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First Album on with new kit.

Discussion in 'music' started by Darren, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. Darren

    Darren All Business

    ..... It's a ritual with me. New item of kit or new system.... The first album played must be ABCs Lexicon of Love.
    Do you have a first to be played album?
  2. deebster

    deebster Half Man Half Biscuit

    It tends to be one of a small group for me, but Hearts and Bones is probably the one I've used the most.

    Still having a tape deck I made recordings of a couple of tracks from it before buying a phono stage, then again after and again with a new turntable. Trouble is I don't like listening to a track more than once so haven't played through it.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2020
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  3. Gaycha

    Gaycha pfm Member

    On vinyl?

    Wow that’s a tricky one. One if my favs btw. ESP the Anne Dudly strings and Trevor horn production layering. But it’s vety 80s brittle too, and can be tiresome.

    Love it tho
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  4. uncl_nigel

    uncl_nigel pfm Member

    I play whatever I'm into at that moment.
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  5. Gervais Cote

    Gervais Cote Predator

    The song I often start with is Pacman from Alain Caron : F bass, Yamaha drum and trumpet.
    If it doesn’t sound great with this one, it won’t work for me !
    Radar love from Golden Earing is a similar test I run quite often.
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  6. kjb

    kjb pfm Member

    Kind of Blue every time - as I know every nuance of the recording inside out. It lets me see if anything has changed and its amazing how the textures and air around the instruments emerge as new kit runs in.
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  7. guey

    guey pfm Member

    Usually: Grace Jones - Nightclubbing (or the accompanying 12"s)
    Sometimes: Pixes - Surfer Rosa
    Other times: Talking Heads - Remain In lIght
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  8. Sean K

    Sean K pfm Member

    Same here, Flamenco Sketches, especially. Also Sonny Rollins' God bless the child, the opening root-fifth-octave pattern on the bass is a good way to see how coherently and consistently the system can articulate lower bass. There's also a bit of string noise (about 15" in, IIRC), that isn't always audible.
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  9. zippy

    zippy pfm Member

    Pink Floyd 'Final Cut' - I've played it so many times I can remember all the nuances so a good test.
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  10. mikechadwick

    mikechadwick pfm Member

    I normally choose from the following vinyl (audiophile pressings)
    Dave Brubeck - Take Five
    Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue
    Miles Davis - Jack Johnson
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  11. Andrew C!

    Andrew C! Been around a while....

    Massive Attack - Mezzanine on either LP or digital, to suit.
    Then anything current that I’ve played a lot and am familiar with. Currently that would be Caravan Palace or Christine and the Queens.
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  12. Gaycha

    Gaycha pfm Member

    Tom Petty. 'Wildflowers.' I love the Rick Rubin production and playing. Wonderful tunes. RR is also quoted as saying that this is the only one of his recordings that he ever listens to, and does so when he is auditioning new hi fi.

    Joan Armatrading eponymous. I just love the Glyn Johns production and overall performance/material. I don't have a TT these days, but this is deffo one for vinyl. The fact my late dad worked for A&M records and I met JA a few times when i was a kid (she was a lovely and kind btw) also personalises this for me.
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  13. BJP

    BJP Pink is the new Blue

    Paranoid Eyes , it's my most played track , the gravel crunching as he walks to the pub , pool balls striking , first thing I play when there is a change in kit .
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  14. HydeLea

    HydeLea pfm Member

    Wishbone Ash - Live Dates Vol2 - 1st track side-2 - F.U.B.B (F**cked Up Beyond Belief)

    Simply stunning production which sounds truly fantastic on a good vinyl set-up :)
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  15. ks.234

    ks.234 pfm Member

    Ten New Songs, L Cohen, obviously.....
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  16. Hoopsontoast

    Hoopsontoast pfm Member

    The Pixies - Hey, then usually most of the Doolittle album.
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  17. Sich

    Sich pfm Member

    Normally Air - 10,000Hz or
    Boards of Canada - Geogaddi

    I know there nuances so well.
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  18. darkstarcrashes

    darkstarcrashes Active Member

    Always the Dead's Mountains Of The Moon > Dark Star from 27.02.1969 (Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings), generally followed by Forever Changes.
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  19. Jimbobbyron

    Jimbobbyron pfm Member

    A bit predictable but.....Peter Gabriel So is usually 1st
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  20. AllyD

    AllyD ex audio room poster

    Annette Peacock - X-Dreams.

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