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The Silencers - A Letter From St. Paul [PL 71336 UK 1987 24-Bit FLAC]

I think I have finally got my new hardware set-up just how I want it. It has taken me a little while to get used to using a moving coil cartridge rather than a more regular moving magnet one. The Ortofon website boasts of an expanded bass frequency range and suggests a tracking force in the range 21-25 mN, I wasn't happy with the muddier than normal sound on some of my test rips and after some consultation with my dealer, I have settled on dropping that to 17mN. The Mark Isham album was my first rip with that tracking force, here is the second.

I discovered this mint copy of A Letter From St. Paul in a local second hand dealer for a bargain price recently and although I have all The Silencer albums on compact disc (all were featured on ESWA), I just had to have it. 

You don't need to be a Celt to love The Silencers, though sales of their records always seemed to concentrate north of the border in Scotland. If you are English (American or otherwise), then you likely missed out on one the eighties very best guitar bands. Time now to sit up and pay attention, and yes, it is okay to put I Can't Cry on repeat play over and over ...and over. It is that good and it sounds even better from vinyl. Check out the bass on the title track and play loud!


A1 Painted Moon
A2 I Can't Cry
A3 Bullets And Blue Eyes
A4 God's Gift
B1 I See Red
B2 I Ought To Know
B3 A Letter From St. Paul
B4 Blue Desire
B5 Possessed



    Talk amongst yourselves for a while as I am off travelling for work. Back in a week or so.

    In the meantime, give my rips a good listen and let me know your thoughts.

  2. I'm looking forward to hearing this. I'm always pleasantly surprised to find a "new discovery" from the 80's. Also, your rips have sounded pretty damned fine so far. Thanks!

  3. Brilliant, brilliant record! I had it on vinyl when it was released here in Brazil at the time, and fell in love with it...

  4. Thanks so much! New visitor to your blog - 64 year-old British ex-pat moving back (to Liverpool!) next month - 40 year veteran of the music business in the US. I knew these guys by name but had never heard them before. Definitely hits my 'sweet spot' of 80's guitar-based bands. Looking forward to being a 'dedicated follower of needle time' :)

  5. Missed this first time around. Really enjoyed what I heard so thanks for sharing it.
    Have a well earned rest.


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