Busy Month!

1-31-11

Busy Month!

10cc – FROM THE FRONT ROW…LIVE!, SILVERLINE US DVD-A

10cc / GODLEY & CRÈME – CHANGING FACES, POLYDOR JPN CD collection

ALLIANCE ETHNIK – SIMPLE & FUNKY, VIRGIN JPN CD bonus track

ARCHER, TASMIN – GREAT EXPECTATIONS, SBK US CD

BALINESE GAMELAN MUSIC – BALI, NONESUCH US CD David Lewiston

BARRETT, SYD – AN INTRODUCTION TO, CAPITOL US CD

BLUE MAN GROUP – AUDIO, VIRGIN US DVD-A

BRAXTON, ANTHONY – SOLO PIANO (STANDARDS), NO MORE US 2CD jazz

BROWN, PETE / INTEROCETERS – LIVE, MYSTIC UK CD ’02

BRUCE, JACK – SHADOWS IN THE AIR, SILVERLINE US DVD-A

CAMEL – SNOW GOOSE, DERAM JPN CD

CHICAGO – CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY, RHINO HANDMADE US DVD-A

CLAPTON, ERIC – CLAPTON CHRONICLES, REPRISE DE CD collection

COASTERS, THE – CLIMB, THE, ATCO US 7″

COASTERS, THE – LADY LIKE, ATCO US 7″ promo

COASTERS, THE – SWEET GEORGIA BROWN, ATCO US 7″

COASTERS, THE – WAKE ME, SHAKE ME / STEWBALL, ATCO US 7″

DANIELE, PINO – MEDINA, RCA IT CD

FALL, THE – FIEND WITH A VIOLIN, SILVERLINE US DVD-A

FINN, TIM – ANTHOLOGY, TEN TEN US CD promo-only

FOUNDATIONS, THE – VERY BEST OF, SILVERLINE US DVD-A

GLASS, PHILIP – ANALOGUE, ORANGE MOUNTAIN US CD

GLASS, PHILIP – KOYAANISQATSI, NONESUCH US DVD-A

HARMONICATS / JERRY MURAD – SEE-SAW, COLUMBIA US 7″ promo

HARMONICATS / JERRY MURAD – SKINNY DIPPIN’, COLUMBIA US 7″ promo

HARRISON, GEORGE – LIVE IN JAPAN, TOSHIBA JPN SA-CDx2 Live

HART, MICKEY – INDOSCRUB, RYKODISC US DVD EP

HORTON, JOHNNY – 1956 – 1960 Vol. 1, BEAR FAMILY DE CD collection

HORTON, JOHNNY – 1956 – 1960 Vol. 3, BEAR FAMILY DE CD collection

HUMAN HANDS – EMILY WATSON, SECRET HEART US CD Single

JAMES, JEMIMA – BOOK ME BACK IN YOUR DREAMS, TOMATO US CD blues

JAY & THE AMERICANS – GREATEST HITS, CURB US CD

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE – SURREALISTIC PILLOW, BMG JPN CD kami sleeve

JONES, SPIKE – LATE LATE LATE MOVIES, LIBERTY US 7″ promo

JONES, SPIKE – WILLIAM TELL OVERTURE, RCA US 7″ promo

MINGUS, CHARLES – MINGUS MINGUS MINGUS, IMPULSE US CD jazz

MONOCHROME SET – DESTINY ALWAYS CALLS TWICE, CHERRY RED UK DVD

NASH, GRAHAM – SONGS FOR BEGINNERS, RHINO US CD + DVD

OLDFIELD, MIKE – TUBULAR BELLS, MERCURY JPN SHM-CDx2 + DVD kami sleeve

PENTANGLE – BASKET OF LIGHT, SILVERLINE US Dual Disc

PESHAY – MILES FROM HOME, BLUE / ISLAND JPN 2CD vers.

