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Anne Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1972 45rpm Box Set
Hands down one of the greatest festival recordings ever! Out of circulation for nearly twenty years, this great two-record set from 1973 was made available once again by Classic Records. It’s a document of an incredible three days (Sept. 8-10, 1972) of powerful music, attended by more than 15,000 fans at Otis Spann Memorial Field in Ann Arbor Michigan. Hopefully, future re-examination of the Ann Arbor Festival 1972 will yield full sets by each of the participants, including those not represented on this LP, such as Miles Davis, Pharaoh Sanders, and Lightin’ Slim! Classic Records approached this obscure and rare release with the idea that it deserved the best sonic treatment ever. As such, the decision was made by Michael Hobson, founder of Classic Records, to cut the original two record set at 45 rpm** and issue it as 8 single sided 180g LP's.
Bach: 6 Solo Cello Suites
As can be easily inferred from his career path, Enrico Mainardi was a cellist whose artistic viewpoint was a grafting of the German school of cello playing influenced by Neue Sachlichkeit to the musical background of his motherland Italy. He recorded the monaural cycle for the Archiv label between April 1950 and October 1955. Mainardi's Bach is leisurely and contemplative. His playing meditates on the auspicious meaning of the work - it is a musical delta of courteous low notes, a magical prayer of an aged monk. This is a masterful performance, and its value is somewhat different from the performances of today. Recording: in mono
Beethoven : 5 Sonatas For Cello And Piano
Daniil Shafran (1923-1997) was one of the world’s best known concert cellists for many years. Many musicians consider him one of the most interesting phenomena of not only cello performing art but also the entire music culture of the 20th century. As many researchers note, Shafran’s performance combined intellect and poetic inspiration, an impeccable taste and technique, in-depth interpretation of the author’s idea and originality in revealing the contents of works. Anton Ginsburg (1930-2002) was an outstanding pianist, pupil of Heinrich Neuhaus and winner of the Prague Spring International Competition. He was best known as an ensemble musician performing with Daniil Shafran, Mikhael Khomitzer and Igor Oistrakh. Many critics noted the pianist’s creative initiatives, temperament and keen musicality.
Bob Dylan – The Witmark Demos : 1962-1964 The Bootleg Series Vol. 9
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine Like any fledgling songwriter, Bob Dylan signed with a publishing company at the outset of his career. Publishers are standard practice for songwriters -- it’s where the money comes in, as songs are published, performed, and covered -- but in the early ‘60s there was an expectation that publishers would help place songs in the hands of appropriate singers, a practice Dylan effectively ended by popularizing writers singing their own songs, but in 1962, this self-sufficiency was a rarity.
Brahms : The Complete Symphonies
Karajan’s interpretations are orthodox and exemplary. He has intellectual mastery over every symphony, even the difficult Third, which clearly presents him with no difficulties at all... the performance of the Second Symphony has a beautifully lyrical, golden quality, with rich, warm phrasing, and plenty of vigour in the last movements. (Gramophone)
Jennifer Warnes – Famous Blue Raincoat 20th Anniversay Edition
Personally supervised by Jennifer Warnes, this Numbered, Limited Edition 45rpm 180g Vinyl 3LP Box Set is housed in a custom wood box with updated art and individually numbered plaques. Included along with the three LPs is a 12-page large format booklet with notes, complete lyrics and new insights from the artist. Also included is a special pearlescent stock insert with illuminating article by Brad Buccholz. Musically, the collection includes the original album plus three exclusive bonus tracks: "La Luna Brilla", "Fool For the Look (In Your Eyes)" and Jennifer's superb rendition of Bob Dylan's "Born In Time". All-tube mastering has been utilized by Bernie Grundman specifically for this 45-rpm release. Renew... rebirth... revive: A well means more in analogy than it does as a bearer of water. It can symbolize a complete transformation or a brief transition - the rejuvenation of a spirit in passing.
Mahler: Symphony No. 9
In 1982, the BPO's centenary year, Mahler's Ninth was played in an unforgettable series of concerts in Salzburg, Berlin and New York. Two things were evident in the momentous first performance in Salzburg in April 1982. First, Karajan was bringing an added toughness and truculence to the opening measures of the second movement, strengthening still further an already masterly unfolding of Mahler's powerful essay in the metamorphosis of the dance.
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Metallica – Death Magnetic (Box Set)
In Australia, Death Magnetic was the fastest selling album of 2008, selling 55,877 copies in its first full week of release. Death Magnetic was Australia's highest-selling record in one week since Australian Idol winner Damien Leith's The Winner's Journey, in December 2006. The same success was repeated in Germany, where Death Magnetic has become the fastest selling album of 2008. Within the first three days of the album's release, Death Magnetic sold over 100,000 copies and has been certified platinum. Reviews for the album have been mostly positive. Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine stated the album was like "hearing Metallica sound like Metallica again". Other positive reviews come from publications like The Guardian, who say that the album is "the strongest material the band have written in 20 years", and Uncut, declaring that "like all the best heavy rock albums, it suspends your disbelief, demands your attention and connects directly with your inner adolescent." BBC Music's Chris Jones felt that Hetfield's lyrics had become "the channel of his post-therapy angst". The Observer stated "...it's a joy to have these gnarled veterans back to reinforce the sheer visceral thrill of timeless heavy metal"
Norah Jones – The Vinyl Collection Box Set
Norah Jones is the rare artist who has combined widespread critical acclaim with immense commercial success, winning nine Grammy Awards and selling 40 million albums in just a decade, while collaborating with artists from across the spectrum from jazz to hip hop, rock to country. Her pitch perfect voice combined with her choice of the finest musicians along with top-flight producers such as Arif Mardin, Danger Mouse and Jacquire King have made her releases go-to demonstration discs for audiophile stereo systems. Now ten years into her already impressive career, she is releasing her fifth studio album Little Broken Hearts on May 1, 2012 produced by and co-written with five-time Producer of the Year Grammy nominee Danger Mouse, and to celebrate, Blue Note Records and Analogue Productions are collaborating to re-issue her entire catalog in limited edition audiophile LP and SACD editions.
Portishead – Third
Portishead's first album, Dummy, was released in 1994 and the first single was "Numb." The album was successful in both Europe and the United States (where it sold more than 150,000 copies even before the band toured there). Dummy spawned two hit singles, "Glory Box" and "Sour Times," and went on to win the prestigious Mercury Music Prize in 1995. After their initial success, Portishead withdrew from the spotlight for three years until their second album, Portishead, was released in 1997. The album's sound differed from Dummy, the main difference being that much of the music was composed and played by the band, not sampled from records, and had a grainy, harsher sound.
Tchaikovsky : Symphonies Nos. 4,5,6
At the height of the Cold War, the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra under its legendary principal conductor Evgeny Mravinsky visited Britain in September 1960, giving sensational concerts in Edinburgh and London which drew ecstatic responses from both press and public. Since this virtuoso orchestra was then poorly represented in Western record catalogues, Deutsche Grammophon’s engineers astutely seized the opportunity to capture their playing in far superior sound to anything that could be produced by their Soviet counterparts. Among the most notable sessions taped in Wembley Town Hall was Mravinsky’s blazingly urgent account of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony.
The Juilliard String Quartet : Bartok – The Six String Quartets
The Juilliard Quartet was the very first American ensemble to record the six quartets in roughly 1950, and they took up the challenge to record the works once again in the middle of the 60s, in order to give each of the unique works a conclusive performance. With firm bowing, and a dry and direct tone, the musicians dissect the substantial power of these works to reflect all the different aspects of the manuscripts