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Re: The best vinyl quality i've heard yet
Clare Newsome:
the_lhc:

Clare Newsome:
Plus Acoustic Sounds (whom I bought the vinyl from at CES) will ship to UK



I was trying to find delivery details on that page, but it wants you to create an account first, however given they charge $7.45 for internal shipping it might work out just as expensive!

I'm going to give it a go, and order another of the Analogue Productions 45rpm albums - will let you know how much the UPS shipping works out at.

EDIT - Well i've ordered two albums (one of which is currently out of stock); have received order confirmation with 'shipping total to be determined'. Will update you when I find out!



Yes, if you look at the help link, somewhere down the bottom they give you instructions for finding out how much the shipping will be, which I think involves sending them an email, how quaint! Smile

EDIT: What else did you order, if you don't mind me asking of course?
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Re: The best vinyl quality i've heard yet
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All I can say is WOW Big Smile

After being totally blown away by its use in a demo at CES, I picked up a copy of Nat King Cole - Love is the Thing on heavyweight vinyl. It's an audiophile pressing of the original album (stunningly recorded at Capitol) that runs at 45rpm, with only @three tracks per side (so the original two-sided album is now spread over four sides).

The mastering/pressing is by Analogue Productions - more info here

I love Nat King Cole, and this is the best i've ever heard him sound. Truly magical, goosebump-inducing stuff.

And I picked up this album and other in the series for $50 eachYes 

A brilliant way to cope with raging jetlag...

 

What HI-FI editors catches up with the rest of the world 20 years later SHOCK!!

 

Clare it's a Steve Hoffman ex DCC mastering, us Audiophiles (hate that word) have been being his stuff since the 80's!! look up stevehoffman.tv - he's the king of midrange magic

 

 

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Re: The best vinyl quality i've heard yet
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Nat King Cole has a voice like velvet doesn't he?

When I was a kid in the seventies and into Slade, Sweet, Mud & the like my dad used to listen to Nat King Cole, who I dismissed as slow sentimental rubbish.  But as you grow up and get older and your tastes mature you really get to appreciate someone like Nat King Cole

I remember a  magazine doing a survey quite a few years ago and they said the artists with the best voice of all time were

3. Frank Sinatra

2. Elvis

1. Nat King Cole

 and I think yeah I can go along with that.

 

They're certainly my favourite three  - and oddly enough, i've just listened to all six sides of another of my heavyweight vinyl purchases:

Elvis 24 Karat 

 

another Steve Hoffman mastering and probably the best remastering ever 

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Re: The best vinyl quality i've heard yet
KT66:

Clare Newsome:

All I can say is WOW Big Smile

After being totally blown away by its use in a demo at CES, I picked up a copy of Nat King Cole - Love is the Thing
on heavyweight vinyl. It's an audiophile pressing of the original album
(stunningly recorded at Capitol) that runs at 45rpm, with only @three
tracks per side (so the original two-sided album is now spread over four
sides).

The mastering/pressing is by Analogue Productions - more info here

I love Nat King Cole, and this is the best i've ever heard him sound. Truly magical, goosebump-inducing stuff.

And I picked up this album and other in the series for $50 eachYes 

A brilliant way to cope with raging jetlag...

 

What HI-FI editors catches up with the rest of the world 20 years later SHOCK!!

 

Clare
it's a Steve Hoffman ex DCC mastering, us Audiophiles (hate that word)
have been being his stuff since the 80's!!

 

 

In the '80s i was still at school, with no means to buy heavyweight vinyl Big Smile Was far more interested in listening to Duran Duran on my Walkman Stick out tongue

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Re: The best vinyl quality i've heard yet
Clare Newsome:
KT66:

Clare Newsome:

All I can say is WOW Big Smile

After being totally blown away by its use in a demo at CES, I picked up a copy of Nat King Cole - Love is the Thing
on heavyweight vinyl. It's an audiophile pressing of the original album
(stunningly recorded at Capitol) that runs at 45rpm, with only @three
tracks per side (so the original two-sided album is now spread over four
sides).

The mastering/pressing is by Analogue Productions - more info here

I love Nat King Cole, and this is the best i've ever heard him sound. Truly magical, goosebump-inducing stuff.

And I picked up this album and other in the series for $50 eachYes 

A brilliant way to cope with raging jetlag...

 

What HI-FI editors catches up with the rest of the world 20 years later SHOCK!!

