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Vinyl Round-Up Pt.2 - The Audiophile Man
Welcome to the second in a series of vinyl round-ups. Where we take an audiophile look at vinyl issues, looking at both content but also pressing and mastering quality. In this issue: Hawkwind, Hank Mobley, Warren Zevon, Lucinda Williams, Dream Theater and Hall & Oates. HAWKWIND’s patchy Sonic Attack, from 1981 (*** Back On Black), saw the group stripped of most of its original members combined with an uncomfortable style change to heavy metal. This edition includes a second vinyl disc of bonus content, the same extras as found on the Atomhenge label’s bonus CD edition. Here, the soundstage is set back from the listener. Detail edges are rounded and ill defined but that is probably more a symptom of the original studio recording, giving the record an archival feel. An official bootleg, WARREN ZEVON’s Headless In Boston (*** Let Them Eat Vinyl) is a radio recording from 1982 at the Boston Metro, in support of his then new album, The Envoy. As with many live albums, there is some veiling in the upper mids and treble with slight emphasis in the lower frequency areas. This is balanced by the sheer exuberance and energy on display. Zevon is on fine form. Sax player, HANK MOBLEY’s best known LP, Workout (**** Waxtime), from 1961, features Mobley’s strong …