kbzota

Delirium (5) - Dolce Acqua as reviewed by kbzota

November 20, 2019
This version sounds amazing!! Very very clean, nice bass and vocals with a lot of presence. Treble is very present. Mid is vibrant. Buy it !
Jurhem303

Access To Arasaka - void(); as reviewed by Jurhem303

November 20, 2019
This is a true masterpiece. The album of the decade for me.
sgbarrie

Forest Management as reviewed by sgbarrie

November 20, 2019
Amazing work, highly recommended. One of my favourite artists at the moment.
MISTER_DIA-TRIBE_73

M.C. Duke* & DJ Leader One* - Organised Rhyme as reviewed by MISTER_DIA-TRIBE_73

November 20, 2019
edited about 2 hours ago
Running Man Kunta Kinte is a fictional African slave taken to 18th-century America in the novel and adapted TV series Roots. Based on the character and his experience, Kunta Kinte is also used as a derogatory name for an African person who has recently immigrated to a new place. Africans have always been here in the so called United Kingdom... MC DUKE and DJ LEADER 1 + SIMON HARRIS....M.O.L...!
Toco2009

Echo & The Bunnymen - Never Stop "Discotheque" as reviewed by Toco2009

November 20, 2019
Not much to say about this, probably an extend version from the LP. Hm not disco or anything else. Skip.
Toco2009

Echo & The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon (All Night Version) as reviewed by Toco2009

November 20, 2019
Well, my comment is about the music (Sorry) I was never a huge fan, but they were one of the majors. Got their lp’s. This extended version is quite Good.
torres.jacob

Various - Flamingo Funk Volume 1 as reviewed by torres.jacob

November 20, 2019
The album came packed with the actual records outside of the sleeve to prevent seam splitting (nice) but the outer sleeve itself is... a blunder. It's an extremely thin, almost cardstock-like material. The weight of the records actually dented the sleeves slightly during shipping (they should have put a piece of cardboard on the inside of the sleeve).

That is, however, where the drawbacks end. The records look gorgeous and sound absolutely incredible, I can't hear any surface noise & the mastering for vinyl was definitely done right! The album art itself is actually really nice and came out looking great, and I like the matte finish of the outer sleeve.

A very welcome addition to my collection. If you're thinking about getting it, you should!
Toco2009

Bob Marley Vs. Funkstar De Luxe - Rainbow Country (Remix) as reviewed by Toco2009

November 20, 2019
BM made a lot of Good songs, this one made it to the Billboard hot/dance charts. The other two on their list are «Sun is shining» ( not the version here) and «Could you be loved» from 1980. Makes you Wonder .
organizedsoundz

Main Source - Breaking Atoms as reviewed by organizedsoundz

November 20, 2019
This is not an original pressing
The barcode is not there
Toco2009

GrooveZone - Eisbaer as reviewed by Toco2009

November 20, 2019
When you’ve Heard the original version, you must think about the times it was made. A super track, Even before Yello . Non english new wave/synth had a hard time to sell records. Language barriers made it almost impossible to Get a hit in europe. When Kraftwerk & D.A.F were Good enough, things starting to happen. Check out the original and forget about «trance» or whatever you call it.
poonie

Hexx (2) - Quest For Sanity / Watery Graves as reviewed by poonie

November 20, 2019
Avoid at all costs! Sounds ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE! Total rip-off that should never, ever have been sent out. Do Vic Rec not know how to master for an LP?
t0m-t0m

Men Of Faith - Dance as reviewed by t0m-t0m

November 20, 2019
edited about 4 hours ago
First comment on this epic record, wow great track 'All In The Mind' ...fond memories of this on a mix tape back in the day had it on In Order 2 Trance tape i think?
REENO

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories as reviewed by REENO

November 20, 2019
A solid album, although very un-even sonically and stylistically. Still plenty of fine moments here though.
As for this LP being touted as "Audiophile Quality" in terms of overall sonics, I would suggest putting on Sting's "Nothing Like the Sun" from either CD or vinyl and then get back to us.
couchlock

B.A.L.L. - B.A.L.L. Four " Hardball" as reviewed by couchlock

November 20, 2019
a mindblowing beast of an album. no band sounds like b.a.l.l.....this is beside their amazing 3rd album their best output. mindblowing as i said. a psychedelic dark megadynamic tour de force. the guitar will cut your brain into pieces, rhe drummer is on fire, great bass also. what a unknown masterpiece. sonic who?
REENO

