Spinning Today – 4th of July

Today’s spin is Patti Smith | Horses, Live At Electric Lady Studios. The first vinyl recording released on the Electric Lady Records label on Record Store Day 2016.

Electric Lady Studios is where Patti Smith recorded Horses in 1975. Full circle.

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It took awhile but I finally added a turntable with speakers to my home office listening experience. The records I own have been calling me to play them again or for the very first time (I’m referring to past Record Store Day purchases that have all remained sealed for years).

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AT-LP120-USB Turntable + Audioengine A2 Speakers

We visited New York City on Fathers Day to make a professional turntable purchase at The Turntable Lab (TTL).  They are located in the East Village on 84 East 10th Street. My son and I are solid fans of this unique seller that primarily markets to the DJ crowd. I have purchased Record Store Day hard to find recordings from their online store, which I’ll be spinning. Browse their Web site to get a perspective on the packaged turntable solutions they feature as well as their unique product mix. They also move plenty of turntables through Amazon.Com.

TTL is rated one of the world’s best record shops by The Vinyl Factory where my browser has been happily stuck of late. I intend to share what I have learned from The Vinyl Factory in a future post.

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Picture courtesy of The Vinyl Factory

You may have seen the recent Web article that SONY/Japan is adding dedicated record pressing production SONY’s vinyl Japanese products. What took people by surprise is SONY’s return to vinyl pressing after 28 years of shuttered plants. I respect the manufacturing analysis SONY reached that primarily pressing for themselves and next phase subcontracting production for other record companies can be a sustainable business. I’d prefer to see SONY open 1-2 U.S. plants as all the NA facilities can’t meet the manufacturing volume for output. That’s a great problem for the music industry to have. The hundred-year-old vinyl LP record averages $30 at retail for a single 180-200 grade vinyl recording. At that price, I am forced to be selective about the limited amount of vinyl I can purchase per year. Vinyl collecting continues to grow at a steady rate and will reach the $1 billion annual sales target by the end of 2018 (if not before).

It feels great to hold a record jacket in my hands and be in concert with the artwork, design and extensive liner notes you can find included with some recordings.  I purchased Alice Coltrane’s record the day I bought my Audio Technica turntable. I wrote about WORLD SPIRITUALITY CLASSICS 1: THE ECSTATIC MUSIC OF ALICE COLTRANE TURIYASANGITANANDA in March. It’s next on my playlist and certain to add a warm spiritual healing to our home. Another reason I acquired the limited vinyl edition is to read Ashley Kahn’s liner notes. Ashley is a subject matter authority on John and Alice Coltrane. I have several of his books in my music library. He was a consultant to LuakaBop for this historic recording.

The Vinyl Me, Please – “Piece De Resistance”

Vinyl Me, Please believes that an album isn’t something you simply own, and their mission is to turn music listening into an immersive sensory experience.

One way they seek to carry out that aim is with the book, Vinyl Me, Please: 100 Albums You Need In Your CollectionA vibrant visual guide to curating must-have records for any music lover’s shelf. Each entry includes an album’s artwork, a short essay from a contributing music writer, and further suggestions to help you expand your taste and build your collection. Standard fare for most album reviews.  Unique to their menu are the recipe suggestions for possible cocktail pairings to complete your listening experience.

Note to my readers in the NYC Metro area, on Wednesday May 10: 7:30 PM 8:30PM ,there will be a related event at The Strand Bookstore.

Music fans of all ages are invited to a panel moderated by Vinyl Me, Please co-founder Tyler Barstow and Vinyl Me, Please senior editor Andrew Winistorfer, and featuring book contributors Eric Sundermann (Editor in Chief of Noisey), Gary Suarez (VMP Electronic Columnist and freelance music writer), and Drew Millard (freelance writer for Noisey, Vice, Spin, and more). Panelists will discuss the albums they covered for the book, albums they wished had been in it– and debate their choices–with a Q+A and book signing to follow.

Wish I could attend…Sigh

Elton John Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Record Store Day

To commemorate the 10th Record Store Day, Elton will serve as the first-ever worldwide Record Store Day Legend and release an expanded, double-vinyl version of his first live album.

Happy 10th birthday to Record Store Day. I love record stores, I can go to the record store in Vegas and spend three hours in there. Just the smell of it, the looking at it, the wonder of it, the memories. I love vinyl so much; the tactile nature, the ritual of it, looking at the sleeve…especially with the old albums and the liner notes – who played on them, the process of putting it on, the needle going on and the sound coming out. And it DOES sound better, I know it does! It’s just the wonder of having vinyl. – Elton John

17.11.70+ has been remastered by Bob Ludwig and will be released as a two-LP set on 180gsm vinyl exclusively through independent record stores on Record Store Day, April 22.

17-11-70+ reinstates seven further songs from the concert and thus it is, at last, the most complete edition of the show available in any format. The version of Amoreena  has never been released on vinyl. See the full track listing below.

17.11.70+ track listing:
A1   Take Me To The Pilot
A2  Honky Tonk Women
A3  Sixty Years On
A4  Can I Put You On

B1  Bad Side Of The Moon
B2 Burn Down The Mission (Incl. My Baby Left Me / Get Back)

C1   Indian Sunset*
C2  Amoreena**
C3  Your Song*

D1   Country Comfort*
D2  I Need You To Turn To*
D3  Border Song*
D4  My Father’s Gun*

* Previously unreleased bonus track
** Newly remixed bonus track

Procol Harum -50th Year Anniversary

Procol Harum is the eponymous debut studio album by the English rock band. Originally released in 1967 it now celebrates its 50th year anniversary.  Though the album was recorded on multi-track, it was issued as mono-only in the U.K.

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All songs were originally credited written to Gary Brooker (music) and Keith Reid (lyrics), except “Repent Walpurgis” written by Matthew Fisher, after works by French organist Charles-Marie Widor and German composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

Procol Harum’s lyricist Keith Reid told Songfacts that the music for “Conquistador” was written before the lyrics. He added that this was unusual as “99 out of 100” of the band’s songs, back then, “were written the words first, and then were set to music”. The track “Salad Days (Are Here Again)” is credited as being from the film Separation.

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Includes replica of original promo poster
  • 50th year anniversary debut album
  • Re-mastered mono audio

The Beginner’s Guide to Vinyl By Jenna Miles

A more focused vinyl experience is my New Year’s resolution.

I have been conducting research how to increase the aesthetics of vinyl audio listening. I’d like to share a book I have found invaluable in that context,  The Beginner’s Guide to Vinyl  by Jenna Miles.

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The author, Jenna Miles is a subject matter authority on vinyl collecting and selling. She is the President and co-Founder of SRC Vinyl, a company specializing in vinyl records. In addition she is the co-owner of Vinyl Collective, an online vinyl news site and community with more than 20,000 registered users.

Jenna Miles shares her vast vinyl expertise with the reader in an easy discernible manner. I considered myself a knowledgeable person in vinyl audio until I consumed the pages of her guide. I was further enlightened by the many in-depth vinyl resources that populate her chapters. Her writing method is suited to crate digging for that vinyl treasure you are always search for in life.

Jenna’s keen sense of customer satisfaction, coupled with her thoroughness makes this an essential read for the vinyl connoisseur.

Two Thumbs Up!

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