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Topic: What music has impressed you today?
Posted By: Fattybatty
Subject: What music has impressed you today?
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2011 at 12:06pm
I have borrowed a CD - 'Ray Davies - See My Friends' It is not going back!
 
I can't stop playing it which is very unusual for me.
 
It has Bruce Springsteen, Mettallica, Bon Jovi, Mumford and Sons etc and it's brilliant!
 
Adrian.


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Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2011 at 6:16pm
Bitches Brew Live today, and some Alan Parsons Project albums of late. I especially like the second side of Turn of a friendly card Thumbs Up.


Cheers
Johan


Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2011 at 6:21pm
BTW Are you a big Kinks fan otherwise? I am myself and found the See my friends album kinda lacking compared to the stellar albums of the latter 60's (from which most songs appearing were taken). But taste of course differ by definition Smile.


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Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2011 at 9:23pm
Adele's 21 and the Transplants.

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Posted By: oldagetraveller
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2011 at 9:49pm
Dire Straits (Making Movies, Love Over Gold), Moody Blues (Long Distance Voyager) and Blue Rodeo(Diamond Mine), vinyl naturally!
I've actually got Adele's 21, vinyl, on the way from Amazon U.K., hopefully delivery early next week. I have it as a MP3 download but that will, I'm sure, be eclipsed by the vinyl version.Thumbs Up


Posted By: Fattybatty
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2011 at 11:52am
Hi Suede, yes I am a big Kinks fan, but I have really enjoyed these versions too.
 
The Kinks Pye album collection - 10 CDs ( sadly ) is really excellent value for money.
 
Adrian.


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Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2011 at 5:59pm
I'm currently listening to Live at Leeds, lossless. My favourite live rock album.


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Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2011 at 6:12pm
I second that being the greatest ever live rock album! And also Kinks being more than worthy of relishing! Heart
For today, I have discovered a compilation of 60's American R&B/Soul covers of Lennon/McCartney Beatles songs. It's called "Come Together : Black America Sings Lennon/McCartney and it's great fun if you're a Beatles fan and/or love "old school" R&B/Soul music.
Also I've been listening a lot to Sam Cooke today which I for some reason haven't done in way too long I now realise. Just perfect music for a gloomy gray autumn sunday! Smile


Johan


Posted By: musicdude
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2011 at 7:48pm
Manfred Mann's Earthband "Watch" from 1977 in vinyl. Especially the song "California".  Reminds me of my teenage years.....  Smile 


Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2011 at 8:33pm

I gave Paul Weller's "Wild Wood" a spin earlier. It has a warm and consistent sound throughout the album, great musicianship and many nods to the Kinks, the Small Faces, and The Who. 



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Posted By: lapkwan
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2011 at 10:57pm
What music has impressed me today? Cecilia Bartoli's songs, I've got a 8CDs album of her, awesome and unbelievable techniques with just a human voice, amazing!


Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 18 Sep 2011 at 6:51pm
Thanks to the new MMIII I have been replaying a lot of old vinyl this weekend. I've heard more of Blondie's "Parallel Lines" now, enjoyed "Short sharp Shocked," first Tracy Chapman LP, various Blue Aeroplanes LP's and the first two Human League albums. Robbie Robertson's debut solo album was good fun and I enjoyed playing "Tutu" again with its period instruments (80's synths!) like the Academy of Ancient Music LP's (18th and 19th century orchestral instruments).


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Jon

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Posted By: Lucabeer
Date Posted: 01 Oct 2011 at 10:45am
Finally, after many listenings, I have started to appreciate the beauty of Opeth's new album "Heritage". Impressive, a very weird progressive rock record with plenty of atmosphere.

I suggest you have a few listenings, because it's excellent: I still prefer the older style of Opeth (when they were doing progressive death metal), but this new "soft and elegant" incarnation might be more accessible to those who can't stand growls and such "heavy" stuff.

Of course, also available on vinyl (so Graham is happy!), but mastered in an audiophile way (little compression, no loudness enhancements) on CD too.




Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 01 Oct 2011 at 12:08pm
I spent most of yesterday afternoon listening to all of the Peter Gabriel era Genesis albums from Foxtrot on. The fact (or opinion if humble) that these are some of the very best albums ever made was no news, but I still get impressed by every single listening even though I've probably heard them at least a couple of dozen times each.
I can warmly recommend the 1970-1975 Gensis Vinyl boxset. The albums here have been "remixed" rendering some small details to be slightly off from the original mix, but never in an obtrusive way I'd say, since the sound quality of these albums are suddenly 10 times greater it more than makes up for it. Because to be fair a lot of the old Charisma records are painfully poor in quality and severely lacking in dynamics.

Now, I have the 200 g deluxe edition so I do not know how the 180 g standard issue compares qualitywise but my guess is it can't be too far off.


