I have 12 AIX plus the two free samplers. If I had to recommend only two, I'd say "Brand New Opry", for one. The songs are all good, and two or three are great. The video was shot using HD cameras, and it really does make for a better picture, even on these standard definition disks. I really feel that this disk, overall, including the video, puts it on a par with "Rumors". The other one I strongly recommend is "I Get Surround" by the Surf City Allstars. Just great surfer music, which I have always liked, and then with the great fidelity, it's wonderful.
If you like classical at all, and it can grow on you, try Bach's Brandenburg Concerto. You are right there in 1750 or so in a European concert hall, drinking in the genius, the fun, the playfulness, and the power of Bach. I love the way he had them drum on the harpsichord for a while, then let up and let the rest of the musicians do their thing for a while, then resume the drumming on the harpsichord. They didn't seem to use drums yet in classical music, and the harpsichord sort of provided the driving rhythm that drums provide in our music today. This piece is EXUBERANT! In the mid 1700's, intellectual life in Europe was sizzling. New discoveries were coming fast and furious- detailed understanding of how the solar system worked, progress in chemistry, anatomy, mechanical inventions. This music reflects that sense of rapid intellectual progress. I highly recommend it. This disk is Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3 and 5. I have all six on a Barclay-Crocker tape, still sealed in its plastic wrap. I'll be unsealing it soon.
Note to Dr. Waldrep: I have a DVD-Video entitled "Ricky Nelson Sings", a compilation of him singing from the Ozzie and Harriet shows. It contains a couple of songs done by his sons Matthew, Gunnar and Sam Nelson, in vastly improved fidelity, of course. The great James Burton appears with them. (He's aged a little since the 60's, whereas I havn't). Keying off your productions of the Surf City Allstars and of Mel Torme's son, I suggest you think of doing one with Rick's sons. They are really good. I believe they perform(ed) as The Nelsons. If you could get James Burton for it too, it would be a gem. If they just performed Rick's great hits, I would be delighted. I was a huge Ricky Nelson fan, graduating from HS in 1960. It would be a disk aimed squarly at the Baby Boomers, all 73 million of them or whatever. I have always felt that James Burton was a genius. I saw a tape of him accompanying Elvis in Las Vegas, so Ricky and Elvis both hired him. Pretty strong recommendations.
Originally Posted by lchiu7
While I am enjoying the two albums I bought (Firebird Suite and the a capella singing disc) and also the two samplers, I am not sure what other titles to purchase. The samplers are enjoyable but nothing in there makes me want to buy anything more. I just wish this technology and care could be applied to more mainstream artists or in the case of classical, more repertoire.
I sort of liked Laurence Juber but got distracted by the fret noise in all its MLP clarity!