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 on: January 17, 2018, 05:11:52 pm 
Started by Scroobius - Last post by coliny
Just one recommendation:-
"Patricia Barber - A Distortion of Love"
Not new but only just available in MQA. Sound quality is up there with the best.


 on: January 17, 2018, 04:24:11 pm 
Started by Scroobius - Last post by Stanray
Here is my modest list of “new” or reissued albums, that may be old to you.

- Organic Three Plus - Clustered Injuries. Great album of Dutch group with crowdfunded album.
- Tim Berne’s Snakeoil - You’ve been watching me.
- Tim Berne’s Snakeoil - Shadow man.
Both albums are not easy listening, but very rewarding when you take the trouble of getting to know the music.
- Vijay Ayer Sextet - Far from over. See Paul above, I agree!
- Jan Bang - And Poppies from Kandahar. Cool music.
- Jethro Tull - A Passion Play. This is the Steven Wilson 2013 remixed and remastered version of my favorite Tull Album. Sounds different compared to the original mix. Also contains the first attempt to record this album, but which was not released initially, but is very interesting.
- Andy Sheppard – Surrounded by Sea.

More then enough to digest.


 on: January 17, 2018, 10:12:42 am 
Started by Scroobius - Last post by PeterSt
So here is my little list of newly obtained "Nice Stuff" and then for the part which may tell you something. And please notice : these albums were new to me. Not new in absolute sense.

I must add that when an album is not "SQ compliant" it will never make it to my Nice Stuff Gallery.

In sequence of appearance :

Boris Vanderlek - Blues news
Boris Vanderlek - Blue and Sentimental
Chet Baker - In Milan
Yello - Toy
Paul Hattink - No limits {this is the guy behind Hatfield's End}
Hans Zimmer - Crimson Tide
Eric Vloeimans - Gatecrashin'
Baba Blues - Fishermen {I didn't know this guy - really good}
Odd Børretzen - Kelner
Hans Theessink - Slow Train
Keb' Mo' - Bluesamericana
Christian Willisohn - Heart Broken Man
Christian Willisohn - Blues on The World
Roger Waters - Is this the life we really want {needs more listening before it is appreciated}
Armin van Buuren - A stra of Trance (CD2)g
Neil Young - Peace Trail (MQA) {superb SQ}
Storm Corrosion - Storm Corrosion (MQA)
Blur - Modern Life is Rubbish (MQA)
Jimmy Smith - Any number can win
Jimmy Smith - Rockin' the boat
Various (Alligator Records) - Crucial Blues
Neil Young - Storytone (MQA) {I didn't know this album at all - really different}
Eric Bibb - A Ship called Love
Enya - Dark Sky Island (MQA)
Pink Floyd - The Early Years 1967-72 (MQA) {old but in MQA better sounding}
Ron Boots - Bookworks
Neil Young - Lucky Thirteen {did not know this album either - even more different !}
The Cars - The Cars (MQA) {obtained because old stuff sounding really good}
The Cruel Sea - The Honeymoon is over
The Crual Sea - Three legged dog
Rob - Funky Rob way
Tinariwen - Amassakoul
Mark Knopfler - Tracker (MQA)
Hans Vandenburg - Dig it yourself {the guy from Gruppo Sportive - a superb new album !}
Train - Does Led Zeppelin II
Beasty Boys - Communication {great album - possibly their best}
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic - Live at Montreux
Boris Blank - Electrified {from Yello - I did not know this existed}
The Traveling Wilburies - The Traveling Wilburies, Vol.1
Steve Earle - Guitar town
Styx - The Mission {just tried it from my past glamour stuff - is quite OK !}
Arrested Development- Unplugged {from my past - hip-hop of its own (nice) kind}
Gaudi - Magnetic {the only "ambient" I mention - the guy is just the best}
Scorpions - Acoustica {a left-over of my "metal" testing (works quite well these days)}
Avisha Cohen - Into the Silence (MQA)
Yello - Live in Berlin {a for so great album that I cancelled the concert last December (this album was stupidly published one month or so earlier)}
Nick Bärtsch's Ronin - Live {I didn't know this band - really cool}
Judas Priest - Hero Hero {more from the metal endeavour}
T-Bear & the Dukes - Ice Machine {blue grass- didn't know the guy}
Jimmy Smith - Root Down (live) (MQA) {how old stuff can sound superbly}
Jonas Hellborg - Octave of the Holey Innocents
Neil Young - The Visitor (MQA) {possibly the best new album from 2017 and really one of Neil Young's best}

So the above is an extract of the 132 in total I newly put to Nice Stuff. Below you see them all. Still, 2016 brought me some more (148).


 on: January 16, 2018, 05:08:52 pm 
Started by Scroobius - Last post by toddn
I wanted to briefly just thank you all for your kind words and not get off track from Paul’s outstanding recommendations.

I just really couldn’t find a way to separate my admiration for a wonderful singer/musician (I really didn’t want devalue that) and what was going on with my wife.