Posted By: ServerBaboon
Date Posted: 04 Oct 2011 at 8:28pm

I am listening to a high res Radio Paradise feed (128K AAC) that sound pretty good, mostly alt rock but has some electronica and world music  but nearly all of high quality plus NO ADVERTS and very little in the way of dj noise.

They have have a 96K ogg and a 192K ogg feed but my Sonos doesn't seem to like ogg.

In the last hour have listened to Bob Marley, Led Zepplin, Tinariwen, Joni Mitchell an Tame Impala?

Checkout the current playlist for the variety of artists.

http://www.radioparadise.com/content.php?name=Playlist" rel="nofollow - http://www.radioparadise.com/content.php?name=Playlist  





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Posted By: Cyreg
Date Posted: 04 Oct 2011 at 9:37pm
Herbie Hancock's 'River: the Joni Letters' Thumbs Up
 
Listening on very low soundlevel >
very good songs, singers, instrumentation, also recorded smooth with realism Clap


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Posted By: ServerBaboon
Date Posted: 04 Oct 2011 at 10:29pm

Isn't quite catholic enough to be my only source but it is pretty good, since we got the sonos at the weekend our background tv listening has dropped to zero which must be a good thing.  


The only thing is that I have only heard of 50-60% of the stuff and I therefore sense a shopping spree coming on.

Need to try and get the 192k OGG working through the main system (with the solo) as Strictly Come Dancing is back on the TV.





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Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 05 Oct 2011 at 1:24pm
If anyone wants to hear how the newly mixed Genesis box set sounds like there are high res 24/96 flac files to be found at the torrent site thepiratebay.org if searching for "genesis vinyl 2008".
I'm not trying to endorse any criminal actions just think you should be able to hear what you're buying beforehand especially when buying over the internet. Smile


Cheers!
Johan


Posted By: tg
Date Posted: 06 Oct 2011 at 6:08am

A little variety, none vinyl Shocked - still I find these rather good,




Posted By: lapkwan
Date Posted: 09 Oct 2011 at 1:16am
SEIJI OZAWA ' s New Year's Concert 2002 with the WPO, even you seldom listen to classical music I ensure you are definitely going to find this video very very entertaining indeed !! Wink

The Strauss family's work are actually easy listening with great melody (the Blue Danube is one) and energetic enough so that IMO no one will find classical music sleepy Sleepy anymore !  More than that, there is a lot of fun playing with players of the orchestra and interaction and participation with audiences in the concert hall ! Tongue

The New Year Concert is a tradition held annually in Vienna with different conductors each year partnering with the WPO playing Strauss's and waltzes by other composers Star in celebration of the new year. This DVD IMO actually stands out among all New Year Concerts in the past decade or so, with works chosen showing great technique of the WPO, and the energetic performance, artistry and humorous play of the Japanese conductor really adds a lot of credit to it ! Clap




Posted By: Papy
Date Posted: 12 Oct 2011 at 9:00pm
Listened to this album for the first time since buying the Solo UL :




Great detailed sound and clarity of the choir !! Big smile


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Posted By: Jon M
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2011 at 9:22pm
Just checking out the new Daryl Hall album Laughing Down Crying and some Jean Michel Jarre The China Concerts Smile


Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2011 at 10:33pm
I am just listening to Young Marble Giants 1980 album, quirky piece of new wave. Almost DIY sound but definitely listenable. Bob Mould's Workbook was on earlier, it's a pretty honest album in terms of the music and lyrics. He writes some interesting  riffs, although not too much like Husker Du.


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Posted By: jimbomak
Date Posted: 09 Nov 2011 at 9:06pm
Porcupine Tree - Deadwing and Afro Celt Sound System - Volume 1


Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 09 Nov 2011 at 9:21pm
Massive Attack's Heligoland (love the Luther theme music and the other songs) and Goodbye Jumbo by World Party. Side one of Who's Next got a spin this morning.


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Jon

Open mind and ears, whilst owning GSP Genera, Accession, Elevator EXP, Solo ULDE, Proprius amps, Cusat50 cables, Lautus digital cable, Spatia cables and links, and a Majestic DAC.


Posted By: Papy
Date Posted: 09 Nov 2011 at 10:09pm
Eric Clapton - Unplugged

Awesome... 

Slowhand is right next to me and he sounds pretty good Cool


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Posted By: Jon M
Date Posted: 09 Nov 2011 at 10:38pm
Not strictly listening right now, but on Friday got tickets to Peter Frampton in Manchester - he will be playing the full set list of his Comes Alive album, as its 35 years old this year.

Abbey road recording studios are doing live recording and mastering on the night - so will be able to bring home the concert on CD Clap

I am front row so will try and get some noise onto the recording for posterity !!


Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 10 Nov 2011 at 1:59pm
I'm listening to an original American rather thick pressing of Yes' Fragile which I picked up at a local used LP shop for about £7 due to it being a bit crackly. I just cleaned it using a friends machine and now it sounds great! Big smile


Posted By: jimbomak
Date Posted: 10 Nov 2011 at 9:06pm
Right now I am listening to the 2008 remastered cd of Nursery Cryme by Genesis...takes me back !


Posted By: Graham Slee
Date Posted: 11 Nov 2011 at 2:10pm
Originally posted by suede suede wrote:

I'm listening to an original American rather thick pressing of Yes' Fragile which I picked up at a local used LP shop for about £7 due to it being a bit crackly. I just cleaned it using a friends machine and now it sounds great! Big smile


No dig at you, but really?

Listen to Heart of the Sunrise on the left hand channel only! It's a joke

This seems to be a typical bit of Eddie Offord ping-pong stereo "engineering"...

I also once read that he used to sit there with all the peak recording meter needles stuck on their end stops, except I haven't been able to google-it to confirm the story.

Perhaps that's why Wakeman's "Cans and Brahms" solo is so utterly distorted?

Emerson Lake and Palmer were so "impressed" with him they did a song about him...

Are you ready, Eddie, to turn out rock-and-roll?
[Eddie edit, Eddie, Eddie edit]
Are you ready, Eddie, ready to rock-and-roll?
[Eddie edit, Eddie, Eddie edit]
Are you ready, Eddie, to give me some of your soul?
[Eddie edit, Eddie, Eddie edit]

Are you ready, Eddie, to pull those faders down?
[Eddie edit, Eddie, Eddie edit]
Are you ready, Eddie, to pull those faders down?
[Eddie edit, Eddie, Eddie edit]
Are you ready, Eddie, to turn your scully round?
[Eddie edit, Eddie, Eddie edit]

Are you ready, Eddie, to pull those faders down?
[Eddie edit, Eddie, Eddie edit]
Are you ready, Eddie, to pull those faders down?
[Eddie edit, Eddie, Eddie edit]
Are you ready, Eddie, to turn your scully round?
[Eddie edit, Eddie, Eddie edit]

Well, are you ready, Eddie, to turn your sixteen tracks on?
[Eddie edit, Eddie, Eddie edit]
Are you ready, Eddie, with your sixteen tracks?
[Eddie edit, Eddie, Eddie edit]
Are you ready, Eddie? A bit of vibing is all it lacks.
[Eddie edit, Eddie, Eddie edit]

Well, vibe me Eddie, vibe me all night long?
[Vibe me, Eddie, Vibe me, vibe me, Eddie]
Vibe me, Eddie, vibe me all night long.
[Vibe me, Eddie, Vibe me, vibe me, Eddie]
While you're vibing me, Eddie, nothing can go wrong.
[Vibe me, Eddie, Vibe me, vibe me, Eddie]

And on the fade down they ask him "ham or cheese?"

I believe the emphasis is on "nothing can go wrong" (meaning it did) and "cheese" could refer to the end result - IMO Wink

(pulling faders down on some desks means maximum gain...Shocked)




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Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 11 Nov 2011 at 8:19pm
Maybe it isn't an original press then. I'm no expert about these things but the bloke in the record store said it was and I believed that since the look and feel was very early 70's with the thick cardboard gatefold. It was stupid to write that it was an original press without anything solid to back it up with. Embarrassed
Also when I examined it again the record wasn't that thick after all, just standard.

However it still sounds very good and as for Heart of the snrise I couldn't hear any problems with it. The copy sounded even better, I suspect, as I played it just after a newly remastered "audiophile" pressing of Close to the edge which was absolute Censored. It was done by "Friday music", never heard of them before and never buying any of their records again.


Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 11 Nov 2011 at 8:36pm
Funny thing though,
I'm still planning on getting my hands on a copy of the Analogue Productions pressing of Fragile, from 2006 I think, as I got hold of a high-res needledrop of it which sounds better than any analog or digital copy I've ever heard before. And the needledrop in question was made using your Gram amp 2 special Big smile


Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 12 Nov 2011 at 10:54am
I played Stanley Clarke's "If this bass could only talk" yesterday. Well produced jazz funk and I was struck by how much clearer the opening and closing tracks of bass and tap dancing are with the Reflex M. It is fun to listen to and the different reverb/echoes are revealed.
 


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Posted By: Papy
Date Posted: 12 Nov 2011 at 3:30pm
Guns & Roses - Appetite for Destruction....

Hell yeah... Cool



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Posted By: Graham Slee
Date Posted: 13 Nov 2011 at 11:08am
Originally posted by suede suede wrote:

Maybe it isn't an original press then. I'm no expert about these things but the bloke in the record store said it was and I believed that since the look and feel was very early 70's with the thick cardboard gatefold. It was stupid to write that it was an original press without anything solid to back it up with. Embarrassed
Also when I examined it again the record wasn't that thick after all, just standard.

