User Details - Astral

  Robert Hutton

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Ben Webster: Gentle Ben        (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  September 1, 2014

Hard to recommend this from either a performance or sound viewpoint. It is second tier Webster, late in the game, a rather limpid MOR session in Ben's late, breathy ballad style. But the sound is terrible, cut at a very low level indicating that there may well have been a gain reduction applied at ... more
Eric Alexander Quartet: Gentle Ballads V      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  August 30, 2014

The Gentle Ballads series follows the usual Venus pattern. A solid player of the day, Eric Alexander, agreeing to play a straight ahead set in a conservative, MOR way, very un-representative of the music he usually makes. Musically, this is solid if inessential, but is completely ruined by the Venus ... more

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Discussion: Supertramp: Crime of the century
December 15, 2014
Hey - Little Stevie, despite your self titled godliness and being site owner doesn't make you impervious to coming across like a jerk. ... more
Discussion: Supertramp: Crime of the century
December 15, 2014
You need to watch more good science fiction. See any CD's in the future? Nope. See any Blu-Rays? Nope. See any vinyl? Yup, often. Cassettes? Sometimes. But mostly it's not physical. ... more
Discussion: Supertramp: Crime of the century
December 15, 2014
LOL. If the "DR score" is dismal for a download, you can be certain that the corresponding physical disc will be just as bad. Actually, in theory you can ship a disc back to a retailer if defective, not because you just don't like it, but I suppose in our society today people do that. You CAN get a refund for a download or a credit, Ralph. If it ... more
Discussion: Supertramp: Crime of the century
December 15, 2014
I don't not believe it, but for the life of me I cannot understand why anyone (outside of wanting MCH) would buy a BR disc instead of a download. The 24/192 is cheaper, there is for most no VAT or sales tax, does not have the silly rights management (which is where I suspect these BR discs are going wrong, in the authoring stage) and there is not ... more
Discussion: Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Bernstein
December 15, 2014
The orchestra never hated Bernstein, how could they? They didn't know him, he only conducted there that one time late in his career. It is more likely the rivalry with Karajan that kept Bernstein out of Berlin, as during the 60's and 70's Bernstein and Karajan were very much recording rivals - Bernstein bigger on one side of the Atlantic for ... more