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23 minutes ago, Toadroller said:

Rubber biscuit!

some serious hum going on in the recording. Think it was Duck Dunn’s bass amp. 
 

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I remember that a friend in high school had both that one and Lenny and the Squigtones.

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Buddy of mine had a 72 Skylark with Cragars and air shocks in the back, and an 8 track up front (in 85!!!) and this album plus an Eagles album. 
 

high school. How many times did I risk death? Every time I got in his car. 

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My friend had a 73 or 74 Chevy Laguna.  Drummer.  And I was in that car when a bag full of just-purchased fireworks was accidentally set off in it.  We were probably listening to something like this:

 

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5 hours ago, Toadroller said:

Buddy of mine had a 72 Skylark with Cragars and air shocks in the back, and an 8 track up front (in 85!!!) and this album plus an Eagles album. 
 

high school. How many times did I risk death? Every time I got in his car. 

I had an 8-track player in my car later than that.  I still have a working 8-track deck (non-mobile).

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Marc Ribot on guitar

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15 hours ago, alantig said:

I had an 8-track player in my car later than that.  I still have a working 8-track deck (non-mobile).

I had a working 8-track deck in 1979. I gave it away in 1979.

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17 hours ago, gtrdaddy said:

I had a working 8-track deck in 1979. I gave it away in 1979.

bought this one in 1986.  Because I'm not a quitter. 😜

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Nice To see ZZTop returning to their guitar-based roots for this album.  I love Billy Gibbons' playing for his technique, playing mannerism and tone, I rank him among the best, even if he's not as technical as Satriani, Vai, etc.

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1 hour ago, Mr. Dave said:

even if he's not as technical as Satriani, Vai,

While I really admire Steve Vai as a player, much of what he plays bores me. I think some of his most inspirational playing was when he played in other bands like with Sheehan and DLR, Alcatrazz , Zappa. That’s not to say there’s nothing cool on his solo albums, there is! But, I find it difficult to sit through an entire Steve Vai album. 
 

Flex-able was his best solo album for me, Then Passion and Warfare 

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Exactly. you don't need to be playinga million notes an hour going up and down endless scales & arpeggios to be good.  I sometimes think this is lost on guys like Steve Vai, although as you say some of his work is great, I loved watching him play in Frank Zappa's band and I bought 'Passion & Warfare' which in places I found kind of overblown and a bit too busy for it's own good. A bit too much technicality and lacking emotion, whereas Billy Gibbons has this briliantly dirty guitar sound and it's full of soul & emotion.  I remember watching a documentary about blues and more modern artists were describing their American peers, mainly from the Mississipi delta.  Keith Richards was talking about B.B King and saying how he was economical with his notes but he always hit the right note at the right time.  I sort of feel like that about Billy Gibbons too.

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12 minutes ago, mudshark said:

 

Don't know How I ever missed this! This is freaking fantastic! I'm a gigantic Beatles' fan and I've never heard this! Holy crap, THANX!

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And in the end... you can watch it again:

 

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My stepson gave me this vol. 1&2 double vinyl remastered180-gramg repress for Christmas:

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This music evokes fond memories going back 58 years when I was 8 yrs old. This album shot to #1 in 1962 and the singles got lots of airplay on our local top 40 stations.

To hear its biggest hit, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-YqaTDDCDM.

I got a new phono cartridge and I was breaking it in on the Ray Charles, some gems from my jazz collection, and this amazing album:

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This is a meticulously mastered and 180g pressing from a 1963 recording. It was recorded by Mercury Records, using a Westrex cinema-based machines 35mm tape recorder. 35 mm film is about 2-1/2" wide and runs at 24 frames/sec, which means the sound was recorded on about 1-1/2"-wide tape running at about 24 inches per second. The recording clarity and musical quality is stunning.

This recording was made at the height of the Cold War. To soften some of the tension, there was some USA/Soviet cultural interactions, and this recording was one of them. (Another was when Russian folk dancers appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show about the same time) The musicians were the Osipov Orchestra (Wiki article at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osipov_State_Russian_Folk_Orchestra), and featuring a full-sized orchestra comprised of Russian folk instruments. The balalikas ranged from large bass ones (pictured) going all the way up to violin range. They also used accordions or concertinas, which add a lush color to the arrangements. The balalaika players are monster virtuosos. One of the songs is "Flight of the Bumble Bee" picked at full speed. 

Check it out at https://store.acousticsounds.com/d/11026/Vitaly_Gnutov-Balalaika_Favorites-180_Gram_Vinyl_Record. Hear the opening number here:

 

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On 2/3/2020 at 10:25 AM, Mr. Dave said:

Exactly. you don't need to be playinga million notes an hour going up and down endless scales & arpeggios to be good. 

Yeah? Since when?

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On 2/3/2020 at 10:25 AM, Mr. Dave said:

Exactly. you don't need to be playinga million notes an hour going up and down endless scales & arpeggios to be good.  I sometimes think this is lost on guys like Steve Vai, although as you say some of his work is great, I loved watching him play in Frank Zappa's band and I bought 'Passion & Warfare' which in places I found kind of overblown and a bit too busy for it's own good. A bit too much technicality and lacking emotion, whereas Billy Gibbons has this briliantly dirty guitar sound and it's full of soul & emotion.  I remember watching a documentary about blues and more modern artists were describing their American peers, mainly from the Mississipi delta.  Keith Richards was talking about B.B King and saying how he was economical with his notes but he always hit the right note at the right time.  I sort of feel like that about Billy Gibbons too.

I tend to agree. Some displays of virtuosity fit in with the music and raise the energy of the songs, but when overdone, it distracts from the song. I got a CD of Eric Johnson from the local library. I was interested in checking him out because he was touring with G3 and got a lot of good press here. But after slogging through his solo album, the pentatonic meedly-meedly got to me, leading me to conclude, "It's Still Wank 'n' Roll to me."

To be fair, I think too much reliance on the pentatonic scale is getting to me. I recently played a British classical orchestral album of Ralph Vaughn Williams symphonies and tone poems. Vaughn Williams frequently adapted/rearranged orchestral works based on rural English folk songs. Being folk songs, these also relied heavily on the pentatonic scale (minus the meedly-meedly), and to my surprise I rapidly tired of the folk reliance of the pentatonic scale in spite of Vaughn Williams' lush orchestations.

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6 hours ago, JohnnyB said:

I got a new phono cartridge and I was breaking it in

Pray-tell.

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9 hours ago, JohnnyB said:

I got a new phono cartridge

 

2 hours ago, gtrdaddy said:

Pray-tell.

Why yes, do tell.

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5 hours ago, Toadroller said:

 

Why yes, do tell.

Audio Technica has a brilliantly conceived new line of moving magnet cartridges. 

More info to come Friday.

 

 

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49 minutes ago, JohnnyB said:

Audio Technica has a brilliantly conceived new line of moving magnet cartridges. 

More info to come Friday.

 

 

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A moving magnet spin on the ART-1000!

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10 hours ago, JohnnyB said:

Audio Technica has a brilliantly conceived new line of moving magnet cartridges. 

More info to come Friday.

 

 

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Friday update: I just wasted 2 hours writing a description of Audio-Technica's AT-95VM moving magnet series only to have a virus take over my screen with no escape but pressing the power-down button, thus wiping out everything I wrote. Now I need a nap. :(

So here's the URL to Audio-Technica's well-illustrated description of their AT-95VM series: https://www.audio-technica.com/vm95seriescartridges/index.html

I bought the entry-level model with the bonded conical stylus for $34. I've been playing a wide variety of records lately and will post my opinion of its performance later this afternoon.

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