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post #16 of 22
I been meaning to try them out.

I been thinking about

DOUGLAS ALLANBROOK:
Songs of Love and Death

I am downloading some samples now.
post #17 of 22
I can't criciticze anything about the Kendra album, but I just never connected with it and don't play it anymore.

Likewise Live at Ethyls - a very solid performance with great sound, but I never find myself reaching for it over a classic Blue Note outing.

The ARC disc I thought cooked, for those who happen to be into that kind of music.

Bluietts' Barbeque band was a hodgepodge, but there are a few tracks that justifiy the disc. I have been a WSQ fan since the mid-80s, so that may be a factor.
post #18 of 22
Gee, thanks for starting this thread. I never heard of Mapleshade before. Now I have to part with even more money!

Has anyone tried any of the CD cleaning products they offer, specifically the Mikro-Smooth, Optrix spray and Ionoclast? Do you really need all three for maximum benefit? Do you get better results with either just the Mikro-Smooth or Optrix, and does that Ionoclast device really do anything to improve the sound of CD's?

Tom
post #19 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally posted by zotjen
Has anyone tried any of the CD cleaning products they offer, specifically the Mikro-Smooth, Optrix spray and Ionoclast? Do you really need all three for maximum benefit? Do you get better results with either just the Mikro-Smooth or Optrix, and does that Ionoclast device really do anything to improve the sound of CD's?

Tom
I have tried Mirosmooth and Optrix.
Microsmooth takes a LOT of work to apply. Didn't hear a difference.

Optrix made a difference on some disks, but not all.

Have not used the Ionoclast, but have experimented with other ionic devices and they seem to work.

The only CD treatment I've used that works every time is Auric Illuminator.
It's also the most economical. I still haven't used up the kit I bought years ago and I treat every disk!
Auric
post #20 of 22

Thread from the dead

I thought I would reanimate this old thread.

I just received some of there stuff today. They record with an all analog studio and it is OUTSTANDING! Yes, the music is not for everyone (I'm really the Radiohead, Pixies, Aphex Twin type) but it's so well recorded I've found new genres that I would have previously ignored.

Sam
post #21 of 22
Slight bump for this thread, as I ordered four discs from Mapleshade this past week. Frankly, the large majority of Mapleshade's catalog (going by their website samples) would bore me to tears, no matter how good the recording sounds. However, I did find a few gems that I thought I should point out:

Mapleshade's Music Festival: Just got this one to bring the price of the rest down, essentially making this one free. I'm glad I did, there are several pretty good tracks on here, but by far my favorite track is #12 "Gallows Pole" by The Blue Rider Trio. Sadly, it's not an original song so the rest of their music isn't similar or I'd buy more of their music.

Yucca Flats - Garden of Weeds: Acoustic rock, fun, rhythmic, entertaining, and well-recorded to boot.

Jack Jeffrey's N.Y. Classic Big Band - New York Dances: Amazing! A slightly more traditional sound to the big band, but still so fun and rhythmic. The recording is also one of the best I've ever heard, incredibly spacious, airy, 3D, imaging is natural yet very clear and precise, crisp tonality. You want a great brass test, look no further.

Ethan Frome - A Lyric Opera in Three Acts: This was kind of a blind buy for me, as I'm not a huge opera fan, but so far this seems to be alright.
post #22 of 22

Resurrecting this old body of a thread again , LOL  Might be difficult to reanimate but I try ....

 

Screening through the music threads here, I stumbled over this one here :

Clifford Jordan Quartet "Live at Ethell's"

 

 

I have to admit, I had never heard of the Mapleshade label before but this record blew me away.

Minimalist recording to analog tape (rec. 1987). You are right there in the performance space.

 

There is LOT of ambient information capturing the recording space and the musicians in it and not the very up close direct miking technique that seems to flavor of the day since a couple of years.

Of course direct miking eliminates somewhat potential acoustic issues in the room but when you have a great recording space capturing the sound of this space in the way these recordings do, this is just pure audiophile bliss.

 

Since it's much easier today to listen online to the tracks then it was when this thread originated, you can get a sense if you like the style of music or not. I was surprised you can find some of the records even on Amazon either new or "used like new" for $4. What a steal.

 

Here a few more that I ordered

 

The Offering, Bobby Battle Quartet, David Murray

 

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Portraits in Ivory & Brass, Jack Walrath & Larry Willis, Steve Novosel

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Afterglow Kendra Shank & Larry Willis

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Gentle Giant of the Tenor, Bob Kindred

 

Booker's Cookbook , Walter Booker Sextet

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