However it still sounds very good and as for Heart of the snrise I couldn't hear any problems with it. The copy sounded even better, I suspect, as I played it just after a newly remastered "audiophile" pressing of Close to the edge which was absolute Censored. It was done by "Friday music", never heard of them before and never buying any of their records again.


I suppose it could be that my copy is a bad pressing, but having heard other Eddy Offord engineered offerings I must have a collection of badly pressed records....

As for Close to the Edge, such a wonderful piece ruined beyond imagination by some Censored, and that was the original from the 70's!


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Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 13 Nov 2011 at 1:38pm
Yes it is truly sad. I've never heard a fully satisfying version of that album and still it's one of my all time favourites Big smileCry


Posted By: Graham Slee
Date Posted: 13 Nov 2011 at 7:44pm
I wouldn't recommend it but it could possibly sound great on acid....CoolShocked

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Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 13 Nov 2011 at 9:07pm
XTC's Black Sea had a spin today, curious slice of quirky guitar pop but I'd forgotten (or never heard properly) all the little bits of percussion and keyboards.
On the earlier postings I have a few poor pressings, including side 1 of the La's debut album.


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Posted By: Graham Slee
Date Posted: 13 Nov 2011 at 9:53pm
Regarding my mention of pre-decimalisation UK currency... just been listening to Legend of a Mind by the Moody Blues ("In Search of the Lost Chord" 1968, re-issued on the album "This Is The Moody Blues") which have some interesting lyrics...

Timothy Leary's dead.
No, no, no, no, He's outside looking in.
Timothy Leary's dead.
No, no, no, no, He's outside looking in.
He'll fly his astral plane,
Takes you trips around the bay,
Brings you back the same day,
Timothy Leary. Timothy Leary.

Timothy Leary's dead.
No, no, no, no, He's outside looking in.
Timothy Leary's dead.
No, no, no, no, He's outside looking in.
He'll fly his astral plane,
Takes you trips around the bay,
Brings you back the same day,
Timothy Leary. Timothy Leary.

Along the coast you'll hear them boast
About a light they say that shines so clear.
So raise your glass, we'll drink a toast
To the little man who sells you thrills along the pier.

He'll take you up, he'll bring you down,
He'll plant your feet back firmly on the ground.
He flies so high, he swoops so low,
He knows exactly which way he's gonna go.
Timothy Leary. Timothy Leary.

He'll take you up, he'll bring you down,
He'll plant your feet back on the ground.
He'll fly so high, he'll swoop so low.
Timothy Leary.

He'll fly his astral plane.
He'll take you trips around the bay.
He'll bring you back the same day.
Timothy Leary. Timothy Leary.
Timothy Leary. Timothy Leary.
Timothy Leary.

LOL


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Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 13 Nov 2011 at 10:42pm
Maybe the sound engineers working on CTTE were all on acid and thought it sounded all sorts of splendid. Ermm
Let's take the slightly pompous church organ part near the end of side one for example. It's painfully jarring on every copy I've heard including a CD remaster or two. Who thought that sounded all right, were they deaf?
This makes me wonder how so many records of old and so many remastered CD's of today (and new albums too) can be produced and released sounding so majorly flawed? In the case of CDs, most often through the moronic implementation of insane volume levels eating up all the dynamics and causing distortion, in other words a willfully created sh*tness.
How are people so obviously unfit and uncapable of doing their job ending up producing and mixing music? Is there perhaps some severe shortage of proper sound engineers in the world? To me it seems natural and obvious that someone who does a sh*t job producing or remastering an album won't get the job the next time around and thus would perish in the natural selection of the capitalist world. But these rules do not seem to apply here for some reason, and no matter how much I try to understand why, I am still baffled and find it most bewildering.
Am I alone wondering what is wrong with the music industry? Why trip yourself making inferior products, it doesn't make sense.


Posted By: Graham Slee
Date Posted: 13 Nov 2011 at 11:15pm
"The music suffers
The music business thrives"

Paul Simon

"And did we tell you the name of the game, boy?
We call it Riding the Gravy Train."

Pink Floyd

"It's only knock and know all but I like it"

Genesis

etc

I know it's the British disease and maybe the USA too?


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Posted By: BAK
Date Posted: 14 Nov 2011 at 2:50am
All very true. Not only in the music business. Seems all of corporate business wants to ride the Gravy Train.


Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 14 Nov 2011 at 3:29pm
Yes certainly, cash is king and all that. And it's sad when it comes to music which is not just a commodity.
But in the case of exceptionally loud CD remasters there does not seem to be any explanation. It's just willfully ruined music and there's not a penny saved or earned doing it.
If they're not expecting people to hate it enough to purchase yet another remaster in a decade or so that is, and that would just be evil.


