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  • What is Your Favorite Live Recording?

    For me, there's just something very special about the early live jazz recordings. Perhaps it's the spontaneity and improvisation. Or perhaps it's the equipment. Or perhaps it's both of the above. Whatever, it's heaven at home.

    Some special ones for me:

    Shelly Manne: Live at the Black Hawk, Vol. 1-4, Contemporary
    Hampton Hawes Quartet: All Night Sessions, Vol. 1-3, Contemporary
    Bill Evans: Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby, Riverside
    Bill Evans: Live at Shelly's Manne-Hole, Riverside
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  • #2
    I love LIVE recordings and have a good number of them, so it's not easy to pick one favourite. However, the one recording I continually go back to is Neil Young-Massey Hall 1971.
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    • #3
      I am torn between

      Sinatra at the Sands

      and
      Harry Belafonte at Carnegie Hall


      I have both on 7.5 ips commercial tapes.

      If pressured to pick just one, I'll go with the old blue eyes.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Johnny Vinyl View Post
        I love LIVE recordings and have a good number of them, so it's not easy to pick one favourite. However, the one recording I continually go back to is Neil Young-Massey Hall 1971.
        Good one! Have you gotten ahold of Live at the Cellar Door? I think that's the best of all the Neil Young issues to date! You want to cry when you listen to this old recording.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ki Choi View Post
          I am torn between

          Sinatra at the Sands

          and
          Harry Belafonte at Carnegie Hall


          I have both on 7.5 ips commercial tapes.

          If pressured to pick just one, I'll go with the old blue eyes.
          That Harry Belafonte is an old standby. Man is that good. Interestingly, the whole Belafonte concert was never issued because three of the songs were introduced by Eleanor Roosevelt and there were licensing problems. Chad had a test pressing with those three songs at one of the shows recently and we'l probably eventually hear the concert in its entirety if Chad has his way! Tell you what. There's three more incredible songs from that concert we've never heard!
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          -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
          -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
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          • #6
            Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

            Good one! Have you gotten ahold of Live at the Cellar Door? I think that's the best of all the Neil Young issues to date! You want to cry when you listen to this old recording.
            Yes I did.....twice! Both were defective pressings, which is the first time that's ever happened to me with a Reprise. Waiting for my local shop to get more.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Johnny Vinyl View Post
              Yes I did.....twice! Both were defective pressings, which is the first time that's ever happened to me with a Reprise. Waiting for my local shop to get more.
              What was the issue? Was it on side 2?
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              -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
              -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
              -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
              -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
              -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
              -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
              -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
              -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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              • #8
                A few that aren't mentioned as often on audiophile sites:

                Joni Mitchell- Miles of Aisles- this was during her Tom Scott era, great band, the side with Love or Money is killer;

                Little Feat, Waiting for Columbus- the side with Dixie Chicken smokes;

                Billy Joel- Songs in the Attic- this one was new to me- and even if you aren't a fan, the sonics are pretty impressive. (A digital recording, but Phil Ramone at the helm).

                Rickie Lee Jones- Girl at Her Volcano, EP- there are Quiex copies, but even the standard vinyl is good sounding; another one that uses digital (although I think some of the tracks may have been recorded in studio in analog). I have about 1/2 dozen copies, and my go to is a Japanese pressing.

                I'm sure there's more that I forgot.

                Oh, yeah, Hendrix in the West, if only for the long version of Red House. But, you need to get a first UK Polydor- BIG difference in SQ.



                Last edited by Bill Hart; 02-03-2016, 11:26 AM.

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                • #9
                  Grobschnitt - Solar Music Live
                  Emerson Lake & Palmer - Pictures At An Exhibition
                  Genesis - Seconds Out
                  King Crimson - The Great Deceiver
                  Eloy - Live
                  Gil Evans - Live At The Public Theater (Vol 1 & 2)


                  PROGRESSIVE SOUNDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
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                  • Jeff Ferguson
                    Jeff Ferguson commented
                    Editing a comment
                    Ken, I hear that Eroc & Lupo will be releasing the Rockpalast '78 show on DVD shortly.

                  • lasercd
                    lasercd commented
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                    Jeff:

                    I've had a DVD taken from the video master for many years. Its quite a spectacular performance.

                    Ken

                • #10
                  Originally posted by Johnny Vinyl View Post
                  Yes I did.....twice! Both were defective pressings, which is the first time that's ever happened to me with a Reprise. Waiting for my local shop to get more.
                  ​Once you get a good copy of Live at the Cellar Door, you will forget all about Live at Massey Hall except for the Canadian angle of the Massey Hall recording.
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                  • #11
                    As for live jazz recordings and even studio jazz recordings, if there is a genre of music that was consistently recorded to the very high standard of jazz music, do tell. There was and is something magical about jazz recordings from the 1950s in both mono and stereo and both live and studio. Great musicians, great recording engineers, tube microphones, tube preamps, and tube tape decks = great recordings. Those 1950 recordings make lots of modern digital recordings sound like we took a giant step backwards in technology. And truth be told, in many cases we did just that. Anybody love the digital pro tools compression/loudness wars that is currently going on in the digital world with manufactured talent singing through pitch boxes/effect boxes because they really couldn't sing on key in the shower when no one could hear them?
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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by mep View Post
                      As for live jazz recordings and even studio jazz recordings, if there is a genre of music that was consistently recorded to the very high standard of jazz music, do tell. There was and is something magical about jazz recordings from the 1950s in both mono and stereo and both live and studio. Great musicians, great recording engineers, tube microphones, tube preamps, and tube tape decks = great recordings. Those 1950 recordings make lots of modern digital recordings sound like we took a giant step backwards in technology. And truth be told, in many cases we did just that. Anybody love the digital pro tools compression/loudness wars that is currently going on in the digital world with manufactured talent singing through pitch boxes/effect boxes because they really couldn't sing on key in the shower when no one could hear them?

                      I'd also add two-track, maybe three at most. There's a transparency to two track recordings that escapes everything else. A purity. An aliveness. A glimpse of reality!
                      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                      ________________________________________

                      -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                      -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                      -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                      -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                      -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                      -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                      -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                      -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                      • #13
                        I've been enjoying this one lately...

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by Jeff Ferguson View Post
                          I've been enjoying this one lately...
                          Love the table!!!

                          Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                          Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                          ________________________________________

                          -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                          -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                          -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                          -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                          -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                          -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                          -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                          -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                          -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                          -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                        • #15
                          Originally posted by mep View Post
                          As for live jazz recordings and even studio jazz recordings, if there is a genre of music that was consistently recorded to the very high standard of jazz music, do tell. There was and is something magical about jazz recordings from the 1950s in both mono and stereo and both live and studio. Great musicians, great recording engineers, tube microphones, tube preamps, and tube tape decks = great recordings. Those 1950 recordings make lots of modern digital recordings sound like we took a giant step backwards in technology. And truth be told, in many cases we did just that. Anybody love the digital pro tools compression/loudness wars that is currently going on in the digital world with manufactured talent singing through pitch boxes/effect boxes because they really couldn't sing on key in the shower when no one could hear them?
                          It isn't just pitch "correction," the autotune or whatever is being used to purposely create an effect- which is fine if you hear it once in a while, but a steady diet of that stuff? Brutal. And that happens sometimes even if the artists can actually sing. Hopefully, it is a trend that will pass, like those things people used to sing through via a synth- who did that? Peter Frampton? And everybody was doing it for a while.
                          ​PS: on the jazz stuff, yeah baby!
                          Last edited by Bill Hart; 02-03-2016, 09:22 PM.

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