The Audio Geek!

Latest music purchases

With the Kronos now only a month or so away, I have started to get really enthusiastic about freshening up the music collection. Having heard what the MacBook Pro running the Fidelia Advanced player can sound like with Redbook audio 'ripped' discs replayed on the Kronos, I have not bothered seeking out any more 'hi-res' digital versions of new music. Plain old CDs will do me fine!

So I have recently purchased:
- Led Zeppelin 'IV' and 'Houses of the Holy', both 2014 'Deluxe' remasters with Jimmy Page
- Tom Waits 'Bad as Me'
- Robert Plant 'The Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar'
- Gary Clark Junior 'Live
- Johnny Winter 'Step Back'

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If the new Led Zeppelin releases are as good as the 1/2/3 remastered albums, they will be pretty special.

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I do have a soft spot for Tom Wait's lyrics and musical styling, and his singing is very well suited to very, very late night listening with a beverage. Usually makes my life seem a whole lot better after an hour or so with Tom!

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Robert Plant's solo work and collaborations have been very interesting in his post LZ days. This new album, 'Lullaby and … The Ceaseless Roar' has reviewed well and I look forward to hearing it.

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As a blues lover I was saddened by the recent passing of Johnny Winter. His final album, 'Step Back' is a collaboration with friends, admirers and peers and is a fitting farewell to a legend of the blues.

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The final purchase was a younger bluesman, Gary Clark Jnr and his 'Live' album. GC Jnr is famous for his high energy, intense live performances and this 2CD set exemplifies this in fine style. From covers to original compositions, his singing and passionate playing are well worth the price of admission.