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Dire Straits; Love Over Gold, Remaster CD

A classic that benefits from the remaster. Like DSOTM a disc you should have at least two copies of and preferrably one vinyl and one CD. $7.99 in the clearance bin at B. Dalton.

Music: 5
Sound: 5

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Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown; No Looking Back CD

God! How's he get that band to play like that?! This is tighter than Basie or Ellington. No one swings the blues like Gatemouth. There are time signature changes here that I can't keep up with. Very, very unpredictable and utterly enjoyable!

M: 5
S: 3.75 (2.5 Dimension stereo, flat soundstage but well focussed lateral placement with each player nicely rounded and grounded in space.)

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Fuel 2000 label's; Absolutely the Best of The Blues CD

Also $7.99 on clearance. This is obviously a compilation disc with many sonic similarities to the Brown disc in that the soundstage is flattened in depth perspective but very wide. Both discs are top notch at providing a constantly changing perspective on the ambient soundstages of recordings ranging over many years and also in production values and recording location. Some recordings get you close up while others set you back in the middle of the audience to enjoy the show. Clean, punchy dynamics and "life" are abundant in what often sound to be, "Yeah, why don't we go with take 7 on that one, that's some gooooood shit there, man" recordings of top notch players on both discs.
This Fuel disc is straight ahead 12 bar blues (that might stretch to 13 or 14 on any one night) era performances by Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James and T-Bone Walker, etc. Mostly (Chicago style) electrified Delta Blues done by the absolute best of the genre. If at least your toe isn't tapping to "Big Boss Man", you need a new system.

M: 5
S: 4

An excellent night of music that stretched beyond 3 AM! Just enough time to catch the end of Coast to Coast

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Anyone else listen to anything interesting lately?

How about a thread that doesn't get bogged down in back and forth with can/cannots and just has good recommendations for music or a short review of a concert attended recently?

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Anyone else listen to anything interesting lately?

My home is currently occupied (in military fashion) by girlfriend's extended family- who definitely do not appreciate any music other than MOR hit parade schlock. For refuge I listen to my tunes and try to mix it up and change gears. That annoys them, but soothes me.

Robert Silverman, "Rachmaninoff: The Piano Sonatas," JA's excellent recording. So moody and dramatic.

The Pixies, "Surfer Rosa," MoFi's SACD. Intelligent, hook-laden and raw with inscrutable lyrics.

Keith Jarrett's "Radiance," Live in Japan. Keith moans and groans his way through 2 hours and 20 minutes of a wonderfully syncopated, completely improvisational, dissonant tour de force mixed with passages that sound like mellifluous quotes from romantic standards. And he keeps the audience on the edge of their seats (okay, I'm guessing here).

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Well, I've been going through a "The Band" cycle lately.


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Virgil Caine is the name and I served on the Danville train
'Til Stoneman's cavalry came and tore up the tracks again
In the winter of '65, we were hungry, just barely alive
By May the tenth, Richmond had fell, it's a time I remember oh so well

This is going to probably put my name on a list somewhere.

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Robert Silverman, "Rachmaninoff: The Piano Sonatas," JA's excellent recording. So moody and dramatic.

Great music in great performances, and I wish I could take credit for the sound. I remastered the recordings for CD but didn't make the original recordings, I am afraid.

Glad you enjoyed it.

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Last night I listened to:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: It's Blitz
I fall in love with it immediately. There are fewer guitars, more synths and keys, and it strikes me as being more delicate than their previous work, but no less powerful. I think I'm going to spend lots of time listening to It's Blitz this year and beyond.

Bonnie "Prince" Billy: Beware
There are moments here that catch my attention -- a soaring horn or some interesting marimba or a particularly poetic lyric -- but, while the performance is solid and the sound is excellent, for the most part, I am not emotionally convinced. I think it was a bad idea to listen to this album immediately after listening to It's Blitz, and I want to give it another chance. The band sounds like The Band, heh.

