I have had it for 30 years or so; I like it but I am not a jazz expert; very natural sound on LPs.
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Personally I've always thought the reason it was so popular was because it's very atmospheric sound made folks think that their audio system's imaging was far better than it really was. This record made some fairly average systems sound good. A good sales tool for B&M dealers as well. Content wise, IMHO, its boring at best. Sorry to rain on anyones parade, but OP asked.
"Any real music or audiophile junk?" Oh yes, Swedes playing Dixieland jazz is pretty much the highest accomplishment that is musically achieveable on record. Well no, it's not Jennifer Warnes, or The Cowboy Junkies, or Holly Cole, or Pat Barber, but thank the lord that Coltrane died so young as these Scandanavian musicians would've changed the course of modal and free jazz for sure.
I love most Jazz and like Jazz at Pawn Shop. I missed it when it hit 30 years ago and its a disc I enjoy when played on occasion. It really shows off my system. The music lies somewhere between Benny Goodman (with a small band)and light jazz that was played in the 70's. Cornets, drums and vibes sound wonderful. Very natural and well recorded,as stated previously. However, it may not have much staying power if I played it in frequent rotation imo
Remember folks, we all have different tastes. However if you are a fan of this
disc., check out the First Impression Music disc. It is a 24bit 100KHz
recording. The disc is using 99.9999 silver instead of aluminum.
I find the disc is superior to all other cd versions. More body, depth, detail,
etc. Only problem is it is extremely costly...$65 ouch! I just had to try it.
For me it was worth it. I find these 24bit 100KHz remasters are superb.
Many will not like the music content.
I bought it when it first came out, and hve listened to it only about two times. The music/playing is mediocre and uninteresting. If one has no inclination to go to a club, but is interested in hearing what a dinner club performance sounds like (including noise from silverware and glasses) this is the recording to get, otherwise, it hs no real value.
I played it once - not sure what all the fuss is about - too laid back for my tastes I guess (I like dynamic feel of live instruments).
FWIW: Maceo Parker "Roots & Grooves" Live is definitely worth buying if you like live sound with great horns and masterfully engineered by precision German Engineering. This is especially true if you found Jazz at the Yawn Shop a Yawn. The nice thing about Roots & Grooves is that Maceo plays a bunch of Ray Charles stuff with some nice arrangements before easing into out an out funk.
Come, come, at least Manilow wrote a few tunes rather than turgidly regurgitating past musical styles without regard to interpretation or meaning. Now if you could get Arne Domnerus and crew to do "Mandy" you would really have a great audiophile touchstone. Seriously, do not disregard the excellent Proprius label based on this treacle, I can heartily recommend a couple of their recordings that combine great, transcendental, music with fabulous recorded quality. They are "Kor" and "Cantate Domino". Happy listening.
Far from excruciating--it is really quite good--despite some of the negative comments--jazz is so variable in style--I like their rendition of "take five " others may not --like alot of opinions on the gon my advice is to listen to a copy for yourself--I have recordings that people raved about that are collecting dust and others that were just spot on --rich