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There's another reason why vinyl is getting the big promotion from record companies...

You have to buy it.

In a world of free illegal downloads, that makes vinyl the equivalent of 3D cinema as a ruse to get cash registers ringing...  ajb007/biggrin

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Here in South Africa it seems that we have the problem that prices for vinyl records in stores are inflated by the weakness of our currency. Unfortunately this means that most of these wonderful 180g re-releases of classic albums are way outside of my price range. I have only found a couple of exceptions, two of which were Bob Dylan albums which I was very pleased to buy for a reasonable price. The only other new LP I've bought was Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which I only bought because fortunately there was a mistake with the price label, meaning that I got it for a discounted price.

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ajb007/lol  ajb007/lol  ajb007/lol

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Napoleon Plural wrote:

There's another reason why vinyl is getting the big promotion from record companies...

You have to buy it.

In a world of free illegal downloads, that makes vinyl the equivalent of 3D cinema as a ruse to get cash registers ringing...  ajb007/biggrin

Whatever works! I'm a vinyl true believer these days...and have always felt that an artist should be paid for his/her work  ajb007/martini

Currently spinning a brand-new, 180-gram copy of Machine Head, by Deep Purple  ajb007/cool

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Yeah, Yoko must be down to her last lot of silk knickers...   ajb007/tongue

I have one really stupid question - oh, and btw, thanks TP for appreciating my very obscure joke  ajb007/smile   - I am trying to buy the thin wires covered with plastic and marked with a dash signifying a minus that go from the amp or hi fi to the stereo speakers, with thin wires you insert, and then screw the fitting down, and just can't find them. All you can get is like, 10m wires that you have to cut down and cost £20.

Am I looking up the wrong thing on amazon? All I want is the wires/leads that come with whatever speakers you buy. Or do I go for cable leads that you just shove into the back, forget the wire stuff? Are they better?

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I'm sure many got the joke NP,  ajb007/smile  comes from years of watching late night
horror films on bbc2.

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Loeffelholz wrote:
Napoleon Plural wrote:

There's another reason why vinyl is getting the big promotion from record companies...

You have to buy it.

In a world of free illegal downloads, that makes vinyl the equivalent of 3D cinema as a ruse to get cash registers ringing...  ajb007/biggrin

Whatever works! I'm a vinyl true believer these days...and have always felt that an artist should be paid for his/her work  ajb007/martini

Currently spinning a brand-new, 180-gram copy of Machine Head, by Deep Purple  ajb007/cool

COOL  ajb007/cheers  'Lazy' is one of my top Deep Purple faves

One of us smells like a tart's handkerchief.

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Napoleon Plural wrote:

Yeah, Yoko must be down to her last lot of silk knickers...   :p

I have one really stupid question - oh, and btw, thanks TP for appreciating my very obscure joke  :)   - I am trying to buy the thin wires covered with plastic and marked with a dash signifying a minus that go from the amp or hi fi to the stereo speakers, with thin wires you insert, and then screw the fitting down, and just can't find them. All you can get is like, 10m wires that you have to cut down and cost £20.

Am I looking up the wrong thing on amazon? All I want is the wires/leads that come with whatever speakers you buy. Or do I go for cable leads that you just shove into the back, forget the wire stuff? Are they better?

I'm sure Yoko is fine, haha. I feel the same way no matter how rich (or destitute) the artist, and disapprove of theft from anyone  -{

With regard to your speaker question...I've not had new speakers in decades...but I've only ever just connected the speaker wire to the appropriate positive/negative posts, or connections, after stripping some of the plastic coating away from the wire.

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Very Good Vinyl Handling Clip Here

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Thanks very much  ajb007/cheers  I used to own a Zerostat gun, once upon a time  ajb007/crap

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Did the wife take it in the divorce settlement - and then use it to shoot you?!   ajb007/crap    ajb007/biggrin

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Napoleon Plural wrote:

Did the wife take it in the divorce settlement - and then use it to shoot you?!   ajb007/crap    ajb007/biggrin

I guess you could call that the 'Cliff's Notes' version  ajb007/embarrassed

On a happier note, I have acquired a pristine vintage copy of "Alice Cooper Goes To Hell" for $1.98  ajb007/cool

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On the subject of The Beatles, there's this:

http://lego.brandls.info/random/lgowbwsong/the_beatles-yellow_submarine04.jpg

Now this album was released to tie in with the rerelease at the cinema and BluRay of Yellow Submarine. It's remastered and went to the top of the charts; it was the first time all the songs from the movie featured on one disc. The original Yellow Sub album had the B side given over to George Martin's soundtrack, which not everyone wants, and I think the idea back then was that you don't flog record buyers songs they already own, like Eleanor Rigby or When I'm 64.

But I still thought it odd the new record was doing so well. Much later I discovered the real reason: the songs had been totally remixed for the movie reissue. So the elementary stereo recordings had been shelved and wholly reinvented for modern ears. That's why it was so popular, esp for the iPod generation who find the early stereo tinkerings so awful through the headphones.

There's talk that one day all the Beatles stuff will get the same remix treatment, A Day in the Life and a few others get it on the Love album. In the meantime, they say, mono is the way to go when listening thru headphones.

The remixed Yellow Submarine album is available on vinyl too, with the caveat that the remix was done digitally, so it is not the full holy grail of analogue remastered remixed.

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I love vinyl and I have to say that it’s my favourite way to listen to music.  I do have lots of records, that have been collected from the 1980’s.  I’m an 80’s rock music fans so from Iron Maiden to Poison, Helloween to Motley Crue is the stuff that I listen to the most.  However, my favourite band are Guns n’ Roses – ever since I first heard a bootleg copy of It’s So Easy.  From that I was hooked and I’m still a big fan to this day; so the mini-reunion is a great thing for me and I’m hoping we get some UK dates in the near future.  I have pretty much all their stuff on vinyl.

