It sounds quite respectable. Leonard Cohens "Old Ideas" is digital, resolution unknown, but quite nice sounding. Leonard Cohens "10 new songs" also digital. In my opinion, 10 new songs suffered a bit from some wierd Pro-tools sounding stuff. Simply Vinyl has done some Elvis reissues and other LPs. The ones I have heard are uniformly crap. I have some Elvis gold CDs that sound better. A number most? They sound great. The Chess Masters reissue, it was done all analog by Steve Hoffman.
So there might be a tape that could be used for a reissue! Didn't know there was an analogue version of Modern Times. Would be a great idea for a reissue.
Use the analogue tape. Love the record, it sounds just a tad muddy. Great sounding record!! There is a limited vinyl 12" that came out for record day with 3 or 4 versions of "Get it on", Accoustic, Electric and a boogie version!
Then on the other side 3 versions of I think Jeepster. Sound is Ok, sounds digital, a bit flat. Marginal improvement over the CD. Putting on the Fly, Electric Warrior after the 12" has people bopping around the room. Whatever your take on Robert Palmers interpretation, the sound on that single is awesome.
It is HUGE. Everything is there in three dimensional space in front of you. If you're talking about the Rhino Electric Warrior, I don't know what it was cut or sourced from, but the record itself was noisy, and I was not impressed with the sound.
I wanted to replace my Reprise pressing from the eighties, and tried like heck to find any information about the Rhino pressing I could, but no luck. Bought it anyway, and wasn't super happy. I also picked up the Fat Possum reissue of The Slider, even though my copy is still in good shape.
Wasn't terribly impressed with it, either. Anyone know anything about Fat Possum's reputation? If Mikey, with his connections, can't get this information, what hope is there for us? You'd think there'd be some obsessive on the internet keeping track of this stuff. Tell ya what though, the pressings I've been happiest with have come from Quality Records. Talk about truth in advertising! Greetings, Kevin here in The City. I have to agree concerning the 4MwB pressings.
I picked up Dylan's 'No Mercy'. The vinyl is noisy and Dylan's voice is all over the place. He mainly travels from center to right. I have a couple of other artists from that label, and they're ok; nothing to write home about.
After this last purchase, and your article, this will be definetely one label that I shall be avoiding like the plague. I can recommend whole heartedly and with a clear conscience to other music lovers, please, stay away from 4MwB. Great article and followup posts. I couldn't agree more re some labels simply putting out junk copied from digital. When I first played it, it sounded so bad I thought there was something wrong with my system.
I pulled out my original copy and, although it lived a hard life during my misspent youth, it still sounded way better than the Vinyl Lovers.
It was then that I noticed that the actual tracks on the individual albums weren't in the same order as on the cover or the original, and that there were actually some additional tracks, like one of those extended cd reissues. I can only guess what that all means, but it can't be good and can't be from the masters. Caveat Emptor. I think it's worth putting this on.
This is an exchange with HD Tracks I had a while ago. I think it speaks for itself. From: Support [ mailto:contact hdtracks. Some Girls came from the tapes, so I suppose it depended on the condition of the tapes.
They use their own mastering engineers, so I imagine they aim for the best possible result. The compression may be an aesthetic choice, or may be done so to accommodate use on portable devices. At any case, I do empathize with your comments. My apologies if someone has already asked this. However, the LP reissue is Can you tell me please what the original sources for the HD Tracks files are?
Or just As for our sources; We are provided with the best possible analogue masters available. On top of that, our sound engineer has over 35 years of experience in cutting and mastering records for major labels.
Very interested to compare to originals though. Our records are pressed in the Netherlands record Industry- one of the best in the business. This is my biggest grievance with vinyl toady. Lots of labels have cottoned on to the fact that they can make great margins from knocking out a badly sourced record so long as they put a 'g audiophile vinyl' sticker on the front.
I sometimes think these labels would do better getting a mint, native original LP, cleaning it, transferring it to 30 ips tape via a reference level set up and then cutting again. Call me crazy but I think this would sound much better.
Obviously if you only want the classics then you will usually get a good deal but if it's anything that was on an independent Been reading Plain Recordings and 4 Men With Beards are one in the same and have the same mailing address.
