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Thursday, August 16, 2018

General Discussion / Comments

This is a thread for general comments, questions, discussion on rips, equipment, etc. If you're having problems with downloading files or anything else, please let me know here as well.

Thanks, and enjoy the music! ~'tpb'

Hunter S. Thompson & Oscar Zeta Acosta, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV (1971)

"This was the fatal flaw in Tim Leary's trip. He crashed around America selling 'consciousness expansion' without ever giving a thought to the grim meat-hook realities that were lying in wait for all the people who took him seriously. After West Point and the Priesthood, LSD must have seemed entirely logical to him . . . but there is not much satisfaction in knowing that he blew it very badly for himself, because he took too many others down with him.

"Not that they didn't deserve it: No doubt they all Got What Was Coming To Them. All those pathetically eager acid freaks who thought they could buy Peace and Understanding for three bucks a hit. But their loss and failure is ours, too. What Leary took down with him was the central illusion of a whole life-style that he helped create . . . a generation of permanent cripples, failed seekers, who never understood the essential old-mystic fallacy of the Acid Culture: the desperate assumption that somebody---or at least some force---is tending that Light at the end of the tunnel." 

-Hunter S. Thompson (Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, 1971, 2nd Ed., pp. 178-179)


  1. You're doing some fantastic work here.... have you considered a mono dedicated cartridge and stylus for future mono l rips?

    1. Hi, thank you for the kind words! I actually don't buy into the hype of a mono cartridge. From my understanding, these are sonically equivalent to a stereo cartridge that collapses the signal at the source. Not to mention that many mono records from the late '60s were actually cut with stereo cutting heads! It is much easier (and results with a much cleaner sound) to restore in stereo first, correct phase when necessary (a.k.a. stereo heads), and then collapse to mono. I also prefer the clarity of the AT150MLX to many "mono-only" setups that I have heard.

    2. Thanks for clearing that up ... in other words, you bring the right tools to the job.
      I've returned to your site over and over to download everything that you've uploaded....each a total delight and in the case of Chico Hamilton's "Chic Chic Chico" ... well all I can say is "Wow" !
      Omnibus is totally new to my ears and is worth the full download.... a real treasure.

      Thanks again for all of your hard work... a joy to my ears.

  2. I also am excited about your blog and your work to preserve and present high fidelity psych recordings here. I'm interested in the implication in your current CJFish post that a sealed copy of an LP, provided that it's properly mastered and pressed in the first place, amounts to something akin to a well preserved master tape.
    That's obviously more likely to be the case for something from a label like Vanguard than it might be for some other labels. I'm wondering, though, if you see a sort of parity there when conditions are right.

    1. That is probably something you will have to decide for yourself -- there is obviously an inherent subjectivity in the listening experience, and I recognize that others may not agree with my statements here. The vinyl format has faults that must be weighed against the pros and cons of modern digital reissues. In my experience this is quite release-specific, more so than label-specific. In many cases, a modern digital reissue is a far more accurate assessment of the artist's intentions than a vinyl transfer ever could be. My goal here is present recordings where that is not the case. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Hello,

    First, thanks for all your rips! Second, I would like to send you some "Equals" mono lp's in September (when I go back home). Would you be willing to rip them? There are three in total.

    Thank you!

  4. Me and my friends have thoroughly enjoyed this blog.

  5. Hello, Just by reading your posts I'm learning so much. Thanks for all your hard work.

  6. I can't thank you enough for the work you do on this amazing blog! You have great taste and I appreciate the thought and care you put into every post. I'm looking forward to the Ultimate Spinach upgrade!

  7. Thanks everyone for the comments and positivity! :)

  8. You reap what you sow..... Thank You for being a nice guy and sharing you talent and your knowledge.

  9. Thank you very much for all your hard work and for turning this young music explorer onto some lovely gems! If you ever find yourself in sunny Scotland, I owe you a beer!

  10. Today i checked out your latest post and read the Psych Trail Mix blog.
    Wait a minute.. Whats this? Easter Everywhere Original Stereo Mix Pulled!!
    I wasnt one of the lucky ones who managed to hear it. bummer.
    I echo Tim Klecha's sentiments in this very discussion
    that "Just by reading your posts we're learning so much"
    Please repost the the actual post (minus link to music files)
    so we can read about the great work you do.

    thanks for past and futrue posts.

  11. I enjoy your blog greatly, even though I'm nothing in the way of an audiophile. It's a good thing you're doing this work!

    I wanted to talk about Hunter S. Thompson, who(m - grammar) you quote up there. It's a bit rich of the man to have a swipe at Leary (an easy target) for his dumb life choices - as he sees them - when Thompson himself was hardly a role model for anything, especially not drug use.

    I took acid many times in the late 'sixties, early 'seventies, and a couple of times since. It's been one of the truly good and positive experiences in my life. Your mileage may differ, of course. But Thompson, in addition to being a great writer, was also as big an idiot as Leary and a bigger asshole.

    1. Oh, Hunter... he had quite the personality, didn't he? It's hard to imagine anyone else that would've been capable or crazy enough to do his early journalism (e.g. following Nixon and the Hell's Angels), or authentic and gonzo enough to critique the very culture in which he was inseparably involved.