Saturday, May 5, 2012

Beastie Boys - Rock Hard (1985)

Vale Adam Yauch, aka MCA.

Def Jam, USA, 1985. Cat # DJ002. 33 1/3 rpm 12" EP

A1: Rock Hard [4:59]
A2: Party's Gettin' Rough [6:06]
B1: Beastie Groove [3:38]
B2: Beastie Groove (Instrumental) [3:36]

Produced by Rick Rubin and the Beastie Boys
Vinyl mastered by Herb Powers Jr.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Pierre Boulez - Music by Varèse and Schoenberg (1960)

Here's a bit of a rarity by Pierre Boulez. Boulez made later recordings of all these chamber pieces in stereo (or quad) on the Columbia label (later on CD from Sony Classical) but this is a mono recording on the French Vega label (about which I know precisely rien).

The Schoenberg piece also features Yvonne Loriod who, the following year, would marry her and Boulez's teacher, Oliver Messiaen, and become (if you'll forgive the cliché) his muse and principal interpreter of his piano works.

Technical Note:
This is my first stab at ripping a mono record for this blog. I have used a spherical-tipped Shure M44-7 cartridge instead of the usual microline stylus AT440mla cart to reduce groove noise. I have run the 24/96 stereo wav file through Clickrepair, manually removed any big remaining clicks and then digitally folded the stereo file down to mono using Audacity. One section in Intégrales clicked loudly in the right channel for about a minute so I used only the left channel for that section.

Vega Records, France, 1960. Cat # C 30 A 271

Edgard Varèse
A1: Hyperprisme (1923) [4:43]

Octandres (1923)  
A2: 1 - Assez Lent [2:47]
A3: 2 - Très vif et nerveux [1:34]
A4: 3 - Grave [2:18]

A5: Intégrales (1925) [11:06]

[Musician credits are quoted verbatim in French from the LP sleeve, lest I make any foolish errors in translation]

Jacques Castagner: flûte
Guy Deplus : clarinette
Marcel Naulais: petite clarinette
Claude Maisonneuve: hautbois
André Rabot: basson
André fournier: cor
Roger Delmotte: trompette
René Allain: trombone
Jacques Casauran: contrebasse

Direction: Pierre Boulez

Arnold Schoenberg: Suite Op. 29 (1925)
B1: 1 - Oeuverture (Allegretto. Sehr flott) [7:03]
B2: 2 - Tanzschritte (Moderato) [6:12]
B3: 3 - Thema Mit Variationen [5:05]
B4: 4 - Gigue [6:14]

Marcel Naulais: petite clarinette
Guy Deplus: clarinette
Luis Montaigne: clarinette basse
Jacques Ghestem: violon
Serge Collot: alto
Jean Huchot: violoncelle
Yvonne Loriod: piano

Direction: Pierre Boulez

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[all files mono]