- This killer pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides – exceptionally quiet vinyl too
- The brass and percussion are amazing on 2001 (and every other track) – thanks RVG
- We had no idea there was space this huge in the recording until we heard the best copies
- “Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001),” won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Both sides are surprisingly sweet and Tubey Magical, nice qualities for a CTI record to have since so many of them are aggressive and edgy to the point of distraction.
Listen to the trumpet on the second track on side one — it’s so immediate, it’s practically JUMPING out of the soundfield, just bursting with energy. Rudy can really pull off these big productions on occasion, and this session was clearly one of them. If you have the kind of stereo that’s right for this music (the bigger the better) you could easily find yourself using this record as a demonstration disc. It’s very unlikely your audiophile friends have ever heard anything like it. (more…)