The Vinyl Experience Radio Show

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Welcome to the I HeartRadio Station, and weekly Web Radio Show all about Records! I'm Paul Cavalconte, curator and host of The Vinyl Experience Radio Show and now The Vinyl Experience Station on I HeartRadio. The Vinyl Experience began as a weekly hour-long show on New York's Adult Alternative Rock station 101.9 WRXP. When the station signed off the air in 2011, the show moved to the web. The Progressive Radio Network (prn.fm) presents The Vinyl Experience Radio Show as a live stream each Friday at 5PM ET and on demand in their Archives. Canada's Radio That Doesn't Suck.com (rtds.ca) ecores The Vinyl Experience around the clock on Sundays at 9 and 3. On June 20, 2015, The Vinyl Experience On I Heart radio launched as a 24 hour custom station. Steam it anywhere with the I Heart Radio smartphone app, or on the web at iheartradio.com. 25 years after the advent of the CD promised “perfect sound forever”, an alternate technology is showing gains while CD sales cave to digital downloads, and music fans boil their bulky hard-media music collections down into I Pod stew. The technology on the rise was the very one displaced by the CD market in the first place. The “technology” is Vinyl LP playback—back, and arguably better than ever! As a lifelong enthusiast and collector, I will gather all you need to know about following this fun and rewarding branch of The Rock Experience. -I’ll summarize new releases and reissues, with details not just about the music, but the packaging and pressing quality. -I’ll help de-mystify the specifics of playback, and show you tricks and techniques for spinning records on a budget. (See the "Basics" Blog-post articles) A new generation of music fans crave a more intimate, involving relationship with recorded sound. Most indie and alternative contemporary rock artists insist on vinyl releases, along with standard digital. Big labels are showing new pride in their classic catalogs, offering new vinyl product for the first time in decades, taking greater care than ever before in reissuing treasured titles in deluxe packages, touting better quality mastering and pressing of the record itself, and enhanced detail in artwork reproduction. Hobbyists are discovering the arcane joys of vintage Hi Fi, while modern manufacturers are meeting that growing market head-on with new turntable, cartridge and preamplifier products that improve on classic designs. E-Bay crackles with high-roller auctions of collectible discs that spin astronomical sums. Yes, some sixty years after Columbia unveiled the first commercial 33 1/3 vinyl long-player, records are hot, sexy and here to stay!

06/01/2019
It's Record Store Day weekend, and the 24/7 iHeartRadio station that I curate is your perfect soundtrack to your vinyl-b...
04/13/2019
Listen to The Vinyl Experience Live - The Records That Changed Everything | iHeartRadio

It's Record Store Day weekend, and the 24/7 iHeartRadio station that I curate is your perfect soundtrack to your vinyl-browsing. Download the app and bookmark The Vinyl Experience and Vinyl Jazz! Listen for features on today's exclusive releases, and as always, vinyl-dubs from my personal collection, transcribed on classic HiFi playback.

Listen to The Vinyl Experience Live for Free! Stream Classic Rock songs online from this radio station, only on iHeartRadio.

The photo of Tommy Dorsey is from 1947 at New York City's WMCA radio.  The photo of Donald Fagan is of the now iconic 19...
04/06/2019

The photo of Tommy Dorsey is from 1947 at New York City's WMCA radio. The photo of Donald Fagan is of the now iconic 1982 album The Nightfly. I wish I knew of the Dorsey photo when I interviewed Donald some years back, it might just have been his inspiration.

Remember Mark Hollis by spinning one of Talk Talk’s extraordinary EMI albums, among the most creative and best recorde...
02/27/2019

Remember Mark Hollis by spinning one of Talk Talk’s extraordinary EMI albums, among the most creative and best recorded of the era. And as a nature-buff, I always appreciated the cartoon-accuracy of this album cover, with Attacus and Antherea moths well depicted

An edgy reminder to always handle by the edges.
11/12/2018

An edgy reminder to always handle by the edges.

A friend often referred to Hi Fi as a "one man, one dog hobby."  It's the late night solitary listening moments that rev...
08/04/2018
Frank Sinatra's Classic Hi-Fi System

A friend often referred to Hi Fi as a "one man, one dog hobby." It's the late night solitary listening moments that reveal the most. Here's a guy who knew from late night sessions. Swell listening room, Frankie. And that fruit bowl-full of fresh cig packs keeps the hobby happy AND healthy!

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Nashville Cats... buy records here.
06/28/2018

Nashville Cats... buy records here.