PINK FLOYD – DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, TOSHIBA JPN SA-CD

POLICE, THE – EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE, A&M US SA-CD collection

POLYPHONIC SPREE – TOGETHER WE’RE HEAVY, HOLLYWOOD US DVD-A

PRETENDERS – PRETENDERS II, MOBILE FIDELITY US SA-CD

RUBETTES – WEAR IT’S ‘AT, 7T’S UK CD

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE – WOODSTOCK EXPERIENCE, EPIC US 2CD Live ’69

SPANKY & OUR GANG – MILLENNIUM COLLECTION, MERCURY US CD

STARR, RINGO – 5.1 – SURROUND SOUND COLLECTION, KOCH US CD + DVD

STEVENS, CAT – LADY D’ARBANVILLE, ISLAND FR 7” W/PS

STRANGLERS, THE – LIVE ’78 S.F., TARGET US DVD

SUGIZO – REPLICANT PRAYER, POLYDOR JPN CD kami sleeve

SUGIZO – TRUTH?, POLYDOR JPN CD kami sleeve

TAYLOR, ART – A.T.’S DELIGHT, ANALOGUE US SA-CD jazz

TEARS FOR FEARS – HURTING, MERCURY US CD

TEREM QUARTET – TEREM, REALWORLD US CD

THOMPSON, SUE – LANGUAGE OF LOVE, HICKORY US 7″ promo

THOMPSON, SUE – PUT IT BACK, HICKORY US 7″ promo

TOWNSHEND, PETE – SCOOP 3, IMPERIAL JPN 2CD kami sleeve

V.A. – 1988 SUMMER OLYMPICS ALBUM, ARISTA US CD Bee Gees, Bunburys etc.

V.A. – D.I.Y. – SHAKE IT UP! (US POWER POP II ’78-’80), RHINO US CD

V.A. – DE NEDERLANDSTALIGE TOP 100 ALLERTIJDEN, MERCURY NL 4CD

V.A. – DIMENSION MIX, SIDEOUT JPN CD F.P.M., Tipsy etc.

V.A. – HARRY SMITH PROJECT – LIVE, SHOUT US DVD Nick Cave, Ed Sanders etc.

V.A. – LIVE 8 AT EDEN – AFRICA CALLING, RHINO / REALWORLD US DVDx2

V.A. – REBEL ON THE ROAD (Blue Jean Anthem), MCA JPN CD

V.A. – WE ARE ESCALATOR RECORDS Part 5, ESCALATOR JPN CD Jpn artists

V.A. – ZERO: MARTIN HANNETT 1977 – 1991, BIG BEAT UK CD

VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR – QUIET ZONE – PLEASURE DOME, VIRGIN JPN CD kami sleeve

WISHBONE ASH – ARGUS, MCA DE CD

WORKING WEEK – BLACK AND GOLD, TEN UK CD

Y.M.O. – TECHNO BIBLE, ALFA JPN 5CD boxed set

January 2011 has proven to be a busy month here in the lab.  Works out to 2+ new pieces of music for each day of the month, an above average level.  Many titles were obtained with a credit slip; some were gifts (Coasters, Harmonicats, Sue Thompson, Spike Jones etc.); 1 title was mail-ordered (Pete Brown); many titles were inexpensive (at or under $3 ea.)

I have been busily obtaining DVD-A titles ever since getting my 5.1 Sony set-up (the DAV-DZ170, on 1/17/11), with most coming from Amoeba Hollywood (with a credit slip).

The amount of titles per month may increase – in 2010, it was generally at a greater rate than 2 titles per day – more than double that, at approx. 4.67 titles per day!

Back to stereo?

1-28-11

Back To Stereo?

Well, as you may have read, I’ve been in the multi-channel zone all week.  Gosh, I remember when the big prize was finding a music video with proper 2-channel stereo!

And what about all my stereo LP’s?  I’m not going to forsake those, am I?  No, I know better than that!  Really good sounding stereo is better than weak-sounding multi-channel, I reckon.

With SA-CD’s, I think now I will only go for stereo ones where I like the music.  I might still try some DVD-A’s or SA-CD’s in multi-channel if it was a bit out of my comfort zone, but I’m certainly not paying any big bucks for ‘stereo only’ SA-CD’s anymore!

That’s what I get for being late to the party on multi-channel audio – some desirable titles are out of print already, most are ‘hard to find’ and some are expensive!  I recently obtained an ’09 DVD-A multi-channel version of Mike Oldfield “Tubular Bells” – a title I could never find as an SA-CD!  Of course, it’s list price is 5,800 yen (approx. US$70.00!), and I paid a bit more than that for it.  Why, you ask?

