Friday, March 30, 2007

Minor Bliss for Friday Evening

To deepest and darkest Hell with everything associated with politics and "public affairs" this evening. I had my 6-weeks'-post-surgery appointment with the orthopedist today, and it seems that I'll be starting physical therapy (for the second time) late next week ... and I expect I'll be pretty cautious about it, too, this time.

Meanwhile, we old guys who have our recorded music on old media (vinyl LPs and compact cassettes) sometimes find that we don't listen to it anymore, due to a lack of functional playback equipment, until we re-purchase it in digital form. That's costly, but it has its unexpected rewards. It had been years since I'd heard Steely Dan's wonderful album Gaucho, until I reacquired it and it showed up via UPS this week. Wow ... those drug-crazed rogues certainly built some ravishingly-beautiful tunes!

... I'll drop him near the freeway,
Doesn't he have a home? ...


Have a weekend, you-all.

5 comments:

Craig said...

The only Dan I have on vinyl are Pretzel Logic and Can't Buy A Thrill(of course). But I do have the CD box set that includes the entire catalog up to the mid-80s. I always preferred The Royal Scam but Aja is good too.

Bartleby said...

No more LPs at my place ... didn't have anything to play them on, so I tossed them all a while back. They were mostly pretty scratched up anyway.

The Royal Scam: now, there's another one I haven't heard in a good while. I foresee a musical Sunday afternoon coming up. Can't let them take me alive, you know.

Anonymous said...

Ahhhhh, "memories, etched between the pages of my mind..." now THAT was music!
Cathy

John Good said...

I threw out all of my vinyl when we moved two years ago. Same story here, mostly scratched or just plain trashed. I DO sometimes regret it anyway. . .

TW said...

Aja was a well engineered album. In fact, it won an award in 1977 for the Best Engineered Recording, Non Classical category. It's a real treat to listen to it on a nice stereo system. A decent set of headphones also gives you that true stereo effect that's hard to beat on an album of this quality.

I've still got an old record album shelf about 3 feet wide filled with vinyl. They're in decent shape as far as I know. I've still got a couple of turntables packed away. One needs repair and the other needs a stylus and cartridge. I haven't listened to any vinyl in 20 years.