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.
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.
@tomic601 No mono cartridge. I'm just not that serious an audiophile. Plays great with the Decca nail.
@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.
@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...
Various - The Swing Era Into The 50's: How Sex Was Invented (Time Life Records 1981)
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.
Loudon Wainwright III - More Love Songs (Demon 1986)
Great record. Great recording.
Black Sabbath - Sabotage
Hawkwind - Hall of the Mountain Grill
Neil Young - Hawks and Doves
(With Red Nichols’ Louisiana Rhythm Kings, Adrian Rollini’s Orchestra, Eddie Lang-Joe Venuti And Their All Star Orchestra, Eddie Condon And His Orchestra, Louis Armstrong And The All Stars) - The Golden Horn Of Jack Teagarden (Decca 1964)
Worth it to hear Louis say "Blow it, Jack, blow it." Magnificent music.
Jay McShann – Confessin' The Blues (Classic Jazz 1978)
Magic. Everyone's taking bad shots at the pool table cos the rhythm's shaking them up.
Richard "Groove" Holmes - Living Soul (Prestige 1966 mono)
Not a big fan of organ in jazz but this guy just oozes "Harlem."
King Curtis - Soul Serenade (Capitol 1964)
FDS recording is upfront with the sax in your face and added echo. But they forgot to bring the low end up in the mix. Great stuff.
Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra – Hamp's Big Band (Audio Fidelity 1959 mono)
Brilliant. Superb recording. Soaring dynamics. These last 4 or 5 records were in my Meh section. I played a few tracks years ago and they weren't great. However, after a few years of upgrades - mostly the 401 bearing, idler and platter, the better Jelco AND the concrete platform - the rig is ridiculous. Rock solid and so in tune. This stuff sounds fantastic.
Buy this album.
The Roches - The Roches (Warner 1979)
@uberwaltz I fell in love with a girl just because she loved this album. (It's okay. You're safe!)
The Final Cut ..... Pink Floyd
Wooden Wand / Death seat
Calexico - The Black Light (Quarterstick 1998)
Bert Jansch - Heartbreak (Logo 1982)
Can’t beat English folk music. Cobblestones, Morris dancers and sour ale.
Except, side 2 opens with Heartbreak Hotel. Daft.
Danny Thompson - Whatever Next (Antilles 1989)
It’s A Beautiful Day - Marrying Maiden (CBS 1970)
I bought this in the 80s and never played it because I suspected it would be crap. Or it was crap. I can’t remember. So this was the reckoning. And I don’t recognize any of it. Not bad at all. Worth the effort.
Richie Havens - Richie Havens' Record (Douglas 1969)
Weird recording with vocals down in the mix as if he's sitting on the floor. Music like they're having a great time at the other campsite.
Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band With Buddy Guy - Hoodoo Man Blues (Delmark ('65) 1974 r/e mono)
Todd Duncan - Sings Spirituals (Hudson 1960 mono)
Turns out this is pretty rare. Perfect gospel music for these times. Not religious but this sh1t is downright apocalyptic.
Junior Wells - It's My Life Baby (Vangard 1966 mono)
Never gets old. Excellent (live) recordings. Buy this.
Played the Wells' It's My Life, Baby a second time. First time with the Garrott Bros Decca Gold/Decapod, then with the Super Gold /Paratrace/Decapod.
Always an interesting difference.
Billy Joel - The Nylon Curtain (Columbia 1982)
Bought it when it came out. Mint original until I opened the seal tonight.
Thanks @spiritofradio Good stuff. By the way, I watched the documentary, Miles Davis: The birth of Cool last night. Check it out on Netflix.
Onzy Matthews - Blues With A Touch Of Elegance (Capitol 1964)
Louis Armstrong And The All Stars - Louis And The Good Book (Decca 1958)
Gilbert & Sullivan, D'Oyly Carte Opera Company - H.M.S. Pinafore (London 1971)
More fun than it sounds.
Mary Martin, Cyril Ritchard - Peter Pan, Original Cast Recording (RCA Victor 1964)
The Innocence Mission - My Room In The Trees (Lamp 2010)
Marianne Faithfull - Go Away From My World (London 1965 mono)
The Roches - S/T (Warner 1979)
Fun album. I like this. Odd recording, somewhat flat.
@slaw +1 Julia Stone. What a sweet and unusual voice.
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II (Atlantic 1977 r/e)
Black Heart Procession - 2 (Touch And Go 1999)
Fairground Attraction – The First Of A Million Kisses (RCA 1988)
I have 2 versions. A US and UK pressing. Interestingly, the US pressing sounds better. Not the best SQ but musically top notch.
A great album. Buy it.
Alison Kinnaird – The Harper's Gallery (Temple 1980)
Robin Williamson – Legacy Of The Scottish Harpers Volume Two (Claddagh 1986)
Peter, Paul, & Mary - Album (Warner 1966)
Peter, Paul, & Mary - (Moving) (Warner 1963 mono)
Good clear in-the-room recordings with musical vocals.
Brother Dege - How To Kill A Horse (Magic Bullet 2015)
Roger Waters - The Final Cut (Harvest 1983)
There's a kid who had a big hallucination
Making love to girls in magazines
He wonders if you're sleeping with your new found faith
Could anybody love him
Or is it just a crazy dream?
And if I show you my dark side
Will you still hold me tonight?
And if I open my heart to you
And show you my weak side
What would you do?