Robert Baird

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Robert Baird  |  May 18, 2017  |  2 comments
Was just listening to the deluxe edition of Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which is to be released tomorrow, May 19, when the news of Chris Cornell's unexpected death was announced. Very sad news and our sympathies go out to his family and all who loved his music in Soundgarden and Audioslave, and on the solo records.
Robert Baird  |  May 16, 2017  |  3 comments
On Small Town, Bill Frisell's latest album, a program of duets with bassist Thomas Morgan recorded live at the Village Vanguard in NYC and produced by the founder, owner, and visionary behind ECM Records, Manfred Eicher, Frisell again shows his affinity for American roots music.
Robert Baird  |  May 13, 2017  |  1 comments
The final utterance of a great band dissolving has completely stood the test of time.
Robert Baird  |  May 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Fitzgerald's influence on jazz vocals, celebrated in a flurry of reissues from Universal Music, is almost unimaginably vast.
Robert Baird  |  Apr 29, 2017  |  16 comments
We are all going to be buying "new" Beatles reissues for the rest of our time upon this mortal coil.
Robert Baird  |  Apr 24, 2017  |  12 comments
These kids were focused and motivated. In other words, RSD works.
Robert Baird  |  Apr 21, 2017  |  7 comments
Robert Baird gets ready for the big day with a special reissue on two 180gm LPs of Elton John's live 17-11-70 album. (Photo: Jana Dagdagan)

Are record stores who have the product in hand breaking ranks and selling on eBay to the highest bidders?

Robert Baird  |  Apr 16, 2017  |  12 comments
"Phase 4 stereo can only be described as a marvel of sound, a radically new and dramatically potent concept in the art of high fidelity reproduction . . . it stands for motion and an uncanny sense of spatial realism unapproached by conventional disc standards."

Uh huh. And we have a miraculous vintage tube amp out in the swamps, spanned by the Brooklyn Bridge, that we want to sell you!!!

Robert Baird  |  Apr 07, 2017  |  3 comments
Is there such a thing as a bad Lightnin' Sam Hopkins record? No, but there are a lot of badly recorded Hopkins records. Happily, Goin' Away originally released in 1963 on the Bluesville label (an imprint of Prestige Records) isn't one of them. And the already good sonics have even been improved in yet another superb 180gram Analogue Productions LP reissue.
Robert Baird  |  Mar 31, 2017  |  3 comments
Put the expression "crate-diggers" into any sentence and it will catch my eye. The Warner Music Group has launched Run Out Groove, a new fan-driven, vinyl-only label that is going to let the public, or more accurately the crate-diggers among us, choose which records from the WMG trove of labels this new label will release.
Robert Baird  |  Mar 28, 2017  |  0 comments
If arrangers and orchestrators are the secret weapons of jazz, Evans on this new LP from Analogue Productions is revealed to be the atomic bomb.
Robert Baird  |  Mar 27, 2017  |  1 comments
Innocents waiting to be taken advantage of are few and far between on record collector sites like Discogs and eBay.
Robert Baird  |  Mar 24, 2017  |  1 comments
In 2016, the vinyl information and e-commerce site Discogs.com broke its own most-expensive LP-sale record twice. In March 2016, David Bowie's David Bowie went for $6826. That post-Bowie, death-related purchase was then topped when the next rock star fell. A month later, in April, a copy of Prince's Black Album, the grail of his catalog, went for $15,000. In recent days, however, the record was broken again when a test pressing of cult guitar hero Billy Yeager's 301 Jackson Street, one of just eight ever made, went for $18,000.
Robert Baird  |  Mar 20, 2017  |  0 comments
And finally there were the Scottish bands . . .
Robert Baird  |  Mar 19, 2017  |  10 comments
"If you tried to give rock'n'roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry.'"—John Lennon

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