Workshop Hi-Fi May

I've been in a big music buying mode lately, and it seems to have kicked off with some Record Store Day purchases a couple weeks ago. I had a longer list of albums to find, but only ended up with two that day. Fortunately for me, one of those records was nearly life changing. 

Let's start with the life-changing one – the 45th anniversary edition of Let's Get It On. You all know the legendary status this man has, as his talent is irrefutable. We've all also heard 'Let's Get It On' a million times and probably involuntarily made some sexy-face-look when that wah-wah guitar starts. It's an amazing song, and moves people in uncontrollable ways. I knew it'd be a good purchase, but once I really sat down to actively listen, I was blown away. This pressing is no less than stunning, and definitely in the top two most amazing sounding records in my collection. (The other one is a 180g Kind Of Blue reissue.) The clarity and imaging is impeccable. I have such a deeper respect for this record, and for Marvin and all the amazing musicians, and co-producer Ed Townsend after listening this way. I can guess that even the folks who grew up listening to this song on an AM station in their parent's station wagon have never heard the depth in the recording like this. I could go on and on and on about it, but I'll let you discover it for yourself. Even the 'remixed for iTunes' recording, which sounds pretty good on my system, only captures maybe 25% of the clarity that the vinyl pressing holds. It's kind of insane. 

Next up... and way less polished, but still pretty damn good in its own segment - Wilco's Live at the TroubadourIt's a great way to remind yourself of the early Wilco days and if you've ever heard them live, it's gonna wrap you in a dusty blanket of nostalgia. While it was much later than 1996 for me to hear them live, it still was necessary to own this record. A live Wilco show is magical feeling, (especially since mine happened during an outdoor show on a warm Marfa evening) and likely not an experience you'll forget. If you're even half-a-fan, this one is worth checking out.  

Last in this installment (and not a RSD release) is the new Lord Huron album Vide Noir. Why am I so drawn to the deep desolation of heavy breakup songs? I was loving this record at first listen, and after a few spins of deeper listening, I realized this was a most devastating chapter in this Lord Huron trilogy. Maybe it wasn't intended to be a trilogy of sorts, but it feels this way. Maybe on their fourth album they could help us reconcile this devastation a little bit? Regardless, this third record is a great way to let some astral inspired sadness wash over you for a while. 

Marvin Gaye - 45th Anniversary of Let's Get It On

Wilco, Live at the Troubadour

Lord Huron, Vide Noir on vinyl