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Billie Holiday – Body And Soul -45
Small jazz groups brought out the best in Billie Holiday - especially groups as good as the one heard on this classic 1957 recording. Ben Webster, Harry 'Sweets' Edison and the other members of this stellar ensemble were not just gifted soloists but sensitive accompanists as well. 'Lady Day' was rarely more ably supported than she was on this program of sturdy standards, including three gems by the Gershwin brothers - and she rarely sounded more luminous. Recording: in mono
Bolivar Soloists – Musica de Astor Piazzolla
Rainer Maillard (Producer of the direct-to-disc recording): I met the five members of the Bolivar Soloists during a recording session with Rolando Villazon and was immediately thrilled by their passion, joy in music-making, musicality, virtuosity and temperament. Everything just gushed out of them in profusion. I asked them if they would like to make a direct-to-disc recording with me. Well, actually I had to first explain to them what was meant by the term. They had no idea what it was – and how should they? After all, these days all recordings are made using the most advanced technology available. We, on the other hand, would have a completely analogue recording and reproducing chain, but that was not the crucial factor. I explained to them that they would not only have to play a complete work but a whole LP side in a single take, and that not even one note could be corrected later; the recording sessions would be far more intensive, their pulse rate would rocket during the recording, they would have a quite different feeling when listening to the recording on LP rather than CD, and the musicians and recording team would work together very closely. Ultimately, a direct-to-disc recording would definitely sound quite different to a CD production. That was what I told them. The Bolivar Soloists accepted the offer and it was immediately clear to them that for such a unique project they would record works by their revered Astor Piazzolla.
Eva Cassidy – Songbird
Five tracks ("Wade in the Water", "Wayfaring Stranger", "Songbird", "Time is a Healer" and "I Know You by Heart") are from Cassidy's album, Eva by Heart. Four tracks ("Fields Of Gold", "Autumn Leaves", "People Get Ready" and "Oh Had I a Golden Thread") are from her album, Live at Blues Alley. The remaining track, "Over the Rainbow", is from the album The Other Side. The compilation album was certified Gold by the CRIA (50,000 units) in 2003. It was certified Gold by the RIAA in 2001 and Platinum in 2008 for shipments in excess of one million copies. UNSEALED
The Cars : The Cars
If you’re a fan of pop music, this album is mandatory. At once accessible and eccentric, edgy and catchy, The Cars explodes with emotion, energy, and hooks. It’s impossible not to get caught up humming along to every song here. Better still, legendary Queen producer Roy Thomas Baker manned the boards. Half-speed mastered from the original analog tapes, our numbered edition LP allows the music to be experienced like never before. The pressing epitomizes the sensation of “moving in stereo!”
The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Further Out
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow Unlike most sequels, Time Further Out is a worthy successor to Time Out. Among the numbers introduced on this impressive set are "It's a Raggy Waltz" and "Unsquare Dance" (the latter an ancestor of Don Ellis' "Pussy Wiggle Stomp"). The selections, which range in time signatures from 5/4 to 9/8, are handled with apparent ease (or at least not too much difficulty) by pianist Brubeck, altoist Paul Desmond, bassist Eugene Wright, and drummer Joe Morello on this near-classic.
The Pixies : Bossanova (Numbered Edition)
Numbered Edition 180-gram LP Mastered from Original Tapes! Original Analog Masters Located After 18 Years and Used for This Release! The opening instrumental to Bossanova makes it clear that the Pixies weren’t about to take the same crazed approach on their major-label debut as they did on their initial standout efforts, 1987's Surfer Rosa and 1989's Doolittle. More straightforward, linear, fluid, subtle, and dreamy,Bossanova finds the band exploring pop structures, dropping psychedelic accents, and satisfying surf-rock urges. While it often verges off-the-beaten path, particularly for mainstream tastes circa 1990, the set is the most accessible and hook-ridden record the Pixies ever made.