Most of what I've read isn't positive. Not uniformly bad but definately hit or miss, and for typical vinyl prices I can't afford to take chances on labels like these.
Can anyone chime in about the simply vinyl nick drake releases? Legend states that "Pink Moon" was the only Nick Drake album that still has the existing analog, 2-track master. The rest Legend also states that because of the availability of the "Pink Moon" original tape, it is the only remaster done with an entirely analog signal path. I purchased this album with that information in mind.
The album, IMO, sounds incredible. I've never heard a 1st pressing, only CD masters until this point, so I can only compare what I have heard. It's a Universal remaster. Seems to be known for its superiority over other, questionable reissues. Is Get On Down if you're into hip-hop at all.
The do a lot of reissuing of Wu-Tang LPs. Not a single one I've heard comes even close to the OG presses. All are flat and muddy sounding. I've heard better MP3s than some of their presses. Scorpio and many other "to be avoided labels" are reissuing many hip rare underground records that the high end reissue labels aren't doing and will never do. I've been around vinyl since the 70s and many of the Scorpio records sound good and have stickers stating "manufactured by Rhino" whatever that means.
Try finding an original copy of Gris Gris. The Wah Wah label from Spain has reissued tons of obscure 70s records from France and Germany that I am glad I am able to own in the vinyl format, regardless of the source. These "bad" labels have their place and often provide a service for people who want more than Living Stereo and certain Blue Note records in their music diet.
Rhino is a division of Warner Brothers and if you see Rhino, chances are sources are good, even if the label is Scorpio. Of course sometimes content trumps source but if the source was originally analog and the source is available, using a CD to cut a record is inexcusable.
About the "manufactured by Rhino" you see on the back of the Scorpio reissues, those are legit and pressed by Rhino. John, Gil Scott-Heron. All of the Meters and Electric Prunes albums have the "manufactured by Rhino" sticker on the shrinkwrap. I thought it was cute that Rhino used the wrong labels on the Meters and Dr. John LP's so people don't pass them off as originals like that dealer in New Orleans by using the 2-color Reprise W7 label for the Meters and the old 50's Atco label with the harp for Dr.
The reissues sound nice but the original recordings weren't audiophile material. I suspect the James Brown reissues are from CD but it's nice to see them out there, it's also funny to see a mid 60's King LP with a early 70's Polydor label with JB's picture when he had the big fro. The Electric Prunes and Reprise Meters albums sound great, the Josies are OK since the original recordings weren't that great but the music will get you moving.
I prefered a complete analog experience, that's why ilisten to Lp in the first place. So i buy my lps produce before the digital era, with warts and all. Another informative article by Mikey and terrific feedback from the many knowledgeable readers; most of whom, I imagine are far more knowledgeable than myself, which is why I am throwing my question out to the field.
Is there an easy and inexpensive way I can improve my system? I built a low budget LP playback system below a few years ago and, frankly, the sound is uninspiring. And, I still own the first LP my family ever owned - Neil Diamond's Moods fromwhich my mom bought on impulse as we were returning home from school and she saw the album in a record store window. She hit the brakes, put some money in my elder brother's hands he was the bravest of us three boys, although not the eldest and said "Tell the store owner that your mom wants to buy the man hanging in the window.
The album is badly in need of a proper scrubbing, and sounds as noisy as ever, but we still love giving it a spin. I know the individual components are quality pieces because I never buy any hardware or software the real subject of this article that hasn't received some favourable reviews from credible sources, so I am sure it's that they are not complementing each other as a system.
I've been toying with the idea of replacing the Pro-Ject pre with a Bellari VP tube pre amp, but I am wary of throwing money at the problem out of blind ignorance.
They have also released some excellent sounding pressings, for example of film soundtracks or historical compilations—they are not a pure re-issue label, they also have original releases, though no original artists I think. They also seem to be in the habit of clearly noting transfer sources, involved engineers, studios and plants, which is always commendable. Best see if you can find a review before purchase, or whether you can give it a listen. Don't dismiss them outright because of the label, because you might be passing up a good vinyl.
