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Various - Music Canada : Vol. XIII - Electronic Music In Canada as reviewed by plikestechno

August 31, 2022
I think it just means it's the 13th in the series of modern classical music in Canada. Most of it mediocre to terrible, TBH.
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The Salsoul Orchestra - Christmas Jollies as reviewed by plikestechno

December 9, 2021
The Christmas Medley is honestly one of the best damn things Ive ever heard put to record. Such amazing flow and playing.
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Can - Live In Stuttgart 1975 plikestechno

May 28, 2021
Yep. Can confirm they are freeform jams but very amazing freeform jams. Well worth the listen. An influential group at the height of their powers. Super trippy. Amazing performances.
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Tangerine Dream - Phaedra plikestechno

September 3, 2020
Mine is labelled properly on both sides. Too bad about the clicks and pops.
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Tangerine Dream - Phaedra plikestechno

September 3, 2020
I will also say that the original album had much fewer clicks and pops in my double pack than the extras. Also, when held up to the original album, the outtakes don't remotely hold a candle. Very basic and boring synth noodling IMHO compared to the album which is a classic.
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Tangerine Dream - Phaedra plikestechno

September 3, 2020
Yeah the quality is not the best but most modern vinyl is pressed terribly. It is shameful when I put on a 50 year old record that sounds as clear as night and open a brand new item and there are pops and clicks everywhere. Nevermind, modern mastering which lacks dynamics and just shoves the whole sound in your face like they are pressing disco singles or something.
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Tangerine Dream - Phaedra plikestechno

September 2, 2020
I bought it at one of my local record stores in Canada. 2-3 stores around town had it but it sold it locally quickly.
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Ultravox - Sleepwalk plikestechno

August 31, 2020
I noticed it. I figured it was either something in the recording or an effect like feedback from a tape delay or something.
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Tangerine Dream - Phaedra plikestechno

August 30, 2020
Apparently exclusive at 2500 copies WW for this release on Aug 29 2020
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Ilsa Gold - Up plikestechno

August 12, 2016
The best. The drop is the BEST. Such a classic rave scorcher.
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DMX Krew - 1995-2015 - 20 Years: Classics, Unreleased And Remixes as reviewed by plikestechno

April 26, 2016
edited over 7 years ago
Some really great unreleased jams here. I especially like "The Fashion Show" on the 7", the JTC unreleased remix of "Guest House" and the extended mix of "Didn't I?". That said, even as a DMX fan, a lot of this sounds a bit samey after awhile and I would have preferred a little more unreleased stuff.

All that said, the remaster sounds great.
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The Flaming Lips - The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends plikestechno

April 23, 2012
edited over 11 years ago
My lord. Some people in this thread need to calm down. It's not like they're selling for $500 or something. They sold for around 40, you can buy them for 60. I don't think that's the end of the world. Flippers that bought them probably thought they'd be worth way more but they aren't. In the next few weeks they will probably dip down to 50 or 40 as people just want to sell them and get their money back because they weren't Flaming Lips fans in the first place and don't have the patience to wait a few years or a decade to keep it sealed.

Yeah there's 10000 of them but there are a lot more Flaming Lips fans then fans of lots of bands that had 1000 or 2000 copies pressed for RSD. Plus it's a pretty good album in a helluva package so that draws vinyl collectors as well.

RSD created the hype for this record. Other than the Feist/Mastadon thing this was the most hyped record going into RSD by far. People who don't even really want it feel they need it because it has been hyped out the ass. If they had just put it out there as a regular release of 10000 copies it would have probably taken a long time to sell and wouldn't be worth anything extra. They'd probably have to list it at 19.99 instead of 36.98 too.

RSD is a great gimmick on record label's parts to make lots of money, the Flaming Lips know this (look how many box sets they sold and look how many from last year are still on sale here) and I bet there will be way more "limited" RSD only releases and re-releases in the years too come. At least this record is a new record. How much money are labels making on re-releases that they've already re-released ten different times? Or concerts that weren't good enough to see a regular release back in the day?

In the long term, flippers will be the suckers with a bunch of records they don't actually want in an overcrowded market. Indie stores may have a tough time moving titles that weren't popular and in a business with a fine line between profitable and not, it may make RSD less appetizing to some stores down the line. In the future as a fan of certain bands, if I don't get a record I want on RSD I will just wait a few days until people are just desperate to sell them for what they paid. Fans will win in the end.

RSD releases would have been a much bigger deal pre-Discogs, pre-Ebay. 50 copies of this came into my city of about 1 million people. If I was a big Flaming Lips fan and I didn't get one on RSD I may have paid $100-$200 for a copy and would have been willing to deal with old school mail order (pre paypal protection) to get one. With internet selling, the used and resale market for records is ridiculously flooded. The fan actually wins in the end. Collectible records go for way less now than they used to 10-15 years ago. I remember in the late 80s-early 90s me or one of my friends might be the only person in our city with a certain CD or LP. If it were around the time of release we might be able to order one through the label or mail order store (and pay through the teeth because the Canadian dollar was .60/USD back then). Now I come one here and see 40 people selling that record we thought was so rare back then. A CD I paid $40 for brand new in 1992, I can buy here now for two bucks. Record collectors need to shut up and stop whining. This is the best time ever to be a record/CD collector.
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The Flaming Lips - The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends plikestechno

April 21, 2012
No it's not. It's sold out.
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The Flaming Lips - The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends plikestechno

April 21, 2012
edited over 11 years ago
The website is sold out now. Flipping happens. They're called collectibles for a reason. A lot of people stood in line all day to get a copy or to be told that they were sold out. Why should someone who didn't bother just get whatever they want whenever they want? We can't have one of everything. People should buy some floating around for $50-$60 now which is only 20 or so more dollars than normal. I thought they'd be going for way more.

