Massenet / Le Cid / Martinon – This Blueback Was Awful

Reviews and Commentaries for the Music of Jules Massenet (1842—1912)

Hot Stamper Classical and Orchestral Imports on Decca & London

Sonic Grade: F

Hall of Shame pressing. Don’t buy into that record collecting / audiophile canard that the originals are always the best sounding pressings.

The original Blueback pressing — true, we only had the one, so take it for what it’s worth — was a complete disaster: shrill, with no top or bottom to speak of. 

Le Cid

I. Castillane
2. Andalouse
3. Aragonaise
4. Aubade
5. Catalane
6. Madrikrne
7. Navarraise