Anyway, back to topic, yep, I love vinyl and, recently, I’ve just been given a new stereo system with record player as my previous one had gone kaput. 

Vinyl is great, I love the little crackling as an album is about to start and the sound is just something that can’t be bettered – my opinion of course and I’m sure there are plenty who will disagree, fair enough.  As I said I have loads of vinyl, singles and albums, plus I have my fair share of picture discs.  Now, I think picture discs are bloody cool, excuse the French  ajb007/wink , and finding them, back in the day as it were, was always something that always gave me a buzz.  Now, with cd and digital music the more popular, there is not really anything like that to go looking for.  I know there are limited editions etc but I just don’t think it’s the same.

It’s good to see vinyl making a little comeback but the music that is being released on vinyl is not the sort of music I listen to.  For me, the charity shops, ebay etc are where I like to go looking for records.  Charity shops, especially, can be perfect places to find some cracking stuff.

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Indeed! Last Friday I raided my closest such place, Recycled Records, spending 90 very happy minutes perusing the bargain bins, and came out with a bag-load of $2 LPs: Supertramp, the Alan Parsons Project, Rush, Asia, Peter Frampton, J. Geils Band, the Moody Blues, Chicago, Bon Jovi...and Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass---including the LP that features Casino Royale  ajb007/cool Of all these finds, only the Supertramp album ("Crime of the Century") has skips in a song that I couldn't rectify...and so I will seek a $2 credit with them on my next visit.

Fortunately, many of the records they're reissuing are precisely in my preferred era and genre(s)...I'm eagerly awaiting the reissues of Bowie's early catalogue in 180-gram...and of course having his brilliant swan song Blackstar back in stock (I was very happy to see him kick Adele out of the top sales spot, if only for a moment  ajb007/smile  ).

In further exciting news (and circling back around to the Beatles!), my sealed mono copy of the "White Album" arrived in today's mail, and...wow.  ajb007/cheers

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Great stuff Mark...your post makes me feel that I need to go on another record hunt myself  ajb007/wink I haven't bought any records for quite a while. All of my recent bargain finds have been CDs.

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I'm waiting for this one to be reissued in 180-gram:

https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3863/14758613357_1d3fcded9e_b.jpg

Though she might weigh a bit more than that...

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In glorious 180-stone vinyl...

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Many a time in my youth did I sing along to this on my old record player - The Dubliners - "Limerick Rake":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8moLHIW8xw

ajb007/lol

And a little bit of child murder thrown in for good measure, "Weile Weile Waile":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tku2A42izoE

Both songs are from the album "A Drop of the Hard Stuff" (1967).

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Silhouette Man wrote:

Many a time in my youth did I sing along to this on my old record player - The Dubliners - "Limerick Rake":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8moLHIW8xw

ajb007/lol

And a little bit of child murder thrown in for good measure, "Weile Weile Waile":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tku2A42izoE

Both songs are from the album "A Drop of the Hard Stuff" (1967).

Good stuff!  ajb007/smile   ajb007/cheers

The oldest vinyl I've recently acquired is also from 1967...an LP called "Sounds Like...Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass," which features their theme to the CR spoof film. This record was inside the cardboard jacket with no inner sleeve...and it is in insanely good shape for a vintage platter - almost zero surface noise; no scuffs or scratches  ajb007/biggrin

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Hmm, cleaning the stylus, anyone?

My stylus seems to be picking up a lot of naval fluff, vinyl fluff if you will. To the point when the needle skids across the top of the record.

Now, I don't know if this is due to playing old records from the charity shop, but they didn't look that dusty! And it occurs only after a few plays!

Sure you can buy a little brush as described in one of my previous links, for around £6. Is it any different to a clean toothbrush though? And surely getting rid of the fluff with tweezers might work?

Then there's the pricey, five star Onzoq Zerodust, but I can't personally see how this gets rid of dust - does it sort of absorb it or something? Or destroy it?

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Having similar issues; oddly more with the brand-new 180-grams than the vintage stuff  ajb007/confused  I used to have an extremely fine stylus brush, and am looking for a replacement online. Right now I'm improvising with an art brush...

I have ordered a vintage DiscwasherTM record-cleaning brush for the vinyl itself, and will compliment it with a carbon antistatic brush when I'm able. Also investing in some antistatic inner sleeves.

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How's that White Album mono, Loeffs?   ajb007/smile

Any songs better or worse than you imagined?

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Napoleon Plural wrote:

How's that White Album mono, Loeffs?   ajb007/smile

Any songs better or worse than you imagined?

It's an interesting listen! As you said, Helter Skelter certainly rocks harder (no Ringo screaming about blisters on his fingers at the end!). Ironically, I think I prefer the stereo version of Don't Pass Me By, as the mono version sounds lighter and fluffier to me; perhaps I'm just so used to the heavier, pounding version (I suspect I like this tune generally more than you do  ajb007/wink ). Many subtle differences - even the opening guitar twang of Back in the USSR is shorter.

Overall, I'm quite glad I got the mono version on vinyl, and will certainly get the rest of their catalogue that way, excepting of course Abbey Road and Let It Be. Given what I've heard, I imagine I'll just have to get a 2nd copy (mono) of Sgt Pepper...but that is last in line of priority.

Exciting development today, as a brand-new 180-gram reissue of the Rolling Stones' "Exile on Main St" arrived in the mail  ajb007/cool   I'd ordered that one a month ago; guessing they had to make more!

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