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Molto Verboso
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Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:29 pm quote
Going through my record collection and not having a turntable for decades, I realized again how good music 'used to be'. Maybe you have a record collection gathering dust. If there was one you had to pick what would that be?
Its hard as there was so much good stuff. There's got to be a record that is special to you, yet not necessarily mainstream. (Not looking for ABBA's greatest hits, not that there is anything wrong with that).
If I was stuck on a desert island (yeah, yeah there's no power on the island etc) that would be 'P.F's Dark Side of the Moon'.
But since the criteria is 'best yet obscure' record, my pick is Peter and the Wolf with Manfred Mann, Stephane Grappelli, Eno, Cozy Powell, Phil Collins et al. Background story - about 1975 was in a record store that has those booths with headphones to listen before you buy. Walked past a booth that had music coming from the headphones, put them on and though 'wow this is pretty awesome' So I bought it $6.99.
Do you have a story about the best yet obscure record from your collection ?

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Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:52 pm quote
In the late 60's I was in a rock band. We became fans of a band called The United States of America. It was very experimental - the first band AFAIK to use electronic synthesizers in live performance. They also sampled and overlaid multiple tracks in recordings. They only made one album, but you can hear how influential their music was.

We went to hear them at a small folk club on Melrose called The Ash Grove - not far from The Troubadour and much smaller.

I had their album on vinyl first (of course) then found it on CD much later.

I must have listened to it a lot because when I revisited it many, many years later I remembered every song.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_United_States_of_America_(band)

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Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:07 pm quote
My records (vinyl) hit moldy and gross, tossed them before I moved last summer.

But I have done good cover/original pairings in my Spotify feed.
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Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:11 pm quote
My records (vinyl) hit moldy and gross, tossed them before I moved last summer.

But I have done good cover/original pairings in my Spotify feed.

One that I really like is "Don't Leave Me This Way" by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes featuring Teddy Pendergast on vocals. More soulful than the disco version popularized later by Thelma Houston.
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Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:23 pm quote
Can I get two?

Not sure they're all that obscure, but I'd not seen them around, either.

My first, which seems out of character in hindsight was a psychedelic rock album that I somehow stumbled upon early in high school, Happy Trails by Quicksilver Messenger Service. Listened to it regularly for a while, mostly because I liked it, but also because I only owned a few at that time.

Moving ahead a few decades, I'd started a bicycle tour of Europe after college, making it as far as Freiburg im Breisgau where my old childhood friend was living. She had a Richard and Linda Thompson album (Pour Down Like Silver) that I fell in love with during my visit there. She made a cassette (remember those??) copy that I brought home with me, played for the next 4 years, when I stumbled on a vinyl copy on a cutout rack. Woot!

Anybody hear of Attwenger??

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Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:23 pm quote
I am a fan of RT, a 'big fan' in fact. but none of the CDs I own (got rid of the turntable and LPs some time ago) are very obscure, I think.

Obscure, I think, might be Van Dyke Parks. He was quite influential at one time, arranging and playing with artists like Little Feat and Ry Cooder. But his own music is more rare. I like "Discover America"

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Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:27 pm quote
My oldest record

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Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:59 am quote
I still have my record collection, about 300 of them, and still play a lot of them regularly. In fact I bought a new turntable just two months ago.

And among them is the first LP I ever bought, in 1956 - "The Nutcracker Suite". Haven't played it for years. Only had 78s before that, in my school years.

Can't think of any particular favourites, but I treasure my Gilbert and Sullivan collection, and my Archiv production Bach records, and a recording of "Under Milk Wood" which I bought for my wife for her birthday when we were still courting in 1963.
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Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:06 am quote
I wouldn't call it my "best", but it is my most obscure...

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Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:24 am quote
Not sure if this is "obscure" and I actually did not have many records that I purchased as I was one of those guys who "stole" music off the air with a reel to reel recorder and then transferred to cassettes for playing in the car. Still have a reel to reel deck, cassette deck and a turntable just an arms reach from my computer desk.

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Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:40 am quote
Since I lost the majority of my record collection to Hurricane Gloria in 1985, I have only CD's now with some limited albums. I do still have a turntable!

I was introduced to this artist when I spent a brief time living in Glenwood Springs CO while I was between college majors. The album is named after his St. Bernard. Nicolette Larson sings backup on just about every song and she did a lot work with Neil Young.

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Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:45 am quote
I don't know if I understand correctly but if by "obscure" you mean an album against the current I have an iconic album that I bought because I liked the cover ...

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Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:08 pm quote
Not the oldest or most obsucure, but still one of my prized. Listened to it in entirety on the anniversary last year.

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Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:15 pm quote
waspmike wrote:
That is an amazing album. In my top 5. It's time I turned out the lights and listened to it again.
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Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:20 pm quote
A 45 with “Incense and Peppermints” by the Strawberry Alarm Clock. Please don’t ask me what the B side was. Can’t remember.
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Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:54 pm quote
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Never came out on CD.

I have two copies of the LP; one that I listen to and one that is still in the original plastic wrapper and framed on my office wall.

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Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:26 pm quote
Attila wrote:
I don't know if I understand correctly but if by "obscure" you mean an album against the current I have an iconic album that I bought because I liked the cover ...

I bought Blows Against the Empire on CD when I saw it, as I really like the album 40-some odd years ago. With today's ears, it's not so good. I don't throw it away, though.
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Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:16 pm quote
Syd wrote:
Attila wrote:
I don't know if I understand correctly but if by "obscure" you mean an album against the current I have an iconic album that I bought because I liked the cover ...

I bought Blows Against the Empire on CD when I saw it, as I really like the album 40-some odd years ago. With today's ears, it's not so good. I don't throw it away, though.
...prefer The Grand Funk Railroad ...?
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Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:50 am quote
Sold it years ago, had a Beatles headless baby Yesterday and Today album. It came with the cover over the original. But my brother was working at the Nat'l Art Gallery and he talked one of the painting restoring people into removing the cover with no damage to the original cover. Sold for a few thousand.
A perfect one went for $15,000 a while ago, it was still in the plastic.
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Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:05 pm quote
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Have an original, mint condition original soundtrack recording.

About like what you would expect 1940's recording to sound like.
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