Dick's Picks 180 Gram Vinyl Comes To Brookvale Records
We are pleased to announce Brookvale Records will be releasing the entire Dick’s Picks Series on 180 gram vinyl. Dick's Picks Volume 1 and Dick's Picks Volume 2 will be issued on November 20th as limited-edition, hand-numbered releases of 2000.
The difference between a typical CD player and a truly great one is detectable by anyone apart from those poor unfortunates who have the hearing resolution of a clam. Believe me. And I offer my most sincere apologies to clams - I do not normally discriminate against molluscs. It is also true, however, that ya ain't gonna get back what has already been lost.
You can use the best CD player in the world, ya ain't gonna get back the stuff that was lost in the sampling from Analog to Digital. Analog is just that Analagous, Digital is a sampling (think of a potato - then if you slice the potato very thinly into 100 slices and remove every 3rd slice you still have most of it, but not all of it...
analog in blue, digital in red.
The difference between a typical CD player and a truly great one is not detectable by most listeners in a blind test.
Fixed that for ya!
If the LP master is created by playing the CD on a player that is far superior to one's own, and if one has a decent turntable, the LP could well sound better than the CD in practice. (The difference between a typical CD player and a truly great one is vast.)
It's always been about the music.
When I was a young lad, all my favorite music artists produced studio recordings to sell to their fans. When those artists came to town, they would play the songs from their studio recordings as close to the studio recordings as they could so it was like listening to the artists while they were making the studio recording. Everything had to be exactly perfect.
Then came the Grateful Dead. I first heard them at the Miami Pop Festival, they were nothing like the other bands. They started playing music and didn't stop for an hour. One song melted into the next and in the process melted my mind and I got on the bus. When I found their first studio album it didn't sound the same as their live preformance. When I next saw them they played some of the same songs but differently. The Grateful Dead live was very different than the Grateful Dead studio. More shows and more albums and finally in the late 70's early 80's tapes of live shows began to circulate, rare, multigeneration, muddy, incomplete shows that I treasured and listened to again and again to catch that musical magic.
Vinyl albums gave way to digital CDs and we made to switch mainly due to the fact that CDs didn't have those clicks and pops that vinyl aquired after repeated plays. The price of CD players came down while the price of highend audiophile turntables, stylus, and preamps went up along with the price of concert tickets. Then the Dead did a wonderful thing when. They opened up the Vault and started to release shows on CD. Individual multitrack shows, the Vault series, Dick's Picks, Download series, rare early material, Road Trips, Box Sets, and now Dave's Picks. And the tape trading community has stepped up to the plate as well with many fine and kind people digitizing first generation audience and sound board shows, taking care to correct levels and tape speeds and provide the best representation possible of the material. And who can leave out the Matrix recordings taking the best soundboard and mixing the best audience recording to produce wonderfully sounding recordings of complete shows. All done because of the love of the music.
Now we have the next level with high end 180 gram vinyl. I won't be able to join this part of the circus simply because I know that to correctly play these jems I would need a 500 dollar turntable, a 250 dollar stylus, 300 dollar preamp, and a 500 watt amp with several thousand spent on reference speakers set up in an acoustically perfect room and the time to spend sitting back just listening to each disk seperately.
I might be getting long in the tooth, but I ain't dead yet. I'm too busy to sit around a highend system to listen to music. I've got my favorite 500+ shows loaded into my 160 gig iPod classic that I take everywhere. I can listen when I'm at work, at the park, walking through the mall, I can plug the iPod into my car stereo and listen while I drive, or even at home I can plug it into my adequately good sounding stereo to listen while I'm busy around the house. I may not have the pristine sounds the vinyl and highend electronics can give but it is 1000% better than those old tapes, that I still have (~);}, ever sounded.
So it's just about the music, it's always been about the music and this old head is very happy with the wonderful music of the Grateful Dead that I've been fortunate enough to collect. To those few who are able to purchase and correctly play these fine recordings, enjoy and have fun!!
Everyone have a most Happy, Enjoyable, and Very Grateful Day. And keep listening to the Music.
(Bear that Dances)
CDs are mastered from Wave files which take a sampling of the original Analog recording, yes? and that sample rate is 44.1 kHz, yes? which has been discovered to be inadequate for getting the full spectrum of the 20-20 frequency range, yes? So mastering Vinyl from CDs will not improve the tonal quality of the music. Sure you can "cheat" with EQs and Noise reductions, etc. but you'll never get back what was lost in the original A-D conversion, yes? and $80?! You are high, yes?
CDs are mastered from Wave files which take a sampling of the original Analog recording, yes? and that sample rate is 44.1 kHz, yes? which has been discovered to be inadequate for getting the full spectrum of the 20-20 frequency range, yes? So mastering Vinyl from CDs will not improve the tonal quality of the music. Sure you can "cheat" with EQs and Noise reductions, etct. but you'll never get back what was lost in the original A-D conversion, yes? and $80?! You are high, yes?
I commend the fine folks at Brookvale Records for such an auspicious undertaking, but I think this is one vinyl re-issue series on which I'll have to pass. DP 1 at $80? That's a tough one to justify, not to mention the cost of shipping those records. I'll save my money and put it towards next year's subscription to Dave's Picks.
Hey now, Splurge: where'd you hear about this? I can't find any mentions.