"WARNING: Loud ringtones could damage your hearing."
- Sony Ericsson cellphones circa 2006

* 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 Steely Dan - Aja. about 20 hours ago
TheAgeOfAnalog
The cover was designed by Phil Hartman, yes graphic artist turned comedy actor Phil Hartman.

Fun fact: he also did the artwork for several albums by country-rock pioneers Poco! Phil Hartman was more prolific as an artist ... See full review
posted a comment on Rush - 2112. 5 days ago
finnmaynard
Most QRP pressings I have and have seen are slightly off-centered and I agree on what an irony that is given how much they brag about their plant...

Yeah - to this day, off center pressings still seem to be a major challenge ... See full review
posted a comment on Rush - 2112. 5 days ago
[quote=HarlemsFinest] I don't have any other new rush issues, but I highly doubt any of them are done at United. Hifi artists are always pressed at top notch plants. QRP, RTI, Optimal, Pallas, MPO etc.Indie bands, mass produced pop, hip hop are pressed ... See full review
posted a comment on Yann Tiersen - Amelie. 14 days ago
[quote=ayusyz] Olive GREEN colored will do, or maybe a 45-rpm half speed mastering double disc set comes in a gatefold sleeve, since the total running time is nearly 55 min.? ...think I'm daydreaming way too much, just reissue this as long as it's VINYL! ... See full review
posted a comment on Yann Tiersen - Amelie. 14 days ago
Ccannon1023
No double disc! I would not want to get up twice to listen to this and no one would be djing with it. Just my opinion.

I get what you're saying. It's also important to understand that many other people have the patience to ... See full review
posted a comment on The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan. 14 days ago
mistermuse
My copy is laced with pops and tics throughout. I wonder if these were all pressed in the same house.

You're right.... no matter where you are in the world, all copies you'll find are made by United Record ... See full review
posted a comment on The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan. 14 days ago
MusicNerdB52
Any thoughts/opinions on the track switching between As Ugly As I Seem and Little Ghost? Seems trivial and silly to me.

The track-order switch was there on the original 2005 promo vinyl too (the label photos on Discogs show ... See full review
posted a comment on The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan. 14 days ago
jonathan.ade
Can someone explain why a 44 minute album is pressed into four separate sides?

Can someone explain why the tracklisting was rearranged when the sidelengths would be more uniform had they kept the original tracklisting?
posted a comment on Gabor Szabo - Macho. 19 days ago
tranzyd
a fantastic album and collectible too, sounding very crisp on vinyl with lovely dynamics.

I was about to write a longer review, which I'd still like to do, but you took the words right out of my mouth. Gilbert Kong killed it. ... See full review
posted a comment on Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium. 22 days ago
leandrocabo
Wasn't those leftover copies of the original first pressing? In that case it wouldn't be a reissue.

I doubt that this is old stock. I do think it's a repress.

I believe so because the 2016 pressing is a new repress from old ... See full review
posted a comment on Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium. 22 days ago
[quote=zeefdrukker] I have this jewel in my collection and paid only 75€ in a auction on eBay.I must confess the sound is superb,The deluxe Art, its like a Cherry on a cupcake.I wonder if only 2000 copies,i think its Just a pr movement,so strange this ... See full review
posted a comment on Steely Dan - Aja. 29 days ago
Some copies have a glossy laminated gatefold; others have a plain old garden variety Shorewood card-stock matte gatefold sleeve. I owned both variants at one point - still have the matte version.
posted a comment on Rush - Fly By Night. about 1 month ago
codd
Side one ends in a locked groove with wind chimes playing. Is this present on all versions of this LP?

Not all pressings have the locked groove....e.g. some US pressings packaged in the Archives box, plus Canadian Columbia House ... See full review
posted a comment on Klaatu - 3:47 E.S.T.. about 1 month ago
MaskingSound
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THAT’S NOT THE WAY, AND VIDEO SENDS THEM THE MESSAGE
posted a review of Various - Spanish Guitars. about 1 month ago
Contemporary arrangements of Spanish songs, with American-ized lounge-pop instrumentation and production along the lines of Tommy Mottola's "Roman Guitar Vol. II", except more 'authentic' and a lot less goofy and cartoonish. A very engaging listen that's ... See full review
posted a review of Tony Mottola And His Orchestra - Roman Guitar Volume Two. about 1 month ago
Now that was definitely NOT my idea of 'Roman' guitars!

I bought this solely on the grounds of Command's stupendous reputation among old-fashioned audiophiles. Putting it on without paying attention to the liner notes or even the tracklisting, what I ... See full review
posted a comment on Frank Zappa - Hot Rats. about 1 month ago
kr9
The highs on this release are in - cre - di - ble.