I could mail-order the “Deluxe Edition” from England, but the DVD could be PAL (or have area coding I couldn’t work with) – and may not play in my 5.1 set-up.  The Japanese disc was NTSC and “All” NTSC area coding.  The 2 x CD’s in the package (original mix, and ’09 mix plus bonus tracks) are SHM-CD’s, as well.  Nice big booklet, too!

I guess the conclusion that I have reached about SA-CD’s is that:

a)     the stereo only ones are about the mastering

b)     the multi-channel ones are about…the multi-channel mixing

I can’t really reach a conclusion about DVD-A titles, as I don’t have enough of them to really…begin to see any patterns emerge.  I’d like to find more of them, like:

THE BAND – Last Waltz

GEORGE BENSON – Breezin’

DAVID BOWIE – David Live

ERIC CLAPTON – There’s One In Every Crowd

B.J. COLE – Trouble In Paradise

ALICE COOPER – Billion Dollar Babies

DEEP PURPLE – Machine Head

DONOVAN – Fairytale

THE DOORS – L.A. Woman

DONALD FAGAN – Nightfly

THE FIXX – 1011 Woodland

PORCUPINE TREE – Stupid Dreams

QUEEN – A Night At The Opera

QUEEN – The Game

TOY MATINEE – Toy Matinee

YES – Fragile

NEIL YOUNG – Harvest

NEIL YOUNG – On The Beach

NEIL YOUNG – Greendale

Quad LP’s / Quad 8-track tapes

1-27-11

Quad LP’s / Quad 8-track tapes

This has really been a multi-channel week, thus far!  I am still diggin’ my Sony DAV-DZ170 5.1 Set-up.  Yes, it’s a small 5.1 set-up, but it sounds OK to me.  I suppose I can always add better speakers…maybe some Art Audio little white speakers…

In the 70’s, both my brother and father went for Quad.  My brother had a Sansui quadraphonic receiver, but I don’t think he ever particularly went for quad LP’s or tapes.  I think he had a reverb (to make a quad listening field?).  My dad had a quad Pioneer receiver, and he bought a Panasonic Quad 8-track Tape player!

I have my Frank Zappa quad 8-track tapes.  But I don’t think I ever went for anything else.  My current collection has a few quad LP’s – but – without a decoder – no way to play ‘em in quad anymore!  My most-treasured quad LP?  Jethro Tull “Aqualung”, with the really re-recorded “Wind Up”!

Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” has really made the format rounds:  LP, Quad LP, cassette, 8-track tape, quad 8-track tape, reel-to-reel, half-speed mastered LP, CD, re-mastered CD, SA-CD…is there any other format it’s been done on that I’ve missed?  There’s isn’t a Mini-disc for it, however.  “Wish You Were Here” had quite a few variants as well – LP, half-speed mastered LP, cassette, 8-track tape, reel-to-reel, CD, re-mastered CD, Mini-disc…

The reason quad failed in the 70’s: too many formats – SQ, QS, Discrete, CD-4…what if you had the wrong decoder on the wrong LP?  Quad reel-to-reels were few & far in between – I bet they were expensive – and probably they were they only way it (the format) ever had a decent discrete quad sound!

Since a year ago August, I started focusing on Super Audio CD’s.  Even without having knowledge of multi-channel amusement, I could easily hear their improved frequency response – likely due in large part to DSD mastering (Direct Stream Digital).  Getting to discover the multi-channel aspect of SA-CD’s has been astonishing, and fun.  It makes me want to stop being concerned with ones that are merely ‘stereo only’, and just get multi-channel surround ones!

And as you could tell from yesterday’s post, I am a bit disappointed in the audio on Music DVD’s – absolutely no consistency!  Some sound great, others – bleh!

Guess I’m just a ‘format baby’:  LP, reel-to-reel, cassette, 8-track, CD, Mini-disc, DVD…

Yeah yeah yeah…just stick with stereo, you moron!

My, but those King Crimson 5.1 mixes on DVD-Audio do sound fine!

Here endeth the lesson. Clean out your ears, and focus on whatever sounds good to you!

