That's bad news - I was just going to order the LP :(
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Just read a couple of professional reviews, and the Amazon customer reviews on the CD.
No one complained about the sonics per se, but one of the professional reviews reported that the album was recorded during informal spontaneous sessions in a rented house in Mississippi. The BBC reviewer wrote "The Mississippi house feels so much a part of this recording that it deserves to be credited on the sleeve."
Maybe it's a matter of opinion whether the house contributes to or takes away from the overall sound of the recording. And maybe, for some technical reason, the recording environment adds to the CD but takes away from the LP.
Presently I have an all digital kit and will probably buy the CD. But I hope a good review of the LP comes along for your analogue folks.
OK I listened to the whole disc.
My initial impression is that this is her weakest effort so far.
As far as recording quality on CD it is 7-8 out of 10. Can't say it's horrible. Sounds OK on my home system. The sound is a bit bass heavy with somehow rolled off highs. but it's OK.
The music is what I pay most attention to. I mean it is definitely listenable, but it isn't interesting and it lacks soul. It wouldn't be fair to compare this CD with "New Moon Daughter" or "Traveling Miles" or even "Thunderbird" for that matter. It isn't on par with the older stuff. At some point I even felt like I wasted $14. But it's OK. I've bought CDs that were much worse than this one.
Just my opinion.
Decided to put "Belly of the Sun" on my hard drive today but couldn't find it. It is a family favorite and is probably long gone with one of my daughters. Anyway I bought another copy and played it in the car on the way home.
My favorite Cassandra Wilson album is still "New Moon Daughter" but "Belly of the Sun" is definitely second. It has an interesting mix of tracks and sounds wonderful.
BTW, a couple of years ago I googled "Wichita Lineman" and found many jazz covers of it. Well it does have a great ballad melody.
Anyway here's to Cassandra Wilson. Whether from a house in Mississippi or a studio in LA, let's hope she keeps turning out great records.