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?
Sound Same, to my ears. If that was the only determining factor, I’d be happy with either copy.
Vinyl 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.
Packaging 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.
Conclusion 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 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.
NEW RELEASE (Reissue) 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.
NEW RELEASE 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.
NEW RELEASE Vinyl Me, Please Exclusive Pressing (#186/300)
Sundays & Cybele – Gypsy House Guruguru Brain – GGB-002LP Vinyl LP, Clear/Half Sky Blue Released: 2012 (2019 Reissue)
Modern Japanese psych rock, with classic rock lessons and garage grit thrown in for good measure. I would hand this record to Jack White or Ty Segall and beg them to listen. Then I’d bug every fan of obscure 70s Japanese drug music and know they would pick it up immediately. I’ll include a buy link below but I expect they’ll be gone immediately. Tag us if you manage to snap up a vinyl copy, tell us what you think!
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma Warp Records – WARPLP195V 2 × LP, Black and White Marble Released: 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 RELEASE VMP Ltd. Ed., #180/550 Ry Cooder, Manuel Galbán – Mambo Sinuendo Nonesuch – 573095-1, Perro Verde – 573095-1 Released: (Dec 2018 Reissue)
Record Cave 3.0 DAY 3
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!
MED, Blu, Madlib – Bad Neighbor Bang Ya Head – BYH 0005 2 × LP, Black & Red Swirl Released: 2015 (2019 Reissue)
Day 2 of The Record Cave 3.0 I’ve got the station set up, minus the wall art. A pair of trusty Technics 1200′s with a new pair of Kanto YU6 powered monitors I’m still breaking in. Now I gotta dismount the main sound system, which is currently minus one turntable. PC and camera setup still needs to be figured out, that’s tomorrow’s panic attack.
This whole process makes it impossible to really dig into the stacks, so I wind up spinning whatever’s right in front of me, on a loop. The Vinyl Me, Please box arrived yesterday, so this Madlib’s already on its fifth consecutive spin. Side 4 tho…
Erykah Badu – But You Caint Use My Phone Vinyl Me, Please – VMP-028 Series: Vinyl Me, Please. Rap & Hip Hop – RH07 Vinyl LP, Clear w/ Multicolor Splatter Released: (Mar 2018 Reissue)
All Badu is essential, no exceptions. Previously only available as an Record Store Day exclusive, VMP made it more easily available by choosing it as one of their Rap/Hip-Hop picks. Also, Badu’s version of “Hotline Bling” demolishes anything Drake coulda done with it. Not even close.