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Roberta Flack: Quiet Fire
I bought this LP used, not really knowing anything about Roberta Flack, just thinking the album cover was awesome. While I know the songs "Killing Me Softly with His Song" and "Feel Like Makin' Love," I don't associate them with Roberta Flack. Anyhow, as soon as I dropped the needle to the record, this album knocked me out with its funk and soul. Hugh McCracken kills on the guitar and Roberta Flack is intense and gorgeous. The album was crazy dirty, though, all the crackles and pops blending in almost sweetly with the constant rain falling outside my windows. I listened to it all the way through, then gave it a cleaning on the VPI 16.5, and listened all the way through again. Much better. Fucking great album.

Cat Power: The Greatest
I just had a feeling that Chan would do a great job following Roberta, and I was right. I didn't know that Chan and Roberta had both spent time living in North Carolina, or that they both recorded "Angelitos Negros." Obviously, Chan has been influenced by Roberta Flack, and I wish she was there with me last night to enjoy the great music. She almost was, though: The vinyl sounded especially awesome (my copy is a new RTI pressing); I heard backing vocals that I hadn't noticed before and the music all took on a sort of soaring emotion, an upbeat drive. Al Green's guitarist, Teenie Hodges, plays throughout, and the entire band is excellent.

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Well, I've been going through a "The Band" cycle lately.


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Virgil Caine is the name and I served on the Danville train
'Til Stoneman's cavalry came and tore up the tracks again
In the winter of '65, we were hungry, just barely alive
By May the tenth, Richmond had fell, it's a time I remember oh so well

This is going to probably put my name on a list somewhere.

Moving that eternal plough
We've got to find a sharper blade or have a new one made
Rest awhile and cool your brow
Don't you see there's no need to slave, the whip is in the grave

No salt, no trance
It's safe now to take a backward glance
Because the flames have turned to chalk
We can talk about it now

It's safe, LaMont. No one captured the historical American experience and the importance of loss, hope and family better than The Band. That's a good list.

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Some early Chet Baker doing West Coast style followed by Karrin Allyson. Most relaxing.

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Last night I listened to a bit of Blues Boy King.

First up was BB's latest album, One Kind Favor (http://www.bbking.com/discography/detail.aspx?pid=1494).

A Grammy winner produced by T.Bone Burnett the sound of the album follows up with the same sonic flavors you'll find in the recent Alison Krauss/Robert Plant release Raising Sand. The recording is obviously a studio production with a soundstage that exists only in the final product. Bass is abundant in a warm pallette while every instrument or group of players is presented with exceptional cleanliness though the mostly wet mix leaves them isolated to one area of the stage. The stage is very wide however, so if you approach this as a studio job, you should be quite satisfied with the result.

I doubt B.B. King is picking up many new converts to his sound nowdays. His studio projects have become more similar over the years and it is only the introduction of Burnett as producer that makes the feel of this disc any different from a dozen others over recent years. Dr. John plays piano on all tracks but as with all the musicians on this album his work is held to a collabrative effort.

This would not be my choice for someone who was interested in understanding what made King the legend he is today. You should consider this album if you are interested in the entertainer he is today.

The title track leads off with a nod toward octogenarian King's mortality. The Blind Lemmon Jefferson work "See That My Grave is Kept Clean" (a song first recorded two years after King's birth in 1925) is reason enough to buy this CD. (http://www.bobdylanroots.com/see.html)

Throughout the album King plays less than in previous years and with his 80th birthday Gibson archtop rolled off via the Varitone switch to a smooth top end rather than the searing cut of his earlier works. The CD ends with a rather melancholy rendition of "Tomorrow Night" penned by Lonnie Johnson that could easily be the finale to a great career. The sound throughout the CD is clean and precise as King works with familiar material (many stretching back to his early days as a D.J. and aspiring performer at KWEM in West Memphis) and with many familiar players.

If you are a King fan - you would be in the company of thousands of guitarists around the globe who are still in awe of his economy and precise three step bends ending in a signature vibrato, this album is a worthy addition to your collection. If you want to know what all the fuss is about, then you should start with another album or go hear King live at one of his more than 200 dates he plays each year.

