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Mar 29/08 - Great vinyl records you may have missed
Introducing ROARS, Ric's Overlooked Audiophile Record Selection.
I've been promising this for a long time to my regular customers so for those of you that haven't had a chance to visit the store, I'll give you a little background. Without bragging, I have the largest used audiophile vinyl record selection in the Greater Toronto Area.
This list is not complete in any way and sometime in the future I will add more to the list so check back every once in a while.
Boston - "Boston" MFSL/CBS 1/2 Speed/Epic 34188 - Both the mofi and 1/2 speed will leave you speechless with the MFSL a touch better.The domestic Epic pressing is no slouch
Buckingham Nicks -"Buckingham Nicks" Quality/Polydor 5058 - Collectable album done just before their Fleetwood Mac fame has excellent music and sounds stunning.Either the Canadian ( Quality ) or U.S. Polydor
Kate Bush - "Hounds of Love" EMI ST 17171 - Domestic copies sound great and the U.K. is a small notch better.
Cano -"Rendezvous" A&M SP 9037 - Jazzy rock by Canadian band features great vocals/musicians/production. Also recommended, "Eclipse" & "Au Norde de Notre Vie"
Bruce Cockburn - "Dancing in Dragons Jaw" True North/CBS 1/2 speed - One of the best CBS 1/2 speeds ever produced in my opinion. Even the domestic TN 37 pressing is amazing
CSN/CSNY - "Crosby Stills Nash" & "Deja Vu" - Classic/MFSL - The Classic records pressings (out of print) are fantastic with a soundstage that puts them right in the room with you. The MFSL deja vu is stunning but so is the price. Hard to tell difference between it and the Classic with the Classic being a fraction of the MFSL's going rate.
Dire Straits - "Love Over Gold" - Vertigo VOG 1 3317- The dynamics of song Telegraph Road will amaze. Domestic is great with German a notch better
Donald Fagen - "Nightfly" - MFSL/Warner - The MFSL has been my personal reference lp for years. It has it all, dynamics,musicianship and production. Very pricey but in my mind, an lp I could not live without. The domestic is very very good.
Fleetwood Mac - "Tango in the Night" - Warner Bros - The domestic is very good with the U.K. or German pressing just a notch better.
Peter Gabriel - "So" - Geffen - The U.K. pressing is the one to own, forget about the Classic. Domestic pressing is great too!
Art Garfunkel - "Breakaway" & "Watermark" CBS PC 33700/PC 34975 - Both of these domestic pressings are fantastic and should not be overlooked.
Hall and Oates - "Abandoned Luncheonette" MFSL - Their best album in my opinion with their vocals never sounding better on mofi's pressing.
Heart - "Dreamboat Annie" CBS 1/2 speed - One of the top five CBS 1/2 speeds
Gordon Lightfoot - "Sundown" MFSL - Canada's national treasure of folk nevr sounded better
Loggins & Messina - "Loggins and Messina" Columbia PC 31748 - The domestic copies of this lp sound great but try to search out an original 360 sound label pressing
Matt Bianco - "Whose Side Are You On" WEA WX7 - Who said the 80's sucked. The U.K. or German pressing of this is tight and allows future jazz vocalist Basia to shine. Domestics are good too
Steve Miller - "Fly Like an Eagle" MFSL - Steve flies on this pressing and certainly higher than an eagle.
Naked Eyes - "Fuel for the Fire" EMI 17116 - Another forgotten 80's band with great songs/sound on this album
Pink Floyd - "Dark Side of the Moon" & "Meddle" MFSL - Ok, most of the Floyd lps have great sonics but these two on MFSL are the pinnacle. TAS chose the brit version of Dark Side yet my mofi kills it in my opinion
Renaissance - "Ashes are Burning" & "Scheherazade" Sire/MFSL - Japanese and Mofi are the ones to own if you can find them. Orchestral prog rock with soaring female vocals
Steely Dan - "Aja" MFSL/Cisco - My other reference album on MFSL. I have compared the Cisco but from valued customer's opinions they state the Cisco is better. Hard to beleive.
Steely Dan - "Royal Scam" & "Gaucho" Japanese - Usually ( 90 % of the time ) I find Japanese pressings thin with poor bottom end but these pressings are the best available for one of my all time favourite bands.
Tears For Fears - "Sowing the Seeds of Love" Fontana 838 730 1 - Search out the domestic numbered gatefold edition of this. You'll be well rewarded.
10CC - "Deceptive Bends" UK/Mercury - The British version on UK records is awesome but domestic pressings are good too
Gino Vannelli - "Powerful People" MFSL/A&M - The MFSL has a bottom end that you have to hear to beleive. Domestic A&M copies are very good as well