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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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Top 500 SuperSonic List – Part 5

By | December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , |

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations.

41. Frank Sinatra, Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session!!! Capitol Records – SW 1491 (1961), MoFi ‎– MFSL 1-407 (2012), 33 1/3 rpm. Genre: big band swing, vocal jazz, traditional pop standards.

As previously mentioned in the very first installment of this series, Frank Sinatra along with Nat King Cole remain unchallenged in my book in their vocal stylistic spheres, with Bing Crosby, and Tony Bennett–both distinctively different—coming close behind. Now then, if I had to choose my favorite Franky LP—admittedly a near-impossible task–Come Dance with Me!Read the full article

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Top 500 SuperSonic List – Part 4

By | June 24th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , |

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations.

“Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair”…

31. The Beatles. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Parlophone PCS 7027 (1967), MoFi ‎– MFSL 1-100 (1983), 33 1/3 rpm). Genre: rock, psychedelic, art rock, baroque pop, raga, avant-garde

It was fifty years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play; fast forward five decades into the future, and the Lonely Hearts will probably still sound strong. A half-century has gone by since the masterful milestone album was released in late May/early June 1967, still steadfastly standing the test of time.… Read the full article

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Top 500 SuperSonic List – Part 3

By | March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , |

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations. Here is the second 10 of his Top 500 SuperSonic List…

In a slight variation of sorts, and at the risk of foregoing a bit of diversity, for Part 3, I elected to pit back-to-back two selections sharing a common thread between them.

21. Buzz Brass, Mélanie Barney, The Planets. Fidelio Music Inc. FALP028 (2012), (2×45 rpm). Genre: classical, modern

Finding great sounding organ recordings on vinyl has always been a challenge, especially so when one has the chance of attending live recitals of the mighty ‘beast’ of classical instruments and having the latter close by as a comparative reference.… Read the full article

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Top 500 SuperSonic List – Part 2

By | February 17th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , |

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations. Here is the second 10 of his Top 500 SuperSonic List…

11. Carole King,Tapestry. Ode Records. SP 77009 (1971), MoFi, MFSL 1-414 (2013), 33 1/3 rpm. Genre: pop, soft rock, acoustic folk, jazzy overtones

Throughout the 1960s Carole King and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin wrote a ton of hits for music publishers and pop singers in the famous Brill Building situated at 1619 Broadway in Manhattan NYC. Contrary to expectations, King’s 1970 debut Writer did not garner much consideration at the time; rather her breakthrough came a year later with her second and most accomplished, personal record Tapestry entirely written or co-written by her, and produced by Ode and Dunhill label founder, Lou Adler.… Read the full article

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Top 500 SuperSonic List – Part 1

By | January 9th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations. Here is the first 10 of his Top 500 SuperSonic List…

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“This is a journey into sound. A journey which along the way will bring to you new colour, new dimension, new value…”

What better way to introduce this new long term project than to quote Geoffrey Sumner’s spoken words at the beginning of the classic 1958 Decca compilation A Journey Into Stereo Sound [SKL 4001]. Nearly six decades since the introduction of stereo sound onto vinyl, and seven since Columbia cut the first 33 1/3 rpm microgroove LP for commercial release—the latter coincident in time with the advent of magnetic tape recording in the U.S.—I felt it appropriate to create this Reference List for those about to ‘jump on this train’ for the very first time, and for those already aboard; perhaps eager to discover some new or old hidden gem to add to their precious collection.… Read the full article

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