The Vinyl Community's Mazzy Loves You!


Have you discovered "The Vinyl Community" on YouTube yet? If not, you are in for a treat!

I discovered in only a few weeks ago myself, but am addicted. I don’t know how it started, or by whom, or when, or if it actually can even be said to have a start. Cosmic, ay?

Anyway, one day while perusing YouTube I stumbled upon a video in which the subject started the video by saying "Hi VC". VC?, I thought to myself. I soon learned that was short for Vinyl Community, and what The Vinyl Community is: Music lovers from all over the world posting videos on YouTube in which they talk about LP’s (vinyl for you youngins), their LP collections, new LP acquisitions, etc. As the group name would suggest, the focus is on LP’s, but other formats are occasionally peripherally discussed.

The nature of VC participants is as varied as any large group, their musical tastes ranging across all genres. Some members focus on music of no interest to myself, others have a personality I don’t care for. But I have found a guy who is by far my favorite: Norman Maslov. He refers to himself as Mazzy, and I love his videos! He was born (in 1954) and raised in San Francisco, relocating to Seattle in 2014. He is smart, witty, entertaining, knowledgeable, well spoken, and has what is imo great musical taste (his favorite guitarist is the same as mine: Ry Cooder).

He has made hundreds of videos, their topics wide-ranging. He says he doesn’t consider himself an audiophile, but does appreciate good sound. His system is a Rega table (I don’t think he mentioned the cartridge, proving he really isn’t an audiophile ;-), Oppo universal digital player, Denon electronics, and B&W speakers. Not too shabby for a non-audiophile! One of his videos is a tour of his house, his systems, and his collection.

And what a collection! The largest Beatle library I’ve ever seen, enough to fill an Ikea Kallax 6 X 6! He has about 6,000 LP’s total, and what looks to be a couple thousand CD’s. His taste too is wide-ranging, including the Rock he was raised on (The Beatlles, The Byrds, and The Kinks his three favorite bands), but also Jazz, Folk, Blues, Country, Lounge, Pop Vocalists, Soundtracks, just about everything but Classical (though he has referred to his Classical CD’s in a drawered-cabinet, I don’t believe he has done a video on the genre).

He has done videos on Audiophile labels and their reissues, artists retrospectives, individual albums, many "theme" topics such best 1st albums, great cover art, 10 best albums of a given year, best albums of a genre, album rankings of a given artist or band, all kindsa stuff. Then, he has a series of "Whack-A-Mole" videos, in which he reaches into his shelves and pulls out 5-10 albums blindly, then discusses each. Very entertaining! He ends each video by saying "Mazzy loves you", hence this thread’s title. Next time you’re on YouTube, do a search of "Norman Maslov", and enjoy!

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