There's a lot to bitch about when your CD player is broken. But I tend to see the sunny side, and in this case things are sunny indeed – all vinyl, all the time.
Right now I have on Let It Be, and it's just gorgeous. "Across The Universe" is so lush, so…Spector. The vocals are clearly fuzzy; I am sitting here wondering what this would sound like with today's technology. With the compression and the digital sound and the sharpness…I just doubt that "I've Got A Feeling" or "I Dig A Pony" would sound nearly as good if it was initially recorded in ProTools. And the crackling in the back of "Let It Be" feels like part of the composition.
I don't think there is anything new that can be written about the vinyl/CD argument. If Phil Spector has any sanity left, I'd be interested to know his take. I just find myself constantly reaffirming the wool-blanket, tucked-in satisfaction of vinyl. CDs are great too. I miss a lot of my music. I really need to buy a new CD player. In the meantime, I'm doing OK.
One more thing: how much of this album sounds like rockabilly? More than I would have expected.
[UPDATE: This Op-Ed in today's paper about the Apple vs. Apple suit sidetracks into a plea to save the Beatles' sound.]