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  1. I don't know who else was around back then, about '71 I think, but me and my mates went to see Deep Purple, Free and Manfred Mann's Earth Band, with Chain as the support act, for the princely sum of $12. Mind you, that was almost half a week's take home pay for me back then. The venue in Perth, which is where I grew up and where I saw them, was the Beatty Park Aquatic Centre. Less than a decade earlier it was where the swimming and diving for the '62 Commonwealth Games was held. The stage was set up between the main and diving pools. OH&S hadn't been invented then, it would seem. Chain, Manfred Mann and Free were a revelation. At the end of their set, Free's singer, Paul Rogers sent his microphone flying up into the air and behind him and it landed in the diving pool. Never forget that. On the night, Deep Purple were a bit disappointing. That's the first time that I have ever admitted that. They made up for it in '75 and '84 at the Entertainment Centre, though. Nick Cave saw the tour in Melbourne, I have recently read, and it changed his life.
  2. Did you ever flip over to the B-side of Ragamuffin Man? A great song, completely different to RM, called, A "B" Side. Very moody, with a great guitar solo.
  3. Whilst I haven't heard the Reference, I have briefly heard the 1 and the 2. It's four years since last I heard them, but the experience is quite vivid in my memory, and I was quite impressed by them. If you're going to have a listen can I suggest you obtain a copy of King Crimson's album, Lizard? What was, on vinyl, side two is a hell of a work out for any speaker; it has everything from the most scintillating highs to deep, deep lows and lots of textures in between. Lots of melody, plus the required amount of wailing guitar. Any speakers that can convey this music well are worth listening to.
  4. King Crimson - Lark's Tongues in Aspic - My avatar, one of the most amazing records of all time, even if the band were less than happy in the years afterwards. Can only imagine what it would have been like had they captured what they were after. Terry Callier - Timepeace - Discovered in a record shop in Reading by my son. He bought it home and I was hooked. Lazarus Man is not only a hell of a test for your speakers it's also one hell of a story. Mike Oldfield - Ommadawn - His apotheosis, no ifs, no buts. Frank Zappa - Chunga's Revenge - An encapsulation of his brilliance. Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Emerson, Lake & Palmer - The promise shown on this album was never fully realised. Yes - Close to the Edge - The title track is to be my funeral music. That should piss off my Smooth FM listening brothers. Brand X - Moroccan Roll - Promoted as a sort of Phil Collins side project at the time, but it's anything but. Jazz fusion of a sort, in the same way that AWB sold their coals to Newcastle. Santana - Caravanserai - Another apotheosis. From the big break out of Woodstock and then Abraxas and the under-rated third album we end up here. Almost perfect in every way. Bakery - Momento - Bigger than Ben Hur in Perth at the time. A great, great band who never really got the chance to make a record that truly did them justice. This will have to do. Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel (take your pick) - The first four albums are hard to separate for musical goodness. SQ on the first was abysmal, thanks to Bob Ezrin. Thomas Blug Band - The Best Of - Thank you Spotify. A stream of emails with the cover of this arrived in mid 2013. The photo reminded me of Phil Manning so I thought that I would give it a listen. One of the greatest but mostly unknown players making music of the highest caliber. Absolutely riveting guitarist. Genesis - Selling England by the Pound - The distillation of "Englishness" in one superb album. This and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway are to live for. Unitopia - One Night in Europe - By the time I heard of this South Australian band they had broken up and disappeared. One of my favourite live recordings of all time. World class. