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Re: [ARSCLIST] discography of "direct-to-disk revival"?
There were a couple of Canadian labels that tried D2D..Umbrella did one or two
with the Boss Brass and other jazz artists which were widely acclaimed at the
time. RCA Canada did one with pop-ragtime pianist John Arpin (solo piano, pop
material, not the most exciting thing I ever heard..sorry John). The one thing
I remember about most D2Ds I heard was that they were all very CAREFUL
performances. I know other people had more positive impressions.
Norman Field, over on 78-L, has referred a couple of times to a trad jazz band
recording for a British label that had decided to produce its first LP and
hadn't acquired any tape equipment yet, so that was D2D in 1950!
Mike Richter wrote:
> Tom Fine wrote:
> > There was Sheffield, Century, M&K Realtime (they did a couple of D2D
> > before they were digital pioneers). I can't name any other specialty
> > labels right off the bat. Didn't some of the majors experiment with
> > this, maybe just for classical and jazz?
> How about RCA (Japan)? Just one example of which I'm aware: the
> Appassionata Sonata which I believe we discussed earlier. To wrap it up
> neatly, it was pressed at 45 rpm and distributed in the U.S. not by the
> parent company but by Audio Technica.
> It's miked more closely than I prefer (I've never before heard a piano
> sonata with my head under the lid), but anyone who has ever heard a
> Boesendorfer Imperial Grand will recognize the sound immediately. In
> contrast, a contemporary digital recording of Chopin by Malcolm Frager
> issued by Telarc had lost all character of whatever instrument he played.