Direct-to-Disc LPs: any recommendations?*

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

  1. mogambotek

    mogambotek Forum Resident

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    Bombay, India
    Nice to see the Charlie Byrd record getting mentioned a couple of times. I have this record, and I can say without hesitation that it is the best sounding LP i own and I own around 2000 LPs. The drums will literally knock you on your back side. Astounding sounding piece of wax. Highly recommended.
     
  2. weaselriot

    weaselriot Forum Resident

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    I have the Hunt "Moondance" and it is very, very good, but the 2008 Kevin Gray does nose it out. "Full Sail" is very good also. Layla, not so much with it's thin bottom end, though to be fair many have tried and failed worse with that particular recording. Still, the recent MFSL is my go-to now for "Layla". Surprisingly, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is not half bad, good praise indeed for a title that has seen many failed versions sonically, but the 2014 Ludwig/Sax/Hadley does beat it, and the DJM yellow is pretty good as well, if you can find the RIGHT DJM yellow. I also have "Outlaws" with no complaints but nothing to compare. Ditto Jean-Luc Ponty's "Cosmic Messenger". The "Layla" is the worst of the lot I have from this label (needs more bass), but even there one could do worse. The problem with titles from that label now (as with Nautilus) is that many of their better titles have since been eclipsed by later efforts, though some of those may already be hard to get. In that case, a good clean and minty Direct Disk may be a pleasant surprise for you.
     
  3. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

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    Berlin
    Back in the day my father loved certain dtd albums by Swiss Jazz drummer Charly Antolini. I remember he had "Countdown" and "Knock Out" on Jeton Records. Mum hated them though :crazy:
     
  4. McLover

    McLover Forum Resident

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    Those are not Direct-To-Disc recordings, those were multitracked and from tape. What is being discussed is live, direct to lacquer disc, 2 tracks, NO OVERDUBS, NO SPLICING OR EDITING. LIVE!!!! Direct Disk Labs did pop and rock audiophile reissues but they're not Direct-To-Disc records.
     
  5. weaselriot

    weaselriot Forum Resident

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    We know that and considered the distinction. I myself called the direct to disk a "different animal", despite the nname name the label did both direct disk recordings and resissues.
     
  6. McLover

    McLover Forum Resident

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    Just pointing this out.
     
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  7. paulmock

    paulmock Forum Resident

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    Didn't see it mentioned...forgive please if I misread...

    Buddy Rich & Mel Torme Together Again fir the first Time
     
  8. dcscott

    dcscott The No More Credit Manager at the Liquor Store

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    FM - Direct to Disc
     
  9. boyo

    boyo Forum Resident

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    I am surprised that the FM (the band) - Direct to Disk (album) wasn't mentioned earlier. Really great prog rock that is mostly instrumental. Two long cuts on each side which they had to nail without editing or overdubs (right?). If that's true, the three musicians that played on this album do an outstanding job of sounding like a much bigger band. Highly recommended and on occasion, I've found it in used bins fairly cheap. I picked up a second copy several years ago and oddly enough the performance differ just a little bit. I wonder why that is?
     
  10. Patrick

    Patrick Forum Resident

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    Colorado
    A favorite of mine; brass ensemble, some drums, and pipe organ.
    On the previously mentioned Crystal Clear label. There is a second volume as well, also highly recommended.

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  11. Patrick

    Patrick Forum Resident

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    Sheffield Labs did run tape copies at the same time as the D2D recordings.
    When the D2D stamper life ran out on the Thelma Huston Pressure Cooker and Dave Grusin Discovered Again releases they were reissued on LP from the tapes on what Sheffield called their Treasury Series.
    Note slightly different cover artwork below

    Much later they also re-did a few of their D2D titles as CD's using the back up tape versions, Tower of Power for one IIRC.

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  12. John76

    John76 Forum Resident

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    Les Brown and his band of renown - Goes Direct To Disc

    I was digging through some of my records I have yet to catalog and found this. Looked interesting and gave it a spin. Wow, this album really jumps out at you!

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  13. paulmock

    paulmock Forum Resident

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    "Tickle Toes" is a gasser! Some of the other arrangements are a tad corny. But YES! The sound jumps right out at you....
     
  14. DangerousKitchen

    DangerousKitchen Up in TO, keepin jive alive

    So these are taken from 1 generation master tape? How do they sound?
     
  15. John76

    John76 Forum Resident

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    Tower of Power - Direct
    Sheffield Labs 17

    Dug this one out, played this album quite a bit back in the day.
     
  16. John76

    John76 Forum Resident

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    I picked up King James a few years back, very good!
     
  17. Orange T-Rex

    Orange T-Rex Forum Resident

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    Illinois
    Live From Welcome To 1979 - Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (RSD release from a couple years ago - sounds amazing and includes a couple stellar Stones covers!)
     
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  18. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    We used to have that at the sound company I used to work for back in the late Seventies. It was awesome to use to shake the dust out of the speakers we were testing.
     

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