Well if the source and other info is listed on the record, of course consider that release. Thanks for that information. A lot of websites that sell new re-issues have little to no information about the pressing. And even if they did, as a new collector, is it trial and error or is there a comprehensive list out there of the good and not so good producers? Acoustic Sounds is as good as I've ever seen in terms of having commentary on re-issues. I'm getting into this conversation pretty late it looks like but I've gotten some really great sonding Lp's on Doxy.
Plus they're titles that most labels wouldn't dare put out. All these records sound very good, so I'm very happy with this label. While the Music on Vinyl might be from a high rez digital source although given I've never seen one on HDTracks etc, maybe notit definitely isn't just ripped from CD, as the mixes are distinctly different.
It's definitely a good effort. Wax Time reissues are sold widely by reputable record stores like Amoeba and Rasputin, and while not in the price range of the true audiophile masterings, they're not exactly cheap, either The tell-tale sign to me is that, while the jacket art is pretty close to the original, the label never is -- it's always a Wax Time label, never Columbia, etc.
Again, this is s jazz material that is in the public domain in the EU. Wax Time is made in Spain, if I recall correctly. Last time I checked, they didn't even have a website, just an email address, which also makes one suspicious that the operation is a bit fly-by-night. Perhaps they don't have the dynamic range of a re-mastered LP from a major label, but I find the sound quite enjoyable on my vintage system.
I have not yet tried any of their jazz releases. And I must say Why can't the major labels get their act together in this regard?? Same deal for Jazz Wax Records, too -- more public domain stuff that appears to be 'mastered' from CDs. For your general information, unlike other reissue companies, we have only ever used analog masters on our vinyl releases.
Not only were they very cheap, but they are great-sounding, quiet, g above-average pressings. They are:. I'm so glad you brought this subject up because I buy lots of vinyl I gave up collecting cd's and don't want my lp's sounding like or cut from cd's I have bought quite a few of these and the price for them is not cheap!
Glad someone else noticed. I'm sure I'm not making this up, I have a distinct memory of buying a Stevie Wonder album, I think it was Innervisions, on the 'Music Lovers' label that sounded dreadful and if I was in any dohbt that the source used wasn't analogue, or in any way near the master, you could hear the CD that was used to cut the vinyl actually skipping. Anyone else unfortunate enough to grab that same LP? I do actually wonder if it was a bad dream I'm thinking of getting this LP, since it seems Unlucky Friend - Dig - Dig (Vinyl be the only release of the original soundtrack for "Psycho" on vinyl I compared it to the movie and it's definitely not a re-recording.
Not an audiophile quality release, but it may be a good addition to a collection just as a document. You can hear it here:. It's one of the flattest and most perfectly centered records I've seen in my life.
The audio has noticeable background noise, but it's definitely because of the source and not from the record itself. The non-recorded areas are extremely quiet. Not one single click or pop.
The record company Doxy even put different custom labels for each side. So while it's true that this LP sounds as if the movie soundtrack was being played through an old radio, I feel that the people at Doxy put their best effort on giving the collectors a high quality product, at least regarding manufacturing. I'm truly happy with it. Can anyone of you tell me about the reissues on the DOL-Label? Are they worth buying?
How is the pressing quality? I have a general idea of what people on here think of this site see belowbut maybe, just maybe, this is a way for all of us to be a part of the solution.
The opinions here are educated, thoughtful and easy to come by. Why not put them to use and aide "the cause? Let the world know what you think about a record: Write a Review on Discogs! The worst-sounding piece of gr vinyl in my collection.
Whoever half-speed mastered this had less than NO idea what they were doing I should have known that there was something up when I saw a sealed copy of Romeo Must Die available at such a Album) price. I haven't listened to it yet but this is a lesson learned. I tried to go to Simply Vinyls website and not only is it not available, but the Blackground Records website isn't either. Maybe the Hankersons owners of Blackground were out to make a quick buck? That makes no sense though because some people are still interested in music from Aaliyah's catalog which is available on an extremely limited basis right now.
Many comments say that Lilith, Doxy, Dol and others are labels that exploit works that have fallen into the public domain. I would not be against lightning. I'm French, excuse my english. The Related rights in France are fixed at 50 years for a musical work, but if I understand correctly, for an American record, it is more complex, and generally longer. I do not know whether these rights are the slightest in Russia, Spain, or Italy, but I doubt it seriously.