Audio on Music DVD’s

1-26-11

Audio on Music DVD’s

Well since getting my Sony DAV-DZ170 set-up, I’ve been having a ball playing my multi-channel SA-CD’s and DVD-Audio discs.  So, I started to try to get into the 100 or so music DVD’s that I have.  How many different ways can the companies say what the audio set-up is? Use any combination of these:  Dolby Digital DTS 5.1 Surround

So, I literally go through 75% of my Music DVD’s – and the good ones (sound-wise) that I come up with are:

PINK FLOYD – The Wall (’99 version) good multi-channel audio

QUEEN – Greatest Video Hits 1 (2 disc vers.) good multi-channel DTS audio

THE BEATLES – Yellow Submarine (film) nice 5.1 multi-channel audio

DAFT PUNK – Intastella 5555 (film) good multi-channel audio

PETER GABRIEL – Play – The Videos (apparently remixed to multi-channel audio)

NIAGARA – Flammes (French pop with nice multi-channel audio)

CAN – Can DVD (only a few multi-channel 5.1 remixes here, but they’re rather good)

But I have TONS more than this!  Lots of ‘em say “5.1 Audio” – but the DAV-DZ170 says they’re Dolby Digital 2.0 (i.e. stereo, with some reverb on the rear channels).  I really wish more music DVD’s had good multi-channel audio!  Anybody know of any to recommend to me?

I really thought more of them would have carefully remixed multi-channel audio.  I know most artists aren’t thinking about multi-channel while playing live, but…of the ones listed above, the Peter Gabriel title is probably the most impressive – it actually says that there are new 5.1 mixes of stuff; and very few of Peter Gabriel’s SA-CD are multi-channel – mostly, the ones I have are all stereo-only SA-CD’s (except for “Up”).

And I’d really love to get more into DVD-Audio, but…the ones I seem to want are all out of print, unavailable (except for a collector’s premium)…

Where can I find ‘nice price’ DVD-Audio discs for:

THE BAND – Last Waltz

GEORGE BENSON – Breezin’

ALICE COOPER – Billion Dollar Babies

DEEP PURPLE – Machine Head

DONALD FAGAN – Nightfly

PORCUPINE TREE – Stupid Dreams

QUEEN – A Night At The Opera

TOY MATINEE – Toy Matinee (DTS)

YES – Fragile

These are all said to exist as DVD-Audio titles.  Any idea where I can find ‘em, reasonably priced?

Multi-channel Madness! Pt. 2

1-25-11

Multi-channel Madness! Pt. 2

Yesterday, it was SA-CD multi-channel amusement – today’s it’s DVD-Audio multi-channel fun!

COLOSSEUM BEST OF, SILVERLINE US

CROWDED HOUSE CROWDED HOUSE, CAPITOL US

DAMNED, THE LIVE ANTHOLOGY, SILVERLINE US

ENTWISTLE, JOHN LIVE, SILVERLINE US

FIRESIGN THEATRE BOOM DOT BUST, RHINO US

MOTORHEAD ACE OF SPADES, SILVERLINE US

MOTORHEAD DEAF FOREVER, SILVERLINE US collection

NUMAN, GARY ANTHOLOGY, SILVERLINE US

SIMPLE MINDS NEW GOLD DREAM, VIRGIN US

ZAPPA, FRANK HALLOWEEN, BARKING PUM US Live

ZAPPA, FRANK QUAUDIOPHILIAC, BARKING PUM US – amazing!

In addition to these titles, I also have the “Love” CD + DVD Audio by The Beatles, which is what I tried first, after setting up the Sony DAV-DZ170.  Overall good sound; too bad they don’t think they can sell 5.1 audio of some of the latter-day Beatles’ albums.

I also have 5 of the King Crimson CD + DVD Audio 40th anniversary re-master sets; all have 5.1 mixes of some of the best King Crimson albums – I wonder how soon “Larks’ Tongues In Aspic” will come out on 5.1 DVD-Audio?

So, I did a bit of poking around, to see if I could find any lists of desirable DVD-Audio titles – looks like when these things go out of print, the price goes way up!  Where’s my Yes “Fragile” DVD-A?  Or Alice Cooper “Billion Dollar Babies”?  Even the Donald Fagen DVD-Audio titles have a good rep!