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here - Forget DSOtM, this is the best thing that they ever did. Bill Bruford - Feels Good to Me - First solo outing from the former Yes/King Crimson drummer, and it's ALL about the music, not the drummer. Weather Report - Mysterious Traveler - The greatest revolving/evolving fusion band ever to enter a recording studio. This is my personal favourite. YMMV Richard Thompson - Across a Crowded Room - My re-introduction to RT. Picked up a copy because every review I read was a rave. They were spot on. The Who - Quadrophenia - Pete Townshend has somehow always spoken directly to my heart but never more so than on this epic of alienation and yearning. The crowning glory of The Who. Talking Heads - Fear of Music - Where a pretty good New Wave band became a GREAT band! Ben Sidran - On The Cool Side - Sidran has been around for a long, long time. If you remember the Linn/Naim-centric Hi-Fi magazine, The Flat Response, you couldn't have missed this guy. Wonderful album. I remember a young fellow from where I worked invited himself down to my place for a listen after he had heard that I owned an LP12, this was the first thing I played. I still recall the look on his face as the first few notes played. Awestruck. He's now a reviewer for Sound Stage Australia. The Beatles - Abbey Road - At every party I went to as a teenager, after this came out you, could count on half of the attendees to turn up with a copy of this. At one point in Perth the album topped the singles chart as it was selling so many copies. Paul McCartney - Flaming Pie - He's done some ho-hum stuff, but this isn't one of them. Along with his next, Driving Rain, he had a real purple patch. David Bowie - Heroes - This was where I boarded the Bowie bandwagon. Prior to this I had always considered him a bit iffy. I think the in-store promo in the UK summed it up at the time; "There's Old Wave, There's New Wave and There's David Bowie". Deep Purple - Made in Japan - Before Heavy Metal was even a genre Deep Purple were the stand out rock band. Add the frisson of a live performance and you've got something special. Also, a shout out to the first single I ever bought, and possibly set the blue-print to my musical life, MacArthur Park by Richard Harris. It had everything that excited me as a 14 year old.
  5. Definitely one in Canberra, in an outlet centre though originally in the CBD. Possibly one in Perth.
  6. Ren and Stimpy address the fleeting emotion of the headline, The Edwin Hawkins Singers dive deep into your soul where the true emotion lies.
  7. The Edwin Hawkins Singers said it best, Oh Happy Day.
  8. What type of file do you use for your music? Not sure if this is relevant but, back in the very beginning of my music on a hard drive days, I used to have everything stored as a WAV. file. When I used iTunes as the playback programme all of my albums played in reverse order. It was an incompatibility between WAV. and iTunes. I re-ripped everything as a FLAC file and that problem was solved. I ditched iTunes shortly afterwards and used Sonos, which is very good when it comes to usability (I wish that they had the same point of view as regards to sound quality, though). Anyway, it could have something to do with whatever file type you're using and how you play it back. Or, it might not. That's the full extent of my knowledge on the subject, I hope it is of some use. Best of luck.
  9. FYI, Number 48, Black Noise by FM. I haven't actually heard it, but I do have a vinyl copy of their Direct to Disc album. Fifteen minutes to each side each of which is one continuous piece. Sound quality is very good, and the music while relatively brief is also very enjoyable. I wasn't actually aware that they had other stuff out there as I thought they may have been created simply to do the audiophile recording. Qobuz has some of their stuff, including Direct to Disc.
  10. Thanks @needlerunner, I know what you mean about the 40 year run to get to the point we are now. System evolution seems to me to be similar to driving from Perth to Derby. The starting point is completely different to where you end up, but the scenery changes so slowly as you go along it isn't until you reach your destination that you reflect on just how different it is. I will be looking for some kind of employment once my ambulatory problems are addressed and I can ditch the crutches, so wish me luck with that. Given the current situation I wouldn't be surprised to see the introduction of Work for the Pension, and am surprised that ScuMo hasn't tried to implement this already.
  11. Item: ASR Emitter I Location: Wollongong Price: $6k Neg. Item Condition: Very Good Reason for selling: Unexpectedly joined the unemployed/retired brigade, thus funds are an issue. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Extra Info: At this point I will have to say it's a pick-up proposition as the amp and its power supply are very heavy, and I am still using crutches. I have the original power cord, the manual and the remote control, but do not have the box. Audition by appointment at my place, with my speakers or with yours (if you wish to bring them along), should you wish to. Donation to SNA when sold. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  12. That was passed so long ago, for me, that I have forgotten what rational thought is.
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