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Gilbert and Sullivan / Overtures / Ward – Our Shootout Winner from 2009

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

SUPERB sound on side one, which earned our coveted Super Hot Stamper sonic grade for its rich, sweet Living Stereo sound, the kind we audiophiles have been in love with since we heard our very first one, if experience is any guide. This is a Top Shaded Dog in practically every way.  

The hall is HUGE: spacious and open as any you will hear, but not at the expense of richness or fullness. The orchestra is solid and full-bodied, yet the woodwinds and flutes soar above the other sections, so breathy and clear. How did the Decca (recording) and RCA (mastering) engineers succeed so brilliantly where so many others have failed, failed right up to this very day?

Who knows? It’s still a mystery that has yet to be explained, to my satisfaction anyway.

Very Slight Smear

That lovely texture on the strings tells you that the pressing itself is partly responsible for the superb sound — smear being a pressing issue, not a mastering or recording one. Most of the string texture is here, with only a small amount of smear evident on this side.

For naturalness, this one earns a score of nine out of ten. (more…)

Gilbert and Sullivan / Overtures / Ward – Our Shootout Winner from 2011

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

SUPERB sound on BOTH sides, with side two earning our coveted White Hot Stamper sonic grade for the kind of rich, sweet Living Stereo sound that we audiophiles love. The sound is nothing short of amazing on the White Hot side. This is a Top Shaded Dog in every way.   

That lovely texture on the strings tells you that the pressing itself is partly responsible for the superb sound — the lack of smear being a pressing issue, not a mastering or recording one. For naturalness, this one earns a score of ten out of ten.

This is an incredibly good sounding side, clearly the best side two of the three copies we played in our recent shootout and by far the best I have ever heard this music sound (only natural when you take into account the continuously improving stereo and room).

The hall is HUGE: spacious and open as any you will hear, but not at the expense of richness or fullness. The orchestra is solid and full-bodied, yet the woodwinds and flutes soar above the other sections, so breathy and clear. How did the Decca (recording) and RCA (mastering) engineers succeed so brilliantly where so many others have failed, failed right up to this very day?

Who knows? It’s still a mystery that has not been explained, to my satisfaction anyway. (more…)

Gilbert and Sullivan / Pirates of Penzance – Our Shootout Winner from 2009

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

EXCELLENT sound on EVERY side, which means it is truly a Demo Disc. On virtually every side it has the kind of rich, sweet Decca/London sound over which we audiophiles have been known to drool. It’s nothing short of AMAZING on the White Hot side — so lively, rich and HUGE. This is a Top London pressing in every way.  (more…)

Gilbert & Sullivan – The Best Of… (3 LP Box Set) – Reviewed in 2005

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This is a Minty RCA Reader’s Digest 3 LP Box set with SUPERB SOUND! These recordings are DEMO DISC QUALITY. 

HP put the Rachmaninoff Box on the TAS List, and when you get a properly mastered one, it belongs there. But this G&S box is every bit as good sonically. This may not be high brow classical music, but it’s music that belongs in any record collection, and especially in an audiophile record collection, because the sound is OUT OF THIS WORLD.

The Mikado; Pirates; The Gondoliers and Patience are simply stunning. You won’t find more correct vocal and orchestral sound on the planet.

Pinafore is excellent but the sound of the other operattas is so amazing that even this wonderful recording pales in comparison. The only mediocrity here is Iolanthe.

Normally the problem with these sets is that the bad vinyl causes a loss of sound quality — grain, shrillness, a lack of bass; the very same things that you hear on so many massed produced rock records. It’s not bad mastering. It’s bad vinyl. (more…)

Gilbert & Sullivan Overtures / Ward

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

DEMONSTRATION QUALITY SOUND on side one!  

If you like records that are ALIVE, with music that JUMPS out of the speakers, this LP is for you. You will have a hard time finding a better sounding record.

The first 10 seconds of side one is all you need to hear to know you are in the presence of LIVING STEREO SOUND AT ITS BEST. (more…)