Friday, June 30, 2017
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Monday, June 26, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Friday, June 23, 2017
Grieg's music written for the play Peer Gynt is my favorite Romantic Classical suite. EMI H.M.V. ASD 258, the 1956 recording of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, is my favorite performance of this music.
Sonically the early stereo LP is very good but the 15 i.p.s. pre-recorded stereo reel tape - EMI HMV SAT-1018 - is even better. I was fortunate enough to buy a copy of the tape on eBay, probably ten years ago from a guy in England. If you are into pre-recorded reel tapes, find and buy this one. If you ever get the chance (which you probably never will).
My favorite piece is 'Hall Of The Mountain King'. Amazing! musically and sonically! When the troll chorus kicks in it makes you jump.
Recently, finally, I had my R-t-R deck cleaned up and calibrated and seriously listened to the tape for the first time. I was so impressed with the music and the sonics that I loaned my copy of this extremely rare reel tape to Robert Witrak, the proprieter of HDTT (High Definition Tape Transfers), from which he made a 'remastered' digital copy. If you're interested, you can buy a high definition transfer of my copy of this reel tape - as a digital download, CD or DVD - from HDTT (High Definition Tape Transfers) for $22.
Amazingly enough, the digital copies sound even better than the tape! According to Witrak the only 're-mastering' was "slight noise reduction of the high frequencies" (ie. tape hiss). The digital copies sound as good as they do because this guy has the absolute best play back and digital recording equipment available.
Go to the HDTT website to hear 30 second samples of each track.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
From the Wikipedia Fabulous Thunderbirds article. "Tuff Enuff" is a song by the blues rock band The Fabulous Thunderbirds. It was written by the band's lead singer Kim Wilson and appeared on the album Tuff Enuf. It was produced by Dave Edmunds.
WRONG - Jerry McCain's is the original version. Kim Wilson emulated Jerry McCain's harmonica solo on their excellent cover. Don't know why McCain is not better known, he plays a mean mo fo harp!
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Friday, June 9, 2017
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Monday, June 5, 2017