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Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Uncle Roddus weeks playlist 14/9/2015-20/9/2015

Album of the Week.

Here is what has been massaging (and sometimes pummeling) my ears this week.
In no particular order, but kinda in the order I listened to them.

  • John Zorn - Pellcuidar-A Dreamers Fantabula, Tzadik 8333 (2015 CD)
  • Klezmerson - Amon - John Zorn's Book Of Angels - Masada Book Two Vol 24, Tzadik  8328 (2015 CD)
  • Bill Connors - Theme to the Guardian, ECM 1027 1975 (LP)
  • Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Free For All, Blue Note ST 84170 (1965/2014 LP)
  • Alabama Shakes - Sound & Colour  (2015 TIDAL streaming)
  • Alan Jackson - The Bluegrass Album (2013 TIDAL streaming)
  • Larry Young - Unity, Blue Note ST 82241 (1965/2014 LP)
  • Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil, Blue Note ST 84194 (1964/2014 LP)
  • Bettye LaVette - Worthy (2015 TIDAL streaming)
  • Jane - Together, Brain 0060-389 (1972 LP)
  • Charles Lloyd - Wild Man Dance (2015 TIDAL streaming)
  • Cornelia - Balun (2015 Tidal streaming)
  • HowellDevine - Modern Sounds of Ancient Juju (2014 TIDAL streaming)
  • Jan Garbarek - It's Ok to Listen To The Grey Voice, ECM 1294 (1985 LP)
  • The Velvet Underground - Loaded, Cotillian 8122-79613-5 (1970 LP)
  • Bloodrock - Bloodrock USA, Capitol ST645 (1971 LP)
  • Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free ( 2015 TIDAL streaming)
  • Joey Alexander - My Favourite Things (2015 TIDAL streaming)
  • Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa (2015 TIDAL streaming)
  • Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd - Cosmologies, Nuvoid Jazz Records 46/200 (2014 LP)
  • Leftfield - Alternative Light Source, Infectious INFECT223 (2015 CD)
  • Medeski, Martin & Wood - Combustication, Blue Note CDP7243 (1998 CD)
  • John Zorn - Hen To Pan, Tzadik 8329 (2015 CD)
  • Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage, Blue Note ST 84195 (1966/2014 LP)
  • Arild Anderson - Clouds in My Head, ECM 1059 (1975 LP)
  • Steve Kuhn - Ecstasy, ECM 1058 (1975 LP)
  • Jason Moran - Soundtrack to Human Motion, Blue Note (1999/2014 LP)
  • Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin', Blue Note 1588 (1958/2014 LP)
  • Grant Green - Idle Moments, Blue Note ST 84154 (1965/2014 LP)
  • Neil Young + Promise of the Real - The Monsanto Years (2015 TIDAL streaming)
  • Sleaford Mods - Key Markets (2015 TIDAL streaming)
  • The Rugbys - Hot Cargo (1969 TIDAL Streaming)
  • Cecil Taylor - Unit Structures, Blue Note BST 84237 (1966/2014 LP)
  • Thelonious Monk - Genius of Modern Music Vol. 2 Blue Note 1511 (1952/2015 LP)
  • Marialy Pacheco - Introducing (2015 TIDAL streaming)
  • Kenny Drew - Undercurrent, Blur Note ST 84059 (1960/2014 LP)
  • Sonny Rollins - A night at the Village Vanguard, Blue Note  1581 (1957/2014 LP)
  • Hank Mobley - Soul Station, Blue Note ST 84031 (1960/2014 LP)
  • The Teardrop Explodes - Kilimanjaro, Mercury 6359 035 (1980 LP)
  • Sun Ra - Other Strange Roads, Roaratorio, roar33 (1965/2014 LP)
  • Joe Henderson - State of the Tenor, Live at the Village Vanguard Vol 1, Blur Note  (1985/2014 LP)
  • Elvin Jones - The Ultimate Alvin Jones, Blue Note BST 84305 (1968/2014 LP) 
  • The Horace Silver Quintet - The Cape Verdean Blues, Blur Note ST 82240 (1965/2015 LP)
  • Various Artists - Blue Break Beats, Blue Note (1992 CD)
  • Deuter - Terra Magica (1997 TIDAL Streaming)
  • Wayne Shorter - Adams Apple,. Blue Note BST 84232 (1966/2015 LP)
  • The Ornette Coleman Trio - At The Golden Circle, Stockholm Vol 1, Blue Note ST 84224 (1965/2014 LP)
  • Led Zeppelin - Presence, Swan Song/Atlantic (1976/2015, reissue LP)
  • Evan Johns And The H Bombs - Rollin' Through The Night ,Alternative Tentacles virus47cd  (1993 CD)
  • Rosanne Cash - The River and the Thread, Blue Note (2015 CD)