 

Clare
it's a Steve Hoffman ex DCC mastering, us Audiophiles (hate that word)
have been being his stuff since the 80's!!

 

 

In the '80s i was still at school, with no means to buy heavyweight vinyl Big Smile Was far more interested in listening to Duran Duran on my Walkman Stick out tongue

ahh the walkman...it takes me back Smile
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Re: The best vinyl quality i've heard yet
the_lhc:

Clare Newsome:
Plus Acoustic Sounds (whom I bought the vinyl from at CES) will ship to UK



I was trying to find delivery details on that page, but it wants you to create an account first, however given they charge $7.45 for internal shipping it might work out just as expensive!

 

Buying from Acoustic Sounds could work out more expensive than you bargained for, if your lucks out.

Great service from them, my order arrived in a knick knack. And following close behind was a nice letter from Hers Majestys Customs. Lovely, thanks guys for the 20 quid import duty. Hope you have better luck.

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Re: The best vinyl quality i've heard yet

that explains a lot!

 

Steve Hoffman still masters records as regularly reviewed in all your rivals publications.

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Re: The best vinyl quality i've heard yet
KT66:

that explains a lot!

 

Steve Hoffman still masters records as regularly reviewed in all your rivals publications.



Nice!
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Just received my copy of Love is the Thing from the US - no import duty, but $27 fedex - still, is the best vinyl (therefore, any recording) I have heard - absolutely superb. Captivating.

Looks like the Christmas list is sorted, seeing the other recordings available.

Any UK distributors?

 

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It's now going for £36 with free shipping direct from Amazon. 

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Thanks Bretty, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Thing-VINYL-King-Cole/dp/B0036KS77E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1316159880&sr=8-1 

Shame that the other releases don't seem to be available via the uk site.

However, this Analogue Productions one of Just One of Those Things via the .com site   http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VOP7KU/ref=ox_ya_os_product

works out at £42 including snail-mail shipping. oh dear, just clicked to buy it Tongue out 

After playing the Nat King Cole records, I switched to the latest Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues vinyl - the drop in quality was distinct. Ok, after first tracks you start to forget the difference, but the head-to-head comparison really showed how sublime the Nat records are.. and how good others could be (if they made a real professional effort to make quality vinyl recordings).

 

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RE: The best vinyl quality i've heard yet

"Just one of those things" is excellent, too Smile

Nine months on and the Nat recordings are still getting very regularly spun - they are perfect for those days when you just want to hear something awesome.

And yes, if only other recordings were this good!

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RE: The best vinyl quality i've heard yet

Clare Newsome wrote:

"Just one of those things" is excellent, too Smile

Nine months on and the Nat recordings are still getting very regularly spun - they are perfect for those days when you just want to hear something awesome.

And yes, if only other recordings were this good!

Took me a while but I finally picked up Love is The Thing from Diverse Vinyl at the Bristol Show over the weekend, listened to it last night, absolutely stunning, my OH actually broke down midway through side three (I love the false start on that side!).

Probably helped that I also bought a cartridge scale at the show and got the downforce right on the arm first, originally it wouldn't even register on the Ortofon scale, which means it was well over 3g. It's only supposed to be 1.8!  doh! Respun Tony Bennett's Jazz double (that sounds wrong...) from the late 80s, sounds much better than the first time I tried it, although obviously nothing like as good as Nat.

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I posted a while back that it was Tom Petty's blu-ray audio of Mojo that persuaded my wife that good surround sound and speakers were worth having.

In the same way, it was Nat's "Love is the Thing" (AP 45 rpm from Acoustic Sounds) that persuaded her that there really is magic in vinyl, and "ok, go on, you can...buy it...upgrade it...tweek it...generally spend more time/money with it". Thank you Nat! 

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barnsleydave wrote:

I remember a  magazine doing a survey quite a few years ago and they said the artists with the best voice of all time were

3. Frank Sinatra

2. Elvis

1. Nat King Cole

 and I think yeah I can go along with that.

 

 

Scott Walker wouldn't be far off that list

I've just re-discovered his first album - a vinyl copy I picked up as a student 10 years ago and didn't really "appreciate"

 

Crikey me - this is the vinyl experience i've been looking for.

For some reason, all that trashy garage-rock doesn't have quite this wow factor

I'd be inviting everyone I know around for a listen if I didn't feel slightly embarassed as a 31 year old

 

Oops just realised this post is a year old err enthusiasm getting the better of me...