With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on all SIX sides, this copy of Sinatra’s superb 1980 release will be very hard to beat
The sound here is rich and full-bodied with much less grain and much more Tubey Magic than most of the other copies we played in our recent shootout (particularly on the first five sides)
Credit the brilliant engineering of Frank Laico for the excellent sound – this record doesn’t sound like 1980, and that’s a very, very good thing
“An audacious, ambitious way to stage a comeback, each of the album’s three records was conceived as an individual work, and each was arranged by one of Sinatra’s major collaborators. . . the best moments are triumphant, proving that the Voice was still vital in his fourth decade of recording.”
Genre - Vocals - Male, Labels We Love - Reprise/Bizarre, Pressings with Excellent Sound Quality, Top Arrangers - Billy May, Top Arrangers - Gordon Jenkins, Top Arrangers – Don Costa, Top Artists - Frank Sinatra, Top Engineers - Ed Greene, Top Engineers - Frank Laico, Top Engineers - Lee Herschberg and tagged 1001, 1980, sinatbest on .
June 18, 2023
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The album features Sinatra singing some of the biggest hits of the day by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond, Jim Croce, and Bread
Released in 1974, this is probably the last good album the man made outside of She Shot Me Down from 1981
Genre - Vocals - Male, Labels We Love - Reprise/Bizarre, Pressings with Excellent Sound Quality, Records that Sound Best on the Right Early Pressing, Records We Don't Like for Their Music, Top Arrangers - Gordon Jenkins, Top Arrangers – Don Costa, Top Artists - Frank Sinatra, Top Engineers - Ed Greene and tagged 1001, 1974, sinatbest on .
December 9, 2021
A STUNNING copy of Cycles with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
Big, full-bodied and musical, with exceptional presence for the most important element of the recording, Sinatra’s clear, richly expressive bourbon baritone
The midrange reproduction is superb – breathy and natural, with dramatically more Tubey Magic than you will hear on any other copy you can find, guaranteed
“Cycles was Frank Sinatra’s first full-fledged pop/rock-oriented album, concentrating on a more orchestrated variation on the popular folk-rock of the late ’60s.”
Bennett’s wonderful 1965 release finally makes its Hot Stamper debut here with KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
These sides are exceptionally spacious and three-dimensional, as well as relaxed and full-bodied – Tony is right in the room with you on this one
“Employing Sinatra arranger Don Costa, Tony Bennett put together a concept album similar to Sinatra’s Come Fly with Me.”
With two insanely good sides, each with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it, this early stereo pressing was one of the best copies we played in our shootout
Big, rich and natural, the newer material for this album was recorded in 1964, with Sinatra’s voice in very fine form
This is one of the few Sinatra records where the second label pressings can still sound quite good – that is rare in our experience
“The highlight of the record was the hit title song, which featured a subdued but forceful and steady backbeat. The rhythm itself was indicative of Sinatra’s effort to accept the new popular music.”
Genre - Vocals - Male, Labels We Love - Reprise/Bizarre, Mono or Stereo? Stereo!, Pressings with Excellent Sound Quality, Top Arrangers - Billy May, Top Arrangers / Performers - Marty Paich, Top Arrangers – Don Costa, Top Artists - Frank Sinatra and tagged 1001, 1964, sinatbest on .
January 19, 2021