Roon Rediscoveries: Tell us about yours and be featured in our TIDAL & Qobuz playlists!

Hey music lovers, I’m Jamie from the Roon Customer Success Team.

Hopefully you’ve seen me around Community the last couple months, talking about new product features, metadata development, and helping to ensure that you’re getting the best possible experience when enjoying Roon. While I’m doing those things I like to jump into the music threads to check out what you’re grooving to, spin up your recommendations, and share some favorites of my own.

And now, I’ve been invited to talk about music on our Music Blog. Which is pretty sweet for me because aside from my family there isn’t anything that means as much to me as music.

Like many of my colleagues at Roon I’m enamored with all kinds of music and I’ve been privileged to work in the music industry for many years. I was the kid who bought 7-inch singles with his lunch money and later grew up to do live music production, work as a recording engineer, record store clerk, music writer, radio DJ, sound archivist, tape restoration engineer, and compilation producer. The common thread that runs through all those roles is that they provided me with the opportunity to connect with people through a shared love of music.

One of the things I enjoy most about spending my day with Roon is the way it fosters rediscovery of music that has moved and inspired me throughout my life. The best parts of my work day are when Roon Radio brings that well loved but somewhat orphaned song back into my orbit unexpectedly. What always surprises me is the journey that these songs seem to have taken in their absence. They bristle with new energy, gleam with a new coat of paint, or exude some elusive quality that has made them glow a bit brighter. The real explanation for their evolution is that we have changed. Our attention to sonic detail, discernment, taste, and music listening education has grown such that these songs seem to take on a new life. I’ve had no shortage of these moments and I’d like to lay a few of them on you:

Wilson Pickett - Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You. My CD copy of Rhino Records’ The Very Best of Wilson Pickett disappeared without a trace from my music shelf years ago and spirited away this track. Wilson took on every song that he recorded at 110%; what that means is that the songs that weren’t hits still smoke. On this one Pickett is paired with a Gamble & Huff studio hit-squad that churns out just the right amount of grit. The fat, fuzzy, overdrive on the rhythm guitar part in the chorus was a new detail I had missed before.

Qobuz: Open Qobuz
TIDAL: https://tidal.com/browse/track/19940807

Quicksilver Messenger Service - Mona. I had a dear friend who grew up just south of San Francisco in the late 60s and hitchhiked to the Fillmore West to see shows as a teenager. He told me that Quicksilver Messenger Service was one of the heaviest San-Fran groups he saw live, even heavier than The Grateful Dead. At some point I ran into a used copy of their Happy Trails album. It showcased a few epic live Bo Diddley workouts that cemented my friend’s observations. Recently when I bumped into this song the beat had become even more tribal and propulsive. Bo’s primitive rhythmic chop is psychedelicized with driving lead guitar from John Cipollina while a second tremolo guitar part pushes the pulse of the song in and out of syncopation. Hearing it again after all these years was a revelation.

Qobuz: Open Qobuz
TIDAL: https://tidal.com/browse/track/2501438

Reuben Wilson - Hold On, I’m Comin. There were a few serious Hammond organ cats at work for Blue Note Records in the 1960s. Reuban was never as highly regarded as Jimmy Smith, John Patton, or Larry Young but he could cook too. This supercharged version of Sam & Dave’s Hold On, I’m Comin really gets things boiling. Wilson roots right down in the grove on this one and carries everyone along with him. Lee Morgan and George Coleman blow like they were raised at Stax, Grant Green leans into R&B riffs you could hammer nails with, and Idris Muhammad swings it all kinds of funky on the kit. This cut feels like it was custom made for playlists.

Qobuz: Open Qobuz
TIDAL: https://tidal.com/browse/track/2326663

New music discoveries are exciting but there’s something equally special about these rediscoveries - at least we think so.

Tell us about your experiences! Which songs have Roon ushered back into your life and library after a long absence? Pick two or three of them and share the qualities that you noticed this time around in this thread.

We’ll curate your selections for inclusion in our upcoming TIDAL and Qobuz playlists and publish your song comments on our Music Blog. Roon has always been about discovery and exploration. The thing that drives those two catalysts is connections and nothing connects a community quite like music.

So, let’s talk music!

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Hello fellow audiophiles. I am David, Instructional Designer and fanatic for music.

My journey began with trips to my local Licorice Pizza, the greatest collection of Vinyl I will ever have had the pleasure to frequent. Of course, we didn’t call it Vinyl in the 70’s. I might have been 10 years old when I bought my first record. Didn’t even have a turntable, but my neighbor friend did (lucky guy) and I think we wore out his simple stereo. If memory serves he also had an 8-track player, but that was way too frustrating for a 10 year old who wanted to listen to Styx - The Grand Illusion over and over.

By the time I reached high school age, my musical taste had all but solidified. Nothing but Led Zeppelin, The Stones, The Who. Basically British Blues & Hard Rock. But, my musical horizons broadened over those 4 years. My classmates were listening to the Clash & the latest synth Pop from Britian. Basically anything you could dance to while trying to look cool in front of females. And failing miserably. But one band rose above the rest and became an obsession. Oingo Boingo. Never missed a concert when they played live on Halloween in Southern California.

