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U2 – Boy
U2's Boy is one of those very special records from my teenage years. The sound of this new edition beats the pants off of my stock copy of my youth. The super quiet vinyl makes for a great listen. The 16 page booklet features pictures from the period and a nice little essay by English journalist Paul Morley.
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U2 – October
U2's most openly spiritual album, in which Bono wrestles with faith, doubt and devotion and does it all live on the microphone, calling out to the Lord like a preacher speaking in tongues, the Holy Spirit coursing through his veins. It was a high wire act, a white knuckle affair, a musical Rorschach test. There is little polish and finesse about the lyrics on October but they are extraordinarily alive and revealing, a genuine example of Van Morrison's much vaunted "inarticulate speech of the heart."
Vacuum Tube Power Amplifier : A-08S 45single
A-08 that is the antecedent of this A-08S was evaluated very highly among the mania of the single amplifier of the vacuum tube, for instance, receive high evaluation since the launching and receive the SOTA prize in Internet audio magazine 6moons of U.S.A There are many one that are combined with the high efficiency speaker such as the ALTEC and LAWTHER into one of the user, although it was becoming the bestseller of No.1 among the product of our company and be desiring and be making lower the remaining noise and was receiving the request a lot. The quality of the sound at the time of the small signal is important' in a high efficiency speaker it is thought that it was the vacuum tube that 45' of the tone quality were suited to those request most. There is the characteristic that the high efficiency speaker appears largely as it is even the noise not only the music signal. Therefore the noise level needs to be held down over a general amplifier.
Van Halen – Van Halen
He makes sounds that were unimagined before this album, and they still sound nearly inconceivable. But, at least at this point, these songs were never vehicles for Van Halen's playing; they were true blue, bone-crunching rockers, not just great riffs but full-fledged anthems, like "Jamie's Cryin'," "Atomic Punk," and "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love," songs that changed rock & roll and still are monolithic slabs of rock to this day. They still sound vital, surprising, and ultimately fun -- and really revolutionary, because no other band rocked like this before Van Halen, and it's still a giddy thrill to hear them discover a new way to rock on this stellar, seminal debut.
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Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
Mastered from the original analog master tapes by Kevin Grey at AcousTech Mastering and pressed on 180-gram vinyl. "…it obsoletes the original in almost every way…When you hear the new reissue, even if you've heard the original 100 times since it first came out, which would easily be me, you will almost jump out of your seat when you hear these familiar elements move from the shadows to the foreground…Astral Weeks, one of the great records of the rock era, is destined to become one of the great reissues of the post-CD/analog revival era." Music = 11/11, Sound = 10/11 – Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com 1968's Astral Weeks remains not only Morrison's masterpiece but one of the greatest records ever made. A haunting, deeply personal collection of impressionistic folk-styled epics recorded by an all-star jazz backing unit including bassist Richard Davis and drummer Connie Kay, its poetic complexity earned critical raves but made only a minimal commercial impact.
Van Morrison – Blowin’ Your Mind
AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann Although Van Morrison's first solo album is remembered for containing the immortal pop hit "Brown Eyed Girl," Blowin' Your Mind! is actually a dry run for his masterpiece, Astral Weeks. Songs like "Who Drove the Red Sports Car" look to that song cycle, even as "Midnight Special" nods to Morrison's R&B past. But it's the agonizing "T.B. Sheets" -- all nine-plus minutes of it -- that dominates this record and belies its trendy title and pop association. "T.B. Sheets" takes the blues and reinvents it as noble tragedy and humiliating mortality. It's where Van Morrison emerges as an artist. [Blowin' Your Mind! was superseded in 1991 by Bang Masters, which contains all of its tracks except "He Ain't Give You None," presented in an alternate take, plus Morrison's other recordings for Bang.]
Van Morrison – Pay The Devil
Pay the Devil is a new country set from the legenday Van Morrison. It is comprised of 15 tracks; three of these are originals and 12 are covers of some of Morrison's favourite classic country songs, including "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Things Have Gone to Pieces" and "Big Blue Diamonds." In 1962, Ray Charles, one of Morrison's biggest influences recorded the monumental Modern Sounds In country & Western Music. At the time the genre jump seemed risky, but Charles proved that a great artist could make it work if he worked with great songs. Morrison, who has successfully recorded jazz, rock, R&B, blues, Celtic, skiffle and more, proves that theory to be valid. His distinctive voice melds seamlessly with these classics written by songwriting masters such as Hank Williams, Webb Pierce, Merle Kilgore, Rodney Crowell and Leon Payne.
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Van Morrison – Tupelo Honey
Tupelo Honey is typical of Van Morrison's early work in both sound and stucture; after dispensing with the requisite hit - here, the buoyant, R&B inflected "Wild Night" - he truly gets down to business, settling into a luminously pastoral drift typified by the nostalgic "Old Old Woodstock." At the heart of the record are a pair of stunning love songs, "You're My Woman" and the hymn-like title cut, one of Morrison's most enduring and transcendent compositions.
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Van Morrison His Band and the Street Choir
Mastered from the original analog master tapes by Kevin Grey at AcousTech Mastering and pressed on 180-gram vinyl. Equal parts blue-eyed soul shouter and wild-eyed poet-sorcerer, Van Morrison is among popular music's true innovators,
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Varese – Ameriques / Milhaud – L’homme et son desir / Honegger – Pacific 231
Those who plan the contents of a recorded album sometimes deliberately choose material of sharp contrasts. More often, a central theme is sought. However, unity of intention provides the optimum condition for music offered on a recording, even though arrived at by severely opposed techniques and aesthetics, and even when the relationship is subtle, as is the case with the three compositions included in this album.
Vinyl : Check
This record creates new possibilities of inspecting and adjusting record players. Most tests (except for frequency response) can also be carried out without measuring instruments, just by listening, and are therefore particularly well-suited for the ambitious music listener who wants to know how well his system deals with demanding signals under realistic conditions, and whether there is a need for repairs or improvements. Thanks to Albrecht Krieger for his ideas and advice.
Vivaldi : The Four Seasons
That the work can be beautifully performed without resorting to venturesome experiments is shown by the PCPO and soloist Daniel Gaede, who focus on authenticity and straightforwardness in their reading, without pledging themselves to a scholastic performance practice as preached by some Baroque gurus. The colourful constant change from good-humoured playing together to 'contesting' with one another is filled with the sheer joy of music-making that is free of mannerisms and whims. These performers demonstrate just how smoothly a four-wheeled Baroque motor can run: it purrs, sings, murmurs, accelerates and slackens without juddering in the least. This recording’s forte is found in the light-hearted simplicity and naturalness of the playing and the finely balanced analogue sound recording.