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Postby bote » Tue Sep 21, 2004 6:22 am

Hello Jadis. Since you are such a fan of German pressings, have you gone to the Goethe House and took a look at their vinyl collections? If you haven't, I think you should be a member and maybe you will enjoy borrowing some of their classical collections. Just a thought.

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Postby jadis » Tue Sep 21, 2004 8:05 am

bote,


No I have not. And thanks for the suggestion. I should try that.
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Postby jadis » Sat Oct 09, 2004 9:02 pm

More CDs:

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Nice steel guitar from Pepino d'Agostino.Very soothing music.

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Another great serene choir music from Proprius.

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First CD of Scandinavian singer Sissel, a protege of sorts of Neil
Sedaka who sings with her in this CD.

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Sissel's second album. Very nice songs, a few songs here on her
native language.

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An essential Mary Black 'best of' CD. Singing Irish folk songs.

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I learned about Dolores Keane from the Album "A Woman's Heart",
which is a collection of many Irish female folk singer. Husky but beautiful
voice.
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Postby zetroce » Sun Oct 10, 2004 8:13 am

Hi Jadis,

I have one of the LPs mentioned in the LP Superlist:

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Joni Mitchell: Court & Spark Asylum 7E-1007, but mine is coded 7E-1001. How big do you think would be the difference between them?

I think they are manufacturing codes, does this mean that mine was produced earlier than the one listed and that 7E-1007 is more refined and enhanced, or are they just batch codes?

Hope to learn more from you.

Cheers! :)
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Postby jadis » Sun Oct 10, 2004 8:42 am

Hi Zetroce,

Thanks for writing and sharing. Honestly, I would not be able to tell if those two came
from same batches or not. It would also be my first time to encounter a different ending
number for the same LP. What I had seen are entirely different codes for an LP that was
pressed in the USA than say, for example, one that was pressed in Germany.

In my experience, different pressing codes have different pressing sounds. And my guess
is that yours would be earlier. Or in the worst case, there might have been a misprint from the TAS list. But my 2 cents of first pressings. I agree with a lot of people that they usually
sound superior to second or third pressings. People say it's bec of the master tape wear,
which is quite logical. I value first pressings. But yun lang, it's hard to get in mint conditions,
which is why lots of people will buy the re pressed ones.
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Postby jadis » Mon Oct 11, 2004 5:53 pm

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One of my favorite exotic LP intrumentals of all, Charango by
Jaime Torres on Messidor label. A charango is a small latino type
guitar which to me resembles a yukalele. Fantastic recording, and
on Side 2 cut 2, the bonus is a female latina singing with such
a sweet and smooth voice it makes one imagine being transported
to the land of the Andes.
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Postby jadis » Mon Oct 11, 2004 6:43 pm

Some more Pop/dance favorites of mine:



Long rated in the TAS superlist, this Geffen LP is a treat for Joni
Mitchell fans; unfortunately my favorite song Both Sides Now is not in this
album.

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From the early 80s, a beautiful album of Anne Murray's hits. Quite
a magnificent recording. Full bodied voice and lush.



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This is probably rare in the US market, Dionne sings the hits of
the 60s like Valley of the Dolls, My Way, and some Beatles songs.

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And really a golden LP from Joan Baez, many great folk songs,
old an new, my fave here is The Battle Hymm of the Republic.

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A great sountrack with features the original theme song from this
movie, with Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram on a duet. Beautiful.

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Another TAS favorite, this original pressing, although a little
noisy, sounds so much better than the 90s 180gram re-issue.

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I was very fortunate to find this Japanese pressed copy of Carly
Simon, containing the hit song You're So Vain. Nicely recorded.

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Basically one of my LPs to die for, the Best of Brothers Four, double
LP. A dream LP for Brothers Four fans like me.

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Spanish language version of ABBA hits, sung by ABBA themselves,
never thought I would stumble into such again, even has a colored
vinyl.

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Next to the Cascades, this is my favorite 60s group. With songs
that I grew up with. Excellent recording.

