Trip-hop and turntablism have By My Side - S.S.S.P. - For Life (Vinyl up many great records which sound amazing on vinyl. So how do you choose just one? The Avalanches' first and best album combines sly samples with a great sense of humor. Best served with a fruity drink and a hammock. Daft Punk's richest-sounding record, Random Access Memories is less '90s rave and more '70s discotheque.
This album is single-handedly responsible for rekindling the careers of producer Giorgio Moroder and producer-guitarist Nile Rodgers. Every fan has a favorite Pink Floyd album, and this is ours. The first side is a chemical-free drug trip, while the title track on side two is simply devastating. If your tastes in rock tend to have the "prog-" prefix attached, then you are likely a King Crimson fan. From the iconic cover art to the genre-defining fantasy and sci-fi themes, In The Court of the Crimson King still sounds fresh today.
Also check out the excellent Low End Theory. The best jazz albums on vinyl is deserving of its own gallery but here's one album you don't see as often. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. We delete comments that violate our policywhich we encourage you to read. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion.
Don't show this again. CNET editors pick the products and services we write about. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission. Ty Pendlebury. The best albums to own on vinyl Vinyl is boomingand if you own a record player, you've probably got a nice collection of records with music you love. Note that CNET may receive a commission from the products featured in this article. Read the article, By My Side - S.S.S.P. - For Life (Vinyl. The Beatles -- Abbey Road The Beatles' music still endures 50 years after the band broke up, and every vinyl fan probably owns at least one of their records.
See More. Amy Winehouse -- Back to Black Easily one of the best albums released since the turn of the century, Amy Winehouse's Back to Black captures her soon-to-be tragic life in amber. The Clash -- London Calling Much more fun than the title track would have you believe, London Calling is a celebration of British outsider music in all of its late-'70s forms. Parliament -- Mothership Connection There can be no argument that '70s funk and soul sounds best on vinyl, and Parliament's Mothership Connection is a high-water mark for the genre.
Feist -- Let It Die Lovingly repackaged by subscription service Vinyl Me Pleasethe sophomore album by Feist is the late-night album to end all late-night albums. See it at Vinyl Me, Please. Palace Brothers -- Viva Last Blues Will Oldham has had a long career under many names, most involving the word "palace", but Viva Last Blues is one of his most memorable efforts. See it at Bandcamp. Kraftwerk -- The Man-Machine Yes, we could have chosen any one of Kraftwerk's '70s records but Man-Machine loses the meandering approach of other albums in favor of actual songs, even "hits" The Model.
Portishead -- Dummy Portishead's Dummy is the musical version of the movie Withnail and I -- its meaning shifts depending on your mood at the time. The Avalanches -- Since I Left You Trip-hop and turntablism have thrown up many great records which sound amazing on vinyl. Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers -- Moanin' The best jazz albums on vinyl is deserving of its own gallery but here's one album you don't see as often.
Discuss: Best-sounding albums to own on vinyl Sign in to comment Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. Make sure the inner and outer edges of the glue are built up not smeared thin and you are good to go. The only downside is the wait. Before the treatment, it was pop and crackle city. This is after I hand cleaned it with solution. After the glue it sounds like a whole new record. Seriously, even my wife was shocked. It loses a point for the time it takes to dry.
No one mentioned the widely used Stereophile recipe that is alcohol, water, and about 2 drops of Kodak Photo-flo. Ilford Ilfotol is anther wetting agent with different chemical composition but similar effect to Photo-flo. Pick your poison, literally. I cannot believe that no one has mentioned a good record cleaning machine. I have a Nitty Gritty for sale keeping the second one and if you have a collection worth anything, you should buy it.
Why would you invest all kinds of cash on a vinyl collection but skimp on a cleaning system or a audio system for that matter? Wood glue works wonders and is much easier and cheaper to apply than described.
The way to apply it is to pour slowly while the record is spinning on a turntable and smooth it out with your finger. This works best on a direct drive turntable. The trick is to apply just the right amount — too thick and it takes forever to dry; too thin and it will crack as you peel it off. Very interesting. I did dabble with numerous solutions both commercial and homemade. I have a homemade mix that 1 part Isopropyl Alcohol to 8 parts de-ionised water. I use this with a cotton cloth to do a single clean to aid with grading.
