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Summer Solstice

Read "Summer Solstice" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Founded in 1949 by Bob Weinstock, the Prestige label was home to some of the best hard bop, swing, and blues music of the '50s and '60s. The diversity of the catalog through subsidiary labels such as Swingville and Bluesville was nothing short of extraordinary. Be it spoken word albums, Southern blues, or the folk strains ...

Coltrane 58: The Prestige Recordings

Read "Coltrane 58: The Prestige Recordings" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Some fifty-two years since his death, the shadow of John Coltrane looms large in the minds of many jazz fans and musicians. Over the past few years this has been aided and abetted by the fact that his music continues to be repackaged. In the case of last year's Both Directions at Once, some previously unissued ...

ARTICLE: THE VINYL POST

The Atlantic Years

Read "The Atlantic Years" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Now that the vinyl boom has officially become big business, it is not surprising that major labels are scrambling to put together reissue projects from their back catalogs that will benefit from this cash cow. Rhino has already successfully tapped their holdings for superb mono boxed sets from both John Coltrane and Ray Charles. For their ...

ARTICLE: THE VINYL POST

Beloved of The Sky

Read "Beloved of The Sky" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Back in the late '80s, the life cycle of the vinyl record seemed to have run its course. Promoters of the compact disc had lulled people into the ideal that the little silver discs would offer perfect sound forever. Fast forward to today's marketplace and it's ironic to see new releases as available in both CD ...

The Holy Trinity of Soul: Three Craft Reissues

Read "The Holy Trinity of Soul: Three Craft Reissues" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Last fall, Craft Recordings issued a four CD compilation focusing on Isaac Hayes and his recordings for Stax, Volt, and Enterprise. Spanning the years 1962 to 1976, the set cut a wide swathe of Southern soul and managed to put into perspective the importance of Hayes' impressive oeuvre. Now, Craft turns its attention to upscale vinyl ...

ARTICLE: THE VINYL POST

Way Out West: The Deluxe Edition

Read "Way Out West: The Deluxe Edition" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

It was eventually bound to happen. Surveying the vinyl boom of the last few years, large record companies have decided that there is money to be made from their back catalogs. So instead of licensing their material to companies like Music Matters and Analogue Productions, they have started issuing their own vinyl reissues. Hence the impetus ...

ARTICLE: THE VINYL POST

Other Worlds Other Sounds

Read "Other Worlds Other Sounds" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

In this frantic age of vinyl rediscovery, it still never ceases to amaze as to the kinds of projects that companies are willing to go for broke on for what has become a booming and buying audience. In many ways it is truly a win-win situation. There's so much great music out there and the idea ...

ARTICLE: THE VINYL POST

Passion, Grace and Fire

Read "Passion, Grace and Fire" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Although they are primarily known for their gold CD reissue program and multi-channel SACDs, the Audio Fidelity firm has recently plunged into the vinyl market with a small number of titles. These limited edition 180 gram pressings are remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and packaged in glossy gatefold covers. Tapping into some music not ...

ARTICLE: THE VINYL POST

Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years in Mono

Read "Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years in Mono" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Hot on the heels of their highly-touted vinyl project featuring the Atlantic sides of John Coltrane in mono, Rhino hits the vaults again for a comparable set that mines the work of Ray Charles in some of his earliest recorded works. A similar thread runs through both projects. A heavyweight box serves as a fashionable slipcover ...

ARTICLE: THE VINYL POST

John Coltrane: The Atlantic Years in Mono

Read "John Coltrane: The Atlantic Years in Mono" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Much has been made lately in audiophile circles about whether mono or stereo versions of vintage back catalog items best represent the truest form of the music. Of course, back before stereo was widely accepted and available to most consumers, monophonic was the only way to go. Stereo allowed for more choices in placement of the ...


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