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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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Notes of an Amateur: Saariaho, Dusapin, Sierra, Finckel and Wu Han

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

Saariaho and Koh. Jennifer Koh, violin. Nicolas Hodges, piano. Hsin-Yun Huang, viola. Wilhelmena Smith, cello. Anssi Kaarttunen, cello, Curtis 20/21 Ensemble, Conner Gray Covington, conductor. Çedille CDR 90000183.

There is some contemporary music we listen to because we just want to know what’s going on. This is not the same as keeping up with fashion, though I expect it’s more different in degree than kind. We find ourselves willing, even eager, to attend to things we’re not really ready for, yet.… Read the full article

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ORG Music's Reissue of Shirley Horn's Softly

By | November 29th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Shirley Horn Softly

ORGM-1030, LP $24, available at https://orgmusic.merchnow.com/products/v2/276626/softly-black-vinyl

This one threw me for a loop, as my mom likes to say when she’s thrown for a loop. I took one look at the cover and thought, “Oh, here’s another wonderful ORG reissue from the Golden Age of Jazz.” I know of Shirley Horn, but I’m not that knowledgeable about her. When I played Softly for the first time, I loved it—not only is it one of the softest recording of jazz standards I’ve heard in a while, but I admired the easy and delicate sound quality of this reissue.… Read the full article

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Light Eternal, The Choral Music of Morten Lauridsen (Trailer)

By | November 6th, 2018|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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ORG's Reissue of Dave Brubeck's Time In

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

Dave Brubeck Time In

ORG Music, ORGM 1040, LP $27.99, available everywhere

For a guy who has owned umpteen copies of Time Out over the years, everything from an early pressing to one of those JVC Super Bit-Mapped CDs to the latest LP remastering from Analogue Productions, my record collection is suspiciously devoid of Dave Brubeck records. Other than a couple of almost-unplayable LPs snapped up at Goodwill, I got nothing. There’s no particular reason for this, other than “so many records, so little time.”

I’ve been fortunate, however, to land on ORG Music’s mailing list, and I’ve been thunderstruck at all the great LPs I’m now getting.… 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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Sunny War, With the Sun

By | October 17th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Sunny War With the Sun

Sunny War, With the Sun. ORG Music ORGM-1041, LP $15.89 at Amazon.com.

I have this really bad habit of judging albums by their covers. Something gets sent to me in the mail, I glance at it, maybe open it up and look at the liner notes and then I place it in the rotation according to what I think it might be.

I’ve been getting quite a few spectacular titles from ORG Music lately, and many of them have been reissues, classics that haven’t been so much remastered as revived, saved from oblivion.… Read the full article

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