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  1. Thread: Weather Report

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    Just FYI, Jack's amazing take on "Donna Lee"...

    Just FYI, Jack's amazing take on "Donna Lee" isn't on any of Weather Report's original discography; it is the opening track on the bassist's 1976 eponymous Epic Records debut. It may be true that...
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    And, since I'm a pathological bitcher about...

    And, since I'm a pathological bitcher about Spotify, I just want to add (whether or not anyone cares, but just so it's clear I'm not hardlined on the subject): you are another one of the good guys....
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    My comment about "we all draw our own lines in...

    My comment about "we all draw our own lines in the sand"? Add this: we all pick our own battles.

    Just FYI, my first wife was a vegan when I met her (which is why I used that as an example). Which...
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    All good, and thanks. Only thing I will say, in...

    All good, and thanks. Only thing I will say, in my defence (and this is from memory...if I'm wrong, well, I'll apologize again!), is that I wasn't the first to raise the negative Spotify stuff...or...
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    I don't believe so...at least, not yet...

    I don't believe so...at least, not yet...
  6. Great to hear you help musicians with the...

    Great to hear you help musicians with the technical side of archiving their work in ways that are as secure as possible. I find this Radiohead story both upsetting and uplifting: upsetting, that...
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    I'm not sure if I keep putting my foot in my...

    I'm not sure if I keep putting my foot in my mouth with you :D.

    Frankly, with this additional clarification, I'd suggest, even further, that you are, at least for me, the perfect Spotify user -...
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    No, the thanks truly are all mine. Most...

    No, the thanks truly are all mine.


    Most professional musicians don't :)


    And I (as I'm sure everyone here would agree) am very happy that you do. But I also appreciate your saying that it...
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    Poisoned Youth: Clearly you have not read my...

    Poisoned Youth:

    Clearly you have not read my last post. Otherwise you'd have seen that I was trying to be conciliatory, apologized to any I'd offended (yourself included) and was, indeed, moving...
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    And sorry, btw, for coming on and appearing to do...

    And sorry, btw, for coming on and appearing to do the equivalent of a trump tweet storm! The sad reality, for me, is suffering from CFS I kinda divide my time up...most goes to writing, but when I...
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    And, as I mentioned to one of the other guys here...

    And, as I mentioned to one of the other guys here who does the same thing: you are, indeed, one of the good guys. The problem, sadly, is that there are too few of you (and I'd eager that the...
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    What he said. And why I argue the consequences of...

    What he said. And why I argue the consequences of buying into, for this discussion, streaming. Thanks, Henry, for an astute comment...and for doing it in a less didactic fashion! :O
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    No I don't. I go a long way to say I am not...

    No I don't. I go a long way to say I am not judging, but you can't have it both ways; you can't subscribe solely to streaming services and then not be surprised if, with so many people doing so, it...
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    Thanks for bringing the experience of a real live...

    Thanks for bringing the experience of a real live musician to the table, much appreciated....

    And I can't argue with you...you're the guy on the front line. But everything you said supports my...
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    Sure they did...but between artists who nothing...

    Sure they did...but between artists who nothing about business ( many of today's musicians are much more business savvy than they were back in the day), management and labels who were really looking...
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    But not all artists are crazy enough or committed...

    But not all artists are crazy enough or committed enough to do what they do without compensation. Especially since, in the last 50-75 years, compensation has become the norm.

    Ah, the "music will...
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    Frankly, it's the niche artists who suffer the...

    Frankly, it's the niche artists who suffer the most. Other than bandcamp, that is, whose model is very amenable to niche market artists.


    Well, in the age of people wanting something for their...
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    Some do...others have no choice because their...

    Some do...others have no choice because their labels insist. Still others are forced because they may be independent labels, but have distribution contracts with major labels who are shareholders in...
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    I did, indeed, miss that - and for that, i...

    I did, indeed, miss that - and for that, i apologize. But, as I posted to someone else (I guess...can't remember), you're in the minority. Most people use Spotify to replace spending money on CDs;...
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    The diff is that Fripp/Crimson was ripped off by...