M: 4.5
S: 4

Second came the 1990 release Live at San Quentin on LP ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_at_San_Quentin). This would be an excellent introduction to King the live performer. He works his appreciative audience as hard as any musician can (he was 65 at the time of this recording) and the results are as good as any live album King has produced at much swankier joints. Unfortunately, the sound is not very good. A near mono mix with good clarity the music is why you would buy this album. It's relatively easy to find in the used LP bins and worth a few bucks to hear King work.

M: 4
S: 3

Third came Live in Cook County Jail (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_in_Cook_County_Jail). I don't know if there is any significance to the "Live in .. " vs. the "Live at ... " but this is the album to own if you want to hear King at his best back when he was in his mid forties and walking tall and playing large. For blues music this is a reference disc. The sound's tonal balance is still what you would expect from a live album produced in the 1970's though the soundstage is exceptionally wide and has a reasonable degree of depth. You'll want this one for the music and the musicianship. Lucille rips and burns throughout this disc as does the playing of King and the other members of the band. King's sound cuts through any BS in the audience and quickly asserts why he chose to perform inside the walls of what had been deemed one of the worst (and largest) jails in the US only two years earlier.

This is King as an Entertainer at his most humble and most endearing best. The story behind the album is worth noting and only makes the disc more valuable as a historic record. The songs are largely King classics and whether you are familiar with each selection doesn't matter. This is an album to own and listen to on a regular schedule.

M: 5+
S: 3.5

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David Arkenstone's "Atlantis: A Symphonic Journey"
Picked it up on a whim 'cause I liked the title. It has a very big epic-cinematic sound to it. Sort of a newage/ electronic/ symphony vibe to it. Lots of really great drum swells and big timpanis, also sweet strings and some african/ middle eastern rhythms.

It's hard to explain but worth a listen check it out on last.fm. Dream of the Gods for big drums, Fesetival of the Godess for some sweet rhythm.

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The Flying Burrito Brothers: Burrito Deluxe
I really don't know anything about the Flying Burrito Bros. I know that Gram Parsons was in the band, and that makes them cool. Michelle, the first girl I ever loved, wore a Flying Burrito Brothers t-shirt (baby blue with a metallic gold logo, purchased from some old train station thrift shop in Hackensack-ack-ack-ack-ack), but she was from San Francisco and talked about Haight-Ashbury and received phone calls from Pauline Oliveros and Marian Zazeela (in her dorm room!) and rearranged her furniture twice a week, and I figured the t-shirt was just another of her crazy things. It was only much later, after she had shaved her head and had her name legally changed to Maya Moksha, that I realized Michelle was way cooler (and crazier) than I'd ever understand.

Anyway, this album is a 2008 reissue from the reliable 4 Men With Beards label, and comes on heavy vinyl in an old-school tip-on jacket with the original album art, but does not include a free download coupon, which kind of bums me out. I want the free download, even if quality is compromised. (Of course, ideally, I'd like a free lossless download.)

This album was originally released in 1970 and immediately reminds me of the Rolling Stones with all its beer-soaked slide guitar and rollicking drum beats. And I'm not surprised to see that the Burritos have covered "Wild Horses," the first Stones' song I ever loved.

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Blossom Dearie, My Gentleman Friend

It's 1961 and JFK is making news with the newly formed Peace Corps aimed at spreading American values throughout the developing world. Willie Mays topped the National League with 129 runs scored and for the last year in its history the Corvette would wear O.E.M. wide whitewall tires. In that year Blossom Dearie recorded her final contracted album for the then jazz leader Verve label as MGM was in negotiations to buy the label and the publishing rights to Verve's stable of jazz all stars for $3 million dollars. The Corvette and the Peace Corps are still going strong and Willie is a legend. Add to that Blossom Dearie's fifty year status as a cult favorite.

I first discovered Blossom Dearie almost four decades ago and have enjoyed every album I have of her work. I find people either love her or dissmss her as a fad. A fad she is not as she has continued to work when she pleases and record when she wants to as she wants to. She returned to a very different Verve studio for a 2003 disc that has her sounding very much as she did in her 1950'-60's New York cabaret appearances.