06/16/2018
The Rolling Stones - Vinyl Unboxing Trailer

Playing favorites with The Boys

Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie unbox The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971 - 2016, for the very first time! This limited edition collector's item is out n...

While the hopes of an all-analog revisiting of anything Rolling Stones are forever dashed, the humble tone and good deta...
06/14/2018
How the Rolling Stones' Massive New Vinyl Box Came Together

While the hopes of an all-analog revisiting of anything Rolling Stones are forever dashed, the humble tone and good detail of this article suggest that the forthcoming Vinyl Stones Motherlode won't be more Sucking In The Seventies.

"Imagine the original version of each album turned up to 11," engineer Miles Showell says of remastering 15 of the band's LPs for a new collection

It’s what’s spinning.
04/24/2018

It’s what’s spinning.

While the abandoned Tappan Zee bridge rusts along side it's shiny new Hudson river replacement, this vintage record labe...
12/09/2017

While the abandoned Tappan Zee bridge rusts along side it's shiny new Hudson river replacement, this vintage record label recalls it's glory days. Jazz keyboardist and composer Bob James honored his New York suburbs home base with this boutique label in 1975. Hear a cut from it on this week's VE show, archived at prn.fm, and airing at 9 and 3 round the clock Sundays on rtds.ca.

The ubiquitous record album of garage sales and dollar-a-disc bins, "The First Family" is a charming artifact of an inno...
11/25/2017
Opinion | He Played Kennedy. Then He Became Himself.

The ubiquitous record album of garage sales and dollar-a-disc bins, "The First Family" is a charming artifact of an innocent time that ground to a halt on 11/22/63. As did Vaughn Meader, almost.

Vaughn Meader became famous for his presidential impression. He ended his life in obscurity, but beloved.

11/15/2017
RCA AUTOMATIC 45 RPM CAR RECORD PLAYER MODEL AP-1 1961 DESOTO - YouTube

The warbling on Angel Baby is hilarious, sounds like aliens. (Not that Ive had any experience in that area. 51. Ok I'll stop)

HERE IS MY RCA AUTOMATIC 45 RPM CAR RECORD PLAYER MODEL AP-1 IN MY1961 DESOTO. IT WAS EASY TO INSTALL, JUST PLUG IT INTO THE BACK OF THE RADIO AND CONNECT A ...

Every crate digger’s nightmare: Record store has ‘Whipped Cream and Other Delights’ and nothing else
10/18/2017
Every crate digger’s nightmare: Record store has ‘Whipped Cream and Other Delights’ and nothing else

Every crate digger’s nightmare: Record store has ‘Whipped Cream and Other Delights’ and nothing else

If there’s one thing all record collectors have in common, it’s the experience of running into Whipped Cream & Other Delights by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass innumerable times…. like literally, every time you go into a record store you haven’t been to already. If you’re flipping through the A...

Interesting that they have bypassed "Red Book" altogether, offering SACD and Vinyl as a combo. While this is a spotty wo...
08/13/2017
Their Satanic Majesties Request - 50th Anniversary Special Edition [2 LP/2 SACD Combo]

Interesting that they have bypassed "Red Book" altogether, offering SACD and Vinyl as a combo. While this is a spotty work artistically, it sure is ear-candy.

50th Anniversary Special Audiophile Edition limited hand numbered. Special Edition foldout packaging includes restored original Lenticular, not available for over 30 years.180gm Vinyl and Hybrid SACD versions of both Mono and Stereo versions of the album. Both recordings newly remastered by Bob L...

Oddly enough, no "Benn Jordan" albums have turned up in my racks of wax.  Read on...http://www.bennjordan.com/blog/?p=69...
08/06/2017
Benn Jordan | I’m Sorry, But No More Vinyl.

Oddly enough, no "Benn Jordan" albums have turned up in my racks of wax. Read on...http://www.bennjordan.com/blog/?p=697

I’m Sorry, But No More Vinyl. This post is going to sting a lot of my readers, so let me introduce a previous version of myself. I used to frequent record shops in South Chicago and flip through old jazz, gospel, funk, and house records on a weekly basis. The most exciting part of that experience is...

Spinning with Anita Pallenberg in mind.
06/15/2017

Spinning with Anita Pallenberg in mind.

The Vinyl Bubble
06/09/2017
The Vinyl Bubble

The Vinyl Bubble

As demand continues to grow, may are asking when the "vinyl bubble" will pop.

Because it's not about preaching to the choir--here's another concise refresher on the basics...
06/09/2017
Turntable buying guide

Because it's not about preaching to the choir--here's another concise refresher on the basics...

Whether you grew up playing records, or you're just discovering vinyl's warm, analog sound, this article will walk you through the basics of choosing a turntable.