I do not see how the discs of Jazz that are fifty years old, or discs of Caetano Veloso like Tropicalia can be considered as being in the public domain. This is not possible in France. Is this a false statement?
I do not have a crazy material, but I tend to perfect my system. The Chess edition is really weird, while the WaxTime edition sounds very natural.
What do you say to that? Thank you! The jacket and the sleeve are high quality, and the vinyl looked really nice Unlucky Friend - Dig - Dig (Vinyl I inspected it under normal lighting.
It's a nice and heavy, g record, and the label and spindle hole were also top-notch. However, all the trouble began when I got to track 5 and it skipped twice very bad, jumpy skips.
I pinpointed the skips and examined them under my hand-held microscope and saw lots of silvery specks all over it. This is a defect known as stitching - a mechanical defect, which is both visual and audible. The root cause is when the vinyl gets improperly unstuck from the form on the press In my case, though there are lots of silver dots, there was one particular glob that was interfering with my stylus, hence, the skips Under X power, I gently pushed the material out of the grooves with the clean tip of a wooden toothpick.
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And there was mocking wit. A smile was often lightly evident on her lips and her eyes as if, for once, she could accept the fact that there were people who did dig her.
The beat flowed in her uniquely sinuous, supple way of moving the story along; the words became her own experiences; and coursing through it all was Lady's sound — a texture simultaneously steel-edged and yet soft inside; a voice that was almost unbearably wise in disillusion and yet still childlike, again at the centre. The audience was hers from before she sang, greeting her and saying good-bye with heavy, loving applause.
And at one time, the musicians too applauded. It was a night when Billie was on top, undeniably the best and most honest jazz singer alive. Both were less than two years from death.
Young died in March Holiday wanted to sing at his funeral, but her request was denied. When Holiday returned to Europe almost five years later, inshe made one of her last television appearances for Granada's Chelsea at Nine in London.
Her final studio recordings were made for MGM Records inwith lush backing from Ray Ellis and his Orchestra, who had also accompanied her on the Columbia album Lady in Satin the previous year see below. The MGM sessions were released posthumously on a self-titled album, later retitled and re-released as Last Recording. McKay, like most of the men in her life, was abusive.
By earlyHoliday was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. Although she had initially stopped drinking on her doctor's orders, it was not long before she relapsed. Her manager Joe Glaser, jazz critic Leonard Feather, photojournalist Allan Morrison, and the singer's own friends all tried in vain to persuade her to go to a hospital. Anslingerhad been targeting Holiday since at leastwhen she started to perform " Strange Fruit ".
A grand jury was summoned to indict her and she was arrested and handcuffed to her bed and placed under police guard. Her funeral Mass was held on July 21,at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Manhattan. She was buried at Saint Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx.
The story of her burial plot and how it was managed by her estranged husband, Louis McKay, was documented on NPR in Gilbert Millstein of The New York Timeswho was the announcer at Holiday's Carnegie Hall concerts and wrote parts of the sleeve notes for the album The Essential Billie Holiday see abovedescribed her death in these sleeve notes, dated Billie Holiday died in Metropolitan Hospital, New York, on Friday, July 17,in the bed in which she had been arrested for illegal possession of narcotics a little more than a month before, as she lay mortally ill; in the room from which a police guard had been removed — by court order — only a few hours before her death, which, like her life, was disorderly and pitiful.
She had been strikingly beautiful, but she was wasted physically to a small, grotesque caricature of herself. The worms of every kind of excess — drugs were only one — had eaten her. The likelihood exists that among the last thoughts of this cynical, sentimental, profane, generous and greatly talented woman of 44 was the belief that she was to be arraigned the following morning.
She would have been, eventually, although possibly not that quickly. In any case, she removed herself finally from the jurisdiction of any court here below. Holiday's public stature grew in the following years. Inshe was voted to the Down Beat Hall Of Fameand soon after Columbia reissued nearly one hundred of her early records.
Holiday was posthumously nominated for 23 Grammy awards. Billie Holiday received several Esquire Magazine awards during her lifetime. Ina statue of Billie Holiday was erected in Baltimore; the statue was completed in with additional panels of images inspired by her seminal song Strange Fruit. Billie Holiday was among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the Universal Studios fire.