Posted By: Graham Slee
Date Posted: 14 Nov 2011 at 7:06pm
You, like most here, are different. Others live by the "he who shouts loudest..." law.

If it's louder to them then it's better - it's obvious... to them.

Commercial breaks are louder than the programs they interrupt - at least that's the case here in the UK. Commercial radio stations are louder than public broadcasters - with "Optimod's" turned up full.

Most of the population are consumerists and so go along with commercialism and therefore adopt such ways, and those ways include being louder.

In recent studies scientists discovered that song birds now sing louder than ever before, they have to shout louder to be heard over the human din!

(Definition of DIN, 1 : a loud continued noise; especially : a welter of discordant sounds )


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Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 14 Nov 2011 at 9:41pm
The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils


Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 14 Nov 2011 at 9:44pm
Britten's Cello symphony, the Lloyd Webber/Marriner recording on CD. A masterpiece which tends towards the atonal and I must dig out my LP of the Rostropovic version, clean and play it soon!
And there's no multiband compression or sub processing on either of them.


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Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 18 Nov 2011 at 3:25pm
The 40th anniversary remaster of Aqualung. I have only heard the CD so far but it sounds really good! Markedly better than even the Steve Hoffman remaster. It puts a smile on your face for sure Big smile

And while I'm on it, their christmas album from 2003 is really well produced and nice and folksy a bit like Songs from the Wood. Albeit as Ian said in a concert a few years ago; "it's just despicable lounge jazz" or something like that, but still he seemed to like playing it.


Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 18 Nov 2011 at 9:49pm
The Who Sell Out

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Posted By: Papy
Date Posted: 19 Nov 2011 at 9:12am
Pink Floyd - "Obscured by Clouds"  and their "Live at Pompeii" DVD. 

2 recent discoveries Smile


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Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 19 Nov 2011 at 11:26am
Originally posted by Papy Papy wrote:

their "Live at Pompeii" DVD


Second that being brilliant!


Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 19 Nov 2011 at 12:06pm
Kate Bush "50 words for snow" just arrived. Excited to have a new album but not ready to review it after one play.

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Posted By: Graham Slee
Date Posted: 20 Nov 2011 at 9:20am
Originally posted by Papy Papy wrote:

Pink Floyd - "Obscured by Clouds"  and their "Live at Pompeii" DVD. 

2 recent discoveries Smile


I remember being quite impressed by "Obscured by Clouds" and found it was used in the soundtrack for the film La Vallée so went to see it at the "flicks" (in the 70's). My advice to anyone thinking of finding a DVD of the same to watch: Don't! I was not able to listen to the track in the same light ever again. The film was a saddening bore which had to rely on "the usual act of that era" to keep the audiences attention. As for the music, there was very little of it. Disapprove


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Posted By: ServerBaboon
Date Posted: 20 Nov 2011 at 5:43pm
Miles Davis - Kinda Blue - on vinyl, realised I had nevered listened to this so I should give it a try.

Originally posted by suede suede wrote:

Bitches Brew Live today,


This was the album that put me off Miles Davis despite liking Sketches of Spain, scared to think what the live versions like.


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Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 20 Nov 2011 at 9:48pm
Bitches Brew is a rather complex album. Sheer chaos at a first glance. It took me a few listens to really appreciate it, but I still prefer a lot of the older modal jazz and hardbop Miles Davis albums.
Kind of Blue for example, which is a much more accessable and in my opinion also a better album. In fact I agree with most people on it being the greatest jazz album of all time. It's definitely one of my 10 desert island albums. Thumbs Up
Wouldn't that be a fun thread by the way?


Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 20 Nov 2011 at 9:54pm
Originally posted by suede suede wrote:

Kind of Blue for example, which is a much more accessable and in my opinion also a better album. In fact I agree with most people on it being the greatest jazz album of all time. It's definitely one of my 10 desert island albums. Thumbs Up
Wouldn't that be a fun thread by the way?
That's a VG idea Suede.

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Posted By: ServerBaboon
Date Posted: 21 Nov 2011 at 8:41pm
Originally posted by suede suede wrote:

Bitches Brew is a rather complex album. Sheer chaos at a first glance. It took me a few listens to really appreciate it, but I still prefer a lot of the older modal jazz and hardbop Miles Davis albums.
Kind of Blue for example, which is a much more accessable and in my opinion also a better album. In fact I agree with most people on it being the greatest jazz album of all time. It's definitely one of my 10 desert island albums. Thumbs Up
Wouldn't that be a fun thread by the way?


