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Previn/LSO – Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 (complete version) (UK, first pressing)


André Previn / London Symphony Orchestra
Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27 (complete version)

Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192kHz (1.99GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.12GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (300MB)
FLAC (with 5% recovery) | DR analysis | Artwork | FF | Classical | 1973
EMI Records / His Master’s Voice | ASD 2889

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Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain (+4) (original US pressing)


Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain
Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192kHz (2.27GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.30GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (394MB)
FLAC (with 5% recovery) | DR analysis | Artwork | FF | Rock / Soul / Funk | 1984
Warner Bros. Records | 25110-1 | Mastered by Bernie Grundman

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Lou Reed – Berlin (original US pressing)


Lou Reed – Berlin
Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192kHz (2.00GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.02GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (293MB)
FLAC (with 5% recovery) | DR analysis | Artwork | FF | Rock | 1973
RCA Victor | APL1-0207 | Mastered by Randy Kling

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And the winners for the black circles best rips of 2017 are…..

Results from the poll are now posted.

Head over to the forum and and check them out!

Josef Suk / Jan Panenka – Violin Sonatas, Berceuse (Czech reissue)


Josef Suk / Jan Panenka – Violin Sonatas, Berceuse
Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192kHz (1.87GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.04GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (284MB)
FLAC (with 5% recovery) | DR analysis | Artwork | FF | Classical | 1969
Supraphon | SUA ST 50879

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Paul & Linda McCartney – Ram (Apple, German pressing)


Paul & Linda McCartney – Ram
Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192kHz (1.63GB), 24-bit/96kHz (954MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (280MB)
FLAC (with 5% recovery) | DR analysis | Artwork | Rock | 1971
Apple Records | 1 C 062-04 810

I still like the Tim Christensen version of Ram better, but this McCartney guy isn’t too bad…

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Johnny Mathis – Merry Christmas (FRM 2014 Reissue)

Johnny Mathis – Merry Christmas (FRM 2014 Reissue)
Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192kHz (1.90GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.08GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (319MB)
FLAC (with 5% recovery) | DR analysis | Artwork | FF | Mega | Jazz / Christmas / Folk | 1958
Columbia Records / Fiday Music | FRM-8021

Originally released in 1958, this Christmas standards album has withstood the test of time to become one of the most cherished of holiday albums. I grew up with this album playing in my house during the holidays, and I swear it’s intertwined with my DNA, and to a child that knew only of black records, the clear red vinyl (yes, colored vinyl way back then) was magical just like Christmas and Santa Clause.

I must point out the vocal range Johnny shows here is incredible and the arrangements by Percy Faith and his orchestra are fun and imaginative as they bring so much dimension to these songs.

I hope you enjoy this reissue as much as I do. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all the black circles family!

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Echo (2017, US reissue)


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Echo
Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192kHz (2.57GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.44GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (440MB)
FLAC (with 5% recovery) | DR analysis | Artwork | Rock | 1999 / 2017
Warner Bros. Records | 555142-1 | Mastered by Chris Bellman

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Prince and the Revolution – I Would Die 4 U / Another Lonely Christmas (7″ single, 45rpm, US pressing)


Prince and the Revolution – I Would Die 4 U / Another Lonely Christmas
Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192kHz (329MB), 24-bit/96kHz (192MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (62.7MB)
FLAC (with 5% recovery) | DR analysis | Artwork | FF | Rock / Soul / Funk | 1984
Warner Bros. Records | 7-29121

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Maria João Pires – Mozart: Les Sonates Pour Piano – Volume 1 (Japanese pressing)


Maria João Pires – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Les Sonates Pour Piano – Volume 1
Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192kHz (1.70GB), 24-bit/96kHz (961MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (227MB)
FLAC (with 5% recovery) | DR analysis | Artwork | FF | Classical | 1976
Denon Records | OX-7051-ND

The series is now complete!

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Maria João Pires – Mozart: Les Sonates Pour Piano – Volume 2 (Japanese pressing)


Maria João Pires – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Les Sonates Pour Piano – Volume 2
Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192kHz (1.70GB), 24-bit/96kHz (961MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (227MB)
FLAC (with 5% recovery) | DR analysis | Artwork | FF | Classical | 1976
Denon Records | OX-7052-ND

Only one more volume to go!

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John Lennon – Imagine (1971, Apple, quad pressing)


John Lennon – Imagine
Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192kHz (1.66GB), 24-bit/96kHz (889MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (264MB)
FLAC (with 5% recovery) | DR analysis | Artwork | Rock | 1971
Apple Records ‎| Q4PAS 10004

Lots of differences between this and the stereo version, some bigger than others.

Overall, the mix is a bit muddier than it’s stereo counterpart, but (at least on my system) it sounds better at a higher volume.

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Cheap Trick – Christmas Christmas (US pressing, 180g vinyl)


Cheap Trick – Christmas Christmas
Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192kHz (1.59GB), 24-bit/96kHz (927MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (277MB)
FLAC (with 5% recovery) | DR analysis | Artwork | FF | Christmas | 2017
Big Machine Records | BMRCT0275D | Mastered by Robert Vosgien

I picked this album up this past Record Store Day, figuring, yeah, this could be a cool rock Christmas album. Didn’t really pay much attention to the songs on it at the time.

As it turns out, this is one of the best new Christmas albums to come out this year. Lots of surprises, and songs I wasn’t expecting.

If you like your holiday music with a rock edge to it, you don’t want to miss this one.

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John Lennon – Imagine / Working Class Hero (12″ single, 45rpm, German pressing)


John Lennon – Imagine / Working Class Hero
Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192kHz (259MB), 24-bit/96kHz (148MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (42.7MB)
FLAC (with 5% recovery) | DR analysis | Artwork | FF | Rock | 1981
Apple Records ‎– 1C 052-05 992 YZ

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She & Him ‎– A Very She & Him Christmas (Newbury Comics exclusive, green vinyl)


She & Him ‎– A Very She & Him Christmas
Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192kHz (1.19GB), 24-bit/96kHz (687MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (187MB)
FLAC (with 5% recovery) | DR analysis | Artwork | FF | Christmas | 2011 / 2015
Merge Records | MRG424 | Mastered by Greg Calbi

A Very She & Him Christmas is a wonderful collection of holiday tunes from two of music’s most impressive artists – Zooey Deschanel (She) & M. Ward (Him). Inspired by seminal holiday albums by the likes of The Carpenters, Vince Guaraldi, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley and more, She & Him have set out to create an intimate holiday recording of Christmas classics that helps bring new emotions out of old songs.

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