|Review by gonzostick June 24, 2010 (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
|Double WOW!!! Can this be possible? For the second week in a row, the wizards at Analogue Productions have made me float 6 inches above the floor! I am about as jaded as most people in our time, but this SACD and the previous one, "The Very Thought of You," have completely made my Summer!
Again, having had this LP in its original incarnation on Capitol when I was a kid (new copies since then) and its succeeding releases on RBCD, I was delighted, with this disc playing wide open through my system, today. The performances are beautiful, subtle, lush, and EVERY nuance of the singer's velvety voice has been extracted from the tapes.
This disc also includes, on the STEREO section of the SACD layer, the MONO recording of "Love Letters", worth the hassle to reset your SACD player, just to hear the sonic restoration miracle that these magicians have realized. This particular cut is worth the price of the whole disc. It is arguably the best recording that gem of a song has ever had. Many are the hearts that have been filled and broken to this recording in jukeboxes across the USA.
It's funny, that this album, the NKC one that preceded it, and Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue", were the best make-out-and-snuggle LP's of their time, with a few Johnny Mathis discs thrown in. YES, I am showing my age, but this disc put me in a delicious time warp.
Again, I encourage anyone who loves these recordings to support this restoration effort. These recordings are THE SACD release of the year!
If you love the singing of the great balladeers of the USA, this disc is for you, and then, there are the luscious arrangements by Gordon Jenkins...
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