There have been many attempts at mono to stereo conversions since the 60's, many like duophonic were terrible, but I am delighted to say this one is excellent and so it should be as it was mastered by the famed sound engineer Robert Parker using virgin 78 masters and clever electronics.
So what does it sound like, low noise, clean bright sound, with good dynamic range and plenty of bass and treble, certainly far better than the old 78's of which I have many. It has only a narrow "stereo" image so don't expect different instruments to come from all over the place like true stereo, but it has a certain spacial feel and ambience that mono doesn't.
Track choices are mainly not your usual hits, this was probably because of the limitations of virgin source material.
ASIN: B003CJSY3G "The Very Best Of Glen Miller", see my review.
ASIN: B000003LXL "Real Stereo 1941 Glenn Miller", yes folks real stereo from 1941 film audio multi tracks, originally mixed to make a mono master, but with new technology used to produce REAL STEREO, see my review.
To sum up, thoroughly recommended and worth 4.5 STARS
PS When I wrote my review, I was listening on sound magic in ear phones, since then I listened on my main stereo, it sounds in certain ways even better, with some sections of the orchestra leaping out here and others over there, as different sections stood up to play, Miller was into very theatrical performances, just watch some footage of him. The mastering makes the music sound so expressive, full of emotion and feeling or am I getting carried away, sure as hell beats those 78's.
on 13 November 2011
The transfers on this CD really are as good as people say. They were made from mint, original master pressings, the majority of which are Australian laminate pressings, which we are told are renowned for their smooth surfaces. They are bright and clean, and the music is exciting and involving.
Much has been made of the stereo processing that Robert Parker applies to these old mono recordings. In the sleeve notes, Parker says that his aim was to give the listener more of an idea of what it might have been like to hear these band live. I was sceptical, having heard some dire fake stereo in the past, but the processing is mild. It doesn't magically create a soundstage, and the sound is very close to mono. In the end it is not for me a big feature of this release.
This CD doesn't have all your favourite Glenn Miller hits - although you get Tuxedo Junction, A String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade and Pennsylvania 6-5000, others such as Anvil Chorus and Little Brown Jug are missing. So this is not a greatest hits album but the excellent fidelity makes you listen to the others. If the best sound is important to you - get this.