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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. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin Thread Starter

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    I'm back from AXPONA, and Hatari! is in the house! The 45 RPM cut is superb. This is how good vinyl sounds! It even bests the SACD (also by Analogue Productions). Here it one of the cuts from the album on its second play through my system:



    Beyond that, I finally caved and bought the Analogue Productions 45 RPM set of Brubeck's Time Out. The realism is fantastic.

    Morrow Audio is a cable manufacturer, but they have also opened their own used record store in their hometown. They brought a portion of a major haul of records that I believe came from a large university library. I found two classical titles (a Bartok "Symphony for Orchestra" on RCA, and a Stravinsky "Le Sacre du Printemps" on the DG label) in nice condition. I also picked up Count Basie Orchestra's Li'l Ol' Groovemaker...Basie! on Verve (which was arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones), and the Pete Fountain A Taste of Honey LP, on the Coral label. I will need to needle drop that title track from Pete Fountain's record--it directly "borrows" the TJB arrangement. The rest of the album is sometimes a bit hokey (typical 60s MOR record in a way) but I haven't heard it in 40 years. It's nice having a scratch-free copy to play now.

    I also discovered a lot of new music in the numerous listening rooms at the show. Analogue Productions had released a 12" 45 RPM single with two old Louis Armstrong tracks on it--not my cup of tea by a longshot, but it was popular. Three titles I did like, however, stood out. There was a 2007 record Orbit by Neil Larsen, which features Robben Ford on guitar--a fusion-ey, funky gig that sounds excellent. (The 180g vinyl is unobtainium now, sadly, and the CD long out of print.) Kenny Rankin's album Because Of You was also a stand out (at least the couple of tracks we heard from it). In the Von Schweikert/VAC Amplifiers room, I walked in to a recording of the Poulenc Organ Concerto in G Minor that was stunning.
     
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  2. Bobberman

    Bobberman Well-Known Member

    Wow That Hatari track sounds Killer good I feel the percussion and drums Really come alive Great Stuff Rudy.
     
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  3. DeeInKY

    DeeInKY Well-Known Member

    Been listening to some stuff by the latest incarnation of the Squirrel Nut Zippers. I wasn't a fan back in the 90s, but I'm really enjoying their sound now. Go figure. :D
    Maybe it's the lure of the musical saw.
     
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  4. Bobberman

    Bobberman Well-Known Member

    I liked the original Squirell but Zippers during my first year in radio in 96 their CD "Hot" was a huge Hit and we played many of the songs to death but We got a platinum record frame for it and it's still displayed in our studio lobby my favorite tracks from it are the cautionary song " Hell" and "Put A Lid On It" they did have an almost Retrolike sound about them that drew my younger ears to them
     
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  5. AM Matt

    AM Matt Well-Known Member

    The Squirrel Nut Zippers "Hot" (1996) was the CD that was playing when The Ides Of March of "Vehicle" fame (featuring Jim Peterik) came on in to perform back in August of 2006 in New Buffalo, Michigan (near the Indiana border)!! Matt Clark Sanford, MI
     
  6. Rudy

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    I played this version of the four Rachmaninov piano concertos this morning, ripped from SACD:

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    They sound good (especially since they are live recordings), but the renditions are a bit rushed. I never understood why some performers feel they have to play some of these as fast as they can. Piano Concerto No. 3 is a tough one to play as it is!

    This set also includes "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini." I can't say I have ever cared for this one much (no matter who performs it).
     
  7. Familiarity plus performance anxiety has a tendency to cause artists to rush through a piece. I've mentioned this phenomenon before in some Carpenters threads here, but it applies to just about every artist. Our local chorus even does it - after months of rehearsal, when it gets to concert time, we tend to rush through the pieces we know well.

    Every time I've heard Herb Alpert do a live rendition of one of his records, it ALWAYS sounds too rushed to me, and it applies to Sergio, Carpenters, and even Burt Bacharach, though he tends to rein in his musicians sometimes.
     
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  8. Mike Blakesley

    Mike Blakesley Well-Known Member Moderator

    I have always wondered why artists change the tempo on their songs. I never thought about "familiarity" being a reason but it definitely sounds plausible.

    I did see Bacharach a long time ago and his sound was just amazing - didn't feel rushed at all. (Out of all the classic A&M artists, he's the only one I've seen in the flesh.... unless you count Styx, who I've seen twice.)
     
  9. Rudy

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    I kind of chalked it up to adrenalin. Or drugs. :laugh:
     
  10. Well, yeah. That's where the "anxiety" part kicks in - gets the adrenaline flowing.
     
  11. DeeInKY

    DeeInKY Well-Known Member

    And now Flight of the Bumblebee has popped into my head. That usually sounds like the orchestra is on speed anyway. :D
     
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  12. Rudy

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  13. Rudy

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    Music from the past couple of days.

    I always like Lyle Mays' piano, but Jack DeJohnette is also a feature on this album:

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    I've played the heck out of Holon (still am, actually), so I'm starting to crack into Llyria as well:

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    I have also had other Ralph Towner recordings playing as well, as he has had many on the ECM Records label, which is the focus of a lot of what I am listening to these days.

    Dinner hours are usually taken up by either of my Pandora stations Salsa/Mambo Radio or 70's Soul. And late evening hours (after the NHL Playoff games) are handled by my ECM Radio station.
     
  14. I'm still enjoying the heck out of my needledrops of some of Rupert Holmes' albums. In his later albums from around 1979-1981, he got into a lot of overdubbed harmonies. Listen to the chorus of "Morning Man" starting around 1:20.

     
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  15. DeeInKY

    DeeInKY Well-Known Member

    Listening to “Aretha’s Best”. Really nice compilation. R-E-S-P-E-C-T :uhhuh:
     
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  16. AM Matt

    AM Matt Well-Known Member

    Listening to AC/DC 1988 CD "Blow Up Your Video" (with the song "Heatseeker") but no one wasn't paying attention back then!! Matt Clark Sanford, MI
     
  17. I felt like some Brazilian tunes on an uncharacteristically rainy Sunday morning, so I've been spinning CANTIGA DE LONGE by Edú Lobo.
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