stan getz meets jerry mulligan on mono clef label
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01/12: Gounod-Faust / Bizet-Carmen RCA LSC-2449-45CV
02/12: Ballet Music From The Opera RCA LSC-2400
03/12: Grieg, Peer Gynt London CS-604904/12: Massenet, Le Cid Klavier KS 522
05/12: Walton, Facade Suite RCA SB-2039
06/12: Zero Mostel, Fiddler On The Roof RCA LSO-1093
07/12: Shchedrin, The Carmen Ballet, Melodiya ASD-2448
08/12: AlbÃ©niz, Suite EspaÃ±ola Decca SXL-6355
09/12: Rimsky-Korsakoff, Scheherazade RCA LSC-2446
10/12: Offenbach, GaÃ®tÃ© Parisienne RCA LSC-1817
11/12: Arnold, English & Scottish Dances Lyrita SRCS-109
12/12: Wasserman, Duets MCA 42131 Promo
three that are 10+ to my ears....
'Come Friday', The Chris Barber Band, Jeton DTD Lp, 100.3306
'St. Louis Blues' on side 2 is epic. Germans recording Brits playing Dixieland......but it soars.
'Verite Du Clavecin', Sarastro 7701, 45rpm. wonderful harpsichord music. Sarastro is a late 70's French label of classical music all on 45rpm......all wonderfully recorded and great sounding. mostly small scale intimate music. there are 28 titles (one is a double album), I have them all and every one is excellent.
"Bela Bartok, Les Six Quatuors", Quatuor Vegh, Valois CMB 23, 3 Lp Box Set. there are reissues on other labels that are quite good, but this is the set to have.
I had a friend over the other night and I pulled out Charley Mingus' "The Clown." This was available in mono only ... but its one of those great mono records that makes you think .. "who needs stereo!" We played both sides all the way through. I've had the album for at least 30 years and its in mint condition. This is what you'd be looking for: http://www.ebay.com/itm/CHARLES-MINGUS-JAZZ-WORKSHOP-THE-CLOWN-ATLANTIC-1260-vinyl-lp-MONO-/331552369352?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4d320faac8
I just received a import bootleg of the greateful dead live 1977 at Cornell. 4 lp in total. Recording came from the sound board. It's an amazing live show and is a great recording. Definitely in the sense that you get the spacial and excitement of the show feel. Sometimes it could be mixed better but in the live sense it dreat.
Also Jerry Garcia lonesome blues at orlrans state prison is an amazing live acoustic set that has a nice live type of recording.
The Black Keys "El Camino" (deluxe version only)
Nat King Cole "After Midnight" "Just One Of Those Things" (Pure Pleasure)
Norah Jones "Come Away With Me" (Classic)
Death Cab For Cutie "Kintsugi" (for a modern lp)
Harry James & his big band "The King James Version" (Sheffield Direct to Disc)
Holly Cole "Romantically Helpless" (GrooveLand 45rpm disc)
I agree regarding "Fireball" - a relatively overlooked gem. However, I actually prefer the original US green label Warner copy to the Harvest pressing. It's a bit more immediate and has a better low end IMO. Also, the US copy contains 'Strange Kind of Woman' which did not appear on the UK pressing (though 'Demon's Eye' is a good track in its own right).
"Mountain of a man" is a great description of the greatness of Mingus. Slaw: You're exactly right. Listeners have the luxury of simply enjoying (or not) an artist's music. For artists, the music and the issue of respect is very very serious business. On the issue of Mingus and respect: the great Phil Woods tells a great story about being married to Bird's wife Chan and, out of financial necessity, borrowing Bird's horn from the family since he had had to hock (!) his horn. At the club that night who walks in but Mingus? Mingus recognizes the horn and proceeds to walk up to the bandstand and stand in front of Woods and glare at him for having the temerity and lack of respect to be playing Bird's horn.
On the subject of the "low fi" sound of some recordings (Black Keys): it should be remembered (respect?) that in some cases that sound is a deliberate choice by the artist and/or producer as part of the aesthetic vibe of the music.
