Michael Fremer's 100 Recommended All-Analog LP Reissues Worth Owning – Rated 96/100!
LP 1: Direct Cut to Vinyl; LP 2: Same session via 24-track mixdown to 1/2" tape @ 30ips!
180g Audiophile Double LP! Pressed at Optimal Records!
In creating this double album Big Band Spectacular, producer Mike Valentine wanted to explore the sound differences between direct cut vinyl and a multi track analogue tape recording and mix down, of exactly the same event. Because the album had to be recorded live, he had to first choose a selection of music which would be of the perfect length. Next came the musicians and Valentine felt so lucky to have to opportunity in working with the UK's leading big band, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra.
Finally, he had to find a recording studio which not only had a superb sounding space, it also had to have an engineer versed in the black art of cutting live vinyl. Well, what did their adventure reveal? Please judge for yourself, for Valentine hopes that you have as much fun in listening, as they had in creating these discs.
LP 1 & 2:
1. Sing Sing Sing
2. Moonlight Serenade
3. Begin the Beguine
4. American Patrol
1. In the Mood
2. String of Pearls
3. Little Brown Jug
4. Anvil Chorus