And I guess if I have a DVD-A of Simple Minds “New Gold Dream” – then I don’t need the multi-channel SA-CD of it?

Oh, no!  I have tons of music DVD’s!  I wonder how many of those have 5.1 audio on ‘em?  This could get complicated!

Multi-Channel Madness! Pt. 1

1-24-11

Multi-Channel Madness! Pt. 1

I first got interested in the SA-CD   format when I obtained an inexpensive (non-hybrid) SA-CD of Peter Gabriel “Security”…and it wouldn’t play in my CD player.  I didn’t get rid of it.

A short time ago, I got an inexpensive Sony DAV-DZ170 5.1 DVD / SA-CD player – and it took a short time to figure out which SA-CD’s had ‘surround” (5.1 sound).  Boy, when it’s done right, it sounds amazing!  It makes me want to research what other multi-channel rock music titles were done!

In 2011, there are some specialty labels doing jazz & classical SA-CD’s, but really only Universal Japan is doing any new ‘rock’ SA-CD titles – and, unfortunately, those are non-hybrid (single layer) titles – retailing at approx. US$50+ per disc!

The first 5.1 SA-CD I played was Peter Gabriel “Up”; it’s not an album I am familiar with, so I cannot compare it to a non-SA-CD version.  The sound was fairly impressive, but I didn’t know any of the songs.

Sometimes, discs are labeled as “multi-channel”, and the rear channels are merely ‘ambience’ – while others are fully mixed into 5.1 (all the Elton John SA-CD’s etc.)

So, I get out the cartons of SA-CD’s that I have:  None of the Can titles are multi-channel; almost none of The Rolling Stones titles are multi-channel; only about ½ of the Bob Dylan titles are multi-channel…If I really want to get further into the multi-channel titles, I suppose I could always investigate DVD-Audio…but here is a list of the multi-channel SA-CD’s that I have sampled so far:

ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND AT FILLMORE EAST                      MERCURY US

ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND EAT A PEACH                                                                                     MERCURY US

ART OF NOISE RECONSTRUCTED                                                                         ZTT UK

BARTLETT, NATHANIEL PRECIPICE – MODERN MARIMBA                                                 ALBANY US

BERTIGNAC, LOUIS LONGTEMPS                                                                                     POLYDOR FR

BOWIE, DAVID ZIGGY STARDUST & THE SPIDERS FROM MARS                    VIRGIN UK

CLAPTON, ERIC 461 OCEAN BOULEVARD                                                               POLYDOR US

CLAPTON, ERIC SLOWHAND                                                                                       POLYDOR US

DAVIS, MILES KIND OF BLUE                                                                                  COLUMBIA US

DAVIS, MILES SEVEN STEPS TO HEAVEN (3-channel)                                     ANALOGUE US

DAVIS, MILES SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME (3-channel)                       ANALOGUE US

DEREK & THE DOMINOS LAYLA                                                                                                  POLYDOR US

DRAKE, NICK TREASURY, A                                                                                    ISLAND US

DYLAN, BOB ANOTHER SIDE OF BOB DYLAN                                                   COLUMBIA US

DYLAN, BOB BLOOD ON THE TRACKS                                                               COLUMBIA US

DYLAN, BOB BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME                                                      COLUMBIA US

DYLAN, BOB LOVE AND THEFT                                                                             COLUMBIA US

DYLAN, BOB SLOW TRAIN COMING                                                                     COLUMBIA US

ELFMAN, DANNY SERENADA SCHIZOPHRANA                                                        SONY CLASS US

EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER BRAIN SALAD SURGERY (Deluxe edition)                                  SANCTUARY UK

G.V.S.U. New Music Ens. MUSIC FOR 18 MUSICIANS (Reich)                                             INNOVA US

GABRIEL, PETER UP                                                                                                        GEFFEN US

GAYE, MARVIN COLLECTION                                                                                    MOTOWN US

GENESIS 1970 – 1975                                                                                       VIRGIN UK

GENESIS FOXTROT                                                                                            VIRGIN UK

GENESIS LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY, THE                                    VIRGIN UK

GENESIS NURSERY CRYME                                                                           VIRGIN UK

GENESIS SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND                                          VIRGIN UK

