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  Site review by Geohominid May 3, 2015

Catharinus Elling (1858-1942) decided to take up a musical career at the age of 18. He left Kristiania (later Oslo), which had no Music Conservatory at the time, for the Leipzig Musical Academy - following Grieg and a stream of other potential composers. He was given an endowment from Norway in 1883 ... more
Styx: Paradise Theater        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow May 2, 2015

Styx: Paradise Theater Hybrid SACD Stereo Quick Facts: A concept album, the 10th for Styx, released in 1981. I saw Styx during this tour at The Cow Palace, in 1981. I remember an elaborate stage and the giant keyboards left side of stage, after that it's a little fuzzy. My AF disc #0636 released in ... more
Rainbow: Rainbow Rising      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow May 2, 2015

Rainbow: Rainbow Rising SHM SACD Stereo It is hard for me to do a creative review with 3 discs, same band, same genre, and all 3 discs being from 1975 to 1978. Apologies if I seem a bit redundant. Quick Facts: Rainbows second studio album released 1976. Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio are ... more
Marvin Gaye: Let's Get It On      (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow May 2, 2015

Marvin Gaye: Let's Get It On Blu Ray 5.1 and stereo. Brilliant reissue. Quick Facts: The 13th studio album released in 1973. This disc released, April 2015. Performance: Every tune is wonderful. This is a soul music masterpiece with the full accompaniment of strings, horns, and R&B band. An ... more
  Site review by Castor May 2, 2015

In a departure from the pattern of the earlier issues of Valery Gergiev's on-going cycle of Shostakovich's Symphonies with the Mariinsky Orchestra, this latest release couples the 9th Symphony not with another symphony but with the composer's Violin Concerto No.1 in an utterly compelling performance ... more

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