My Music Direct package came in today. Got that Roger Waters album have not listened to it yet. The HENRY MANCINI - Pink Panther Sound Track album came in. 50th Edition in gorgeous PINK vinyl!. Music direct has several other buying choices, and a lot of Mancini.
I couldn’t wait. The album jacket is a near duplicate of the original, with album notes by Peter Sellers. Very funny. The label is black RCA Victor, DYNAGROOVE. With an explanation of how RCA mastering tape is used for DYNAGROOVE. And how they are using an electronic brain for the first time to help solve the problems of traditional mastering.
The album sounded very good. It’s a 180 gram disc, and I put it on the VPI and screwed down the record weight gently, then cue’d the music.
This soundtrack Mancini orchestra is very well recorded, traditionally, not with a lot of individual miking (micing?) of instruments, although it’s clear that there is some with the percussion, such as xylophone and wood percussion instruments. Dynagroove mastering personnel seem to have been very concerned with soundstage, I listened on speakers, not phones, and there is less left/right blend than I hear with most modern recordings. Needed to sit back a few feet from the usual sweet spot.
Yes, the horns are delicious. The piano is very clear, and according to Seller’s liner notes has strings in it. In the next weeks, I’ll try some headphones on it, but I just wanted to hear the vinyl. Recently I heard this album streaming, and the vinyl is more relaxing on my ears. It’s not an expensive album, and if you are a vinyl fan, I think you’ll want this kind of content in your collection.
The final cut, “Something for Sennett” is crisp, brightly recorded (but not overbright) percussion that makes you smile. Think Keystone Cops music.