Gino Soccio - Try It Out as reviewed by REENO

November 20, 2019
One of the best disco 12" singles from the early 80's. Great vocals, synths, guitars, & the longest trumpet solo I've ever heard on a dance record.
streetmouse

Steely Dan - The Royal Scam as reviewed by streetmouse

November 20, 2019
Characterizing Steely Dan as rock with jazz influences, only goes to show people’s illusions with musical genres ... though that being said, with nearly 40 years behind me, perhaps is just easier to see in hindsight. Steely Dan, or more aptly Walter Becker and Donald Fegan, traveling on rock’s coattails, were moving far past jazz, far past the concepts of classical music, and moving toward a sound that will be lighter and smoother than air, where the only certainty that the music existed, was the fact that your curtains were dancing at the open window. And while these two had not yet cut the perfect colourless, flawless diamond, it only took this release to shake out past concepts, while creating this bridge to the next.

This is the first album by The Dan that does not rely on an interplay of musicians, but relies solely on the interplay of musical notes. This gives the album a undeniable slickness, and despite it’s overall seductiveness, laced with shrouded mysterious lyrics, the album sounds soulless, calculated, tense, and cold ... leaving no material that would obviously climb those Top 40 AM friendly charts [“The Fez” never charted higher than #59, and “Kid Charlemagne” only reached #82]. And while the The Royal Scam is certainly not a concept album in the broader sense, an album where all of the songs except “The Fez” revolve around the protagonist’s ability to sidestep and escape from recent sins, crimes, and retribution, these two musical gunslingers may have just written the ultimate outlaw saga, one which now certainly indicates that they have been planning the subversive overthrow of rock n’ roll as we’d come to know it.

Yet with all of this, The Royal Scam is a resoundingly good album, one where many of us may have overlooked any flaws; flaws that were hints at a future we were yet unable to see. Why even Rolling Stone suggested that this was a great album, and that with the course Steely Dan were on said, “Their next album, if one can speculate ... should be a pop killer.” Of course, that next album being Aja was not filled with pop killers, though perhaps it was a pop-killer.

On a lighter note: The album cover, “ ... the most hideous album art of the 70’s, bar none.” according to Fagan and Becker, was originally designed for Van Morrison’s unreleased 1975 outing Naked In The City. The line, “ ... turn up The Eagles, the neighbors are listening ...” comes from the song “Everything You Did,” and is referencing Becker’s girlfriend’s love for The Eagles. Later in the song “Hotel California,” The Eagles return the favor with a penis metaphor, “They stab it with their Steely knives, but they just can’t kill the beast.” [The beast being rock n’ roll.] Seems there was playful love and affection, after all, Steely Dan bassist Timothy Schmit would later join The Eagles. On a more psychedelic note, "Kid Charlemagne" pays homage to the legendary underground chemist Stanley Owsley, the man who single handily tripped out the 60's with his high quality LSD. It's said that between 1965 and 1967, he produced 1.50 million hits of brilliant acid.

Take The Royal scam or leave it, but it can not be denied as a marker on the musical highway.

Review by Jenell Kesler
streetmouse

Steely Dan - Countdown To Ecstasy as reviewed by streetmouse

November 20, 2019
The influence Steely Dan has had on the music scene has been both profound and earth shattering, yet you’d be hard pressed to find a band with such an expansive, imposing, and impressive pioneering career to be so shamefully overlooked … relegated to being purveyors of pop singles, all be it brilliant pop singles, but pop singles and greatest hits albums nonetheless.

On this their second outing, the band finds the proverbial sweet spot and refuses to let go, delivering an atmosphere laced with smooth and unlabored intensity that came at the world while we weren’t looking, still reeling from their previous release Can’t Buy A Thrill. Countdown To Ecstasy and their next album Pretzel Logic would have made a sensational double album, something many bands at the time were doing, yet Steely Dan held us in check, delivering those two albums as separate entities, like two sides of a page, true bookends, holding a continuation of a theme, yet calculatedly different enough to require their own releases. Delivered after a solid relentless year of touring to back Can’t Buy A Thrill, Steely Dan [Becker and Fegan] were burned out from the road, and seemed hell bent on delivering something more heady, more mindful, more jazz based, more intellectually sound, and yes, much less suited for the road, blending a fluency of soulful and stylish instrumentations, with profound lyrics that demanded consideration.

