My hunt for Ida Nielsen’s CD Turnitup proved to be lenghty.
Ida Nielsen was Prince’s bassist of choice since 2010, both in New Power Generation and 3rdeyegirl. Her two first solo LP’s are only available for download and streaming. Her most recent one, Turnitup, also exists on CD.
It has not been easy to come by a physical copy of this one. It is supposedly not for sale through retailers. A few guys have had the privilege of obtaining a bunch directly from artist or management.
When I found one from a German provider through Discogs — at a fair price for a CD in a plain envelope — at first Deutsche Post returned it to him. The second attempt brought it to me just about — (taking a look at the watch I don’t wear on my wrist) — today! Yi-ha… (Big smile.)
Of course I have enjoyed the music of Ida Nielsen’s solo LP’s on Tidal HiFi ever since she started her first ever solo project tour here in Oslo. LP’s, since they are long play releases. Not album. Two released in her own name, and one as Bassida which is also on Tidal.
An album is not as much the physical copy carrying the music. It is rather the added value content of a sleeve. If not booklets and posterfolds with all lyrics, credits, photos, artworks and lots of data, so at least some info.
Turnitup barely make it to qualify as a full blown CD album. Of course, the music is the most important. I have a HiFi CD player with a dac* which may serve a slightly better resolusion than Tidal HiFi, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
My home cinema receiver’s dac may do the same trick with direct digital connection from my old Nad CD carousel or one year old Pioneer blu-ray player. Both sets of speakers does not add any color to the music at all (Q acoustics). And both amps have great aptX bluetooth connectivity to my Mac.
As her solo albums are not available on vinyl, the actual sound of the music is not available unless you attend a live show. In the groves of a vinyl LP, the analogue sound itself is engraved. You can actually hear it from the point where the stylus touches the disc.
The vinyl format was dominant in the market for recorded music from the age of the stone grammophone discs and up until the introduction of the, and this is the full name of the CD-format, compact disc digital audio in the 1980’s.
This large disc format has become a new trend. One reason is the ears of the first generation of kids who grew up with MP3s. Now they have entered their teens, and thus their formative years when it comes to this life-important thing called music. They seem to want a better sound. An other reason is, what the downfall of the CD-market has revealed, there are simply real record collectors around.
Wishing for “Bassida’s” funk on vinyl may be futile, but nobody should despair. It is a science and an investment putting together equipment that gives you the whole difference to a degree which your ears can distinguish. And you may have to turn it up so loud you’ll be unable to stand still.
A jumping tone arm has engraved the sound of a broken record at many a party during the 20th century. It’s enough to make a part… fhmp …ough to make a part… fhmp …ough to make a part… fhmp – squeek!!!
*) Dac is an acronym, DAC, meaning digital/analogue converter. It is the part of a audio equipment that translates the digital data from files (i.e. directly on discs or via network) into sound.