Hum (2) ‎– Downward Is Heavenward

Earth Analog Records ‎– EAR-003
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Misprint, Reissue, 180 gram


A1 Isle Of The Cheetah
A2 Comin' Home
A3 If You Are To Bloom
A4 Ms. Lazarus
B1 Afternoon With The Axolotls
B2 Green To Me
B3 Dreamboat
C1 The Inuit Promise
C2 Apollo
C3 The Scientists
D1 Puppets
D2 Aphids
D3 Boy With Stick

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Recorded, some time ago, by Mark Rubel at his Pogo Studio, Champaign, IL.
"Apollo" was recorded by Mark Rubel and Jon Schoenoff in the Great Hall of the Kranner Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL.

Mixed by Brian Malouf at Pacifique, LA, CA, with James Murray assisting.
"Isle of the Cheetah" was mixed by Brian Malouf at The Right Track, New York, NY, with Brian Garten Assisting.

B-sides "Aphids" and "Puppets" recorded by Mark Rubel at Pogo Studio and mixed by Brian Malouf at Pacifique.
"Boy with Stick" recorded and mixed by Adam Schmitt at Pachyderm Studios, Cannon Falls, MN, with Pat Burkholder assisting.

Lacquer cutting and vinyl mastering, more recently, by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, New York, NY.

℗ 1997 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Under license from Sony Music Commercial Music Group, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
© 2018 Earth Analog Records

The titles for tracks D1 and D2 are swapped on the jacket and label artwork, with "Aphids" listed first followed by "Puppets".

The title for track B3 is written incorrectly as "Dreamboats" on the label, but written correctly as "Dreamboat" on the back artwork.

From the half-sheet insert card:

"Dear Listener:

This vinyl copy of Downward Is Heavenward was created from 1/2" analog masters that were sequenced and edited using a razor blade and splicing tape. The mastering process utilized only analog technology, with the lacquer for each side cut directly from analog masters. At no time were the stereo masters digitized.

This is not the cheapest, fastest, or easiest way to make a vinyl LP, but it's a process that I enjoy and one that provides its own special set of rewards. I hope that you enjoy the resulting unique listening experience. Making this special copy of Downward available for you, after all these years, and the enthusiasm with which it is being received, is humbling and more gratifying than you can know.

With warmest regards,

Matt Talbott
Earth Analog Records"

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched, "STERLING" stamped): EAR003-A RE1 RKS STERLING 26033.1(3)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched, "STERLING" stamped): EAR003-B RE1 RKS STERLING 26033.2(3)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, etched, "STERLING" stamped): EAR003-C RE1 RKS STERLING 26033.3(3)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, etched, "STERLING" stamped): EAR003-D RE1 RKS STERLING 26033.4(3)...

Other Versions (5 of 14) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
07863 67446-2 Hum (2) Downward Is Heavenward(HDCD, Album, SPU) RCA, BMG, Bugjuice 07863 67446-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
none Hum (2) Downward Is Heavenward(10xFile, WAV, Album, RE) RCA none US Unknown
EAR-003 Hum (2) Downward Is Heavenward(2xLP, Album, RE) Earth Analog Records EAR-003 US 2021 Sell This Version
07863 67446-2 Hum (2) Downward Is Heavenward(HDCD, Album) RCA 07863 67446-2 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
07863 67446-2 Hum (2) Downward Is Heavenward(HDCD, Album, RE, Son) RCA 07863 67446-2 US 2009 Sell This Version


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March 21, 2020
Just got my blue DiH vinyl and can't stop listening. The b sides are really cool.


December 14, 2019
Ordered the blue vinyl from EA a week ago. I have listened to this CD countless times over the years. The previous comments hit it on the head. Much warmer, better separation, etc.. I will say this, this album shines on headphones. Mind-blowingly so. This may very well be the best sounding record that I own. It is purely a joy to listen to. It is the feeling of being suspended in a Jello mold of sound.


April 18, 2019
edited 5 months ago
It's very handy to have the sellers list [of sealed copies] here, so that I know exactly who I'll never be giving money to in the future.


February 17, 2019
Adding another comment to verify the outstanding sound quality on this release. It just simply sounds marvelous. The comment below about tears being shed is likely not an individual reaction...this release is stunning. Definitely a slightly different sound than the original CD we all know so well, but this pressing is warm, dynamic and there is a really nice separation between the tracks. It's a great mix. Plus we get Puppets, Aphids, and Boy With Stick. We really couldn't have asked for anything more. I wish that all my favorite albums had been re-pressed with such care and compassion. The packaging is fantastic to boot.


February 16, 2019
Growing up with this on cassette, cd and now playing it on my turntable I cried. It was definitely worth the wait and I hope everyone will get a copy soon so they can experience the blissful sounds of downward on wax.


February 16, 2019
I emailed Earth Analog twice and Matt just responded to me this morning. He reaffirmed and directed me to the site where it states "I am talking with Sony (regarding licensing) and my pressing plant on a daily basis. It will take me a minute to get more jackets and labels made, and then RTI will put me in the queue. Current wait time, at that point, is two months." A big FU to the flippers indeed. I understand it is supply and demand, but FU anyway.


February 6, 2019
Support Matt Talbot, screw flippers. Second press is on the way on Earth Analogs store.


January 22, 2019

I'll admit that at first I was disappointed with this because I had trouble following some of my favorite guitar lines, almost like the mix was too muddy or something. I think after listening to the CD hundreds of times over the past two decades, it was just too ingrained in me. After loosening my expectations, I now feel that this record is warmer and more inviting, so much so that I now prefer it to the original. You gotta let yourself sink in to that spacey goodness! Also, having Boy With Stick in this format is amazing.


January 16, 2019
Refreshed the store page at 12:01 and it showed coming soon. Refreshed again at 12:07 and it was sold out. Can't believe they sold out so ridiculously quickly. Guess I'll wait for another potential repress