I own the 2016 repress which uses the same mastering as this release... and I agree. That 'Grundman touch' is so damn delicious - the highs are mind-blowing indeed! Simply amazes me ... See full review
posted a comment on The Guess Who - American Woman. about 1 month ago
[quote=iseveryusernametaken] mybeatgoeson Dynagroove was a Thinner vinyl pressing of the record and supposed to be for eliminating warps. Dynaflex was the thinner pressings, Dynagroove was a different mastering technique to make it sound better on the ... See full review
posted a comment on David Bowie - Let's Dance. about 1 month ago
TheAgeOfAnalog
I haven't heard any other pressings, but I only paid $25 for this one and I'm very happy with the sound. Very punchy but well defined. Can't go wrong with this one.

It's certainly hard to fault Bob Ludwig, I'll say that! ... See full review
posted a comment on Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue. about 1 month ago
And am I right to say that by "full dynamic range" on the stereo, you mean "full frequency range"? ;)

[EDIT] ah yes, found some of your previous comments and I know what you mean now. Answers my questions about the frequency response of the Canuck ... See full review
posted a comment on Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue. about 1 month ago
StrangelySatisfying
You're speaking of the high end rolled off.. Yes I had a Mono Canada that seemed a bit wooly but I had not tools at the time to see the frequency response.The 1st Press Canadian is full dynamic range.

"Woolly" is ... See full review
posted a comment on Optimal Media GmbH. about 1 month ago
[quote=movceo]Optimal can be such a mixed bag with their pressings. They can press some of the best records in the world, but I find they sometimes have a problem with non-fill. I also find their vinyl is easily scratched - if the record comes packaged ... See full review
posted a comment on Gotta Groove Records. about 1 month ago
movceo
I've seen some praise for this pressing plant on various audio forums and I don't get it. In my experience, their pressings range from mediocre to bad. Lots of surface noise. They're really no better than URP or Rainbo.

Maybe ... See full review
posted a review of Todd Rundgren. about 1 month ago
Like it or not, Todd is now an HOF nominee.... you guys take your pick. Personally, that he hadn't been in the HOF before didn't really matter to me since he is an esoteric legend in his own right.
posted a comment on Miles Davis - Doo-Bop. 2 months ago
MrShocktime
Vocals sound horrendous (terrible sibilance) but the rest sounds fantastic. Really great highs and loud bass. Dead silent wax too.

Good to hear an opinion, thanks. I wouldn't doubt MOV would be spot-on with the bass - from ... See full review
posted a comment on David Bowie - Black Tie White Noise. 2 months ago
[quote=GarionOrb] It seems all of Bowie's albums are being reissued on vinyl though, at a rate of about 3 or 4 albums per year. Last year we got Low, Heroes, Lodger, and Scary Monsters. This year's box set includes Let's Dance, Tonight, and Never Let ... See full review
posted a comment on Frank Zappa - Hot Rats. 2 months ago
SuttcliffeRecords
I've got a copy with the mustard Reprise labels and the exact same Matrix/Runout as this release. Anyone know what year that could possibly be? Perhaps a 1969 repress from the same stamper as the original?

That would be ... See full review
posted a comment on Frank Zappa - Apostrophe ('). 2 months ago
[quote=jwiz89] Zappa is God. Thusly, this is a chapter from His Holy Scriptures, and a necessary rite of passage into the all encompassing world of Zappa. The Mustached One Himself would probably detest this description. But I am merely a disciple, ... See full review
posted a comment on Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel. 2 months ago
2Protect2Serveall
My copy has small, silver, circular stickers on both labels that say "LAST" in black letters. Stickers placed just above the word STEREO on the right side of each label.

That indicates the owner applied LAST ... See full review
posted a review of Arctic Monkeys - AM. 2 months ago
Amazing rock album that remains timeless and wide-reaching in its cultural relevancy 5 years later. Every song is Alex Turner's melodic intelligence at its prime and a winner - no fillers, no BS, just 12 consistently engaging earworms. And I can't say ... See full review
posted a comment on Joe Jackson - Body And Soul. 2 months ago
HowardGillman
My vinyl is translucent purple. I'm not sure if this is something common with Canadian pressings, or if they weren't all like this, so I didn't add anything to the notes, but wanted to add that that might belong there.

My ... See full review
posted a comment on Adele (3) - 21. 2 months ago
meVictorSantos
The XL Recordings/Columbia version is better than this version .

