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  1. I've bought cartridges for my HP inkjet printer from HotToner.com.au several times now. I've found them to be very reliable, ship promptly, and prices are reasonable. They ship from Melbourne, so delivery doesn't take long. I've been buying generic cartridges, but my HP3300 is 11 years old now so warranty is not an issue. Have not had any problems with the cartridges. https://www.hottoner.com.au/
  2. Ah, of course, how did I not know that! I was something of a Roy Wood fan from his time with The Move, formation of ELO and Wizzard, but I lost interest after that. He was quite inventive in the early days, but seems to me he got stuck in a rut in later years. I love his solo album Boulders though.
  3. 25. Santana - Caravanserai 26. Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers 27. Deep Purple - Machinehead Sorry, breaking the rules a bit, but had to add those.
  4. Batty, to my ears, Eldorado seems to be something of a standout for ELO, though I daresay not all would agree. Don't know any Helicopter bands though, sorry.
  5. Jotting these down as they come into my head, in no particular order (maybe!) 1. Beatles - Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 2. Beatles - White Album 3. Pink Floyd - Meddle 4. King Crimson - A Young Person's guide To King Crimson (2 LP compilation) 5. The Who - Who's Next 6. Gryphon - Red Queen To Gryphon Three 7. Tim Curry - Simplicity 8. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II 9. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV 10. Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells 11. The Who - Tommy 12. Electric Light Orchestra - Eldorado 13. Joan Armatrading - Me Myself I 14.Beatles - Abbey Road 15. Mahavishnu Orchestra - Visions Of The Emerald Beyond 16. East Of Eden - New Leaf (really only for one track - Bradshaw The Bison Hunter) 17. The Chieftains - The Magic Of The Chieftains (compilation that set me off on a long and continuing journey of discovery of Irish and Celtic music in general) 18. Jethro Tull - Aqualung 19. Yes - Fragile 20. Fields - Fields 21. Focus - Focus 3 22. Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Emerson, Lake & Palmer 23. The Moody Blues - Seventh Sojourn 24. The Moody Blues - In Search Of The Lost Chord No doubt the list would be a bit different if I sat down tomorrow and did the same thing again.
  6. On the contrary, that makes perfect sense. The operating system should be the enabler that lets you do the things that you want to do without getting in the way. Its the right way to think about it.
  7. Bert Jansch - Black Waterside (sound familiar?)
  8. Funny but I'd never even noticed the condensed/expanded option, but there it is. Looks like I've always used expanded.
  9. Trying to get back on topic though, welcome aboard hiphile. As long as your system gives you musical enjoyment, then that is the main thing.
  10. I agree, but its been happening for decades. I am in my 60s now, but the same sort of generalisations were happening when I was in my 20s. I try to avoid doing the same thing as I get older. Whoever comes up with these generation names must be struggling to find new ones. Personally, I don't know what the difference is supposed to be between between a gen-X or a millennial or whatever, and I don't really care. Each generation consists of a range of people with different personalities, and everyone changes as they get older. Its just the way of things.
  11. I just checked the actual cost in $AU from US and AUS sites, factoring in exchange rate, shipping costs etc. US site is around $40, AUS site more like $51. Pretty damn expensive, although its a bit hard to figure out the price difference between US and AUS sites, seeing as it is the same Region A blu-ray being shipped from the US in both cases. Maybe I should look at opening a prime account!
  12. Of course 'joe public' has no say in the matter, they always make sure of that when they draft the legislation! Just because they have a legal 'out' doesn't mean they shouldn't follow some code of practice to use that option more appropriately. Maybe a wheelchair could pass, but they shouldn't have to manoeuvre around a vehicle. I just think its bad practice to park a camera vehicle on a public access path for this sort of purpose when there are surely more appropriate locations available. If it was emergency or police vehicles attending to an accident or crime scene it would be a different matter. Anyway, just my opinion, and I will leave it at that.
  13. Well I assume it is technically legal for 'authorised vehicles', but blocking a public access path for those reasons is not a very good idea in my opinion. (I'm not just thinking of cyclists, but also people in wheelchairs etc.) If they want to park a camera van to catch speeders then it should at least be placed where it will not cause an obstruction, maybe even in full view so that its presence would cause speeders to slow down.
  14. A quick search shows the blu-ray version listed on both amazon Australian and US sites (region A only). JB HiFi and WowHD only have the DVD version listed on their sites. JB states region 4, but WowHD most likely region 1 (their default if region not stated).
