Thursday, 26 March 2015

An update

It's been a funny week as I slowly work my way through my emotions which hasn't been easy by a long stretch.
I'll start this post by thanking Danny and several others for your concern during this period which saw me doing a few differing things, trying to understand it all.
I was having what I felt was an interesting conversation with someone who inexplicably just chopped me off in mid flow with not even a hint of irritation so I can only assume they had to borrow that modern phrase, 'lost it'.
On the other hand I did find a series of conversations with someone with certain of needs in common, very helpful when it came to trying to understand more of my own and also for their support in dealing some of the emotions I've been experiencing though the week.
Also a number of people gave me some useful feedback around a subject I do find difficult to deal with.
Between this I dusted my teddy bears and found some recordings, the 'Mastered for iTunes' Abba and Jackson Browne albums I'd bought  about 9 months ago from iTunes and put them finally on the card I intended  to but didn't get around to.
I'm fairly sure I'll work my way through this.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Amazon Prime

Every month or so I keep getting letters from you inviting me to join Amazon Prime complete with a plastic card.
You keep sending me emails about it and even altering my choices when I buy from your store requiring me to take time to ensure I don't get signed to a trail of Amazon Prime by your sneaky tactics.
I like cheap mailing especially free on baulky items but I don't wish to spend GBP £60 per year for a service especially when I don't wish to have on demand video content that I'd buy paying for since you rolled in Lovefilm into this service.
I'd appreciate it if you didn't bug me as otherwise you do a great job when like me you live out in the sticks.
A concerned customer.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

From Japan and back

It was what some may say an important day in the year last week and I had some interesting cds which I'll spend a few worms on discussing.
In the weird corporate World of Japan few things are more revered than the super limited edition gone to it's gone and put back out in slightly different form product and somebody at Apple and Universal Japan decided it was those Moptops time for this treatment on December 14, 2014 when all the UK stereo studio album titles and the 2010 versions of the evergreen RED and BLUE compilations got issued in the latest wonder cd material SHM.
It's meant to produce less errors and so sound better.
Cue a howl from zeroes and ones are same regardless from digital theory purists and "Oh yes it does" from others on certain sites.

But anyway, I much much prefer the Mini lp style packaging these cds come in anyway replicating far better the feel of the parent lp records than the 2009 tri-fold digipak remasters we had and they match my much my much loved cd The Beatles in Mono box with its 11 mini lp mono cds
The covers are much nicer, a booklet with a potted history of the album in English are tuck in the rea of the acid free plastic wallet the cover is in and there's another booklet in Japanese with English lyrics to every song so we can song along to Polythene Pam
Plus the Let It Be, the album recorded before Abbey Road as both albums were the only Beatles studio albums mixed and mastered only to stereo and generally speaking I prefer the others in their  mono mixes.
Having played them through my all Rotel system they do sound a bit more open and less edgy compared to my European 2009 copies.
Meanwhile in Cat in the Hat land...
I got finally the 2013 two cd deluxe re-issues of the first three albums by England's great Jazz/funkers, Jamiroquai that mixes the original albums with a second disc of single 'b' sides and unreleased material.
I only had these albums on that Japanese centric MiniDisc format as I was in loved with it in the 90's and the older commerical downloads I heard sounded well, rough compared to them even though the discs didn't use  the later better sounding version of that formats encoding.
Thankfully these cds are  part of a rare breed of cd remasters that really do sound better than the originals and I was able to get them for a great price, cheaper actually than 'lossy' commercial downloads of them. 
This excellent album shows the packaging well with the tri-fold and disc holders and my home made copies for my Fiio X3 digital audio player sound superb outperforming my MiniDisc originals.
I'd strongly recommend these re-issues to an Jamiroquai fans for the extra material and sound quality.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Pawfect copies

Finally I think with this music recopying session we're getting more toward it's conclusion this week  tackling the huge back catalogue of David Bowie (Aladdin Sane is my favourite), literally pulling discs down from the shelves just in time for  a much needed break from it after carrying out this months chores for the community on foot undertaking quite a bit of exercise and dealing with the scoundrel that is Marmalade. 
He even slept in Mommies best coat before she was to put it on!
Cats, I ask you!!!
This a great peace of art from the School Idol anime I've been watching for a while, a kinda Japan high school talent show with groups working on dance moves and the like.
I just love the show.