 I’ve always found sanctuary in listening to music that moves me, and Peter’s quest for the best possible recovery of the artist’s intent has vastly improved that emotional connection! As all of us here know, it’s way more significant than the mere physical improvements in sound!

All I can add is that music and my faith are what got me through my the hardest but most profound point in my life and continues too! We all imbed memories with the music we hear throughout our lives, so of course Rhiannon Giddens, especially after speaking with her, will always evoke a connection to my wife and her grace! I have no doubt that to all here, music is intertwined with our lives and we really can’t separate the two!

Paul & Juan, sorry for the confusion, but I’m certainly glad you appreciate where I was coming from!

One quick last happy note: Sandra told me, that if things didn’t turn out well, she wanted me to go on with my life and find someone else and have children since we couldn’t. And I am currently seeing a young(relative to my 54 yrs.)singer/songwriter, who is super talented and I hope to be able to make a “check out this artist” here in the future! We both believe my wife had some part in us meeting and is smiling down on us from Heaven!


 on: January 16, 2018, 01:59:52 pm 
Started by Scroobius - Last post by Scroobius

Thanks for posting your story Todd an unexpected and very moving response but which I found life affirming.

Rhiannon G is performing in Oxford later in the summer I will certainly try to get along to see her live. If I am lucky enough to see her I will for sure be thinking of your story.



 on: January 16, 2018, 12:24:43 pm 
Started by Scroobius - Last post by juanpmar
Hello Todd, whether your intention was to direct Rhiannon Giddens recommendation to me personally or to Paul, I want to thank you deeply. I have always felt a special predilection for female voices and I have even written about it in the forum. Truly,  Rhiannon Giddens has an impressive voice but not only that. I am convinced that from now on, for me and for the other members of this forum, her voice will be forever associated with your feelings. Even without knowing Sandra, I thank you for showing us so generously what a true love is.


 on: January 16, 2018, 08:51:11 am 
Started by Scroobius - Last post by PeterSt
Hi Paul,

Nice initiative !
I myself seem to be stuck in the old stuff forever. But it is also quite difficult to listen to the unknown while you actually "must" listen every day for tweaks working out for the better or not.
Later I will go through my newest "Nice Stuff" (sort on date) and see whether there's anything interesting in there. Sure, there's sufficiently enough new in there, but I doub't whether this is new stuff as such.

And I will try yours !

Btw, about Neil Young ... try The Visitor. I think it is very special and this one is really from the old days (that good) - but better.


PS: I recall Loud Hailer as explicitly failed (squashed vocoded modern) so YMMV anyway.

 on: January 16, 2018, 08:37:04 am 
Started by Scroobius - Last post by PeterSt
The concert was a surprise from me sweet wife, Sandra, who said it was my birthday present, even though my birthday is in September!

Dear Todd,

When I read out the emphasized part I already had the shivers and saw it coming. And indeed ...
Actually I am sitting here for a few minutes, not knowing what to type further.
I must be careful because more and more I seem to get involved with you guys and things like this. In this case this started with a "since last week my dear wife is behaving strange" and although this was the about last message about it, I keep on being involved.

So Todd, let's say that out of everyone, me (and you) know the very best how "loaded" your post is. I so much can imagine everything. With my text here, I hope that people reread yours and envision your expression.

This is also what music can do / does to us. It keeps us remembring all the extra nice and special - and just the same severe moments throughout life.



 on: January 16, 2018, 08:11:32 am 
Started by Scroobius - Last post by PeterSt
Hi there Todd,

Just wanted you to know that Scroobius doesn't speak Spanish (as far as I know).  Wink


 on: January 16, 2018, 03:55:34 am 
Started by Scroobius - Last post by toddn
Hey Juan,

    I just wanted to commend you on recommending Rhiannon Giddens. I came across her music towards the beginning of 2017 by chance when on the Computer Audiophile website under a “Female Vocalists” forum thread.

    I saw her in concert in a small theater venue in Atlanta, GA  on May 6th, and she truly was one of the best concerts I’d been to in years! Unbelievably good voice plus she is a banjo virtuoso, & a very good violinist! She was recently awarded the 2017 MacArthur Foundation Musical Genuis Award and received a $625,000 grant.  

    The concert was a surprise from me sweet wife, Sandra, who said it was my birthday present, even though my birthday is in September!(Looking back at it she was just trying to get in as much as possible since she had just been diagnosed with a terminal malignant brain tumor and she didn’t survive until September.)

    I vowed to see her again this year because she was so good and try to meet her to tell her my wife’s story, especially as another strong black woman. I did get to see her again in Cincinnati, OH in October when she was a guest artist with the Cincinnati Pops and they were recording it live for an upcoming CD. I also got to meet her and tell her my wife’s story, and she was unbelievably compassionate and gracious!

I’ve been a female vocal lover for 30 years and she is the “Real Deal.”


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