[Dixielandjazz] LP or CD?

Marek Boym marekboym at gmail.com
Tue Dec 30 12:11:00 PST 2014

Clean vs. quality, this (to paraphrase the bard of Stratton) is the
A mint LP makes no noise and plays as clean as a CD.  So far, I've heard
very few CDs remasterd from analogue recordings that come anywhere close to
the LP quality, and those were not from the majors.  The best ever were the
Australian "Bill Armstrong Collection."  As I have already mentioned, I
still have to hear a Bix Beiderbecke CD which gets the special "like a girl
saying yes" sound.  The ideas, the technique, are there, but on CD Bix
sounds just another cornet player, whereas on vinyl (and even tape) he
sounds different from anybody else, Andy Secrest being the closest.
I fully realize that many people do not hear the difference in sound, not
even between high quality mp3 and an LP.  Perhaps they are the lucky ones -
who knows?  An Israeli popular music expert tried to explan the diference,
but eventually said that, although it does not register on gauges, the
brain somehow discerns.  Not very scientific, but probably very true.

On 30 December 2014 at 17:44, Robert Ringwald <rsr at ringwald.com> wrote:

> I agree with Jim. I prefer the clean sound of a CD.
> I have mentioned this before but since it is in context with this
> discussion, I’ll mention it again.
> Maybe 15 years ago my older daughter who had worked in the entertainment
> biz in LA was sent various recordings to evaluate.
> I’ll never forget the time she got a CD made by a south American band that
> was part Latin and part Jazz.
> The band had dubbed in the noise of a LP. When the CD started, you could
> hear the turntable rumble, the tone arm moving and setting down on the LP
> and then the turntable hiss and occasional clicks and pops of a LP.
> I couldn’t believe that anyone in their right mind would take a clean
> recording and then add in all that noise.
> -Bob Ringwald
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