    The diff is that Fripp/Crimson was ripped off by labels/management. PledgeMusic was created with the intent of helping musicians connect with their fans, and for fans to help, by making advance...
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    Great record also important as one of the few...

    Great record also important as one of the few recordings available featuring the late, great violinist Zbigniew Seifert.

    I reviewed it, back when Promising Music/MPS released it on CD. Those who...
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    I apologize; I missed that, and fair enough. ...

    I apologize; I missed that, and fair enough.


    I've been pretty clear on this: hey, it's legal and so I cannot judge those who choose to use it. I don't think they're evil or immoral.
    ...
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    Just bought and am downloading. You've gotta love...

    Just bought and am downloading. You've gotta love a group that takes this kind of action ... and that includes donating all the proceeds to s great cause...
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    I'd suggest that, speaking for myself, I'm hardly...

    I'd suggest that, speaking for myself, I'm hardly a Luddite; y whole adult career has been spent adapting to and adopting technological advancements...in most cases, happily.

    I rip audio from any...
  25. Not quite, as there's a show from Chile (CD and...

    Not quite, as there's a show from Chile (CD and DVD), plus a disc of demos (like he included with the special edition of his bio), where demos are followed by brief clips of the actual songs so you...
  26. Oh damn, thanks for tweaking my addled brain to...

    Oh damn, thanks for tweaking my addled brain to make that correction...was planning to do it after someone else pointed out the error earlier today but, we'll, I got sidetracked and then just plum...
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    Then my work is done! Thanks for the kind words...

    Then my work is done! Thanks for the kind words and for toughing it our through the whole article!
  28. Glad you dug the review; thanks for taking the...

    Glad you dug the review; thanks for taking the time to read it...

    ...but I know you'll dig the box even more, and IMO, Sid has really outdone himself with his liners (one reason I quoted him more...
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    North American prices are likely high because its...

    North American prices are likely high because its a uk box with no North American distribution, so they've gotta import them (which means customs, duty, etc). It always jacks the price. I'll be...
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    me too!

    me too!
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    Big box (hardcover book, etc), and while BS will...

    Big box (hardcover book, etc), and while BS will send smaller items no insurance, no tracking, I think to prevent problems with such an expensive (and isn't it limited also?) box, they've opted to...
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    Mine is due from BS on Monday, can't wait!! (He...

    Mine is due from BS on Monday, can't wait!! (He says even as he focuses on the Earthworks Complete review that's coming next, so when he'll find time to listen to the TD? Yikes!!)
  33. Thread: CD Rot

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    Island Records had a series of releases, back in...

    Island Records had a series of releases, back in the '90s if I recall correctly, that were plagued with this (or something similar). I had it happen with my CD of Fairport Convention's Nine. The good...
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    Tiny is an exaggeration. Minuscule, Microscopic?...

    Tiny is an exaggeration. Minuscule, Microscopic? Those would be more accurate.

    Also, you have to factor in that you're in the minority. Most Spotify users don't buy hard media ... in fact, and I...
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    You're actually doing pretty well! :lol

    You're actually doing pretty well! :lol
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    No. First, copies for personal use are both legal...

    No. First, copies for personal use are both legal ... and the folks who bought the CDs give the band far more money than your Spotify plays ever will. There's an article somewhere, can't recall...
  37. I read it while researching for the box...but...

    I read it while researching for the box...but can't recall where so it's possible that may be incorrect. I always strive to support my facts with external sources, but they can sometimes be...
  38. Thanks....and no, the big box isn't for...

    Thanks....and no, the big box isn't for everyone... :)
  39. Thanks again for the corrections, they'll be in...

    Thanks again for the corrections, they'll be in momentarily. On the above one? Just to let you know that I was working with an early version of the liners in PDF format, and that misspell was in it...
  40. Thanks, man! Not at all. To answer? D'OH!!...

    Thanks, man!