GENESIS TRESPASS                                                                                         VIRGIN UK

GENESIS TRICK OF THE TALE, A                                                                    VIRGIN UK

GENESIS WIND & WUTHERING                                                                      VIRGIN UK

HARRISON, GEORGE LIVE IN JAPAN                                                                                   TOSHIBA JPN

JOHN, ELTON CAPTAIN FANTASTIC & THE BROWN DIRT COWBOY             ROCKET US

JOHN, ELTON ELTON JOHN (1970)                                                                        ROCKET US

JOHN, ELTON                                 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD (Deluxe edition)                  ROCKET US

JOHN, ELTON HONKY CHATEAU                                                                            ROCKET US

JOHN, ELTON MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER                                                    ROCKET US

JOHN, ELTON TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION                                                      ROCKET US

KING, CAROLE TAPESTRY                                                                                          ODE/EPIC US

McQUEEN, JOE TEN AT 86                                                                                           IsoMIKE US

MOODY BLUES, THE DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED (Deluxe edition)                             DERAM UK

MOODY BLUES, THE EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FAVOUR                                   THRESHOLD UK

MOODY BLUES, THE ON THE THRESHOLD OF A DREAM                                            DERAM UK

MOODY BLUES, THE QUESTION OF BALANCE, A                                                           THRESHOLD UK

MOODY BLUES, THE SEVENTH SOJOURN                                                                       THRESHOLD UK

MOODY BLUES, THE TO OUR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN’S CHILDREN (Deluxe ed)        THRESHOLD UK

O.S.T. TALES FROM EARTHSEA                                                               TOKUMA JPN

PINK FLOYD DARK SIDE OF THE MOON                                                            TOSHIBA JPN

ROLLING STONES, THE SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL (Remixes)                                       ABKCO US

ROXY MUSIC AVALON                                                                                               VIRGIN UK

TJADER, CAL LA ONDA VA BIEN                                                                             CONCORD US

WATERS, ROGER CA IRA                                                                                                 SONY JPN

WAYNE, JEFF WAR OF THE WORLDS, THE                                                         COLUMBIA US

WHO, THE TOMMY (Deluxe edition)                                                                   MCA US

You will note that the Moody Blues section is missing “In Search of The Lost Chord” – that disc is stereo only!

Back to the video vault…

1-21-11

Back to the video vault…

I really must get back to the job of processing my videotape collection onto DVD-R.  At the beginning of the month, I cleared away a space in front of the analogue TV in the living room where the DVD recorder (with the hard drive) is hooked up.

As some of you may know, my digital standards converter died a while back.  That’s right!  The magic box I bought in Japan in ’94 finally took it’s swan song bow.  And until it’s replacement arrives…

What I am concentrating on at present is trying to get everything off of the million beta hi-fi tapes that I have.  If the Sony SuperBeta hi-fi SLHF-2100 croaks, I’m out of business!

For 2011, the first five things I have generated DVD-R’s for are:

1)     The Art Of Noise (67 minute reel; music videos, UK TV live and interviews – made from a BI(S) master, which was made from SuperBeta hi-fi, VHS hi-fi and PAL VHS that was x-fer’d; there might even be some clips in stereo from ¾” U-Matic!)

2)     “Bottom” (Series 3) BBC ’95, Rik Mayall & Adrian Edmundson (6 x 30 min.)

3)     Sammy Davis Jr. “Essence” profile / interview ’87, approx. 30 min.

4)     Barry Humphries’ “Flashbacks” 2 episodes (x 45 min.) (1950’s & 1960’s), Australian TV

5)     1986 / 7 reel

a)     Two On The Town (Las Vegas special)

b)     “Dr. Science” (PBS, ‘Ducks Breath Mystery Theatre’)

c)      “California Stories” (PBS)

d)     “Mighty Pawns” (PBS drama)

So, this is what’s on the hard drive at the moment.  The Sammy profile is short, so I might try to find something to add to it (that live Japanese Beta or maybe the Mod Squad episode with Sammy in it).

In a few days, I’ll go out to the garage and get another box or two of betas, and see if I can find anything else of interest.  Might try to start building a music video reel, which I believe would be “Vol. 15”, in my chronology.  We’ll see.

