Rockian Trading and Osborn Loudspeakers
7:45pm Wednesday 20th November
Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices
Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading
Melway Map 48 Ref G9
Contact: 9437 1249
Once again we thank Greg and Yvonne Osborn for providing superb audio equipment to demonstrate some of the recordings we distributed in 2019. As usual Beverley's bazaar will have a selection of recordings for sale to MAC members at special prices, and some particular bargains will be offered from the Rockian Trading catalogue.
As many MAC members know we recorded and produced our own CD of The Delmatics rock and roll band in June and we were privileged to play some of the music live to the members at the July meeting. Although the band members all enjoyed the evening they thought it was the most demanding performance we have made in a very long time. Instead of playing to a room full of dancing people singing along with the familiar songs, we were on stage before a seated audience of audio and record enthusiasts. It was like, "Being under the microscope," according to one band member. It was fun, thank you.
We have almost sold enough CDs to cover our production costs, so further purchases by MAC members will be most welcome And, although it may not be immediately obvious, The Delmatics is an audiophile album. Put the CD on a good, big system, turn it up loud and enjoy what The Delmatics actually sound like live. (And perhaps you can also dance a little.)
As always there have been changes in our industry. Mobile Fidelity have shifted their recorded music output from quantity to quality. Instead of releasing ten or more 180gram LPs and SACDs per annum, this year they have produced three 180gram LPs, about five SACDs, and three One-Step double LP Box Sets. Time at the quality pressing plants has become precious so they are trying to make the best of a limited resource. We are waiting, impatiently for the anticipated release of four more Dire Straits albums.
Cala Records sold-out to another British label that already have distribution in Australia. This meant no more new releases from the label. Cala Records founder, chief conductor and CEO, Geoffrey Simon, has partnered with his brother to return to the Simon family tradition of commercial property building and development. Geoffrey is the son of Leo Simon, the founder of LU Simon Builders Pty Ltd.
NMC continue to supply us with contemporary classical works from The United Kingdom. Besides their own brand they also provide a number of other small independent, modern labels. Some challenging material and some rewarding gems on CD, and recently on LP and compact cassette. Opus 3 Records have released a few new recordings and re-masters from past efforts. These days Jan-Eric is kept busy making and distributing his "Open- Reel Tapes." This is not a format we have really embraced. Open Reel Tape is too limited in Australia and too expensive for normal distribution. Almost all reel-to-reel tape is purchased direct from the producer by the end user.
Thankfully ATMA Classique record and promote a growing list of great Canadian artists and repertoire. Their releases can be very interesting because the Quebecois are reputed to be more French than the French, and the Impressionist composers are interpreted with great passion.
Recent releases from Reference Recordings have provided me with a number of what I classify as "goose-bump" moments. Their recent double LP release of The Dallas Winds performing "John Williams at the Movies" has several such moments and their SACD of the Hermitage Trio performing Rachmaninoff piano trios is passionate Russian virtuosos performing passionate Russian repertoire. And, Reference Recordings have provided me with another "Organ Recording." Several of their releases on Fresh! from RR have also provided some interesting and rewarding listening.
Stockfisch Records from Germany continue to produce interesting new recordings released on both SACD and quality LP. They have also exposed two more "Analog Pearls," gems from the Stockfisch Records tape vaults.
Of particular interest to me is the latest collection of Allan Taylor songs released on his second In The Groove LP. This is of particular interest to me because I recently uncovered, in my own LP library, Taylor's first recording from 1971 titled "Sometimes." His beard is gone, his hair colour has faded and his tone has dropped a full octave.
I thank the club for inspiring me to spend the best part of a week to playing the best recordings released through Rockian Trading this year. I hope to provide MAC members with some interesting listening and commentary.
Rockian Trading continues to supply Mobile Fidelity, Chesky Records, NMC Records, ATMA Classique, Reference Recordings and Opus 3 Records through stores like Readings Books and Music. We also provide audiophile labels to specialist stores like Quality Records in Malvern, Greville Records in Prahran and Audiophile Reference Recordings in Cheltenham, as well as to hi-fi stores like Tivoli Hi Fi in Hawthorn, Audiophile in Heidelberg Heights, Audio Trends in Ringwood and a number of other specialist stores all around Australia.
Ian Hooper - Rockian Trading
Wise and Wonderful Webmaster
Melbourne Audio Club, Inc.