Sound Retrieval Systems

March 22, 2011

You can now get SRS for your i-stuff !! This “Nureality” box was actually quite good fun in the days when I enjoyed knob-twiddling……

More DCC

March 21, 2011

Here is a review from circa 1992 of the then-about-to-be-lanched DCC.

Sometimes the public remains indifferent to new trends and ideas. Almost 20 years ago now they tried (and failed) to convince us that DCC (Digital Compact Cassette) was the next big thing. I’m sure they got the pricing completely wrong. It takes time for new hi-fi to be integrated into car dashboards and portable units weren’t as portable as a Sony Walkman. Throughout the 1990s I remained quite content listening to analog compact cassettes. The DCC equipment I foolishly purchased remains the white (no..black actually) elephant of my hifi system. Without the development of/reduction in price of home PCs, broadband internet connections and all the i-stuff….and if the record labels had managed to keep a tighter grip on their product perhaps we would still be buying digital cassette tapes today……

Rust in peace

March 18, 2011

Thanks to Robert at the Bond Info magazine for drawing the club members’ attention to this atmospheric photo of a Bond Equipe GT4S languishing in Corsica. “Ideal for restoration” is a phrase often used for basket-case/uneconomic to repair/unloved old cars. I can picture exactly what state this car will be in without needing a closer look. Of the 2505 originally manufactured in Preston in the 1960s I doubt if 100 examples survive in any condition. I always liked the bonnets on the GT4S. So much so that my Triumph Herald currently wears one. Does that make it a Berald or a Hequipe ?

Turn that racket down

March 9, 2011

Can anyone point me in the direction of “Wall of Noise” by Doctor Mix and the Remix ?? The original LP from 1979 and the CD re-issue from 2003 both seem to command in excess of £40. I don’t need it that bad.

However having just re-discovered three tracks from the album in glorious muddy mono on an old mix tape I have a sudden urge to hear the rest of it again. I’m pretty sure I owned the LP once. It was probably in that stack of records abandoned at an ex-girlfriends a lifetime ago. That would also explain what happened to all my Dylan/Stones/Pink Floyd LPs.

Apparently Doctor Mix and the Remix were from France and also went by the name Metal Urbain. The tracks from 1979 I’ve been listening to today still sound pretty modern to these (admittedly old) ears. I’m sure their buzz-saw drones inspired the likes of Suicide, The Jesus and Mary Chain and a host of the more electronic UK bands of the 1980s. I’ve just been playing this loudly and for the first time for a very long time heard a voice from the kitchen call “Turn that racket down!”.

Nuff Said 27

March 7, 2011

One of the main things missing (and missed by me) from the covers of current comics are the word balloons.

Bubblerock

March 4, 2011

JK explains all on one of his infamous “b” sides.

Bubblerock – Bubblerock is here to stay.

“Bubblerock is here to stay” was the first LP released under JK’s own UK Records imprint as UKAL 1 in 1972. The idea was reasonably novel for the time. To cover famous pop songs of the (fairly recent) past, only giving them some unusual twist like Mr Tambourine man using lots of tambourines and Rock around the Clock as a waltz.

PS: The cover was of course drawn by J.Edward Oliver.

PPS: Here’s another JK “b” side.

Things not to say

March 3, 2011