Hi There only recently joined this forum and noticed a jazz thread ----any big band fans on here?
Capital records brought back many of the big bands to re-record their hits on LP. The albums were called "In Hi-Fi" and I have to think they have been reissued on CD. The Harry James and Stan Kenton ones were especially good.Yes, big band music is very entertaining! Talented people like Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and others made amazing contributions. Unfortunately the recording equipment was not up to the task of capturing their sound in a quality way. I have a CD done by the modern Glenn Miller Orchestra with more recent sound technology, and it is one of my most treasured albums.
Kenton in Hi-Fi is a good one and the CD release is in mono (except for "Minor Riff" which adds the stereo version since it was a different, shorter take with a different trumpet solo and no tenor solo). The stereo LP version is not good--that was one of Capitol's earliest stereo records and the balance between sections is way out of whack, the bass being nearly buried in the mix, with a big helping of reverb on top of it.Capital records brought back many of the big bands to re-record their hits on LP. The albums were called "In Hi-Fi" and I have to think they have been reissued on CD. The Harry James and Stan Kenton ones were especially good.
Funny thing is, RCA had a similar film from a couple of decades earlier, and aside from records being shellac back then rather than vinyl, the process they used way back then is still the same process they use today.Thanks, Rudy!! That was very funny and quite informative -- seeing the Scranton pressing plant in action was a treat. I like when Billy points to the recording mixing console and asks? "What's all this junk here for?".