Whats on your turntable tonight?

For me its the first or very early LP's of:
Allman Brothers - "Allman Joys" "Idyllwild South"
Santana - "Santana" 200 g reissue
Emerson Lake and Palmer - "Emerson Lake and Palmer"
Beethoven - "Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major" Rudolph Serkin/Ozawa/BSO

Showing 50 responses by bkeske


Ya know, I did the same, but my LP’s obviously got a lot of use, as they do now. Back then they were simply another necessity like cigarettes, coffee, pot, beer, and underwear 😁 Oh, and girls.

After unboxing these after years, and obviously collecting many many more, I now treat them with the respect I did not back then.


Well, truth be told, I didn’t wear underwear back then (damn hippies). So, yea, music was always before underwear.

Juilliard String Quartet - Debussy String Quartet In G Minor, Op. 10 & Ravel String Quartet In F. RCA Victor Living Stereo reissue, late 60’s, originally 1960.


@bkeske.  Yeah, and it’s a 45.   A real stunner.

Yep, will be looking forward to it. Hillary is a favorite of mine.

Karel Šejna conducts Dvořák - Slavonic Dances. The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Supraphon 2LP box 1970, Czechoslovakia release

Thanks Jim!

The Allman Brothers Band - Eat a Peach. Capricorn 2LP gatefold, I believe 1984 reissue
Stiff Live - a live recording of some Stiff artists at the time; Nick Lowe, Wreckless Eric, Larry Wallis, Elvis Costello, and Ian Dury. Stiff 1978
Sir John Barbirolli conducts Purcell - Dido & Aeneas. English Chamber Orchestra. Angel, reissue from the 80’s.

Antal Dorati conducts Koechlin - Les Bandar-Log, Op. 176 & Messiaen - Chronochromie For Orchestra
Boulez conducts Boulez - Les Soleil Des Eaux
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Angel 1965

Charles Münch conducts Schubert - Symphony No. 8 (‘Unfinished’) & Beethoven - Symphony #5. Boston Symphony Orchestra. RCA Gold Seal 1972




Question guys, I’m just going to ask here instead of the ‘acoustics’ section.

I have quite a few mono recordings, but no dedicated mono table/cart.....yet. And my very humble little Schiit Mani has no mono switch. So, out of curiosity, I said, ‘self, wonder if anyone makes a stand-alone stereo/mono switch box’?
Found a few folks who have made them, and then stumbled across one made by KAB Electro Acoustics that has a ‘remote’ (cabled) switch to go from stereo to mono with a button press. Hooks up between the phono pre and pre. At least I think that would be the best way. But, they want $229 when many folks have built them for much less (I’m not going to make my own). I did find some cheaper, but without switches, so you have to take them in and out of the chain physically. Pain in the rear. I’m surprised there are so few of these ‘out there’ actually.

Yes, I know, one more piece of equipment in the chain, never good. But I have to wonder how much better my mono recordings would sound with my stereo cart through one of these ‘things’?

Anyone ever had any experience these devices? Alternative suggestions? Right now, a separate mono table isn’t happening anytime soon because of other issues.
Szell - Two Favorite Suites. Grieg’s Peer Gynt & Bizet’s L’Arlesienne. The Cleveland Orchestra. Columbia Masterworks 1966

Good to see you posting here, keep them coming! We have a couple classical listeners (myself included) and always good to hear about other LP’s I probably don’t have.

And Yes, to me, much of my classical selections are on vinyl, and they most always sound wonderful to my ears. 
Ormandy conducts Wagner - Parsifal. The Philadelphia Orchestra. Columbia Masterworks 1956 mono
Here you go. I’ve used them and they are well made.

Oh heck yes, perfect. Thanks.
Mravinsky conducts Tchaikovsky. 3 LP set, symphonies 4,5,&6. Leningrad Philharmonic. Deutsche Grammophon, Italian pressing 1974

@bkeske Bartok String Quartets are great.  And, something about string quartets and analogue...

Yep James, I have some others, but this set/version by the Tokyo Quartet is really well recorded and performed. Per the sale history on Discogs, I got this from eBay for a pretty good deal. The LP's are practically unplayed as an old radio station copy.

Recommended set. 
Solti conducts The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Mendelssohn ‘Italian Symphony’ & Schubert Symphony #5. London reissue 1967, originally 1959. 
Very nice recording.

Joni Mitchell - Don Juan's Reckless Daughter. Asylum 2LP gatefold 1977


Must have been channeling @spiritofradio Have been listening to Saint-Saens as well.

Saint-Saens Symphony #1&2. Jean Martinon conducting Orchestre National de la RTF. Angel, 1973

Saint-Saens Symphony #3. Roberto Benzi conducts The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra. VOX, date unknown, but thinking early/mid 60’s.

Leo Kottke - My Feet Are Smiling. Capitol 1973

Recorded December 19 and 20, 1972, Tyrone Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis

Bela Bartok - Die 6 Streichquartette (The String Quartets). Tokyo String Quartet. 3LP box set. Deutsche Grammophon 1981 German pressing.

Oh crap, this is absolutely freakin excellent. One of my very recent pick-ups.
You can't go wrong with Colombia Masterworks and RCA Red Seal mono.

I’m tellin ya, I really didn’t think I could enjoy mono as much as I have this evening. A decent mono set-up, and good recordings, can rival (some) stereo. Usually I want to move on and dig back into the stereo selections, but this has been fun.
Boulez conducts Schoenberg - Serenade Op. 24. Domaine Musical Ensemble. Everest, 1960’s. Originally released 1962.

A nice ‘raw’ recording, which I appreciate.
Benjamin Britten - Strings Quartets No 1&2. The Allegri String Quartet. London 1976

Gave this another thorough cleaning, helped a bit, but unfortunately not well cared for prior. Too bad, a very nice performance and recording.
Glenn Gould - Bach: The Goldberg Variations. Columbia Masterworks 1956 mono
Duard Van Beinum conducts Brahms Symphony #2. Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. Epic 1954 mono.
Karajan conducts Brahms Symphony #1. Vienna Philharmonic. RCA Victor Red Seal (Shaded Dog) 1959 mono

Barenboim conducts Elgar’s violin concerto. London Philharmonic w/Pinchas Zukerman. Columbia Masterworks 1976
Well, my second IKEA Kallax album storage shelving arrived today and assembled. Time to buy more albums 😁
Evgeni Svetlanov conducts Tchaikovsky - The Seasons (orchestra version). U.S.S.R. Symphony. Columbia Masterworks/Мелодия 1978. This, a radio station demo copy. ‘Clean as the dickens’ and very quiet vinyl.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (and friends) - Will The Circle Be Unbroken. United Artists 3LP gatefold 1972


@tomic601 We decorate the real tree every year listening to 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' - Vince Guaraaldi Trio. 

Used to do the same thing. 👍🏼

The first of my Ubu LP’s arrived today….

Pere Ubu - New Picnic Time. Fire Records reissue 2017, originally 1979 Chrysalis 
Szell conducts Mozart - Piano Concertos No 15 & 17. Members of The Cleveland Orchestra w/Robert Casadesus piano. Columbia Masterworks 1969