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Bonus Tracks

May 5, 2014

Brothers Reborn and THE Newport Show

brothers-reborn

BONUS TRACKS

by Jim Kaplan ~

I LOVE MY STEREO AND I LOVE MY RECORDS DEPARTMENT

The new phono cartridge takes about 100 hours to fully break in. It dawned on me about 5 hours into it that the cartridge was only going to sound better and better for the next 95 hours or so. Sure enough my listening experience is going from “wow” this is good to “whoa” this sounds really, really good. Whoa is higher up the ladder of audio delight than wow.

Getting my home stereo from wow to whoa has been a 40-year journey. Kind of sad it took this long but I can assure you I enjoyed every moment. Because every step of the way was measured by great records. Records I’ve spent hundreds of hours listening to. Just to break them in.

I’m sure a lot of the better sound I’m hearing is because I want to hear better sound. Just like our brains tell us a more expensive bottle of wine tastes better; a more expensive turntable rig is going to whisper the same message. “I cost ten times more, I’m ten times better.”

I don’t care. Placebos work. Sometimes. I know my shiny new cartridge was a significant investment so it has to sound better. But that’s not the only reason it sounds better. Because I forget I even have a new cartridge. People who know me won’t doubt that statement. Sometimes I just notice the sound and then
I remember the cartridge. I can’t make up this much detail in my head. Some might be made up, but so what? And anyway, I’ve been collecting for over 40 years. Now I’m upgrading. And it’s rekindled my enjoyment of this hobby. Low-level detail. Rock me.

BROTHERS RE-BORN VS. GRANDMA AND GRANDPA

JERSEYBack in the late ‘60s my 90-year-old Jewish grandparents, who spoke very little English, would interrupt dinner with their beloved grandchildren and pull their chairs up a few feet from the BW television to watch Roller Derby. Pretty hysterical. They loved it. They believed it.

When “Shattered” Robbie Petterson reissues a record it’s because he loves it and believes in it the way my grandparents believed in Roller Derby. And that’s a good thing. Because Robbie has good ears. As in the latest Shattered Music release the re-issue of the 1969 Brothers Reborn. It’s a sweet record of late ‘60s LA based Latin Soul made even more special because the brothers, Ramon and Raphael Velez, named their record “Brothers Reborn” because they were “retiring” from careers in professional Roller Derby with the LA Thunderbirds and the Chicago Hawks to be “re-born” in the music business.

I know my grandparents cursed Raphael, in Yiddish, when he switched to play for the Chicago Hawks.

The music is dynamite and the Roller Derby connection makes it pure sixties entertainment. Robbie has TWO FULL PAGES of ads in this here issue you’re holding. Check it out. There’s an order form. Send him the money and get the record. Keep the wheel turning.

T.H.E. SHOW – NEWPORT BEACH

I’m going. It’s my favorite party. Live Jazz. Amazing audio equipment. Food Trucks. May 30-June 1 at the Hilton and Atrium Hotels across from John Wayne Airport in Orange County. It’s the biggest consumer audio show in the universe! Be there be there be there.






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