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

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Santana Abraxas (ARS Joerg Kessler, Columbia - 32032, KC 30130) just arrived from Discogs. This was from Audiophile Record Service, mastered from original tapes, released in 1997 I think. It is supposed to be an excellent sounding pressing, and I’m curious how it compares to my standard Columbia.
Listening to the ARS Abraxas pressing now.  It has greater clarity to the cymbals, which sounded somewhat dull on my regular Columbia pressing.  Bass is lower in level, but tighter on the ARS vs recent Columbia.  Wow, this ARS sounds so clean, and I mean that in a good way for sure!  Vocals are more front and center, guitar too.  Enough flipping between the two pressings I have, gonna listen to the whole album now (ARS).  I am happy.
Kenny Burrell Live at the Village Vanguard.  Fantastic recording, tasteful guitar playing.

Dave Holland-- Aziza. 
Funky, spacey, somewhat quirky grooves.  This grew on me bigtime.

Julian Lage-- Modern Lore.
Not as brilliant as his  Arclight, and more subdued and spaceous, but with plenty of great guitarplaying and writing.

Nils Lofgren- Night after Night.  Used record score!  ~5$ for this double live album.  Fun, poppy, with some guitar wizardry.  It's a keeper.

Hendrix-- Both Sides of the Sky
This album rocks, with a mix of hard grooves/blues and fully fleshed out songs, and Hendrix at top form.  Sound quality is excellent, quite "warm" on my system, yet dynamic.  On another note, three days ago I got what I thought was this Hendrix album, excitedly opened it and... it was some Judas Priest live album.  That was a major buzzkill!  Some at Amazon must have  grabbed from the "JU" shelf, not "JI"  All good now.

Porcupine Tree-- Lightbulb Sun.
I haven't met a Porcupine Tree album I didn't like.  This one starts out a bit mellow, then builds to proggy/hard goodness, albeit not the level of Fear of a Blank Planet.  As with everything Steven Wilson, the production is superb, being clean, balanced, with great instrument separation and non overdone highs...  Need to relisten tonight.
John Scofield Hand Jive.  Sounds fantastic!  Recorded 1993, released last year on Blue Note.  it's not unlike his "Groove Elation" in overall vibe, albeit less horn driven.  Groovy, spunky, shuffly jazz.  I dig it, but I am a big Scofield fan.
Sam Rivers - Contours.  Tone Poet release.  Sounds lovely.  Music is accessible avant garde?  It's been growing on me.  I'm not familiar with Sam Rivers work, and only got this one cause the Tone Poet releases have been overall excellent, and I generally love all things jazz!