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Vince Guaraldi
Jazz Impressions Of Charlie Brown

  (Item #: guarajazzi_charl_1905) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout, this copy has a lot going for it
  • Guaraldi introduced the world to his unique, melodic, elegantly simple style with this very album - only a pressing this good does the timeless score justice
  • This copy is exceptionally QUIET for a Vince Guaraldi album, playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they don't get any quieter in our experience
  • 5 stars: "The most remarkable thing, besides the high quality of Guaraldi's whimsically swinging tunes, is that he did not compromise his art one iota for the cartoon world; indeed, he sounds even more engaged, inventive, and lighthearted in his piano work here than ever."
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Vince Guaraldi - Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus

45 RPM Acoustech Debunked

  (Item #: guarajazzi_acoustech) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Heavy Vinyl LP debunked from the consistently execrable Analogue Productions label, purveyors of bad sounding vinyl from day one.

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Vince Guaraldi - Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus

Keeping the Players Together

  (Item #: guarajazzi_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises, here discussing the importance of transparency, ambience and resolution.

The arrangement of the players is straightforward, with the bass hard left, drums hard right (with leakage well to the left on the cymbals, but that's another story), and Guaraldi on piano in the center. (The first track of side two reverses this arrangement; why I have no idea.)

Here's the crazy thing about this recording: The best copies really connect up the space each of the players is in. I heard it during the shootout, and I can't recall if it actually happened more than once or twice, but I know I heard it. They are all live, they are all on the same soundstage, but on most copies you would hardly know it.

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Vince Guaraldi - Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus

The Mono & Most Other Pressings Suck

  (Item #: guarajazzi_options) 



A word of advice: Stick with stereo on this title; the MONO pressings aren't worth anybody's time (scratch that: any audiophile's time). The early colored vinyl mono pressing we played was awful in every way.

Our advice: Steer clear at anything more than a buck.

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