Does your US copy have "WG/NRP" in the runout, or does it say "RJ STERLING"?
posted a comment on The Mamas & The Papas - Farewell To The First Golden Era. 3 months ago
[quote=TomMegginson] I understand that the original mono masters were discarded by ABC-Dunhill in the early '70s, however a Steve Hoffman discussion thread has a user who claims this Canadian pressing is true mono (rather than a stereo fold-down). Is ... See full review
posted a comment on Cat Stevens - Mona Bone Jakon. 3 months ago
sheldongoldstein24
I have had a first pressing of this for years and it has the lyrics written in blue pen in Cat's hand printed on the inner sleeve. I have never seen another one like it. Is yours the same?

My original Canadian ... See full review
submitted Aretha Franklin - Aretha's Greatest Hits. 3 months ago
posted a comment on Jethro Tull - Aqualung. 3 months ago
The "CHRYSALIS LOGO" misprint is damn hilarious! I'm actually quite surprised that a mockup design layout template like that would slip through the cracks and go public, but ya never know what could happen in those days... 😉
posted a comment on Patti Smith - Horses. 3 months ago
Anyone who owns this- does this light blue label Canadian original have "STERLING RL" in the runout? Cheers!
posted a comment on Red Hot Chili Peppers - Mothers Milk. 3 months ago
[quote=DaveFlash] seems so, the US release of this same year also doesn't seem to include it. also there seems to be something strange with this re-issue as mine has the 3:07 version of Pretty Little Ditty and not the 1:36 short version, but every ... See full review
posted a comment on War - The World Is A Ghetto. 3 months ago
jaw-knee
The only indication this is a Canadian release is a tiny "printed in Canada" on the lower spine.

Yes....and it's also worth noting that while the record itself doesnt say "made in Canada", UA Records Limited, which is credited ... See full review
posted a review of Aretha Franklin. 4 months ago
The world just lost another legend minutes ago.

Mad respect. Rest easy, Aretha. Thank you for hanging in there for us, and I know the likes of Otis, JB and Charles Bradley are going to be pleased to meet you up there.
posted a comment on Prince - The Black Album. 4 months ago
Macondox
What a record!I wonder is the sold one sealed or not?

The one that sold was an open copy, the very one pictured on this Discogs listing. So far it's the only original Canadian copy to have ever surfaced.
posted a comment on Prince - The Black Album. 4 months ago
For years, I'd suspected that a legit Canadian pressing of this must've been hiding away who knows where.

And I always pictured it being a Cinram pressing as opposed to a CBS pressing. Who knows? (Maybe there is a Cinram copy locked away in a trench, a ... See full review
posted a review of Rimsky-Korsakov* : The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy - Scheherazade. 5 months ago
There's another Canadian version of this with "pink scroll" artwork, a top-opening flipback sleeve and 2B/2B matrices. Probably a very early variant, and regardless it's easily the oldest 12" LP I own.
posted a comment on Gorillaz - Demon Days. 5 months ago
nathangoodwin
I was wondering why this release was marked as a Parlophone release even though it's a bootleg. Did Parlophone have anything to do with this pressing?

No. This is a bootleg that's different from all the others... simply ... See full review
posted a comment on The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland. 5 months ago
[quote=bruno8586] Probably the most vintage sounding record i own, not entirely sure it's the best thing i could say about it, but its warmth pops out a lot. Treble and bass are present, but the middle frequencies are the most notable ones in my opinion. ... See full review
posted a comment on Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue. 5 months ago
DonFever
I just picked up a Mono 1st pressing with 1G/1G stampers, you don't hear those mentioned, although I read somewhere the mono promo's came out with G,H, and D stampers.

The 1B/1B mono metalwork, meanwhile, was sent to Canada. ... See full review
posted a comment on Fleetwood Mac - Rumours. 5 months ago
axehead74
Incredible sound quality on this pressing. Much better than the UK 70s pressings.

When it comes to vintage pressings of Rumours, any pressing from the Ken Perry masters would be considered definitive. He did have to cut dozens ... See full review
posted a comment on Patti Smith - Horses. 5 months ago
[quote=blakxzep] So some thoughts on pre clean, there is surface noise but very little. Just time from time, not sure if the music is so loud you can barely hear it but it's not that bad. The dynamics on the record are great, vocals and instrumentals ... See full review
posted a comment on Patti Smith - Horses. 5 months ago
aspen1399
Sonically? It’s great. In terms of pressing, oh my GOD it’s noisy. Whooshing between tracks, loud pops, plenty of sibilance and crackling like a worn down pressing from the 70s.

Cheesy United pressing indeed. I got mine new in ... See full review
posted a review of The Mamas & The Papas - The Mamas & The Papas. 5 months ago
Subdued high frequencies, somewhat lacking in bass, and the frequency spectrum overall is tipped towards the upper-mids, giving this Canadian mono pressing a somewhat 'harsh' sound. I bet the recent Sundazed reissue wouldn't have these problems.

That ... See full review