All this said, I won't be selling mine. It's absolute art. A breathtaking package and a few great collabs. If it was worth $500 now or something I'd sell it but for an extra $20 there's no point.

Anybody moaning about RSD resale prices should note that most records sold last year are selling at their original price or less. I imagine it will be the same this year. If I wanted to sell a copy of this I'd sell it as fast as possible, I don't imagine it will be worth more than it is the next few days.
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Crazy Gang - We Are The Crazy Gang as reviewed by plikestechno

December 3, 2008
There is much more to this album than "Every Sunday" and "Telephone Operator." There are a lot of really great fusions like "Discomantic Rodeo" and "Arabian Nights."

It is a very imaginative but still very funky and accessible album.

For me it's on a level with Kraftwerk and YMO's best and feel it should be adored as such.

Another of those lost legends that make you wonder how it never got picked up by a larger label or re-released after all of these years.
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Die Doraus Und Die Marinas - Blumen Und Narzissen as reviewed by plikestechno

October 27, 2008
I discovered this group through "Lokomotivfuhrer" which was on an old German NDW compilation.

That song is here thanfully in a longer version and this is a very underrated album. It is one of my fave new wave albums. It has punk energy but still uses a lot of cheesy old drum machines and silly cosmic synths.

Infectious and listenable multiple times over people who like Sparks, Telex, Lio and people like that will like this a lot.
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Daniel Wang - Untitled as reviewed by plikestechno

April 22, 2008
Finally got my hands on this and it's outstanding. "In The Street" of course, is here but there's also a great disco meets detroit track at A1.

But it's the side long B-side that will really make you smile.

It's a fantastic deep, percussive, cosmic shuffling disco journey. Almost medley-ish in its heavy and liberal use of vocals from two disco classics. Without getting anyone in trouble I'll just say that one is from the west coast and the other is from New York. One extremely well known, one less known but still a classic in many circles. Vocals from two tracks that would have been very hard if not impossible to get clearence for. And maybe if he couldn't get those artists credited, he didn't want to release it as he seems to be a very "honor the source" kind of guy. So I'm guessing the B-side is why this EP was never released. Or maybe after the hassle he just felt like moving on to something else.

If you're a disco fan and/or Danny Wang fan you just have to hear it.
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Class Info - Inside as reviewed by plikestechno

February 28, 2008
A very odd, "dark" yet ultimately charming record and one of the most in-demand of the synth pop genre. The cover is still one of my favorites of all time.

Here're my thoughts from my listing from when I sold my EX copy on Ebay for $700. I've never seen this go lower than $400.

"Those who don't know of this will want to hear this charming, amazing and simply weird record of synth-pop that sounds like a mix of Fad Gadget and Soft Cell but kinda lo-fi and dirty with a sullen Andy McCluskey-type on vocals. He even mixes some rockabilly guitar kinda like Electronicat into one of the five perplexing electro pop cuts here. A shame this never got signed to a larger label, this 5-song EP with a pressing of 500 with fewer circulated is the only known document of this Winnipeg, Canada project from 1983 released on local (possibly their own) Classified Records."
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Pluton And Humanoids* - World Invaders as reviewed by plikestechno

February 4, 2008
A lot of people want the original but I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the instrumetal yet. Completely different than the main track, a really wonderful different synth chimes in to keep the track on line and warm it up but maximize the full robotic effect. In fact, I like the instrumental better than the vocal now. Blows my mind. It's an absolute classic for me and can't imagine any italo or electro fan not wanting to track it down.
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Fancy - Six - Deep In My Heart as reviewed by plikestechno

January 21, 2008
As cheesy as Fancy gets, this release certainly takes the trophy of cheesiest. It's essentially hiphouse versions of Fancy with absolutely horrific new raps over all of his old tunes by Steve D5 and sounds which are stretched to fit your basic breakbeats. There's a great pic of Tess Teiges wearing a D5 jean jacket that features the rapper and his kid n play haircut in graffiti. If you are even a remote fan of Fancy you have to listen to it at least once just to believe it.
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Krono (2) - Krono as reviewed by plikestechno

May 6, 2007
edited over 16 years ago
I would sell my left hand before I'd sell this.

Wonderfully cosmic yet really balancing the soul and funk fans of Lindstrom and Prins Thomas will want this as it's very laid back. 'Jamaica Electric" is my favorite just because it's so stunningly originally. A slow, loping rasta groove but with boogie bounce and tons of werid sounds on it. Maybe "Lightning" too is my fave.

Apparently there is a 2x12 version of this with the same tracklisting but spread over two slabs. I've never seen it and I've seen this record more than a coupla times. How it travelled under hipster radars all these years I'll never understand.
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Gino Soccio - Remember as reviewed by plikestechno

April 9, 2007
edited over 16 years ago
Those who love this track should really seek this 12 out as it easily sounds the best and most dynamic of all the single releases and LP appearences. The remix starts out with more of an electro tip and the effects are echoed out a bit in a dub style but it's still somewhat similar to the original. Vocals are much more pronounced in the mix on both versions than its original appearence on "Face To Face."
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Mother (F) - Menergy as reviewed by plikestechno

September 6, 2006
edited over 16 years ago
Despite some of the other fine productions of Joe LaGreca, this is actually a real limp and weak version of the Cowley original. Especially the vocals. People who really want the track may still like it but it doesn't offer anything to Cowley's idea.
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Man 2 Man Meets Jessica Williams - These Boots Are Made For Walking as reviewed by plikestechno

September 17, 2005
edited over 17 years ago
I feel that this is one of Man Parrish's most brilliant and creative productions. The beat is made of samples of different boots clunking and the hihats are the sound of spurs churning like on cowboy boots. Fun innovation.