In the main i use an ultrasonic cleaning machine that takes 5 records at a time. In this machine i use ML of Isopropyl Alcohol to 5 litres of de-ionised water. I also set the solution temperature at between 30 — 33 oC. Any form of cleaning requires heat, agitation, time and solution. I have found that 5 x 2 minute rotations is ample to produce excellent results. This amount of solution will easily clean LPs or 7 inch vinyls.
Happy collecting. Actually, it works out to about 10 cents per record. Best is that it betters every one of the numerous other commercial cleaner and home brew concoction I have tried over the years.
To top it off, it is an absolute pleasure to use — no alcohol or caustic chemicals, and it smells great. Leave it to a lady French chemist to brew up something so all around great. Highly recommended. My, My, how far we have come! Remember when we were happy to be able to throw four or five records on a BSR, or Garrard changer with a flip over sapphire cartridge.
When most of these collectable records were pressed, we were more than happy with a 35 watt Harman Kardon! No, I to have grasp the clean record bit. Having invested in an ultrasonic cleaner. Somebody struck upon my concern, the click! Not from visible scratches or nicks, but I guess embedded. Perhaps the glue would be best. But the one thing left out is the consumption LP time.
Washing records in the sink with a smidge of detergent and a splash of IPA is unbeatable for both time and money considerations. Does it get them as clean as a fancy record cleaning machine with all the whizz bang chemicals? Some people commenting on here have only washed a dozen records in their lives. I have regularly washed records a week for the last 10 years.
Do the maths. It penetrates the groove without mechanical intervention and dissolves into solution all contaminants. Solution dries and the resulting film peeled off. Wood glue is, well glue, not a cleaner and also creates static when it comes off triboelectric effect.
I purchased the kirmuss record restoration system. It is by far the best cleaning set up out there. I cleaned a copy of the sound track to M Squad an old Lee Marvin tv show. It takes time, but when it was done it sounds perfect, looks like crap but there is not a pop, scratch or unrecorded noise on it. My experience has taught me that vinyl in the type of condition, even after cleaning, will usually expose damage that would deem it unlistenable.
Maybe I missed the point that if the methods demonstrated here will clean these, it would clean slightly soiled vinyl to like new condition. ALL newly acquired records must be cleaned.
I wish to prolong the life of my Ortofon MM2 Black as long as possible too. Appreciate your reply. ArizonaBob, It seems impossible to reply you directly. Also freshly new records are very static. Second good reason is when you want to enjoy your stylus as long as possible, cleaning records is a must. The stylus wears out so much quicker with dirty records.
Therefore cleaning records is a must. Jeez people. First, the records that are shown must be really rare or why are you going to all this trouble?? Second, I would never personally buy any record in this condition! Thirdly, if these are in your collection, how in world did they get By My Side - S.S.S.P.
- For Life (Vinyl way?? Like the 74 year old commented, I bought a Discwasher in my teens also and still use it to this day I have several. If it still is not up to expectations, out it goes and a replacement is hunted down. Sorry, but I personally cannot understand why you would spend more time and money attempting to clean a record than to just acquire a nice one to listen to? Would one of you please clue me in?
As most people I tried a lot of cleaning solutions. Wetting agent reduces the surface tension of water. You can Use the cleaning solution in record vacuum cleaners and also with the Knosti Disco antistat. Finally I have one last and very good tip for all the Knosti antistat users like me: The modified Antistat Clamp from highqual.
Maybe you will find the clamp a bit expensive clamp but it really pays of. No more damaged record labels. A RCM is the best if you are a serious collector. Most of the other methods involve a cloth which must surely disperse the grime and without a vacuum it will surely dry with some debris still on the record. Hello everyone and happy new year … Well, I am still using a homemade method for more than 45 years: Liquid soap for babies and I get a surprising cleaning.
It is also true that before placing a record on the turntable, I take the precaution of cleaning it with a silk brush for babies, so that my records never get to deteriorate as much as you see in the article. Also, alternate a normal capsule for less good discs and another supereliptic for select discs.
I have been using Revirginizer. You massage it into the record and let it cure then peel it off. Great product developed by a chemist record collector here in Australia. Which will do about 30 12 inch sides.
