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    For vinyl lovers and those of us who like a laugh.
    I confess to being a vinyl lover, but I am not as weird as this guy...not really...

    I like to think I am more like this collector, who just happens to be one of favourite musicians of all time.
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  • #2
    As someone who grew up with vinyl, I am so glad we left that era behind us. Accurate, high quality music playback, with much less hassle, are benefits of the digital age you will have to wrench from my cold, dead hands.

    And I don't really understand the nostalgia, or people who claim it sounds better... which is just objectively not true. I have some understanding for the collector who has an emotional connection with the physical objects they collected over the years. But having moved between countries many times in my life, that is also something I gladly left behind.

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    • #3
      I do love the ease of transporting my digital collection, but do miss the trappings of physical media; LPs, cassette tapes, reel to reel.

      There was a joy to having a machine dedicated only to producing sound. One that I knew inside and out, watching the reels spin or the needle track, the noise floor just before and between the tracks...

      One of my prized possessions is a working victrola, around 100 years old. I have 30 or so very old book-like record albums as well. I have only played each one once. That sort of thing isn't so much about the music itself as the technology/craftsmanship.

      Added a few minutes later, because hearing "vinyl sounds better" (even in jest) without the disclaimer "to me" always sticks in my craw:

      Hardly anyone ever claims a transistor radio from 1968 sounds great. But for me, there are a number of recordings that absolutely make me ecstatic when I hear them pouring out of a tiny, tinny transistor radio speaker. (uh, Fleetwood Mac's Sara and Don Henley's Boys of Summer just for two examples) For those songs and others, that sound is perfect to me. Better than vinyl, better than me.
      Last edited by aoVI; 10-06-2016, 10:49 PM.


      • #4
        Agree with you aoVl.

        Also there is for me that persistent notion that sticks in my head that vinyl = combined craftsmanship of music, history, aesthetics, design and provides a physical and emotional connection and ownership to a time and place. Digital for me = cheap, expendable, short life span, throw away and forgettable.
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        • #5
          Labradfords "Prazision" is a great record though.


          I don't know, I find myself agreeing with ablaut and Maharg. And aoVI.

          Yes, convenience is everything to me ultimately, I can't say just how much I relish having pretty much everything just available and not have to think about which box a certain CD may have ended up in etc etc. And also not have to worry about scratches and crackles, nobody *ever* thought they were cool back in the day when your new LP developed a click... Warmth? Turn the bass up. ;)

          But, yes, I do appreciate the "physical and emotional connection" aspect. Maybe it's nostalgia, being fourteen and getting a new Rush LP or something and just memorising the cover, notes, publisher etc. Rarely do that now, just listen to the music. Which maybe is the important part but, I guess being humans, the other details are important too.
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          • #6
            I kept about 250 of my LPs. I do think some records sound better than the CD versions. Many times the albums weren't remastered for digital media, or weren't remastered correctly, and the CD releases sounded like $&*%. A lot of subsequent re-releases have been remixed by less than sympathetic engineers and the original sound balance has been affected to the detriment of the original recording. I have a couple of digitally recorded LPs released in the early '80s whose vinyl sound is truly staggering compared to the CD versions released at the same time. The equivalent CD releases sound clean, but have a much colder sound.

            I also lived all over the world, but when I left the UK, I stored everything, knowing that I would return home someday.

            I recently "re-mastered" 2 old 1980 Hobgoblin recordings from cassette tape on the computer. My main motivation was to preserve the recordings for posterity, knowing that tape is not an ideal storage medium, but I was also hoping to eliminate the hiss that accompanied the music. I managed to reduce
            the noise, but maintaining that "prog" sound quality was much trickier than I imagined, so I can understand why some of those commercial transcription jobs were less than ideal.

            There are some albums whose digital presentation just doesn't sound right. I think CD releases only caught up with vinyl in the mid '90s as the various parties involved got to grips with the new tech.

            I don't listen to vinyl too often these days, but occasionally fire up the Basik for an analog session, usually to listen to some of those old ECM records, or Back Door, or, if I'm feeling a little naughty, some good old Prog-Rock.
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            • #7
              Yeah, some of the early CD releases were not as good. There were some in which I preferred the cassette to the CD.

              I had Thomas Dolby's The Golden Age of Wireless and Flat Earth both on cassette. Apparently the cassette mixes on GAoW for several tracks were different than on the LP, and the LP versions were used for the CD. Several things are not as I fondly remember them. (The same was true for Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Welcome to the Pleasure much so I eventually digitized my battered old cassette).

              When me or my friends would install new car stereo in a car, we'd use "Dissidents" as a reference. It had clear highs and good bass, both tight and loose. I was a bit disappointed with the CD master of the song--didn't seem as dynamic even compared to the cassette.
              Last edited by aoVI; 10-07-2016, 10:24 PM.


              • #8
                Weird. I have GAoW on cassette too. I never bothered hunting down the CD. The Flat Earth is my favourite Dolby album, although I really like Astronauts and Heretics.

                Tomorrow I hope to listen to the 2015 stereo mix of Oranges and Lemons on BluRay. I'm looking forward to that.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by seismic1 View Post
                  Weird. I have GAoW on cassette too.
                  Double weird, so do I...

                  I think seeing him do 'Windpower' on TotP was a bit of a pivotal moment in my musical development.
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                  • #10
                    Windpower and Radio Silence are the two that are different.

                    Flat Earth is my fav too. I had fallen away from listening to Dolby (interests just led me elsewhere, no reflection on TD) until Astronauts and Heretics, which I did enjoy when it was first released, but can't claim to have listened to it in some time.
                    Last edited by aoVI; 10-08-2016, 10:48 PM.


                    • #11
                      "I Live in a Suitcase" was the story of my life for quite some time. Great songwriting and marvellous sonics. Best played loud. Who would have thought that 3 piano chords could sound this good.
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                      • #12
                        My fav track on there was always "I Love You Goodbye" I liked the Louisiana influence in much of the record, and TD had a wonderful group of musicians for that album. Unmistakably a Dolby album, without sounding tied to the new wave of the 80's.