"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 Todd Rundgren - Initiation. 3 months 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. 4 months 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. 4 months 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 Selection ... See full review
posted a comment on Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III. 4 months 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 pressing. ... See full review
posted a comment on Mick Jagger - Wandering Spirit. 4 months 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. 5 months 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 DGC ... See full review
posted a review of Monty Python - The Monty Python Matching Tie And Handkerchief. 5 months 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. 5 months 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. 5 months 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 print. ... See full review
posted a comment on King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson). 5 months 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 some ... See full review
posted a comment on David Bowie - Let's Dance. 5 months 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 in ... See full review
posted a comment on David Bowie - Let's Dance. 5 months 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 is ... See full review
posted a comment on Warner Records. 5 months 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 stopped ... See full review
posted a comment on King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson). 6 months 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
posted a comment on AC/DC - Back In Black. 6 months ago
Nice how WEA didn't overlook the embossed sleeve artwork, and it sounds nice.....EXCEPT.....is it me, or does this Don Mills pressing & mastering sound a bit too 'polite' in punch factor, slam and depth for AC/DC?

I know, I could be speaking entirely ... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Baby Driver (Music From The Motion Picture). 6 months ago
weibowil
Gosh...relieved to read this. Should I buy this Europe pressing then?

The Euro looks to have the same mastering as the US pressing, just made at a different pressing plant (Celebrate Records in Germany).

I'm pretty sure my ... See full review
posted a comment on Gorillaz - Gorillaz. 8 months ago
TheRattlesnake
Why am I just now realizing that no vinyl pressing of this album includes Dracula, which is one of my favorite songs off this record. That’s a bummer.

"Dracula" and "Left Hand Suzuki Method" are bonus tracks on US CD ... See full review
posted a comment on Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II. 8 months ago
[quote=ltsulu] I just bought one on Discogs, and when it arrived it had the RIAA sticker on it (not disclosed). I really want to get the Hot Mix for listening, I am not a collector or in it for the money. Any suggestions on what to look for? I am just ... See full review
posted a comment on Black Sabbath - Paranoid. 8 months ago
[quote=albertocaeiro] I.i.n.m., the black vinyl version, same year, is identical to this limited edition, now OOP, blue vinyl version, yes? Both pressed at the same time or directly after the other by QRP in Salinas, Kansas, both using plates deriving ... See full review
posted a comment on Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue. 9 months ago
gigioni
Somebody knows the best edition?Year and labelBecause much of them haven't no good sound...Thanks

Many others may beg to differ, but may I suggest an original 1959 US or Canadian mono 6-eye pressing. While a Canadian copy with ... See full review
posted a comment on Vis-A-Vis - Shadow Play. 9 months ago
There are at LEAST two label/sleeve variants of this... I've owned a sealed copy in a generic white sleeve with record on Somersault label, + picture sleeve pictured but record is a repress on Singles Eps & eXhits label
posted a comment on Yes - The Yes Album. 10 months ago
leonthepro
Ive had 2 copies now and both seem to have the exact same ticks on start of side 2. Anyone else hear some?

Don't own this, but identical ticks between 2 copies suggests an electroplating goof-up. Not surprising knowing Rainbo.
posted a comment on Steely Dan - Can't Buy A Thrill. 10 months ago
gabriella.m.davidson
Is this a first edition? I've never heard of a gatefold first edition, especially for a band's first album, but it came out the same year as the album.

Definitely original. I believe every US and Canadian pressing of ... See full review
posted a review of David Bowie - Let's Dance. 10 months ago
Mine has A3/B2 matrices. Awesome, huge 'in-the-room' sound with MASSIVE punch factor and drums slamming like you wouldn't believe with a huge bottom-end whomp, drawing full attention to the incredibly well-timed, bouncy, articulate drum fills that carry ... See full review
posted a review of Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds. 11 months ago
Lovely Canadian deep groove pressing of this 'hidden gem' in the PF discography - sonics are juicy, brilliantly detailed & elaborate, elements such as the transients of strummed acoustic guitars REALLY pop out, super crisp/clean/airy top end, beautifully ... See full review
posted a review of Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues. 11 months ago
Excellent mastering by the infallible Joe Webster! Percussion pounds HARD in great detail with a killer bottom end thud; quirky synths buzz, rumble & float straight in front of you in a great stereo image & big airy soundstage; bass tones SUPER robust & ... See full review
posted a comment on Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues. 11 months ago
[quote=IFRecordings] I've got a copy from Canada with 92 38831 on the spine, but with a different 'stamp'. It has no pressing code ('Q'), above the A and B it says 238831 instead of 92 38831 and the other information is different. Is it a variation of ... See full review
posted a comment on Black Sabbath - Paranoid. 11 months ago
[quote=benjaminkiehl] Is this reissue cut from the analog tapes or is there a digital source involved in the pressing? I've heard conflicting things (trying to figure out which reissue pressing of this album to buy). Kevin Gray at AcousTech sounds like a ... See full review
posted a review of Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath. 11 months ago
Good reissue, at moments does feel a little bit compressed and lacking in bottom & midrange depth, but overall sonics are solid, enjoyable and quite well balanced - bass punch comes through fairly well for the most part, and that can only be a good thing ... See full review
posted a comment on Todd Rundgren - Initiation. 11 months ago
kurts.ear.candy
This pressing is awesome. I have compared it to this release Todd Rundgren - Initiation and it beats it hands down. The difference in detail is too profound to be missed by even the tinniest of ears.

