Category: Astoria Transfer

Astoria Transfer 9/10

Rolling Stones – Goats Head Soup
Pink Floyd -Delicate Sound of Thunder 2 disc set
The Clash – London Calling
Carole King – Tapesty
Mark Haney – Aim For The Roses – The Ken Carter Story (I don’t know what this is)
The Kinks – Kink Kronikles 2 disc set
The Louvin Brothers – Satan is Real
Rolling Stones – December’s Children (and Everbody’s)
Depeche Mode – Violater
David Bowie – Changesbowie
Beck – Sea Change
Art Farmer and Benny Golson – Meet the Jazztet
Bang on a Can – Terry Riley in C
Mark Knopfler – Golden Heart
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
kd lang – Invincible Summer
Bill Frisell – Richter 8585
Stevie Wonder – Innervisions
Daniel Lanois – Here Is What Is
Stevie Wonder – Talking Book
Jeff Wayne – The War of the Worlds 2 disc set
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Ragged Glory (yes! yes! yes!)
Northern Lights & Vassar Clements – Three Live August Nights
Igor Stravinsky – Petrouchka & le Sacre du Printemps
The Marshall Tucker Band – Greatest Hits
Bill Evans & Jim Hall – Undercurrent
The Replacements – Pleased to Meet Me
Beck – Odelay
Vieux Farka Toure
Lehaka Tsliley Haud
Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Beatles – Revolver
Beatles – Past Masters Volume One
Beatles – Abbey Road
Sly and the Family Stone – Anthology
Kathy McCarty – Sorry Entertainer
Meat Puppets II
Mecca Bodega – Rhythm Rail
Eno/Cale – Wrong Way Up
Phish – Hampton Comes Alive – Disc 4
Sam & Dave – The Very Best of Sam & Dave
Dixie Dregs – The Best of Dixie Dregs
Rush – Chronicles 2 disc set
Pat Metheny – Trio 99 —>00 (masterpiece)
Willie Nelson – Teatro
Trilok Gurtu – Kathak
Grateful Dead – Without a Net 2 disc set
Lambchop – Nixon
Bob Dylan – Street Legal
Jean-Michel Pilc Trio – Welcome Home
Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
The Minus 5 – Let The War Against Music Begin
The Band – Northern Lights – Southern Cross
Bauhaus – 1979-1983
Daniel Brodsky – All Quiet in Gallatin
R.E.M. – Monster
Me, Myself & Irene – Soundtrack

Astoria Transfer – 9/9/2011

I’d say we’re about halfway – maybe more than halfway – through the “recent pulls” pile before we can get into the bulk of the collection, which is alphabetized. Onward!
Bud Powell – Live at the Blue Note Cafe, Paris 1961
Bud Powell – The Amazing Bud Powell – Time Waits
Stephen Burns – Teleman for Trumpet
John Zorn – Zevulun
Richard Thompson – Dream Attic
Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – Painted From Memory
Robert Cray – Shame + A Sin
Randy Newman – Harps and Angels
Bud Powell – Piano Interpretations + Blues in the Closet
Bud Powell – The Amazing Bud Powell Volume 1
John McLaughlin – The Heart of Things, Live in Paris
Bud Powell – The Amazing Bud Powell Volume 3 – Bud!
Bill Frisell – The Intercontinentals
Ozone Quartet – Nocturne
Lounge Lizards – Live in Berlin 1991, Volume 2
The Schramms – Dizzy Spell
Maynard Freguson –
Bill Frisell – The Willies
Ornette Coleman – The Complete Science Fiction Sessions 2 dic set
Dmitri Shostakovich – Cello Concerto No 1 – Han-na Chang
Pat Metheny Group – The Way Up
Neil Young – Fork in the Road
Spoon – Telephono
Frank Zappa – 200 Motels – Disc 1
ProjeKCt Two – Space Groove
Bud Powell – Bud Plays Bird
Hole – Celebrity Skin
Laura Nyro and Labelle – Gonna Take A Miracle
On – Shifting Skin
Lounge Lizards – Live in Berlin 1991, Volume 1
Neil Young – Living With War
Analog Africa No. 3 – African Scream Contest
Bud Powell – The Amazing Bud Powell – The Scene Changes
Return to Forever – The Anthology 2 disc set
Daniel Lanois – Shine
Adrian Belew – Desire of the Rhino King
Vangelis – The Bounty 2 disc set
Bud Powell – The Amazing Bud Powell Volume 2
Saint-Saens – Symphony No 2
A Date With John Waters
ELO’s Greatest Hits
Pat Metheny – One Quiet Night
Oum Koulthoum – Inta Omri
Bombay Dub Orchestra – 3 Cities
Bill Frisell with Dave Holland and Elvin Jones
Kansas – Vinyl Confessions
The Dark Knight – Original Motion Picture Score
Ben Folds – Way To Normal
Bill Evans – Empathy + A Simple Matter of Conviction
Downy Mildew – Slow Sky
Merle Haggard – I Am What I Am
The Jazz Mandolin Project – Tour de Flux
Mark Knopfler – Get Lucky
Aris San – Boumpam
The Loveliest Opera Melodies of Mozart, Puccini & Verdi
Inerpol – Our Love To Admire

