If you like New Grass, try to find a copy of David Grisman's Hot Dawg. Great music and outstanding musicianship. I've always felt that Grisman is where Fleck wants to be.
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I think that you have distilled the central argument for vinyl in the 21st century. To not own an LP replay system is to cut oneself off from a good portion of the rich musical heritage of recorded music. The "what sounds better" arguments are really moot in this context. But then this is an equiptment centric site so that, inevetable, argument usually comes into play.
BTW, I concur with the Grisman recommendation, my favorite is the very first album, "The Dave Grisman Quintet", Kaleidoscope F-5 (interestingly, F-5 is the model number of Grisman's 1927 Gibson mandolin). This is my favorite of the Grisman bands, chiefly due to the early appearance of Tony Rice on guitar, arguably, the best flat picker on the planet.
I agree with your desire to have Vinyl records that are out of print reviewed. Unfortunately it would drive up the prices of those LP's that were considered exceptional. I have not had good results when purchasing CD's or LP's recommended by Stereophile or Absolute Sound. The sound quality review is accurate but my taste in music differs. Maybe you should start one.
Hamburg, I have considered reviewing some. However, I would need to know if an album I'm listening too has evern been released on a digital medium. Can anyone tell me if there's a way to figure that out?
On the flip side, has anyone heard a CD and wished it would be released on vinyl? Pat Metheny & Charlie Haden, "Beyond the Missouri Sky"
Beyond the Missouri Sky is not on LP, I've looked for it ever since I bought the CD. I agree with you, I wish it were on vinyl.
Since you love Jazz, search out the "Closeness Duets" LP with Charlie Haden teamed with pianist Keith Jarrett, altoist Ornette Coleman and percussion by Paul Motian.
This was released on CD, but the A&M Horizon LP is easy to find and is a wonderful piece of music and beautifully recorded.
I would own the album if only for a couple of the cuts with Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden working off each other. Truly superb in my opinion.
Awww you guys'.... Grisman can't lick Sam Bush's feet;) New Grass all the way.... BUSH HAWG!!!!
Seriously though (I am actually), I borrowed a very expensive CD player (can you say 10k) from my dealer to listen to this weekend. Two hours later..... You guessed it...... Listening to my records...... Oh Well.
Cmo, I had that happen with two different digital review samples.
A one box player that retailed for $10K and a twin box rig at $14K. I did not write a review on either I was so disappointed.
I will say the new McCormack UDP-1 Deluxe at $4000.00 is better than either of these two more expensive units. I bought the McCormack for my own system.
I didn't expect it to do anything because it was so much less money. You might give it a shot since the expensive one did not work for you.
No, it still won't match the best LP, but it's extremely good and there are great artists that have no releases on LP.
I have an old (by crazy audio guy's who update all the time standards) Theta Miles. I listen mostly to vinyl and love the physical interaction (and sound) that it provides over digital.... Kind of like grinding my own coffee beans in the morning.
I keep borrowing digital players from my local guy's around Austin, thinking there must be something out there that kills my Theta for 10k..... Right???? I sure don't claim to have heard close to everything, but the only player I have had in house that has given me pause was the Ayre universal....
It was real nice, but when I had a little extra coin I ended up keeping my Theta and spending money on my TT. I have a feeling you can relate ;)