Whats playing on your system today?

Today I decided to listen to two of my favorite rock guitar heros and one great vocalist. Guitarist' Robin Trower, Ronnie Montrose and vocalist Davey Pattison.

I listened to Trower songs:
Bridge of sighs, Stitch in time, The fool and me, my personal favorite- Too rolling stoned and others.....

Then I pulled out "Gamma". 
I listened to: Razor King, Wish I was and Skin and bone and others.....

Davey Pattison hooked has also up with Michael Shenker also. I really enjoyed my day so far. Anybody else heard anything good?




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Cream - Disraeli Gears. RSO reissue 

Led Zeppelin III, from the Complete Studio Recordings box set released 1993, Atlantic.

The Jerry Garcia Band - Live at Club Front, San Rafael CA. Recorded in 1990. 2 cassette set. Arista 1991. Great show. Jerry, John Kahn, Melvin Seals, David Kemper & Jackie LaBranch/Gloria Jones backing vocals.

Sunday morning, so.....

The Sundays - Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. DGC 1989

James Levine conducts Mozart - The Symphonies 11CD box set. Wiener Philharmoniker. CD #7, symphonies 27,28,&29. Deutsche Grammophon 2015
Madeleine Peyroux - Dreamland. Atlantic 1996

The Oscar Peterson Trio - We Get Requests. Verve reissue 1983 (1965) German release.


Sibelius' Violin Concerto. He is inching up the ladder with every listen

Love Sibelius. He is already very high on my list.  Who preformed the concerto?
Szell conducts Mahler’s Symphony #6 ‘Tragic’. Cleveland Orchestra. Sony Essential Classics 1991

Szell conducts Haydn - Symphonies 93,95, & 97. The Cleveland Orchestra. Sony Essential Classics 1995, originally recorded 1968.

Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants. Prestige recorded in 1954 and 1956. Released 1999

Colin Matthews - Hidden Variables

Disc #1 : Sonata #5 ‘Landscape’ & Cello Concerto #1

Alexander Baillie; cello
London Sinfonietta
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra 
John Carewe conductor

NMC Records 2003

Harrison/Blanchard - Black Pearl. Columbia/CBS Records. 1988

Anne-Sophie Mutter Andre Previn conducting the Dresden Staatskapelle.

Thanks, I have two versions, one by Hillary Hahn (which is fantastic), and another older on vinyl by Isaac Stern. 

Might have to check that out on Tidal
The second cassette which arrived today:

Buffalo Springfield - Retrospective. ‘The Best of....’ ATCO, unknown release date, but assuming late 70’s-mid 80’s. Dolby. Uneven SQ, but that’s the way these Springfield albums were as I remember. Good stuff regardless.

I swear I used to have this LP, but gone now somehow; so, nice to have this back in the collection.

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue. Columbia Jazz Mastepieces. Reissue/Remaster 1987

Chailly conducts Mahler - Symphonies 6&7. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. From the box set ‘Mahler The Symphonies - Chailly’. Decca 2005 European release

Another that came in the mail today. I’ve been hunting for a reasonable price on this two CD set, and finally snagged one from the UK. BUT, interestingly enough, I have been waiting on this to arrive for over 6 weeks, purchased through eBay. Last week contacted the seller about the status....they asked me to wait an additional 72 hours for it to arrive, and I did....well, without even enquiring further, eBay stepped in, and as the seller could not provide them with a tracking number, refunded me for the purchase a couple days ago. And what do you know, it arrived today 😁

Collin Matthews - Hidden Variables. Landscape, Cello Concerto #1, Hidden Variables, Memorial, Quatrain, Machines & Dreams. London Symphony Orchestra & Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. John Carewe and Michael Tilson Thomas Conductors. NMC 2004 release.

Modern Orchestra/composition

Solti conducts Kodaly - Dances of Galanta, Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song & Weiner - Serenade for Small Orchestra. Bonus disc #6 of the Solti-Bartok box set. Decca 2012

Chailly conducts Varese - CD #1 of a 2 CD set: ‘Verese, The Complete Works, - Tuning Up, Ameriques, Arcana, Poeme Electronique, Nocturnal, Un Grand Sommeil Noir. Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. London 1998

CD night...

Lorin Maazel conducting Sibelius symphonies 5, 6 & 7. Wiener Philharmoniker. London/Decca.
Just arrived in the mail today....

Eels - Souljacker. Dreamworks 2001

Getting my Sunday off the a rousing start with this, a great version on this composition.

Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts Strauss - Ein Heldenleben. The Cleveland Orchestra. Decca 1985 Germany 


.....my CD collection has been on hiatus lately, so digging into them this weekend.
lol boxer, I was thinking the exact same thing when I typed it. Even though I was a Topps guy back in the day...
Gatti conducts Berg. 3 Orchesterstücke & Lulu Suite. Royal Concertgebouw. RCO 2008. Recorded to tape.

My Sunday morning ritual....

