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Old 18th Apr 2018, 12:01 am   #21
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Default Re: Big Band records - plummy sound

Does anyone else remember a Readers Digest flexidisc promoting a box set of re-recorded big band songs? The whole disc consisted of comparisons between the originals and the better sounding re-recordings.
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Old 18th Apr 2018, 2:05 am   #22
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Default Re: Big Band records - plummy sound

I had one of those flexidisc and I thought the sound of this throw-away was rather good for what it was. It still didn't entice me to buy the set, as it wasn't original.
I guess, I'm one of the wealthy persons that bought the CEDAR processed big band CD sets. Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Harry James and Tommy Dorsey and they do sound excellent.
They're sourced from the Czech republic.
I do listen to them a lot.
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Old 18th Apr 2018, 7:02 am   #23
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Default Re: Big Band records - plummy sound

Originally Posted by wd40addict View Post
Just to add some science attached picture shows the response of the three files under discussion.
Yes, Hylton Lazybones has a weird frequency response. I suspect that doing a new transfer with a decent system would produce much better results.

Here's another Jay Wilbur:
Jay Wilbur, I cover the waterfront
The record is very lacking in bass but the result doesn't sound too bad. I still prefer the Artie Shaw version though.

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Default Re: Big Band records - plummy sound

Have added 'I cover' to the attached responses graph. Actually pretty similar to 'Miss Otis' and presumably cut on the same equipment. Considering Rex were one of the second division companies their equipment seems to have been pretty good.

Of the tracks we've analysed the Hylton has the most 'plummy' response, and that's been been deliberately added in the re-mastering.

If Ted Kendall's reading this thread it would be interesting to know his thoughts.
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