"On the subject of the "low fi" sound of some recordings (Black Keys): it should be remembered (respect?) that in some cases that sound is a deliberate choice by the artist and/or producer as part of the aesthetic vibe of the music."
Kind of like film noir maybe Frogman? I really take your point as it is what I hear, particularly in many 50 era jazz recordings. Or maybe I'm associating the music with some of the films of that era? I'd leave it to you to explain because I'm not sure but there is, to me at least, an association.
I did; as a matter of fact.
Tubegroover, I think there is truth in your association. 50's era jazz recordings do tend to have "a sound" that is different from many modern jazz recordings; in great part a result of minimalist micing. This resulted in a greater sense of ambient connection between the players and more tonal complexity in the sounds captured; even if the overall sound was not as slick and polished as many modern recordings which tend to cause the listener to focus more on the "impressive" sound and less on the music. IMO.
Anybody here ever listen to Roy Harper's Stormcock? It is an acquired taste, and doesn't "Wow" you on first listen, musically. But it is just superb, musically and sonically. I'm not really sure how rare the early Harvest UK pressings are; mine is sans the EMI indicia on the record label, so it is probably a first pressing. It is the sort of record that just sucks you in on further listening. Be interested to know if others are familiar with it, and what their views are, musically.
What's funny is, I'd hardly name this as a "favorite' album, but it one of the first ones that came to mind when I saw this thread.
Jeff1225: Have you heard the (deluxe version)? The original release was a major disappointment. I was on the fence about recommending this (deluxe version) based on how awful the original release sounded but I made the decision to include it after repeated listens. Compared to the Nat King Cole lps I noted, there's no comparison but for a modern rock record, this one (deluxe version), stays on my list.
Qdrone: (Ric Okasek "This Side Of Paradise")...(this is a correction...IE: respect...) I remember, years ago, really liking this lp. That was before I really got into high-end audio. To me, it sounds clean & clear although too clean. The drums sound like they are from an electronic kit, the overall sound, to me, reminds me all too much of the digital recordings I once loved but find hard to enjoy these days. I do really like some early Cars lps.
Frogman: I was thinking more about your response earlier. IMO, if we, the ones that proclaim to love music and the best reproduction of this music, don't show/have respect for the artists we love,.. all of this is but a blip on the airwaves, with little meaning! I really believe my love for music and music done right is an extension of my "want-to-be", (frustrated artist standpoint). Surely, if I was that artist, I'd like to think I deserved this respect from the one's who chose/choose to listen.
This recording by Ric was done during the digital
age which is why it sounds so clean. An album
that throws an amazing Soundstage are special in
my book and your right The Cars albums are great
I remember once while perusing records at a shop
I frequented looking over and seeing Greg Hawkes
looking through vinyl too.
Had the same experience a few years back at
another shop when I spotted Billy Corgan with a
stack of vinyl in his hand.
Here are my personal gripes with the RO lp:
(1) It is thin, sterile and uninvolving
(2) In my system, it doesn't throw a huge soundstage
(3) To me, a huge soundstage does not in any way make an otherwise inferior recording one that I would recommend as an "extraordinary recording"
(4) This is basically a Cars lp for all intents and purposes. I get "pleasure" listening to The Cars lps, I get no pleasure listening to "This Side Of Paradise".
(5) Even on "Heartbeat City", made during the digital age, I get more pleasure from.
(6) This is IMO.
Thank you for responding.
All of the lps we/I have bought for around 33 years have been in the "digital age" and I get much pleasure from quite a few of these. For example: Death Cab For Cutie "Kintsugi", this is my top pick right now for record of the year and the sonics are outstanding and consistent for a modern recording.
This lp is in no way (thin, sterile, or uninvolving). Take a listen to Broken Bells, Beck, Artic Monkeys, Jenny Lewis, Ryan Adams, Neko Case... these lps have "soul" and they are recent lps!
As you can see, I'm very passionate about music, to say the least!