  15. Definitely should not be parked on a bike path, blocking at least 75% of its width by the look of it. I'd like to see them get booked for that! Setting a bad example in order to book other people doing the wrong thing is not a good look.
  16. Not a song that you would expect to go on forever, but this version almost does. Christy Moore at his finest, I love it.
  17. FREE - Live At The BBC Played this last night, a 2006 double CD compilation of Free performing live at the BBC between 1968 and 1971. Due to the unfortunate practice of the BBC re-using tapes for other purpose, a lot of what the band recorded with them has been lost. This is made quite clear in the liner notes, with warnings that in some cases 'off air' material has been used with noticeable differences in sound quality. There is also a note asking for anyone who has better quality versions, or is aware of additional content to get in touch. Having said that, I have to say that the sound quality of disc 1 is pretty good for the most part. These are 'in session' recordings, and really show the band in fine form. An interesting inclusion is a 1968 recording 'Sugar For Mr Morrison', a bluesy instrumental track with some jazz leanings. Their 1970 live session recording of their big hit 'All Right Now' sounds brilliant. Its hard to believe these guys were all still in their teens in 1968, and none were older than 20 by 1970. Disc 2 contains tracks from two John Peel live concerts, and this is where the sound quality takes a dive. These were recorded by a fan from the live radio broadcasts, so are really bootlegs. After enjoying listening to disc 1, I found it very hard to sit through disc 2. While the band's performances are every bit as good as the session recordings, the poor sound quality just intruded too much. The recordings sound very muffled, with lots of noise and hum. There are also variations of recording levels, and apparent dropouts (almost) here and there. I appreciate that this is probably the best they could find of these 'in concert' recordings, its just such a pity that the original BBC tape recordings of these have been lost. So, if you come across this CD compilation in a 2nd hand rack for a cheap price (as I did), its well worth picking up for the 'in session' recordings on disc 1. The 'in concert' recordings on disc 2 are really only there for historical value.
  18. I seriously considered buying a minidisc player back in the day, but didn't. Kind of wish I had now.
  19. It is certainly a great album. One thing I discovered when I started listening more to jazz is that a lot of recordings from that period were very well recorded. That is particularly true for jazz recordings, seems to be the rule rather than the exception. That surprised me at first, as most of the non-jazz recordings I had previously heard from that time didn't sound that great from an audio perspective, and I'd assumed that would be the case for all recordings from the time. I was very pleased to have that assumption proved wrong!
  20. Discovering other genres of music to listen to can definitely rekindle one's interest. I used to have a similar attitude to jazz, until I realised there were quite a few jazz elements in some of the rock albums I had. Started having a closer listen and found a whole lot more to discover. Dave Brubeck's Take Five (or Time Out if we are talking about the album) is a great place to start, so good choice! I used to have a similar attitude to country music, thinking it was all about people wearing stetsons doing boot-scooting and singing Achy Breaky Heart. Once again though, I realised there were elements of country music in some of the recordings I already had, so dug a bit deeper and found a lot more variety than I thought there was. When I started delving into the realms of World Music though was when I really became aware of how much music was out there that I had never previously heard of. While we all still have our favourites (and for many of us it is probably the music we grew up with), music can be, and probably should be, an ongoing voyage of discovery.
  21. Talking Heads were a band I quite liked at the time, although couldn't say I was a massive fan. It was only in recent years that I picked up a few of their albums. Started with the "Once In A Lifetime: Best Of Talking Heads" compilation, followed by "Little Creatures" and "True Stories" (both 2006 remaster CD + DVD-A). I haven't heard "Naked" in its entirety yet, but I'm starting to think I might get a copy. "(Nothing But) Flowers" is from that album, and is probably my favourite Talking Heads song out of what I've heard so far. I think that has something to do with the involvement of a number of African musicians in this recording. Brice Wassy, Abdou M'Boup and Yves N'Djock played on the album, and are names I've also seen on Jean-Luc Ponty's 1991 album "Tchokola".
  22. I just came across this clip on YouTube and had to share it. I've never seen or heard a guitar like this before! Will find out which albums, if any, Pat Metheny has played it on. I just discovered its on this album, from 2007. (How come I only just discovered this!) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metheny/Mehldau_Quartet
  23. I saw the movie first, then read the book. I thought both were great. I hope the series lives up to expectations.
  24. I didn't know it had been made into a series, so thanks for the heads up too. The movie was released back in 1970 and was based on the book by Joseph Heller. It starred Alan Arkin, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight, Bob Newhart, Art Garfunkel and Orson Welles, among others. (You probably already know this though.)
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