"There are only 3 things that would survive a nuclear holocaust: cockroaches, Keith Richards, and the Space Jam website."
- R.A.

* NOTE - all of my Discogs release ratings are BASED ON THE MUSIC ONLY as they were meant to be from the beginning. When I do pressing/sound quality ratings, I only write them in the review.

Hello all!

If you somehow landed here because I randomly complemented your profile icon, then consider it a privilege! (ESPECIALLY if it's Animaniacs-related 😃)

I'm a proudly Canadian vinyl enthusiast and the guy behind the YouTube channel OldMusicOnVinyl1, where I have been entertaining millions with high-quality vinyl rips for close to a decade.

My parents introduced me to record collecting back in 2007 and I've been hooked ever since - it's a hobby that's greatly expanded my musical horizons, and years of thrifting and web-surfing have only helped the cause. Having accumulated an estimated total of about.... let's see.... over 5,000 records over the years (together with driving old-fashioned manual stick-shift), I'm interested in all sorts of different types of music and enjoy everything from early 20th-century blues to eclectic modern acts like Gorillaz, Rival Sons, Jack White, Beck, Red Hot Chili Peppers (hey - MY DAD said that even though I'm a huge fan too) - and NO, I'm not limited to those!

Not to mention that Baby Driver is my VERY FAVOURITE movie as of late... so expect frequent references - amidst cultural references from all sorts of other strange and obscure places that are absolutely B-A-N-A-N-A-S! See what I did there?

Especially in recent years, becoming obsessed with sound quality and audiophilia has allowed me to more deeply appreciate the music I enjoy. The complex maze I'd like to call the modern-day vinyl renaissance can be a world of confusion and occasional disappointment if you don't know your way through it, so it's my duty to give back to other Discogers and vinyl collectors by offering my opinions on the quality of all sorts of vinyl releases. I like painting a realistic picture of what a record sounds like so that your buying decisions are more educated - because on maybe a few occasions, records I've purchased based on vague praise have turned out to be somewhat disappointing. (I mean absolutely no disrespect to any reviewer - realistically, *everyone* has a different perception of sound quality and every stereo setup has its own sonic 'signature' - so if you like a pressing I don't, then that's fantastic!)

Please note that some of my reviews on Discogs may be abridged 'teaser' versions (even though I've previously posted some very lengthy reviews here, and on a New Zealand-based music review site of note), so if you're curious about seeing my opinions in greater detail, then be sure to follow my record review blog: http://daytrippindotcom.com/category/ryans-record-reviews/

Cheers! Be sure also to follow me on YouTube! http://www.youtube.com/user/OldMusicOnVinyl1

And let's not forget my active presence on a legendary audiophile discussion website, owned by an obscure little mastering engineer from California... http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/members/oldmusiconvinyl1.26121/ (It's Steve Hoffman, in case you can't tell.)

***MY STEREO SETUP***

- Primary Turntable 1: Dual 701 with Audio Technica AT91 cartridge (.6 mil conical needle).
* I occasionally pop on an ATN5625AL (.7 mil conical) for 1950's mono records

- Primary Turntable 2: Akai AP-A201 with Sanyo/Fisher MG-66 (.7 mil conical needle. it's good to have two or more turntables, because this cartridge has a brighter top end than the AT, which is helpful for certain records!)

- Preamp: Pioneer VSX-D2S receiver

- Razz box (complements to Barry Diament for coining that term): BBE Sonic Maximizer 1002

- Front end: E-MU 0202 USB (used also for vinyl digitization)

- Speakers: Yorkville YSM2P studio monitors
Recent Activity
posted a comment on Peter Gabriel - So. 2 days ago
GaryProctor
Does anybody know which plant did this pressing?I'm curios to know as it is not mentioned in the wealth of information provided.Thanks.

Record Industry in Haarlem, Netherlands, the ex-CBS/Sony pressing plant that also... See full review
posted a comment on The Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money. 4 days ago
NDK1979
Does anyone know if this is the remixed version or the original? I really want the remixed version on vinyl !

