Letter of the Week – There Are Two Kinds of Audiophiles…

One of our good customers had this to say about some Hot Stampers he purchased recently (and one that is still on its way to him):

  Hey Tom, 

So I go on YouTube to refresh my memory and listen and James Taylor that could be good, Toto, what a feel good album brings back memories, Wish You Were Here already have a pretty good copy, Sinatra-Basie what’s that?

So I go to YouTube and first track HOLY CRAP! You know it’s good when you’re throwing a sound stage off your lap-top! Basie orchestra, perfect. Frank comes in swinging and man that guy was so freaking cool, people today have no idea how unbelievably cool he was, and so like 20 seconds if that I am SOLD!!!😂😂😂

Francis A and Edward K was a fave for years. You turned me onto Mel Torme Swings Schubert Alley. Fabulous voice. What I love most of all though is the sense of live flowing swinging music of FA&EK and with Basie. Gets me even off the laptop!

You know there’s two kinds of audiophiles, the ones who want a vast array of new music, and the ones who are happy with only a small amount of high quality music.

I am definitely in the second group. Love new music but when it comes to what I will sit and listen, very hard to please. When I do find something new though man do I ever appreciate it. Got a good feeling about Sinatra-Basie. Thanks!

I replied:

One quick thought. I used to say that you have to buy twenty albums to find the one you will fall in love with, and without those other 19 you will never discover the one. There is no way to predict any of this music stuff. Or sound stuff. You have to experience it, and to experience it you have to do the work and spend the money.

The “work” is supposed to be fun, and most of the time it is, but it is definitely work to buy hundreds of records and set aside the time to play them. I’ve been doing it since I was about 17; I can still remember the converted house of a record store I used to shop at in Leucadia right off the coast highway. Bought Loggins and Messina’s first album there the year it came out, 1971, because I was already a big Poco fan and Buffalo Springfield fan and Jim Messina was in both. Bought Frampton’s Wind of Change from the same store the next year.

Both became favorites and have been played many hundreds of times in the intervening five decades. (We have a section for these kinds of records which can be found here.)

I had to buy 2000 records to find my top 100. Being in the record business for 30+ years has let me play 10,000 records or more and find my top 500, but the ratio is the same.

TP

James Taylor

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Frank Sinatra-Count Basie

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