- With two stunning Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this vintage Shaded Dog pressing of this sought-after classic of the Living Stereo canon is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner
- Lewis Layton engineered this blockbuster recording, and after hearing his brilliant work for The Pines of Rome with Reiner, we can see why they gave him the job
- The rich, textured sheen of the strings that the advent of Living Stereo brought into being in the ’50s and early ’60s is clearly evident throughout these pieces, something that the Heavy Vinyl crowd will never experience — simply because that sound just does not exist on modern records
- These shorter pieces are ideal for those who want to listen to Wagner’s music and don’t have the two hours one of his better-known operas requires of its audience
Sonic Grade: F
The lower strings are wonderful on the original — wall to wall, with that rosiny texture we love. I wrote at the time — this is twenty or so years ago — that the Classic pressing took that rich, dark sound and brightened it up, ruining it in the process.
Cellos and double basses just don’t sound like that. On the best pressings of LSC 2471 their timbre is Right On The Money. Of course, that’s the real thing, not some audiophile rebutchering.
Now if you’re a Classic Records fan, and you like that brighter, more detailed, more aggressive sound, the original is probably not the record for you.
We don’t like that sound and we don’t like most Classic Records. They may be clean and clear but where is the RCA Living Stereo Magic that made people swoon over these recordings in the first place?
Bernie manages to clean that sound right off the record, and that’s just not our idea of hi-fidelity.
This RCA Living Stereo LP (LSC 2471) has SUPERB SOUND!
I’m a big fan of this title. The string tone is rich and dark and just wonderful. If you want an exciting record with outstanding Living Stereo sound — dynamic, with strings to die for, and an energetic performance, this is the one!
Don’t let the White Dog fool you. I doubt if the average Shaded Dog is any better.
[I suspect that the Shaded Dog has the potential to be better, but when this review was written I did not.]
This record sounds just right to me. Listen to how clear and correct the triangle is.
I wonder if the Shaded Dog copies would be cut that clean. Without one here to compare there’s no way to know.
[We have since compared them and our Shaded Dogs were slightly better than any of the White Dogs.]
The Classic version sounds fine until you play it next to the real McCoy.
Then you hear how brightening up the strings ruins everything.
Here are some of the other records we’ve discovered that are good for testing string tone and texture.