Not sure I wish to repeat the experience, it was much my same thought about Trout Mask replica as well, this was lent to me by a friend who unfortunately passed away recently. He kept on at me to try again now that I am older, I am thinking about it as a tribute.

Desert Island discs good idea, not sure how long it will be to come up with a list though.


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Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 22 Nov 2011 at 10:59pm
Yes I think it would be a really fun list to do. I'm going to have to ponder some upon my choices though as well. As, to make it interesting, I think it should be quite a short list. I'm thinking 10-15 maybe? That's when it gets really hard as you have to eliminate and exclude so many loved ones Cry
Does anyone have any thoughts or other suggestions?



Johan


Posted By: oldagetraveller
Date Posted: 26 Nov 2011 at 11:18am
Yesterday I played Sting's 1985 release "The Dream of The Blue Turtles" on which there is one track "Children's Crusade" that really is valid today as it was then. Referring to the First World War and "poppies for young men", "the flower of England face down in the mud" and "corpulent generals way behind lines" enjoying their red wine. The track ends with the irony of "Soho 1984" and similar young people using poppy derivatives to kill themselves.
There's also another track "We Work The Black Seam" which relates to the premature demise of the coal mining industry in the U.K. and refers to "poisoned streams in Cumberland" (Windscale/Sellafield, Cumbria).
Maybe not enough to influence anyone but without doubt provoke thought?



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Posted By: oldagetraveller
Date Posted: 26 Nov 2011 at 11:23am
Originally posted by Papy Papy wrote:

Pink Floyd - "Obscured by Clouds"  and their "Live at Pompeii" DVD. 

2 recent discoveries Smile


I have "Live at Pompeii" too and really must dig it out for another airing.


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Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 27 Nov 2011 at 6:25pm

Massive Attack Collected (CD) has serious sub-bass. I pulled out my Blue Lines vinyl LP and it is actually bassier on Unfinished Sympathy. Good song alas not the chart success they deserved.



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Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 03 Jan 2012 at 10:25pm
My brother gave me a 180g copy of Moondance, which sounds great. I have just converted it to WAV and ALAC for transportable listening.
 


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Posted By: hotmog
Date Posted: 06 Jan 2012 at 10:49pm
Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa in their collaborative release "Don't Explain".

Just listened to it on Spotify after having seen a recommendation on a totally unrelated forum. It's superb stuff! I saw Joe at the Albert Hall in May 2009 where his performance was just sublime.

I can now also well appreciate the comparisons that have been made between Beth Hart and Janis Joplin, whilst Joe's guitar work is as inspired and immaculate as always. That CD is next on my buy list. Give it a listen - you won't be disappointed! Thumbs Up Clap



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Posted By: ServerBaboon
Date Posted: 08 Jan 2012 at 7:02pm
Originally posted by Fatmangolf Fatmangolf wrote:

Massive Attack Collected (CD) has serious sub-bass. I pulled out my Blue Lines vinyl LP and it is actually bassier on Unfinished Sympathy. Good song alas not the chart success they deserved.

There are some serious sub sonics on Unfinished  Sympathy.



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Posted By: ServerBaboon
Date Posted: 08 Jan 2012 at 7:14pm

Just listened to Peter Gabriel's New Blood and was impressed, more so than 50 Words for Snow which may need another listen or two.

Gone all mainstream and enjoying Adele and 21.





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Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 09 Jan 2012 at 11:36pm
After nearly a dozen plays of 50 Words for Snow I still prefer Aerial! 50 Words is a good album to lie back and experience but I think Aerial has several standout songs.
 
I liked the re-issued Sensual World and Red Shoes (original CD was really harsh) that came with the Director's Cut. I liked some of the new arrangements and mixes on the latter.
 
On the train on Saturday I played Mojo's "Soul Riot" compilation (excellent!) and "Started out with nothing" (great). And I'm still impressed today!
 


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Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 10 Jan 2012 at 2:45pm
Originally posted by Fatmangolf Fatmangolf wrote:

My brother gave me a 180g copy of Moondance, which sounds great. I have just converted it to WAV and ALAC for transportable listening.
 


I too have that, I think. Smile I have a WB "made in the EU" one which I guess is the same. It really sounds great. Kind of makes you wonder sometimes with really well done back catalogue issues if they somehow found an old stamper or something. Since this is not overly audiophile adverted or half speed mastered and still sounds like the real deal. To my knowledge there have been no CD remasters of this album since the early 90's one, which does sound quite good, but not nearly as good as this one.


Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2012 at 11:13pm
I'm listening to a lossless rip of Kate Bush's "Director's Cut" and enjoying the ethereal swirly stuff!
 
I have been digging out 80's LP's recently and enjoyed hearing Fisherman's Blues again, amongst many others. And some Cold Chisel and Cruel Sea.
 


