Labels We Love – Argo / Cadet

The Choir of King’s College / Evensong For Ash Wednesday from the TAS List

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We were very impressed with the sound of side one of this Dutch stereo pressing. For those not familiar with the album, it basically consists of a church service with readings and singing by soloists and choir. Recorded in a huge church, the clarity, naturalness and spaciousness are hard to fault.

Imagine our surprise then when we dropped the needle on side two and heard EVEN BETTER sound — bigger (my notes say “huge in fact”), with a wider and deeper soundstage and even more transparency and resolving power. I suppose it could get better but you will have to prove it to me. Until then I’m calling this one a legitimate Demo Disc for vocal reproduction on side two. I know of none better.

Side one earned a sonic grade of A++, for the sweetness and naturalness of the voices more than anything. This is not a sound that’s easy to capture or reproduce, making this a great test disc as well as a Demo Disc par excellence.

A+++, even better! Compare the two sides and see if you don’t agree with us that side two is even more amazing than side one!

Consisting of hymns, psalms and readings, this is a regular event in the King’s College calendar.

Ramsey Lewis Trio – Maiden Voyage

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Maiden Voyage

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  • This copy of Lewis’ 1968 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, from first note to last – exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A wonderful sounding record and all but Forgotten Classic, with Ramsey Lewis and his Trio at the top of their game 
  • Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire fame was Ramsey’s drummer back in the day
  • “The remarkable Charles Stepney production and arrangement and the brilliant rhythm section means this album is not just another jazz covers record. Highly recommended.” – Allmusic Review

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Ramsey Lewis Trio – The In Crowd

More Ramsey Lewis Trio

The In Crowd

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  • A KILLER copy of Ramsey’s breakthrough live album from 1975, with both sides earning nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades
  • It may have taken us years but finally Lewis’s bestselling In Crowd album arrives with exceptionally good Hot Stamper sound
  • If you want to know what jazz at an intimate nightclub would have sounded like in 1965, play this record – this is that sound
  • AMG raves “…this is the moment where Lewis shined the brightest, the “in crowd” at the club was verbally into it, and the time for this music was right.”

This original Cadet Stereo pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce. Folks, that sound is gone and it sure isn’t showing signs of coming back. If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to “see” the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in a real jazz club, this is the record for you. It’s what Vintage Records are known for — this sound. (more…)