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Count Basie
Kansas City 5

  (Item #: basiekansas_city_5_1905_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Presenting yet another amazingly well recorded Count Basie album, with STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • It's bigger, richer, more Tubey Magical, with more extension on both ends of the spectrum than every other other copy we played
  • A different sound for Basie, a small group setting with two of his favorite players at his side: Milt Jackson on vibes and Joe Pass on guitar
  • "The predictably excellent group performs spirited versions of some of Basie's "hits" (including "Jive at Five" and "One O'Clock Jump"), some blues and a few standards. It is always interesting to hear Basie in a hornless setting like this one where he gets opportunities to stretch out on the piano."
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Count Basie
Kansas City 5

  (Item #: basiekansa_1905_1_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Presenting yet another amazingly well recorded Count Basie album, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Rich, smooth and Tubey Magical, this pressing has a lovely musical quality that's missing from some of the copies we played
  • A different sound for Basie, a small group setting with two of his favorite players at his side: Milt Jackson on vibes and Joe Pass on guitar
  • "The predictably excellent group performs spirited versions of some of Basie's "hits" (including "Jive at Five" and "One O'Clock Jump"), some blues and a few standards. It is always interesting to hear Basie in a hornless setting like this one where he gets opportunities to stretch out on the piano."
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Count Basie - Kansas City 5

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: basiekansas_city_5_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

Another amazingly well recorded Count Basie album, and this one is killer with Triple Triple grades. It's bigger, more solid and rich, with extension on both ends of the frequency spectrum that no other copy could match. First time on the site - a great session with a fresh sound for Basie, with Milt Jackson on vibes and Joe Pass on guitar.

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Kansas - Leftoverture

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: kansalefto_2010) 



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

This copy of Kansas' most consistent album, their masterpiece I might venture to say, has an OFF THE CHARTS A+++ side two! This is the ROCK album they recorded; the average copy of Leftoverture only hints at the power of the band.

Side two just KILLED from start to finish, with the deepest, punchiest bass, moving up the frequency ladder to the clearest sweetest mids, and following it all the way to the top with the most extended grain-free, silky highs.

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Kansas - Leftoverture

CBS Half-Speed Debunked

  (Item #: kansalefto_cbs) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame Pressing and another Audiophile Record debunked.

Way too bright and thin. What were they thinking?

It's the sound that most audiophiles are fooled by to this day! Brighter and more detailed is rarely better. Most of the time it's just brighter. Not many half-speed mastered audiophile records are dull. They're bright because the audiophiles who bought them preferred that sound. I did. Hopefully we've all learned our lesson, expensive and painful as it may have been.

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Kansas - Leftoverture

Reverse Your Polarity, My Wayward Son

  (Item #: kansalefto_polarity) 



This is one of the pressings we’ve discovered with Reversed Polarity.

About eight years ago (time flies!) we discovered that the first track on side one is in the wrong polarity, or out of absolute phase, whichever terminology you prefer (we ourselves use both). The full story can be found below.

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Kansas - Point of Know Return & Leftoverture

CBS Half-Speeds Debunked

  (Item #: kansapoint_debunk) 



Sonic Grades: F

Hall of Shame pressings and two more Half-Speed Mastered Audiophile Pressings Debunked.

Both this album and Leftoverture are way too bright and thin. What were the engineers thinking -- brighter equals better? In the case of these two titles it most definitely is not.

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Kansas - Point of Know Return

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: kansapoint_2013) 



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

TWO STUNNING SIDES, both clocking in at or just shy of our top grade of A+++! It takes a special pressing to do this music justice, and this one really nails it. Rich, full and tonally balanced from top to bottom, it's hard to imagine how this music could sound any better. The bass is solid and textured, the vocals are full and clear and there's tons of space around all the instruments! From the grungy guitars of the title track to the delicate acoustics of "Dust in the Wind", this one gets it right.

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