John Coltrane - Ascension (2000 Re-Mastered DigiPak)
I am so happy I finally own a copy of Ascension. I really can't elaborate on the love I have for this album even more. I really wish it were given the SACD treatment, I think it could provide an even better experience. Regardless, I am more than happy with this release and based on the review rating score of 4.21/5 on Rate Your Music, I'd assume it is one of the better releases of this colossal monument.
I'm with you. If Analogue Productions released Ascension on hybrid SACD, I would buy it in a heartbeat.
Latest Bandcamp purchases:
l.a. - follow me down [digital download]
NAIA - NAIA [digital download]
Rosie Lowe - Right Thing [limited edition vinyl]
GEMS - Medusa [digital download]
Along with three Bandcamp pre-orders:
Symbion Project - Immortal Game [10th anniversary limited edition autographed, hand-numbered 180g 2LP with official vinyl rip]
Kasson Crooker aka Symbion Project's music has had a special place in my life for about a decade now. Until last year he worked at game developer Harmonix as project director, whom many may know for such games as Frequency, Amplitude, the first couple of Guitar Hero games, the Rock Band series, among others. Until a few years ago he was also part of Freezepop for which he was one of the founding members (their music has never been the same since). It is through these two things that I came to know his main solo project Symbion Project, and very recently at end of last year I remember talking to a friend about how I wished I could own a Symbion Project album on vinyl now that I have a turntable, because sadly none of his albums have ever been released on LP.
Well right after 2014 had rolled around Kasson announced that Symbion Project's second album Immortal Game was being issued on vinyl to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The album to this day remains probably my favorite Symbion Project release, even if possibly partially due to it being the first album I ever heard from him. Needless to say I pre-ordered a copy immediately. Unfortunately due to the costs of mastering and cutting a vinyl release along with pressing the discs themselves of course, the album isn't getting mastered and going to print until at least 66 copies have been pre-ordered. So in a way it is sort of like a Kickstarter campaign. Sadly Symbion Project is a criminally unknown and under appreciated artists who deserves more attention and recognition. If you want to give the album a listen, you can do so on Bandcamp:
For the re-release I believe Kasson is going to do some rework on some of the content and there are going to be some currently unannounced bonus tracks at least in digital form as well. The vinyl is limited to 250 copies and the updated version of the album is never going to be released again in any other format or on any digital music outlet. For those willing to pay a few dollars extra, an official 16bit 44.1kHz rip directly from a virgin test pressing of the album will be provided in WAV format, complete with the needle drop and pickup at the beginning and end of each side. This version is ideal especially for those who don't have a turntable themselves but still want to have an experience akin to listening to the actual vinyl.
I recommend giving the album a listen. If you do feel like supporting this vinyl release you've earned a virtual high-five and a tip of the hat from me. Doubly so if you don't even have a turntable (seriously do get one, you can get a decent one these days for just a couple hundred when you do your research right).
Meishi Smile - LUST [limited edition vinyl]
Meishi Smile's debut album LUST is being reissued with new artwork and bonus remixes on January 28, and for the first time in physical format both on CD and LP. I immediately pre-ordered my copy of the LP limited to mere 100 copies when it was announced back in December but I believe I've forgotten to mention the vinyl in this thread yet. As a fan of the original digital-only release, I hope the LP turns out to be a good pressing. Even if not, I will treasure it all the same. I highly recommend checking out this album. You can listen to the crossfade on the label's SoundCloud:
Zara McFarlane - If You Knew Her [signed CD, one out of nine copies available]
Definitely worth checking out for fans of jazz. Available both on CD and vinyl and naturally just as a digital download as well. Release date January 21.