and now that I am thoroughly spoilt, listening to CD's and anything downloaded is like listening to soggy cardboard. Recently got an Archie Shepp vinyl for a tenner. Original pressing and unusualy for 1964 issued in stereo. I bring this up because the sound is absolutely unbelievable. I was listening to it on headphones, and even now I've got a sudden fright, because it's a live gig in Copenhagen with a small audience and twice I thought there was some people in my room or just beyond the walls and windows (which is true - there are people beyond the walls). It sounds like your in the front row of a live gig man, and you can almost see exactly where the musicians are located. And no, there is no crack, snapple or pop. And I wonder, if they could do that then, before anyone had landed on the moon, why can't they do it now? Why??? Did it require some sort of magician or what? Two microphones is what was used in what is called a binaural set up. A simple two mic configuration and something like one of those Akai 2 track quarter inch reel-reel machines maybe (which incidentaly can be got on ebay for not exactly a massive fortune and some used tape for 3 quid a reel), but would've been all valve in 1964? Is this something that is so difficult for humankind to repeat? Seriously one of these days I am going to be driven to experiment with recording live gigs because when it works there is nothing that can match it but the gig itself.
By the way, if anyone is looking for a turntable, there is www.freecycle.org where you can place a wanted add and get a working one for the cost of collecting. If you want advice on how to put together a good system without incurring associated costs there are sites like www.tapeheads.net. And a place that does belts, cartridges and needles www.needles-and-spins.co.uk though they are not the cheapest. Haven't shopped there myself. Got my stylus from music shop. Hope this helps yeeall.
I visit a local shop about 2 miles from where I live. It's so full of crates that only one person can go in at a time and time seems to go by really quickly when you're in there. I don't know how you would find albums based soley on how they were recorded. It's more just luck of the dip really. I assumed it was mono till I played it. Most of my stuff is in mono. But this is probably not that rare. It's Strawberry Saucele is Archie Shepp. The New York Contemporary Five vol.2. International Polydor Production 623 267 Recorded November 15, 1963, Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen. Recorded by SONET, Copenhagen
On nowhere does it say it's in stereo. Make sure it has the ST mark on the disk It has a nice gloss colour photo of the man himself with mouth on the sax, one eye closed, the other half open.