The Flaming Lips!

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I am fascinated with pre-Soft Bulletin Flaming Lips just because the sound of the band is guitar drenched sonic goodness. Thankfully Plain Records reissued everything up until thee Warner Bros years and still can be easily obtained. The only downer with my copy of In A Priest Driven Ambulance is a bad scuff mark on the first song of side four that produces a noticeable pop for the first minute of Let Me Be It soo….. a replacement will be heading my way hopefully soon. Other than that this is a stellar effort and a great timepiece of where this amazing band was at the time.

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Beck – Sea Change

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Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab has out done themselves with the re-release of Beck’s 2002 masterpiece “Sea Change”. MOFI re-released this album on pink vinyl making it the first colored lp they’ve ever released and also limited it to only 1,000 copies. Sourced from the original master tapes the album displays great sonics and the sound stage is phenomenal.

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The Beatles reissues.

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Yeah… The Beatles catalog was reissued on 180 gram vinyl and released to the public on November 13, 2012. All studio albums were released in stereo with a mono set to come early in 2013. I picked up just six titles – Yellow Submarine, Magical Mystery Tour, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles aka The White Album, Abbey Road and Let It Be. How do they sound? They sound great for what they are and how they were remastered. The info on that process is very well documented so I don’t feel they need to go into it here. I have a modest system and the sound the comes out of these reissues blows away all original pressings of these albums I own. The bass is stellar and Ringo’s drumming shines now. There’s a bit more clarity and detail to instruments that I didn’t get on my old Capitol pressings. Keep in mind that these reissues are of the U.K. albums. I only picked up later era – 1967 and beyond – albums due to wanting to get earlier Beatles albums when the mono set comes out. Just thought I’d mention that… My vinyl for the most part is defect free. Yes, there seemed to have been an issue with the albums arriving damaged, scuffed and badly warped with non-fill issues. My The Beatles/White Album did need cleaning and has a few pops on the first two tracks. But I am pleased. These wont be definitive in release and I am sure there will be another release years from now but for now these will do. And they’re doing well so far!

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Guided By Voices – The Bears For Lunch

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GBV release their third LP this year titled “The Bears For Lunch” and by the time I post this I am sure they will be readying another album (they actually are!). Containing 19 songs in typical GBV fashion Bears.. continues in the same direction set by the previous albums Let’s Go Eat the Factory and Class Clown Spots a UFO from earlier in 2012 but feels like a welcome return to fuzz guitar rock of the 90s. As far as the pressing goes.. quiet and noise free. Sound wise, lo-fi as one would expect from this band. Standout tracks – White Flag, Hangover Child, She Lives in an Airport and Everywhere is Miles from Everywhere. Pick it up now!http://rockathonrecords.com/

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