It's been a busy week music wise, a large shipment of Blue Note Records arrived in my mail box and my amp came back from the repair shop after one of the tubes faulted, also the turntable is back after I broke the needle on it recently. Thank god for insurance.
Now that I'm getting back into collecting Vinyl records again, my wallet is taking a pretty hard hit but the results have been pretty impressive. There is, at present, a bit of a vinyl revival going on, with plenty of reissues getting the deluxe 180g vinyl treatment with original sleeves and many new releases being available on record as well as CD. Even The Warehouse(our Walmart) is now selling new vinyl. There is still a lot of second hand records around the scene and that is where I will probably be concentrating my collecting. There are a lot of obscure records out there that have still not been reissued on CD and it is great fun trawling through the record bins at my local shop and finding some obscure records that I couldn't find on CD. As some will notice, I posted a couple of videos on the blog recently about some of the recent records I have bought and I did this in response to another blogger I know who has been making these sorts of video for some time now and uploading them to YouTube as part of a Vinyl Community. A large group of record collectors and vinyl junkies share about their vast collections. Some really interesting records get shown on these videos.
So now that I have had a high end turntable for a couple of months I can turn my attention to the age old question" Does vinyl sound better than CD?" and the resounding answer is....Ummm.
It's a pretty subjective area and subject to all sorts of variables. The quality of the vinyl pressed, the mastering, the original production, the gear you listen to it on and your state of mind and personal beliefs all influence the answer to that question. CDs are fabulous with their zero background noise and their sonic clarity as well as their size and convenience of use. I have some fantastic sounding CDs that are almost jaw dropping in their sonic qualities, especially played on some really good gear. I guess one of the biggest draw backs of CD is the amount of compression that apparently goes into the music  to get the higher volumes that most popular music seems to need these days and so due to the limitations of the amount of data that can be stored on the CD, the increased volumes that they are produced at is apparently done so at the cost of sonic clarity and I can certainly point out some great CDs that I struggle to listen too nowadays due to the poor quality of the production.
Vinyl on the other hand suffers from scratches and surface noise that are impossible to avoid. Granted, on most clean records when the music gets going the background noise is not noticeable but on the quieter musical parts even a brand new record straight out of the sleeve had noise that crackles or hisses along behind the music. Sonically speaking for clarity, the CD will always win, but again original production has an influence on that. In saying that though, listening to records through my current VPI turntable and Valve amp, there have been some jaw dropping moments coming from my small record collection, especially from those early 70's ECM records, which just blow everything else out of the water, even the Blue Notes. The other thing I am finding about vinyl is the listening experience is more involving or addictive even and I am finding my self playing more records than CDs at present, but that also may be because of the newness of it all(again). At the end of the day, listening to music on record is a different experience than listening on CD. Is it better? Sometimes, but it is cool. I do suspect for a lot of vinyl collectors, nostalgia plays a big part of the puzzle and I am experiencing a bit of that as well but now I'm hooked.

The hot album this week is the debut record of Jane, a West German progressive rock band that released this gem on the Brain label back in 72. Classic Krautrock which has a floydian vibe and a singer that sounds like an amateur Robert Wyatt, which is all ok sounding but what really impressed me was the great guitar solos which push this record into great listening territory. A wonderful find and was quite lucky to fins this pretty clean LP in my local record outlet. Rating 4/5.

And Here is my latest Vinyl collecting Video.

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