By Dennis Russo
Posted May 3, 2016
ODE on LP by Bobby Long is the vinyl version of his wonderful CD “Ode To Thinking.” Sort of.
I say sort of because there are some differences between the two that are not just sonic in nature. The CD is titled “Ode To Thinking”, the LP just “Ode.” There are 11 songs on the CD compared to 9 on the LP. And although there are only two numerical songs difference, there are several different songs that appear on one but not the other. Here is the tale of the tape, so-to-speak.
The LP has the following songs that are not on the CD:
Cold Hearted Lover Of Mine
The Songs Kids Sing
That Little Place
Here is the list of tracks on the album:
Ode To Thinking
I’m Not Going Out Tonight
Treat Me Like A Stranger
Something Blue. Something Borrowed
The Dark Won’t Get Darker
Pretty Little Pennies
If You Don’t Want To Be With Me.
For this review I want to spend more time comparing the sound, and for my views of the album in general please read my review for the CD located in our archives.
For those who have never heard an LP or have forgotten just how much better LP playback is over digitally recorded music, here is not only a good example for you but one to which you will be able to make direct comparison, as we are not talking about content recorded decades ago which we now having to compare decades apart. Here we are on a level playing field. The physical nature of the LP was good. The jacket, while not the heaviest stock, was not flimsy either. Same too for the weight of the vinyl, the actual LP of which did still have some processing residue left on it and should be a good reminder to everyone to clean your LPs no matter if you just took the wrapper off or not. You owe it to the records, to your cartridge and to your ears. Once properly cleaned, I was ready to give the album my undivided attention. I listened to the album after having refreshed my ears with the CD so I would have the aural images fresh in my mind.
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