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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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Fauré in Seattle

By | March 1st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

FAURÉ Orchestral works. Seattle Symphony/Ludovic Morlot. Seattle Symphony Media SSM1004.  TT: 70.29. Masques et bergamasques. Fantaisie for Flute (orch. Talmi; with Demarre McGill, flute). Pelléas et Mélisande: Suite. Berceuse for Violin and Orchestra (with Alexander Velinzon, violin). Élégie for Cello and Orchestra (with Efe Baltacigil, cello). Dolly (orch. Rabaud). Pavane (with Seattle Symphony Chorus).

Full disclosure: I haven’t gotten so much sheer pleasure from a listening session in a long time. I mean, who doesn’t like Fauré?

As Music Director, Ludovic Morlot has pumped new life into the Seattle Symphony, in the doldrums since the departure of Gerard Schwarz.… Read the full article

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Auner Quartet: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, String Quartet No. 2 in a, Op. 13

By | February 18th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me as of fall 2016

J Marks System fall 2016

The essential sound of this system is determined first by the loudspeakers, prototypes called Esperanto Parolantos. That’s something of a pun, in that it means “Esperanto Speakers.” (Esperanto, from the audio company I started after leaving Stereophile magazine.)

Mike Zisserson designed the Esperanto Parolanto loudspeaker while taking into account my “Wish List” of desired characteristics and capabilities. In that list I tried to express both in technical terms and in musical terms what I believe a music lover’s relatively affordable two-way non-mini monitor loudspeaker should sound like.… Read the full article

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Telarc Firebird Vinyl Reissue

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

Telarc Stereo TEL00005. 33.3 RPM, 180 gram vinyl. Retail $24.98. Robert Shaw conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for this recording of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite paired with Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances.

Igor Stravinsky

The Firebird:  Introduction

The Firebird:  The Firebird and Her Dance

The Firebird:  Round Dance of the Princesses

The Firebird:  Infernal Dance of King Kastchei

The Firebird:  Berceuse

The Firebird:  Finale

Aleksandr Borodin

Prince Igor: Overture

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Warning! You are about to read a negative review.… Read the full article

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Marita Sølberg: Opera Arias

By | February 9th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me as of fall 2016

J Marks System fall 2016

The essential sound of this system is determined first by the loudspeakers, prototypes called Esperanto Parolantos. That’s something of a pun, in that it means “Esperanto Speakers.” (Esperanto, from the audio company I started after leaving Stereophile magazine.)

Mike Zisserson designed the Esperanto Parolanto loudspeaker while taking into account my “Wish List” of desired characteristics and capabilities. In that list I tried to express both in technical terms and in musical terms what I believe a music lover’s relatively affordable two-way non-mini monitor loudspeaker should sound like.… Read the full article

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New Music Review: Delta Raga, By The Indo-Canadian Slide Project

By | February 6th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Music Review by Noam Bronstein

Writing reviews can be a tedious task, but it’s a pleasure and an honour to write about this unique music project, which came together last year in what must have been a massive effort. It was spearheaded and organized by my friend and neighbour, Michael Oesch. Michael is a fine musician, a songwriter, and a recording engineer – he has a very cool studio in his house, and owns his own digital media company. He also seems to have more instruments than any musician I’ve met.… Read the full article

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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 Gasparini Album

By | December 31st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Roberta Invernizzi, soprano; Auser Musici/Carlo Ipata. Glossa GCD 922905.  TT: 59.30. Astianatte: Se la Grecia s’armerà. L’oracolo del Fato: Qui ti scrivo o nome amato; Se non canti più per me. Il Ciro: Nell’orror della procella. Bajazette: Par che mi nasca in seno. Sinfonia. Il Tamerlano: Svena uccidi; Cor di padre. Santa Eufrosina: Qui dal porto. Amleto: D’ire armato. Cantata Andate o miei sospiri.Read the full article

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Latest Vinyl Releases – Are These References?

By | December 27th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Here are some LPs that I’ve gotten in recently and I want to bring to your attention.

Espresso, Bob James Trio, EVLP023, from Tappan Zee Records. 2018, Featuring Bob James, Billy Kilson, and Michael Palazzolo. $32.99. Tracks Recorded by Ken Freeman, KFP Studios, Bethlehem, PA. Tracks Recorded at Stagg Studios, Van Nuys, CA.. Assisted by Josh Frank. Mastered by Steve Vavagiaskis for Bang Zoom Mastering, Rockland, NY. Mastered to Vinyl by Kevin Gray on 180 gram black vinyl.

Legendary pianist Bob James is joined by bassist Michael Palazzolo and drummer Billy Kilson playing nine original jazz selections with that energy and style you would expect from seasoned artists.… Read the full article

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Somesh Mathur's Time Stood Still

By | December 13th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Somesh Mathur Time Stood Still

Sweetbeats Productions, Digital download available at Apple Music and Google Music $8.99

I know I’ve raved about recordings in reviews, even in the last year, where I remarked that I put it in my CD player or an LP on my turntable and I didn’t take it out/off for a very long time. That’s a nice way of saying I really enjoyed it, a sentiment that goes back to my youth where I’d stick a cassette in my car and drive around playing it for months at a time, or at least until one of my friends asked, “Do you have anything else you can play, dude?”

Does it really happen?… Read the full article

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