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Posted By: Jog3004
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2012 at 2:16pm
At the moment, i've been heading down a lighter route than normal & listening to Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell & Dead Ringer, as well as Jim Steinman Bad for Good. The solo really works well with Steinman's arrangements & Rock opera style.

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Posted By: Frostg
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2012 at 10:46pm
Bill Evans (Sax) - Vans Joint sounds amazing. Just discovering acoustic jazz and really enjoying it. Any other recommendations along this line?


Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2012 at 11:46pm
Ever heard of Ahmad Jamal? He's a great jazz pianist somewhat along the same lines. See if you can find "At the Pershing: But Not for Me". It's a live restaurant gig from 1958 and one of his best known albums.


Posted By: Frostg
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2012 at 11:59pm
Thanks, I have heard the name but not any of his music. Will look out for it. But I was talking about Bill Evans the saxophonist not Bill Evans the pianist! All very confusing there being two of them producing jazz, though different ages and instruments! ;-)


Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 2:58pm
Indeed! Big smile


Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 03 Mar 2012 at 3:31pm
Just got a 2010 Sony Columbia Legacy pressing of Jeff Buckley's Grace and it sounds amazing! One of the best 180 g "audiophile records" I've heard and it only cost about £15 brand new! More or less on par with MFSL and such pressings and they're often many times the price. Big smile
I've got to look for more Sony Columbia Legacy pressings!
A "from the capitol vaults" issue of Roxy Music's Country Life on the other hand was highly dissapointing, sounded loud and the inner third of each side was highly distorted. Unhappy


Posted By: ServerBaboon
Date Posted: 03 Mar 2012 at 6:18pm

After watching the BBC4 documentary 'Joy of Disco' have dug out my 2nd hand copy of C'est Chic still sounds great.

Both Nile and Bernard were/are excellent musicians.




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Posted By: Frostg
Date Posted: 03 Mar 2012 at 9:36pm
How about War of the Worlds, just put that back on (CD), brings back memories of youth!


Posted By: Frostg
Date Posted: 03 Mar 2012 at 9:37pm
What do they mean by audiophile pressings? Just a price tag increase?


Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 03 Mar 2012 at 9:54pm
Most newly produced vinyl records today seem to be 180 g (thick slabs) and proudly sporting an assertion on the cover that it is "real audiophile quality". Mostly this is pure bosh and they all too often sound much inferior to the nearly half as thick 80's issues for example, so weight and thickness is far from a warranty of quality. And so neither is their own description of the record's "audiophile" qualities. It seems as if the art of cutting a good record is a dying one. Unhappy
However some makers, such as MFSL, Speaker's Corner, Analogue Productions, to name a few, are known to make real extra high quality pressings of carefully half speed mastered back catalogue selections which usually results in sonically very fine records but usually at several times the usual price.


Posted By: Frostg
Date Posted: 03 Mar 2012 at 10:54pm
Thanks Johan, good to know which labels are worth looking it, especially for new stuff that is released, or old stuff I can find anywhere else released as new. Not sure what your view on ORG is but have had to take a new record back as thev2nd record in the set is all crazed in the centre - I know this bit does not play but if that has gone funny I assume the whole disc might be inferior and at $80 I want a good one!
Would be good if someone kept a list of reliable labels to use, and let buyers then not buy from the rubbish ones!


Posted By: tg
Date Posted: 03 Mar 2012 at 11:34pm

If you like classical music, there are some gems to be found amongst the secondhand "Record Club" type pressings, often excellent performances, good recording and good pressing.

Very often, they will have seen little play as well.  I have scored a good few of these over time.

I have also had bad experiences with "audiophile" re-issues, being as Johan describes, worse than the flimsy 80's pressings, but the few I have from "4 men with beards" are great.





Posted By: Frostg
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2012 at 2:14am
Thanks Tony, another label to add to my list. Love the name "4 men with beards", a great name for a record label!


Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2012 at 11:48am
Thanks Tony.

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Posted By: tg
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2012 at 12:15pm

I found this band -   http://www.crookedfiddleband.com/music/" rel="nofollow - http://www.crookedfiddleband.com/music/ after hearing a track on the radio.

Maybe you will think it self indulgent noise making with little artistic merit, but I found it full of an infectious energy and a very entertaining listen.  The radio announcer averred that their live shows were electric and I can well believe it from what they convey by their music.

Enough to add all 3 of their albums to my collection as paid for downloads, you might not like it, but you can listen for free.



Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2012 at 9:34pm
I am currently listening to an AC/DC selection so there's been some rocking! Just heard Dirty Deeds and now T.N.T. - great fun Smile even if it's not an audiophile experience!


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Posted By: Jog3004
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 6:30pm
Wow, Fatmangolf, now that is taste! & I regularly partake in some good ole Bon Scott era AC/DC. I say rock on ( but without the Tommy of course).

