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Black Unity Trio – Al-Fatihah

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On 23/11/2020 at 5:49 PM, sidewinder said:

Replacement on its way !

And landed !

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Played this on youtube. Crazy shit...reminded me of my much younger nights at the Tonic, the Knit, DMG, the first three or four Vision Festivals and other sundry downtown venues of repute. I'm not buying this, guys, but enjoy, if this is your bag!

 

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Copy no. 2 arrived with a trace at the end of the first side - fortunately it doesn’t click so I’ll live with it.

Whatever happened to quality control and care in US vinyl plants? ;)

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23 hours ago, Dmitry said:

Played this on youtube. Crazy shit...

But almost pastoral in parts too, the other extreme. Quite a recording !

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My item was shipped with UPS. I never had had a UPS shipment that was delivered without any problems.

This time it’s not much better. It should have been delivered yesterday.... it was so close but for some reason it never arrived. In the meanwhile my package has seen the whole country. And it’s moving away from me now. Yesterday it was in Hoofddorp (20km from here). Now it’s in Eindhoven (150 km from here). What the hell are those guys doing.

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7 hours ago, Pim said:

My item was shipped with UPS. I never had had a UPS shipment that was delivered without any problems.

This time it’s not much better. It should have been delivered yesterday.... it was so close but for some reason it never arrived. In the meanwhile my package has seen the whole country. And it’s moving away from me now. Yesterday it was in Hoofddorp (20km from here). Now it’s in Eindhoven (150 km from here). What the hell are those guys doing.

The Black Unity Trio is on tour of the Netherlands.

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Just now, Dmitry said:

The Black Unity Trio is on tour of the Netherlands.

Haha yeah who would have thought that 😂

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Mine arrived too! Will give it a spin tomorrow.

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2 minutes ago, Pim said:

Mine arrived too! Will give it a spin tomorrow.

More miles on that one than an Inter-Rail student. :D

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18 minutes ago, sidewinder said:

More miles on that one than an Inter-Rail student. :D

Haha yeah it has seen a lot of the world for someone who isn’t a month old yet!

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Just now, Pim said:

Haha yeah it has seen a lot of the world for someone who isn’t a month old yet!

Enjoy !

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Well, I gave it a spin and must say... wow! This is some very intense music. it's my taste exactly: the eastern influences, and going out without losing itself in absolute chaos. Some highly talented musicians. But what surprises me the most is the sound quality. They did a very, very good job. Does anyone have the original to compare? Was this recorded so well, or remastered so well?

Only thing I do not like so much is the packaging which feels a bit cheap. But I am very happy to add this to my collection. 

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I would hazard to guess that the sound on this one is better than on the original !

Agree with your comment on the packaging - they could have used a sturdier cardboard, I guess this was an ‘eco’ job. On the whole, happy with it though.

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I was interested to read in the liner notes that the mastering had a digital part to allow reduction of sonic blemishes in the master tapes. It sounds magnificent to my ears.

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On 11/28/2020 at 7:22 AM, sidewinder said:

I would hazard to guess that the sound on this one is better than on the original !

Agree with your comment on the packaging - they could have used a sturdier cardboard, I guess this was an ‘eco’ job. On the whole, happy with it though.

I've listened to an original before -- this has a little less murk to it and a bump in clarity. Not a drastic difference, just a bit of brightening in the corners.

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Honest Jon's have it for £40 !! - looks like DG is the better option for me in Australia

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Mine's arrived.  First listen happening now - slight warp {there's that quality control again) doesn't seem to be affecting playback, thankfully.

 

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Did anyone get a 100% ‘good’ copy? ;)

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The music rates pretty near that as far as I'm concerned

19 minutes ago, sidewinder said:

Did anyone get a 100% ‘good’ copy? ;)

Your replacement hopefully

 

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11 minutes ago, mjazzg said:

Your replacement hopefully

 

It had a visible mark - which doesn’t sound, thankfully. On the plus side, I now have a ‘reserve copy’. :)

 

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48 minutes ago, sidewinder said:

Did anyone get a 100% ‘good’ copy? ;)

yes. I'm actually surprised that others have had issues, but then again pressing plants have been lousy of late.

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1 minute ago, clifford_thornton said:

yes. I'm actually surprised that others have had issues, but then again pressing plants have been lousy of late.

That is true - even RTI have been churning out sub-standard vinyl this year.

Just hope that my Sonny Rollins (in the mail) isn’t one of them !

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9 hours ago, sidewinder said:

Did anyone get a 100% ‘good’ copy? ;)

I did. Really happy with this release. But yes, pressing plants put out variable quality.

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