WOW! This Original Six Eye Stereo pressing does EVERYTHING we ever hoped for from this great album! We’ve been searching for a killer copy of this one forever but without much luck. Here’s the first one to ever hit the site, and it is a MONSTER. Both sides have KILLER A+++ sound — super tubey magical and tonally balanced with real depth to the soundfield.(more…)
I’ve always loved these performances, but the shrill Columbia sound has been hard to get past. So many copies suffer from upper-midrangy, glary, hard sound and blary brass. I’ve come to accept that this is nothing more nor less than the “Columbia Sound,” and as a consequence I rarely put much effort into surveying their prodigious catalog these days.(more…)
With Triple Plus (A+++) grades on both sides of this exceptionally well-recorded album, this copy surely qualifies as an Audiophile Demo Disc, the best copy to hit the site in years!
From the first few moments of the title track you’ll be blown away by the in-the-room immediacy of The Man himself
This copy is hi-res without sacrificing the Analog warmth that makes the recording so exceptional, especially for one from 1978
5 stars: “Stardust showcases Nelson’s skills as a musician and his entire aesthetic — where there is nothing separating classic American musical forms, it can all be played together — perhaps better than any other album…”
This early Columbia 360 Label pressing has Super Hot Stamper sound on both sides. Exceptionally rich and Tubey Magical from start to finish. The sound on this vintage pressing is natural and above all musical. Both works are performed with consummate skill and attention to detail, the result magnificent.
I’ve always loved these performances, but the crude, smeary and painfully-shrill-when-loud Columbia recording quality has always been a barrier to their enjoyment. So many copies suffer from upper-midrangy, glary, hard sound and blary brass. I’ve come to accept that this is nothing more nor less than the “Columbia Sound.” As a consequence we rarely put much effort into surveying their vintage pressings; the good ones are just too hard to find.(more…)
The best copy I’ve ever heard. Takes this recording to a new level beyond the best shaded dogs. It’s plainly cut cleaner. One dead giveaway is that the tape hiss is reproduced accurately for the first time, which means that all the high frequencies and their attending harmonics are fully evident, for the first time in my experience anyway.
The explosive opening on this wonderful LP is a prime example of DEMONSTRATION QUALITY sound. Incredibly deep and powerful bass. Great brass. (more…)
This Living Stereo Shaded Dog pressing has a great side two. As I’m sure you’ve found, many vintage pressings are dull and opaque. This one has tonally correct strings, as well as the top end and rosiny texture that’s so often missing. (more…)
Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound for both sides of this wonderful Living Stereo album – as you would expect, the Tubey Magic is off the charts
Both sides are big, lively and present with lovely breathy vocals from the two principals (who sing solo on all but two of the tracks)
A brilliant Living Stereo recording from 1959, which plays as quietly as we can find them – Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
“The first of Belafonte’s duet albums with female performers, this one paired two attractive black American singers at the peak of their respective talents.”
A Living Stereo knockout! We often forget to spend time with records like this when there are Zeppelin and Floyd records to play. We’ve always enjoyed Belafonte At Carnegie Hall, but when we’ve dug further into his catalog we’ve been left cold more often than not. However, when we finally got around to dropping the needle on a few of these we were very impressed by the music and BLOWN AWAY by the sound on the better pressings.
It’s yet another remarkable disc from the Golden Age of Vacuum Tube Recording Technology. If you’re a Harry Belafonte fan, a Lena Horne fan, a Gershwin fan, or just somebody who enjoys classic material performed with gusto and soul, this is a record that belongs in your collection.