Yes, there are those who will attempt to convince you that the album sounds homogenous due to the fact that it’s presented in mid tempo, and lacks sonic variation … lacking a solid rock n’ roll base. But that’s just people wanting more of what made them happy with Steely Dan to begin with. What people failed to understand, and what gradually lost The Dan’s original fans, was the fact that they were not a one trick pony, their intentions were to move us through a series of conceptual liner steps that would lead to more elegant, clean, and precise music, and if some didn’t want to take advantage of the adventure, there were no hard feelings as they abandoned the train … which only left more room for the rest of us with our wild eyes, shaded behind dark sunglasses, pointy shoes, and penchant for backgammon, as we listen to this turning point and intriguing album, one that had no shortage of raucous jams that sounded fresh and new, belaying a new sound for a new decade.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I would consider Countdown To Ecstasy to be the first post-modern rock album of all time, musically literate and liberating, yet still undeniably and unbelievably cool.

*** The original cover painting was by Fagen's then girlfriend Dorothy White. At the insistence of ABC Records president Jay Lasker, several figures had to be added when he found the discrepancy between five band members and three figures on the cover unacceptable. The proofs for the album cover were later stolen during a dispute over the final layout.

The single question everyone wants answered revolves around Engineer Roger "The Immortal" Nichols & his disembodied hand:

Roger Nichols, a recording engineer whose meticulous studio work with Steely Dan and others earned him seven Grammy Awards, died on April 9th, 2011 at his home in Burbank, Calif, he was 66. In a four-decade career, Mr. Nichols worked with many, but he is most associated with Steely Dan and its two principal members, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, whose 1970s recordings are still hallowed by audiophiles for their pristine sound and attention to even the most minute detail.

One evening Mr. Katz brought Mr. Becker and Mr. Fagen to ABC-Dunhill to record a demo, and Mr. Nichols was the only engineer available. But from the start they all clicked, and Mr. Nichols, whose sobriquet in Steely Dan’s liner notes was “The Immortal, ” became a fixture with the studio-focused band. In a group portrait on the back cover of the 1973 Steely Dan album “Countdown to Ecstasy,” Mr. Nichols’s seemingly disembodied hand creeps out from under the recording console to adjust some sound levels.

Review by Jenell Kesler
streetmouse

Steely Dan - Can't Buy A Thrill as reviewed by streetmouse

November 20, 2019
edited about 5 hours ago
The year? 1972 ...
The place? Quang Tri, Vietnam, just off Route 9 ...

The sun doesn’t so much rise in Vietnam as it’s just there, in all of it’s splendid heat and yellow glory, commanding the temperature to rise to around 98 degrees at six in the morning. Cargo choppers were already straining under the weight of their sling loads, the noise could be deafening ... I ran both hands across the top of my head, through my newly short cropped hair, and sat on the edge of my rack staring at nothing 'till my boots came into view. I’d gotten one on, then found the other had a knot in the lace, so I fooled with the knot for about five minutes before throwing it against the wall, only to have the boot bounce right back in front of me. Pulling my knife from under my pillow I was determined to remedy the situation and sliced the lace. As I was putting in another, a new sound was pouring across the base from someone’s stereo, everyone had monster stereos, so I sat there listening, not knowing it was Steely Dan’s “Dirty Work,” and “Kings” followed with its blistering guitar solo as I pulled on my OD green tee shirt, half hearing, half feeling, but acutely aware of a new groove by the time “Midnite Cruiser” worked its way into my morning brain.

I slipped my 38 into my pocket and headed off in the direction of one the Quonset Hut’s that served as operating rooms and recovery centers, looking over my shoulder in the direction of this sweet new sound as I waked across dusty baked red clay. I pushed through the double doors like a gunslinger in a black & white outdated cowboy movie, signed in and asked the PFC on duty if he knew anything about the new album Steveo was playing. “Yeah,” he said! “It’s Steely Dan, aren’t they great?” “What do you think the chances are of getting him to make us a copy,” I asked. “O Man ... Captain, you know the guys ‘id do anything for you.” “Well, go see him and get yourself some breakfast on the way,” I smiled looking over the roster. “What are you staring at,” I asked? “Your hair cut ma'am. Has the Colonel seen that yet?” “No, but he doesn’t have to wear it either,” I shot back.