1993 digital remaster of the original stereo mix. If you want the 80's remix on vinyl, this 1985 Barking Pumpkin... See full review
posted a comment on The Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money. 4 days ago
recorddeviant36
who plays the bass and drums on the remix?? yeah not a fan of him doing that. if it ain't broke don't fix it

Arthur Barrow on the bass and Chad Wackerman on drums.
posted a comment on Maurice Jarre With The London Philharmonic Orchestra - Original Soundtrack Recording: Lawrence Of Arabia. 5 days ago
posted a comment on The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. 21 days ago
[quote=raveenshahdadpuri] I just got the repress of 2012, USA version of the The Smashing Pumpkins ‎– Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness 4x LP Vinyl Reissue.https://www.discogs.com/release/4082874I got it off ebay; initially told it was the EU/UK... See full review
posted a comment on Patti Smith - Horses. 27 days ago
fishpresident
A bit of surface noise here and there but nothing crazy. Edge is weirdly sharp but it's not warped. Great album and happy with my copy.

Sharp and sloppily trimmed edges are the norm for United pressings, I'm afraid. Be... See full review
posted a comment on Jack White (2) - Lazaretto. 29 days ago
lee.c.dylan
As much as I like the album itself, I'd love to have a copy without the gimmicks. Is the Vault edition the only vinyl pressing without them?

No. The colored Vault release is still an "Ultra LP" with all the same pressing... See full review
posted a comment on Slade - Sladest. 4 months ago
KRhea
there's A LOT more good Slade to be found, old new borrowed , in flame , nobodys fool's , live , b sides , 70-80 there're gems not found here

Yep...that's why I said "MOST of the essentials," not all. Many of the selections from... See full review
posted a comment on Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication. 4 months ago
XETSOF
An absolute piece of junk. Do not buy - brick-walled to the limit. Buy the 2020 pressing, mastered by Chris Bellman.

Did you mean to comment on this pressing?... See full review
posted a comment on Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* - Trout Mask Replica. 5 months ago
Got this at TMR in Nashville on February 2020 for $25 USD + tax, pre-pandemic. Crazy what this is going for on the market now — ALMOST as much as complete Vault copies!

Hopefully, for those who are still after this regular version, there'll be... See full review
posted a comment on Paul And Linda McCartney* - Ram. 5 months ago
Found it — here's the Los Angeles pressing with the full apple on both sides: https://www.discogs.com/Paul-Linda-McCartney-Ram/release/2930313
posted a review of International Concert Orchestra ‎– Franz Lehár ; Johann Strauss* - Gypsy Love / Gypsy Baron‎–Sweetheart. 6 months ago
The oldest record I ever owned at one point. Mine was a Canadian pressing with a blue-background Victor label, made & distributed by the Berliner Gram-o-phone Company.
posted a comment on Miles Davis - Ascenseur Pour L'échafaud. 6 months ago
Someone told me that this 3x 10" pressing, with the bonus material and alternate takes found on the 80's CD, is in stereo, not mono. Can anyone confirm? Furthermore, is it a wide stereo mix, or mono with added reverb?

I'm thinking of getting... See full review
posted a comment on Pallas USA. 6 months ago
BeatlELO10538
vinylfilmaholic Quality has been going down the tubes with them, either that or I'm just the most unlucky MF on the planet. Off centered pressings out the arse. The curse of every US plant.

Pallas USA is not an American... See full review
posted a comment on Gorillaz - Humanz. 6 months ago
MusicNerdB52
Awesome. I have a feeling the person who owned my vinyl copy before me wasn't aware of this which is why I probably ended up getting it used at a discount.

Second here to confirm that "Let Me Out" indeed has... See full review
posted a comment on Paul And Linda McCartney* - Ram. 6 months ago
simon.deslauriers1
Pressing with a label mispress.It has uncut apples on both sides (according to pictures above + the copy in my possession.)

Seems to be the case for every original Canadian copy I've seen (and owned). This is not... See full review
posted a comment on The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers. 6 months ago
KeithEmersonFan
anybody know what year this record is from? Just got it at a store today.

I own one too. I'd say at least 1972-1973.
posted a comment on The Creeps - Enjoy The Creeps. 6 months ago
sklerici
With an Hammond as magic carpet instead of Vox or Farfisa but this is one of the most important garage rock record ever..

If that's the case, then I can tell you that the keyboardist CONVINCINGLY made it sound like a Vox or Farfisa! See full review
posted a comment on Gorillaz - Gorillaz. 6 months ago
maxrauschenbach
How can I see wich release I got 2001 or 2015 to my eyes they look the same.

