May 192017

It was a long week of getting caught up at home and on the day job, and getting over jet lag! I love traveling but playing catchup is rough!

But now it’s weekend-eve, and it’s time for a little music listening! Woo-hoo!

First up was the new mono Buddy Holly reissue from Analogue Productions, remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the original analog master tapes, and pressed at Quality Record Pressings.

I’ve always enjoyed Buddy’s first solo album and considered it one of the treasures of early rock & roll, so I couldn’t resist buying a copy when I saw it had become available on the Analogue Productions reissue label.

The album is beautifully done all the way around, terrific music, careful remastering, a 200 gram record, and a nice tip-on style gatefold jacket.

I’m probably not as enthusiastic about this reissue as some of the other reviews I’ve seen of it, but still, it’s a great album, and if you love early rock & roll you will not want to miss it!

I haven’t heard the original 1958 release on Coral, but you can pick up an original in decent condition on Discogs for about the same price, which I also find quite tempting.

I suspect whichever one you go for you’re going to love it, this is great music!

Another album that I’ve had a life-long love affair with is The Sound of Jazzwhich was released in both mono and stereo by Columbia in 1958, and the stereo version was just reissued by Chad on Analogue Productions.

The Sound of Jazz from Analogue Productions was mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound from the original 3-track tapes, pressed at Quality Record Pressings as a 200 gram LP, and packaged in a very nice tip-on jacket.

This is a phenomenal record, and if you love jazz you will not want to miss it, as Analogue Productions really hit a home run on this one, and everything about it is first class, and as I’m listening to it right now it is completely blowing me away!

Analogue Productions did a nice job on their Buddy Holly reissue, but The Sound of Jazz is at another level, just out of this world! Man, I love this record! Way recommended!

Just for kicks, I also ordered the original mono version of this record from Discogs, so I’ll report back and let you know how it compares to the Analogue Productions stereo version. Stay tuned!

Masterpieces by Ellington at 45 RPM.

Then there’s the third record for the weekend, the Analogue Productions 45 RPM mono version of Masterpieces by Ellington (above).

The mono 33 1/3 Masterpieces by Ellington blew me away!

The 33 1/3 mono version that Analogue Productions did of Masterpieces by Ellington totally blew me away when I heard it (above), so I couldn’t resist the premium 45 RPM version that was just released!

The 45 RPM Masterpieces by Ellington was also remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, from the original analog tapes, cut at 45 RPM, and pressed on two 200 gram LP’s at Quality Record Pressings, and features a gatefold tip-on style jacket.

Masterpieces by Ellington on 45 RPM – to die for!

It took me all of a millisecond to be completely blown away by the 45RPM version of Masterpieces by Ellington, this is a super record set!

Masterpieces by Ellington on 45 RPM!

Masterpieces by Ellington on 45 RPM is a masterpiece in itself, don’t miss this one! Kudos to Chad & Ryan on this one, man, you guys nailed it!

Ok, time for a little more listening!

Thanks for stopping by, and from my home to yours, may the tone be with you and the music make you happy!

 Posted by at 6:48 pm

  12 Responses to “Three albums for the weekend from Analogue Productions!”

  1. Hi Jeff

    I’ve been unsure whether I need the 45rpm version of Masterpeices as I already have the 33rpm. Your review is tipping me into going for it!

    Also totally agree with your comments on the Sound of Jazz – that’s the best reissue I’ve bought this year so far – just stunning.

    A box from Acoustic Sounds has just arrived today – amongst other things it contains Screamin The Blues by Oliver Nelson from the AP Prestige Stereo series and The Chirping Crickets the companion LP from AP to the Buddy title you review. The family is out for a while, the valves are warming up and I’m going to settle in for some well earned relaxation / music!

    All the best,


    • Hi James,

      I really love the Masterpieces by Ellington album, so I couldn’t resist the 45 rpm version. It’s also great fun to have both so you can astound your friends while doing 45 rpm and 33 1/3 rpm comparisons!

      You ordered some nice selections from AS! I love the new AP version of The Sound of Jazz, it is mind-blowingly good!

      Have fun listening!



  2. Jeff,

    In what way was the 45rpm of Masterpieces by Ellington different than the 33 1/3? Thanks.

    • Hi Bobby,

      Unfortunately, I don’t have time to do an in-depth discussion of why the 45 rpm version Masterpieces by Ellington is better than the 33 1/3 version, but everything being equal, 45 rpm remasters that are spread over two records hold considerably more data than their 33 1/3 rpm counterparts on a single record, so you get more of everything off the master tape onto the records with 45 rpm.

      Here’s a fun test: Get yourself a copy of the Classic Records Bill Henderson Live at the Times test record, that has a 45 rpm track on one side, and a 33 1/3 rpm version of the same track on the other side, and give them a listen. I predict you’ll be astounded by the difference in performance!

      Kind regards,


  3. Jeff,
    I got my 45 of Masterpieces and I agree 100%. I reviewed it on theaudiobeatnik. I missed the Sound of Jazz album; I’ll have to check it out.

  4. Jeff,
    One question about the Sound of Jazz album, do you prefer the stereo version. I notice they have both at Acoustic Sound. Most often I prefer the mono on albums of this time period, but I’d like your opinion.


    • Howdy Jack,

      I bought the stereo version from Acoustic Sounds, and it’s the best album I’ve bought this year!

      I’ve got an original pressing of the mono coming this week, so it’ll be interesting to compare them.

      Stay tuned!



  5. Thank you, Jeff. I will do that. 🙂

  6. I am considering buying a pair oh McIntosh MC 30’s. Unfortunately the MC30’s don’t have an on/off switch. Just plugging them in and to turn them on and off makes me a little anxious as I am afraid of stressing the amps with the onrush of power. Does this matter? How do you turm on and off? Thanks, Jim.

    • Hi James,

      The MC30 monaural amplifiers are my favorite amps, and I suspect you would enjoy them just as much as I do.

      Just plugging them in to turn them on and off works just fine, and they were designed to work that way, so there is no more risk of harm than if they had a on/off switch.

      My MC30’s are plugged into an Acoustic Revive power distributor, which I just plug into the wall to power up the system, or unplug to power it down, and that has worked well for me for years.

      Kind regards,


  7. Hi Jeff, thanks for your comments. The MC30’s will be matched to a the newest version of the McIntosh C22 preamp. The amps will drive a pair of Spatial Audio M3 triode master 16 ohm speakers. They are open baffle speakers with two 15 inch drivers with a compression driver (tweeter/midrange) nested in the top 15 inch speaker. We wanted something really efficient but not fridge sized. The Spatials are about the size of a smaller Maggie. They should arrive after Memorial Day. Will keep you posted. Best regards, Jim.

    • Hi James,

      The MC30’s should be a nice match for the C22. I’m not familiar with your loudspeakers, but they are very intriguing, be sure to let me know how you like them!

      Kind regards,


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