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  • Audio CD (11 Nov. 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Classics
  • ASIN: B00005LF2W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,912 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This is a direct copy of a very short Philips LP, it even has 33 1/3 on the label!. In total it is less than half an hour. Philips should be ashamed of themselves.
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HASH(0x8eaee378) out of 5 stars Who'd want it? 19 Nov. 2012
By Discophage - Published on Amazon.com
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"Going Baroque", the Swingle Singers' second album, from 1964, is lovely. The repertoire mixes the great hits and a few more obscure pieces, like Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach's Solfegietto and Wilhelm Friedmann Bach's Der Frühling, and all those pieces are marvelous, especially in the Swingle Singers renditions. This was their first recording of Bach's Badinerie (from his Orchestral Suite No. 2), which became one of the ensemble's abiding standards, their latest recording of it being an extraordinary version with vocal percussion in the 2007 album Beauty and the Beatbox. In the Largo from Bach's Harpsichord Concerto, the sensuous abandon of soprano Christiane Legrand's voice will make you swoon, and the rest combines the dazzling and the enrapturing.

So far, so good. But then, who'd want this CD? In the early 2000s, Universal, Philips or whoever held the rights to the early, Paris-based Swingle Singers' recordings released an eleven-CD box reissuing all the albums they had recorded for Philips between 1963 and 1972 (Best of), and this is one of them. But what was accepted in the LP days is infuriating in the CD era: all these albums but one time 30 minutes or under. And Going Baroque is one of the worst: 24:37!

This would have been infuriating enough if it had been the only way to get this marvelous music (which is the case with some of the other instalments in the series). But not so: in the early 1990s Polygram did the right thing, and reissued the Swingle's two Bach albums (from 1963 and 1968) on one CD, Jazz Sebastian Bach, and did the same with this one, pairing it with the contents of their third album from 1965, "Swinging Mozart". That album, Anyone For Mozart, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi?, sells for so cheap at the time of writing that it is tantamount to a steal.

However, Polygram obviously didn't want us dairy cows to get too much of a good thing, since they managed to leave out one track from Going Baroque from their reissue: Handel's Allegro from Concerto Grosso op. 6 No. 4. Not that the CD was too generous in timing: at 50 minutes, it wasn't the 3:17 from Handel that was going to make your CD player explode! WHY DO THESE PEOPLE DO THAT????

So, fans of the Swingle Singers might feel tempted to get Going Baroque anyway, just for that track. Don't. I did (found it cheap enough, so I thought I'd give it a go). First, the Handel isn't so great that it makes it indispensable for you to break your kid's piggy bank. Second, the transfers are HORRENDOUS. Comparison with the earlier Polygram reissue shows that this one is cut at a volume that is painfully loud, and with the stereo spread artificially widened, so that it becomes, well, totally artificial.

Now, if you still want to buy this CD, I don't know, it's probably because you buy CDs for their cover art and not for their music. For the music, go to "Anyone... ".
HASH(0x8eaf0bf4) out of 5 stars I'm sooo disappointed!! It's not the original "Going Baroque" album ... 23 Mar. 2015
By Adnerb - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm sooo disappointed!! It's not the original "Going Baroque" album I had back in the seventies. There were a couple of pieces that I really liked on that album (one by Couperin) and there wasn't quite so much Bach.

However, it's still the Swingle Singers, so I'm going to keep it.
HASH(0x8eaf09fc) out of 5 stars Swingle CD 14 Nov. 2013
By Gary Hobin - Published on Amazon.com
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I am replacing vinyl records with CD where ever possible -- this is the first "Swingle Singers" title to make the switch. The recording quality is superb; the CD plays well in different devices.
HASH(0x8eaf0c30) out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 April 2015
By D. friedman - Published on Amazon.com
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It was great in the 70's. Its still splendid now.
HASH(0x8e80903c) out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 Feb. 2015
By Ana Maria - Published on Amazon.com
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I love it.
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