The Sheffield/Leinsdorf/LA LPs are underappreciated. The Prokofiev "Romeo and Juliet" recording on Sheffield LAB 8 is particularly good, imo.
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Prokofieff - "Lieutenant Kije" Reiner/Chicago (Chesky RC10, the spelling of Prokofiev is Chesky's, not mine)
Bill Evans Trio - "Moonbeams" (Riverside 9428 180g Classic Records reissue)
A couple of CD's as well:
Dead Can Dance - "Toward The Within" (4AD 9 45769-2)
Cantus - "...Against The Dying Of The Light" (Cantus Recordings CTS-1202)
TT gear is up and running. Back in the saddle..1 week without Vinyl is almost more than I can stand..Tonight is celebration night. A quick spin of Michel Legrands"After the Rain" then Harry Chapin's Heads and Tails...ending up the evining with Leontyne Price singing "El Amor Brujo" and "Les Nuits D'ete" Fritz Reiner...Chicago LSC 2695
The Best of Missippi John Hurt, Vanguard VSD 19/20
Johnny Cash, The Singing Story Teller, Sun 115
The Byrds, Untitled, Columbia CG 30127
Robert Lukas, Usin' Man Blues, Audioquest 1001
Janis Joplin, Full Tilt Boogie, Columbia 30322
... an eclectic music collection is a joy :^) betcha didn't expect to find these in my collection...
Early start tonight:
Wagner, Parsifal, Solti/LPO, Frick/Fisher-Dieskau/Hotter/Ludwig, London OSA 1510 (only listened to 1st Act, more later... What a cast!)
Sileas, Delighted with Harps, Green Linnett SIF 3039
(wire and gut strung Scottish harp and voice)
Laudate II, DrottingholmBarEns, Anne Sofie von Otter, Proprius PROP 7860
And so who can compare with live music! Should be a great concert, Joe.
The poor folks here are listening to:
Beethoven Sym 1 & 6, Norrington/London Classical Players, EMI EL 749746
Bach, Violin Sonata in d (Partita 2), Joseph Suk, EMI SLS 818
Charpentier, Pasturale sue la naissance de N.S. Jesus Christ, Christie/Les Arts Florissants, Harmonia Mundi HMC 81082
amplifiers returned today oh boy. Dire straits Brothers in arms was up first second was Chesky ultimate demonstration disc really shocking the improvement the upgrade was on Spanish Harlem. Third was SRV Rivera Paradise didn't know this recording could be this good sounding. many more tomorrow for sure.
Doc Watson "Home Again", a Cisco reissue of Vanguard VSD-79239: WOW! I just finished listening to this for the first time, and I was blown away by this recording and the mastering job. This record is incredible! Originally recorded in Doc Watson's living room, this recording captures perfectly that intimate setting, the performers are recreated about as realistically as any recording I have ever listened to. I am impressed.
Ken, Robert's been after me about listening to the Doc Watson reissues for months; I just haven't had the time to clean it and listen. I owe him a phone call to congratulate him and Cisco on a great job reissuing those LPs. I'll HAVE to get "Southbound" now! And, as much as I like the original copy of Joan Baez's "Farewell, Angelina" I think I'll have to get the Cisco reissue of that now as well. Boy, this is going to be an expensive learning experience.
Bill Berry, "Shortcake" reissued by Pure Audiophile (PA-004, half-speed mastered by Stan Ricker, spread across 4 sides to allow for maximum dynamics, with three added bonus tracks - phenomenal! Link)
Respighi's "Brazilian Impressions" Mercury SR 90153, Speakers Corner reissue. (Most commonly known by the work on the flip side, "The Birds," Brazilian Impressions is by far the more compelling sonic recreation of the orchestra. Another outstanding Speakers Corner reissue from the Mercury catalogue. Link)
Thanks to fellow 'GoNer Rushton, we were able to get a temporary fix on my Scoutmaster (Denon cart.) in order to start spinning vinyl again. My retailer is working with me to remedy what turns out to be a new Dynavector 17D delivered with a broken (read missing) stylus. No wonder we couldn't get it to track ;)
Anyway - let's get this thread moving forward again:
Gary Burton/Chick Corea - "Crystal Silence" (ECM 1024 ST)
Bill Evans - "New Jazz Conceptions" (Riverside 12-223)
Steely Dan - "Gaucho" (MCA-6102)
Handel-Harty "Water Music Suite" Dorati/LSO (Mercury SR90158) Wonderful reading by Dorati, excellent recording by Robert Fine and Wilma Cozart.
Beethoven "Sonata in G Major for Piano and Violin" David Abel/Julie Steinberg (Wilson Audiophile W-8315)
Leo Kottke "6 and 12 String Guitar" (Takoma C-1024)
Miles Davis - "Kind of Blue" (Columbia CS8163/Classic Records 45 rpm reissue)
Every time I listen to his recordings, I keep wondering how he gets so much going on with only two hands. Those Takoma recordings are done so well, you can hear fingers on the fretboard, Leo shifting in his chair, just great! And the bonus is like you said: they can be had for 1-3 dollars each.
Playin' the blues tonight...
Lightin' Hopkins and Sonny Terry, "Last Night Blues" Prestige/Bluesville 1029, Analogue Productions 45 rpm reissue (another superb reissue from the masterful hands of Hoffman and Gray at AcousTech, and the guitar/harmonica playing are not not half bad either! Seriously, Sonny Terry is just incredible on the mouth harp; what a combination.)
John Lee Hooker, "Sings the Blues (ThatÂs my story)" Riverside OBC-538, Analogue Productions reissue.
Wild Child Butler, "Sho' 'Nuff" Analogue Productions Original APO 2015 - 45 rpm (About as "live" in your listening room as it gets.)
I bet this one was not on anyone elses list. I bought a stack on used LPs a few weeks ago and have been working my way through them.
Last night I listened to three LPs the most fun was a Disney "Three Little Pigs" narrated by Sterling Halloway! It was actually a lot of fun.
The other two were a brit named 'Tracie' and someone named Tuesday Knight.
Ah..., the Starker/Bach reissue is indeed remarkable. Glad you've had a chance to listen to it, Joe!
These Speakers Corner Mercury classical reissues are incredibly good; they are doing a great job. I've just seen a preview of what's coming up in the next year (posted on the Phonogram list), and it's luscious. I know where my spending budget will be going. ;^)