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VMP Anthology Vol.1 –  The Story Of Blue Note…

VMP Anthology Vol.1 – 

The Story Of Blue Note Records
#985/1000 Numbered Copies

  • Horace Silver ‎– Horace Silver Trio (1956)
  • Dexter Gordon – Dexter Calling (1961)
  • Lou Donaldson ‎– The Natural Soul (1963)
  • Wayne Shorter ‎– Schizophrenia (1969)

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 – Step…

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 LaThe VMP box arrived.  This…

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.  

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.

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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