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Vinyl Talk: Jean-Michel Jarre – The Concerts in China

Jean-Michel Jarre The COncerts in ChinaIn 1982 Jean-Michel Jarre published his double album “The Concerts in China”. In those days I had a run down Crumar Performer string ensemble keyboard. It was all I could afford. Full of longing en not a little bit of envy, I looked at the pictures on the inner sleeves of this album and read the liner notes. Fairlight, OBX A (Oberheim), Taurus (Moog), Prophet 5 (Sequential Circuits), and many other illustrious names from the world of synthesizers tickled my imagination. I tried to recreate the sounds of this album with my Crumar. I used borrowed guitar pedals to mangle and beef up the meagre sounds I could get from the beaten up instrument. But I could never reach the level of detail and refinement that I heard on these records. Continue reading Vinyl Talk: Jean-Michel Jarre – The Concerts in China

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Vinyl Talk: Joe Jackson – Look sharp

Joe Jackson Look Sharp vinylJoe Jackson’s album “Look Sharp” has been in my collection from the early eighties. It doesn’t sound pristine any more because over the years it has seen many turntables, some only a sad excuse for the word. The styli used were sometimes only marginally better than a darning needle. In a way that fits the album. “Look Sharp” was released in 1979, the waning years of punk. Waning or not, there still is a definite air of musical anarchy about this album. “Look Sharp” sounds gritty (in a good way) even if many of the tracks are actually more laid back compared to the punk of the years just preceding this release. Side B is a bit more uptempo and there the punk influence shines through the most. Continue reading Vinyl Talk: Joe Jackson – Look sharp

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Vinyl talk: Music Inspired by Lord of the Rings by Bo Hansson

Music inspired by the lord of the rings bo hanssonThis is rather a special and I think rare album. Not many may know this album or its creator. This album is titled Music Inspired By The Lord Of The Rings and it’s by the Swedish multi-instrumentalist Bo Hansson. Continue reading Vinyl talk: Music Inspired by Lord of the Rings by Bo Hansson