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posted a review of Pet Shop Boys - Behaviour.. 2 days ago
The more I play this, the more I think a 45-RPM, 2xLP would have been the way to go. It could be arranged like this:

Side 1: Boring, Place
Side 2: Truth, Expect, Wind
Side 3: October, Hard
Side 4: Nervously, World, Jealousy

This would preserve the ... See full review
posted a review of Kenny Burrell, John Coltrane - Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane. 6 days ago
Center hole a bit too small and side 1 is just slightly off-center. Still, it plays fine and sounds good. Can't complain for being so cheap on amazon. Great album with two great artists!
posted a review of Andrew Hill - Smoke Stack. 6 days ago
My copy has a very slight ripple at the outer edge of both sides, but plays fine and sounds great.
posted a comment on Neil Young - Homegrown. 15 days ago
Gone from Amazon and other places now.

Is this record essentially already sold out at mainstream retailers?
posted a comment on Can - Ege Bamyasi. 16 days ago
I have pops and clicks especially on B1 on my green copy. Same as yours? I went to exchange it on Amazon and suddenly it seems sold out everywhere.
submitted Stanley Clarke - Rocks, Pebbles And Sand. 19 days ago
posted a review of Darren Nye - Excursions Into The Unknown EP. 21 days ago
An excellent EP! He just reissued this on Bandcamp. I wish the full length version of "A Moment In Space" was available on vinyl. Classic stuff.
posted a review of Swing Out Sister - Filth And Dreams. 26 days ago
One of their best albums -- highly melodic and engaging. Needs a vinyl reissue!
posted a review of Kev Beadle* - The Best Of Inner City Records. 29 days ago
A lot of good tracks here, but it's heavily biased toward tracks with vocals and more straight-ahead jazz. Not totally representative of the label. The Joe Lee Wilson track is a head-scratcher for sure; its style does not fit Inner City in my ... See full review
posted a review of Toto - Toto. about 1 month ago
Pretty good pressing if you can get it cheap. I scored mine on Deep Discount for like six bucks. Somewhat bright sound, but the packaging and inner sleeve is good, if extremely staticky.

Worth it for Takin it Back!
posted a review of EverythingButTheGirl* - Temperamental. about 1 month ago
Great pressing of a fantastic album. God this music takes me back. So many memories. It's the slower, sadder songs that I really love most, especially No Difference, which still gets me 20 years later. Just a great experience listening to this album ... See full review
posted a review of Mitch Murder - The Real Deal. about 1 month ago
Great music (Outpost Alpha is my favorite track of this entire genre), but my vinyl copy is quite noisy. Ticks and pops everywhere like it's a thrift shop record. Spinclean didn't help.

edit: I played this with a better cart/stylus (an AT100E) and ... See full review
posted a review of Miles Davis - The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions. about 1 month ago
It's been over 20 years and we still don't really have the complete Bitches Brew sessions. We know there are plenty of unedited session reels due to the existence of the bootlegs on youtube and elsewhere.

But even for the official 40th anniversary box, ... See full review
posted a review of Grant Green - Green Street. about 1 month ago
Overall a great pressing. Mine has a few ticks and pops on Round About Midnight, which is unfortunate, since it's a quiet track, but it's still good. Rest of the album is flawless.
posted a review of The Horace Silver Quintet - The Tokyo Blues. about 1 month ago
Missed this during the Acoustic Sounds $25 sale back in January, but grabbed it at 15% off this month. Fantastic album and excellent pressing. Can't recommend it enough!
posted a comment on Can - Future Days. about 1 month ago
There's an orange vinyl version of Tago Mago, a green version of Ege Bamyasi, how about a blue or purple version of Future Days?
posted a comment on Music Inc.* - Live At Slugs' Volume 1. 3 months ago
Would be great to have a vinyl reissue of this and Volume 2 in a 2xLP! C'mon MOV or somebody!
posted a comment on Keith Mansfield - Contempo. 4 months ago
Word has it that Be With Records will reissue this album in 2020!
posted a comment on Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk. 4 months ago
Yes, I see that in a few places, but I don't see it on the PDF list or the RSD 2020 website, like the release got cancelled or something.
posted a comment on Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk. 5 months ago
It is ridiculous that this and Kraftwerk 2 haven't been reissued. What are they waiting for?
posted a review of Grant Green - Grant's First Stand. 5 months ago
Great album, great pressing. If you like this, make sure to get Baby Face Willette's Face to Face; it's the same band recorded two days later.
posted a review of Hank Mobley - Hank Mobley. 5 months ago
Great album and one of my favorite Blue Notes. Definitely a high point of 50s jazz as it doesn't have an overly dated happy, swingin' feel the way many pre-Kind of Blue albums do.