Dearie gathered other Verve regulars around her for this recording; Ray Brown on bass, Bobby Thigpen on drums and Kenny Burrell plays guitar. Like Dearie these guys were riding high in the 1961 jazz society and have left their own mark on the history of jazz styles.

The sound of this disc is classic Verve jazz with simple recording techniques, lots of captured space and tightly focused placement of performers. Dearie's sense of humor is abundant and her fellow musicians get in on the sophistication of the joke swinging the music with a rhythmic jaunt that was the toast of London, Paris and NYC.

The album certainly gives your hifi a work out without risking any damage to your drivers. Dearie did not allow drinks to be served during her performances so expect to be paying attention to every word and note. Relaxing music but I doubt you'll fall asleep.

M: 5
S: 5

"Numerous stories exist that tell of Dearie's peculiar sense of humor. Once, following a live set, she was approached by a group of college students. The young men, who had enjoyed her music, asked whether they could buy her a drink and share her company for a little while longer. Without so much as a pause, Dearie told them no, but she'd be glad to take them all to dinner, which she did. She has also continued to win over critics over the years, upholding the same high performance standards that charmed audiences from the beginning of her career. 'The high-pitched and sweet child's voice with which she's always sung and that can't really be categorized by standard vocal measurements does not age.' wrote David Finkle in Back Stage, 'When she skips merrily through her repertoire, she sounds exactly as she has for close to 50 years.'" (http://www.musicianguide.com/biographies/1608003933/Blossom-Dearie.html)

Audio samples can be heard here;
http://www.amazon.com/My-Gentleman-Frien...5844&sr=8-1

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Beethoven; Sonata in G major for Piano and Violin/Enescu; Sonata No. 3, Op. 25 in Rummanian Folkstyle

A Wilson Audiophile "Definitive Recording"

This is a twenty one year old CD from the days when Dave Wilson also made money selling discs. All of the Wilson recordings from this period were available in either LP or CD format. Recorded long before 24 bit or SACD this was demonstration quality back in 1988 and remains so today IMO. The instruments used for the recording are a nine foot Hamburg Steinway model D concert grand and a 1719 Guarnerius. The sound alternates between floating in air and firmly grounded to the room.

Recorded with a spaced pair of Schoeps microphones driving a vaccum tube amplifier the intent of this recording was to capture the intimacy of chamber music as if it were being played in your own room and to bring the ambience of the recording site into the mix. The final result treads a fine line between you are there and they are here staying for the most part with the former perspective.

The Wilson discs are probably difficult to find nowdays since I doubt many people ditched their copies. Any of the Wilson recordings are well worth the time spent searching out. This happens to be one of my favorites.

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Cryus Chestnut- Live at Scullers Jazz bar in Boston.

Wow! What a fantastic trio (piano, drums and bass)! Those guys were great in every regard-cool solos, good group vibe, interesting compositions- it all just worked. After, my friends and I got to talk to them a while and all three were very friendly and down to earth. Going to definitely check out Chestnut's recordings now.

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Last night I listened to my wife. Late last night I listened to The Outlaws.

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Last night I listened to Stevie Ray Vaughan Texas Flood.

Although I've always enjoyed SRV's music, I'm ashamed to admit that this is the first time I actually listened to this album. I've been off of my SRV kick for a few years, and, at the time, I was a broke college student who could only afford the SRV Greatest Hits CD I got as a gift.

The raw emotion that is captured on this recording is astonishing. While I always appreciated the intricate and obviously impressive guitar playing on these tunes, the CD and my system I had the last time I heard it (really crappy) didn't convey the feel and emotion that came through last night. I was honestly surprised, as I wasn't expecting this, and it really felt like I was hearing "Pride and Joy" for the first time.

This is what it's all about.

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Last night I listened to Hannah Montana. My 7 yr. old is going through a phase.

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I think some headphones are in order until she out grows Ms. Cyrus...

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Last night I cracked open an original Elektra (EKS-7277 Stereo) "Ramblin' Boy" by Tom Paxton. It was a real time warp. His first release in '64. When protest songs fucking meant something. Not the most sophisticated production, but the immediacy and musicianship is unmistakable. Dead quiet old vinyl. What a joy. With Felix Pappalardi on guitarron- who would later lay down some proto-metal bass in Mountain with Leslie West.