Oingo Boingo - Only A Lad. I was digging through Danny Elfman’s latest album served up by Roon in new releases and it instantly brought me right back to high school and college. There is something remarkable that only music is capablew of doing. A familiar favorite track can invoke memories of where your were and what you were doing that even photographs can’t achieve. Their first album, Only a Lad, was so unique. Elfman’s quirkiness, with Bartok on lead guitar & Vatos on drums were his perfect partners. And the horns! It’s like they were channeling another version of Frank Zappa.

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https://open.qobuz.com/track/52615518

Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge over Troubled Waters. I doubt there is a young man alive that doesn’t remember where they were when The Graduate was made available on VHS. Mrs Robinson always made a solid impression. While the film is chock full of classic songs from the 60’s, Simon & Garfunkel’s contribution to that film made a lasting impression. I was listening to Sounds of Silence, Roon brought me to my favorite S & G track:

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https://open.qobuz.com/track/20534191

Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt.1: The Miracle and the Sleeper. By the time I had finished college, found my career job & got married with children, I was content to cycle through my CD & Vinyl collection of the greatest hits of my life to that point . You know the whole Yuppie dream. And I had stopped listening to new music despite the new streaming services being all the rage. Fast forward to 2020, I am unemployed, 5 years divorced and living alone. That was the perfect fertile ground to consider your life choices and do something new. In September of 2020, I jumped into the deep end of the pool and decided to pursue some new music and got Qobuz & Roon. I was a hardened skeptic at first, but that positively thawed very quickly. Roon has that effect on you. Dream Theater popped up in a Daily Mix based on discovering Ayreon the day prior. And holy cow did that open up a Pandora’s box of goodness. Suddenly I was experiencing new artists from the late 90’s from Europe I had never knew existed, like this wonderful track.

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https://open.qobuz.com/track/2927589

Well that is enough of a trip down memory lane for this post. I sincerely hope this hasn’t put you to sleep or put down your headphones.

Thank you Jamie for the opportunity to share my experiences with Music & Roon.

Let’s continue to talk about music!

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Hey Jamie and music lovers

what a great idea and with your CV you will really attract many more music lovers. Every good thing wants to show itself slowly and well developed.

I’ll enjoy the recommendations and memories first and then think very carefully about what might fit well here and for what reason.

Thank you for this idea

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Jamie has reported that music and family are the highest priorities in his life. Those who started so early and were able to produce, buy and collect true musical treasures will have a deep understanding of many genres, musical styles, eras and geographic formations.

Before I make it too difficult for myself and the readers here to delve into the European variety of my lifetime and musical companionship, I prefer to present primarily the lighter and more familiar musical fare that first took root in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, England, Sweden, Norway or Croatia before going on a world tour. Certainly, many decades are covered here and fresh musical fare is not entirely forgotten.

I hope to give you more appetite with these mostly familiar but not still present pictures to repeat something that also touched your way.


https://open.qobuz.com/album/5099951436254
https://tidal.com/browse/album/2981826


https://open.qobuz.com/track/1758587
https://tidal.com/browse/track/2981833


https://open.qobuz.com/album/0886444482745
https://tidal.com/browse/album/26905962


https://open.qobuz.com/album/0060255783276
https://tidal.com/browse/album/80813603


https://open.qobuz.com/album/0094636797854
https://tidal.com/browse/album/131236


https://open.qobuz.com/album/0603497950423
https://tidal.com/browse/album/3748036


https://open.qobuz.com/album/0190295988005
https://tidal.com/browse/album/68648260


https://open.qobuz.com/album/dozpvnctpug3b
https://tidal.com/browse/album/121909625


https://open.qobuz.com/album/0886443607446
https://tidal.com/browse/album/18445371

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These are wonderful contributions and songs @David_Albers & @Uwe_Albrecht! Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve enjoyed these a lot!

A few board members have PM’ed me to ask if they can send me their contributions via message. Absolutely, yes! Please contribute in whatever way suits you best, via message or in the thread. What works for you is fine with me.

Also, there’s no requirement to respond in a specific format or in long form if you don’t want to. You can simply post a few songs with a few words about the fresh sonic impressions you noticed upon hearing them again.

What’s most important, and the only specificity that’s needed, it that you tell us which version of the song you’re referencing so we make sure to use the correct selection in our playlists. If you do link to the song in Tidal or Qobuz, or could be as specific as possible about the version when singling out a selection from your local library, that would be great!

Any song, of any genre, from any era is welcome. If Roon helped it reappear on your radar we’d love to hear about it!

