Category: Stereo

Stereo recordings

Upgrades – Vintage HiFi

Over the weekend I spent some money from record sales on some preloved vintage HiFi equipment from some local audiophiles in my region. I’d previously been running my Rega RP-1 through my home theatre setup, downmixing to stereo (2 channel) output.  This served for a while, but I often felt that I was not getting […]

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Chain – History of Chain

An Aussie Blues Band If you haven’t heard of Australian blues band Chain, you’re not alone.  The band was mildly successful charting within Australia in the 1970s and their highest selling album (“Toward the Blues”) took more than a decade to be certified gold. That shouldn’t dissuade you from checking out their work if you […]

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Powderfinger – Vulture Street

World Class Powderfinger hail from sunny Brisbane in Queensland, which explains the title of their fifth album is named for a main road south of the city in their hometown. I covered their first big album (second studio album) previously when it was released for the first time on vinyl last year. The Release This […]

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David Bowie – Hunky Dory

Oh you pretty thing Back in 1971 David Bowie wasn’t the super star that he would go on to become.  In fact, as  acclaimed as “Hunky Dory” is today, it was the work of a reasonably unheralded artist when it was recorded and initially released. In fact, it took the sensational success of Bowie’s next […]

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The Doors – L.A Woman

Sounds of the 70s If you were a child of the 1980s like I was, and you happened to watch every episode of  “The Wonder Years”, then I imagine you’ve heard plenty of music by The Doors. Even if you didn’t share my upbringing, there’s a lot to recommend American poet Jim Morrison and his […]

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Tamam Shud – Evolution

Newcastle Heroes Tamam Shud is an Australian psychedelic, progressive and surf rock band, which formed in Newcastle in 1964. The initial line-up were known as Four Strangers with Eric Connell on bass guitar, Dannie Davidson on drums, Gary Johns on rhythm guitar and Alex “Zac” Zytnik on lead guitar. At the end of that year […]

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Tom Waits – The Heart Of Saturday Night

Classic 70s Blues-Rock-Jazz There’s a fair chance you haven’t heard of Tom Waits.  Despite the uniqueness of his voice and the length of his glowing career, commercial visibility hasn’t really found Tom organically. In fact I only became exposed to his work last year, when I encountered “Rain Dogs” on a list of 100 Albums […]

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Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik [20th Anniversary]

Red Anniversary Vinyl 1991 was a sensational year for music, especially for a youth such as myself.  The year brought us (amongst others): Pearl Jam’s “Ten”, Nirvana’s “Nevermind”, Metallica’s black album, Guns ‘n Roses “Use your illusion I & II”, U2’s “Achtung Baby”, Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous”, and.. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Blood Sugar Sex Magik”.  […]

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Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath

One of the best debut albums of all time? This album needs absolutely no introduction.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two decades (including missing Ozzy Osbourne’s reality TV show) you would have heard of Black Sabbath. It is said that Sabbath introduced the early pioneers of heavy metal, and if […]

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