Steely Dan UHQR Series

Music Reviews: Vinyl

March 1st, 2023

Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘Pieces Of A Man’ Reissued On AAA Vinyl

BGP’s 45 rpm edition of this essential album is a stunning revelation

By: Malachi Lui

Gil Scott-Heron’s Pieces Of A Man shouldn’t be relevant anymore. That is, it shouldn’t have to be relevant anymore, but it unfortunately still is. Since its 1971 release, its themes of racism, poverty, addiction, and the slight hope for a better future have retained a visceral urgency; partly because of Scott-Heron’s brilliant lyrics and powerful performances, and also because over 50 years later, the issues he wrote about continually worsen.Released on producer Bob... Read More

February 27th, 2023

ERC Cut "The Doors" Mono Using the Same Tape Elektra Used in 1967 So Why the "Controversy"?

the "LEDO" controversy explained

By: Michael Fremer

Recorded in 1966 and released in January of 1967 The Doors' debut album, powered by the edited single "Light My Fire" reached #2 on the Billboard charts, while the single was the "summer of love"'s #1 hit. If you were alive then you heard the single that summer wherever you went—blaring from jukeboxes and car radios. When you bought the album you heard a long extended "Light My Fire" that for many listeners was as uncomfortably... Read More

February 27th, 2023

METAFIVE’s Last Stand

The Japanese supergroup’s second album 'METAATEM' is unfortunately inconsistent

By: Malachi Lui

It’s been over a month since drummer and pop songwriter extraordinaire Yukihiro Takahashi passed away at age 70, though acknowledging it still feels weird. It wasn’t unexpected—he was treated for brain tumors, and related pneumonia caught him in the end—but for 50 years, Takahashi never really slowed down and always seemed focus on what was next. Between his solo material, his work in Yellow Magic Orchestra and Sketch Show, other gigs like the Sadistic Mika Band, or... Read More

genre Pop Electropop Synthpop format Vinyl

February 24th, 2023

Sold Out But Still Worth Reviewing

was this Bob Marley & The Wailers album worth buying as a costly UHQR release?

By: Michael Fremer

How do you know a reissue is a sonic success? There's no checklist but I've been playing an original pressing since it was first released and occasionally the Mobile Fidelity Anadisc 200 reissue, so when the stylus dropped onto "Jamming" (I always first play side 2) I wasn't expecting any major surprises.The opening drum flourish indicated a new level of transparency and clarity, which was nice to hear but the percussive jingle after Marley... Read More

genre World Reggae format Vinyl

February 23rd, 2023

When Brad Plays The Beatles It's Not a Cry For Attention

he's been doing it on (not in) the road

By: Michael Fremer

Often it's a cry for attention or money when a veteran jazz artist releases a Christmas album or one of Beatles covers. Brad Mehldau's latest, an album of the latter with Bowie's meloncholic "Life on Mars" serving as a sort of denouement (or encore, as this is a live album recorded at the Philharmonie de Paris), is neither of those. Mehldau, 52, has been covering rock music without apology almost from the beginning of his recording career. His... Read More

genre Other format Vinyl

February 21st, 2023

Lockdown Turmoil Gifts Robyn Hitchcock Ten "Top Shelf" Songs

includes bonus interview

By: JoE Silva

Fast on the approach to 70, where do we find Robyn Hitchcock these days? For a start…lyrically opening his parlour door to “The Shuffle Man” – the spirit of disorder inhabits the kickoff track to his latest album. “He's sort of the cheeky face of Destiny really,” Hitchcock explained over the line from London. “Certainly in times like 2020.”Which is when the ethos of Shufflemania – his 22nd long player, partially came together. The turmoil of lockdown, as it turns... Read More

genre Rock Psychedelic Rock format Vinyl