Well it shouldn't, it's extraordinary, actually made my other half cry!
No signature worth mentioning...
Its more the '50 quid' I supose . . . recently retired on a fixed pitance! Anything I can do to save cash . . . finding the original in A1 condition was a plesant suprise, especialy as I did not remember I had it. Put the penies away, it will come . . .
I also came across Sarah Vaughan with 'Songs of the Beatles' . . . not a fan of the beattes, but their song writing I like and Sarah Vaughan rendition, superb . . . again the condition was as new.
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Having a nose at Diverse Vinyl’s 'nearly new' listings over the weekend. Spotted a real cheapie in William Jackson 'inCHCOLm' . . . £3 on the Linn label . . . researched who William Jackson was, nothing on Spotify but Google helped with the fact that he was a Scottish Folk musician.
As I generally like folk music, it was on the Linn label for £3, it seemed worth a punt? Three pound for postage . . . see if they have anything else I fancied to spread the postage. Spied Linda Ronstadt 'Different Drum' for £6 and Fairport Convention 'Angel Delight' an old recording 1972 . . . a bit pricy at £15, but I liked what I heard on Spotify.
Arrived this morning, William Jackson is worth every penny, not earth shattering but good quality and great for the Horlicks hour. Fairport Convention . . . Island Records label, absolutely amazing, superb recording quality, amazing enormous sound stage. I have never hear Fairport like sound like this, simply filled the room, again worth every penny, although a bigger penny.
I've not listened to Linda Ronstadt yet . . . what with getting dinner, washing up, fiddling with the spindle puck, walking the dog . . . there are only so many hours in a day, I will save Linda for Horlicks hour.
Be keeping an eye in the future on 'Diverse nearly new listings' . . . and looking out for some more Fairport Convention.
Seems to have been a busy day today . . . finally got around to a cupa and some vinyl therapy. Found two old records that had not seen the light of day since the 80's. A copy of Lonnie Donegan's 'Putting on the Style' . . . I remember the exact circumstances when I bought it, petrol station purchase, after work, I was doing a bit of moonlighting selling caravans, late 70's. The second album, Steve Gibbons Band 'On The Loose', bought this at the Bristol HiFi show, circa 1987? The Gibbons Band was the entertainment at the Saturday night exhibitors party.
Lonnie Donegans album has had very little play . . . I dont know why? It made me tingle, sophisticated skiffle is the best description, a sound that was presented as although it was a live performance, almost a wall of sound, capturing the energy of the performance, superbly recorded upright piano. I sorted Steve Gibbons out because of the live energy from Lonnie Donigan. Gibbons is pure rock, a live recording that is truly magical. A super musical base line that underpins the songs, again, a wall of sound. Neither are hifi in the left, right, middle sense, although depth is portrayed very well.
Great music, that I have missed out on over the years, a little raw at the edges but the sence of reality is so strong, they will be played more often in future.
£17.99 does sound a bit steep. I bought Barton Hollow from my local shop, and I think it was £15.00. It also came with a download voucher. No complaints about my pressing, so maybe you were unlucky.
Finally....I managed to get this LP and listening to Whiskey in The Jar and Tuesday's Gone...Paid GBP30 for this...and the sound is amazing...
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Bonnie "Prince" Billy: I See A Darkness
Ordered this from Norman Records - who were excellent, BTW.
Bonnie "Prince" Billy's voice is so pretty, his melodies are subtle and lilting, and the accompaniments are minimilist. But the music is great, with tons of poetry (musically and lyrically). He's one of my favourite newly discovered artists.
The record in general sounds very good. There's some siblance in places on his vocals - especially at the start of side 1 and the end of side 2. But apart from that the sound is clear and very natural. The vinyl itself is a decent cut, not sure if it's 180g but it's certainly not flimsy. This is probably my favourite record right now.
4/5 (due to the quality in the vocals (mostly slight siblance)).
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I can also recommend Norman - really great site.
I've found out about lots of interesting releases from their recommendations. Also, they quite often send you free sweets with your order!
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
A fantastic sounding record. The production is really polished on this one, comes complete with a digital download which also sounds pretty decent. I did a comparison between the digital download (320 kbps) with my mac book air plugged in to my amp. The download sounds good, but much more "aggressive" than the vinyl, which sounds brighter and clearer.
Radiohead: King of Limbs.
The first thing you notice about this record is that when you put it on it sounds very tight and loud. Don't mistake this for compression because it certainly isn't, it's just the superb mastering from Radiohead. This is probably my best sounding LP. Theres nothing to fault here.
Musically it's not as strong as In Rainbows, but it's still excellent nonetheless.
King Creosote and John Hopkins - The Jubilee E.P comes with a download for the whole album which is an added bonus
RSD purchase which I've finally got to listen to properly, nicely atmospheric and a real grower.
KT Tunstall - The Scarlet Tulip E.P
Love this one.
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(Already posted in what I'm listening to, but as this is a new release, this is might be useful to others.)
Just got my vinyl copy of the new George Harrison "Early Takes 1"
All demos or early takes from the cupboards of the Harrison household, mastered at Abbey Road.
I highly recommend this album ! Fabulous sound quality, and great songs, refound when Martin Scorcese did his Harrison biog. I prefer some to the final versions released at the time.
(no download voucher).
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I must get that new Harrison LP. I do have the CD, bought because the shop only had that, and I wanted it there and then!
The last LP I bought is The Rival Sons "Pressure & Time". Much punchier than the already decent sounding CD, and a nice flat quiet pressing.
Foo Fighters Wasting Light on 180g. So much better than the CD. Amazingly my local HMV are having a trial period of selling vinyl!!
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