To anyone who may have a non mp3 / non cleaned up (there are 'squeaks' on the recording of the non LP source I have, which suggest mp3 or too much cleaning up, or both) version of the non LP source, if you may be at liberty to share / torrent it in the future, bear in mind I'm *considering* trying combining, using Cool Edit Pro, the two recordings.
It is possible to do this from what I've seen...in this case, it would mean mixing in parts of the non LP source where the LP source suffers : there are many 'glitches' on the LP version, seemingly common to all pressings (for instance a hissing in the right channel at the start of 'The Big Country', there are other glitches on other tracks too). This is probably the result of cramming 50 minutes + onto one LP, and the quality of the pressing (intended for near one-off radio play so could well have been done cheaply even though it was by Warners).
So if anyone fancies saving me the bother (will the Heads really mind?
) maybe please think about torrenting a non mp3 version of the alternative recording if you can!