Records shown in red are used in UHF Magazine's tests of audio equipment.
This choral record has become a classic of audiophile records. The title selection is stunningly beautiful. The second half is Christmas music, and includes the most stunning version of O Holy Night we've everh heard.
LP: PROP7762 38,95
Now the Green Blade Riseth
Religious music done in a new way: organ, chorus and modern orchestra. This is stunning music, arranged and performed by masters, and the emotional effect is joyous. The sound is clear, and the sheer depth is unequalled. A triumph!
LP: PROP9093 $38.95
Jazz at the Pawnshop
An album of live jazz, with nearly perfect sound. It has been famous among audiophiles for years. The LP and SACD sets have more tracks than the CD. The double SACD also includes Red Book HDCD layers.
DOUBLE LP: 7778-79 $65.00
This is the one with the lion on the cover, remastered from the original sereo master, pressed on 180-gram vinyl. These discs are individually numbered, which means their quantities are limited.
LP: 1-303 $34.75
My Aim Is True
Yes, the original Elvis Costello album, back on quality vinyl.
LP: 1-329 $34.75
Whites Off Earth Now
The 1986 album, recorded on two-track with the legendary Calrec microphone and its 3D sound.
LP: 1-292 $34.75
Don't Cry Now
Linda Ronstadt's 2008 album, with I Can Almost See It, Desperado, etc..
LP: 1-300 $34.75
Linda Ronstadt from much longer ago, 1977: It's So Easy, Carmelita, I Never Will Marry, etc.
LP: 1-321 $34.75
Prisoner in Disguise
Linda Ronstadt from 1975: Love is a Rose, Tracks of My Tears, I Will Always Love You, and more..
LP: 1-306 $34.75
Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely
No one ever did the late-night blues better than Old Blue Eyes. Check out the songs: Willow Weep For Me, Blues in the Night, Ebb Tide, and One For My Baby (And One More for the Road).
LP: 1-326 $34.75
Sinatra and Strings
With the help of Don Costa's lush orchestra, Sinatra sings Night and Day, Misty, Stardust, All Or Nothing At All, and Yesterdays. Oh, and lots more.
LP: 1-313 $34.75
Nice and Easy
Sinatra sings love ballads on this famous recording: How Deep is the Ocean, Fools Rush In, Try a Little Tenderness, and Dream..
LP: 1-317 $34.75
Heart like a Wheel
Yes, this is the original Linda Ronstadt album, on premium vinyl, a special purchase from the (unfortunately) defunct company. Made under license from the 1974 Capitol original.
LP: CLP-7049 $26
Herbie Hancock's original solo album, from a Blue Note original, with Freddie Hubbard, Dexter Gordon, Butch Warren and Billy Higgins..
LP: CLP-7050 $26
One Flight Up
Saxophonist Dexter Gordon, from a Blue Note original. This fine LP was recorded in 1964, when Gordon and some other Black musicians moved to Sweden to flee the explosive racial tension than prevalent in the US. He is accompanied by some other recognizable names, including drummer Art Taylor and trumpetist Donald Byrd.
LP: BLP-4176 $26
30th Anniversary Celebration Album
A wonderful double album (33 rpm) with pieces by Eric Bibb, Peder af Ugglas, Lars Erstrand, the Omnibus Wind Ensemble, the Global Percussion Network, and more.
LP: LP22060 $35.00
The volcanic jazz pianist Knud Jörgensen, in a superb LP re-release of his 1984 recording. High quality German pressing.
LP: LP8401 $22.95
Guitarist Peder af Ugglas wanders among blues and rock in this hybrid SACD. Always beguiling, sometimes downright enthralling.
LP: LP22042 $22.95
An SACD sampler of recent Opus 3 recordings, many of them from analog originals. Includes Eric Bibb, Lars Erstrand. the Swedish Jazz Kings, many more.
LP: LP21000 $22.95
As soothing as a summer breeze, this disc features singer Eric Bibb (son of Leon), singing and playing guitar along with his group. Subtle weaving of instrumentation, vivid sound.
DOUBLE 45 rpm LP: LP19603 $35.00
Spirit and the Blues
Like his father, the legendary Leon Bibb, Eric Bibb understands the blues. He and the other musicians, all playing strictly acoustic instruments, have done a fine recording, and Opus 3 has made it sound exceptional. The stupendous LP version is double, and was cut at 45 rpm.
DOUBLE 45 rpm LP: LP19401 $35.00
The original recording by bluesman Eric Bibb, from 1977, with engineering (of course) by the great Jan-Eric Persson.
LP: LP7723 $22.95
Test Record No.4
This latest sampler disc from Opus 3 contains several cuts from records we use in our tests, including Larson’s Concertino for double bass and the Tomas Örmberg jazz group. Eleven cuts: classical, jazz and pop. The clarity and the stereo image are both exceptional.
LP: OPLP9200 $22.95
LARS ERSTRAND AND FOUR BROTHERS
Erstrand's followup album, also excellent.
Jazz violinist Lidberg is accompanied by four other jazzmen, including vibraphonist Erstrand, in this fine recording of recognizable standards. Fine sound.
A very fine classical guitarist, playing Bach, Villa-Lobos, Weiss, etc., on various instruments, including 11-string guitars.
8015 $15 SOLD OUT
TEST RECORD 3: DYNAMICS
Perhaps the least known of Opus 3's four samplers, it is full of fine selections, pop and classical, from (often discontinued) Opus 3 albums. The sound is exceptional, as usual. Our remaining copies include a (very good) inner sleeve, but no outer sleeve. But look at the price!
