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Favourite albums in no order:

- Pet Shop Boys - Behaviour (1990)
- Donald Fagen - The Nightfly (1982)
- Steely Dan - Gaucho (1980)
- Simple Minds - New Gold Dream (1982)
- Dire Straits - Dire Straits (1978)

- Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil (1964)
- Miles Davis - Bitches Brew (1969)
- Miles Davis - Nefertiti (1967)
- Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters (1973)

- Aphex Twin - I Care Because You Do (1995)
- Autechre - Tri Repetae (1995)
- Boards of Canada - Music Has the Right (1998)
- Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest (2013)
- B12 - Electro-Soma (1993)

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Andrew Hill - Dance With Death
submitted Andrew Hill - Dance With Death. 1 day ago
Miles Davis - The Cellar Door Sessions 1970
posted a review of Miles Davis - The Cellar Door Sessions 1970. 6 months ago
Disagree but respect the opinion of JazzElectronicus. Live-Evil is a quicker listen, but I thought Teo's weird edits to condense it to a 2xLP were ham-fisted. In contrast, this is just the raw music, the way it was performed. Same goes for the On... See full review
The Beach Boys - Made In U.S.A.
posted a review of The Beach Boys - Made In U.S.A.. 7 months ago
sugarscissors why would they reissue these tracks again in mono??
Bill Evans - The Second Trio
posted a review of Bill Evans - The Second Trio. 8 months ago
Just grabbed this one, and yes it's stereo, and it sounds excellent. Really solid bass on this one.
Bill Evans Trio* - Waltz For Debby
posted a review of Bill Evans Trio* - Waltz For Debby . 8 months ago
One thing to keep in mind is that the twofer is either mono or very narrow stereo depending on who you believe.
Andrew Hill - Point Of Departure
posted a review of Andrew Hill - Point Of Departure. 8 months ago
I also just compared the BN75 to the BNC. Night and day difference! The BNC is much clearer and more defined, just overall sounds much better. However, the BN75's jacket is just a tiny bit better in color and resolution than the BNC, which is... See full review
Sonny Rollins - Go West!: The Contemporary Records Albums
posted a review of Sonny Rollins - Go West!: The Contemporary Records Albums. 8 months ago
FinalSpinRecords have they done that with any records aside from the Ornette box?
Jackie McLean - Right Now!
posted a review of Jackie McLean - Right Now!. 8 months ago
The main gatefold photo of McLean has the date of 1965, but it's the same photo inside both the Music Matters gatefolds of Jackie's Bag and Bluesnik (although that photo is reversed). I wonder what session the photo really comes from.
Benjamin Orr - The Lace
posted a review of Benjamin Orr - The Lace. 9 months ago
I'm guessing this album was probably ignored or panned on release. However, listening in 2023, it's definitely a hidden gem, and invokes nostalgia for 1986, though I never heard it back then. There are several really good songs here - In Circles,... See full review
McCoy Tyner - Expansions
posted a review of McCoy Tyner - Expansions. 9 months ago
Definitely the most undervalued Tone Poet. They can't seem to give them away, but musically it's nowhere near the weakest. In fact it's quite good. Even if not musically #1, soundwise it's definitely one of the best TPs. It sounds incredible! I do... See full review
Tina Brooks - True Blue
posted a review of Tina Brooks - True Blue. 9 months ago
ilpis - Joe Harley has said that these Disk Union ressiues are digital. The BN tapes do not leave California.
Eddie
posted a review of Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis with Shirley Scott - Cookin' With Jaws And The Queen: The Legendary Prestige Cookbook Albums. 10 months ago
Got this from the library because I really didn't think I'd like the music enough to justify buying it. But this box delivers, and delivers big. Excellent sound, Grundman did a good job, though of course he had good tapes and great-quality... See full review
Miles Davis - Miles Davis
posted a review of Miles Davis - Miles Davis. 10 months ago
Great sound on this one, just like the later pressing of the Workin & Steamin twofer mastered by David Turner. Nice liner notes from Ralph Gleason too, with some historical context on the music. A good way to pick up both albums with excellent sound... See full review
Vince Guaraldi Trio - Jazz Impressions Of Black Orpheus
posted a review of Vince Guaraldi Trio - Jazz Impressions Of Black Orpheus. 10 months ago
The copy I got from the library looks and sounds great. I've listened to and enjoyed the alternate takes a lot more than I thought I would. The packaging is nice, and the records are clean, flat, and quiet. I might buy this one. Will watch as I'm... See full review
Bill Evans - The Village Vanguard Sessions
posted a review of Bill Evans - The Village Vanguard Sessions. 10 months ago
All indications are that this twofer is mono across the board. I'm guessing it's labeled stereo on discogs because the record itself says stereo, but that is incorrect. The liner notes make reference to Riverside 376 and 399, which are the mono... See full review
Freddie Hubbard - Blue Spirits
posted a review of Freddie Hubbard - Blue Spirits. 10 months ago
martinbedford it would be great if you could post needledrops of this and the BN75!
Bill Evans - The Bill Evans Album
posted a review of Bill Evans - The Bill Evans Album. 10 months ago
I think you just described every Bill Evans album 😀
Herbie Hancock - Herbie Hancock
posted a review of Herbie Hancock - Herbie Hancock. 10 months ago
Decent track selection for the Herbie collector. Seems this compilation was aimed at folks who already owned Maiden Voyage and Empyrean Isles. After hearing all these tracks together, I think I sort of came up with a Herbie BN ranking

