Favorite Engineers

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FRED PLAUT is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Fred Plaut engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.

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Our Favorite Engineers (A Continuing Series)

Glyn Johns

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GLYN JOHNS is one of our favorite producers and engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Glyn Johns engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.

It was only about 2000 or so that we discovered what an amazing engineer and producer Glyn Johns is. A Hot Stamper of the first Eagles album (his masterpiece) on the original Asylum White Label blew my mind, produced and engineered by none other, so I quickly started looking around for other records he might have had a hand in. How about Who's Next. Let It Bleed. On The Border (my personal favorite Eagles album). Led Zeppelin's debut (my favorite Zep LP). A Nod Is As Good As A Wink. All his.

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Gordon Jenkins

One of Our Favorite Arrangers

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GORDON JENKINS is one of the All Time Greats.

He's the man behind the scenes for Nilsson's Must Own classic, A Little Touch Of Schmillson in The Night, a Desert Island Disc for yours truly. His work for Nat King Cole is beyond fault.

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Hugh Padgham

One of Our Favorite Producer-Engineers

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HUGH PADGHAM is one of our favorite engineers and producers . Click on the links below to find our in-stock Hugh Padgham engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.
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Our Favorite Engineers (A Continuing Series)

Kenneth Wilkinson

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KENNETH WILKINSON is one of our favorite engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Kenneth Wilkinson engineered albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.
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Ken Scott

One of Our Favorite Engineers

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KEN SCOTT is one of our favorite record engineers and producers. Click on the link to find the albums on our site that Ken worked on, along with plenty of our commentaries about the sound of his recordings.

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Lee Herschberg

One of Our Favorite Engineers

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LEE HERSCHBERG is one of our favorite producers and recording / mixing engineers. Click on the link to find more of the albums he engineered or produced, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.

One of the top guys at Warners, you'll find his name in the credits for many of the best releases by the Randy Newman, Gordon Lightfoot, The Doobie Brothers, Ry Cooder and Frank Sinatra, albums we know to have outstanding sound (potentially anyway; you have to have an outstanding pressing to hear outstanding sound of course).

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Martin Birch

One of Our Favorite Engineers

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MARTIN BIRCH is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Martin Birch engineered albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.
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Marty Paich

One of Our Favorite Arrangers

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MARTY PAICH is one of our favorite arrangers. Some of the better albums showcasing Marty's arrangements are Spirit’s first release (1967), Art Pepper Plus Eleven (1959), Ella Swings Lightly (1958) and Whisper Not (1966), and the amazing The Hi-Lo’s And All That Jazz (1958). Copies or commentaries for all of them can be found on our site.
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Nelson Riddle

One of Our Favorite Arrangers

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NELSON RIDDLE is one of the All Time Greats.

Riddle worked on 9 albums for Sinatra at Capitol, then followed him over to reprise and did 15 more!

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Phil Ramone

One of Our Favorite Producer-Engineers

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PHIL RAMONE is one of our favorite engineers and producers . Click on the links below to find our in-stock Phil Ramone engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.
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Ray Hall

One of Our Favorite Engineers

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RAY HALL is one of our favorite recording engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Ray Hall engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.
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Our Favorite Engineers (A Continuing Series)

Rhett Davies

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RHETT DAVIES is one of our favorite producers and recording / mixing engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Rhett Davies engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.

Davies recorded some of our favorite albums of all time and we want to pay tribute to this unsung hero, a man who has brought so much joy and pleasure to audiophiles through albums like those listed below.

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Ron Nevison

One of Our Favorite Engineers

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RON NEVISON is one of our favorite engineers. He recorded Bad Company's debut, a Top 100 album for us, as well as Straight Shooter. In 1973 he engineered Quadrophenia, taking the reins away from Glyn Johns after his success with the amazing Who's Next.

1977 saw him working on the sprawling mess that turned into Physical Graffiti.

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Roy DuNann

One of Our Favorite Engineers

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ROY DUNANN is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Roy DuNann engineered albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.

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Roy Halee

One of Our Favorite Engineers

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ROY HALEE is one of our favorite producers and recording / mixing engineers. Check out our supply of Roy Halee engineered or produced albums, along with some of our famous commentaries.
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Roy Wallace

One of Our Favorite Engineers

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ROY WALLACE is one of our favorite recording engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Roy Wallace engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.
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Our Favorite Engineers (A Continuing Series)

Rudy Van Gelder

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RUDY VAN GELDER is one of our favorite recording and mastering engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Rudy Van Gelder engineered albums, along with plenty of our famous commentary.

The really good RVG pressings (often on the later labels) sound shockingly close to live music -- uncompressed, present, full of energy, with the instruments clearly located on a wide and often deep soundstage, surrounded by the natural space and cool air of his New Jersey studio. As our stereo has improved, and we've found better pressings and learned how to clean them better, his "you-are-there" live jazz sound has come to impress us more and more.

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Shelly Yakus

One of Our Favorite Engineers

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SHELLY YAKUS is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Check out the Shelly Yakus engineered or produced albums we have in stock, along with plenty of commentaries about the sound of the records he's engineered, from Moondance (his first official lead engineering gig) to Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus and more.

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Our Favorite Engineers (A Continuing Series)

Stephen Barncard

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STEPHEN BARNCARD is one of our favorite producers and recording / mixing engineers. Click on his name to find our in-stock Stephen Barncard engineered albums, along with some of our commentaries for same.

Barncard is the recording engineer on Tarkio, one of our All Time Favorite Records. He's also the man behind one of the ten best sounding rock recordings we have ever played, If I Could Only Remember My Name.