Astoria Transfer – 9/5/11

The CDs I transfered to digital files today:
Wes Montgomery – So Much Guitar
Bill Frisell – Beautiful Dreamer
Whip It – Music From The Original Soundtrack
Moondog – More Moondog
Moondog (1969 collection)
Moondog & the London Saxophonic – Sax Pax For A Sax (yes!!!)
Brad Mehldau Trio – House on Hill
Bob Marley & the Wailers – Catch a Fire
Bob Dylan – Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series Vol 8 – Rare and Unreleased 1989 -2006 2 discs
David Ford – Let The Hard Times Roll (I have no idea who or what this is.)
Joni Mitchell – Blue
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Live at the Fillmore East March 6 & 7 1970 (I totally forgot I owned this)
Django Reinhardt – The Art of the Jazz Guitar
Kansas – Audio-Visions
Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Bright Moments 2 disc set
Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natty Dread
Randy Newman – Sail Away
Watchmen – Original Motion Picture Score (Tyler Bates)
Bill Evans – Further Conversations With Myself
Erroll Garner – Concert by the Sea
Bill Frisell – Music for the films of Buster Keaton
Saint-Saens – The Complete Etudes
Oscar Peterson – Exclusively For My Friends 4 disc set
WA Mozart – Divermenti – 5 disc set
Gotan Project – Lunatico
Chet Baker – My Funny Valentine – 10 Disc Set
Terminator Salvation Original Soundtrack – Danny Elfman
Daniel Lanois – Acadie
Daniel Lanois – For The Beauty of Wynona
Al Di Meola – Kiss My Axe
Laura Nyro – Eli & the 13th Confession
Laura Nyro – New York Tendaberry
Jazz Passengers – In Love (wow, this one does NOT hold up!)
ProjeKCt Two – Space Vector
Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler – Neck and Neck (masterpiece!!)
Elvis Costello and the Attractions – Get Happy!!! (another masterpiece!!!)
The Bill Evans Trio – At the Village Vanguard (and another masterpiece!)
Lee Morgan – Charisma
Steely Dan – Two Aganst Nature
Edgar Meyer – Bach Unaccompanied – Cello Suites
Suresh Wadkar – Morning Chants – Shri Ganesha
Sarah Vaughan – Finest Hour
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers at Birdland – Ugetsu
New Order – Get Ready
Bud Powell – Jazz Giant
Ray Charles/The Count Basie Orchestra – Ray Sings Basie Swings (this is a bobo album made posthumously in the studio – I bought it by accident.)
Jose Rouse – 1972
Talking Heads – Sand in the Vaseline 2 disc set
In The Name of Love – Africa Celebrates U2 (not as lame as it sounds)
NRBQ at Yankee Stadium
The Beatles – Beatles for Sale
Robbie Robertson – Contact From The Underworld of Redboy (awful)
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Blood, Sweat & Tears – 3
Bob Marley & the Wailers – Confrontation
Brahms – The Hungarian Dances

Astoria Transfer – 9/4/11

So I’ve done it. I’ve bought a 1 TB drive and I’m going to dub all my CDs to digital files. Then I’m gonna toss (donate, most likely) 90% of my CDs.
I don’t know how many I have. I’d say around 3500. During most of the 1990s I was an avid collector and for a few years I was receiving discs as promos. I did a severe slimming down a few years ago (an entire suitcases’ worth of discs out of their jewel cases and in thin sleeves) and that hardly made a dent. The problem is this: with so many discs, I don’t listen to any.
So here’s how you’ll help. The act of transference is a tedious one, but I figure if I list what I transfer each day it will be kinda fun.
The bulk of my collection is alphabetized – but before we can get to that (and that part will be fun) I have a giant Comic-Con bag filled with stuff I’ve pulled recently. This plus another “assorted” shelf will be the first to go.
Here’s what I dubbed last night:
Dire Straits – Communique (strange the first thing I dub should be such a random, middling CD. However, I recently bought it used – six bucks – and that’s why it is at the top of the pile.)
Randy Newman – Good Old Boys (one of my all time faves. It’s unlikely I’ll ever part with this physical disc.)
Bob Marley & the Wailers – Rastaman Vibration
Bob Marley & the Wailers – Uprising
Bob Marley & the Wailers – Survival (why in the world do I have so many Bob Marley discs? And I know I have more! I’ll donate them to the first coed I see.)
Charlie Haden/Hank Jones – Steal Away: Spirituals, Hymns and Folk Songs
The Minit Records Story 2 disc set
Grant Green – Matador
Prem Joshua – Yatri (great Indian techno music like you hear at Seva on 30th Ave.)
Old 97’s – Satellite Rides
Giuseppe Verdi – Preludes & Overtures (Ricardo Muti)
The Tradition of Gregorian Chant – 4 disc set (when the hell did I buy this? This might be something I borrowed and never returned.)
Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Out
The Beatles – Rubber Soul
The Dixie Hummingbirds – Thank You For One More Day – the 70th Anniversary of the Dixie Hummingbirds
Gerry Mulligan/Paul Desmond Quartet
Bela Fleck & Edgar Meyer – Music For Two
The Specials – The Singles Collection
John Coltrane – Blue Trane
Popul Vuh – Einsjager & Siebenjager
Mose Allison – Your Mind Is On Vacation (try finding this disc on Grooveshark! You can’t!!)
Grateful Dead (untitled 1971)
Van Morrison – Hymns to the Silence 2 disc set
Until the End of the World Soundtrack
Bill Evans – Conversations with Myself
Full Up: More Hits From Studio One (this disc is staying – it is great in the car.)
Ein Straussfest II (Cincinnati Pops Orchestra)
Squeeze – 45s and Under
John Zorn – Issachar (this is one of his listenable albums – it is a string trio playing Semitic tunes)
Philip Glass – Einstein on the Beach – 3 disc set
Philip Glass – Satyagraha – 3 disc set



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