It’s lonely work going through a video collection the size of what I have here.  The cartons are heavy, and not all of them have interesting stuff therein.  What do I do with betas that are no longer required?  Can I recycle them in LA / Long Beach?  Or is it time for the garbage can?

Rolling Stones “Hot Rocks 1” (CD)

1-20-11

Rolling Stones “Hot Rocks 1” CD

There is an extremely desirable Rolling Stones CD that isn’t an SA-CD:  “Hot Rocks 1” (London / Polydor Japan P25L 25047, released 1989).  No idea how it happened, but…

This disc is truly unique:  10 of the 12 songs on this CD are in true stereo!  In TRUE STEREO:  “Time Is On My Side”, “Heart Of Stone”, “Play With Fire”, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, “Get Off My Cloud”, “Mother’s Little Helper”, “Paint It Black”, “Under My Thumb”, “Ruby Tuesday” and “Let’s Spend The Night Together” – only “As Tears Go By” and “19th Nervous Breakdown” are in mono.  Here are true stereo versions of the above listed tracks that are not currently available (not even on the ’02 SA-CD’s!).  Want to hear “Satisfaction” in true stereo?  This disc is the way…

So, whenever tapes were being pulled – somehow a properly mixed “Satisfaction” in true stereo made it’s way to both Germany and Japan in the late 80’s – could this possibly have something to do with the MFSL boxed set of LP’s?  Of course, in the late 80’s – there were no “CD mastering” credits on this CD.

For years, I’ve chased lots of ‘true stereo’ songs by The Rolling Stones – such as the groovy stuff on “No. 2” that found it’s way to CD in Japan, much of it in true stereo – again, in the late 80’s.  I’m really bummed that the ’02 SA-CD’s don’t seem to be so adventurous – they (the ’02 SA-CD’s) do, however, all sound fairly uniformly great.  It was just super that Abkco gave you a choice between the US or UK version of “Between The Buttons” and “Aftermath”.  The original British Decca LP of “Aftermath” is one of my longest held personal beliefs in the strength of ‘rock music’.

It’s nearly impossible to tell if a German version of the “Hot Rocks 1” CD is a stereo version unless you pop it in a CD player and listen to it – but the Japanese editions: much easier – there are several editions of “Hot Rocks 1”, but if you stick with finding a Japanese London / Polydor P25L 25047 disc, you’ll get there.  As far as I know, none of the US versions of “Hot Rocks” as a double CD have the desirable true stereo songs.

It hits you immediately when you first hear “Satisfaction” in true stereo – did you know that there’s a piano on that track?  You can hear it in the stereo version!  I confess that the true stereo “Get Off Of My Cloud” also rattled my cage – wow, sure never heard this before!  It is so super cool to hear these stereo versions!  Dang!

As stereo is generally very common, record companies are now re-releasing mono versions of The Beatles, Bob Dylan etc. – as many people never heard those mixes / versions.  But it’s astonishing to go the other direction and hear something in nice wide stereo, after you’ve been used to it being in mono for decades.

The topic of mono vs. stereo is best left for the ‘Stereo bulletin board’ at the Both Sides Now Website:  http://bsnpubs.websitetoolbox.com/

–          RK

The Pretenders

1-19-11

The Pretenders

Well, at least two of these guys pretended their way out of this world…

7″ BRASS IN POCKET (PS)                                                  REAL UK                   ARE 11

1979 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ KID / TATTOOED LOVE BOYS (PS)                                REAL UK                   ARE 9

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ MESSAGE OF LOVE / PORCELAIN (PS)                       REAL UK                   ARE 15

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

LP PRETENDERS (1980) (1st Album)                                SIRE US                    SRK 6083

1980 12 TRKS

CDx2 PRETENDERS (1980) (1st album)                                RHINO US                R2 74178

1980 28 TRKS (’06 issue)(16 x bonus tracks)

LP PRETENDERS II                                                                SIRE US                    SRK 3572

1981 12 TRKS

CD PRETENDERS II                                                                MOBILE FIDELITY   UDSA-CD 2056

1981 12 TRKS (’10 issue) hybrid SA-CD

LP SINGLES, THE                                                                   SIRE US                    25664.1

1987 16 TRK Collection

7″ STOP YOUR SOBBING / PHONE CALL, THE (PS)     SIRE US                    SRE 49506

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ STOP YOUR SOBBING / THE WAIT (PS)                      REAL UK                   ARE 6

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ TALK OF THE TOWN / CUBAN SLIDE (PS)                  REAL UK                   ARE 12

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

I first heard Ms. Hynde on “Hurt” by Chris Spedding, I believe.  I remember that KROQ used to play the hell out of the UK B-Side “The Wait”.  Too bad they had to re-record it for the album.  I only just got the SA-CD of the 2nd album this year.