Interesting. While ... See full review
posted a comment on Steely Dan - Can't Buy A Thrill. 11 months ago
[quote=leonthepro] I know, I like Ron, but his love for Japanese records is something I find very abnormal. Japanese tend to just recess their sound, cut the bass and increase the high end because Japanese homes back then worked best with that in mind. ... See full review
posted a comment on Steely Dan - Can't Buy A Thrill. 11 months ago
chriswilford1
Fire In The Hole is ruined due to a tape machine issue that affects all of side 2 slightly but most significantly this track.

Was it there from the beginning? I can confirm Canadian originals with brown ABC Dunhill label ... See full review
posted a comment on U2 - Rattle And Hum. 11 months ago
If you're after this on vinyl, seek out a translucent brown copy - a truly excellent quality pressing that's very quiet even in mere VG shape, 100% lives up to the audiophile promise. Cinram did well on this one, I say - likewise the labels who chose to ... See full review
posted a comment on Van Der Graaf Generator - The Aerosol Grey Machine. 11 months ago
wsbhurts
the quality of this version is terrible, cheap production, with noises you won't find on the original lp

While I'm lucky to have a flawless & quiet copy, your advice is sound. This is pressed by Rainbo, a plant infamous for ... See full review
posted a comment on Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium. 11 months ago
[quote=marcoprolo] That may be right but the last sentence isn't right, cause in the 2016 edition ain't NO 2x 12x12 BOOKS (Jupiter + Mars) and NO 180 gram vinyls. The sounds's awesome but there are little gimmicks missing in the 2016b edition! ... See full review
posted a comment on Patti Smith - Horses. 12 months ago
The listing here for the Canadian gradient label doesn't note an "RL" nor any of the other etchings from the original mastering, just a "STERLING" stamp and the catalogue number
posted a comment on The Beatles - Abbey Road. 12 months ago
I'm glad you got one of the good copies, plain and simple, simply because it's from a much later run. No jokes or sarcasm.

Mine is from the initial batch in 2012 and it's audibly defective. There are bad copies and good copies - and you've been ... See full review
posted a comment on The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour. about 1 year ago
[quote=MrShocktime] Seriously nothing special about this pressing. Picked this up a couple days ago and it's full of staticky noise and vocal distortion, even after a good cleaning. The mono reissues definitely seemed to have received better care than ... See full review
posted a comment on Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III. about 1 year ago
AndoDoug
'First pressing'? Does this tell us that the green-over-red label came out BEFORE the all-red label? Thought it was the other way around

I agree, the 'first pressing' information here is incorrect. The solid red labels ... See full review
posted a comment on Yes - Yes. about 1 year ago
Geez, opinions seem to be all over the place on this one...

Glad I own a '69 Canadian original.
posted a comment on Yes - Yes. about 1 year ago
Sinsonido
Can anyone verify that this reissue was (or wasn't) cut from a digital file?

More than 95% MOV releases are cut from high res digital (either 96 or 192 kHz), and I'm pretty sure this is no exception. You can verify by ... See full review
posted a comment on Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication. about 1 year ago
nomasfe10
hello, where I can check that info you said on a sealed copy? thanks

Only the 2012 Chris Bellman remastered pressings will have a blue sticker saying "LIMITED EDITION 180 GRAM VINYL 2-DISC SET" on the shrinkwrap. To my ... See full review
posted a comment on Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon. about 1 year ago
Yeah - the ML/Gene cut I have (exact match for the deadwax numbers shown herea) in some spots isn't the most detailed - and I said in *SOME* spots, not the majority of the record - but I particularly like the EQ balance & dynamics.

Interesting about the ... See full review
posted a review of Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon. about 1 year ago
Very good pressing. It's not a Wally Traugott, but ... it's damn good by any standard. Cleanly rendered with crisp top end, full & musical EQ, warm and punchy - and the one thing this pressing really excels in is bass definition. You know something's ... See full review
posted a comment on Jenson Interceptor - Jenson Interceptor. about 1 year ago
Holy moly, that's something! Traditionally the 45 edit would be the shorter one but I guess when the band moved to more 'major' distribution (i.e. RCA vs. World Records "Custom Record People") the A&R people saw to it that a shorter version would be more ... See full review
posted a comment on Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones. about 1 year ago
MrShocktime
There's no inner sleeve or download with my copy. Did anyone else receive either with theirs?

My Euro Back to Black copy, bought new in 2011, has an MP3 voucher. Must have been discontinued since then. Mine has a plain white ... See full review
posted a comment on Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon. about 1 year ago
[quote=rebelfloyd] My release appears to be a 1973 Capital release.Side 1: SMAS-1-11163 - H74 #3 X(x with circle around it) MLSide 2: SMAS-2-11163 - G-70 #5 ---<Rainbow colour around the center ring as well. Can find H74 in the list but nothing ... See full review
posted a review of Jenson Interceptor - Jenson Interceptor. about 1 year ago
Solid Canuck 70's style pop rock from the Prairies, produced by the legendary Jack Richardson, that's simple & sweet, yet never bland, uninteresting nor schmaltzy. This combo runs the gamut from hard drivin' rock 'n' roll ("Freedom Fighting" and "Cats in ... See full review
posted a review of Peter Tosh - Legalize It. about 1 year ago
Just spun this classic for the 4/20 occasion and HOLY GANJA this Canadian pressing sounds friggin' INCREDIBLE!

The Don Mills engineers really NAILED that Jamaican bottom-end punch, with the bass guitar so DEVASTATINGLY strong huge & deep it sends ... See full review
posted a comment on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 4 Way Street. about 1 year ago
LeCinquieme
Thanks for your the insights and your help. Good day!

Anytime! 😊