10/29/2011

Technics SU-8600 rare Integrated




Just arrived is this rare Technics Integrated Amplifier. A sleek 70's audio gem that boasts 76 watts per channel. Another amp that offers the convenience of two phono inputs and a tape monitor loop for two decks. Handsome and large the contras are big and configured perfectly. Wood paneled and vented to add a classic look.


The output stages sound vibrant and clean. Often amps in this category can lack in mids or the clarity in the higher frequencies but I find that the SU8600 has no shortfalls. Simply pure and dynamic vintage sound!


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Premiata Forneria Marconi - Photos of Ghosts LP




Formed in Milan this Italian progressive 70's rock band produced an incredible album with Photos of Ghosts. It's rare today to enjoy an actual story told from the start to finish.


Combining both traditional Italian musical influence with a classical progressive rock edge that is reminiscent of the super groups of the day. Jethro Tull and ELP immediately come to mind.
PFM has stood the test of time. They are still touring today, mostly throughout Italy and are considering a box set compilation of their life's work.
Truly one for your collection. Get the UK or Canadian gatefold (MC66668) pressings. By far the purest Vintage Sound pressings. They are on the Manticore Records Label and were not surprisingly signed by none other than Emerson Lake & Palmer.



10/19/2011

Carol Sloane - Live at 30th Street




This rare Original mono pressing of Carol Sloane's 1962 performance at the 30th Street studio is defiantly one to add to your audiophile collection. Beyond the amazing quality of her vocal and band's performance there is an acoustic brilliance to this mono recording that is simply unforgettable. A converted church, the 30th Street Studio birthed many hallmark recordings such as My Fair Lady, Mitch Miller and none other than the Duke Ellington - Count Bassie Session.


This LP puts you in the room with the almost 300 guests. Only 50 were invited but the producers made way for the large turnout. If Carole had recorded this just 5 years earlier she would have been throated into star status with greats of that time. There was a huge surge of rock greats that simply dominated the record companies marketing dollars. Jazz artists took a back seat for several years.


Her smooth voice paralleled that of the great Sarah Vaughan. She remained very active and recorded many records through the 80's up until present. I have the pleasure of owning this autographed copy.





This pressing is as good as live gets. A vintagesound great!


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