Best vinyl you've ever heard

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Re: Best vinyl you've ever heard

Post by TudorTurtle » 15 Dec 2018 17:28

OK, here's a stunner, Ella and Louis.
Singing the American songbook in front of the the superb Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and Buddy Rich who lay back and keep the groove flowing. Herb Ellis drops in when they need a little guitar. Beautiful recording, and the 45 RPM reissue from Analogue Productions is very clean and open, but I haven't heard any bad versions of this album.

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Re: Best vinyl you've ever heard

Post by philbrown » 15 Dec 2018 22:52

Geoff888 wrote:
12 Dec 2018 20:56
A mastering colleague & I cut 15 sets of Brothers In Arms over a weekend at Tape One Studios in London.
These lacquers were to supply all UK & Europe pressing plants for the first run in Europe.
The source analog half inch tapes were production masters from Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk.
Steely Dan " Gaucho" was cut for Europe using the same cutting lathe.
Source tapes were also half inch Masterdisk prod tapes from Bob.
Both of these pressings sound exceptional IMO.
When I worked for CBS we sent Paul Simon lacquers to the international affiliates instead of tapes. The producer was very fussy. And that made for some long days.
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Re: Best vinyl you've ever heard

Post by Pauw » 15 Dec 2018 23:20

My German copy of Cat Stevens - Teaser and The Firecat is really excellent . Excellent pressing , great dynamics, it captures the attack in the guitar so well and the vocals are crisp clear and yet mellow. :D

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Re: Best vinyl you've ever heard

Post by Gelid » 02 Jan 2019 04:08

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17 Dec 2018 20:33
I bought Lorde "Pure Heroine" and have to say it has the most amazing bass of any album I've ever purchased.
I know what you mean. I brought my 16-year-old son into my stereo room and played him a side of his Pure Heroine LP that he bought to hang on his wall.

"Amazing bass!" was the first thing he said.

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Re: Best vinyl you've ever heard

Post by Gelid » 02 Jan 2019 04:14

I can't say with any degree of certainty which record I own is the best I have ever heard... what I can say
is which one made me sit up and take notice, leaving a strong impression on me.

I remember the effect good records have on me, and this Linda Ronstadt album (that I found in a thrift store, no less!) just floored me with the
absolute silent vinyl and Linda's crystal-clear voice singing the title-track. 1983's "What's New" was her first of three albums she recorded with The Nelson Riddle Orchestra. From the first track to the last, it is a perfect record.

I never knew a record could sound so good.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/726/3175 ... 5534_z.jpg

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Matrix / Runout (Side One Etched a TML-M Stamped): ST-EA-60260-A-2 a[Allied logo]B-18455-A2 SLM △5094 TML-M 0-1SM2-3
Matrix / Runout (Side Two Etched a TML-S Stamped): ST-EA-60260-B-3 a[Allied logo]B-18456-B3, SLM △ 5094-X, TML-S, 0-1SM1-1

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Re: Best vinyl you've ever heard

Post by hobie1dog » 02 Jan 2019 04:58

Too many for me to even try to pick from.

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Re: Best vinyl you've ever heard

Post by johnnywalker » 02 Jan 2019 13:56

She made two of those with Nelson Riddle (IIRC)
Actually, she made three:

What's New
Lush Life
For Sentimental Reasons

They are all excellent. Nelson Riddle passed away after the last of them was completed and before it was released.

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Re: Best vinyl you've ever heard

Post by philbrown » 02 Jan 2019 17:16

Gelid wrote:
02 Jan 2019 04:14
I can't say with any degree of certainty which record I own is the best I have ever heard... what I can say
is which one made me sit up and take notice, leaving a strong impression on me.

I remember the effect good records have on me, and this Linda Ronstadt album (that I found in a thrift store, no less!) just floored me with the
absolute silent vinyl and Linda's crystal-clear voice singing the title-track. 1983's "What's New" was her first of three albums she recorded with The Nelson Riddle Orchestra. From the first track to the last, it is a perfect record.

