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post #16 of 41
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Originally Posted by Soundsgoodtome View Post

I usually shop used on Amazon as well, however the rules says new and not your used stuff. Shoulda talked it over with my partner but too late. Next year I'll keep the used idea in mind, for the price of 2 you can have 4-6 depending if you shop from the same used seller.


 




Well, I've always taken "Used" to mean, a CD in my collection that I want to get rid of. The rules are agreed with my partner 1st.
Even though they are "used" on Amazon, I tend to go for the Very Good condition and they are as good as new....just cheaper = more CDs for my partner :-)
post #17 of 41
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Originally Posted by Soundsgoodtome View Post
 

I usually shop used on Amazon as well, however the rules says new and not your used stuff. Shoulda talked it over with my partner but too late. Next year I'll keep the used idea in mind, for the price of 2 you can have 4-6 depending if you shop from the same used seller.

 

The rules are always agreed with my partner 1st.

I've always taken "Used" to mean, a CD in my collection that I want to get rid of.

Even though they are "used" on Amazon, I tend to go for the Very Good condition and they are as good as new....just cheaper = more CDs for my partner :-)

 

post #18 of 41
Thread Starter 

My partner was Tamik (John)

 

Ahead of time we agreed a $40 target, and also both of us were acceptable to exchanging purchased FLAC online digital albums.  John's choices for me were:

 

 

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

Believe it or not, but this was the first time for me listening to a Daft Punk album.  Anyway - I love it.  Hard to describe in a few sentences because its an incredibly complex yet fun album.  Definitely rooted in electronic/dance as a base - but with elements of disco, funk, and even touches of prof rock.  There are orchestral moments, slower almost balladic interludes, and a lot of catchy beats.  The recording seems to be absolutely top notch - plenty of micro detail - but most of all (for me) it is very different to what I normally listen to and very catchy.  You can't help tapping your toes to this one.  Favourite track int he short time I've had it ..... "Instant Crush" - but I'm still in the process of discovering this album.  Wonderful choice so far.

 

Next up .....

 

Sola Rosa - Low And Behold, High And Beyond

Sola Rosa are a New Zealand group (they are award winners here) - I'm a Kiwi, and I'd never heard of them until now.  Wake up call.  Definitely not my usual genre choice - yet I've been captivated with them since I got the album.  Really interesting fusion of R&B, Soul, Funk, Electronic, Reggae,  with a bit of Hip-Hop thrown in for good measure.  What you end up with is a really fresh and catchy blend of good beats, great vocals (a lot of guest singers) - and interesting blends of strings, brass, bass and percussion - knit together with catchy synths.  Great for summertime and just chilling out.  I'm hooked.  Favourite track so far would be "Spinning Top".

 

And last - but not least .....

 

Sola Rosa - Solarized (Refreshed)

Apparently a refresh of their 2001 debut album.  When I listened to the first track, my first thought was - uh-oh, this is not for me.  It started out with a nice electronic track "Hawaiian Silky" that had the opening minute interspersed with some high pitched beeping (it's supposed to be there).  Thankfully it was gone after just over a minute - then you can relax and enjoy the rest of the album.  Like the other album - Solarized (Refreshed) is a lively fresh fusion of  Soul, Funk, Electronic, Reggae,  and a Hip-Hop back-beat, but this time with a jazzier feel to it.  It's extremely catchy - and just incredibly fun to chill out to.  Favourite track so far is "King Of Hush" - which is definitely a firm jazz bass, and also "Me In Your Shadow".

 

Anyway - for me - the Xmas exchange has been an outstanding success once again.  Two artists/groups I'd never heard before - but two that I will now explore further.  Thanks again Asr for organising it.  And many thanks to Tamik (John) for the wonderful gifts.

 

I only hope John enjoys the choices I bought him as much as I'm enjoying these!

post #19 of 41
We (angelsblood and I) agreed to exchange two CDs. After a discussion we agreed to surprise each other but settled on a genre in which we both had an interest (female vocal) and in order to avoid duplicates of existing music I asked for any female vocalist under the age of 30.

First CD received Mary-Jess, Shine



Aim 1 achieved - this is completely new to me!

This also gave me an excuse to play with my new toy, the HiFi-M8 LX which arrived this morning. So my freshly ripped CD is now playing on my laptop through the M8 to Ultrasone Sig Pros and I love it. The music slightly reminds me of Enya and her voice is very appealing.

Thanks angelsblood, horizons broadened, ears pleased.

I'll report on CD 2 later...
post #20 of 41
@mrlawrence74 Got my first album today. I've yet to listen to it but definitely excited to give it a go!