It was a nice evening.

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Last night I rocked the house with "More Fun In The New World" by X on Elektra vinyl 60283-1. What a masterpiece by this antidote to the ludicrous butt rock dipshits that defined the Reagan rock era.

Explosive, punked up roots riffs with heavenly Everly harmonies echoing through the boozy back alleys of L.A. Billy Zoom, D.J. Bonebrake, Exene Cervenka and John Doe give it their epic all (and with a finger for Ronnie). Produced by Ray Manzarek. Available in cd and used vinyl on Amazon.

"Bang, bang make the music go bang! Brilliant, shining and nasty."

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I need to hear some of that X stuff. Been meaning to for a long time.

Last night I listened to:

Herbie Mann: Memphis Underground
Now, I really don't know much about Herbie Mann (I know, I know -- I don't know much about anything), but I do know that he's got a bad reputation in some jazz circles, like he's too soft or too easy or something. But listening to Memphis Underground, I kept thinking: Why the hell's everybody gotta hate on Herbie? I mean, I'm not the biggest flute fan, but Herbie kicks it alright (though I wish he would keep his shirt on) and how can you sleep on Sonny Sharrock on guitar?! Dude lights a fucking fire all over "Hold On, I'm Coming," while never letting go of the funk or soul or swing. The sound is pretty excellent, too.

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Last night played a 12" 33 RPM EP by the band Winter Hours. Good music, but the sound was surprisingly great. I picked it up the other day at the used record store, but my goodness, the sound was superb and the vinyl was quiet. The bass and drums sounded real, and deep, and surrounded by air.
The new Silversun Pickups "Swoon" has been on heavy rotation. It sounds completely different everytime I hear it; the sound changes based on main rig, car stereo, iPod, time of day, etc. It's layered and rocking and creative.

The new Depeche Mode is not as good as I had hoped but OK.

rv, good call on X, I had an X evening a couple
weeks ago including More Fun in the New World. I especially love their version of Breathless, and I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts.

I recorded my vinyl of Muddy Waters "I'm Ready" to CD-R. Nice. That album was produced by Texas albino guitar slinger Johnny Winter. He did a couple of Muddy's records.

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30+ yrs ago i saw Herbie Mann and band live, playing in a college gymnasium - and he gathered us up in his groove and it was an excellent show. He was the warmup act to someone, but he got standing ovations, from our rowdy young crowd.

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Willie Nelson Phases and Stages(amazing, amazing record!!!)

Wilco AGIB- Vinyl

Tom Waits- Rain Dogs- Vinyl

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Well, today actually, I picked up a little treasure trove of mint LPs, all classics of the 60's rock and jazz era. So far my coolest find was the Rolling Stones "Between the Buttons" on vivid transparent yellow vinyl! Like a big yellow lollipop- and it sounds great! Man- I just dig that old minimal multi track sound. All the background vocals really gel, the sound actually feels like it in a real space- not sterile studio booth. Now that's what I'm talkin' about son.

Also got a mint Led Zep IV, some classic reggae and Shelly Manne, live at the Village Vanguard.

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Willie Nelson Phases and Stages(amazing, amazing record!!!)

Agreed!


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Tom Waits- Rain Dogs- Vinyl

Oh man, you have Rain Dogs on vinyl? Jealous!

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Nothing. Got home, flicker, flash, dark.

Power failure from the time I got home until about 2AM, when the whole house lit back up and I had to go turn out lights in every corner.

Mumble, grumble.

Yeah, we have a generator, I had to power it up for about a half-hour so the offspring could print out her homework. Yeah, a 6kW generator running to keep one light, one printer, and one 'puter running. Oh, and to charge her cell phone.

I'm not sure quite what happened, but when you drive past the local substation 45 minutes after the lights went out, and there is a (*&&*( crane backing into the substation and 6 (yeah, count 'em 6) crew cars parked next to it ...

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Oh, man! I have that yellow pressing. It came out around 1978.