I never knew a record could sound so good.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/726/3175 ... 5534_z.jpg

Asylum Records ‎– 9 60260
Matrix / Runout (Side One Etched a TML-M Stamped): ST-EA-60260-A-2 a[Allied logo]B-18455-A2 SLM △5094 TML-M 0-1SM2-3
Matrix / Runout (Side Two Etched a TML-S Stamped): ST-EA-60260-B-3 a[Allied logo]B-18456-B3, SLM △ 5094-X, TML-S, 0-1SM1-1
This record was recorded at Capitol and mastered at The Mastering Lab. You have a disc pressed from the initial lacquer order and have done everything right to get a great sounding record. The only fly in the ointment is that it was pressed at Allied.
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Re: Best vinyl you've ever heard

Post by Gelid » 02 Jan 2019 19:32

double-post... sorry.
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Re: Best vinyl you've ever heard

Post by Gelid » 02 Jan 2019 19:35

philbrown wrote:
02 Jan 2019 17:16
Gelid wrote:
02 Jan 2019 04:14
Asylum Records ‎– 9 60260
Matrix / Runout (Side One Etched a TML-M Stamped): ST-EA-60260-A-2 a[Allied logo]B-18455-A2 SLM △5094 TML-M 0-1SM2-3
Matrix / Runout (Side Two Etched a TML-S Stamped): ST-EA-60260-B-3 a[Allied logo]B-18456-B3, SLM △ 5094-X, TML-S, 0-1SM1-1
This record was recorded at Capitol and mastered at The Mastering Lab. You have a disc pressed from the initial lacquer order and have done everything right to get a great sounding record. The only fly in the ointment is that it was pressed at Allied.
Phil Brown
Good to know... thanks Phil! :)

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Re: Best vinyl you've ever heard

Post by philbrown » 03 Jan 2019 18:02

Asylum Records ‎– 9 60260
Matrix / Runout (Side One Etched a TML-M Stamped): ST-EA-60260-A-2 a[Allied logo]B-18455-A2 SLM △5094 TML-M 0-1SM2-3
Matrix / Runout (Side Two Etched a TML-S Stamped): ST-EA-60260-B-3 a[Allied logo]B-18456-B3, SLM △ 5094-X, TML-S, 0-1SM1-1
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This record was recorded at Capitol and mastered at The Mastering Lab. You have a disc pressed from the initial lacquer order and have done everything right to get a great sounding record. The only fly in the ointment is that it was pressed at Allied.
Phil Brown
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Good to know... thanks Phil! :)
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Oh, and it was plated at Sheffield Labs, at the time the best plating lab on the West Coast, and maybe the country. The engineer of the record was George Massenberg, one of the best musical and technical engineers ever. Not only could he record, he designed the equipment used.
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Re: Best vinyl you've ever heard

Post by LeeKopp » 05 Jan 2019 18:38

Itzhak Perlman on EMI with the Orchestre de Paris & Jean Martinon. a fleet & fiery reading of Intro & Rondo cappriccioso. 1974 Perlman at his peak with a great conductor/orchestra.

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Re: Best vinyl you've ever heard

Post by zlartibartfast » 31 Mar 2019 21:12

Listenin' to Pinetop Perkins recorded direct-to-disc in a church in Salina, Kansas
Analogue Productions Originals APO 002
this is an excellent example of what vinyl can sound like.

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Re: Best vinyl you've ever heard

Post by simonineaston » 31 Mar 2019 22:39

I have some of these on vinyl and some on vinyl and digital, and probably the one I play most on vinyl is Bitches Brew... with Wish You Were Here a close second.
https://www.whathifi.com/features/50-albums-audiophiles?

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Re: Best vinyl you've ever heard

Post by Bob Dillon » 01 Apr 2019 02:39

One for natural sonics (that few have probably heard of) is an old Nonesuch LP called Travelling Through The Jungle : Fife & Drum Band Music From The Deep South.

Don't know how it was recorded, maybe on a portable Nagra or something ? Certain tracks have an incredible U R there realism about them, the drums go way down low, and the vinyl (on my copy) is dead quiet. I don't know how the Testament CD version compares. It's basically a field recording so the balances on some cuts are wonkier than others, but when everything is right on...