The copy we are selling is similar to the one pictured above.
Side One: Mint Minus Minus*
Side Two: Mint Minus Minus
- An excellent copy of this classic audiophile favorite with Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - reasonably quiet for a vintage vinyl pressing on Fantasy Deep Groove vinyl too
- You'd be hard-pressed to find a copy that's this well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs
- Sublime, practically magical jazz trio sound (and music!) that belongs in every audiophile's collection
- If you made the mistake of buying any pressing made in the last forty years, on any label, here is your chance to finally hear this wonderful music sound the way it was meant to
- And if this strikes you as too much money to spend on the album, don't buy an LP, buy Hoffmann's Gold CD, it's wonderful
- Marks in the vinyl are sometimes the nature of the beast with these early pressings - there simply is no way around them if the superior sound of vintage analog is important to you
- 5 stars: "Here is Vince Guaraldi's breakthrough album — musically, commercially, in every which way... The whole album evokes the ambience of San Francisco's jazz life in the 1960s as few others do."
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*NOTE: There is a mark that plays at a moderate level for about 40 seconds at the end of track 1 on side 1, "Samba de Orpheus."
Great energy for this jazz classic. This quality cannot be emphasized enough -- it's critically important to the music.
The better copies really get the bottom right. They bring out the contribution of the bass player better, the bass being essential to the rhythm of the music. On these pressings, the bass is so tight and note-like, you can see right into the soundstage and practically watch Monte Budwig play.
This is precisely where the 45 RPM pressing goes off the rails. The bloated, much-too-heavy and poorly-defined bass of the Heavy Vinyl remaster makes a mess of the Brazillian and African rhythms inherent in the music. If you own that $50 waste of money, believe me, you will not be tapping your foot to "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" or "Manha de Carnival."
If you happen to have a friend with that title in his collection, ask to take a peek at it. I'll bet it's pristine. Bad records don't get played much. Some audiophiles have complained that we spend too much time bashing Heavy Vinyl, but if ever a record deserved it, it's that one. It's a failure as a remastering and an insult to the analog buying audiophile public at large. Searching the web, I am glad to see that no one seems to have anything nice to say about it, as of this writing. No one should, but that has not deterred the reviewers and forum posters in the past.
The piano is solid, mostly clear and not hard. Not many copies present the piano this way -- correctly in other words. The amazing snare of Colin Bailey in the right channel is LIVELY and fun like you've never heard before.
There is no sacrifice in fullness, richness or Tubey Magic in the presentation, and that is the right sound for this music.
What The Best Sides Of Jazz Impressions... Have To Offer Is Not Hard To Hear
- The biggest, most immediate staging in the largest acoustic space
- The most Tubey Magic, without which you have almost nothing. CDs give you clean and clear. Only the best vintage vinyl pressings offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1962
- Tight, note-like, rich, full-bodied bass, with the correct amount of weight down low
- Natural tonality in the midrange -- with all the instruments having the correct timbre
- Transparency and resolution, critical to hearing into the three-dimensional studio space
No doubt there's more but we hope that should do for now. Playing the record is the only way to hear all of the qualities we discuss above, and playing the best pressings against a pile of other copies under rigorously controlled conditions is the only way to find a pressing that sounds as good as this one does.
What We Listen For On Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus
- Energy for starters. What could be more important than the life of the music?
- The Big Sound comes next -- wall to wall, lots of depth, huge space, three-dimensionality, all that sort of thing.
- Then transient information -- fast, clear, sharp attacks, not the smear and thickness so common to these LPs.
- Tight, full-bodied bass -- which ties in with good transient information, also the issue of frequency extension further down.
- Next: transparency -- the quality that allows you to hear deep into the soundfield, showing you the space and air around all the instruments.
- Extend the top and bottom and voila, you have The Real Thing -- an honest to goodness Hot Stamper.
Mint Minus Minus is about as quiet as any vintage pressing will play, and since only the right vintage pressings have any hope of sounding good on this album, that will most often be the playing condition of the copies we sell. (The copies that are even a bit noisier get listed on the site are seriously reduced prices or traded back in to the local record stores we shop at.)
Those of you looking for quiet vinyl will have to settle for the sound of other pressings and Heavy Vinyl reissues, purchased elsewhere of course as we have no interest in selling records that don't have the vintage analog magic of these wonderful recordings.
If you want to make the trade-off between bad sound and quiet surfaces with whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing might be available, well, that's certainly your prerogative, but we can't imagine losing what's good about this music -- the size, the energy, the presence, the clarity, the weight -- just to hear it with less background noise.
A Must Own Jazz Record
We consider this album a Masterpiece. It's a recording that should be part of any serious Jazz Collection.
Others that belong in that category can be found here.
- Samba de Orpheus
- Manha de Carnaval
- O Nosso Amor
- Cast Your Fate to the Wind
- Moon River
- Since I Fell for You
AMG 5 Star Rave Review
Here is Vince Guaraldi's breakthrough album — musically, commercially, in every which way. After numerous records as a leader or sideman, for the first time a recognizable Guaraldi piano style emerges, with whimsical phrasing all his own, a madly swinging right hand and occasional boogie-influenced left hand, and a distinctive, throat-catching, melodic improvisational gift...
The whole album evokes the ambience of San Francisco's jazz life in the 1960s as few others do — and such is this record's appeal that even non-jazz and non-Latin music people have been grooving to this music ever since it came out.
1963 Grammy Winner for Best Jazz Composition
Vince Guaraldi for "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" performed by the Vince Guaraldi Trio