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Top 500 SuperSonic List – Part 12

By | May 4th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations

91. Deep Purple, Machine Head. Purple Records – TPSA 7504 IE 064 (UK) (1972), Warner Bros. Records, Rhino Vinyl – R1 75622 (2006), 33 1/3 rpm. Genre: hard rock, heavy metal, proto-speed metal, blues rock.

“We all came out to Montreux…” Surely one of the most recognizable rock riffs in history, “Smoke on the Water,” firing the second side, solidified the English quintet’s second and best line-up consisting of: Ian Gillan on vocals and harmonica; Ritchie Blackmore on guitar; Jon Lord on keyboards; Roger Glover on bass; and Ian Paice on drums and percussion.… Read the full article

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Marvin Gaye, What's Going On – Marvin's Masterpiece       

By | March 17th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Marvin Gaye What's Going On

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UD1S 2-008, Motown B0026761-01, Limited Edition, SuperVinyl, Box Set (2019, Jan.), # 6140 of 7500

  • Originally released on Tamla – TS-310 (1971, May)
  • Category: soul, jazz and spiritual undertones
  • Format: Vinyl (2×180 gram LPs at 45 rpm)

Rating

  • Global Appreciation: 9.9
  • Music: A+ (10)
  • Recording: 9.5
  • Remastering + Lacquer Cutting: 9.9
  • Pressing: 9.9
  • Packaging: Deluxe

Musicians (partial list):

  • Marvin Gaye – all lead vocals, background voices, piano, melotron, and box drum.
  • The Andantes – background voices.
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Top 500 SuperSonic List – Part 11

By | January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations

82. Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon. Harvest – SHVL 804, 1E 064 o 05249 (UK) (1973), 582 1361 (UK) (2003) (30th anniversary edition), 33 1/3 rpm. Genre: space rock, art rock, progressive rock, electronic, jazz fusion, and funk touches.

Ahh, at last, there it is. Of course it just had to be included in any Top Sonic or Top Rock Album List worthy of the name. Recorded between June 1972 and January 1973 at Abbey Road Studios, London, by a masterful twenty-three year old engineer named Alan Parsons, with assistance from engineers Peter James, and Chris Thomas supervising the mix on then state of the art 16 track analog; by all accounts DSOTM represents Pink Floyd’s musical masterpiece.… Read the full article

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The Beginner's Guide to Vinyl

By | December 1st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

The Beginner's Guide to Vinyl

The Beginner’s Guide to Vinyl: How to Build, Maintain, and Experience a Music Collection in Analog, by Jenna Miles. ISBN-10: 1440598967. ISBN-13: 978-1440598968. Published by Adams Media (2017)

Rating

Global Appreciation: 8.5.

Presentation: straightforward, non-deluxe.

Category: music, vinyl record guide.

Format: paperback book. 5.5 x 8.5 inches approx. 256 pages all B&W except for 8 semi-gloss colored pages located half-way plus a few basic diagrams.

Written and researched by Jenna Hanes. Cover Design by Colleen Cunningham.

It’s that time of the year once again and if you are wondering like many I’m sure, what could I possibly give to a friend, spouse or audiophile buddy without breaking the bank?… Read the full article

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Issac Hayes, Shaft

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Issac Hayes Shaft

Ratings

Global Appreciation: 9.5
– Music: A
– Recording: 9.5
– Mastering: 9.5 – Lacquer Cutting: 9.5
– Pressing: 9.5
– Packaging: fairly good gatefold + poly-lined paper inner sleaves

Category: Memphis soul, funk, protodisco, soul-jazz, Blaxploitation soundtrack style. Format: Vinyl (2x 130 to 150 gram approx. LPs at 33 1/3 rpm)

