I don't have the funds for multi purchases like I used to (before the kids!) so have to be choosey.
The outstanding releases for me were
Pink Floyd - Wish you were here (Excellent recording anyway but the re-release is quite simply immense)
Noel Gallager's high flying birds - A welcome return from this great song writer. Completely blows his brother's band out of the water with this great sounding LP. Very strong song list as well as a great recording. Ignore the Gallagher hype and BS. Buy this record.
Graham Nash & David Crosby - Another stoney night. (Incredible LP captures them live and acoustic in 72 in front of a very appreciative crowd. The harmonies are hair raising as is the performance even though Crosby appears happy to accept the accusation from Nash that he was maybe a little high! Absolutely stunning LP. A must have in my opinion.)
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PRAISE: The vinyl version of last year's release by Jonathan Wilson "Gentle Spirit".
He's a very well respected and connected musician who is also a fan of analogue recording. This really shows in the quality of this double-LP vinyl with free download too (though you need to email barcodes etc to the record company Bella Union to get the mp3s - still, they've made an effort.)
The sound quality of the vinyl is excellent. One of the best new releases I've heard.
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Just bought this today (and pre-ordered The Wall) to replace my aging copies and, although a bit sceptical, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality so roll on the 27th!
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Buy loads of vinyl, but rarely risk newly released stuff. Very pleased with Old Ideas, the new LP by Leonard Cohen. Great pressing on 180g and sounds truly engaging. Comes with CD too.
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Thanks Charlie for the heads-up on the new Leonard Cohen - it is on my list to buy. I'm hoping Diverse Vinyl will have it at the Tonbridge AudioJumble this Sunday (I have a long list
Good luck with the search for Leonard's new one and any other gems currently out there, DC. Let us know if anything gets ticked off your long list.
+1 for Charlie's recommendation of the new Leonard Cohen - superb production and excellent quality vinyl.
I bought this on Sunday from Diverse Vinyl, along with the Dawes 2009 "North Hills" - produced by aforementioned Jonathan Wilson at same place as he did his own "Gentle Spirit". I was very surprised to find that it is actually 45rpm double album, comes with a CD too, and sounds great.
Nice one DC.
I've been tempted by the Jonathan Wilson LP - read all the reviews/hype and like the influences he draws on, but haven't bought it yet. Tempted by your quality assurance comments.
The last Radiohead and My Morning Jacket LPs played at 45rpm over two discs too. Cool.
Been listening to 'Old Ideas' on Spotify, sorry, wash mouth out with soap . . . I will have to track it down on Vinyl, although the Spotify version is good, at the same time I will be looking for his 'Live in London' vinyl album . . . ?
My biggest problem at the moment is a reliable vinyl supplyer. I have been after Jennifer Warnes 'the Hunter', ordered from two outlets on line, both say 'in stock', take your money, then when it does not arive and I chase it up . . . give all sorts of EDITED and bull stories why they have not actualy got it in stock . . . I'm feeling very ripped off at the moment!
I've just ordered the re-issued OTC double vinyl, and have just received the Cat Power vinyl. I'm still yet to play it, busy working hard, but really looking forward to it.
Will report back soon.......
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I'll do my Civic duty here also. Not all new but within the last year are these:
First of all I can be criticised for buying a new expensive 180g copy when there are plentiful $1 ones in good coniditon around, but last year's Island re-issue of "Tea for the Tillerman", is great sounding EXCEPT for the the inner tracks where there is noticable distortion, a tizzy on the top end. Not sure what they did or whether this album is famous for that or not. I don't beleive it's my turnatable as other albums are not affected in the same way.
Four Men with Beards reissue of Funkadelic's "Free Your Mind..", aaarrrgh. What a thin sound for a classic funk record, what happened to the Bass? Another purchase that should have been a few dollars at an Op Shop.
Finally a new release, and really the only Vinyl you should by new is John Legend and the Roots "Wake Up!" on Columbia. Nice heavy Vinyl, silent andf clean, but a flat, uninvolving sound, a pity because the music is great. I wonder if the CD sounds better?
I haven't posted GOOD sounding Vinyl, because most of it is in my experience, and some truly excellent, and I have a lot more of that than these few disappointments.
edit: My local store has the new Leonard Cohen LP - by the sounds of it I will now have to pop out this arvo and by it!
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Another good purchase to report.
The new Lambchop LP, Mr.M, is a really fantastic set. Double 180g discs, download card and a DVD, all for £9.99. (Amazon).
Jennifer Warnes, 'the Hunter' . . .
Oh dear, I have been fighting to get hold of a vinyl copy of Jennifer Warnes 'the Hunter' finally tracked a copy down. Arrived on Tuesday have not had time to listen until today. What a disappointment, she has changed her style, more jazz oriented, the record is compressed, her voice is in there amongst the instruments, somewhere. I expected the compression on the CD, but not on the record as well? In fact I did an A-B comparison with CD and vinyl synchronised, I actually thought the CD had the edge!
Not only has she changed style, If I had not known better I would have said it was Mary Chapen Carpenter singing? I detected a bit of Streisand as well?
Just to bring me back to reality, I have put on Famous Blue Raincoat which she Recorded in 1987 . . . that better.
If you want 'the Hunter', have a listen first on Spotify, then look for the CD, £28 for a 180gs vinyl is not worth it, its not very clean either, I have 30 year old vinyl that is as good.
Thumbs down I'm afraid . . .
This compared with the recent purchase of ‘Raising Sand’ by Robert Plant and Alison Krouss, so clean its black sound between tracks, voices are where they should be, its is an experience to listen to.
Two thumbs up for Raising Sand . . .
THE COOL LATIN SOUND OF ANTONIO PEDRO HATCH (Tony Hatch Orchestra)
£4.00 Oxfam purchase. Not bad condition considering it's a 1968 LP, though I love that vinyl crackle underneath Tony's bossa rhythms. Sounds like an open fire...
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