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The Now Spinning/Recent Purchases Thread

Discussion in 'A Small Circle of Friends: The Music Forum' started by Rudy, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. Mike Blakesley

    Mike Blakesley Well-Known Member Moderator

    I still wish there was a way to buy a CD in a 12" LP size pack. I miss the feeling of cracking open a new LP. CD is sort of close, but just not quite as impactful, and downloads...well there's just nothing special about that.
     
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  2. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin Thread Starter

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    I have to admit that buying new LPs, or sealed "new old stock" LPs, is still the thrill it used to be. :) With many newer LPs, though, they are not in tight shrink-wrap, but in looser plastic bags so the album does not warp as the shrink wrap can shrink even further in the right conditions. But still...yeah, that whole tactile thing is part of the listening process.

    CDs used to be almost as much fun, but back in the day, it was exciting to find old favorites or long-lost albums finally get released on CD. It's the tiny print on the CD booklets that really changed things, though. It wasn't like holding the 12" packaging, reading the jacket, reading the innersleeve, etc. And I don't know of anyone who hangs CD booklets in frames on the walls, whereas I usually grab a couple more LP frames each time I hit IKEA. I have nine so far--I still have to hang up 1999, which I put in a frame last year in April but never got around to hanging. :sigh:

    Downloads are boring in comparison, but I have to say that many of the high-res downloads I've gotten sound so good that it's a different kind of thrill to see them listed in my media player's directory. And of course, to listen to them.

    As for a CD in an LP-sized package, the only times I have come across that is when a vinyl release had a CD inside. Two Pat Metheny releases had them in the jacket in their own mini-LP jacket (Orchestrion and Kin (<-->)), and Brian Setzer's Songs from Lonely Avenue LP actually had the CD printed with the moon on it, and a foam hub in the gatefold jacket held the CD up in the sky as part of the cover art. (It's sad that the LP sounded so terrible, though--it was poorly mastered and sounded like it was recorded with the treble turned all the way down. The CD is actually too bright. Can't win!)
     
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  3. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin Thread Starter

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    The first run of vinyl sold out already--it's awaiting a repress. (I think MoFi only presses 1,000 at a time to gauge interest.) I may still get the SACD of this one. Fremer gave the vinyl a good write-up at Analog Planet a couple of weeks ago.
     
  4. AM Matt

    AM Matt Well-Known Member

    Right now listening to the 2 CD set of The Raspberries "Pop Art Live" (At The House Of Blues In Cleveland, Ohio on Friday, November 26, 2004, their first concert in over 29 years). Matt Clark Sanford, MI
     
  5. Bobberman

    Bobberman Well-Known Member

    I agree except I don't have a turntable these days but for me buying CDS and downloads have a different kind of thrill attached to them for me it's having the music in the cleanest and best sound quality possible for me CDS in a sense have a sort of almost equality with lps in that they are similar in the tangibility and the artwork and liner notes albeit in smaller print but it's not true for All Cds but fortunately my cds 99% of them have the same wonderful effect as vinyl did before back in the day it's hard for me to explain in detail but I hope my point will be understood.
     
  6. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin Thread Starter

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    I did get the thrill of opening this new vinyl pressing this past Friday:

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    Superb AAA (all analog) pressing. Incredible detail here. Had those goosebump moments like when I first heard this as a test pressing at AXPONA this past April. Good stuff!

    I also gave my 2-LP 45 RPM set of the first Santana album a spin. I probably mentioned earlier--I am not a big Santana fan, but there is something fresh and spontaneous about this recording, and the sound quality on this set is amazing. Puts you right in the studio between the percussion and the guitar amps. :wink:
     
  7. DeeInKY

    DeeInKY Well-Known Member

    Being a sensory person - there's nothing like the smell of a new LP. (CDs don't have any smell that I can detect.) :D
    That Costello/Bacharach album sounds interesting.
     
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  8. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin Thread Starter

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    It's definitely a high water mark for both of them. I'm not even that big of a Costello fan (yet...he's growing on me, and his catalog is vast and varied), but his lyrics here are very thought provoking with some clever wordplay. Burt is doing here what Burt has done for decades. You would think that sound went out of style in the 60s, but it sounds just as fresh today as it did back then. His arrangements recall his work with Dionne in the 60s (and I could hear her singing some of these tracks quite easily), with many touches I recognize. I could see why Bacharach would have been drawn towards Costello's lyrics--his work on this record is right up there with the work Burt did with Hal David.

    I'll admit it took me quite a few listens to really get into this one. Maybe it was just information overload on my tiny brain. :laugh:
     
  9. DeeInKY

    DeeInKY Well-Known Member

    There's a lot of that going around! :nut: By the way, that would make an excellent line in a song. Right up there with two of my favorites: "My uncle took the message and he wrote it on the wall" and "Cause I don't have no use for what you loosely call the truth." :D
     
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  10. Rudy

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  11. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin Thread Starter

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    Played Aja earlier yesterday, a bit of a tribute to Walter Becker.

    Last night, spinning Styx: The Mission. Styx "The Mission" June 16 Surprisingly better than I thought. It's good enough that I may get the vinyl of this, seeing it is an analog recording. :)

    What is not spinning?

    :sigh:

    U2 was in town last night for the Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour, and I totally forgot to look for tickets. Likewise, I missed Depeche Mode's local gig last weekend! DP has been a strong favorite of mine over the past few years, but The Joshua Tree is one of those desert island discs for me.

    BTW, I was within an hour or two of this a few weeks ago:

    Google Maps

    The location of the album cover shoot.
     
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  12. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin Thread Starter

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    Been gettin' down with my bad self, direct from the Mothership:

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    Funkadelic -- Uncle Jam Wants You

    Most notable for the nearly side-long 15+ minute unrelenting funk workout of "(Not Just) Knee Deep" that was a #1 R&B hit, penned by George Clinton and Phillippe Wynne (formerly of The Spinners), which lit up many a dance floor back in 1979. I also had to give One Nation Under A Groove a spin, especially for the hit title track.

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    Takes me back quite a few years. :D
     
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  13. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin Thread Starter

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    And on another path, I sort of "rediscovered" this album this past week. We had a few of Belafonte's albums in the house when I was a young 'un. Calypso of course was the monster hit album. We also had An Evening with Harry Belafonte and This is Belafonte, and the following:

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    As young as I was, this album was one I probably played a couple of times and didn't pay much attention since it is very downtempo. Ours was a mono LP, although this was the first album Belafonte recorded in stereo.

    Musically it has a very late-night smoky feel to it. There are three here penned by Ray Charles, and one is a tune originally covered by Billie Holiday. Two of the tunes are traditional blues ("Cotton Fields" and "In The Evenin' Mama"), and there is even a cover of a tune that Sinatra made famous: "One for my Baby." The supporting musicians are a who's who of jazz--Jimmy Rowles, Jack Sperling, Plas Johnson, Ben Webster, Milt Bernhart, Don Fagerquist, and a handful of other well-known names. Belafonte has said that this was his favorite of the albums he has recorded.

    The sound on this album is demo quality. The Impex 45RPM 2-LP set, cut from the original analog tapes, sounds fantastic.
     
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  14. AM Matt

    AM Matt Well-Known Member

    Spinning CD's of Ray Lamontagne "Supernova" & "Outoboros" as well as Pete Yorn "Arranging Time". Matt Clark Sanford, MI
     
  15. Bobberman

    Bobberman Well-Known Member

    My Dad liked Belafonte he had his album Midnight special it was hardly ever played and sadly I never got a chance to listen to it but to me is a curiosity I liked the Calypso Album tremendously still do Belafonte is still a true legendary vocalist
     

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