Essential records

This is intended to be an ongoing and updated list of records that not only have wonderful music but marvellous sonics as well. The kind of record you put on the platter and sit back and think wow! This should be a list for those new turntable purchasers who want to impress themselves with their purchase 🙂
Please email in your suggestions to mailto:vf@a1linux.com

Details are correct as far as we know.

Yello – Flag – 1988 – Mastered by Kevin Metcalfe – Analogue
Simply stunning sound from this release. All of Yello's records are impressive sounding but they really pushed the boat out on this one.

Dead can Dance – Into the Labyrinth – 1993 – – Digital
A gorgeous blend of folk and music from around the world. Also check out 1996's Spiritchaser. DCD always impress mightily with their sound, both on disc and in concert.

Dave Brubeck – Time Out – 1959 – – Analogue
One of the most famous jazz albums. Always sounds gorgeous. I have a Scorpio 180grm pressing which sounds great. Apparently the Classic records reissue sounds better. And if you can get an original in good conditon well…

Miles Davis – Kind of Blue – 1959 – – Analogue
The quintessential Jazz album.

Bryan Ferry – Bete Noire – 1987 – Bob Ludwig – Analogue
Probably the pinnacle of Ferry's experimentation. Again this recoird sounds great and is full of twists and ideas.

Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden – 1988 – – Analogue
Essential on any format and mind blowing on vinyl. The timbre and organic depth of the instrumentation is immaculate. Hollis' voice can be a bit scary at times though.

The following records were added by Jason Liles

Brian Eno –
Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy
Ambient 1 " Music For Airports
Another Green World
The Pearl

Bedhead –
Transaction de Novo

Low –
Things We Lost In The Fire
The Curtain Hits The Cast

Red House Painters –
S/T

Flaming Lips
In A Priest Driven Ambulance
Transmissions From The Satellite Heart

Mercury Rev –
Boces

Yo La Tengo
Painful

Galaxie 500
Today

Pavement –
Crooked Rain Crooked Rain

Talking Heads
Fear of Music

Radiohead
Kid A

TALKTALK
Laughing Stock

More to come!

Vinyl Record Care

Vinyl Record care – How to get the most out of your vinyl records

Forum discussion

Hardware related

1- clean your LPs preferrably using a record cleaning machine or at least
manually with a good brush and cleaning solution.


2- clean your LPs prior to their first play to remove mold release
compound. Use a special deep cleaner that removes mold release compound.
This will help prevent pops and clicks.

3- use a good support system for your turntable. Some suggestions are a
wall-mounted shelf, a good rack, and/or a rack with a specialty platform
such as a Neuance platform.
 
4. Use a better inner sleeve than those usually provided.
Nagaoka and Mobile Fidelity sleeves are reccommended.
Many people also prefer plain white rice paper sleeves.
 

5. Store your records tidily and vertically.
Partitions about a foot square are good.
 

6. Use a good turntable and cartridge/needle. Worn needles, or where there
is too much or too little weight resting on the record can all damage it. A regular
service of your TT is not a bad idea also, both for protecting them and for
getting the best sound quality out of them.
   

7. Don't leave finger prints on your records.
They leave greasy smudges and attract dust. Try and use the edges and the labels to hold
your records. Don't do what you see DJs doing!!
 

Thanks to Terry P for some of these tips. 
 
Vinyl Record care - How to get the most out of your vinyl records

Glossary

This is intended to be a glossary of the terms commonly used on the site. Any suggestions please email me at vf@a1linux.com.

 

Dead wax

A term used to describe that section of the record between the label and the actualy playing surface of the record, ie. the actual grooves. Its a fairly flat section of vinyl but is important because it contains information. This information can be a message from the artist or the mastering engineer such as an expression or quote. It also contains information on the actual pressing itself, such as generation of master, mastering engineer, where the record was cut etc.

DMM

Direct Metal Mastering is a technology for cutting directly into a metal stamper which is then used to stamp vinyl records. It has advantages over the lacquer process, in that it eliminates the lacquer stage(see below) and can fit more length onto a vinyl LP. 

Lacquer

One of the stages in making a record is to use the sound to physically cut  the groove for a record. There are two methods used. The more traditional way is to use a lacquer. Lacquer is a soft waxy material which is easy to cut into. From this lacquer cast, the metal pressing plate is then produced which is actually used to stamp the records. The more modern alternative method is DMM.

Needle drop

A term used to describe the process of making a digital copy from a vinyl record. Usually onto cd. Came into use as term in the recording industry when original master were lost and the new master for a re-release or a compilation was made from taking a copy of a record.