Well it aint new . . . but its new to me, a couple of quid from Oxfam on Monday, I bought 3 records but this is the best by a mile.
In fact its the find of the year for me . . . especially as, if I had noticed it was a K-tel record, I'd have put it back. Its the recording technique, Williams guitar is treated as the 'fronting vocal', then the various backings have been well engineered to compliment, little compression is evident on this 1979 recording, making it so transparent. The fingering of both left and right hand is quite obvious, with the timbre of the instruments beautifully captured, I listened to both sides in one sitting, unusual for me.
The best way I can sum this record up; it is the most analogue sounding record I own . . . that is 'analogue sounding' in the nicest possible way, how good recodings used to sound. I have many superb audiophile records, however this humble K-tel offering has a window into its inner character that is beguiling to say the least?
New Alabama Shakes and new Dr John albums just arrived - both have either free CD or download included, but not yet unwrapped.
Will have first listen and review tonight.
Anyone going to see Dr John at "Under the Bridge" next month?
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Keep the reviews coming
I've got the new Melody Gardot and Rumer albums on their way, plus the 180g 25th anniversary edition of Paul Simon's Graceland - will report back on all those once they've arrived...
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New Neil Young "Americana" also ordered, but amyzon just told me that it will be delayed till mid-July.
Is there a similar thread for "blu-ray audio"? I'd put my Tom Petty's (Mojo/Damn the Torpedoes) etc up on that one.
Dr John "Locked Down" - excellent quality recording and CD copy also included. I'm already smitten with this record. It has a really swampy gutteral feel and tone.(if you like this sort of thing). Great guitar sounds as well as Dr J on piano.
Produced by Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys, who also plays guitar on the record.
Current faves that I have bought:
Foals - Total Life Forever. A good album but sounds a bit 'weak', not as punchy as it should.
Cowboy junkies - The Wilderness. Great 180g pressing, as always with the CJs great atmosphere and really shows Margo's voice.
Wild Beasts - Two Dancers. Another 180g pressing and excellent.
David Byrne - the Catherine Wheel. Second-hand buy, excellent quality, great soundstage.
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I'm currently listening to the FLAC version of Americana and it sounds superb. I'm looking forward to reports of the vinyl and Blu-ray versions when they're released next month. Might order one or the other when I've given the album a few listens.
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Just listened to my new copy of "Nothing is Wrong" by Dawes (produced by Jonathan Wilson - an analogue fanatic).
Superb recording ( 45rpm double-disc ) plus free CD included inside.
The music (Laural Canyon west coast stuff that will chill you out), is excellent, and there are many moments when you look up from the magazine or iPad, and go "ooh, that sounded gooood". For example, the kick drum in "So Well" makes your eardrums smile (or whatever they do when they hear sounds like this).
Listening to "Tramp" by Sharon van Etten and it sounds pretty fine. Download included.
Sounds like a sophisticated Lana del Rey, at half the price .
"Bloom" by Beach House - very good (if you like Dreamy pop) but rather forgettable tunewise - fine as mood music.
However, as vinyl it is well-recorded, and comes as a 2-disc 45rpm set, with download voucher. Well done, Beach House!
"You Are Free" - album by Cat Power.
Only a tenner for vinyl (and includes download voucher!) - well done Cat!
From a listening point of view, very pleasant listen (though my copy is very slightly warped and a little bit crackly right at start). But well worth the £10.
Been getting into the latest Jessica Lauren Four LP recently.
Very nice. Very nice indeed!
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Popped onto Spotify to have a listen . . . Hazel summed it up, 'no variety' . . . as you say Paul, very nice, I liked 'White Mountain' great plucked base. But for me, the style of presentation repeated. I got to track 5, enough. Personal view, a nice album to ‘dip into’ as part of my 'chill' play list on Spotify.
Latest album from Jesca Hoop... "The House that Jack Built".
Excellent sound quality and CD included. (More considerate than Neil Young could include in Americana at £30 !!)
The new Codeine box set is superb quality from packaging to pressing. On Numero Uno, an off shoot of Sub Pop, the set includes 3 x 2 lp editions plus cd versions of each album and also includes demos, BBC sessions, b sides, etc.
Vinyl comes in very thick quality gatefold card sleeves, each with a slot for the cd version, all housed in a superb quality slipcase.
So far I have only played "The White Birch" which is the bands final album and a masterpiece in slo core alt music. The pressing is superb. On very thick vinyl with no surface noise, at least not to my ears.
Highly recommended if you like bands like Low or Mogwai you will love this. Quite expensive in some places but I got mine from Spin CDs for £69.99, which is the cheapest I found. Delivery was free, fast and box was well packaged.
The box was limited to 1000 copies worldwide and it looks like a few places have sold out but each album is available separately, and whilst all are superb in their own right if I had to recommend one I would say go for "The White Birch"
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