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  1. I have always thought that his rendition of This Guy's In Love With You is the standard by which all other versions are to be judged, and they're always found wanting by my estimation. The Casino Royale soundtrack is also an audiophile benchmark. My late ex-father-in-law loaned me his copy for a couple of years. I remember putting it on whilst a doctor carried out a life insurance health check on me, back in the early '90's. He remarked that the music had "a beautiful tone". Herb may have his detractors but he has produced, on his own and in association with others, some great music
  2. Well, I suppose that I should mention what was, I think, my first ever international astists gig. Must have been '71, I think. Deep Purple/Free/Manfred Mann's Earth Band/Chain, for $12, at the Beatty Park Aquatic Centre, which was the pool venue for the '62 Commonwealth Games in Perth. Sound must have been awful with all of those ceramic tiles, but who cared? Chain were excellent, MMEB were even better, and Free outdid both of them. Wish that I could say that Deep Purple stomped all over the other three, but I recall being slightly underwhelmed on the night. Too high expectations? DP's co
  3. Welcome. You do know that you have to use hand sanitiser before you begin typing?
  4. And how could I forget: My first annual leave after starting full-time work, three weeks off (the following year it became four weeks) and my mate and I booked our Around Australia tickets with TAA (about $200 each, weekly wage for me was about $20 after tax. Them were the days). We ended up in Melbourne for a total of 10days as we scored tickets to Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Festival Hall, and Led Zeppelin at Kooyong. Those days will never come again.
  5. Winners: Yes at Wembley Empire Pool, supporting Going for the One. Bliss! Got on the wrong train after the concert and ended up walking around Watford all night waiting for the buses to start running so that I could get back to Luton. Genesis at Earls Court, must have been '77/'78, a short time before/after seeing Bowie at the same venue. Both great shows. U.K. at Hemel Hemstead. Got to shake the hand that wipes the bum of Bill Bruford. He took the album cover from me and went back into the Green Room so that all of the guys could autograph it for me. King Crimson at Aylesb
  6. I know what you mean. I was passing through Mogo yesterday and happened upon a shop that had quite a bunch of second hand vinyl, but some of it was so expensive. Would you pay $10 for a Donny Osmond LP, the one with Sweet and Innocent on it? I was thinking of buying it as a joke/gift for a friend of mine, but not for $10 for an album that sold to teeny-boppers when I was young and (tragically not) hip almost fifty years ago. Ye gads!!
  7. Coming from a rehab hospital to be rehabilitated, that makes sense.
  8. Currently listening to the United Progressive Fraternity, the other spin-off from the ashes of Unitopia, the other being Southern Empire. I seem to be about five or six years behind the times, at least, when it comes to these post-Unitopia outfits. Both are excellent. I don't know what the two main men are up to these days, but I hope that they are still making music because they are both worth listening to.
  9. Thomas Blug (pronounced Bl-oog, not bl-ugg) I really can't say what genre he fits into. Great guitarist, who writes great tunes, and has a great backing band, which includes Thijs van Leer, who are all as equally adept as Blug. The music is packed with melody, emotion and has a real sense of buoyant enthusiasm about it, not to mention a sense of humour at times. It's definitely NOT a technically adept technician just showing off. He released his first album in '96 and is still working. I bought his Best Of album over seven years ago and it still gets played at least once a week,
  10. And I can throw this into the ring for your consideration:
  11. DO NOT sell the T&A DAC8 DSD!!! Not under any circumstances. Ever.
  12. That comes as no surprise to me @progladyte, if anyone was going have him in their collection it was bound to be you. I have seven of his, plus a Best Of (Postcard from Bali) and a collaboration with Tohpati. Interested parties can find a lot of his work on Bandcamp, where the already mentioned Best Of is a free download. Just remember though, that it is mixture of sample/bit rates; if your system can only go as far as 44.1/16 (CD quality) you won't be able to play some of what's on there. And yes, he is a straight out freak (in the nicest possible way).
  13. The worst offenders were the Sex Pistols, a marketing strategy from beginning to end (and everyone fell for it). Never Mind the Bollocks has four good songs on it, the rest is trash, pure f*%#ing trash. The real tragedy there was that it ended up costing two naive young people their lives, just so bags of money could be made.
  14. So, how many Balinese guitar virtuosi do you have in your collection? Especially ones who have shared the stage with John McLaughlin? Try Dewa Budjana.
  15. The early '70's had some wonderful stuff, y'know. It was a time when there were far less labels on music than there is now. Lots of experimentation coming in from all over the place. Heavy Metal was years away, coming, in my opinion, with the second wave, the stylistic bandwagon jumpers, those who recognised what furrow they wanted to plough only after someone showed them the field in the first place. Anyway, from that time before the handy labels, the title song to Uriah Heep's second album, Salisbury. It's long, it's jazzy in parts, it has an orchestra and, most importantly, it has an
  16. As someone who has barely heard much of Gallagher's output I was wondering which album(s) would fall under the heading of "Must Have". Any thoughts, folks?
  17. Not quite as exotic, but I once spent three nights in a hotel right next to Disneyland. Had my first ever Subway while I was staying there.
  18. If you were to put $2 coins under your speakers, rather than the $1, your speakers would sound twice as rich.
  19. Glad to see that Robert Fripp has been mentioned for 21st Century Schizoid Man, however, I feel he also needs to be applauded for the breathtakingly unusual (then) solo in Sailor's Tale from the Islands album. Like nothing I had ever heard from anyone at the time. Check out also, The Heavenly Music Corporation off his album with Brian Eno, (No Pussyfooting). Both of these from the early '70's, both of them showcasing an extraordinary talent. And not a blues lick to be heard. Rare stuff back then.
  20. I'm pretty certain that is how we all started off, as music lovers first. Then, we discovered that it can sound better. That way madness and oft times penury lies. You've made that first all important discovery. Welcome.
  21. Lucky you're not a mate of mine who, in the '70's, went along to a Gary Burton concert. He fell asleep during the first number and only woke up as everybody was leaving the venue. Perth Concert Hall, I think.
  22. Perhaps they thought that, at that stage, Audio Research was hi-end by definition?
  23. Sorry, but I consider both of them to be so highly over-rated, both as boring as batsh*t, they obviously deserve each other, but why do we have to suffer?* *Excuse me whilst I pull my head in under the parapet.
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