Direct-to-Disc LPs: any recommendations?*

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by platoo168, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. platoo168

    platoo168 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    bangkok, thailand
    please share if you have experience any good one Sonically
  2. stephenlee

    stephenlee Forum Resident

    East Coast
    As I noted in another thread recently, one of the most impressive recordings I own is Woody Herman's Road Father (Century CRDD-1080), a direct-to-disc album from 1979. You can pick up copies on eBay for $10-20 -- a steal at that price!
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  3. Greg1954

    Greg1954 New Member

    Buddy Rich Class Of '78 (Great American Gramophone Company.)
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  4. MikeyH

    MikeyH Stamper King

    Berkeley, CA
    There's only a few that are really good both sonically and musically:

    Dave Grusin - Discovered Again (Sheffield Lab.)
    Harry James - Comin' From A Good Place (Sheffield Lab.)
    Harry James - Still Harry After All These Years (Sheffield Lab.)
    Fiedler/Boston Pops - Tchaikovsky (Crystal Clear 45rpm)
    Charlie Byrd (Crystal Clear) (great drum solo)
    Any of the Sheffield Lab. Moscow sessions or Wagner discs

    Others that aren't so good are the Direct Disk Labs. The M&K are great sound but so-so music; they can be very expensive. East Wind (japan) have good sound. Some of the Japan RCDE series (45rpm again) are very good, again hard to find and expensive. Most common are the piano ones, but the percussion and guitar ones are better. The Mayorga Sheffield Lab discs ('Distinguished colleagues') are good multi track sound but very pedestrian music - soft jazz. Mayorga does some OK solo classical piano discs. The two Amanda McBroom albums are OK if you like show/torch singing.

    Hope this helps. The Sheffields are in general the most common with the Crystal Clears being next. There are a few cheap Direct albums from USA and Canada that are really poor. Radio Shack did one in red vinyl that turns up often too.
  5. Thelma Huston and the Prerssure Cooker, I'VE GOT THE MUSIC IN ME.
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  6. East Wind did one called "The Three". Great Music, well pressed and recorded.
  7. davmar77

    davmar77 I'd rather be drummin'...

    clifton park,ny
    yes, a great one. i actually had a sample from that up here in the needledrop section.
  8. Greg1954

    Greg1954 New Member

    I don't know if that's still up, but here's another.

    30 seconds of Birdland from that LP...


    Relatively speaking, it sounds pretty good. Nice bass energy they captured, though a little congested in the upper midrange, which may come down to deficiency in my setup.
  9. jhw59

    jhw59 Forum Resident

    LA4 had a couple-very good as I remember but it has been years since I listened to them. +1 on Buddy Rich
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  10. autodidact

    autodidact Forum Resident

    Ditto on the LA 4 albums on East Wind label.

    Also I found Sheffield Labs D-D album Confederation, by the McNeely-Levin-Skinner band to be well-recorded and well-played bluegrass.

    Another favorite is on the Umbrella label, Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass. It's a double-disc direct-to-disc. It reminds me of Maynard Ferguson's early 1970's work. A fine, tight, big band sound.

    Re: the Charlie Byrd 45RPM, yes the drum solo is demonstration quality. It is very "live" sounding, like the musicians had a lot of adrenalin. I'm not sure I can rate it as a big musical success. It's good, but not great.
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  11. jimac51

    jimac51 A mythical beast.

    +1.Houston's vocals are used sparingly and effectively. The Pressure Cooker Band,a group of studio all stars, is aptly named. A late '70s sound that shows that sounding a little dated(one expects Starsky or Hutch to come bursting through with the escape vehicle any second now)is not necessarily a bad thing.
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  12. Perisphere

    Perisphere Forum Resident

    Which ones of the DDLs are you referring to? I have one of them, the one the Tonight Show orchestra made, and it's not too bad. Like ROAD FATHER it was recorded at Capitol A, and both sides of my copy sport 'Wally' in the dead wax.
  13. DangerousKitchen

    DangerousKitchen Up in TO, keepin jive alive

    Rough Trade's "Rough Trade Live!" on Umbrella records is a long time fave D2D of mine and consistently the cheapest rock D2D I find. I see them all the time round these parts for $5 or less. It's not really a live album, at least no audience, but it has a live sound. The early ones are numbered.
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  14. MikeyH

    MikeyH Stamper King

    Berkeley, CA
    I have trouble telling the smaller labels apart. California Smoker? Or was that an American Gramophone? Most of these are in the play once and discard range. Even the Dave Brubeck one, IMO.
  15. JETman

    JETman Forum Resident

    Herbie Hancock - Piano (Sony)
  16. Perisphere

    Perisphere Forum Resident

    ROAD FATHER was originally on what was called Great American Graphophone Company (that may have been Gramophone). The label name was changed to Century Records. My copy reflects the name change.
  17. DaveyF

    DaveyF Forum Resident

    La Jolla, Calif
    Like a lot of a'philes, I own quite a few Direct to Disc LP's. Generally, they sound very good..sometimes great and sometimes...well, no so great!

    Tell us about your favorites and your disappointments in this Direct Disc LP thread.
  18. monte4

    monte4 Forum Resident

    Ontario Canada
    Blazing Redheads on Reference Recordings, Wild Child Butler on APO, and Rough Trade on Umbrella are what I have. All are excellent. I purchased all of them new.
  19. ShockControl

    ShockControl Forum Resident

    Did they tape these sessions also, as a backup or for unforeseen future uses or formats?
  20. monte4

    monte4 Forum Resident

    Ontario Canada
    Most Direct To Disc sessions were not taped for future re-releases that I know of. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
  21. Buddy>Elvis

    Buddy>Elvis Forum Resident

    New Zealand
  22. James Glennon

    James Glennon Forum Resident

    Dublin, Ireland
    I always liked the sound of Century Records The Glenn Miller Orchestra: The Direct Disc Sound Of The Glenn Miller Orchestra!

    For me personally, I have a fair few Direct to disk LPs but I am not inspired by the music/performance(s).

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  23. The Three was taped, but unfortunately an intermittent sound problem interferes with the great sound of the album being heard on CD. The vinyl was great, the CD slightly less so because of that intermittent problem.
  24. Linto

    Linto Mayor of Simpleton

    Charlie Byrd (Crystal Clear) is astonishing, my favourite recording ever, ie capturing a band,
    before I got this Take 5 was my #1
  25. 1940Zeffer

    1940Zeffer Member

    Sylvania oHIo USA
    I have 2 Sheffield Harry James platters from early 80's---Still Harry and King James, I'm playin right now,
    first time in ten years, They still excite, have great presence, quiet clean vinyl and I think, nice dynamics..I like HJ, and
    his style of big band arrangements, so the recording to me is an excellent bonus. I suppose they are not adventurous, with wild abandon
    solos, but good listening..
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