What was the last vinyl you bought?

Richard Dane posted:

I've just been notified that my order for this from Nitin Sawhney has just shipped.

It's the latest in a series of live performances from Ronnie Scott's put out by the wonderful Gearbox Records.  I missed out on the Ronnie Scott's dates but made sure I got too see NS when he performed at the RAH last Autumn.  Hopefully this LP will go some way to taking me back to the Ronnie Scott's performances. As is usual from Gearbox the LP is "cut on a Haeco Scully lathe with Westrex RA1700 series amps, Westrex 3DIIA cutting head and Telefunken U73B tube limiter; Decca valve equalisation; monitored on Audio Note equipment".

Great record Nitin is one of those musicians I really want to love and with this acoustic set he has finally found his way into my heart. Great recording too. 

Bob the Builder posted:
Richard Dane posted:

I've just been notified that my order for this from Nitin Sawhney has just shipped.

It's the latest in a series of live performances from Ronnie Scott's put out by the wonderful Gearbox Records.  I missed out on the Ronnie Scott's dates but made sure I got too see NS when he performed at the RAH last Autumn.  Hopefully this LP will go some way to taking me back to the Ronnie Scott's performances. As is usual from Gearbox the LP is "cut on a Haeco Scully lathe with Westrex RA1700 series amps, Westrex 3DIIA cutting head and Telefunken U73B tube limiter; Decca valve equalisation; monitored on Audio Note equipment".

Great record Nitin is one of those musicians I really want to love and with this acoustic set he has finally found his way into my heart. Great recording too. 

It is an excellent recording.  Highly recommended.

I ordered the 2009 US "Because Sound Matters" reissue of Dire Straits first LP from a UK seller who still had it in stock.  I was a little taken aback at the price (£30), but overall it was worthwhile.  I have a fairly early UK copy, but this one beats it in just about every way. A great album, sounding remarkably fresh here. Lovely (Pallas) pressing too.  I'll probably look to get the next three from the same series as well. 

Ahmad Jamal Trio - The Awakening - (Be With Records) a new UK label specialising in reissuing rare hard to get vinyl.  I have been after a copy of The Awakening for a while but it has become very expensive recently so I'm hoping this reissue sounds as good as the original. 

Be With Records are worth checking out some interesting titles already in their catalogue.

Love - Forever Changes, UK Rhino Reissue. Not a recent purchase - I bought this a few years back - but I must have put it on the shelf and somehow it got lost amongst all the other vinyl.  I found it still sealed a few days ago and so opened it this evening for a listen.  I have no original with which to compare, just my old and much loved CD copy. There was a time when the CD had almost constant play, but I haven't listened to the album in a few years at least.  So listening to the LP was interesting.  It certainly seemed to give a slightly different presentation - more inner detail I would say.  Without any doubt this is one of the better vinyl reissues.  Cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering  allegedly from the "original analog master" and pressed at Pallas, these Rhino reissues so far seem to be consistently good, and Chris Bellman (CB) is definitely someone to look for in the dead wax. This is another top recommendation, although I'm now wondering what more the pricey MFSL reissue brings as it's hard to imagine doing any better than this one.

So recently I've been going through the recent NY vinyl reissues of the first four Neil Young albums.  I'm very familiar with these having grown up with the originals, then bought the vinyl myself while at school in the early '80s. then bought the CDs, and then the Hi-Res DVD-A of Harvest, the HDCD reissues, and then the Pono Music Hi-Res files.  So I like to think I have a good handle on what to expect. The disappointment was Harvest; either it's a lacklustre cut or it sounds like the tapes may have possibly passed their best, which is probably not surprising considering how many reissues there have been. Even a mint '80s German pressing was superior here. The revelation is the first album, which sounds really fresh and rejuvenated. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere is also excellent.  The jury is still out on After The Goldrush.  I have only listened to Side One so far.  It's good, but not a knockout.  I'll listen further tonight.

Richard Dane posted:

Love - Forever Changes, UK Rhino Reissue. Not a recent purchase - I bought this a few years back - but I must have put it on the shelf and somehow it got lost amongst all the other vinyl.  I found it still sealed a few days ago and so opened it this evening for a listen.  I have no original with which to compare, just my old and much loved CD copy. There was a time when the CD had almost constant play, but I haven't listened to the album in a few years at least.  So listening to the LP was interesting.  It certainly seemed to give a slightly different presentation - more inner detail I would say.  Without any doubt this is one of the better vinyl reissues.  Cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering  allegedly from the "original analog master" and pressed at Pallas, these Rhino reissues so far seem to be consistently good, and Chris Bellman (CB) is definitely someone to look for in the dead wax. This is another top recommendation, although I'm now wondering what more the pricey MFSL reissue brings as it's hard to imagine doing any better than this one.

Hi Richard, I have both the Rhino and Mfsl re issues. Amazon UK made a mistake with their pre order pricing on the Mfsl and I got it for £24.99. To be honest they are both excellent.

The advantage of the rhino is it’s at 33rpm so you don’t have to keep getting up to change sides. Having listened a few times to both I would say if you have the rhino copy then there is no need to purchase any other copy as it is fantastic. I like the mfsl version a lot also but if I could only have one copy it would be the rhino one.

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From an earlier post, I finally opened up my vinyl copy of Gillian Welch's The Harrow And The Harvest and gave it a listen this evening.  I already knew that it was great music, well recorded.  What came as a surprise was just how good is the vinyl issue.  OK, a little disappointed that there was no anti-static inner but otherwise, it's all good. It's not 200g or even 180g but the vinyl is immaculate - reminded me of Nimbus at their best.  Totally silent all the way through, amazing clarity, no crackles, sizzles, no in-fill noises, just vinyl perfection. Wow.  Well done Gillian and all at Acony.  So, why can't all vinyl issues be this good?  Seriously.

Clive, quite a lot of vinyl back in the mid to late '70s and '80s was rubbish, but it was relatively cheap (particularly against the cost of a CD in the early days) so you kind of expected it and put up with it.  These days there does seem to be more effort put into presentation and certainly the "weight" what with the preponderance of 180g and even 200g pressings. There is also a lot of makeweight stuff poorly cut, or taken from 16 bit digital, which is a shame.  However, resources like discogs have made life so much easier in knowing what's what, who mastered, who cut and who pressed what.  I'm really heartened by companies like Acony and also Gearbox, who are small labels doing fantastic quality work with their own studios and cutting facilities.  And QRP who I believe press for Acony should be applauded too for what must be one of the best pressings I've seen in years.  Not far off the old Nimbus quality or perhaps those lovely Japanese pressed virgin vinyl half-speed pressings that were pretty much flawless.

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