Happy New Year everyone, thanks a lot for checking out the blog. Since the launch in August I’ve posted 64 titles/needledrops and have received many nice messages from readers. This has been fun to do and I’m glad folks are enjoying it. Please come back, link it to your friends, and comment in the posts if you’d like…..
Starting off the new year is a favorite Blue Note session–Lee Morgan’s Candy (Blue Note BLP 1590), recorded in November 1957. It’s an excellent quartet date with Sonny Clark (p), Doug Watkins (bs), and Art Taylor (dr) rounding out the combo. I particularly enjoy the hard swinging title track with Morgan’s slinky trumpet and Art Taylor’s killer drum breaks.
Today we have a bit of a “shootout”. Below I have included two examples of the same track. Let me start by saying that my hi-fi and method of transfer is modest. It sounds great to me, but I know that it is not comparable to the higher end systems out there. This is just for comparison.
My copy of this has been the 1987 Blue Note CD version, but I recently picked up the Music Matters 45rpm (2LP) reissue. I have always thought that the CD sounded pretty exceptional, so I was interested to compare it to the high quality MM version. I have a small collection of the MM Blue Note reissues and have been quite happy with them. The signal path is listed below. The LP version is in full and the CD version fades out after one chorus of Sonny Clark’s solo.
For me the MM wins. The CD has some nice “air” to it and sounds very good, but I prefer the warmth, detail, and low end of the MM. As good as the drums sound on the CD, it sounds like you’re right next to them on the MM. The warmth is nice on Lee’s trumpet too–just a little more “body” to it. Keeping in mind that the CD is very inexpensive in comparison, I’d consider it an excellent value. Feel free to comment on the different versions….
Technics SL 1200-MK2 with Shure M97x and Jico stylus
Magnavox CDB 492 CD player
Marantz 1030 integrated amp