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Gino Vannelli - Brother to Brother

A&M Audiophile Debunked

  (Item #: vannebroth_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Half Speed debunked.

Wooly bass, sucked-out mids, compressed to death, this is a major audiophile disaster on every level.

I love this album! It’s very pop, beautifully arranged, the kind of popular music they just don’t make anymore. Four stars in my book! Gino doesn’t get a lot of respect, but he has plenty of talent and his music still holds up today.

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Gino Vannelli - Brother to Brother

A Desert Island Disc

  (Item #: vannebroth_fame) 



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

I love this album! It’s very pop, beautifully arranged, the kind of popular music they just don’t make anymore. Four stars in my book! Gino doesn’t get a lot of respect, but he has plenty of talent and his music still holds up today.

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Gino Vannelli - Powerful People

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: vannepower_2014) 



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

This is some of the best sound we heard in our shootout, coming in right behind our winning sides. Few copies were as BIG and BOLD as this, and that is unquestionably our sound.

Overall this copy is far richer and fuller than most, and that's a big deal on Powerful People, an album which is almost always pure midrange -- no bottom, no top, just midrange. Until we did this shootout I wasn't sure we would ever find a copy with any real bass or top end. For that very reason we had more than once abandoned this project in past years.

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Gino Vannelli - Powerful People

The Most You Can Hope For

  (Item #: vannepower_summation) 



Like most of the better audiophile records -- from long ago as well as those being produced today -- the most you can hope for from these reissues is that they can fix a few problems you might be saddled with on the particular pressing you own.

But if you work at it, the "right" plain old record, properly cleaned and played, will show you sound that the audiophile edition can barely begin to reproduce. Having auditioned by the thousands the kinds of records you see on the site, the reality of this truth is irrefutable to us now, and has been for a very long time. Our customers know exactly what we are talking about; they've heard it for themselves. That's why they keep coming back.

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Gino Vannelli - Powerful People

What Was I Thinking?

  (Item #: vannepower_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another MoFi LP debunked.

At the time of our last shootout in 2014 I still had the MoFi pressing of Powerful People in my personal, very small (at this point) record collection. Almost all the best sounding records from my collection had long ago been sold off, going to good homes that I can only assume would play them more than I had in the last ten years. If it's a record you see on our site, chances are good I have listened to it until I'd practically turned blue in the face.

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Gino Vannelli - Storm At Sunup

and The Amazing ARC SP3A-1

  (Item #: vannestorm_stereo) 



Storm at Sunup used to be my favorite Gino Vannelli album. I played it all the time back in the ’70s. It was one of a handful of recordings that made me want to pursue audiophile equipment in the hopes that higher quality playback would allow it to sound even bigger and more exciting. It was pretty damn big and exciting already, but I wanted more.

Right around that time I got my first audiophile tube preamp, the Audio Research SP3A-1, which replaced a Crown IC-150. As you can no doubt imagine, especially if you know the IC-150 at all well, playing this album through that state-of-the-art tube preamp was a revelation. From then on there was no looking back. I started spending all my money on better and better equipment and more and more records. That was forty plus years ago and I haven't stopped yet.

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Gino Vannelli - Storm At Sunup

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: vannestorm_fame) 



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

This White Hot Stamper side one was CLEARLY the best sound we heard in our ENTIRE shootout. No other copy had any side that sounded as BIG and BOLD as this. It's richer and fuller, and that's a big deal on Storm at Sunup, which is almost always pure midrange -- no bottom, no top, just midrange. Until we played this copy I wasn't sure there was EVER going to be any bass or top end. Thank goodness this side one came along, otherwise we would have been tempted to junk the whole project.

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