VMP Anthology Vol.1 –
The Story Of Blue Note Records
#985/1000 Numbered Copies
Coffee, Smoke, Jazz
Stanley Cup and NBA Playoffs done; stronger focus on music. I gave the Horace Silver and Dexter Gordon lps a quick spin yesterday but today is the day. Deep listening, immersed in liner notes, taking in as much as I can. Blue Note is 80 years old; the learning never stops. Listen to the Spotify links below, they tell a helluva story
2 Minute Vinyl Review #16 | Donald Byrd – Stepping Into Tomorrow (1975):
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Donald Byrd was the man. Blue Note legend, bebop pioneer & master of the 70’s jazz-funk sound that would help lay the groundwork for hip hop. All of Byrd’s 70’s records were cratedigger funky, this one’s available as a 2x45RPM reissue. It sounds better than my original.
Yes, for real.
Coffee, Smoke, De La
The VMP box arrived. This sold out immediately, the vultures are doing their thing on Discogs. I spent the morning doing a A/B shootout between this version and the 2013 Tommy Boy reissue I have. Note form, ok?
Same, to my ears. If that was the only determining factor, I’d be happy with either copy.
VMP are the clear winners here. My original has dimples on the surface. They don’t affect the sound but I don’t like buying physically flawed records. The Vinyl Me, Please platters are well pressed, no defects. If you like colors, they do that too.
The 2013 Tommy Boy album jacket is flimsier, too thin to really house 2 discs. The VMP jacket is made of thicker cardboard stock, same deal with the inner sleeves. Neither pressing has a polylined sleeve for the actual records, minus 1 for both sets.
If sound is all you care about, get the cheaper one. Now that the VMP reissue has landed, I’m betting lotsa folks are gonna be willing to part with their reissue. The VMP pressing sounds the same, but every aspect of the physical product is superior to the 2013. If that upgrade holds value for you, then you go for the newer one.
No music link for this one. As mentioned in 2 Minute Vinyl Review #7. The only way you can hear this album, in it’s entirety, is if you buy a physical copy.
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Vinyl Me, Please. Essentials – E074
Coffee, Smoke, Van Morrison.
I’ve never heard “Veedon Fleece” before just now. Turns out it’s a perfect Monday album, that first spin of the week that eases you in slowly. Side A is one big suite of songs, easily my favorite side. Side B is a bunch of Van Morrison songs I’ve never heard on the radio so that’s good. As great as it is, I didn’t wanna be hit with current rock radio pablum to start the week. I don’t need to hear “Brown Eyed Girl” anymore…radio killed it for me long ago.
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Caetano Veloso: Caetano Veloso (1968)
VMP Exclusive #148/500
The box arrived, happy dance! I’ve been wanting this Caetano Veloso album since I first started collecting psychedelic Brasilia. Third Man Records remastered this from the oriiginal mono source tapes and made sure every aspect of the vinyl experience was done right. If you like druggy 70′s music from Brasil or the idea appeals to you, you’re gonna wanna listen to the music link provided below. Those looking to own a copy can look forward to enjoying a marvelous vibe. The molecules in your listening space will expand appropriately, the vinyl will provide all that extra awesome that Spotify can’t replicate. Spotify is drive-thru, vinyl is a sit down meal.
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BEST OF VINYL 2018
Caroline Rose – Loner
New West Records – NW5230
Vinyl, LP, Album, Club Edition, Numbered, White/Red Marbled
Released: Mar 2018
I love Caroline Rose. She sings about douchebags and douchebag behaviour in the most disaffected, catchy way possible. She makes me think of all those high school memories of cool kids who tried too hard.
“Put on this bikini and DANCE DANCE DANCE!”
There’s a sarcastic edge to each of these electro pop-punk ditties, delivered with as much sugar and meh as I’ve heard in awhile. She calls bullshit, while getting you to sing along. I don’t usually listen to enough of this kind of thing to draw any Pitchfork-worthy comparisons but when Blondie starts coming to mind, it’s time to add a good handful of these songs to my ever-ongoing Spofify Summer Mixtape. The thought of me and the sarcastic ladies in my life, singing “Bikini” in unison, while sipping poolside umbrella drinks. This must become a thing next year.
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