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    Thumbs up Van Morrison

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    Enough blue-eyed soul for the hardcore fan. But, nothing sounds better in his song book to me than his blues -- and this album has some great blues cuts. Similar to the 2003 release "What's Wrong With This Picture", his social and cultural opinions are coming more to the forefront. A function of age, or just the general state of "things"? Hell, you be the judge of that. Personally, I like the bluesier feel of late coupled with his messages.

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    Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Four Way Street: Atlantic #82408



    One of my top 5 Live albums. Sonically it's just ok, and I usually am not a big fan of live concert albums becuase all of the crowd noise and talking tends to take away from the music. I guess this one is just an exception since in some form or fashion it has been part of my listening repertoire for almost 35 years now and I still haven't grown tired of it.
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    Diana Krall's Christmas album.

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    Dream Theater - Awake
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    Left Steve Miller for the Blues (Loan Me a Dime is just a killer track)...
    Disco'd to make a buck (and yet kept his cool)...
    Then went and got soulful...
    Great 2 CD compilation.
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    Default Janis Joplin

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    I can't recall any album of this era impressing me as much, and there were some great ones. But, with "Pearl", Janis finally defined her unique style of white blues with a backing band that wasn't trying to outdo her wailing vocalizations. Released a few months after her death, this offering withstands any test of time.

    I've had the album on vinyl since its release, but haven't listened to it in many years. After hearing Susan Tedeschi's new release "Hope and Desire" there was something gnawing at the back of my mind. Granted, Tedeschi owes more to Bonnie Raitt for her vocal styling than any other female blues artist. Whether she acknowledges it or not, she owes Janis Joplin for the timing and phrasing of her latest works (which, BTW, have elevated her beyond "just okay" in my book) -- and especially she owes Janis for "Pearl".

    I snagged a pristine copy of "Pearl" on reel to reel recently. It delivers the quality of this landmark release in spades. Simply amazing and, after 35 years still very highly recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tour2ma
    Left Steve Miller for the Blues (Loan Me a Dime is just a killer track)...
    +1 And one of Duane Allman's finest pieces of session work.

    I'll have to catch up with Boz again. After "Silk Degrees" it was all downhill for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueMDPicker
    Tedeschi owes more to Bonnie Raitt for her vocal styling than any other female blues artist. Whether she acknowledges it or not, she owes Janis Joplin for the timing and phrasing of her latest works (which, BTW, have elevated her beyond "just okay" in my book) -- and especially she owes Janis for "Pearl".
    Truer words...seemed like that to me on Tedeschi's previous works (okay but not stellar) IMHO, Joplin is the mark by which many(not all) female blues/soul singers are judged. BTW, I swear there's some Aretha on that Tedeschi too, female "swagger", it's a wonderful thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danger boy
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    New music from 80's down under rockers INXS. Good tunes.

    to early to give a detailed review yet. but so far i like what i'm hearing.
    I have always really liked INXS. I watched Rockstar without fail and have been anticipating the new release. When I had a chance to listen multiple times I must say I'm a bit disappointed. Possibly my expectations were/are too high. It's solid but they really played it safe big-time and JD's vocals aren't anything special. Really very much the same as Hutchence. Nothing really stands out and they've certainly lost that "catchy" edge they had in the 80's. Had I not been so involved in the show this whole release could have been passed over very easily and never even registered a blip on my radar.

    It's not bad, but nothing notable either. Very blase', IMO

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    The Doors- "L.A Woman"
    Herbie Hancock- "Headhunters"
    Pink Floyd- "Umma Gumma"
    Bob Dylan- "The Freewheelin'" and "Highway 61 Revisited"
    Derek and The Dominos- "Layla"
    Eric Clapton- "S/T" and "461 Ocean Boulevard"

    Struck gold at the used record store today. A thorough cleaning and it's...
    L.A. Woman on now to be followed by Headhunters.

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    Star Wars episode 3 soundtrack.
    Darkcity soundtrack.
    SRT For Life; SDA Forever!

    The SRT SEISMIC System:
    Four main satellite speakers, six powered subs, two dedicated for LFE channel, two center speakers for over/under screen placement and three Control Centers. Amaze your friends, terrorize your neighbors, seize the audio bragging rights for your state. Go ahead, buy it; you only go around once.

