Big Beat Steve

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  1. Concord Records / CDR's ???

    I have had 1 or 2 commercial CDs (AFAIK no CD-Rs but real CDs but i may be mistaken - will have to check) from small labels that had defects on certain tracks (like a stuck needle in a vinyl groove if you know what I mean) on certain tracks and just to give it a try I burnt a CD-R from these discs on my home PC and lo and behold, these play all the way through with no hung-up tracks!
  2. Concord Records / CDR's ???

    Why not leave an appropriate review on Amazon indicating your dissatisfaction with this being a CD-R? Particularly since the item description does NOT say so.
  3. No value?

    Say ... considering the flow of this discussion, do any of you Americans drive any GEN-YEW-INE U.S. cars anymore? Quite true. You can spend hours and hours experimenting not jsut with selecting the tracks in the first place but above all with the sequence of tracks, trying to find the optimum way of seguing one after another to keep up the flow and momentum of the music and its energy that gets to you without things getting monotonous and repetitive but rather taking you effortlessly along on your playlist.
  4. No value?

    I've made countless mix tapes for my classic cars (of 1958 to 60 vintage) and for my previous hack vehicles and I still use some of them in the cassette players still fitted to these classics. But for a long time I did not do mix CD-Rs (there were more than enough CDs to be turned 1:1 into CD-Rs) but in recent years I have made quite a few for use for DJing (I don't DJ often but use both vinyl and CDs - and NO, sitting in front of a laptop and pretending to be a DJ spinning the platters just IS NOT IT!! NEVER! ) to save on having to carry dozens of CDs of which you'd spin only one or two tunes during the evening. These self-mixed CDs also come in handy if you have a tried-and-trusted sequence of 3 or 4 "dancefloor filler" tracks at your fingertips to give you a moment of relief during the evening. (With the inevitable result that I had to copy one or two of the mix CD-Rs for very good friends.) I know many DJs in our circles who spin CDs carry a stack of self-compiled mix CDs to their events - probably for the same reasons (though I know some of them privaely do use streaming services). And when a collector friend who is VERY much into hillbilly, western swing and related older country music I've compiled CD-Rs (at his request) of 30s to 50s Western Swing polkas for his "Western"-style birthday party. So there are situations when your own "V.A." discs come in handy.
  5. No value?

    This is what i would do if I had to.
  6. No value?

    You all are giving me the creeps. CDs are dwindling in value here too - yes, but seeing what my son (19) still manages to get when he thins out his Heavy Metal CD collection leaves me with hopes. In fact he said he has sound files of those CDs that matter to him and has decided to keep only those CDs that are either unavailable online or by obscure bands, so for him it is vinyl and online but much, much less CDs from now on (signs of the times?). So niche musics that have a focused subculture still do sell as CDs, even secondhand as it seems. I wonder in what way things are that different with jazz CDs? As for books, ho hum .... Tomorrow I will be setting up a stall at a local book fleamarket (including not just books but any printed matter in fact, and now expressly including records too, BTW, so my crate of duplicate jazz vinyl goes there too). So I hope you ALL are at least partially wrong. I have had a stall there for about half of the the past 18 years, noticed brisk business during the first few years until things slowed down (when of course my first-time-ever-to fleamarket antique books and magazines had gone) and then paused for a few years, and in recent years have attended again and found business across the field to be relatively good again. A lot of books will go at "impulse buy" clearout prices (trying to make space before I donate to "bring and take away" book exchanges again) but I still feel that there is a market either for truly antique books on specialized subjects of historical or "collectible" (focused hobby) interest. As Rooster said, encyclopedias and "general purpose" books are dead (I cannot bring myself to dump the 1965 Encyclopedia Britannica I inherited a long time ago nor the 20-volume German encyclopedia of 1935 we dug out when my father in law moved to a senior citizens home last fall). And you cannot shift a book of 1920 or 1930 dealing with the history of your country or with "notable works of art" or other generalist "cultured citizens" topics but you CAN INDEED get money for a book of 1920 or 1930 about the then state of the art of architecture or antique automotive books or even antique cookbooks, for example! So keep your fingers crossed for me, pleeze!
  7. No value?

    Isn't the entire discussion about that "comeback" (if any) about sales of TANGIBLE, PHYSICAL music media? Isn't this where comparisons are to be made? Aren't downloads, streaming etc. a separate playing field altogether?
  8. See, there's a like mind. You were attracted to 60s rock in the 80s and I was attracted to 50s and some early 60s rock (and 30s/40s country; blues and R&B from that period being filed under jazz for the purposes of this forum) in the 70s.
  9. "MOST" - yes. I don't participate in this subforum much but there ARE others than the "mosts". I guess I am one. However, MY non-jazz listening (like my jazz listening incidentally) in most cases is definitely NOT related to my age either but rather to the styles of music I prefer, and these originally were recorded in the 1945-60 (or 65) period, and at 59 I certainly am not THAT old myself ... In fact except for a scant few exceptions I have never ever been moved by the "contemporary" rock music I was exposed to in the 70s. No regrets, regardless of whatever those who inevitabley will blurt out about "missed out" or whatever ... It just didn't do much for me (isolated exceptions - from all decades since - tending to confirm the rule) Actually rock from that period (50s plus a few years before and after) has always had its niche through the decades following the r'n'r era and there IS a subculture ("rockabilly" in the wider sense, though I have a hunch average US listeners not truly immersed in that subculture will interpet this not exactly the same way that "Yurpeens" will ) that does build on these styles and to this day adds new touches, variations and evolutions WITHIN the genre. There will inevitably be "prog" listeners out there to whom this is "old hat" or "rehashing" or whatever but who cares? It just is a matter of personal preferences. (And if you listen close enough, overall there is not more rehashing than in many other pop or rock fads that have come and gone since the 60s and up to now - didn't "Brit Pop" lean rather heavily on the sound patterns of certain species of late 60s pop, for example?). I wonder how many there are out there among the forumists who in their rock and pop listening have NOT been attracted from Day One by the current rock/pop of their formative youth years but by music from other periods which they have embraced with much more interest and pleasure than what was just "current" (regardless of whether it was chart fare or niche-y underground stuff)?
  10. Jazz musicians who became expatriates

    For a time, before he moved to another "Ha-": Hannover (Germany) - where he lived for a long time up to his death.
  11. REMINGTON Label Classical LPs

    I'd venture a guess that over here the share of classical LPs was quite higher than that in the early days of LPs.
  12. Artificial CD scarcity

    IIRC most Japanese CDs have always had very short shelf (availability) lives so what's the deal overall? Just some more CDs going OOP too fast - yes, annonying. But not a new phenomenon in the COLLECTING market.
  13. Jazz musicians who became expatriates

    You mean those who did emigrate ("go expat") and returned home later on? Red Mitchell (one who hasn't been named among the expats yet either, BTW). Bobby Burgess Rolf Ericson Inez Cavanaugh
  14. Jazz musicians who became expatriates

    Re- my earlier post, i was just referring to what the thread starter explicitly said ...