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beck wrote: 2021-11-24 11:21 Good old Rickie Lee Jones:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/sidttu4fh9j0j ... 0.mov?dl=0
Very nice. But if you want a real challenge let's see if you can make a song off "Pirates" sound good.
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That's a great challenge! Or "Under The Boardwalk" from "Girl At Her Volcano".
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Guys, it might come out that way but I am actually not here to compete but to show what I can do with my setup, in this instance using a cd player and cd’s.

I am very happy with my cd setup now. It brings me plessure I could only dream of years ago.

I do not have the music you write about but I will play you a piece of symphonic music I love. Watch this space. :-)
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Sibelius, Symphony no. 2, San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt on Decca Digital from 1992:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ptmtvc7hro8e2 ... 1.mov?dl=0
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Thank you! That recording will be added to my collection...
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beck wrote: 2021-11-25 10:09 Sibelius, Symphony no. 2, San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt on Decca Digital from 1992:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ptmtvc7hro8e2 ... 1.mov?dl=0
Blomstedt had the SFSO playing at a high level back then, and his Sibelius interpretations are consistently great - both of which come through very well on your system beck. Kudos on some fine cd replay!

Incidentally, the complete Sibelius symphonies with the same folks involved is available in a budget box set (DECCA 475 7677). Blomstedt's Nielsen symphonies with SFSO (DECCA 460 9852) is also highly recommended, and again cheap as chips.
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Thank you Scooter62 for the “heads up”! I will seek them out. :-)
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Thanks for some enjoyable classical, beck. Good to get some recommendations too - cheers Scooter62
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beck wrote: 2021-11-25 09:51 Guys, it might come out that way but I am actually not here to compete but to show what I can do with my setup, in this instance using a cd player and cd’s.

I am very happy with my cd setup now. It brings me plessure I could only dream of years ago.

I do not have the music you write about but I will play you a piece of symphonic music I love. Watch this space. :-)
This challenge is not about competition but about resolving a conflict. The conflict is that I love the track We Belong Together but have yet to find a copy I can listen to as the sound just sucks. So if you could make it listenable, or even better enjoyable, that would be impressive.

I suppose I should try it off Spotify through the Källa before I throw down this challenge.

That said the Sibelius is quite nice.
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Thank you for explaning Thomas. Rickie Lee Jones “We Belong Together” was not known to me before now!

I do not have it in my collection and if the recording is bad I doubt my system will solve the problem. I will however find it and try to listen to it as soon as I can.
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beck wrote: 2021-11-26 22:47 Thank you for explaning Thomas. Rickie Lee Jones “We Belong Together” was not known to me before now!

I do not have it in my collection and if the recording is bad I doubt my system will solve the problem. I will however find it and try to listen to it as soon as I can.
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"Pirates" was Rickie Lee Jones second album. After how amazing the first album was (it was constantly used as a demo at the Hi-Fi store I worked at when it came out) buying the second one was a no brainer. But then I played it. While the songwriting was excellent and the musicians were all of a very high caliber, just as on the first album, it sounded horrible. Steve Gadd sounded like he was beating on cardboard boxes and Rickie Lee could perforate your eardrums with high notes! What went wrong? While "Rickie Lee Jones" was an analog production "Pirates" was an early digital recording and it was nasty. I took it back to the record store and got my money back. But a couple of months later I was still haunted by "We Belong Together" and went and bought it again. After trying to listen to it for a week I took it back again for a refund. (The record store had one of our systems on permanent loan with free styli when they broke one, in return we got to borrow 30 new recored each month - which kept our demo records always fresh and varied. We also got records cheap and lenient return privileges.)

Some 20+ years later I mentioned this to the store owner here who agreed about the sonics of the album but said he had one that, while not excellent, was the best pressing he had heard. I think it was a German pressing. He let me borrow it but I found I still couldn't listen to it even if it wasn't quite as bad as the others I had heard.

I couldn't bear to put a link to the youtube post of the track from the album but here is a live version that is much more listenable. From the sound of it I doubt it had the great Steve Gadd on drums, so still not a complete replacement for the original piece.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUjq57rSQEM
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