Credits

  • Composed and Produced by Isaac Hayes
  • Arranged by Johnny Allen and Isaac Hayes
  • Piano, Vibraphone, Organ, Electric Piano: Isaac Hayes
  • Bass: Ronald Hudson (on track 5)
  • Bass Guitar: James Alexander
  • Bongos, Congas: Gary Jones
  • Drums, Tambourine: Willie Hall
  • Electric Piano: Lester Snell
  • Lead Guitar: Charles Pitts
  • Rhythm Guitar: Michael Toles
  • Piano: Sidney Kirk (track: A5)
  • Rhythm Section: The Bar-Kays, The Movement
  • Strings, Horns: The Memphis Strings & Horns
  • Lead Trumpet: Richard “Johnny” Davis
  • Flute: John Fonville
  • Engineered by Bobby Manuel, Dave Purple, Henry Bush, and William Brown
  • Remixed by Dave Purple and Ron Capone
  • Recorded at Stax Recording Studios, Memphis Tennessee, USA, 1971
  • Lacquers cut and pressed by Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft in Germany
  • Art Direction: The Graffiteria
  • Cover, Design by Tony Seiniger
  • Creative Director: Larry Shaw

Enterprise – ENS-2-5002, Stax – 2628 001 (Ger.) (1971, Aug.)

“You see this cat Shaft is a bad mother shut your mouth But I’m talking about Shaft, Can ya dig it?”

By age ten, I was madly in love with music, listening to the burgeoning sounds of disco and pop playing on the AM dial, but it was only a couple years later visiting relatives, that I discovered the “Theme from Shaft” taken from a compilation album from my cousin’s collection.… Read the full article

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Top 500 SuperSonic List – Part 10

By | September 10th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations

73. The Stooges, The Stooges. Elektra – EKS-74051 (1969), 33 1/3 rpm. Genre: garage rock, psychedelic-tinged hard rock, proto-punk, avant-rock

Clearly there must be something lurking in those waters but thankfully this has nothing to do with the tragedy that hit Flint in 2014. Michigan’s music scene gave birth not only to the early years of techno, but reaching further into the past, to Detroit blues, Motown, the MC5, Alice Cooper, and The Stooges.… Read the full article

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Top 500 SuperSonic List – Part 9

By | July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations

66. Babe Ruth, First Base. Harvest, EMI – SHSP 4022 (UK) (1972), 33 1/3 rpm. Genre: hard rock, heavy prog artistic rock, funky-based grooves, Spanish overtones

Named after America’s most famous baseball player, British band Babe Ruth reaped its biggest success in Canada—particularly in Québec—with “The Mexican”, melding Spanish chords to hard rock, even interpolating Italian composer Ennio Morricone’s movie theme from For a Few Dollars More; talk about crossing the cultural divide decades before its time.… Read the full article

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Top 500 SuperSonic List – Part 8

By | May 4th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations.

61. Pixies, Surfer Rosa. 4AD – 803 (UK) (1988), MoFi ‎– MFSL 1-296 (2009), 33 1/3 rpm. Genre: alternative, garage rock, noise pop, punk

The words garage, punk, and noise rarely go hand in hand with audiophile, and yet this second release by the Bostonian band encompasses exactly that—a true melting pot of the above, thanks in large part to audacious musicians, a rarebreed producer-engineer named Steve Albini choosing to take the ‘hands-off’ approach, and a bold reissue label known for its rich creative catalogue.… Read the full article

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Top 500 SuperSonic List – Part 7

By | March 8th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations.

56. Borodin, Symphony no.2 / Rimsky-Korsakoff – Capriccio Espagnole The London Symphony Orchestra, Jean Martinon. RCA Victor Red Seal – LSC-2298 ­(1959), Classic Records – LSC-2298 (1996?), 180g, Living Stereo series, Genre: classical, orchestral, romantic.

Tightly led and influenced by Mily Balakirev, Alexander Borodin—the eldest of ‘The Five’—along with Cesar Cui, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov were also identified as The Mighty Handful; a small group of young self-trained amateurs-composers from 1856 to 1870—highly responsible for influencing the course of Russian music.… Read the full article

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Top 500 SuperSonic List – Part 6

By | February 5th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations.

51. MFSB, Love Is the Message. Philadelphia International Records – KZ 32707 (1973), 33 1/3 rpm. Genre: Philly soul, disco, smooth jazz

After nearly 45 years—wherein the world holds its breath under the genuine threat of eroding freedoms, and escalating nuclear war—MFSB’s message still rings true and maybe more than ever, resonates all over the globe. Bart Forbes’ cover illustration under the art direction of Ed Lee perfectly paints the somber scenery of the cold war colliding with the 1960s civil rights movements, with KKK hoods, and Nazi propaganda intertwined; strangely a scenario not unlike more recent, and present times.… Read the full article

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