Perfect Skin by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
Rediscovered this lovely song when the Rattlesnakes album was suggested by Roon while playing an album from my own collection. Hadn’t heard it in 30 years, but it was instantly remembered! Open Qobuz

Tour de France by Kraftwerk
Back when this was first released I was a college DJ and played it on the air. Had forgotten all about it… but there it was as a full album release when browsing Kraftwerk’s releases in Roon! What a great track it was back then and an even better album now. Open Qobuz

Lullaby by Book of Love
In the mid 80’s my roommate and I saw Book of Love in concert. I had purchased one of their CDs and he the other that was out at the time. When I got my own place, his CD went with him and I sort of forgot about it. Roon saw to it that I listened to it again all these years later and this tune brought back fond memories of that concert. Open Qobuz

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Fine selection with a personal touch and experience

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These are great selections @Christian_Schock and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading your comments! I received a copy of Kraftwerk’s Computer World for Christmas in 1981. I can still feel how excited I was to see that record wrapped up in front of the tree, even after all these years. I’m queueing up some Kraftwerk right now! Thank you for the recommendation. :computer: :loud_sound:

Update: 2 tracks in and Tour De France has been added to my library! :fist: I haven’t played this record in years!

without words…just memory

Who still has this catchy tune in the ears?

The album was released in 1979 and in our country the song Darlin’ played very often on the radio. It was certainly a song that was recorded on many tapes.

The CD was approaching, but the LP still dominated the sales form.

https://open.qobuz.com/track/61362215

I used to listen to the Emo band from Ohio, Hawthorne Heights. Haven’t thought about them in forever. Well, Roon recommended their new album (I didn’t know they were still around) and I listened to that then went back and listened to the albums I listened to in high school from them. Can’t go wrong with this classic!

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Hey Gang!

I just wanted to touch base to see if you have some selections that you’d like to add to the list? We’re going to be preparing some playlists soon and I’ll love to see some more contributions and hear your stories.

We’ve gotten some fantastic recommendations so far! What else do you have to share? I don’t want anybody to feel left out!

Hi Jamie,
to your question, which music I have re-discovered via Roon, I have a story.
Once, I was still young at that time and having plenty of time, I had a very carefull selection of CD’s and a Phillips 204 CD-player, ll in the early days of the CD-era. The music collections did include a CD of Mitsuko Uchida playing pino sonates of Mozart. One night, coming back home it appeared an noninvited visitor took my entire CD-collection and my CD-player. Luckly my speakers were still there, but cut loose from the kabels. Bought a much more expensive CD-player, but still not the quality of the Philips 204. I did not had made a list of the CD-collection and was not longer in the luxery position of a lot of free time. I did put relative a lot of time to find back the exact CD of Mitsuko Uchida, but was found in no store arround.
About 30 years later the interest in audiophile listening to music was rediscovered, that did lead to Roon and a very nice high-end music set. And finally resdiscovering that exact CD from my first collection. Upon listening getting back that exact feeling as 30 years back and by this knowing it was indeed the missing cd as the photo on the cover and year of issue allready did indicate. By the stories about the cd’s and artist through Roon, I learned it was not so much the piano sonates of Mozart, but the interpretation of this music by Mitsuko Uchida, I learned to love. Before finding back the missing CD I tried many other artist without the same level af satisfaction. Having said all this, I must admit the quality of recording, although very good, can not match with e.g. Riopy, Bliss 2021. With a good streamer, e.g. the Antipodes K50, the latter sound like life performance. Wonder of remaster of that old collection of Mitsuko would improve compared to the present FLAC 44/16 recording available. Need to ask this to Tidal.
And yes, the sound is now above my old music set with the Philips 204 :slightly_smiling_face: .

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I believe the CD collection you are referring to is this one:

https://open.qobuz.com/album/0002894683562

If so, I have the original release of it on CD, and I agree that it is a sublime performance throughout. My special favorites are all on Disc 5, but the entire set is just lovely. The link here is to the reissue of the set from 1991. It is well worth looking for on CD, even if, yes, the recordings are perhaps not up to the standards of today, Uchida’s delicate, nuanced performance is not to be missed. And as you say, others playing the same pieces just don’t sound right! :slightly_smiling_face:

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When black gold stopped flowing in 1973/4 and crowds of people in Europe were walking on empty highways, investors on Wall Street were also worried.

https://www.investors.com/how-to-invest/investors-corner/runaway-inflation-an-arab-oil-embargo-savaged-the-dow-in-1973-1974/

In America, the talk was not only about the oil embargo, but also about Watergate. The Dow fell 47% in three phases. The biggest crash after 1929 and 10cc wrote the appropriate hit single in the first half of the 70s.

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In 1982 I met my wife and we still love each other and in 1981 Pete Wyoming Bender wrote about his love, later about his love daughter Jennifer and then his death.

Everything from chanson, singer-songwriter to world music.

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Man! @Sjaak_Damen and @Christian_Schock I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your conversation above!

In fact I just mentioned it in my upcoming Roon Music Blog post. If you chaps don’t mind I’d like to include your usernames in the story. I just want to say how much I appreciate the conversation and inspiration you shared about Uchida. I added her to my library immediately and I’ve played it everyday while doing support.

The Roon community has such an encompassing and consuming love for music and an openness to share that passion with other listeners. I’m so stoked to get to be a part of it. :v: :loud_sound:

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