Laura Nyro - A Little Magic, A Little Kindness - The Complete Mono Albums Collection 07-07-2017

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  1. JMarch3035

    JMarch3035 Active Member

    For anyone curious about the "New Discovery" label: Unfortunately, Verve replica labels were not available to us for this project, as Verve is a Universal imprint while Laura's recordings are under Sony's umbrella. We endeavored to come up with a creative solution; hence, we imagined (and our amazing designer painstakingly replicated) what a "MTAND" Columbia mono white label circa 1967 would have looked like. I get a real thrill each time I see it, and it was intended as a fun "Easter egg" for longtime fans. Hope you all enjoy it, as well!
     
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  2. ralphb

    ralphb "First they came for..."

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    Off topic, but please tell me that Gonna Take A Miracle is being worked on for a re-issue.
     
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  3. Muzyck

    Muzyck Just another anonymous canine Beatle fan

    Thanks for the explanation.
     
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  4. audiotom

    audiotom Forum Resident

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    vinyl wants
    Angel in the Dark
    The Looms Desire

    very intimate recordings with lush piano decay and ambience
    you really hear the chords resonate

    Gonna Take a Miracle is a stellar original release and easy to pick up inexpensively on vinyl
    I don't think a remaster would improve on that
     
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  5. audiotom

    audiotom Forum Resident

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    see post just above

    original vinyl has incredible separation of voice, lush piano and Wind sounds like it is being played in a huge open cathedral
     
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  6. DetroitDoomsayer

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  7. audiomixer

    audiomixer As Bald As The Beatles

    You are hellbent for this release, aren't you? ;)
    My fear is that what-you-hear with that album is what you will get with a remaster. Not a sonic shining moment...never was. :shake:
     
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  8. audiomixer

    audiomixer As Bald As The Beatles

  9. ralphb

    ralphb "First they came for..."

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    :laugh::agree:
    If you're gonna be hellbent it may as well be for something heavenly.
     
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  10. DetroitDoomsayer

    DetroitDoomsayer Forum Resident

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    No argument here.
     
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  11. minizaka

    minizaka Active Member

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    Not too far of a stretch as it was repressed under Columbia in '73! Anyway, for me it's the standout disc of the set.
     
  12. audiomixer

    audiomixer As Bald As The Beatles

    Correct on the second sentence.
    Not a stellar original release, honestly. Tape saturation on her vocals abound...
     
  13. Jimi Bat

    Jimi Bat Forum Resident

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    For those of us without a turntable a Hoffman mastering of Miracle would be good news indeed.
    The cd sounds a bit harsh.
     
  14. audiomixer

    audiomixer As Bald As The Beatles

    Not a stellar original release, honestly. Tape saturation on her vocals abound...
     
  15. The mono mix of More Than A New Discovery is worlds better than the stereo, no surprise here, but if the mono version of Eli is a folddown, surely is the finest folddown I've ever heard.

    I remember reading that up until the late sixties Columbia couldn't do folddowns because doing so violated union rules or something, but I also read that WLPs after 1967 are usually folds, so, who's right?

    In any case it's a stunning release, so thank you Joe Marchese, Vic Anesini, Real Gone, Second Disc and everyone involved.
     
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  16. Sordel

    Sordel Forum Resident

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    I wasn't listening to Eli analytically yesterday and in any case I'd be astonished if Our Host's stereo remaster could be unseated as my go-to but I'd agree: impressions of this mono version were good.
     
  17. audiomixer

    audiomixer As Bald As The Beatles

    I agree. And if isn't a dedicated mono mix, I'm shocked! I'm hearing things I've never heard in the stereo version before. It is just a tad bright for my tastes, however.
     
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  18. bluemooze

    bluemooze Forum Resident

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    More Than A New Discovery kills the NM vinyl version I have. Finally after all these years to hear the mono version sound this good. (Steve's AF vinyl mastering is the best sounding stereo version.)
     
  19. snkcube

    snkcube Active Member

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    I think you meant SACD for the Audio Fidelity release.
     
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  20. Siegmund

    Siegmund Forum Resident

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    I'm in.
     
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  21. bluemooze

    bluemooze Forum Resident

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    I'm talking about the Columbia stereo re-release of the Verve album, titled "First Songs". It was remastered and released by Audio Fidelity on vinyl only. :)
     
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  22. GetHappy!!

    GetHappy!! Forum Resident

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    That was cut by Kevin Gray.
     
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  23. Tribute

    Tribute Forum Resident

    Slightly off topic, but I would like to see a proper full release/reissue of the COMPLETE Live in Japan. Not just the edited short version
     
  24. bluemooze

    bluemooze Forum Resident

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    Right you are! :tiphat:
     
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  25. Sordel

    Sordel Forum Resident

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    Just to add to this, I was A/B-ing the AF stereo with the Mono fold-down today and I found my smoking gun: if you play the closing of "December's Boudoir" in the mono and then the AF stereo then you can hear that there is a lot of untamed shrillness in Nyro's vocal in the mono. It conclusively demonstrates to me that whatever other differences there are between the two versions Our Host's version is the more pleasurable to listen to and should remain my go-to. Even if you don't accept "shrillness" as a fair test, a listen of the versions of "Emmie" back to back should reinforce the idea that the AF is the one. I think that the mono is doing well to hang with it as well as it does.
     
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