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    The endless list of left field, well-known, obscure, and just plain fun to listen to over a good system -records that may deliver better sonics and often better music than expected- off the radar as well as the big hits. Cheap to find, and usually not collectible.
    Last edited by Bill Hart; 03-10-2016, 07:43 PM.

  • #2
    If somebody had told me I was now buying old Iron Maiden records, I would tell them to institutionalize me. But the Number of the Beast, mastered by Wally T. is en route, along with a copy of what I would call post-modern 'retro-lounge' music by a DJ who uses the moniker Nightmares on Wax, album entitled "In A Space Outa Sound." (recently reissued and cheap from the original label, Warp Records).

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    • #3
      So just shoot me, I like the Cowsills.

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      • MylesBAstor
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        What's wrong with the Bee Gees?

      • Joe Pittman
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        I love the Cowsills! Do we need therapy?

      • mep
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        The older Bee Gees stuff was pretty good. Then the disco era hit...

    • #4
      How about this? Allen Perkins turned me onto this album many, many years ago!
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      -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
      -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
      -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
      -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
      -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
      -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
      -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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      • MylesBAstor
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        I enjoyed it.

      • Johnny Vinyl
        Johnny Vinyl commented
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        I enjoy it as well.

      • adrianwu
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        Love Chris de Burgh. Do you know that he got ex-communicated for the title song ?

    • #5
      How about the Iron Butterfly meets early Deep Purple, with jazz influences as a "prog" album? Captain Beyond. The early copies had a 3-d lenticular cover. Cool record. The drummer was also an ass kicker.

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      • #6
        KISS- Double Platinum (1978), definitely not audiophile material but I still love it.
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        • Boltman92124
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          Never liked the Studio albums much when compared to the early live albums...which had much more energy. Alive 2 being my favorite.

        • mep
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          My boss at work gave me his entire Kiss LP collection. I was hoping Love Gun still had the cardboard cutout insert, but it wasn't there.

        • JCOConnell
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          Last time I had my copy of double platinum out I marveled how mint the chrome cover was and how pristine the two Lps looked, then my euphoria was shattered when I discovered all four sides played distorted as if the record had been played once with a worn out "needle" at a high tracking force !
          BUMMER!

      • #7
        Garland Jeffreys - Ghost Writer
        Gowan - Strange Animal
        Jim Capaldi - Oh How We Danced
        Crack The Sky - Safety in Numbers
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        • Rust
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          Crack the Sky - Animal Noted and Safety in Numbers, two of the best albums I can think of.

        • Hawk
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          I listened to Ghost Writer by Garland Jeffreys in college. If I remember correctly, it got pretty good reviews in Rolling Stone. I also had his album Escape Artist. 96 Tears had some airplay on FM radio. I have not listened to either in a long time. Wasn't Jim Capaldi with Traffic? I do not remember any of his solo stuff off the top of my head.

        • Johnny Vinyl
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          Hawk Sorry for the late response, but yes he was.

      • #8
        We aren't limited to guilty pleasures, i.e. the records that you are almost embarrassed to admit you like, but wide open on standard issue stuff that is musically (and perhaps sonically) amazing. I was a huge fan of Bonnie Raitt in the early days, I put on Streetlights last night, forgot how good that record is- not only for her amazing rendition of Angel from Montgomery, but for other tracks as well.

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        • Johnny Vinyl
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          I'll have to check that out. I like Bonnie Raitt, but haven't delved into her catalogue.

      • #9
        Originally posted by JCOConnell View Post
        KISS- Double Platinum (1978), definitely not audiophile material but I still love it.
        One of the first hard rockin' albums I owned at age 11 or 12 was Kiss Alive I, the fact my siblings hated it made me like it more. I finally saw them in '96 for their reunion tour, with a lot of trepidation I must say. The show was great I didn't think Id have that much fun.
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        • #10
          Sound not so great but always loved the music!

          Anyone remember The Vapors New Clear Days? The album had the hit (only one?) song "Turning Japanese!" But NCD had a couple of other great songs too!

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          -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
          -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
          -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
          -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
          -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
          -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
          -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
          -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
          -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
          -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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          • Rob
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            who can forget Turning Japanese! the song about masturbating!

          • MylesBAstor
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            I thought I was showing my age posting that album!

        • #11
          Another album, actually CD, that is a guilty pleasure. Besides Linda Perry, 4NB featured guitarist Dan Schwartz who also wrote for TAS and IIRC Stereophile at one time. I think that Dan is also writing for Positive Feedback currently. Dan also played on Sheryl Crow's first album but that's another story why he and the group left Sheryl and formed 4NBs.

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          ________________________________________

          -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
          -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
          -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
          -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
          -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
          -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
          -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
          -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
          -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
          -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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          • #12
            Any Little Hurricane fans? Blues, pop rock duo:



            Gold Fever is a great album:





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            • jazdoc
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              Great LP!

          • #13
            John DeVore turned me onto this album at a recent show.

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            ________________________________________

            -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
            -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
            -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
            -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
            -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
            -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
            -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
            -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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            • Johnny Vinyl
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              Nice choice! Might have to cue mine up today!

            • allenh
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              I like Ray LaMontagne. His last album didn't push my buttons though...

            • Hawk
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              Good Album. Agree with allenh on Ray's last album. Earlier releases were much better.

          • #14
            Here's another wonderful example of an original domestic pressing that just shines throughout!

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            • Rob
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              +1

            • Bill Hart
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              Love her. Caught her back in the david bromberg era. didn't joe boyd produce this record?

            • Barry
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              Great recording! I'll have to dig it out and send my camel to bed.

          • #15
            Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
            John DeVore turned me onto this album at a recent show.
            its a great record, i bought a back up something I don't do often.
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