Category: vinylmeplease

James Booker – The Paramount Tapes (1973)First…

James Booker – The Paramount Tapes (1973)
First time on vinyl
VJQC Score: 99%
Buy It On Vinyl 

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.

So Swell When You’re Well

NEW RELEASE (Reissue)Vinyl Me, Please. Essenti…

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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NEW RELEASE Caetano Veloso: Caetano Veloso (19…

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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NEW ARRIVAL Vinyl Me, Please. Essentials – E0…


Vinyl Me, Please. Essentials – E073

Flying Lotus ‎– Cosmogramma
Warp Records ‎– WARPLP195V
2 × LP, Black and White Marble
2010 (2019 Reissue)

Moving records is a helluva job; them mofos is heavy!  I took the opportunity to dig out all my VMP and Black Lion records so I can get more spine porn going.  It’s not as uniform or impressive looking as the wall of orange and black that’s beneath it, but getting there slowly.  

The Vinyl Lab is one step closer to being done.  Yesterday was spent setting up the camera and putting up display shelving.  It’s not painted yet and there’s no backdrop to speak of yet but I’ve got ideas… I’ll keep posting progress pix and spinning the wax.
Also, this new Flylo reissue of Cosmogramma is LOUD AS FUCK! VMP gave it the half-speed mastering treatment, had it pressed at GZ Media and added exclusive new cover art. It’s pretty, it sounds great and the vinyl experience is immersive and tactile.  Vinyl done right. 



NEW RELEASEVMP Ltd. Ed., #180/550Ry Cooder, Ma…

VMP Ltd. Ed., #180/550

Ry Cooder, Manuel Galbán ‎– Mambo Sinuendo
Nonesuch ‎– 573095-1, Perro Verde ‎– 573095-1
(Dec 2018 Reissue)

Record Cave 3.0

The main sound system is up and running.  The new space sounds great so far.  Mambo Sinuendo is the first spin in Record Cave 3.0 from the chillout chair. Anyone remember Bill Laswell’s Axiom label?  Specifically “Imaginary Cuba”?  This Ry Cooder album would serve as a perfect companion piece.  It’s pretty reverby and original, capturing that Cuban vibe while somehow channeling the spirits of Link Wray and Martin Denny in the process.  Damn good record!


BEST OF VINYL 2018Caroline Rose ‎– LonerNew …


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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Discount jazz bundles, box sets, audio gear and more. Dig in!

NEW RELEASE (Reissue)Series: VMP EssentialsMav…

Series: VMP Essentials

Mavis Staples ‎– Mavis Staples
Volt ‎– CR00146
Remastered, Stereo, Orange/Black/White marble, 180 Gram
1969 (Dec 2018


VMP’s been going deep into the Stax/Volt catalog for awhile now.  It’s proven a great way to fill out the holes in the VJ Archive.  Mavis Staples was a great interpreter of the soul standards of the day; had she stuck to her solo career I feel she’d have received a fair bit more recognition. The string and horn arrangements on this album are among the best I’ve heard on any Stax recording, including those of Isaac Hayes.  They’re not quite as drawn out as Isaac’s but it’s not the same vibe either.  Strings make everything sound better.


NEW RELEASE Vinyl Me, Please. Classics – C019…


Vinyl Me, Please. Classics – C019

Muddy Waters ‎– Fathers And Sons
Chess ‎– LPS 027
Released:01 Dec 2018

Coffee, Smoke, Muddy. 
Two spins.  This was a most enjoyable way to spend a Saturday morning.  That little note booklet that comes with each VMP Classics release is pure pleasure; this one may be the best one of all.  Very comprehensive, well researched and well written. The words paired perfectly with the music, fully immersing the listener by providing context and knowledge.  Vinyl Experience: 9.7/10

The music? It’s Muddy Waters. Listen for yourselves; your opinion matters most.  

NEW RELEASE (Reissue)Queen ‎– A Night At The…

Queen ‎– A Night At The Opera
Hollywood Records ‎– D000262001
Series: Vinyl Me, Please. Essentials – E071
180g Vinyl, Remastered, Stereo, Multi-Color Galaxy
Released: (Nov 2018 Reissue)

I’ll post it too.  I’ve heard the song way too many times but I’ve never owned “A Night At The Opera”, on any format.  So I turned down all the lights, smoked a joint and listened to “Bohemian Rhapsody” for the first time, on vinyl.
Context is everything.