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Positive Feedback ISSUE 63
september/october 2012


Jaco Pastorius
by Pete Davey


Jaco Pastorius

Jaco Pastorius – ORG Records

I'm sure everyone out there that has a vinyl collection has seen this release, it's nothing new but it's something I wanted to write about—so deal with it!

I'm just starting my collection; I've got some really good ones and well, some really bad ones. You know how it goes, I'm still honing in on my abilities to "look” at a piece of vinyl and to see if it has any impurities. For now, it is what it is but I love picking up new pressings, nothing like fresh vinyl.

My friends at ORG have sent me a few pressings so far, and they never cease to amaze me. Those people have a real passion for recapturing the soul of an album and modernizing it without killing the original intent. I hope that makes sense!

Well, if you are on the fence about a new record to pick up, you will NOT be disappointed with this one.  For those that don't know who Jaco is, this is a great way to introduce him to your listening room. His bass playing skills are just out of this world, the story of his life is quite a sad event, akin to a lot of musical artists out there that struggle with life—and in return we get a masterpiece that deserves to be played over and over.

The noisefloor on this pressing is close to nil, it's one of the most silent records I've ever heard. When there isn't any audio, there's nothing else. I have played it for a few of my friends that are living in a digital world and when they see a record spinning in front of them, the look on their face never ceases to amaze me.

The dynamics, the speed, the finesse of this album has Bernie Grundman written all over it, and let me tell you that it will NOT disappoint.

Oh—don't forget to set your table to 45rpm! I listened for a few solid minutes at 33/3 and thought I had a bit too much scotch.