    Not at all. To answer? D'OH!! Sadly, editing is pretty superficial at all about jazz and, try as I might, with articles this long some small things are bound to be missed...so I...
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    And he's right about reaching people. But it's...

    And he's right about reaching people. But it's sad that, in order to do so, they have to go with a model that will devalue their music.

    But this is not new. ECM went to Spotify last year, though...
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    Sure, but those cassette copies were not exact...

    Sure, but those cassette copies were not exact copies, as they became when it became possible to rip CDs. This is, I am sorry to say, a common excuse for justifying it. And it's not totally...
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    Pick yourself up a cheap digital audio player so...

    Pick yourself up a cheap digital audio player so you can play them full format. If you can listen to Spotify on the bus, you can listen to them on a DAP...or your iPhone for that matter as you can...
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    Me, as well.....

    Me, as well.....
  45. While I am, of course, happy to help drive sales...

    While I am, of course, happy to help drive sales to DGM/Panegyric, but it's not my primary objective. Information and context (historical and otherwise) come first...everything else, including my...
  46. One afternoon to do track/personnel listing. Four...

    One afternoon to do track/personnel listing. Four 6-7 hour sessions over four days to write. One day to trim, tweak and (hopefully) improve. Two days going it over and making final adjustments. So a...
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    True, but for me, being able to put the high res...

    True, but for me, being able to put the high res material on my DAP is essential, especially when preparing to write, as it means I can listen to the album anywhere I happen to be...and still in full...
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    I'm surprised. I would have though my enthusiasm...

    I'm surprised. I would have though my enthusiasm about both albums, but especially ReConstruKction, are well worth it. ReConstruKction is the album, IMO, that ConstruKction should have been...or, at...
  49. Nope, other than Bootleg TV, no videos. And it's...

    Nope, other than Bootleg TV, no videos. And it's understandable. They had to fit so much Audio on the three Blu Ray disc's that they'd have had to add more discs for video...and that would likely (my...
  50. Thanks!!

    Thanks!!
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    You can't. But it would be a big deal for Crimson...

    You can't. But it would be a big deal for Crimson to offer download codes for the BR content. We're talking 3.7 days of material and, since I save everything in ALAC, I can't recall how big the files...
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    It took me about two days to do it all. Good...

    It took me about two days to do it all.

    Good luck...but once you're done, you're golden!!
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    If you use DVD Audio Extractor after MKV, you can...

    If you use DVD Audio Extractor after MKV, you can then separate the tracks and save in a variety of audio formats. While there's no metadata, once you do it for awhile, it becomes easy to figure out...
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    I'm sure y'all have seen my other thread, but...

    I'm sure y'all have seen my other thread, but just in case....my review of the Heaven & Earth box, published today at All About Jazz.
  55. Everyone has a gateway album...but I suspect...

    Everyone has a gateway album...but I suspect you'll find ReConstruKction is even better. I always really liked the material on TCoL, though I appreciated it much more when they started playing it...
  56. Thanks, man, I appreciate your taking the time to...

    Thanks, man, I appreciate your taking the time to read it!


    I hear ya. But I'd recommend the two smaller CD/DVD-A releases, and especially The ReConstruKction of Light, as it really is a...
  57. Thanks for toughing it out. Like I said, there's...

    Thanks for toughing it out. Like I said, there's so much material and history to cover, that I couldn't see doing it any differently.
    Cheers!
    John
  58. AAJ Review: King Crimson, Heaven & Earth: Live and In the Studio 1997-2008

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    My review of King Crimson’s Heaven & Earth: Live and In the Studio 1997-2008, today at All About Jazz.
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    While a lot of music, to be sure, when compared...

    While a lot of music, to be sure, when compared to the upcoming Heaven & Earth Box's 4.5 days (roughly) of unique material, the Starless Box is an EP :lol
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    OTOH, based on sales and the success of his tour,...

    OTOH, based on sales and the success of his tour, I'd wager it's left a better taste in far more peoples' mouths than bad...

    ...I know it's not a popular sentiment (though I'm very happy for him,...
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