Category: UK

Woman From Tokayo

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Chapters 4,5 and 6

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VJQC Score: 92% | Nick Drake – Pink Moon:

Nick Drake – Pink Moon (1972)
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One of my favorite records to start off the day. I’m guessing I’m not alone in my belief that Pink Moon belongs in every record collection. Essential!
VJQC Score: 92%

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Nick Drake: Pink Moon (1972)

Genesis ‎– Foxtrot (1972)

Coffee, Smoke, Genesis.

Over the years, I’ve noticed that I often start my day with the same rotation of albums. The morning ritual necessarily includes a soundtrack to help ease me into the day.  The coffee’s the jolt, the smoke chills it out, the music begins the journey which accompanies every new sunrise.

Genesis has soundtracked more mornings than most artists, Foxtrot in particular.  Not sure why but if today is any indication, I just woke up with the instrumental intro to “Watcher Of The Skies” playing in my head.  It’s this whole morning soundtrack theme that has made Foxtrot my most played Genesis lp in the VJ Archive.  There are others; Pharaoh Sanders’ “Thembi”, the Lee Hazlewood LITA compilation, Billie Holiday’s early Columbia sides.  

I guess I’m saying that ritual is a very big part of why I listen to music on vinyl.  It’s familiar and comforting, muscle memory inducing feelings of well being. Turning on Spotify or Sirius isn’t the same experience, even if it’s the same music you’re playing. Vinyl connects you a bit more deeply; it’s that tactile ingredient that rounds out the experience in a more meaningful way.

Here’s your music link.  Get it on vinyl if you like what you hear, the difference is worth it.

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NEW RELEASE 

Nilüfer Yanya ‎– Miss Universe

2LP, Clear Vinyl

Out today.  Dreamy UK indie pop.  I like it, but the first spin didn’t contain anything that hooked me.  It’s well done but it sounds like a lot of other artists whose names I don’t remember either.  Pitchfork likes it, so you might too.  Give it a listen, let your ears be the judge.

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This one is interesting for an unexpected reason. As I always admit, I love gimmicky records, and UK singles in the 1980s were uniformly released with gimmicks to boost sales and get them on to the charts. Case in point: This UK limited edition pack of Tears For Fears’ “Shout.” It came in a big envelope (upper left) that contained the single and a bunch of cards that made for a full calendar of 1985, so they were literally trying to turn the band into pinups. I stumbled across this the other day in a used record shop and snapped it up for $5; when I got it home, I looked closer and noticed something interesting: The days are in sync with 2019, so in theory, you could use the calendar for this year. Pretty cool.

This one is interesting for an unexpected reason. As I always admit, I love gimmicky records, and UK singles in the 1980s were uniformly released with gimmicks to boost sales and get them on to the charts. Case in point: This UK limited edition pack of Tears For Fears’ “Shout.” It came in a big envelope (upper left) that contained the single and a bunch of cards that made for a full calendar of 1985, so they were literally trying to turn the band into pinups. I stumbled across this the other day in a used record shop and snapped it up for $5; when I got it home, I looked closer and noticed something interesting: The days are in sync with 2019, so in theory, you could use the calendar for this year. Pretty cool.

Motörhead – Rock n’ Roll (1986)
2015 Reissue
VJQC Score: 65%

I bought this album brand new, a few months back. Won’t comment too much on the music; I obviously thought the art is worthy of purchase.  It’s 

Motörhead, Lemmy is God and a music link is included below.  
I am dissatisfied with my purchase.  The VJQC score of 65% is based on my personal vinyl copy, which I purchased new.

The Good

  • It sounds good.  I don’t expect audiophile Lemmy, It’s not even an expectation.  As far as metal records go, it’s fine.
  • It’s cheap.  Affordable matters

The Bad

  • It’s warped. Space can be seen between the record and the turntable platter, when it spins.
  • Paper scuffs and other marks on both sides of the vinyl surface.  The fact that the record came sleeved in a paper sleeve is directly to blame fot that.  Why do they do that?  It’s like wrapping a sandwich in newspaper, and it just means I gotta go buy a proper polylined inner sleeve.

The Ugly

  • This record is not centered.  You can see the tonearm sway from side to side, while it spins.. Combined with the warp, it’s completely destroyed my vinyl experience.   If your brand new car had a permanent issue with its steering alignment, would you be okay with it? This is completely unacceptable, for me. 
  • Visible surface bumps on the surface of both sides. Again, I think this is unacceptable.  It’s a new record ferchrissakes!  If you bought a new car and it had a few dents, would you be cool with it?  But it drives so nice! No wait, the steering is also off…

Conclusion

It’s cheap and it sounds fine, but playing it on wax is a complete bummer.  If I just wanted the music, streaming would have been fine.  I bought it on wax because I wanted a more immersive experience with the music I love.  This physical product is horrible.  I wasn’t able to track down where it was pressed (help welcome!) but Discogs tells me that the record label (Sanctuary) licensed this out to INgrooves.  Until I see different, I’m not buying any vinyl records associated with INgrooves. Their product is not concurrent with my QC expectations of what a vinyl record should play like. 

So, is this a fair assessment?  Do these details also matter to you, when shopping for new records, or am I just way too OCD?  I’m curious to read your responses and engage in conversation. 

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Nick Drake – Bryter Layter (1970)

Anthrax and me are gonna play all 3 Nick Drake lps before shelving them.  See you next month or so, you know I’ll be back to see hear your magic soon.

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2 MINUTE VINYL REVIEW | Nick Drake Pink Moon (1972):

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I’ll start telling you about which albums I think everyone should own. Pink Moon is one of those.
I hope you’re digging the format.

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