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    Stunning read, thank you.

    If you can listen to the Topping D30 with Linear Power Supply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnJo View Post
    Took 5 years to write.
    Yup - been hanging around in the shadows for years. Positively sinister. TBH I was perfectly happy just browsing the entertainment herein, not particularly bothered about joining in. Then the other day saw a classified ad I fancied, and only then discovered that without posting a welcome, I didn't get the privileges to reply. So I thought I'd pitch a word or two, just to get started. and then one word led to another... Turns out I enjoy being opinionated! I may do it some more. In fact here's one to chew on. The version of Thunder Road recorded by Tortoise with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy on the album The Brave and the Bold is better and more affecting than the Springsteen original. You can check it out here if you haven't heard it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb1bf-HpyD0
    (I've pitched this idea to a Springsteen fan elsewhere, and apparently it make me both stoopid AND deaf. (But, hey, I've covered the whole deaf thing already.) Let me know what you think - any if anyone's remotely bothered I'll carry on and tell you why I'm right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stryder5 View Post
    Stunning read, thank you.

    If you can listen to the Topping D30 with Linear Power Supply.

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    Interesting. Do you have an LPS recommendation? Do lab style regulated psu's cut it in this type of low-voltage low-current setting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TegJ View Post
    Interesting. Do you have an LPS recommendation? Do lab style regulated psu's cut it in this type of low-voltage low-current setting?
    There are many on eBay as long as they deliver 15v DC @ 1 amp.

    I've never used a lab style psu perhaps someone else may comment, they do have internal fans? So possible noise issue?

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    The old Maplin power supplies, said to be for 12vdc could go to 15v if you tweaked the variable resistor at 3A.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TegJ View Post
    The version of Thunder Road recorded by Tortoise with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy on the album The Brave and the Bold is better and more affecting than the Springsteen original.
    Very nice. I'm not sure I'd describe it as better, but certainly as good and a really interesting reinterpretation.

    So good to hear a cover that isn't just exactly the same as the original with someone else (usually less talented) singing. Covers that take the music elsewhere (as the Tortoise example does) are wonderful (my favourite being Joe Cocker - “With a Little Help From My Friends”) and add to the art. The straight copies do little more than earn a few dollars for the bands involved.
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    Thanks Rob. It seems no great number of people are fussed either way, so I won't labour a point. However, I could certainly enjoy a thread dedicated to "cover versions that are better than the original". Is there such a thing? Or how does one start one. Being a noob here I have no idea how these things work. And you're right about Cocker - but I think a whole thread about Beatles covers could ensue. And then another one about Dylan.

    Let me pitch another one: the best moments in all pop featuring any instrument in particular. Now, I know that some categories will be quite controversial and taste might enter the equation. (Your taste that is: I have objective reasoned fact; you have taste - old story.) Anyway, I recognize that a discussion about the very best electric guitar solo ever might go on for some time, so let me get a couple of the obvious ones out of the way right away. These are surely ones no-one could possibly argue with!

    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the very finest Marimba solo in rock and pop: Moonlight Feels Right by Starbuck. Ker-ching. No arguements, just is.

    Sticking to absolute dead certs, next up has to be... the very best bit of tambourine ever committed to vinyl: War by Edwin Starr. What is war good for? Absolutely nothing, you say? Not so. It's good for a sustained assault on an innocent tambourine by someone unconcerned by the tambourine's usual role in the background. On lead tambourine, it's... well, I don't know who it is actually, but there'll be statues of him in his home town, I'll be bound. And an annual parade I should think, with marching bands. Which reminds me, the Salvation Army have long understood the power of the humble tambourine. Shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it.

    I think I'm on a roll here, so I'll give you just one more uncontentious example. Best demented Bongo in all pop: Oh Carolina - the 1960 original by the Folkes Brothers. It's pretty damned Lo-fi, this record, but no matter. The geezer with the bongo (just the one) is right there are the front, and it sounds like he's having a splendid time.

    Anyone got any gem's you'd like to share? Or maybe there's a thread for this topic too, in which case, I'll see you over there.

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    The first thing that comes to mind is the flute solo on the Jethro Tull Auqalung album. That’s kind of obvious, really, but there aren’t too many flutes in rock music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TegJ View Post
    Thanks Rob. It seems no great number of people are fussed either way, so I won't labour a point. However, I could certainly enjoy a thread dedicated to "cover versions that are better than the original". Is there such a thing? .
    yes there is https://theartofsound.net/forum/show...cover+versions
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Ooo - thanks Macca. See you there!

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