@reubent Yeah, it's a blast.
Gary Burton Quartet – Picture This (ECM 1982)
Side 1. Normally give this a pass because it's mostly vibes. Dunno why but now it sounds great. Must be those springs.
The Four Brothers – Together Again!
(RCA Masters 1970?)
1957 jazz recording. Good music. Just not great.
Roy Harper - Folkjokeopus (Sunset 1969)
Near Mint with no noise. Man, sounds so good on this rig. I saw the 78 year old Harper perform last year in a small pub.
Found inside the cover the six pages of lyrics I'd painstakingly transcribed into a school notebook. There were no websites of lyrics back then. Bittersweet.
Count Basie , With Jimmy Rushing, Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, Jo Jones, Roy Eldridge – The Newport Years Volume VI (Verve 1973)
Not a great recording. Archive interest only.
Roy Harper - The Unknown Soldier (Harvest 1980)
Original pressing blows away the CD. It's got that lovely blackness and finest cymbal metalloc sheen. Great album.
Kenny Drew – Undercurrent (Blue Note Music Matters 2014 RE )
@tomic601 No mono cartridge. I'm just not that serious an audiophile. Plays great with the Decca nail.
Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band – The Best Of (Vanguard 1968)
Best kazoo in the world is on this.
Bobby Hackett – Creole Cookin (Verve 1967)
@spiritofradio Different type of vibe but they did play in Les Cousins in London back in the day.
Eureka Brass Band of New Orleans - Jazz At Preservation Hall I (Atlantic 1966)
Street dance jazz. You can really hear 20s swing in there.
Yeah, sparse and fey.
Those Pablo recordings are great. Huge soundstage!
Neil Young – Hawks & Doves (Reprise 1980)
@tomic601 No mono with that one. But I did get it from another.
Neil Young - Rust Never Sleeps (Reprise 1979)
One of my all time favorites. Sounds great.
@spiritofradio Collection seems to be some Amazon repackaging of The Sophisticated Beggar, his first album. I guess it sounds a bit like Al Stewart the way The Monkees sound like the early Beatles. ;-)
FolkJokeOpus is the third and quite different. If you want something early and out there, Come Out Fighting Genghis Smith is as stoned blue collar English as you’ll get.
Then there is the more anthemic I Hate The White Man
Low - Things We Lost In The Fire (Tugboat 2001)
Low - Secret Name (Kranky 1999)
Prefer their slower, trippier output. I used hang with a girl by the fireplace listening to this. And we all know where that goes.
@spiritofradio I do like me some Al by the way. I'll spin some later. I've a few of his records. Off the top of my head, Past, Present / Zero She Flies ("Said the apple to the orange...") / Modern Times... um.. maybe another...
You can't go wrong with Colombia Masterworks and RCA Red Seal mono.
The Modernaires – Like Swung (Mercury 1962)
Side 1 only. Great stuff. Vocal harmonies. Shame there’s a gentle fried eggs playing alongside. Those damn cheap record players of yore.
Mike Oldfield – Ommadawn (Virgin 1975)
The Good Life – Everybody's Coming Down (Saddle Creek 2015)
Just for kicks, put the MyMat under the record and play again@slaw
Well, I'll be... the My Mat fixed it.
The Paul Mitchell Trio – Another Way To Feel (no label 1973)
Various – The Bread And Roses Festival Of Music (Fantasy 1980)
This album should be in every collection.
This is THE problem listener bias and sometimes their refusal to accept another point of view.
Slaw, If it sounds better to me, and I've been around the block a few times, then that's how it's gonna fly! It's possible the Jelco is borderline when pushed by the Decca with the Decapod on a hot record. However after trying out the WT clone recently - which tracked beautifully - the Jelco blew it away in dynamics and many other areas. Not sure what else I can do.
Herman's Hermits – Blaze (MGM 1967)
After all that American 60s stuff, it's a relief to hear this English band. What a cracking album. NM.
@bdp24 Maybe a revisit. Talk to your local store if you have one in your state. There are so many types of thc/cbd combos that you will get one that treats pain more than freaks you out.
Alberta Hunter With Lovie Austins Blues Serenaders - Chicago: The Living Legends (Riverside 1961 mono)
Peter Gabriel – S/T (Charisma 1980)
Bought it back in the 80s. A little noisier than I’d like from a lot of play. Sounds better than ever since the springs coup.
Zoot Sims - Soprano Sax (Pablo 1976)
#1 from the care pack. Tomic601 knows me too well. Laid back jazz and fine example of how close a soprano sax comes to a clarinet. Enjoyable spin; all that was missing was a 44 year old dame smoking a tipped cigar. Didn't clean it. VG++ out of the box. Thanks.
Van Der Graaf – The Quiet Zone / The Pleasure Dome (Charisma 1977 UK)
Morning - S/T (Liberty 1970)
@boxer12 +1 Goat. I bought it back then cos they were playing it in the LRS.
Joseph Haydn / Michael Haydn / Richter / Molter – Trompetenkonzerte 1966 / Klarinettenkonzert 1959 (Archiv)
Various - The Swing Era Into The 50's: How Sex Was Invented (Time Life Records 1981)
In My Tribe. Interesting. I bought it when it was released. I haven't played it in 20 years. I recall it being thin and digital. And not the good kind.
Loudon Wainwright III - A Live One (Radarscope 1979)
Everyone should have this record. Good live feel. One of my all-time favorites.
Louis Armstrong - Big Bands: Louis Armstrong (Time Life Music 1985 mono)
Sweet collection of 30s-40s Decca recordings. Smokey speakeasy vibe. Sparse instrument accompaniment to Sachmo's vocals.
Randy Newman – Good Old Boys (Reprise 1974)
CocoRosie – Grey Oceans (Sub Pop 2010)
Thomas Dolby – Aliens Ate My Buick (EMI-Manhattan 1988)
Awesome album. Bought it when it came out. Recommended.
Loudon Wainwright III - More Love Songs (Demon 1986)
Great record. Great recording.
Needless to say, the cover was banned in the puritan US. The band called themselves after the Bob Seidemann photo title 'Blind Faith' of the kid with the plane.
Gordon Bok, Ann Mayo Muir, Ed Trickett – All Shall Be Well Again (Folk-Legacy 1983)
Scottish folk that lets you know the single malt may not cut it. Escape to The Highlands.
Robin Williamson – Legacy Of The Scottish Harpers Volume Two (Claddagh 1986)
Never say, try no mat! Ha ha
Just winding you up bro!
Seriously, no mat is a great base reference point when trying other mats.
@bkeske Any results from your mat testing?