2001 pressings have an EMI logo to the right of the barcode (bottom left of back cover). The 2015 repress, which I own, does not.
posted a comment on Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium. 7 months ago
rockstarmp
Did they just reissue this or did they find some leftovers? I found it in two different stores two days in a row. Glad to finally have it!

I have it on very good authority that RTI was closed due to the Damn-demic, hence... See full review
posted a comment on Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium. 7 months ago
SylSkunky
A new vinyl reissue is coming for 2021, be patient, don't pay crazy prices.

It's already out — and yes, it still uses the same highly-desirable Steve Hoffman/Kevin Gray... See full review
posted a comment on Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery. 7 months ago
thatmatt_
For whatever reason, it seems like the percussion in Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Pt. 1 is muffled. Is this just my copy or is it just mastered weirdly? The rest of the record seems to be mixed fine, just wondering.

Same here... See full review
posted a comment on Jack White (2) - Lazaretto. 7 months ago
Well, someone had to come along and acknowledge the differences at some point. Kudos to Ben Blackwell for being upfront about this second pressing.

As for the year of release — the second pressing run began unquestionably in the 1st year. I... See full review
posted a comment on Jimi Hendrix - Valleys Of Neptune. 7 months ago
captainkirkasmith
Yes the sleeves are translucent pink. Thank you so much for the information. I also had the same problem with Jimi Hendrix - Blues.

Hey, glad I could be of help! Yes — that first batch of Experience Hendrix LPs, they... See full review
posted a comment on Harmonium - Harmonium. 7 months ago
[quote=Petcodjac] I agree with what you're saying. Some with white accents, and some with silver accents. Also, the one with accents that I have seen also have a non-textured cover, compare to the original ( and look almost mustard in color, compare... See full review
posted a comment on Jimi Hendrix - Valleys Of Neptune. 7 months ago
captainkirkasmith
I bought my copy brand new and both of the records had like a baby powder all over them. Once cleaned they did sound fine. Had to replace the inner sleeves. Anyone else have this problem with this release?

Are the... See full review
posted a comment on Yes - Yes. 7 months ago
Anyone who owns this — can you confirm if "Beyond and Before" on this pressing sounds SIGNIFICANTLY BRIGHTER than the rest of this album? If so, that may explain the love-hate feedback this seems to get — a further-generation US copy tape.

I have... See full review
posted a comment on Yes - Yes. 7 months ago
Sinsonido
Kevin Gray has a great track record so to speak, but it's still a job, and nobody's perfect. This is not one of his best efforts.

It largely comes down to the source. You can have one album that isn't even touted as an... See full review
posted a comment on Slade - Sladest. 7 months ago
small_plastic_discs
Really the best Slade album, and hence the only one you need!

I agree completely — this one has most of the essentials.
posted a comment on Billy Talent - Billy Talent. 7 months ago
olivhakuna
Records without printed inner sleeve are repress isn't it ?

Correct. I got one new in 2017 and there is no printed inner, just a plain white paper sleeve with beveled edges at the top. Same matrix numbers as this 2003 original. See full review
posted a comment on Patti Smith - Horses. 7 months ago
Scocasso
No. Only what you see above under "Matrix / Runout" is there.

Thanks for confirming! 👌
posted a comment on Queen - A Kind Of Magic. 8 months ago
Leo1255
Сan anyone answer me: this release - 180 gr or not?

Even though it doesn't say so, it's irrefutably 180g. I know, because I own it, and it has the heft and thickness of heavy vinyl.
posted a comment on Bowie* - Diamond Dogs. 8 months ago
villanovajunction
Was it ever confirmed that this is an AAA reissue?

I highly doubt this is AAA — the sound has a very strong digital sheen to it. To my knowledge, out of all the Bowie vinyl reissues, Ziggy Stardust is the only... See full review
posted a comment on Adele (3) - 21. 8 months ago
mikeybee321
Just got one and it has NRP etched into the runout. It sounds really thin with almost no low end and overall volume super low.

Thank you for clarifying! With your comments and all the others, it's all clear now. I'll stick... See full review
posted a comment on Michael Jackson - Billie Jean. 8 months ago
nmchlngy4
What are those swirl marks on the vinyl for? I also see it on my vinyl copy of Thriller (albeit only on Billie Jean), so was this a defect or an artistic message of the song?

