– An Audiophile Go-To!
– The Record You Grab When You Want To Show Off Your System!
– All-Time Classic Performances And Recordings By All-Time Great Female Singers
– Each Track Selected By Acoustic Sounds Owner Chad Kassem
– Lacquers Cut By Kevin Gray
– Pressed At Quality Record Pressings On 200-gram vinyl
– Packaged In A Gatefold, Deluxe, Stoughton Tip-On Jacket
– Liner Notes By Michael Fremer
“(Kevin) Gray has few peers and the two-LP set is as sharp a calling card as exists for experiencing how good older recordings can be made to sound when the care and skill of an exceptional mastering engineer is at the helm. If this album doesn’t make your stereo sound fantastic, don’t blame it on the LPs!” — Music = 4.5/5; Sound = 5/5; Pressing = 5/5; Jacket = 3/5 — Dennis Davis, vinylreviews.com, August 2018
“Humungous conflict of interest alert! I wrote this compilation’s liner notes and created the 22 song track order. … The sources all were high-resolution files, some DSD, some PCM, depending upon what (Chad) Kassem was originally given in the digital domain, or in most cases what Gus Skinas produced in DSD using the original analog tapes. … This double LP set works well as entertainment and as a great sampler of the LPs mostly released by Analogue Productions and mostly AAA (where there’s tape to begin with). You can’t go wrong.” — Music = 10/11; Sound = 10/11 – Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com.
I’ve been doing this (cherry picking great recordings for reissue) for a long time, and I think I’ve got a good idea of what audiophiles like to hear. This is all of your female vocal demo cuts in one place.” — Chad Kassem, Acoustic Sounds owner
Female vocalists have forever been celebrated by audiophiles and music lovers alike. Whether the delivery is delicate or bombastic, a great female vocal well-recorded is just so sensuous. It’s the genre that most often typifies the potential of hi-fi and what it can do to engage our emotions. It’s no wonder the hallways of any hi-fi show will be resonating with the sounds of sparsely-arranged recordings of great women singers. It’s the genre that best shows off the systems that manufacturers and dealers are trying to sell.
Now, you can have all of those best demo tracks on one record. Show stoppers by Julie London, Diana Krall, Rickie Lee Jones, Nina Simone, Janis Ian, Phoebe Snow, Jennifer Warnes, Dusty Springfield, Shelby Lynne and many more. Every single track is an audiophile demo classic. Drop the needle and drop your friend’s jaw!
Michael Fremer, of AnalogPlanet.com and Stereophile Magazine, walks you through each track and its historic place with very thorough and entertaining liners.
Plating and pressing was done at Quality Record Pressings.
Ever have that moment where you want to really light up your system — either for a late-night session by yourself or for when you’ve got company — and you don’t want to keep changing records to keep the hit parade going? This record ends that issue. You’ve only got to make one selection.
FORMAT: 200 gram vinyl 2LP
Cry Me A River – Julie London
Black Coffee – Ella Fitzgerald
Poetry Man – Phoebe Snow
Son Of A Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
Just A Little Lovin’ – Shelby Lynne
Show Biz Kids – Rickie Lee Jones
Crazy – Patsy Cline
Tennessee Waltz – Holly Cole
Breaking Silence – Janis Ian
Hey There – Myra Taylor
What a Shame – Patricia Barber
Plain Gold Ring – Nina Simone
The Moon Is Made Of Gold – Rickie Lee Jones
Blue Moon – Julie London
Blame It on the Moon – Nancy Bryan
Diamonds and Rust – Joan Baez
Somebody Who Loves You – Joan Armatrading
Send In the Clowns – Judy Collins
Ballad Of The Runaway Horse – Jennifer Warnes
A Case of You – Diana Krall
The Look of Love – Dusty Springfield
Brothers In Arms – Joan Baez
Analogue Productions AAPP 122