I realize that even though I have made some comments on this Circle, I have not properly introduced myself. As I consider how to do that, my first thought is how the hell have all of you guys (and guyettes) spent so much time in my record collection without my noticing all of you in my music room.
Seriously, every day I see someone post a picture of an album I have and my initial thoughts are always—wow, I haven’t heard that one in a long time. As an example, today, Vinyl Lady posted both the Band and the Grass Roots, both of which I have, the Butterfield Blues Band just showed up and Thin Lizzy (that I don’t have) is also mentioned.
I bought my first album in 1963, I posted it on P-Man’s site, and have continued to buy/collect records, (including the years that I worked in a record store Orpheus Records in Washington D.C. if anyone remembers that store) for a very long time.
In the 80’s, CD’s started to come around, and I went back and forth. I will admit that I have a love-hate relationship with Vinyl since I think it is a terrible storage medium, and in all the years that I was actively buying records I was aware that much of the physical product that I was buying just sucked and I hated the record companies for putting out crap versions of vital and often crucial music—any ABC/Dunhill, all of the Mamas and Papas (not to mention US versions of the Beatles albums), almost anything on RCA, including the Jefferson Airplane etc, were all badly pressed by companies that simply didn’t care.
When I was given a choice, I took it. A few years later Apple came out with iTunes, and for the first time I was able to sequence songs in the order I wanted to hear them, drag and drop songs from different artists and albums and easily put together song lists of any length that I could put on an iPod and hook up to my stereo—I was in heaven, but I could only do this with digitized music, not the more that 2500 albums that I have picked up over the years (now I control my digital library from my iPad and don’t even have to leave the comfort of my Perfect Chair to listen to any of the 20,000 songs that I have digitized and the many song lists that I have created over time)
Fast forward to a year or so ago and I join AC to learn more about non-traditional speaker companies, especially Salk and Vapor Sound, and what do I find as I look around---People who have a love of vinyl, and who clearly have much the same taste in music that I have, and you guys have me listening to vinyl again.
So I have to thank you for getting me to get off my butt and put an album on my turntable (Rega P3, Aurum Wood Cartridge and Bellari Phono Pre-amp, running through a Marsh pre-amp to Parasound JC1’s and my beloved Vapor Joules—see below).
I have over the years bought CD versions of many of my favorite albums, some sound better than the vinyl one I have, some don’t sound as well, but there is clearly a difference in the vinyl. I am not a vinyl purist, I have some truly exceptional CDs of my favorite albums but I no longer gaze at the wall of records and think of them as wall paper, now they are something that I rifle through and say to myself, let’s try this one and see how it has held up.
So to all of you, but especially P-Man, Vinyl Lady, Devil Doc, Cactus Bob, ACHiPO and Toni Rambold (who I assume is not the fictional german police man), I want to thank you for getting me back to vinyl and having me look at the collection I started many years ago