Great results. Removes deep in the grooves and is anti static. Greetings and happy new year to VC World from Minnesota. I have been testing many methods over the years from spin clean to ultrasonic to own solutions. There seems to be a lot of comments saying how much work it would be to play before and after and being able to tell the difference is a lot of work…. For those that might doubt the sound differences and quality…. Even different types of water made difference before and after testing and different amounts per quart or pint jars of tergitol can make a difference.
Thank marcuslattimer comcast. Tap water in Sydney is reasonably soft and quite good enough. I have recently upgraded to using one of those flat paint applicators with the fine and soft bristles: Works a treat!! And cheaper then every other solution proposed! From my experience this RCM is the most practical. In my opinion the cleaning results are equivalent in regard to vacuum machines. But the big difference is the noiseless operation.
You can clean a disc while your wife is sleeping and stay alive after that. I tested several cleaning fluids. Sometimes I prefer to repeat the first step for very dirty discs. The Loricraft machines are a manual version of the Keith Monks machine used by the BBC in the golden age of the vinyl. I used also an ultrasonic machine. The results were somewhat surprising. After the cleaning the number of clicks detected by the software have increased!!. However, when listening, the audible clicks have diminished.
Is the ultrasonic cleaning producing non-audible damages? As I do not have a microscope I cannot say. Meanwhile I stop using the ultrasonic method. I was pleased to see this article, but there are two major flaws in the testing methodology: 1 no play-grading to assess sonic improvements; and 2 lack of repetition to see whether cleaning solutions are harmful to the music itself.
An initial cleaning of a very dirty record does not provide the information vinyl enthusiasts most need about cleaning solutions. Greetings all, I have been into vinyl off and on for forty years. I currently use a tergitol hand clean, ultrasonic rinse, vacuum and hand finish. I am having excellent results. Most of what I am cleaning now are my worst case albums. I would like to offer it as a service in the Edmonton area. I have a Facebook page I have posted a couple before and after of some thift store records.
I put the record on my old player, give it a spin, apply the solution, use a soft brush Okki Nokki to spread it evenly, let it rest for a couple of minutes and then remove it gently with a microfibre cloth.
This sucks off most of the liquid and the dirt particles. So far, there has only been one instance where this did not work. Perhaps someone spilled glue over that record, as Album) was impossible to remove. Then a distilled water rinse and vacuum repeat. Most of the commercially available fluids work pretty well with a vacuum system. It consists of Isopropyl alcohol distilled water and about.
I always follow with a distilled water rinse, a gentle lint free cloth wipe and an air dry. I use a solution of Tergitol, Hepastat, alcohol, and distilled water that I spread and gently scrub in with a microfiber brush. I then vacuum it off with an inexpensive attachment to my shop vac. I rinse and vacuum twice with distilled water. It even improves the sound quality of some passages. I do this on a small rotating platform using a label protector.
If you are cleaning a lot of LPs, the cost is minimal. All my LPs are pristine. It does a great job of removing debris and static. Seem to be pretty similar but the V. I am pretty certain the brushes inside are made with goat hair. Non-abrasive of course. Then after researching online, I make a home brew for my solution. The key here is not to use too much drying agent, as it will leave a residue that is hard to get off if you do.
Without looking under a microscope or anything like that, they come out super clean and never play back with any static at all. The other thing is I clean my stylus after every record is played. Of course, even brand new records, come filthy with white specs of dust or whatever.
So every record is cleaned before going on my turntable and I am then able to achieve an awesome listening experience with no background noise at all, as long as the records do not have a manufacture defect. Troy no, 30 bucks a bottle. Either as a spray solution with a micro fibre cloth. And later cleaning with distilled water. Or the same as a bath using a disco anti stat device.
And later a disc vacuum device. Will that be your next test? With regard to wood glue and the difficulty in application due to undue viscosity, it might help to experiment with diluting glue with distilled water and applying it with a soft brush. The effect should be the same in terms of getting down in the grooves and lifting out particles.
The trick might be finding the dilution sweet spot where it peels off easily. Once the film gets too thin it will probably be more prone to cracking. As regards cost per record, buying it by the gallon would be more economical than by the smaller applicator bottle size.
If ya know what I mean. I appreciate the blog article but what is dumbfounded to see that you did not mention protecting the labels.
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