Karrin Allyson - Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane [96/24 Stereo LP Rip]

Posted By : dimsal | Date : 06 Oct 2008 00:03:00 | Comments : 11 |

Karrin Allyson - Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane [96/24 Stereo LP Rip]
FLAC | 24bit | 96Khz | Stereo | 1,570 GB
Styles: Jazz

Limited Edition, Half-Speed Mastered, Serial Number #0648. 2-LP Set pressed On Clear Blue HQ-180g Virgin Vinyl.

Year: 2001
Lable: Pure Audiophile Records PA-001(2), 2-LP Set
Style: Jazz
Country: USA
Audio: 24bit-96kHz - Vinyl Rip, FLAC
Size: 1,570 MB

About the Recording

In this concept album, John Coltrane’s Ballads has been redone as a vocal album by Karrin Allyson. Coltrane’s album is justifiably famous. Recorded in 1962, Ballads is an example of Coltrane’s work during his peak period. Its eight cuts showcase the talents of the venerable McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones. Karrin Allyson’s album contains twelve cuts, the additional four consisting of Coltrane standards such as "Naima" and "Nature Boy." It is the debut release from the new audiophile record label Pure Audiophile, run by Dennis Cassidy of Kansas City, Missouri. It was originally released as a Concord Jazz CD, but never as an LP. For this release, the cutting master was prepared from DAT by the renowned Paul Stubblebine, and the LPs were mastered at half speed by the incomparable Stan Ricker. This limited two-LP set was pressed on HQ 180-gram blue vinyl by Record Technology, Inc., and it comes in a heavy gatefold jacket. I reviewed a test pressing.

Karrin Allyson has a sweet, pure voice, and her phrasing and breath control are outstanding. Her talents are quite well suited to this material. On the two up-tempo numbers in this album, she proves that she can swing, and her scat work is something to write home about. She demonstrates both on "Nature Boy," in which she is backed by two beautiful-sounding acoustic guitars. She also swings and scats on "All or Nothing at All," the other up-tempo piece on the album. Backing instruments include piano, acoustic bass, sax, and drums. The drums are the only obvious clue to the fact that this was not a purist-miked recording. The percussion is obviously multi-miked and spread across the rear of the soundstage, but the cymbals shimmer, the drumheads snap, and the percussion work is enjoyable. Stubblebine and Ricker have also done a good job of creating the illusion that this was not a recording made in studio booths, which it was. The soundstage sounds really together and coherent, and it usually sounds like the musicians were playing together in the same space.

This is a great album for late-night listening. Karrin’s fluid vocals riding atop cymbals, drums, piano, and string bass will put you in a relaxed frame of mind, which will be enhanced by the sweet soprano sax solos. This is an album that will soothe you and transport you to another space. Open a bottle of good wine, turn down the lights, and enjoy.

And now to what really surprised me–I went back and listened to the Coltrane version. John Coltrane is my single favorite jazz artist, bar none, but much to my surprise, I found that the Karrin Allyson version was more fun, more involving, more dynamic, and more interesting. This was a completely unexpected, and somewhat unbelievable outcome to a dyed-in-the-wool Coltrane fan such as myself. Who’da thunk? Highly recommended.

Track Listing:

1. Say It (Over and Over Again)
2. You Don't Know What Love Is
3. Too Young to Go Steady
4. All or Nothing at All
5. I Wish I Knew
6. What's New
7. It's Easy to Remember
8. Nancy (With the Laughing Face)
9. Naima
10. Why Was I Born
11. Everytime We Say Goodbye
12. Nature Boy (Bonus Track)

Turntable: Nottingham Analogue Interspace;
Cartridge: Shelter 501 MKII Low Output MC;
Phono amp: Ray Samuels Audio Emmeline XR-2;
Power cables: Black Sand Cables Silver Reference MKV with Wattgate 330i-350i Ag;
Computer: MacBook Pro (FieWire out);
АDC: Edirol FA-66 FireWire
Software: Soundtrack Pro @ 96kHz/32-bit floating point/ClickRepair.

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Posted By: suncica59 Date: 06 Oct 2008 04:07:47

Posted By: akar Date: 06 Oct 2008 09:12:56
thank you very much
Posted By: dimsal Date: 06 Oct 2008 13:37:12
Yes it has all tracks including bonus Nature Boy, I ripped it personally from my 2-LP set.
Posted By: VanPelten Date: 29 Oct 2008 14:29:06
Very nice post, sounds terrific when burned to DVD-Audio and played on my tweak system! I hassled you with your "For Duke" post because it wasn't fully 96/24 -- just something like 16/24, which wouldn't burn Red Book CDs without "intervention." I ended up burning it to DVD-A with discwelder chrome then CD after converting it to 16/44. Probably a miscue on your part.

Keep the 96/24s coming -- maybe some classical?
Posted By: dimsal Date: 29 Jan 2009 05:09:20
Yes, there's one rare classical piece coming soon... as for DUKE, check that post I replied to your question.
Posted By: SuperFuzz Date: 22 Mar 2009 03:58:33
"For this release, the cutting master was prepared from DAT by the renowned Paul Stubblebine, and the LPs were mastered at half speed by the incomparable Stan Ricker."

What? DATs are 16 bit. The maximum sampling frequency supported by the format is 48khz. I don't even know why someone would decide to release this on vinyl. Maybe this is a typo, or copied from a reviewer who didn't know what he was talking about?
edit: I grabbed this from another tracker, it looks to be from analog. Lots of high frequencies showing up on the spectrum analyzer.
Posted By: zedda piras Date: 10 Apr 2009 06:34:47
Part 3 is missing!

Is it possible to re-upload?

Posted By: jazzend Date: 11 Apr 2009 01:54:44
Please post again Part 3
Posted By: flc Date: 17 May 2009 10:45:43
Please, upload again part3. Thanks....FLC
Posted By: dimsal Date: 04 Jun 2009 14:17:30
I've uploaded new links and update the post.

Posted By: tiotada Date: 26 Oct 2009 22:35:37