Holiday's delivery made her performances recognizable throughout her career. Her improvisation compensated for lack of musical education. Holiday said that she always wanted her voice to sound like an instrument and some of her influences were Louis Armstrong and the singer Bessie Smith.
I would say that the most emotional moment was her listening to the playback of "I'm a Fool to Want You. After we finished the album I went into the control room and listened to all the takes. I must admit I was unhappy with her performance, but I was just listening musically instead of emotionally. It wasn't until I heard the final mix Album) few weeks later that I realized how great her performance really was.
Frank Sinatra was influenced by her performances on 52nd Street as a young man. He told Ebony magazine in about her impact:. With few exceptions, every major pop singer in the US during her generation has been touched in some way by her genius.
It is Billie Holiday who was, and still remains, the greatest single musical influence on me. Lady Day is unquestionably the most important influence on American popular singing in the last twenty years. The biographical film Lady Sings the Bluesloosely based on Holiday's autobiography, was released in and was nominated for five Academy Awardsincluding Diana Ross for Best Actress.
Another film, The United States vs. Billie Holidaystarred Andra Day and was released in Director Lee Daniels saw how Holiday was portrayed in the biopic, and wanted to show her legacy as "a civil rights leader [ It takes place in South Philadelphia in March It premiered in at the Alliance Theatre and has been revived several times.
A Broadway production starring Audra McDonald was filmed and broadcast on HBO in ; McDonald received an Emmy Award nomination and a record-breaking Tony Award win, becoming the most decorated performer in Tony history with six awards across all four eligible competitive categories. Billie Holiday recorded extensively for four labels: Columbia Records, which issued her recordings on its subsidiary labels Brunswick RecordsVocalion Records and OKeh Recordsfrom through ; Commodore Records in and ; Decca Records from through ; briefly for Aladdin Records in ; Verve Records and on its earlier imprint Clef Records from throughthen again for Columbia Records from to and finally for MGM Records in Many of Holiday's recordings appeared on rpm records prior to the long-playing vinyl record eraand only Clef, Verve, and Columbia issued albums during her lifetime that were not compilations of previously released material.
Many compilations have been issued since her death, as well as comprehensive box sets and live recordings. InJoel Whitburn 's company Record Research compiled information on the popularity of recordings released from the era predating rock and roll and created pop charts dating back to the beginning of the commercial recording industry. The company's findings were published in the book Pop Memories — Several of Holiday's records are listed on the pop charts Whitburn created.
Holiday began her recording career on a high note with her first major release, "Riffin' the Scotch", of which 5, copies were sold.
During her stay in Wilson's band, Holiday would sing a few bars and then other musicians would have a solo. Wilson, one of the most influential jazz pianists of the swing era,  accompanied Holiday more than any other musician.
He and Holiday issued 95 recordings together. In JulyHoliday began releasing sides under her own name. Holiday had 16 best-selling songs inmaking the year her most commercially successful.
It was in this year that Holiday scored her sole number one hit as a featured vocalist on the available pop charts of the s, "Carelessly". InHoliday recorded her biggest selling record, "Strange Fruit" LP Commodore, charting at number 16 on the available pop charts for the s. InBillboard began publishing its modern pop charts, which included the Best Selling Retail Records chart, the precursor to the Hot None of Holiday's songs placed on the modern pop charts, partly because Billboard only published the first ten slots of the charts in some issues.
Minor hits and independent releases had no way of being spotlighted. Two of Holiday's songs placed on the chart, "Trav'lin' Light" with Paul Whiteman, which topped the chart, and "Lover Man", which reached number 5. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American jazz singer, songwriter and fashion model — This article is about the singer. For her self-titled album, see Billie Holiday album. For the album originally titled Billie Holidaysee Last Recording.
Holiday with her dog "Mister", c. Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaU. New York CityU. Jazz swing blues traditional pop. Musical artist. Main article: Billie Holiday discography. Popular Music. JSTOR Retrieved 28 July Archived from the original on December 26, Retrieved March 13, Archived from the original on July 12, New York: Da Capo Press.
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