Edited by Soundsgoodtome - 12/12/13 at 10:06pm
post #21 of 41
My partner this year is DutchGFX.
Sent via iTunes' gifting option was this album:

Two Steps from Hell - Invincible


This album is friggin' epic!! Thank you so much @DutchGFX!
post #22 of 41

My lovely partner dc-k sent me some awesome 80's (1979 to be exact) albums

 

The GORGEOUS Blondie:

 

 

The Pretenders:

 

 

 

 

My God are these albums fun to listen to! Bring on the golden age! ; ) Thanks to dc-k for the gifts and broadening my horizon XD

 

 

 

Today will be a good day XD


Edited by angelsblood - 12/13/13 at 3:53am
post #23 of 41
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My lovely partner dc-k sent me some awesome 80's (1979 to be exact) albums

 

 

 

Yes, no idea why I thought 1979 was in the 80s!  

 

glad you're enjoying them, 

 

Just started listening to CD 2

 

 

Again, not a group I'd heard of (haven't updated my taste much since the lovely Debbie Harry).  This made me think of Clannad, I haven't  heard for some time but used to enjoy.

 

Triniti are very enjoyable. Both this and Mary-Jess really add something completely new to my collection and I can't wait for next year already! 

 

Love  the exchange idea, love my prezzies, loved choosing some for anglesblood (that's a whole lotta love, cue the song...)

post #24 of 41

My partner, customcoco, sent me two albums:

 

 

Alas, I already own the Gorecki, but was able to find a new home for it very quickly--it's a marvelous recording, probably one of the most iconic 'modern classical' recordings there is. If you haven't encountered it before, you're doing yourself a grave disservice! Seek it out!

 

Elgar, on the other hand, I'm only slightly familiar with. I became quite enchanted with 'Nimrod' when I was younger, and it was a piece of music which I've revisited here and there over the years. I've only listened to this entire recording once all the way through as of now, but it's a gorgeous recording, done in a live setting, with stunning acoustics. I tend to put on music like this while I'm at work for background noise, but doing so yesterday was a mistake--I don't think I got a single thing done while it was playing. I'm looking forward to becoming more familiar with it. 

post #25 of 41
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Originally Posted by metalsonata View Post

My partner, customcoco, sent me two albums:





Alas, I already own the Gorecki, but was able to find a new home for it very quickly--it's a marvelous recording, probably one of the most iconic 'modern classical' recordings there is. If you haven't encountered it before, you're doing yourself a grave disservice! Seek it out!

Elgar, on the other hand, I'm only slightly familiar with. I became quite enchanted with 'Nimrod' when I was younger, and it was a piece of music which I've revisited here and there over the years. I've only listened to this entire recording once all the way through as of now, but it's a gorgeous recording, done in a live setting, with stunning acoustics. I tend to put on music like this while I'm at work for background noise, but doing so yesterday was a mistake--I don't think I got a single thing done while it was playing. I'm looking forward to becoming more familiar with it. 
Funny thing is, I was in honors band when I viewed that, and our main UIL piece is a symphonic wind ensemble arrangement of Elgars Enigma Variations
Edited by AHorseNamedJeff - 12/16/13 at 12:57pm
post #26 of 41

 

I cant wait till xmas! :D

post #27 of 41

I partnered myself up with tjohnusa. We agreed to break my own rule though and gift "used" items (sorry that I broke my own rule but there was a reason I opted out of formally participating in the Exchange, and in our case it made sense to do). I asked for movies, since I love to watch almost every genre that exists but just don't own that many on disc. Got the box the other day and couldn't stop myself from almost immediately tearing it open. :o I found an awesome stash inside, can't wait to watch them! Thanks tjohnusa!

 

post #28 of 41

Gift from Ethan got here!! LOVE IT!
post #29 of 41
Got my 2nd album from @mrlawrence74 today. From his home town in France, it's loaded to FLAC and ready for a test drive.
Edited by Soundsgoodtome - 12/20/13 at 1:43pm
post #30 of 41

Hi All, I partnered with Brooko (Paul) and we decided to exchange digital music as he previously mentioned.  Just so happens we like similar kind of music and introduced each other to new music that we both enjoyed.  Here is what I received.

 

 

Porcupine Tree - in absentia

 

 

Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet

 

The Flashbulb - Opus

 

The Flashbulb Reunion

 

I enjoyed them all, and found myself listening to them all several times, including putting them on my phone and taking them too work.  My only regret is my portable rig doesn't sound the greatest.

 

As for giving a detailed review like brooko did for the stuff I sent him.. hell no :p im crappola at expressing my thoughts on paper!

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