It was never 'officially' regarded as being that great a pressing, but I thought it was fine! Must be the non-magnetic nature of the vinyl, eh?

There is a whole set of these. Did you get any of the other colred albums?

When you hold it, check the way it feels to your hand vs. the black vinyl. I think it seems less flexible.

Cheers, man.

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Funny how this seems to have turned into the "Last Night I Listened to...VINYL" thread. Friggin' audiophiles!

RG

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Funny how this seems to have turned into the "Last Night I Listened to...VINYL" thread. Friggin' audiophiles!

RG

Heh, it would have had to be gramophone for me last night.

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Oh- thanks for the tip Buddha. I see it came out originally in 1967 but was released as a special edition from the Netherlands as the transparent yellow. I have nothing to compare it too so I can't speak to a original pressing comparison.

I don't think this was intentially a "vinyl" thread, but funny how it speaks to the enthusiam and fun generated by the hunt for collectible and rare old LPs.

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Dbowker, dude, were you ever at Bell Labs?

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Elvis Costello - "Armed Forces" UK Pressing. What a great record which is actually quite well recorded. "Green Shirt" "Accidents Will Happen" Man what an album. Elvis in his prime, the Attractions never better.

For those who have been mentioning X, their best record in my opinion was their second LP, "Wild Gift". Last record before signing to a major. John Doe, Billy Zoom, DJ Bonebrake, and Exene Cervenka kicked ass! Man, those were good time.............tons of great music from 1977-1983.........

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Nope- you know a guy with the same nom de guerre? The last name is fairly uncommon beyond New England, but there a little extended clan that is spread about (and no one knows one another). We settled in Situate Mass. soon after the first Pilgrims from England. Like most good Protestants, we didn't multiply all that much.

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The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montogomery;
http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=utf-8&...omery&type=

LP, 180 gram reissue by Fantasy

This is an Orin Keepnews recording from 1960, reissued by Fantasy on high quality vinyl. It has, as you'll see if you follow the link above, been judged one of the 100 best jazz albums of all time.

I don't get it.

I've drifted away from jazz in recent years but I doubt this would have ever been one of my favorites. I find more flavors in Django Rhinehart and the Pizzarelli clan when it comes to jazz guitar. The music here just never gets my attention for the music itself. There are some excellent performers making excellent performances but they don't get my undivided attention.

For those who demand demonstration quality sound this is not a good choice. There is a low level but noticeably constant rush of tape noise to be heard over the quietness of the vinyl, the recording perspective is somewhat distant and the soundstage is compressed mono.

I was given this LP as a gift and I'm glad I didn't spend $30 to find this recording. You might listen to a few samples and decide otherwise but this one just isn't for me.

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Bill Evans Trio, Sunday Night at the Village Vanguard; http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=utf-8&...guard&type=

Another Keepnews recordings, this time a live recording from 1961. This is also another 180 gram reissue/pressing. This is the culmination of a two week stint for the Evans Trio and the last recorded performance by Scott LaFaro just a few weeks before his death. I have always considered this group of musicians to be certainly the best of the Evan's groupings and by far the most inventive of jazz trios from this time period. Paul Motian has become one of my favorite drummers based on hearing him first in this group. The Evans Trio was breaking new ground here and the performers are at the top of their game.

Once again I was gifted this LP as I would probably not have purchased this disc. I already have most of this material on SACD and on the recently issued Bill Evans, the Complete Village Vanguard Recordings (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Complete_Village_Vanguard_Recordings,_1961) taken from the same sessions. Depending on your desire for Evans material I would suggest you buy the three disc CD set rather than this LP, I believe the sound quality is slightly better on the digital version and more complete as a snapshot of that day and those peformers. If you love early Evans, then buy this disc too but don't expect to find anything particularly new or something you would not have discovered elsewhere.

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Dbowker, dude, were you ever at Bell Labs?

Nope- you know a guy with the same nom de guerre? The last name is fairly uncommon beyond New England, but there a little extended clan that is spread about (and no one knows one another). We settled in Situate Mass. soon after the first Pilgrims from England. Like most good Protestants, we didn't multiply all that much.