One word: PHYSICS. Many songs with a very... See full review
posted a comment on Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II. 10 months ago
[quote=shineon84] No! No! No! You have it wrong! Just because it has RL in the deadwax does not mean it is a hot press. There are a ton of RL pressings and reissues (Gold Record Award sticker). The first couple hundred thousand are the hot press... See full review
posted a comment on Todd Rundgren - Initiation. about 1 year ago
kurts.ear.candy
Its like, anyone who sez they can't put 32:07 of quality audio on an album side is either not up to it or don't know what they are doing and this is copy (at least) is proof of that.

YES - that is EXACTLY my... See full review
posted a comment on Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication. about 1 year ago
pattonist
My copy has different labels. https://img.aucfree.com/l559531296.2.jpgMatrix and others are same as this US original 180g.Is this different version? Does anyone know about this?

Woah.... Burbank labels on Californication.... See full review
posted a comment on Gorillaz - Gorillaz. about 1 year ago
[quote=ntutino1980] But where are the beyond necessary G Sides and D Sides? Both tremendously neglected and more than B Sides, a part of their catalogue. I think they should rerelease the first 2 Gorillaz and Demon Days with their corresponding... See full review
posted a comment on Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III. about 1 year ago
middlepillar1984
Would this happen to be the 1st Canadian pressing? Or is it not?

Any LZIII with a solid red label, and mfg/distribution attributed specifically to Warner Bros. Records of Canada Ltd, is a first Canadian... See full review
posted a comment on Mick Jagger - Wandering Spirit. about 1 year ago
MB242
The two LP reissue is better sounding than the original german single LP. From now on I will be listening to the reissue - vocals, bass, sax etc. is better defined.

Really helpful. You're the first one I've seen anywhere who has... See full review
posted a comment on Beck - Odelay. about 1 year ago
trbnado
As good as this is, an original Bong Load from 1996 sounds even better!

Just curious, exactly in what ways do you think the 1996 original sounds better?
Is it warmer? Punchier? More coherent soundstage? Etc...
While the 2016... See full review
posted a review of Monty Python - The Monty Python Matching Tie And Handkerchief. about 1 year ago
Canadian GRT pressings certainly don't skimp on the double groove feature of side 2. Here, this mastering trick was pulled off at RCA's legendary Mutual Street studio in Toronto (think 'TG') and features the curious etched runout message "A BILL C... See full review
posted a comment on Mick Jagger - Wandering Spirit. about 1 year ago
How does this sound in comparison to the German single-LP original?
I've read the original sounds quite good for 54 minutes on a single LP, so I'm curious what improvements the double-LP has to bring to the table... Most likely I'll be going for the... See full review
posted a comment on Fleetwood Mac - Rumours. about 1 year ago
championship-records
I have this with a textured cover. No real way to tell provenance. Was a textured Canadian cover released? I don't see one here.

My used copy has a textured cover with Canadian WEA copyright info in the fine... See full review
posted a comment on King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson). about 1 year ago
thatmatt_ Smart move! Enjoy your 2010 copy. I'm pretty sure you're going to like it a lot better soundwise. And yes, I agree that the faux-leather texture of the original Canadian gatefold is lovely to see, touch and feel - at least there's... See full review
posted a comment on David Bowie - Let's Dance. about 1 year ago
[quote=leonthepro] MEllODrOnE Nothing to complain about here, they definitely do these Bowie reissues right. Sounds great and high quality for legit price. Yup. Got some of the early hard to get albums on it, I agree. But this album is pretty cheap... See full review
posted a comment on David Bowie - Let's Dance. about 1 year ago
MEllODrOnE I have never owned any of the reissues except Diamond Dogs. That said, I feel the Canadian pressing of Let's Dance is sooooo ab-so-lute-ly pos-i-tive-ly FANTASTIC in every way that I'm hard-pressed to believe it can be improved upon. It... See full review
posted a comment on Warner Records. about 1 year ago
BeatlELO10538
Not like they didn't have enough money to renew their licence to use the WB name.

While I don't dislike the new logo, and it does fit on SOME releases, from a business perspective I completely agree with you. What... See full review
posted a comment on King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson). about 1 year ago
[quote=matthewdonko] I wish I saw this before I bought a copy. Darn, I definitely understand what you're referring to when you mention the lack of bottom end and the treble boosted. In the future, I'll see if I can get one of the reissues or just a... See full review