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Rhapsody in Blue: An American in Paris [VINYL] ~ Gershwin
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good modern reissue, 22 April 2014
As an historical document, this is an important recording. The New York Philharmonic premiered An American In Paris, and here in the late 1950s we hear them in a very well-rehearsed, tight performance (and this is not an easy piece for an orchestra, rhythmically speaking), early in Bernstein's time as chief conductor, playing as to the manor born. The orchestra and the recording sound fairly modern, but we also hear a strong tinge of historical authenticity. You can believe what they are saying, in other words.
This reissue is a definite improvement on original pressings I have heard (certainly compared with the blue-label English CBS issue), notably in richness of timbre, but we… Read more
Elektra [VINYL] ~ Strauss
Elektra [VINYL] ~ Strauss
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent modern pressing, 22 April 2014
Inexpensive 2nd hand original vinyl copies of this recording are very easy to come by (it must have sold a squillion copies), and I own various wide-band and narrow-band Decca original pressings, but this Speakers Corner reissue is comfortably the best-sounding option for listening to this famous recording. Comfortable may not (should not) be the best word for listening to Elektra, but this reissue has the punch and presence of the wideband originals with increased richness, less distortion and lower sound-floor.

This is one of the very best Speakers Corner productions I have heard: if you are interested in this recording, you can comfortably invest in this issue.
Decca Sound - The Analogue Years [VINYL] ~ Various Artists
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars quite a disappointment, 17 Feb 2014
This is a nice set, but in sound quality is a major letdown.

I own older Decca pressings of some of these titles, and the Speakers Corner reissue of the Oistrakh/Hindemith disc. I was hoping Decca would offer us up-to-date, clean and dynamic pressings of these notable albums -- and 180g pressings certainly imply 'audiophile' intentions -- but what is offered is decent pressings of poor masterings.

These analogue recordings, heard on vinyl, should have vibrancy, richness, terrific separation of instrumental sounds, and a clearly audible acoustic. To me, this is why we still listen to vinyl. These LPs are quite lacking in all these attributes.

My advice is… Read more