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Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 8:19pm
"It ain't no fun waiting round to be a millionaire"
 
Also have a number of 80's and 90's Aussie bands like the Cruel Sea, Cold Chisel and more - one of my friends relocated down under and shared a lot of musical discoveries...


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Posted By: Frostg
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 9:14pm
Fatmangolf, I saw a cold chisel live vinyl in local hifi shop, can find details out for you if you are interested.


Posted By: tg
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2012 at 12:39am
We likes Cold Chisel we does, Mental as Anything are worth a visit too (and still doing live gigs round the town)


Posted By: Frostg
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2012 at 3:54am
Tony I will check out what it is and let you know.


Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2012 at 8:18pm
I reripped some AC/DC albums lossless and enjoyed them this morning. However this post is about vinyl.
 
In my local hi-fi shop (Hifisound of Stockton-on-Tees) I heard some tracks off Julie Tabor & Oysterband's "ragged kingdom" and was impressed enough to buy a copy today. It's English folk with some variety, a number of very well covered standards and some surprises. "Love will tear us apart" and "That was my veil" aren't songs you expect in this genre. To be fair it was on a Sondeck through £12k Ushers but it sounds very good right now through my system. And Simon (proprietor) was right about the excellent sound quality and playing, I would only add that these are also excellent arrangements.
 


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Posted By: Frostg
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2012 at 11:11pm
I heard dire straits brothers in arms vinyl , label pure sounds 1/2 speed mastered, and it did sound good. Wish they had done love over gold as well as thought that album was fantastic. It takes me back to my youth... ;-)


Posted By: Fattybatty
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2012 at 7:24pm
Just listening to 2 x LPs - Box of Frogs and Strangeland by Box of Frogs.
 
Ahh! Memories Tongue
 
Adrian.


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Posted By: Frostg
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2012 at 8:33pm
Lee Morgan the sidewinder - great bit of jazz. Good all this stuff is available again.


Posted By: Frostg
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2012 at 8:38am
Hank mobley - workout, some more great jazz.


Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2012 at 3:25pm
Originally posted by Frostg Frostg wrote:

I heard dire straits brothers in arms vinyl , label pure sounds 1/2 speed mastered, and it did sound good. Wish they had done love over gold as well as thought that album was fantastic. It takes me back to my youth... ;-)


Love Over Gold is truly fantastic! Would say it's my favourite Dire Straits album and even my rather flimsy original 80's issue sounds great, got it for about £1 mint condition! But Warner also released it as a true audiophile issue on 180 g in 2010. I think it has a sticker on it that says something like: "Pressed and plated at Pallas Germany. Because sound matters". I've heard Communiqué from that same line and it sounded really great! Big smile
Still I guess you could find mint condition first (or nearly so) issues for a fraction of the price which sound about as good.


Posted By: Frostg
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2012 at 10:20pm
Thanks Johan,, I had heard there might be a new pressing floating around. Will keep my eyes open for it. I never understood why brothers in arms was so much bigger than love over gold, which I thought was even better.

I also used to enjoy Asia, will have to look for some of their stuff on vinyl. Think they had a big following in Japan, so there might be some stuff from there.


Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 14 Mar 2012 at 1:51am
Personally I've always been mighty underwhelmed by BIA. It is one of my least favourite Dire Straits albums and apart from the title track, most other songs just seem like dorky and bland 80's soft rock to me. Never understood the hype there either. Confused

Anyway speaking of AC/DC, spelling your favourite band's name can be a murder sometimes.
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Posted By: Frostg
Date Posted: 14 Mar 2012 at 4:45am
Johan, pleased it is not just me that thought love over gold was the best album. I loved telegraph road, and used to use the A1 between Leeds and Newcastle on a weekly basis.


Posted By: Frostg
Date Posted: 14 Mar 2012 at 9:03am
That cold chisel vinyl a few asked about is the barking spiders live 1983. It is per owned but looks clean vinyl.


Posted By: oldagetraveller
Date Posted: 15 Mar 2012 at 10:32am
The day before yesterday to be precise.Smile Mike Oldfield's "Crises" on Virgin from 1983. I bought used but in excellent condition and although the content might not be everyone's cup of tea it really is an excellent recording. Recorded onto an Ampex ATR124 and being an original has not been digitally doctored (ruined) in any way.
Of Dire Straits records my personal preference is for Making Movies with Love Over Gold 2nd.
I also prefer older vinyl to the modern offerings including the so called "audiophile" discs and buy good condition second hand to supplement my existing collection. After a thorough clean the difference is astounding.


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Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 15 Mar 2012 at 8:53pm
I agree with oldagetraveller's comments on cleaning 2nd hand disks. There are some wonderful recordings out there. I have much better gear now and am surprised by the music I find. There are some mucky treasures out there so keep looking!


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