You know those late night conversations that happen among tape lovers, the ones that kick off with someone asking (usually after a few drinks), “if you could listen to absolutely any album on tape, what would it be?”… and you know how everyone then shares – with misty eyes – their list of ‘fantasy’ tapes, … More Hemiolia Records releases Miles Davis’ masterpiece on tape – and there’s much more to come!
Yes folks, it’s that time of year again. If you’re gearing up towards getting into the Christmas spirit, or looking to drop some tape-related hints to your gift-buying loved ones, here’s Neville Roberts on Lyn Stanley’s new seasonal jazz album on tape (which, it turns out, it ‘not just for Christmas’). It’s quite a triumph … More Lyn Stanley – Novel Noel – A Cool Jingle Jazz Celebration
For a jazz fan, this is a ‘must have’. It’s a classic Blue Note recording and one that’s considered one of their backbone titles. It’s also listed on many Best Jazz Albums lists – and rightly so, in my view! It’s taken me a good while to get my hands on a copy though, as … More Talking tape: Lee Morgan’s seminal album The Sidewinder from The Tape Project
If you want to cut to the chase on this one, feel free to go ahead and scroll down. But if you have a couple of minutes for a short ramble, walk this way… This is a story that began a few years ago. For those of us who like things specific, it was October … More Master tape collection for sale: ‘The Margate Masters’ – deadline 30 September!
Here we have an absolute jazz classic. It’s probably the most famous of Oscar Peterson’s recorded works and, as the album’s title suggests, it’s a real crowd pleaser – a kind of ‘best of’ featuring ten hugely popular songs of the era. I’ve been listening to this album in various formats for several decades, since … More Oscar Peterson ‘We Get Requests’ – an Analogue Productions Ultra Tape
This one’s a real treat folks – an incredible album, on two sublime vinyl and tape formats. The album in question is Muddy Waters’ 1964 masterpiece, Folk Singer, which was originally released on Chess Records. This is another video review, so if you want to jump straight to it, just scroll down. Or, for a … More Analogue format ‘wars’: Muddy Waters on MOFI One-Step Ultradisc versus Analogue Productions Ultra Tape
I’m a sucker for a cello concerto. There’s something about them that gets me right in the heart and soul. The first one that really spoke to me was Dvorak’s, and I’ve had a soft spot for them ever since. Somehow, the prolonged sound of a cello seems to unravel the knots of everyday life … More Talking tape: Elgar’s Cello Concerto from Horch House, featuring Jacqueline du Pré
A while back I did a review of Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me on tape and, instead of penning the usual rambling blog, I rambled away ‘live’ on video instead. It was fun to do and people seemed to like it, so I thought I’d have another go for one of my latest purchases … More Talking tape: comparing John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme on ‘Ultra Tape’ from Analogue Productions with the mono vinyl version
What we have here are ‘two Schuberts’, two recordings on tape from Toronto-based UltraAnalogue Recordings: Rondo Brillant in B Minor and Grand Fantasy in C Major. Both were recorded at the same live performance, which took place in UltraAnalogue’s own premises. The artists are violinist Alena Baeva and Vadym Kholodenko, both winners of two of … More Discovering Alena Baeva with UltraAnalogue Recordings: part 4 – two Schuberts
The Austrian-based Horch House has a well-earned reputation for producing very high quality copy-master tapes directly from legendary analogue recordings. These recordings include classical works, jazz, blues and easy listening. Following meetings between Horch’s Volker Lange and Doris Kaempfert, the daughter of the well-known jazz and easy listening orchestra leader and composer Bert Kaempfert, Horch … More Neville Roberts on Bert Kaempfert’s ‘Bye Bye Blues’ from Horch House