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I guess I'm obsessive when it comes to sound quality of CD pressings.  I've spent countless hours on the Steve Hoffman forums, where posters debate the various versions to the point of insanity.  Lately I've noticed how superior the sound is on the early Japan issues.  Case in point is the Pink Floyd material from the early 70s like Meddle and Dark Side of the Moon.  Last night I bought a 1984 japan issue of DSOTM  for $7.95.  It's by far the best I've heard compared to many versions I've heard previously.  I know collectors are big on these.  Anyone know why the Japan quality is seemingly superior?   

I've also found the UK discs mastered by Nimbus in the 80s and 90s are superior to the US versions and subsequent remasters. 

Am I imagining this or do I have dog like extra sensory hearing?


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 08, 2015, 08:20:41 PM »
Correction to my last post:  that's 1970-1974 Hawkwind.  And that's 11 discs TOTAL, not TODAY.  Thanks to auto fill on my phone and lack of proofreading!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Dark Side Of The Moog Reissues
« on: December 08, 2015, 05:26:17 PM »
I hear the audience in Vol 8, so I don't know what he's talking about.  This doesn't sound like much of a bonus.  I hate when labels do this:  give you a couple scraps to entice those who already own the records.  Btw, my favorites in the series are 5, 6 and 8.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 08, 2015, 04:27:14 PM »
It's "vintage" day at work:

Brainticket- Celestial Ocean.  Sort of a lighter, jazzier version of Hawkwind.  I bought this yesterday for $6 (Cleopatra/Purple Pyramid release with bonus "Live in 1973" disc) and now I'm ordering the box set with the other albums.  Very cool stuff.  Speaking of which....

Hawkwind-- This is Your Captain Speaking, Your Captain is Dead.  8 album (3 are doubles) box, 11 discs today, of 1970-1979 material.  Remasters from early 2000's, in cardboard sleeves, clamshell box, no booklet or liner notes.  It's bare bones but a great deal (think I paid only about $35 for this)to get all the awesome music.  There's a live disc from the "In Search of Space" tour 1972 called "Greasy Truckers Party" I'd never heard and sound quality is superb.   

King Crimson- Live at Fillmore East 1969.  Excellent recording (for an old recording) of the classic lineup featuring Greg Lake and the other guys from In the Court and Wake of Poseidon albums.  "Epitaph" is one of my all-time favorite songs.  Official bootleg on DGM. 

The Beatles--Revolver.  Arguably their finest album.   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Dark Side Of The Moog Reissues
« on: December 08, 2015, 04:17:18 PM »
Why bother, unless you don't have these then I guess it's a good value for the money, for five CD's.  That "bonus" disc seems like all from "The Evolution of the Dark Side of the Moog" which was already released by Fax before.  Not a very enticing "bonus." 

I'd be interested in knowing who "officially licensed" these albums.  I'm assuming it would be his daughter Fabia and/or family.  I'm a little surprised any posthumous Fax releases have come out at all.  I don't know why, maybe I feel it's almost too sacred as a major fan to be reissuing stuff, like it should just be left alone. 

Also, most of the DSOTM series can still be had for pretty reasonable prices via Discogs (if you want physical CD's and not downloads), since many were re-issued so you've got the originals or the reissues available (actually the last three volumes were never reissued). 

Thanks for posting this info.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 06, 2015, 04:16:46 AM »
I don't know, guys, this is my final post on this topic.  I will end with this:

Tomas Weiss knew as a friend and  supported Klaus Wiese and his music.  So did Gigi (Oophoi) who sold lots of special KW music not available in shops or elsewhere online.  It's sad a lot of KW music has disappeared from availability now.  I think the accusation "making money from a dead man" is really cynical.  I see it more as a tribute in keeping the music alive.  Unless family members are really protesting selling CDs or there is a legal injunction, I don't see the harm in producing albums the fans will greatly enjoy.  How much money is being made?  Not a lot, I think.  It's all about the music, for me at least.  Sanjay or not, the music should live on. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steaming services
« on: December 05, 2015, 02:03:40 PM »
I agree 100% with Ekstasis posts above.  Spot on!

I don't understand your last statement about pre ordering.  Why did you regret it?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 05, 2015, 01:52:54 PM »
Both screens above are the same.  This proves nothing.   I checked Discogs and Jesse Harrison is still credited.  Why would you check the Discogs profile right after you posted?  You're saying the label re-did the album's profile based on your forum post?

This seems very paranoid. 

I'm not on anyone's "side" here but if this issue was being tried in a US court the prosecution wouldn't have jack shit for a case.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 03, 2015, 02:08:46 PM »
Perhaps I should have been clearer:  the covers/digipaks were made in India, the artwork by Jesse Harrison.  And the discs made in Ireland or was it Scotland.  This is what it says inside the digipak.

Must admit it is strange why nothing was made in Germany or that it needed two countries to produce the media and packaging. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 02, 2015, 01:49:43 AM »
Ok, I just re-read that thread and nothing is obvious or clear, to me.  Also, the part about the original albums having errors IS true, because I have a lot of KW in my collection, and a fair share of it wasn't produced in the most optimal way, production wise.  And it was never stated that the original artwork was inferior or needed an upgrade.  Lots of reissues have had different artwork. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 01, 2015, 06:40:05 PM »
I received the Maquam CD reissue on Arc.  The sleeve notes indicate the disc was made in Ireland and the cover/digipak in India.  I really can't understand what the reason would be to create a made up label/owner, as has been claimed.  What purpose would this serve?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 30, 2015, 04:18:07 PM »
Mathias Grassow--The Darklight Quest Sessions.  Got this way back in early 2000s and I had so much Grassow I don't think I even listened to it until now.  Deep spacey coamic, great stuff.  Surprised this isn't on Bandcamp, at least not yet.

Independent Music Reviews / Re: My review of "Ephemeral Blue" CD by Aglaia
« on: November 30, 2015, 03:03:32 PM »
A euphoric plethora of adjectives abound in this enigmatically sublime review.

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: RELEASE: Subradial - Ice Diving
« on: November 29, 2015, 11:28:08 AM »
This album took awhile to discover its depths, no pun intended.  But an excellent Hypnos release it is.  I'd recommend hearing it on a home stereo system at low to medium volume, especially on a surround system. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 28, 2015, 05:15:32 PM »
Scion (Asianova side project).  Asianova was an early incarnation of Voice of Eye.  They created these really out there soundscapes of heavily processed female vocals, synth and guitar.  Like an intense acid trip, sort of scary actually.  Scion was Ure Thrall, of Asianova, with a different female vocalist.  I can't even find this on Discogs.  Bought at Amoeba about 7 years ago.  CDR.  Excellent nighttime headphone trip music.

Don't know if it's a comeback.  He never left.  He just released this solo apart from BKS.  It's pretty good, no beats, just gentle percussion.   

In that video above, which live version of On this Planet is playing?  Sounds different from the CD version. 

Why does a book of photos cost $130???  This is excessive.  I can see paying $50 or $60 for something like this.  I bought William Lesch "Expansions" desert photography book from Roach back in mid 90s.  I think it was like $50.  Beautiful and well worth it.  I'll be content to see some photos from vortex concert in the CD booklet. 

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