This just in...from 50 years ago.New York's "paper of record" had quite a dissertation on this platter.  Much of Richard...
06/03/2017
From the Archives: The Original Review of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’

This just in...from 50 years ago.

New York's "paper of record" had quite a dissertation on this platter. Much of Richard Goldstein's now-infamous review is baseless harrumph, particular in his tone-deafness to "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds." But his jabs at the bathos of "She's Leaving Home," George's preachy "Within You Without You," and the affectations of "Mr Kite" and "^64" have aged better than the subjects. Conversely, his eloquent awe for "A Day In The Life" captures a slack-jaw moment in motion. Pick beneath Goldstein's sour tone for some sharp insight. And consider that the sonic barrage of "Pepper" marked the FIRST time such sounds were heard on planet earth. Goldstein clearly struggles ducking the flying objects, to the degree that he misses the utterly beguiling melodies nestled within those silly songs.

This assessment of the Beatles’ album ran in The New York Times on June 18, 1967.

Chris Cornell: 8 Great Acoustic Covers
05/18/2017
Chris Cornell: 8 Great Acoustic Covers

Chris Cornell: 8 Great Acoustic Covers

Seemingly every acoustic-guitar-wielding singer-songwriter eventually takes on Bob Marley's timeless anthem of hope, and Cornell was no exception. In 2015, he performed the song in New York with help from his daughter Toni.Watch Chris Cornell's most memorable songs.

The 10 Best Greatest Hits Albums To Own On Vinyl
05/08/2017
The 10 Best Greatest Hits Albums To Own On Vinyl

The 10 Best Greatest Hits Albums To Own On Vinyl

Since listening to a record involves a special participation on the part of the listener, placing the record on the turntable, cueing and dropping the needle, it’s an activity made for digesting original albums as a whole rather than selected hits compiled to fill a record label’s coffers or fulfill...

Timeline Photos
04/27/2017

Timeline Photos

Of course we want the out-takes! Bring 'em on!I'm going to be a HARD sell on the remix notion.  And I have absolutely ha...
04/25/2017
Inside Unheard 'Sgt. Pepper' Outtakes: Exclusive First Listen

Of course we want the out-takes! Bring 'em on!

I'm going to be a HARD sell on the remix notion.

And I have absolutely had it with the kicking of the Stereo Pepper to the ground. It was NOT an afterthought. LOTS of effort went into it. Yes, mistakes. But many more purposeful things. WHY are we being bull-shat about this?!

"A Day In The Life" alone makes the case for it being a properly conceived stereo mix, not just slapping the twin track together like "Please Please Me." Think of the slow pan of John's vocal in the first stanzas, as if he's strolling a stage while he sings and strums. Listen to the drum texture, the way limiting and reverb are used to create an enormous space out of simple elements. Also the depth and surround-sound aspects of the orchestral passages, the stereo panning of John's ephemeral vocalizing on the bridge, the placement of the alarm clock ACROSS from (rather than behind) Paul as he sings "woke up fell out of bed." This is NOT "tea-break" work.

OR...listen to the pitch of the tabla on "Within You Without You," the shimmer of the Indian instruments, the stereo-panned call-response with the strings on the bridge, the subtle stereo split on George's slightly flanged/double-tracked vocals.

The original Stereo Pepper is (on some tracks) a CASE STUDY in imaginative and thoroughly competent stereo mixing. For my taste, the bass and tonal balances are CORRECT. One thing you DON'T need on this record is more bass!

There are also annoyingly bad mix choices (i.e. "When I'm 64.") And there are coin-toss calls, such as-- which is the "correct" pitch version of "She's Leaving Home?" Has Giles sped up the lugubrious slow stereo version to match the more ingenuous mono?

And finally--'cause I MUST be a pain in the ass about this--are we talkin' TUBES? The original mixes of Pepper are juicy and thick thanks to 100% tube passes--from the mic preamps, audio processing, tape recorder, to the mixing board. REDD 37's and all-valve J37 Studers are as much sound-shaping instruments as sitar, mellotron or Hammond. Theoretically, taking those session recordings to Pro Tools and spreading them out over 64 tracks (or whatever) should reveal more...unless more turns out to be less...

We shall see, or hear, as it were. Nonetheless, a splendid time is still guaranteed for all. There are worse homework assignments.

Rob Sheffield gets an exclusive first listen from George Martin's son Giles inside the Beatles' massive 'Sgt. Pepper' outtakes.

Girls, Put Your Records On
04/25/2017

Girls, Put Your Records On

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