Yep, he was part of the speech/audio evaluation team at Bell Labs (well, he did a lot of other stuff, too), same first initial, same last name. Had to ask, therefore.

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Arc Angles (the band from Texas and not up above)

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Listened to "Luminessence," a quiet German vinyl pressing. Very challenging, counter-modal(?), dissonant- written by Keith Jarrett right around the more tuneful "Arbor Zena" era c. 1975. Also "Ain't Love Grand?"- the disappointingest X album. I don't know why they attempted to go butt rock mainstream. It sure didn't work.

Steely Dan saved the night with my vintage "Aja" vinyl.

I've been cooling it on the hi-rez multi-channel and 2 channel to reacquaint myself with my vinyl gems. Stephen inspired me with his enthusiasm.

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Yesterday I listened to ...

Eight hours of thunderstorms and rain followed by a night of thunderstorms and rain.

And an afternoon/evening of direct to disc recordings.

There was Sister Rossetta Tharpe, Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, Roy Acuff, Merle Travis, Arthur Pryor's Band, Les Paul and Mary Ford, King Ganam, Eddy Arnold, Sophie Tucker, Harry James, Artie Shaw, Gene Krupa, Louis Prima, Tommy Dorsey, Peggy Lee, The Mills Brothers, The Inkspots, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman and others.

Great fun and good exercise every 2'38".

All on their original hi-rez 78's.

Smoke 'em if you've got 'em.

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Nat King Cole--Nature Boy(VInyl)

Porcupine Tree- In Absentua (CD) (effing amazing sonics)

GBV- Bee Thousand-Vinyl

The Replacements- TIM (VInyl)

REM-Dead Letter Office- Vinyl

Ryan Adams- 29 (Vinyl)

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Last night, I listened to Mrs. Lamont Sanford screaming out my name is sheer ecstasy.

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"REM-Dead Letter Office- Vinyl"

Excellent choice. I have all their stuff up until around 1994; been hit or miss since IMO--I have picked up a few of the REM re-issues and they are a good example of big sonic gains from newer pressings. I don't think IRS back in the day cared much for audio and pressing quality.

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I'm so good in bed, I scream out my own name.

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I'm so good in bed, I scream out my own name.

NICE!!!

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I'm so good in bed, I scream out my own name.

Was it Richard Lewis who said he was so neurotic that when he was having sex he pretended HE was somebody else?

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M.I.A., "Kala" album. Wow. It had been a month or more since I last played it and it shook me up again. Lordy. There's so much music in that voice, and the other voices contributing, and of course the instruments (acoustic and otherwise, real and virtual). There's also more variety in that album than - well, anything.
Anyone who doesn't listen to the best hip-hop (and related) music is like folks in the 50's who denigrated rock; folks in the 30's who denigrated jazz; folks in the 1870's who denigrated Beethoven... u get my drift.

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Simon & Garfunkel, Wednesday Morning, 3 AM from 1964 on vinyl

An amazing debut album. Many tracks are covers, including a gospel song as an opener- but it is a taste of yet to come and includes some all-time hits like the The Sound of Silence, which I firsty heard in music class in 3rd grade. It's what you get when you had hippy 70's music teachers who probably got high in the teacher's lounge. Crazy man...Sort of fried my brain in a good way early on.

Anyway, the album: Honest, earnest, innocent- greatness long before fame.

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Simon & Garfunkel, Wednesday Morning, 3 AM from 1964 on vinyl

An amazing debut album. Many tracks are covers, including a gospel song as an opener- but it is a taste of yet to come and includes some all-time hits like the The Sound of Silence, which I firsty heard in music class in 3rd grade. It's what you get when you had hippy 70's music teachers who probably got high in the teacher's lounge. Crazy man...Sort of fried my brain in a good way early on.

Anyway, the album: Honest, earnest, innocent- greatness long before fame.

GREAT album.

Thank God they hadn't invented Prozac at the time.

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ipod (through stereo): nick cave and warren ellis - the assassination of jesse james by the coward robert ford (original score)

cd: unkle - never, never land

lp: low - trust

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The Zoo - Shakin' The Cage....

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