1. Maiden... See full review
Various - Nuggets (Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era) (50th Anniversary)
posted a review of Various - Nuggets (Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era) (50th Anniversary). 10 months ago
Has anyone actually compared them? Not looking for speculation - an actual comparison would be very helpful.

I also have the 1976 Sire reissue and passed on this item, in part because I didn't want to deal with the RSD hassle 😀 the Sire reissue... See full review
The Ahmad Jamal Trio* - The Awakening
posted a review of The Ahmad Jamal Trio* - The Awakening. 11 months ago
My copy is fine, just a couple ticks/pops, no real problems. Sound is as good as can be expected. Musically, I enjoyed the album a lot more than I did last time I heard it, which was at least ten years ago. Really great album, and I'm glad to... See full review
The Beach Boys - Sunshine Dream
posted a review of The Beach Boys - Sunshine Dream. 11 months ago
I don't think this record is nearly as bad as Groovemaster-DJ says. Yes, it inexplicably (and sadly) contains many mono versions, especially of some of the best songs here (it's borderline criminal to not offer the stereo version of Good... See full review
U2 - October
posted a review of U2 - October. 11 months ago
Five stars, no question. Probably my favorite U2 album. You won't really have heard any of these songs on the radio, so they still sound totally fresh. Great pressing on these sweet Island sunrise/sunset labels.

Musically, it's incredible, pure,... See full review
Art Pepper - Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section
posted a review of Art Pepper - Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section. 11 months ago
After seeing the very poor cover art on the new Craft stereo reissue, I decided to go for this vintage pressing, and I'm glad I did. The cover photo is much better, and It's got a nice tip-on sleeve with the green text at the top reverse. Mine came... See full review
Alien Community - Alien Community I + II
posted a review of Alien Community - Alien Community I + II. 11 months ago
Excellent couple albums from the golden age of Fax. This is perfect music for laying down some code!

A co-worker long ago called this one "A long and perilous listening experience" 😀
Ornette Coleman - Round Trip: Ornette Coleman On Blue Note
posted a review of Ornette Coleman - Round Trip: Ornette Coleman On Blue Note. 11 months ago
Got mine today from Acoustic Sounds after having it from the local library twice. I skipped the recent Blue Note sale of $137, thought it was still too high. But I couldn't resist the $100 price on AS. So glad I grabbed it. Yes, the music is out... See full review
Miles Davis - Miles In Tokyo
posted a review of Miles Davis - Miles In Tokyo. 11 months ago
Good pressing, very quiet, except for some distortion on Miles on B3. The recording is crystal clear -- you can hear Rivers moving the keys on his sax. There is some pre-echo on the trumpet, but really only noticeable on MFV and on headphones. Not... See full review
Alice Coltrane Featuring Pharoah Sanders - Journey In Satchidananda
posted a review of Alice Coltrane Featuring Pharoah Sanders - Journey In Satchidananda. 11 months ago
[quote=CharacterWells] If I'm going to be perfectly honest, I don't hear much of a difference alongside the 97 reissue and the string of reissues that came shortly after. Video recorded this 2023 reissue alongside the 97 Capitol remaster from analog... See full review
Sonny Rollins - Newk's Time
posted a review of Sonny Rollins - Newk's Time. 11 months ago
I have a 70s blue label Liberty reissue, and there are no dropouts. Wonder what happened to the tape.
Sonny Rollins - Newk's Time
posted a review of Sonny Rollins - Newk's Time. 11 months ago
Grabbed a NM- copy at a shop recently, and so glad I did. Sounds excellent! Every chart here is great, but I particularly like the sax/drum duet on Surrey. Such a great, creative performance. Not sure if this or Way Out West is my favorite... See full review
Paul Chambers Quartet - Bass On Top
posted a review of Paul Chambers Quartet - Bass On Top. 11 months ago
For me this is easily a top 5 Tone Poet -- musically one of the very best albums in the series. Overall it's top-tier Blue Note, right up there with the big ones I'd say! Great chart selection and excellent performances. At first I wasn't into the... See full review
Daryl Hall, John Oates* - Private Eyes
posted a review of Daryl Hall, John Oates* - Private Eyes. 11 months ago
What's "particularly interesting" is that we now know these records had DSD in the chain. So I wonder how much of what Rob wrote there is truthful.
Jackie McLean - Destination... Out!
posted a review of Jackie McLean - Destination... Out!. 12 months ago
Long shot, but can anyone compare to the 2015 Elemental pressing? I have that one, and it's good, but wondering if there's an improvement in sound here.
posted a review that has since been deleted. 12 months ago
Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles
posted a review of Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles. 12 months ago
My copy has the noise on B2, especially during the piano solo. Thinking I may keep it though. Optimal had a rough month.
Sam Rivers - Fuchsia Swing Song
posted a review of Sam Rivers - Fuchsia Swing Song. 12 months ago
Tracks B2 and B3 are littered with non-fill. Will exchange via amazon and hope for a better copy. Otherwise, the mastering sounds great, and the music is superb.