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I picked up this LP long ago without hearing it, but loved the songs
and the singer, the late Kate Wolf. Folk and country type music.

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As a early Madonna fan, I had to get this, double LP by SIRE records,
nice collection.

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Postby jadis » Thu Dec 16, 2004 8:37 am

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I would say this is my favorite dance album, and as luck would have it,
I got a UK pressing of Shalamar's Greatest Hits with a bonus 12 inch
45rpm remix of Night to Remember. The remix version is so much
better in punch and dynamics than the standard recording.
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Postby mailyn » Thu Jan 20, 2005 10:44 pm

Sir, You seems to be very fond of the Cascades. My father (may God bless his soul) liked them very much. As a matter of fact, he left behind different copies of the same one and only Cascades album.

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Top left is the original Phil. pressing by Mareco under Valiant Records. Top right is Wea re-issue. Bottom left is a Taiwan bootleg (Tong Sheng label) copied from Japanese issue. And bottom right is of unknown origin (Golden Dragon label).

I think we have had 2 copies of the Mareco pressing. One of which has a very interesting story. It's one of those expensive-shoes-bought-from-Switzerland-with-made in RP-label-underneath tales: My father saw a copy of the album in th U.S. and being the fanatic Cascade fan he was, bought a copy immediately. Later on when he opened the album, he found out that it was also pressed by Mareco.

Until now, I haven't seen a U.S. pressing of Valiant Cascades album.
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Postby jadis » Fri Jan 21, 2005 8:18 am

mailyn,

Yes, I love the Cascades' music bec in high school, the public address system always
play their songs after dismissal and I have fond memories of it. I have both local issues
of the Valiant and WEA, the WEA is a lot inferior to the Valiant. And indeed, the local
Valiant copy sounds full of body and is very smooth-sounding, amazing for a local LP.
I am like your late father, I would go to the extent of buying several copies of my favorite
artists.
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Postby mailyn » Sat Jan 22, 2005 4:51 am

For my Cascades album, my reference song is the title song. The TongSheng Taiwan bootleg has the clearest and most discernible thunderstorm and raindrops sounds among the four and the Wea release got the worst. But the TongSheng vinyl condition is very much "fresher" compared to the Mareco which you can imagine the amount of playbacks it received from my father.

The Wea sounds like........ :roll: :roll: :roll: you're listening to the Mareco from outside the room although the playback system is right in front of you. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby jadis » Sat Jan 22, 2005 8:30 am

mailyn,

hehe.....I imagine the Taiwan pressing would be leaner than the Mareco? I have some
Chinese pressings and they are average at best but I know what you mean by 'fresher'
and 'clearer'. I have a modern day Taiwan 180g presssing of a chinese folk vocalist, and
the sound is fantastic, very lush, thick, and round.
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Postby jadis » Sun Feb 13, 2005 7:55 am

And this one I just plucked out from my 80s mail ordering days, it has been with me since that time when HP listed it on his Super LPs, I bought
it without even knowing how and what it sounds like but whoa, what a
pleasant and pleasurable surprise when my needle hit this vinyl. Some
standard cuts like Somewhere over the Rainbow and familiar songs like
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, done in instrumental fashion via dulcimer
hammer, guitar , and some other light instruments provide the sweetest
string instrumental rendition I have ever heard in a record. Many friends
I played this for agree. The two main musicians, who are also owners
of the record company called Song of the Wood from North Carolina, also
carve and make their own musical instruments and in fact, SELL , these
intruments to the public via their mail order catalogue. The album is called
The Strayaway Child, and is one of my best kept treasures.

