Copland : Billy The Kid, Rodeo

Copland : Billy The Kid, Rodeo


Morton Gould and his orchestra

RCA "Living Stereo" LSC 2195

Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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Aaron Copland (1900-1990) :
Billy The Kid
A1 - Billy The Kid – Ballet Suite
A2 - Billy The Kid Waltz
B1 - Buckaroo Holiday
B2 - Corral Nocturne
B3 - Honky Tonk Interlude And Saturday Night Waltz
B4 - Hoe-Down

β€œIs it subtle? No. Is it nuanced? No. Is it sweet and tender or demur and lovely? No, no, no, and no. Why should it be? How could it be? After all, the music on this disc is Copland's rough, tough, and ready-for-action Billy the Kid and Rodeo Suites : why should it be anything but large and loud and colorful and characterful? And, after all, the performances are by Morton Gould, a conductor of considerable skill and unbridled enthusiasm and the ensemble known as His Orchestra, a band of hot-shot New York studio players of consummate technique and unrestrained attitude; why should it be anything but adroit and polished and powerful and passionate? And, most of all, the original recordings were taped by John Pfeiffer for RCA's Living Stereo series and more vivid and immediate recordings would be hard to imagine. For listeners who look forward to being knocked into the middle of next week, this disc can't be beat. The inclusion of the Waltz (not recorded very often) from the complete Billy the Kid ballet is a welcome bonus.” - James Leonard, Allmusic

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on 200-gram virgin vinyl at Quality Record Pressings.