Category: vinyl junkies

Morbid Angel – Domination (1995)

Morbid Angel – Domination (1995)

Starting the week off hard. I’ve yet to replace most of my death metal cd collection, it’ll take awhile. The 2016 Rocktober reissue of this Florida Death Metal classic brings me one closer.  If you guys wanna suggest more bands or albums from the Florida DM scene, past or present, I’m all ears.  It’s gotta be on wax, vinyl matters.

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2 Minute Vinyl Review #12 | James Booker – The…

2 Minute Vinyl Review #12 | James Booker – The Lost Paramount Tapes (1973):

This here is the Louisiana gutbucket funk album you never knew about.
You can smell it. 

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James Booker – The Paramount Tapes (1973)First…

James Booker – The Paramount Tapes (1973)
First time on vinyl
VJQC Score: 99%
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This here is the Louisiana gutbucket funk album you never knew about.  I didn’t either, until it arrived in yesterday’s VMP box.  I have likely played it a half dozen times in succession, then realized what a funk BOMB song 1 of side 2 is.  Added to Spotify BBQ Playlist and proceeded to spontaneously record the next 2 Minute Vinyl review.  I don’t wanna write it, I wanna say it. About another half dozen spins of side 2 and here we are. Listen to the link below.  Song 1, side 2,”So Swell When You’re Well”.  You can smell it. And yes, that’s a whole lotta cowbell.

VJQC Score: 99%.  It sounds flawless, the booklet that comes with these VMP Classics records take the vinyl experience to another level. Copies of this reissue are also available at independent record shops, sans booklet.  If dirty New Orleans funk is your thing, oh boy….

See that absurdly large lava lamp?  I thought it was gonna be the same size as the green one when I ordered it online.  Meet Gargantua The Red. She is Spinal Tap perfect.

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So Swell When You’re Well

Rifflord –  7 Cremation Ground / Meditation (…

Rifflord – 

7 Cremation Ground / Meditation (2018)

Propulsive space metal, with left turns at doom and blues and prog metal.  The Sabbath “Easter eggs” can be heard throughout both sides.  Amazing for some, derivative and unessecary for others. This is a most enjoyable spin, the groove is evident, mushrooms would pair nicely as a side dish. I have a feeling Rifflord’s best work is still ahead of them, preferably without Easter eggs.

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Motörhead – Rock n’ Roll (1986)2015 ReissueV…

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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Tool – 10,000 Days (2006)

Tool – 10,000 Days (2006)

Yes, it’s a bootleg, purchased before I realized. To my knowledge, this album has yet to receive an official vinyl release.  Tool announced some dates for a U.S. tour earlier today and confirmed that their latest album is currently being mastered.
It still doesn’t mean it’ll come out any time soon.  I’ve stopped putting any credence behind any news involving Tool; at this point  it just feels like they’re fucking with us.

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Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Trout…

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica (1969)

I can’t believe I got Anthrax to stick around long enough for me to frame a shot.  Trout Masks and kitty cats go well together. This Beefheart lp is a straight masterpiece of music art.  Seeing that Third Man Records is releasing it for Record Store Day 2019, I’m thinking of doing a 2 Minute Vinyl Review on it.  I don’t know what I’m gonna say, but it’s virtually impossible to be boring.

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This Tim Maia album is doing me in.  It contai…

This Tim Maia album is doing me in.  It contains every amazing element of mid-70′s soul and funk, put through a tasty Brazilian strainer.  I’m hearing hints of Ohio Players, Gamble & Huff, Isaac Hayes, Barry White, Curtis Mayfield, Tom Jones…too much to mention.  Hearing these American musical ideas blended with Brazilian percussion is what’s messing with me.  If it wasn’t for the Brazilian aspects, I’d swear I heard every one of these songs on the American Top 40, during the AM days of the mid 70′s.
Spring is coming and then Summer so this one’s gonna get a whole bunch of spins, to boil down more new additions to the Summer Mixtape. Happy days ahead; it’s impossible to listen to Brazilan music without smiling from deep inside.  

I’d also like to note that Mr. Bongo does a downright amazing job with their vinyl reissues.  Besides being flawlessly curated, they clearly pay attention to the quality of their product.  The half dozen titles I have thus far have all crushed my VJQC standard.  This one’s no different, 97%,  a near flawless record. Buy with confidence, Mr. Bongo doesn’t mess around. 

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2 Minute Vinyl Review #9 | Betty Davis – Betty…

2 Minute Vinyl Review #9 | Betty Davis – Betty Davis (1973):

Anthrax bit me.

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The kid never wants to take a pic, she’s a uni…

The kid never wants to take a pic, she’s a unicorn that way.  Today was an awesome unicorn sighting. 12 year old high school junior with a newfound appreciation for hip hop, because potty mouth.
Does a blind needledrop on this T.I. album make me a bad parent? I don’t think so.  Besides, 12 year old me loved metal for a lot of the same reasons. If hip hop is what brings me closer to my daughter, I’m thinking I might need to see about that Cardi B everyone goes on about. Potty mouth and a phat ass won’t corrupt her, I like em too.

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