The Sundays - Blind. DGC 1992

Maazel conducts Respighi & Rimsky-Korsakov. The Cleveland Orchestra. Box set ‘Maazel, The Cleveland Years, Complete Recordings’. Disc #3. Decca, released 2014

Maazel conducts Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, & Scriabin. The Cleveland Orchestra. Box set ‘Maazel, The Cleveland Years, Complete Recordings’. Disc #5. Decca, released 2014

Along with all the LP’s I purchased via Discogs, one of my favorite sellers had a 6 CD box set of all Vaughan Williams symphonies and other compositions for a great price, so picked it up. I’m always drawn to box sets. I must say, although I have a smattering of Williams pieces throughout my collection, this is a very nice set, and playing it all from CD1-CD6 in chronological order has been very interesting and enjoyable. Williams is like no other composer, and you never quite know what you will get next.

All are conducted by Leonard Slatkin with the Philharmonia Orchestra. All very nicely recorded, released in 1993 on RCA Victor Red Seal. All DDD.

Currently listening to Symphonies 5 & 6

Yesterday, the Norfolk Rhapsody, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, and A London Symphony (no. 2). & Symphonies 3 & 4.

Day before, A Sea Symphony (no. 1)

2 more CD’s to go

Vaughan Williams complete CD collection, last two CD’s - Symphonies 7, 8, & 9

Cleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Most conducting - ‘A New Century’ Volumes 1,2 & 3 : Beethoven - String Quartet #15, Varese - Ameriques, Staud - Stromab, Strauss - Aus Italien, Deutsch - Okeanos, Prokofiev -Symphony #3
+1 on Hilary. Was thinking playing her Bach sonata’s later.
Todd Rundgren - Todd. Bearsville. 1974

Cassette (dbl length)
Spurred by @david_ten 

Hilary Hahn plays Bach. Partita no.3, Parita no. 2, Sonata no. 3. Sony Classical. 1997.


I believe only 16 or 17 when she recorded this. Outstanding.
Fired-up the Nak tape deck.

Modern Jazz Quartet - For Ellington 

East-West Records. 1988
Sticking with tape...

Ray Brown Trio w/Gene Harris and Jeff Hamilton. BAM BAM BAM, recorded live at the Jazz Festival Japan ‘88. Concord Jazz Inc. 1989.

Dang, the Nakamichi and these tapes sound pretty darn nice tonight. Putin a smile on my mug.
Animal Eterna Brugge/Jos Van Immerseel - Ravel/Musorgsky : Ma Mere L’Oye (Mother Goose), Tableaux D’Une Exposition (Pictures at an Exposition) CD #3. Alpha 2015

CD box set

Agreed. Not sure why, but my tapes are always an afterthought, but I do have a decent collection from back in the day, and some are incredibly good. As example, many of the Jazz I have on tape were made and mastered really well, like the ones I played last night. Incredible sound really, and great dynamics. The More ‘pop’ or ‘rock’ stuff seem to be more the ‘hit and miss’ ones. My thinking is they were released to an audience that they knew wouldn’t notice the lack of quality, as the source wasn’t typically for critical listening anyway. So were just ‘thrown out there’ to pop in a crappy system. Sometimes.

Cassettes do get a bad rap too often, but if you obtain a good well mastered for cassette tape, they can rival the vinyl I have with a great true natural analog sound.
Wayne Shorter - The Best of Wayne Shorter. Blue Note. Recordings from 1964-1967. Released 1988

Cassette tape
Harrison/Blanchard - Black Peal. Columbia. 1988.

Cassete tape. Giving the Nak some play time.
The Modern Jazz Quartet - Concorde. Originally recorded in 1955, Re-release/remastered from original analog tapes by Prestige. Released? Mid-80’s?

Cassette tape

Great album, and tape. Sounds great.
It’s Sunday, so it’s ritual for me to play The Sundays....

The Sundays - Static and Silence. DGC 1997

Maazel conducts Sibelius Symphony 5, 6, & 7. Wiener Philharmoniker. London. Released (box set) 1991

Lush - Spooky. Reprise. 1991

Lou Reed - New York. Sire 1989

Animal Eterna Brugge/Jos Van Immerseel - Poulenc : Concerto for 2 pianos and Orchestra, Suite Francaise & Concert Champertre. CD #5 Alpha 2015

CD box set

This set is so well recorded and played, hard to put on anything else.
Jos Van Immersell w/Sergei Istomin playing Franz Liszt - Pieces Tardives. 
Cassette, recorded on an old TDK MA 110, on the old Nak.

Nice Sunday morning music, and sounds great.
Royal Concertgebouw Anthology #6.

CD #5, Previn conducts Elgar Symphony #2 1992 & Shrowaczewski conducts Lutoslawski Concerto for Orchestra 1993. RCO Live/Avro 

CD box set.
Listening to vinyl all day, was time for a change in format, and some newer music for a change of pace...

EELS - Daisies of the Galaxy. DreamWorks Records. 1999

Jerry Garcia Band - self titled 2 cassette set - recorded live at Club Front San Rafael CA 1990

Really good *pre-recorded* BASF Chrome tape from Arista. Great music too ;-)

Jerry is at some his best playing on this set. Damn I miss that guy.
Jimi Hendrix Experience and Otis Reading. Recorded live at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. Reprise Records. Originally released 1970.

Cassette. Released 1990.