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Super Hot Stamper

Ella Fitzgerald
Sings The Gershwin Song Book Vol. 1

  (Item #: fitzgsings_gershwin_1_1802_1807) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • This superb stereo 2-pack offers excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Ella sounds rich, Tubey Magical and breathy on this 1959 release
  • It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass right together, but these pressings prove it can be done
  • Nelson Riddle's arrangements are especially interesting and artful throughout - we love the guy!
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Ella Fitzgerald - Sings The George Gershwin Song Book

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: fitzgsings_gershwin_1_2014) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

White Hot sound on side two of this original copy - shockingly good. Ella sounds rich, Tubey Magical and breathy -- this is a real Demo Disc. Side one is very good as well, nicely warm and rich by track two. Nelson Riddle's arrangements are especially interesting and artful throughout.

It is our opinion that the mono takes all the fun out of the Nelson Riddle's deliberately wide, spacious orchestral presentation surrounding Ella. Which is too bad: the mono pressings are five times as common as the stereo ones.

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Ella Fitzgerald - Sings The George Gershwin Song Book

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: fitzgsings_gershwin_1_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This 2-pack offers HUGE White Hot Stamper sound from start to finish. Ella sounds especially rich, Tubey Magical and breathy -- this is a real Demo Disc. It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass right on the same copy, but these did it. Nelson Riddle's arrangements are especially interesting and artful throughout.

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Gershwin / All the Works for Orchestra / Slatkin / Siegel

Not Recormmended

  (Item #: gershallth_2010) 



A Hall of Shame 3 Record set that had us asking: Why would anyone want to own this awful set? TAS List or no TAS List, the performances are much too slow for my taste.
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Gershwin / An American In Paris & Rhapsody In Blue / Bernstein

What To Listen For

  (Item #: gershrhaps_6091_wtlf) 



This original Six Eye LP has the smooth brass and full-bodied strings that allow this wonderful music to astound the listener.

Smooth and solid, not brash or blary, what really impressed about the sound here was how full it was, yet it was never thick or murky. Instead it was transparent in the lower mids and below, and that sound was just glorious after listening to too many thin and brash pressings. The piano is solid, rich, high-rez and very percussive -- there is no tubey Old School smear to be heard, and that too was a surprise.

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Gershwin / An American In Paris & Rhapsody In Blue

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: gershrhaps_6091_2015) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

I’ve always loved these performances, but the shrill Columbia sound has been hard to get past. So many copies suffer from upper-midrangy, glary, hard sound and blary brass. I've come to accept that this is nothing more nor less than the "Columbia Sound," and as a consequence I rarely put much effort into surveying their prodigious catalog these days.

I won't say all that's changed; it really hasn't. The vast majority of Columbia classical pressings are still going to sound as awful as they have in the past.

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Gershwin / Concerto In F & Rhapsody In Blue / Kostelanetz

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: gershconce_8286_2015) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This early Columbia 360 Label pressing has Super Hot Stamper sound on both sides. Exceptionally rich and Tubey Magical from start to finish. The sound on this vintage pressing is natural and above all musical. Both works are performed with consummate skill and attention to detail, the result magnificent.

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Gershwin / Concerto in F / Boston Pops (LSC 2586)

Classic Records Debunked

  (Item #: gershconce_2586_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: C-

I must admit Classic did a passable job with this one. The two things that separate the good originals from the reissue are in some ways related. Classic, as is their wont, boosted the upper midrange, and that, coupled with their transistory mastering equipment, makes the strings brighter, grainier and yet somehow lacking in texture and sheen compared to the originals. Once you recognize that quality in the sound of a record it's hard to ignore, and I hear it on every Classic Record I play.

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Gershwin / Concerto in F / Boston Pops (LSC 2586)

Reviewed in 2005

  (Item #: gershconce_2586_2005) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

The best copy I've ever heard. Takes this recording to a new level beyond the best shaded dogs. It's plainly cut cleaner. One dead giveaway is that the tape hiss is reproduced accurately for the first time, which means that all the high frequencies and their attending harmonics are fully evident, for the first time in my experience anyway.

The explosive opening on this wonderful LP is a prime example of DEMONSTRATION QUALITY sound. Incredibly deep and powerful bass. Great brass.

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