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    Cookin' Together - Red Holloway with the Brother Jack McDuff Quartet
    1964 (Prestige - 7325)

    Super tenor sax and B3 vibe throughout, by Red and Jack respectively. George Benson showing his finesse as a sideman long before he became "known" in the jazz world.

    I dug this out of the duffle bag of cassette media I've had for years (as in "decades") - very enjoyable!

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    Can't Buy A Thrill - vintage Steely Dan.
    "What we do in life echoes in eternity"

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    "All vinyl, all day" (continued)
    Dylan- "Blood on the Tracks"

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    Listened to Ricky Skaggs' Solid Ground and the Superpicker's Pickin' on Toby Keith.
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    Vinyl day continued:

    Joe Walsh- "So What" on now followed by Roy Buchanan- "Second Album"

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    Dave,

    How are you cleaning your vinyl finds? I have the DiscWasher brush (actually a couple of them), D3 fluid, and a Zerostat gun, but can't honestly say I'm pleased with the results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueMDPicker
    Dave,

    How are you cleaning your vinyl finds? I have the DiscWasher brush (actually a couple of them), D3 fluid, and a Zerostat gun, but can't honestly say I'm pleased with the results.
    Currently using an Allsop Orbitrac on the moderately grimy finds. Followed by a spin or two with the discwasher brush then carbon fibre brush.
    I'm shooting for a vac based set up after checking Troy's out (Simple all manual but effective. He's cleaned several of my favorites and i'm impressed and believe that a vacuum based cleaner is well worth the investment.)

    Next up (vinyl of course) "Let it bleed" - The Stones

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    Vac's are the only way to go...

    I've had a Nitty Gritty for years and love it... Some say the VPI's are even better.

    For "dust" Watt's Disc Preeners are great (I can get one to you, if you like) and the trusty Watt's "Dust Bug" is always on my TT's (also available)... :D
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    Yup, if you are serious about vinyl, a vacuum cleaner is a MUST have.

    Today's selections are:

    Jamming With Edward (LP, Dave, I found a minty copy in Maine so I've got one for you)

    Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony by the Cleveland Orchestra on a Telarc LP (picked up in Maine still sealed for a hefty sum of .50 cents)

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    Been listening to some vinyl today between some of the games.

    The Doors - Morrison Hotel..I had forgotten how much I like this LP and how good it sounds. The Doors were one of my very favorite bands!

    Led Zep - Self titled first LP. Sonically not as good as Morrison Hotel but a lot of fun to listen to with a lot of great tunes!

    Someone posted a while back that they had played Johnny Rivers Realization LP so since I have that I put it on also, it's a very good LP. It's been raining all day here in So Cal and Summer Rain sounded so good!

    I don't do a lot of listening to LP's anymore but every now and then I like to break out some vinyl and slip into the "way back machine."
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    Quote Originally Posted by DAGLJAM6
    Vinyl day continued:

    Roy Buchanan- "Second Album"
    His cover of "After Hours" is firmly anchored as #1 on my best of the blues instrumental cuts. Every time you hear that PU selector switch click it just draws you deeper into the groove.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyD
    Yup, if you are serious about vinyl, a vacuum cleaner is a MUST have.
    And, I'm afraid, it will just be the tip of the jolly green iceberg.

    Hmmm... serious? When I moved here in '97, I had a grand total of two (2) CDs which received very limited play, and about 1,000 LPs. It didn't take long to balance out that equation (and get lazy in the process.) :p

    Let's see:

    Vacuum record cleaner - $500
    New TT, TA, and cartridge - $500-$1000
    New phono stage (inevitable) - $500-$1000
    Assorted goodies and tweaks - $300-$500

    OUCH! :D

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    Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
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    Matchbox 20 - yourself or someone like you

    And I'm loving it!!
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    A scorcher....Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan- "In Session" been seesawing on this one but glad i finally picked it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAGLJAM6
    A scorcher....Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan- "In Session" been seesawing on this one but glad i finally picked it up.
    At least you came to your senses and bought it. As I said in post #894
    These guys were really good together and you can tell they enjoyed playing with each other.
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