Various Artists - Chasing The Dragon [LP] (180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, - UrbanVinylStore

Various Artists - Chasing The Dragon [LP] (180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, import)

This demonstration album contains 13 tracks which were recorded with 50 year old Neumann valve microphones. Many tracks use a Decca tree configuration and some were recorded with a 1/2'' Studer reel to reel recorder running at 30ips. The disc was used as a reference by Michael Fremer of Analog Planet in testing various record mats. This album contains selections from composers and musicians that include Vivaldi, Mozart, Ellington, Rachmaninoff, Verdi, and more.

In creating this album, producer Mike Valentine combined the 50 year old Neumann valve microphones with a high resolution Nagra digital recorded. The tracks were mastered at Air Studios in London by his cutting engineer, John Webber. The final icing on the cake was to use state of the art cables from ZenSati, who supplied all of the cables used in the entire recording chain. Valentine really hopes you enjoy this LP.

''...the whole album is very impressive, with the combination of old and new technologies proving particularly effective at revealing timbre and reverberation, not to mention dynamics. I'm not generally a fan of audiophile recordings, but this one is so impressive that I have to make an exception.'' -Jason Kennedy, Hi-Fi Choice Magazine, rated 5 stars

''Throughout, Valentine's obvious goal was to produce maximum natural spaciousness while preserving instrumental timbres as well as instrumental focus. The results are uniformly engaging, three-dimensional and natural...'' -Michael Fremer,, Music 7/10, Sound 8/10

* 180g Vinyl
* Mastered at Air Studios in London
* Import

Side One:
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
1. Concerto for 2 Mandolins

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
2. Cello Suite No 1 (Interior)
3. Cello Suite No 1 (Exterior)

Jean-Joseph Mouret (1682-1738)
4. Rondo

Bruce Davidson
5. Improvisation

Duke Ellington (1899-1974)
6. Caravan - Finale

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
7. Force of Destiny - Finale

Side Two:
Klaus Badelt (1967)
1. Pirates of the Caribbean

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
2. Durch Zartlicheit & Schmeicheln

David Graham
3. Improvisation

Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908)
4. Tarantella

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
5. Spanish Dance No. 1

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
6. Piano Concerto No.2 - Finale