Labels We Love – Vox

Rachmaninoff / Symphonic Dances / Johanos – Our Shootout Winner from 2011

More of the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Symphonic Dances / Johanos


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

This famously good sounding Vox pressing has been remastered a number of times, but you can be sure that the Hot Stamper we are offering here will beat any of those modern pressings by a wide margin in any area that has to do with sound (surfaces are another matter). 

Both sides are Super Hot, with side two being ever so slightly better. The sound is dynamic, lively and BIG. The best of the great Golden Age recordings will be slightly more transparent, but other than that this pressing is doing what they do — bringing the power and vibrant colors of the symphony into your listening room! (more…)

Gershwin / All the Works for Orchestra / Slatkin / Siegel – This Set Was on the TAS List?

More George Gershwin


A Hall of Shame 3 Record set that had us asking: Why would anyone want to own this awful set?

TAS List or no TAS List, the performances are much too slow to be taken seriously. (more…)

Copland / Billy the Kid / Johanos – Our Shootout Winner from 2010

More of the music of Aaron Copland (1900-1990) 

More Billy the Kid / Johanos 


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

AN AMAZING RODEO and an EVEN BETTER BILLY THE KID! We are BIG fans of this performance and this copy will show you exactly why. Side one (Rodeo) rates A++; it is clear and dynamic with an unusually three-dimensional soundfield, giving the instruments their own space and allowing you to hear right INTO the music. Side two (Billy The Kid) earned top A+++ honors with serious weight down low, a wonderfully sweet top end, more texture to the strings and HUGE dynamics.  

On most copies the brass has a tendency to get shrill, but not here! Also, check out the HUGE cymbal crashes on side two. You’re going to have a very hard time finding another copy that delivers like this one does.

This recording will show you what’s wrong with so many highly-revered, top dollar Golden Age recordings, the kind that end up on the TAS List and cost a fortune. The freedom from coloration on BOTH sides of this record are remarkable and might make you change your mind about some of the more famous shaded dog and Mercury Living Presence titles you hold dear. (more…)