2lp comp of the 3 albums Herbie Hancock recorded for Warner Bros., pre Headhunters and all that followed. It’s a rather funky and cinematic period of Herbie’s career and well worth seeking out. This one was an Amoeba dig as well, might get deeper into it on tomorrow’s show.
LISTEN: Wiggle Waggle
Digging further into my the L.A. loot, prepping for tomorrow’s show. Nothing is more satisfying than digging something out for a fellow vinyl junkie, while flipping stacks together. Deodato lps are prenty plentiful, affordable and AWESOME. Lots to be found in L.A. so I insisted Gelson Narcia take a copy home. I knew he digs hip hop and the jazz flavored stuff so it was a no-brainer, and he hadn’t heard Deodato before. The payoff: Seeing him post a whole bunch more Deodato albums and reading about how much he’s enjoying them.Best. Payoff. Ever.It’s what we do. We share, we make bonds. Vinyl is not just music.
Can’t wait to talk to you all tomorrow!
Vinyl Junkies Ep. 53: Record Digging In L.A.
1 PM EST
LISTEN: Deodato – Super Strut (live @ Mississippi River Festival 1974)
Came back from L.A a few Gabor Szabo lps deeper. Never a bad thing, need em all. Stories on Sunday.
LISTEN: Gabor Szabo – Mizrab
More loot from the VJ L.A. Record Crawl. This Bob James lp certainly shows its early 80s vintage with the drum programming and synth presence but the drumming is funky, the synths are squishy and the basslines are PHAT! Think soundtrack to Miami Vice or those awesome/awful Golan-Globus VHS action movies involving cocaine shipments by speedboat, and perhaps ninjas.
Bob James – Janus 
Comments on Blue Note 75 reissue series
– Hi-Res digital files used, mastered by Bernie Grundman.
This sounds good, to my ears.
I’m not an audiophile
so take it for what it’s worth.
– Pressed at United Records. They’ve got a somewhat spotty
reputation for pressing less than stellar vinyl. That’s the case
here. One section has a noisy whoosh on side one, in
between songs 2 and 3. Side 2 sounds fine…I guess that’s
good? Deal breaker for me, maybe you’re less picky than I
am. I’ll record it and place the whoosh clip in the comments,
you can judge for yourself.
– The runout groove on side 2 send the stylus sailing right over
the center label. Real good for the health of your stylus,
right? I especially like the fact that I tried to do it a second
time, for the sake of a fair assessment, and had my stylus
assaulted. If I’d left my record unattended for 5 minutes, I’d
have destroyed my stylus. I won’t record that part, not doing it
again.- The album jacket is a faithful recreation of the orginal, direct
to board. Nothing fancy, but not flimsy by any means.
These are inexpensive, but I’m done with them.
I expect to not have to take a gamble on pressing issues, wouldn’t settle for a car with a noisy a/c unit either. Not saying all these will have issues, I’m just saying that my record does not meet my personal standard. Quality control is lacking, dunno which part of the chain to point to but a new record shouldn’t have audible defects. The runout groove sending the stylus right into the center label? Never playing this album again. I won’t remember and the next time, I may not be around to stop further damage. Music Matters reissues are the way to go. They’re more spendy but you get what you pay for.
BA-BOOM! The biggest hole in my Sonny Rollins collection has just been filled. Pretty certain I’ll still pick up a mono copy if I ever see one, but this original stereo pressing couldn’t sound much better.
The wall of orange and black just got much more awesome. Essential Sonny.
Sonny Rollins – Alfie’s Theme
Gypsy guitar coupled with tasty sitar accents and Mamas & Papas-type vocal harmonies? Yes please!
Observation: L.A. is a city with a healthy appreciation for all things Gabor Szabo. 3 more GS albums were dug out last weekend. This minty VG++ copy (cutout) adds to the ever-growing collection of orange and black. Only one missing now, his debut on Impulse! It will be mine. At this rate, I wouldn’t be surprised if I find it on my next L.A. dig.
LISTEN: Gabor Szabo and The California Dreamers – Wind Sky And Diamonds [FULL ALBUM]
BOOM! My most sought-after CTI title has been secured, courtesty of Amoeba Records and the VJ L.A. Record Crawl. Listen to the opening title track. If you dig dirty jazz-funk, your ears will tell you why I’ve been chasing this platter for awhile, that album cover will illustrate the rest. Beast-mode, never reissued.
Joe Farrell – Canned Funk
Coffee, Smoke, Bob James. Dug two copies out at The Record Parlour, during the VJ L.A. Record Crawl. Never heard this one before but I figured it was a safe enough blind pick. I figured right. Smooth jazz befitting of my first morning back home in The Record Cave. All day will be spent spinning my L.A. digs, stories where applicable. In other words, it will be a very good day.
LISTEN: Bob James & Earl Klugh – One On One