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Count Basie - I Told You So

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This is a Superb Basie Big Band title in every way -- musically, sonically, you name it, this album has got it going on! With 18 pieces in the studio, "I Told You So" can be a real powerhouse -- if you have the right copy, and this side one, with SUPER HOT Stamper sound, shows you just how lively, fun and dynamic this music can sound.

This is the way it must have sounded in 1976, in the New York studios where it was recorded, with legendary RCA engineer BOB SIMPSON behind the board.

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Jeff Beck - Truth

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

One of the most surprising things we learned during this shootout was how well recorded the album is. It's yet another triumph from one of our favorite engineers, KEN SCOTT.

An interesting bit of trivia: most side twos earned a sonic grade that was a full plus higher than any given copy's grade for side one. Side two most of the time just plain sounds better than side one, so when evaluating your copy be sure to check side two first to hear what is probably going to be the best sound on the album.

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Blood, Sweat and Tears

Listening in Depth

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Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises.

In my opinion this is the BEST SOUNDING rock record ever made. Played on a BIG SPEAKER SYSTEM, a top Hot Stamper pressing is nothing less than a thrill, the ultimate Demo Disc.

Credit must go to the amazing engineering skills of ROY HALEE. He may not be very consistent (Graceland, Still Crazy After All These Years) but on this album he knocked it out of the park. With the right copy playing on the right stereo, the album has the potential to sound like LIVE MUSIC.

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Bread - Manna

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Presented for your listening pleasure, an original pressing of Manna, Bread's third album, with Super Hot Stamper sound on BOTH sides. Side one rocks with the best of them -- yes, Bread can rock; just play Let Your Love Go to see what I mean.

Side two boasts sweet and rich 1971 ANALOG sound, a credit to engineer ARMIN STEINER (who was also one of the engineers on Spirit's first album, assisted on Ram and has more than a hundred other engineering credits).

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Deep Purple - Made In Japan

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

Machine Head Live? That would not be far off, and the fact they brought MARTIN BIRCH along with them all the way to Japan in order to engineer a live album that was only supposed to sell to the Japanese market (!) could not have been more fortuitous for us audiophiles.

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The Doobie Brothers - Toulouse Street

Templeman, Barncard and Landee Work Their Magic

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Two of our favorite engineers worked their magic on this one: STEPHEN BARNCARD and DONN LANDEE. This copy surely has all the Tubey Magic one could ask for, but it's the size, space and clarity here that really shocked us.
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Antonio Carlos Jobim - The Composer of...

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.The sound is huge and spacious, with instruments popping out all over the place.

Credit engineer PHIL RAMONE for correctly capturing the sound of every instrument here: the guitars, piano, flutes, strings, drums, percussion instruments -- everything has the natural timbre of the real thing. I used to think this recording erred on the bright side, but not the Hot Stamper copies. They are tonally Right On The Money.

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Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti

Breaking Down the Engineers

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Four engineers worked on the various sessions for the tracks which would become Physical Graffiti. The songs for this sprawling double album were recorded over the course of five years (1970-1974) although the bulk of the work was done by Ron Nevison in January and February of 1974.

For a complete breakdown of who recorded what, see below.

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Henry Mancini - The Blues and The Beat

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame from 1960.

If you like your large group recordings to have huge three-dimensional space and depth, look no further. This is vintage RCA Living Stereo at its best - transparent, Tubey Magical, big and bold. Let's give credit where credit is due, to the amazing AL SCHMITT.

We know his work well; he happens to have engineered many albums with SUPERB SOUND: Aja, Hatari, Breezin', Late for the Sky, Toto IV, as well as some we can't stand (the entire Diana Krall digital-echo-drenched catalog comes to mind).

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Sergio Mendes - Equinox

Botnick and Levine Knocked This One Out of the Park

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The music is of course wonderful, but what separates Sergio from practically all of his '60s contemporaries is the AMAZING SOUND of his recordings. Like their debut, this one was engineered by the team of Bruce Botnick and Larry Levine. Botnick is of course the man behind the superb recordings of The Doors, Love and others too numerous to mention.
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Sergio Mendes - Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66

Bruce Botnick and The Big Bottom End

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What separates Sergio from practically all of his '60s contemporaries is the AMAZING SOUND of his recordings. The first album was recorded by the legendary BRUCE BOTNICK, the man behind the superb recordings of The Doors, Love and others too numerous to mention. This, in my opinion, is his Masterpiece. The Doors albums Bruce recorded represent some of his best work, but what Doors album sounds as good as Sergio's debut? I can't name one. [Actually I can: the first album, when you get the right pressing. It's out of this world.]
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Linda Ronstadt - Simple Dreams

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Clearly this is one of Linda's best albums, and I would have to say, based on my fairly extensive experience with her recorded output, that it is in fact THE BEST SOUNDING record she ever made. I love Heart Like a Wheel, but it sure doesn't sound like this, not even on the Triple Plus copies that win our shootouts.

Kudos once again must go to VAL GARAY, the man behind so many of our favorite recordings: James Taylor's JT (a Top 100 title), Andrew Gold, Prisoner In Disguise, etc.

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Frank Sinatra - Strangers In The Night

What to Listen For

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Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of the album.

What to listen for you ask? The superb engineering of LEE HERSCHBERG and EDDIE BRACKETT! The sound is, in a word, luscious.

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XTC - English Settlement

What to Listen For

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Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF).

For Big Production Rock Albums like English Settlement there are some obvious problem areas that are often heard on at least one or two sides of practically any copy of this four sided album.

With so many heavily-produced instruments crammed into the soundfield, if the overall sound is at all veiled, recessed or smeared -- problems common to 90+% of the records we play in our shootouts -- the mix quickly becomes opaque, forcing the listener to work too hard to separate out the elements of interest.

A Big Speaker Record if ever there was one.


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