Top Studios and Concert Halls – Webster Hall

Ray Ellis – Our Man On Broadway – Reviewed in 2015

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

A DAZZLING TOUR OF THE BROADWAY SHOW SCENE… courtesy of Mickey Crofford’s engineering in NYC’s legendary Webster Hall. If we could only find more vintage pressings with this kind of fidelity and musical invention our job would be a lot easier. We have to play a huge stack of titles to find even one that can do what this copy is doing, and how many of those will be this quiet? One out of a hundred? Two hundred? The whole enterprise boggles the mind. 

Side One

Huge, rich, and Tubey Magical as all get out, the instruments will positively come jumping out of your speakers like few records you have ever heard.

Huge bass and richness helps keep the brass from getting too blary.

Side Two

Even better, the full Three Pluses (our blue ribbon, gold medal, and best in show all wrapped into one). The sound is nothing short of DEMONSTRATION QUALITY.

When the sound is this big and lively and correct, the sound itself becomes half the fun. What a record!

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Guys and Dolls
What Kind Of Fool Am I?
Everything’s Coming Up Roses
The Sweetest Sounds
Till There Was You
I Believe In You

Side Two

I Could Have Danced All Night
Tonight
I’ve Got Your Number
Stranger In Paradise
As Long As He Needs Me
This Is A Great Country

Paul Desmond – Desmond Blue

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Desmond Blue

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  • Paul Desmond’s phenomenal 1962 release finally arrives on the site, boasting outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This is vintage Sixties Living Stereo at its best – big, rich and Tubey Magical like you will not believe
  • A “highly innovative and meticulously crafted work,” this collection is brimming with delightful jazz classics, including “My Funny Valentine,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and “Body and Soul”
  • 4 stars: “… lush, reflective, thought-provoking, and soul-stirring. This work is quite a plus for any listener and especially those who consider themselves avid fans of Paul Desmond.”

Need a refresher course in Tubey Magic after playing too many modern recordings or remasterings? These original Living Stereo pressings are overflowing with it. Rich, smooth, sweet, full of ambience, dead-on correct tonality — everything that we listen for in a great record is here. (more…)