Also a fairly historical album whose original pressing is very valuable ... See full review
posted a comment on Jan Garbarek Quartet - Afric Pepperbird. 5 months ago
Excellent album that desperately needs a vinyl reissue! . .
posted a review of Stanley Turrentine - Up At "Minton's", Vol. 1. 5 months ago
Picked this up during Acoustic Sounds's 50% off Blue Note sale. Would prefer to have a 33 rpm, but for the price I can't complain. Great sound, great album -- as close as I'll ever get to a night on the town in early-60s New York. Eagerly awaiting the ... See full review
posted a review of Herbie Hancock - Fat Albert Rotunda. 5 months ago
There's some distortion on the trumpet in Bedtime Story, the album's best track. Also on Jessica. This is tamed somewhat by using a higher VTF, but that's not ideal. I don't have an original pressing, but I do have the Treasure Chest compilation. No ... See full review
posted a review of Lonnie Liston Smith And The Cosmic Echoes - Cosmic Funk. 5 months ago
Both these LLS Cosmic Echoes colored vinyl reissues are decent. I agree with Shimmel that they do have some kind of reverb ambiance going on, but it's good. I don't notice any mono or narrowing of the soundstage; that part is fine. Both of mine have a ... See full review
posted a review of Plaid - Polymer . 6 months ago
Good album, but my copy is defective on disc 1. Both sides have crackling in the right channel across much of the record. I've contacted Warp/Bleep to see about a replacement.
posted a comment on Miles Davis. 6 months ago
As I sit here listening to Shhh/Peaceful, I think to myself: few artists have brought me so much joy.

Viva la Miles.
posted a comment on Hank Mobley Sextet - Hank. 6 months ago
What is this reissue? Is it recent? There's no barcode, so it's hard to track down. Can anyone comment on the quality?
posted a comment on Steely Dan - Greatest Hits (1972-1978). 6 months ago
That's interesting, because the copy I have was purchased new in about 1990, though who knows when it was pressed?
posted a review of Mal Waldron Trio - Free At Last (Extended Edition). 7 months ago
I had been waiting a long time to get this first ECM album on vinyl. The pressing is great and it sounds spectacular. The included book has a some great photos and reproductions of the charts, and some informative liner notes. I hope this reissue ... See full review
posted a review of Miles Atmospheric - SkyHealer. 7 months ago
Outstanding album, my favorite on Firescope so far. Every track is superb. I think the best is Waters of Life, just a fantastic track.
posted a review of Herbie Hancock - Directstep. 8 months ago
My pressing is great. The gatefold is very nice and authentic. There are a few minor ticks/pops here and there (though nothing repetitive), but most records these days have that. Most importantly, it sounds excellent. I can't complain. Glad I picked ... See full review
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posted a comment on Steely Dan - Two Against Nature. 8 months ago
Can't believe this album is almost 20 years old.

Soon it'll be as old as Gaucho was when this came out!
posted a review of Bobby Hutcherson - Montara. 9 months ago
Really excellent pressing. Mine sounds great -- vinyl is flat and silent. I don't doubt that it's a digital source, but Elemental's quality vinyl makes up for that. I listened to this album while driving thru Montara a few years ago, just a week after ... See full review
posted a review of Wayne Shorter - Adam's Apple. 9 months ago
Even when the BN75 pressings aren't bad, they're still not that good. My copy is alright, but has a low-frequency rumble on side 1, audible only between the tracks. Otherwise it sounds decent. Not too many pops/ticks. But it's only because I got ... See full review
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posted a comment on Mal Waldron Trio - Free At Last. 10 months ago
According to Elusive Disc, this album will (FINALLY!) get a vinyl reissue in November 2019, in the form of a 2xLP "Extended Anniversary Edition"
posted a comment on Russ Gabriel - The Controller. 10 months ago
I thought that at first, but it sort of reminds me of a monster in Stranger Things, so I kind of like it.

Plus the music is great!
posted a comment on Steely Dan - Greatest Hits (1972-1978). 11 months ago
Anybody else have this pressing? Overall, my copy doesn't sound that great, and the second record is very crackly/noisy, particularly side C. I gave it two passes in the spin clean, to no avail.

It came with plain poly inner sleeves, and a slight ... See full review
posted a comment on The Alan Parsons Project - The Instrumental Works. 11 months ago
How in the world did Hyper-Gamma-Spaces not make it onto this album?
posted a review of John Shima - The Lonely Machine. 12 months ago
I had really been looking forward to a full-length John Shima album, but this is somewhat disappointing. It's decent music, but it takes zero chances; no track stands out. They're all kind of the same. It's just a little too consistent and predictable ... See full review
posted a review of Herbie Hancock - Dedication. about 1 year ago
The mastering is decent, but the pressing is average at best. Plenty of pops and ticks on the first side, especially on Maiden Voyage. My copy went thru the spin clean four (!) times and this helped a little, but did not completely fix the issue. ... See full review
posted a comment on Herbie Hancock - Dedication. about 1 year ago
Yeah, just got my copy from Amazon today. A1 is noisy at the beginning. Crackly.

Crackles elsewhere too. Mine is definitely not a quiet pressing.
posted a review of Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off. about 1 year ago
I had two copies, and the second one is better. First one had a couple visible defects causing a repetitive crackle on B3. However, the second copy is clean (ticks and pops here and there though) and is a keeper. It sounds great, and I have no problem ... See full review
posted a review of Eddie Henderson - Realization. about 1 year ago
Fantastic album for fans of the Mwandishi trilogy. I'd say this one is most like Sextant, which makes sense since it was recorded around the same time. Needs a vinyl reissue -- good project for MOV!
posted a comment on Kraftwerk - Trans Europa Express. about 1 year ago
What's your setup like? Turntable and cartridge? .
posted a comment on John Coltrane - Giant Steps. about 1 year ago
Get the item with UPC 081227870614 for a much better pressing.
posted a review of John Coltrane - Giant Steps. about 1 year ago
I gave my copy two rounds in the Spin Clean, and it's nearly perfect. Good pressing, great bargain.

Get this one, not 081227520311.