edit - replacement copy is better, though there is still some slight right-channel... See full review
Grachan Moncur III - Evolution
posted a review of Grachan Moncur III - Evolution. 12 months ago
For those who have a good copy, can anyone compare to the BN75? Wondering whether it's worth an upgrade.
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
posted a review of Miles Davis - Bitches Brew. 12 months ago
I disagree that this is veiled. In fact, quite the opposite: it has more snap and punch than the MoFi, and is cut louder. On the other hand, there's definitely more tape hiss on this edition, which MoFi removed with their mastering -- but at the... See full review
Harold Vick - Steppin' Out!
posted a review of Harold Vick - Steppin' Out!. 12 months ago
Glad I got this one from the library. Like all Tone Poets, the record sounds excellent, and it's impeccably performed. But the music itself is very commercial-sounding and some tracks border on cliche. Takes no chances. Sounds like a Stanley... See full review
Michael Fakesch - Demon. 2
posted a review of Michael Fakesch - Demon. 2. 12 months ago
Wardhax and Rand are a couple of my all-time favorite IDM tracks. Just excellent, slowly morphing percussion with thoughtful melodies floating behind. The rhythm takes center stage in a way, especially on Wardhax. In my opinion, they're best at 33... See full review
Chet Baker, Art Pepper, Phil Urso - Picture Of Heath
posted a review of Chet Baker, Art Pepper, Phil Urso - Picture Of Heath. about 1 year ago
I've played thru this on my Technics SL-23 with an AT95EX at 2.0g and it plays perfectly. There are a couple very minor hot places, but no skipping. Now, it DID skip with my AT100E at 1.6g, so a heavier tracker is advisable for this record. But... See full review
posted a comment on The Mastery Of John Coltrane. about 1 year ago
Thanks, you're right, I meant volume 2. That is not available on CD. It was just a curiosity kind of.
George Harrison - All Things Must Pass (50th Anniversary)
posted a review of George Harrison - All Things Must Pass (50th Anniversary). about 1 year ago
The music is great. Some of the outtakes are better than the original versions, or at least as good, and very interesting to hear. The vinyl pressings themselves are good, though not perfect. A couple of mine had minor dish warps or not perfectly... See full review
Miles Davis - Miles In The Sky
posted a review of Miles Davis - Miles In The Sky. about 1 year ago
The mastering on this CD is better than the 1998 reissue. It's just much more pleasing, whereas the later CD has a somewhat harsh sound (although that one includes the two excellent outtakes). Unclear why this one was reissued with the blue border... See full review
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
posted a review of Miles Davis - Bitches Brew. about 1 year ago
In my experience, the OG 1970 Santa Maria beats the MoFi. But this is now your best, easiest way to get a great-sounding copy of this album. Glad it came back around for those who missed it.
Polygon Window - Surfing On Sine Waves
posted a review of Polygon Window - Surfing On Sine Waves. about 1 year ago
Truly excellent. Every bit as good as SAW85-92 IMHO, and if anything, it's more focused. I love the metallic coldness of this AFX era. Stone-cold classic here.
Bobby Hutcherson Featuring Harold Land - San Francisco
posted a review of Bobby Hutcherson Featuring Harold Land - San Francisco. about 1 year ago
First copy had a strange two half-circle gouge on A3. Replacement is perfect. Great album too, I've played it several times since I got it a couple days ago. Just excellent. The bass work, in particular, is fantastic, especially on A2 and B1. The... See full review
Lee Morgan - ¡Caramba!
posted a review of Lee Morgan - ¡Caramba!. about 1 year ago
Outstanding lineup and great performance. All tracks are good (Soulita is the only one that goes a little goofy, but I still like it!). Anything with either Bennie Maupin or Cedar Walton is excellent - and this features both!

I gotta believe the... See full review
Spaces (2) - Spaces
posted a review of Spaces (2) - Spaces. about 1 year ago
Well, it has its moments. It kind of alternates between rather dated, syrupy slower numbers; and rather dated, funky uptempo numbers. But if you grew up in the 80s it kinda hits the right notes. The recording is quite good. You might like this if... See full review
Thelonious Monk - Brilliance
posted a review of Thelonious Monk - Brilliance. about 1 year ago
That matches the original recordings, correct? - - - -
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
posted a review of Miles Davis - Bitches Brew. about 1 year ago
Is this the same mix as the US quad? Anyone know?