Got some time today and listen to Anniversary with other material
- Deep Purple live, recorded on February 27, 1976 in Long Beach, California. This is 2CD's edition from King Biscuit Flower Hour that comes with 4 bonus tracks, recorded on January 226, 1976 in Springfield, Mass
- Robert Plant "Fate of Nations" 12 tracks studio album from 1993
- Deep Purple "Purpendicular" studio album from 1996
First record have very nasty sounding cymbals, I guess the tech guys placed the mics to close to them or sound engineer didnt pay enough attention to the final results, so, while the rest is simply amazing, cymbals are the worse part. I remember the time I was listen to this CD through my NAD player + TrendsAudio T10 integrated> AKG K1000 and I was shocked, in the good way I mean, it was the first and the last time I enjoy this record and the reason, at least one of them for sure, was the T amp, which sounded very warmish, full and punchy, which also helped push down that nasty tssss to the acceptable level.
This time, I was not shocked, but really surprised and the reason of that are Anniversaries. While the cymbals still annoying, the rest remind me of that moment from the past, when it felt like you are on stage with the band, having fun by playing hard rock. All I can say, just listen to track "Gettin' Tighter" and you may share that feeling with me to, who knows:-)
This time, their warmish, upfront and punchy signature were very welcome and as with electronica music, they lived up with very first notes and kept me tapping the whole time.
Second record have same tsss issue, but this time its the Plant voice or just edge sibilance, but also here, Anniversary absorb this for a big part and let the rest rule. Track "Calling To You" , from start to end, is very intense and while Anns are good, but they start to show their limits as well, limits in the sense of be unlimited tolerant, which they simply not, so, at this point, I can imagine that folks want more warmth from their system, to get the most of them, however to me, its only concerns such records.
Last CD are the best in my hard rock collection, mean record quality up here. Dont know how, but they did an fantastic job in the studio and at the moment that I thought I got enough impressions, this album only proved already great ability of Anniversaries to get wild. Of course, they arent Grado's and will not deliver that coloration, but compared to original K702, they simply rock.
Strange or not, but it didnt felt like they were not balanced this time, kind of transforming, I must say.