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The last two pictures above show the two owner/musicians making their
own instruments and each one even signed their autograph below the
pics in the album that I mail-ordered from them.
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Postby jadis » Thu Feb 24, 2005 8:09 am

Sara Geronimo

Ever since I chanced upon her singing a duet with Mark Bautista
on an MTV live concert, actually, it was on Channel MYX, I became so
enthralled in her voice. My eyes and ears were glued on the TV till she
finished singing. I looked for her CD, Popstar, and played it for months
listening in awe how this young young kid can belt out songs with such
emotion and power when it needs be. And lately, I spotted an OPM
'best of' type collection called Lovestruck. What a compilation!!! A lot
of my fave pinoy hits are there, including the Broken Vow duet of
Sarah and Mark. It even has a cut from the 80s that I was looking for
all these years. a song composed by Cecille Azarcon and sung by Chiqui
Pineda called How did you know.....Gary V did a remake, but for me, this
female version is better...somehow this song was really cut for a girl
to sing. :)
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Postby jadis » Fri Mar 11, 2005 3:03 pm

from the early 90s........Beverley Craven

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Ever since I heard her first album on CD at a showroom, I sought
for this LP, finally found it many years ago in the UK, and her voice I
regard as the the 'sexiest' amongst my fave female singers. Her cute
face helps in this regard. Closing one's eyes while listening to her voice
is like nirvana. For maybe 5 years after finding this LP, I couldn't get
tired of side A that I have only began listening to side B of late....wow,
this could give me more nirvana attributed to a female in the many years
to come.
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Postby jadis » Fri Mar 11, 2005 7:41 pm

2 Broadway Musicals:

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Les Miserables:

Adapted from the Victor Hugo Novel, this sensational musical features
great music, from love songs to lively choral ensemble music. I first
watched this play decades ago in SF, was sorely disappointed by it, mainly
because I sat way way too far to appreciate what was going on, the saving
grace was at the lobby, they sell the LP and I got a copy. I have enjoyed
playing it thru the years, and many years later when I was fortunate to
buy a front row cheap ticket from a scalper in London, I found out sitting
in front and having the Londoners sing is the way to go. Thrilling.


Phantom of the Opera:

An LP of this arrived a few weeks ago but since it was pre-ordered
by a friend, I have to surrender it to him, but not before I listened to
it for a few days in may system. I had CD version of this many years
back, and to listen to the vinyl is indeed a pleasure. Now that the movie
was just shown in the theatres, it gives me a better feel of what is going
on in the play and to better appreciate the music. Stupendous musical
rendition, my fave cut is Music of the Night, the scene in which the Phantom was whisking Christine away to his abode. I had to listen to this
cut twice.
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Postby jadis » Mon Mar 28, 2005 8:49 pm

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Al di Meola, Paco de Lucia and John McLaughlin - Friday Night in San
Francisco.

Wow! The most stunning, exhilirating, a fantastic live recording of
the trio of great guitarist in concert. Awesome reproduction indeed and
one of the few flamenco LPs that does not give me a headache with
the typical yelling and foot-stomping that comes with these type of
music. Incredibly addicting and totally enjoyable. Every home should
have one.
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Postby jadis » Fri Apr 15, 2005 10:56 am

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I was very happy to have located the guy who coaxed me to sell
this LP to him in the mid 80s. Good thing he sold it back to me. :)
What an album. With my favorite song Come What May, the rendition
here in short of breathtaking. Aside from hits like I Don't Want You To
Go and How Can I Tell You, this compilation even includes standards
like Send in The Clowns, and a super rendition of an Elton John song
which was also sung by Radka Toneff- Come Down In Time. One of my
favorite female singers, Lani Hall.

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By now a legendary collectible, Fairly Tales by Radka Toneff is now
even re-issued in 180g version. Great songs in this album, most songs
are nice to listen to, simply for enjoyment and I always forget the time
as this LP is played. And one can hear the difference in the way the piano
was recorded with the first two cuts. Clearly it was not recorded in the
same manner as in the first cut of side 1, the piano is a bit muffled
but in the second cut, the piano is crispy clear.
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Postby arnoldc » Fri Apr 15, 2005 11:56 am

hi jadis, do you know if Jeanette Lindstrom and Steve Dobrogosz even had an LP?
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Postby jadis » Fri Apr 15, 2005 12:53 pm

Hi Arnold,

No, I do not. Steve is a good pianist, with nice rythm. I used to have his solo
album Tender Arrow but I prefer him playing with a singer. :)
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