“Can’t By A Thrill” became my album, every song sounded as if it had been written just for me, just for this place on the other side of the world ... it was like nothing I had ever heard before ... there was an intelligence to it, a magnificent specter of colour and images. There were chord changes equal to anything those high class jazz snobs could hope for ... there was a sense of desperation, a sense of confusion and despair ... but it was all presented in a manner that left one with the notion that this insanity, both expressed in the music, and where I was, were only momentary ... that I would one day rise above all of this, and that this record was going to be part of my musical landscape for the rest of my life.

Seldom in our lives are there such personal works of music, that speak so intimately into our ears ... music that lays out lyrics with such openness and truth. I'd left the States with the psychedelic 60’s burning in my head, and here in Vietnam in 1972 I knew the world I'd be returning to would be a much much different place.

*** This is one of those albums where if you ain't listen' to in on vinyl, you ain't really listen' to it at all. And the album title? It's a direct lift from the Dylan song, "It Takes A Lot to Laugh ..."

I still have a record company add that came with the album, and reads like this: Every new rock group that can play "Louie, Louie" all the way to the end is proclaimed by its record company to be "Dynamite," "Killer" ... "no since the Beatles," etc. Steely Dan has a new album out on ABC Dunhill Records. They think it's very good, the company thinks it's very good, and so far, a lot of radio stations have agreed by playing cuts from the album. Steely Dan is six guys from New York transplanted, physically at least, to Los Angeles. They don't dress trendy, they aren't particularly pretty, they just play and write fine music. They are currently on a concert tour, catch them if you can and make up your own mind. A lot of superlatives from us isn't going to convince you. Their music will. The album is titled "Can't Buy A Thrill" ... We're not so sure.

Review by Jenell Kesler
Ubersoul_Soulja

Apollonia - Apollonia (Deluxe Edition) as reviewed by Ubersoul_Soulja

November 20, 2019
edited about 5 hours ago
Album is like a cross between, Janet, Madonna & P.W.L. production. Some decent tracks plus a Great Collection of remixes but the mastering is Brickwall throughout both discs, sadly..... I wish todays mastering engineers understood that's it's better to master within the context of the original release period, basically - turn up the bottom end a bit - tiny bit more tops and leave the rest alone... Certainly No additional Compression or Limiting - Less is more! This problem occur's on so many re-releases of soul, dance, disco e.t.c. Mastering engineers for Classic pop & rock seem to take a lot more care to respect the original dynamics within a given mix.... As an ex sound engineer I feel it's such a shame...
gabraham

Gil Scott-Heron And Brian Jackson* - Anthology. Messages as reviewed by gabraham

November 20, 2019
I bought this and have no issues with surface noise at all. The jacket is a bit flimsy (sometimes true of import releases) and I wish it would’ve been a gatefold. Vinyl is clean and plays really well with good dynamics and bass. The only issue I have is with the jacket. At least the records are housed in lined inner sleeves. Love these guys! This is a must have comp!
jeffjeps

The Bright Light Social Hour - Space Is Still The Place as reviewed by jeffjeps

November 20, 2019
edited about 5 hours ago
A stranded on a desert island...or out in space...kind of record. Its strong from the beginning until the end and I never feel like the need to skip over a track. See them live if you have the chance, they will not disappoint.
REENO

Man Friday - Love Honey, Love Heartache (25th Anniversary Remix) as reviewed by REENO

November 20, 2019
The unreleased mix has HIDEOUS sound quality and should not have been released. The other mixes are good, but 2 of them sound very similar.
Trumasterz

Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation 1814 as reviewed by Trumasterz

November 20, 2019
Great release. Nice gatefold with decent artwork. Nice pressing with good sound quality. Sounds much better then my single LP 1989 release. My copy does not have the non-fill problem. Very pleased with this reissue.
vaggoz

Flat 47 - The Roof Top EP as reviewed by vaggoz

November 20, 2019
Both Hideaway & Mr DJ are great tracks.
Though Haemoglobin is one of the very best Reggae influenced Jungle tracks of 1993.
First heard this ep when I was 16 & stuck with it immediately.
OCCIDENTAL

Third Wife - Everybody Makes Mistakes as reviewed by OCCIDENTAL

November 20, 2019
Pretty good record. "Water The Planet" is great.
Disappointed "Easy" wasn't included on the vinyl release so I won't be buying it.