The one album you would play for a friend getting into lp's

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Gary Edward Link, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. Gary Edward Link

    Gary Edward Link Active Member Thread Starter

    Carmel, New York
    OK. First off, if there are other posts on this subject, I apologize upfront. I looked (not too hard though). I'm new here. So, you have invited your friend over...he's thinking about getting into lp's and you have time to play him one album. What would it be? Don't lose him now. There's a lot riding on this.

    My choice would be an original pressing of Grand Funk Railroad's "Closer to Home". It's so wide, deep in its sound. The bass booms. The grooves are cavernous. Love it.

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  2. Vaughan

    Vaughan Forum Resident

    I take it you mean introducing them to Vinyl? I've no idea why you'd do such a thing, I'd put on whatever they wanted to hear.
  3. CBS 65780

    CBS 65780 "Could I do one more immediately?"

    Dublin, Ireland
    The Dark Side Of The Moon.
  4. Castle in the air

    Castle in the air Forum Resident

    new york
    Main Course by the Bee Gees...the epitome of R&B,funk,rock and the dawn of disco.
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  5. Luvtemps

    Luvtemps Forum Resident

    Depends on what the friend is into.
  6. If I Can Dream_23

    If I Can Dream_23 Forum Resident

    United States
    It would honestly depend on where their tastes predominatedly lie. There are hundreds of magical albums I could suggest, but they may very well be turned off by them! In which case, I might end up doing more harm to their musical enjoyment than good. :)
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  7. Gramps Tom

    Gramps Tom Forum Resident

  8. yarbles

    yarbles Too sick to pray

    Something by the Butthole Surfers, probably Hairway To Steven
  9. DPK

    DPK Forum Resident

    Lexington, SC
  10. WaxHammer

    WaxHammer Forum Resident

    Emeryville, CA
    They say the cotton club soundtrack is good demo vinyl. I’d say Dark Side, but it has come to light lately of the bad distortion. Is this friend into old rock music? Is itnto convert them into an audiophile or to get into flipping over records?
  11. Gary Edward Link

    Gary Edward Link Active Member Thread Starter

    Carmel, New York
    Yes. LP's (Vinyl). My query is more about the introduction of the sound of an lp rather than the type of music they would want to hear. Something that would make them go wow!
  12. Claxton

    Claxton Forum Resident

    Fort Worth, Texas
    “Icky Thump” by the White Stripes. SH-mastered version. Hands down.
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  13. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident

    anything really as long as its not a cheapo label (pickwick etc)
  14. GroovyGuy

    GroovyGuy Forum Resident

    Halifax, NS Canada
    I'd play him my original pressing of Donald Fagen's "The Nightfly" to show that person:

    1. Vinyl CAN sound better than digital (I can go "head to head" with several digital versions)
    2. Used original LP pressings can sound as good or if not better than reissues
    3. The magic that Bob Ludwig possess and worked on that mastering
    4. Because that LP kicks a** and I never get tired of listening to it
  15. DJ LX

    DJ LX Forum Resident

    Madison WI
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  16. walrus

    walrus Forum Resident

    Nashville, TN
    Something new, from the brickwall era. The classics sound great, but even most of the common digital versions of Dark Side sound pretty good, so it wouldn't be the same initial revelation, as, say, hearing the new Beck or Depeche Mode albums without all the clipping and compression.
  17. LeBon Bush

    LeBon Bush Hound of Love

  18. If I Can Dream_23

    If I Can Dream_23 Forum Resident

    United States
    Now I see. In that case, if just for pure sonic bliss, maybe an original mono pressing of "Pet Sounds". I always say there is no greater-sounding album ever produced. A very biased opinion on my part though. But I do believe that. :)

    Or maybe a RL pressing of "Led Zeppelin II".

    I'm just thinking of ones from my own collection that blow me away sonically, if not for other reasons. Not that I have the world's greatest stereo or anything.
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  19. Marc Perman

    Marc Perman Forum Resident

    West of the Hudson
    “The Nightfly” was recorded digitally, it’s a great sounding record but perhaps not the best representation of the format. I’d offer up something mastered one of this forum’s heroes, e.g. George Piros (Led Zep II, Yes-Fragile, Allman Bros-Fillmore East), George “Porky” Peckham (Deep Purple-Made in Japan, Elvis Costello-Armed Forces), Bob Ludwig (A/C-Back in Black, The Band s/t, Hendrix-Band Of Gypsys), Harry T. Moss (Pink Floyd-Wish You Were Here, any of his Beatles LPs), etc.
  20. GroovyGuy

    GroovyGuy Forum Resident

    Halifax, NS Canada
    Good point! Then I'd have to throw down my original RL mastered pressing Of Zeppelin II. Unfortunately, it's not one of the copies they had to pull back but it sounds just as hot lol
  21. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    I would try to play something they were familiar with. That's how they can tell how true (or better than what they have heard) the music is they know.
    A few years ago, my brother-in-law (a huge Steely Dan fan,) came to visit. I spun Katy Lied (a hot stamper), he just stood there like in a trance.
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  22. Etienne Hanratty

    Etienne Hanratty Forum Resident

    Possible curveball, but, on the basis that acoustic instruments sound ace on vinyl, I’d recommend either Fisherman’s Blues or Room to Roam by the Waterboys. If he/she enjoys those, the next stop should be The Colour Of Spring by Talk Talk (Spirit of Eden is a stronger album, but CoS really gets the most out of the vinyl form).
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  23. Marc Perman

    Marc Perman Forum Resident

    West of the Hudson
    I would definitely not throw down my Japanese Magical Mystery Tour (EAP-9030x), it’s VERY bright.*

    * This has generally not been my experience with pressings from Japan; many that I own are superb.
  24. tinnox

    tinnox Forum Resident

    Pink Floyd - Animals
    Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
    Rush - Hemispheres
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  25. Kingsley Fats

    Kingsley Fats Forum Resident

    I'd play him some old scratchy album to allow him to appreciate the full effects of the pops, crackle & jumps that LP's are so good at providing.
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