Looks like I am all done buying Pretenders CD’s – unless MFSL decides to make an SA-CD of the debut album.  I got the Rhino 2CD version of the debut album as that seemed to have all (or nearly all) of the desirable B-sides / non-LP tracks.

I really love the video that was made for the debut album – with Ms. Hynde doing her laundry and Martin Chambers going on and on about how birds fly etc.

I think “The Singles” pretty much takes care of any post-2nd album needs that I may have concerning The Pretenders.  Truth is, they’re a bit mainstream for my taste; boy, did I ever hear the first two albums played a lot at the time – usually against my will.  It’s taken nearly 30 years for me to want to her ‘em again!  I must say, the Real (UK) 45’s have a great sound to them.

I try to stay away from bad-mouthing things that I realize some people feel strongly about.  I’m not bad-mouthing The Pretenders at all, really.  It’s just so much more mainstream that most of the topics I write about.

Get the first two albums and all the UK 45’s you can find from 1979 – 1981.  The Rhino 2CD version of the debut album is quite good, and I can easily recommend the MFSL hybrid SA-CD of the 2nd album.  Rock music!

What’s Next?

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What’s next?

I was astonished to see that the Firesign Theatre is making many of their early 70’s radio shows available via their website; disappointed to learn that it’s on a DVD of MP3’s – a format that isn’t easy for me to handle.

I don’t download anything – except for the occasional photo / graphic from Flickr.  I still get my music the old fashioned way – I go to stores and swap meets and I buy stuff after looking at it, and deciding if I want to bring a particular piece into my home.  That’s how I’ve done it – for the most part – for the last 40+ years.

But now the Firesign Theatre wants me to handle an ‘unacceptable’ (to me) format.  Maybe one of my friends will buy this FT DVD of MP3’s and make me CD’s from it?

I mentioned this scenario to Jim D., who predicted he’s have to eventually own and operate a computer server of his own, just to deal with (store) the material from artists who are becoming “download-only”. $^*%)@!!  Is that what it’s coming to?

Using a computer to listen to music is like using a computer to look at works of fine art.  How can a computer show you how impressive a Bridget Riley painting is – in person?  I want my music “in person”!  Or I want to listen to it on a stereo!

My stereo set-up is not impressive, but I can guarantee it sounds better than my computer!  No, I don’t even have speakers for my computer (well, I have ‘em, but  they’re in a box in the other room).  For me, it became a ‘noise pollution’ issue – all the little dings, bleeps – and hastily reproduced ‘music’ as one enters a website – I didn’t want to hear any of it! So, I disconnected the speakers on my computer and have been a lot happier about it ever since.

Another analogy  – as many of you will already know – looking at something on YouTube is not the same as watching broadcast TV, a Beta hi-fi, Laser disc or DVD of something.  Whenever something becomes “an internet sensation” – it always looks like “America’s Funniest Home Videos” to me – a show I always steadfastly refused to watch.  ‘LCD TV’, coming to a computer near you!  Sorry, no time for lo-fi when it comes to the eyes.

So…let’s listen to some music or watch something good on TV.  These are two experiences that are best done with a stereo and a television.  Your best entertainment value!  By the way, I also read books – in book form.  No, we haven’t succumbed to a digital ‘reader’ product, as yet.  I can see the advantage, re: clutter – with a digital reader.  Is Viz available for a Kindle (or whatever it’s called now)?

Maybe you’d rather have something on your computer – instead of a girlfriend, wife, boyfriend, friend?  Yeah, that works – as long as it isn’t too expensive.  Oh, the Mac wife is a lot more expensive than the PC wife – I don’t quite know why, but it looks nicer and works better on an iPhone.