Bob Levi’s Review of our 180-Gram LP Greensleeves
Bob Levi has been one of our most active supporters and fervent fans since before we were even Impex Records. We value his peerless activism for audiophile consumers and the industry that supports them as well as our fond association and friendship through over a decade of acquaintance. He has honored us with a brightly-worded review at Positive Feedback for our latest 180-gram LP: Greensleeves. Thanks, as always, Bob! You can read Bob’s below!
Also new, our sublime Analog-to-DSD SACD/hybrid disc of our best-selling LEGRAND JAZZ. All of the jaw-dropping audio magic captured at Columbia’s 30th Street Studio, now playable in your digital listening environment! We’ve included a specially-designed booklet with rare, archival photographs and an expansion of the mid-century look of the 180-gram LP’s inner gatefold graphic. Follow the link in the title to pick yours up at Elusive Disc, or contact your local audiophile retailer for a copy.
Greensleeves TBM5011 Recorded 1978. Three Blind Mice Records Inc. a subsidiary of Sony Direct Japan Inc. Manufactured and distributed by Impex Records Inc. Featuring Shoji Yokouchi Trio plus Yuri Tashiro on Hammond B3 Organ. 3000 numbered copies produced worldwide. The reissue is 180 Gram LP pressed at RTI, in California. Impex cutting engineer: Chris Bellman, Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, from the original master tapes. For Impex: Bob Donnelly, Project Producer. Price MSRP is $34.99.
I am familiar, of course, with this prestige audiophile label from Japan, but only own two of their recordings: Midnight Sugar and Girl Talk. Both are famous superb recordings and offer amazing audiophile sound and performances of top-notch jazz arrangements. They have been reissued often by TBM and other companies, worldwide. That said, Greensleeves has never been reissued on LP by anyone, anywhere! Maybe Greensleeves was just too exciting, too bold, too dynamic, too melodic, too unusual to include a Hammond B3 organ, or maybe just ALL of the above!
I vote for “all of the above,” for I cannot understand how Bellman got 100% of the dynamics, power, subterranean deep powerful bass, delicate guitar, bass riffs, and drums all on a 33 RPM release without the instruments colliding into one another. I am shocked by the RTI pressing of such utter quiet and explosive punch. Played with my Kiseki Purple Heart Cartridge on the EAT C Sharp Turntable system and with my Grado Epoch Cartridge on the E.A.R. Disc Master Turntable system, harmonics and layered realistic textures lived in the room as the needle found its groove. Imaging is pin-point stable and precise, and dynamics never overload.