Shelly Manne – Sounds Unheard Of! – Another Analogue Productions Disaster

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Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Analogue Productions LP debunked.

Remember the ’90s Acoustic Sounds Analog Revival series mastered by Stan Ricker? This was one of the titles they did, and completely ruined of course. Ricker boosted the hell out of the top end, as is his wont, so all the percussion had the phony MoFi exaggerated spit and tizzyiness that we dislike so much around here at Better Records, the phony top that many audiophiles do not seem bothered by to this day. 

The whole series was an audio disaster, but funnily enough, I cannot remember reading a single word of criticism in the audiophile press discussing the shortcomings of that series of (badly) half-speed mastered LPs — outside of my own reviews of course. Has anything in audio really changed? 


Instruments

Standard Bass Drum
Jawbone of Ass
High hat cymbal stand
American Indian Tom-Toms
Elephant and goat bells
Standard snare drum
Concert bass drum
Hawaiian slit bamboo sticks
Assorted cymbals (sizzle cymbal on left)
Tom-toms
African thumb piano
Piccolo Boo-Bam
Accessory case w/sand shaker, tambourine jingle stick and mallets shown on top
Loo-Jon
Rubber mallets made from knitting needle and ball used in game of ‘jacks’
Timbales
Rice
Chinese Gong
Castanets

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Pionciana
My Funny Valentine
The Continental
By Myself
Stormy Weather
Begin the Beguine

Side Two

Night and Day
Makin’ Whoopee
The Piccolino
I’ll Remember April
The Boy Next Door
Temptation