Where did you get them from?
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I got them on line from JVC's website. Their entire catalog can be read. They have enough titles, for now, to keep me happy. I'm sure more are on the way. Do "google" with "xrcd" and the website will be the first thing you see. I'm at work, now, so I can't give you the exact website, but what I gave you, will do. Click on: you there. Then order, and you're really there. These are, truly, quite amazing. Happy listening..
I first found out about these JVC XRCDs two years ago when Chet Atkins In Hollywood was finally released on CD. The people at JVC were very helpful when I asked them why this CD didn't soind like the same recording session as the LP my father owns from the early 1960's. After some research, they informed me that there was actually a previous 1957 recording of the same LP and that the XRCD was a release of this earlier session.
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Since then I've purchased other releases by Jacintha, Wes Montgomery, Sarah Vaughn and John Coltrane. They're amazingly realistic sounding for recordings made forty years ago.
I've got Sara Vaughan on XRCD, but not the one you're talking about. You can never go wrong with Sara. Ella with Joe Pass is unbelievable. As intimate as you'll ever hear on anything. Guitar and Ella. Gorgeous. I'm going to amusicdirect.com to see what's going on with the xrcds. $20 apiece is the way to go.
Warren, every one of the XRCDs I have listened to sound wonderful. I own the Chet Atkins "Live in Hollywood" on excellent 180 gram vinyl and also on XRCD. It's probably the first time I can ever say that I enjoy the CD version more.
This just goes to show you what the CD manufacturers can do when they put their minds to it.
I have a bunch of the Bill Evans XRCDs...all are fantastic sounding and, of course, brilliant music. Waltz For Debby and Sunday at the Village VAnguard...I am amazed at what was on the master tapes waiting to be heard. Scott La Faro's bass sounds shockingly present. I also really love the Bill Evans and Tony Bennett album.
Has anyone here compared an XRCD to one of the recent Fantasy K2 releases, which have the same mastering but different manufacturing process?
Hi Joel, If you would like to try a classical piece on XRCD, and of course you like the piece, I can highly recommend "Scheherazade, Op.33" (JMCXR-0015). Fritz Reiner conducting the Chicago Symphony, Sidney Hearth, violin. A truly compelling performance, excellent dynamics and overall, a pretty damn good recording for 1960.
For jazz, I could suggest Bill Evans, "Portrait In Jazz", also on XRCD (VICJ-60139) or, in the realm of contemporary jazz, Tom Coster, "From The Street" (JVCXR-0010-2).
Well, I think I've spent just about enough of your money. Enjoy!