A change of pace for Fennell and the Dallas Wind Ensemble a series of pleasant encores. Includes Tico Tico, and a version of 76 Trombones you’ll remember for a long time. The sound is glorious.
DOUBLE LP: RR-62 $32 SORRY, SOLD OUT
The Dallas Wind Symphony with spirited wind band arrangements of music by Bach, Brahms, Prokofiev, Goldmark and MacDowell. Briilliant, lively sound, stunning percussion. LP version only.
LP: RR-43 $25.00
They may not be all redheads, but this all-female salsa jazz big band adds lots of red pepper to its music. LP version only.
LP: RR-26 $25.00
A Berlioz Orchestra Spectacular
Not everyone has heard of the City of Birmingham Symphony, or its conductor of the 70's, Louis Fremeaux, but at that time it could rival any of Europe's great orchestras. The proof is here, in this celebrated recording, now back on LP in limited quantities. Includes the Roman Carnival Overture, the Hungarian March, the Royal hunt and Storm, and more. This was originally an EMI recording, with engineering that would have done an audiophile label proud. This is a 180-gram re-release, and a good thing too.
LP: KS-553 $24
The City of Birmingham Symphony has, surprisingly, all the frothiness you need for these raucous and joyous overtures to La Belle Hélène,, La Vie Parisienne, etc.
LP: KS-517 $24
Massenet: Le Cid
Long a show favorite, this virtually perfect LP version of the Massenet suite by the Birmingham Symphony is a rare treasure.
LP: KS522 $24
Paderewski Plays Concert I
This is one of a number of recordings of great pianists through a reproducing piano (think a player piano, only a thousand times better). Music by Chopin, Schubert and Debussy played by one of the greatest pianists of the century. A certain lack of nuance by modern standards, but a towering interpretation, and a thrill to hear.
LP: KS-127 $12.00
Baroque Recorder Vol.1
Hans Martin Linde plays pieces by Vivaldi and Telemann for solo recorder.
LP: KS-511 $12.00
Percy Grainger Plays Grieg
Via the Duo-Arte reproducing piano, composer and pianist Percy Grainger plays, in excellent stereo, several Grieg pieces, including an arrangement of the A Minor concerto.
LP: KS-101 $18.00
Percy Grainger Plays Schumann & Liszt
Grainger was himself a famous composer, but here we hear him play a Schumann Symphonic Etude with a light touch and astonishing subtlety. On the same program: a Romance by Schumann, plus a Polonaise and a Hungarian Rhapsody by Liszt. This disc is at once interesting and pleasing to the ear. Get it!
LP: KS-109 $18.00
Schumann Sonatas 1 and 3
These two sonatas are played by Harold Bauer and Percy Grainger respectively. They are in modern stereo, thanks to Aeolian Duo-Art reproducing piano.
LP: KS-105 $12.00
Legendary Artists: 4 Hands v.1
Famous names of the early part of the century: Dame Myra Hess, Cyril Meir Scott, Ralph Leopold, Harold Bauer and others. The playing is disappointing, but this is a valuable historical document.
LP: KS-102 $12.00
Legendary Pianists, Concert 2
Joseph Hoffmann, Percy Grainger and Harold Bauer play Chopin, Debussy, Brahms, Schubert, and lots more.
LP: KS-121 $12.00
Josef Lhevinne Plays Concert I
Despite his reputation, Lhevinne plays Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt and Schumann in a style that doesn't cut it today. Historical document.
LP: KS-104 $12.00
Ignaz Friedman: Concert II
The Invitation to the Dance, La Campanella and several of Friedman's own works...played with a leaden hand. Historical document.
LP: KS-115 $12.00
Bauer: Beethoven, Brahms & Liszt
Harold Bauer came out of the 19th Century piano tradition, and our modern ears find his notes hard and flat. Fascinating historical document, though, recommended for those fascinated by the history of piano playing.
LP: KS-130 $12.00
Legendary Artists: 4 Hands v.2
Walter Damrosch, Percy Grainger and seven others. The disc is listenable, but it's mainly useful for hearing the taste of the time.
LP: KS-132 $12.00
Mannheim Steamroller is a sort of Baroque'n'Roll group, mixing old musical styles with synth rock, always with flawless musical taste and judgement. It works, and how! You'll play this one a lot of times.
LP: LPAG1984 $15.00
Some of the best New Age orchestral music on an audiophile label, this suite was written and arranged by Rick Swanson
LP: AG687 $12.00
Ric Swanson again, with a fascinating suite for orchestra, and sometimes choral voices.
LP: AG600 $12.00
Music for finding your inner self, with guitarist Ron Cooley, and a good-sized little band. The title says it, though.
LP: AG368 $12.00
Through the Lens
The Checkfield group (John Archer and Ron Satterfield) in a classic New Age mix of acoustic and synth music.
LP: AG788 $12.00
Pianist Jackson Berkey plays Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Satie on a Baldwin SD-10 grand.
LP: AG371 $12.00
American Gramophone Sampler III
Once a staple of audio shows, these tracks from Mannheim Steamroller[s Fresh Aire series are a prime example of Chip Davis's awsome "Baroque'n'Roll."
LP: AG366 $20.00
He's Kenneth Nash, and he was a star of the Music West New Age label. Lend him an ear.
LP: MWLP120 $12.00
A Touch of Kenneth Nash
The subtitle is "Music from a faraway place." For synths, guitar, bass, voice and more..
LP: MWLP121 $12.00
The Move of Life
Windsor Riley says, "This is new music that expresses life energy in a simple, non-problematic form." It's for guitar, sax and voice..
LP: MWLP150 $12.00
Guitarist Kimbal Dykes, playing several instruments as well, provides a very personal version of music of Bach, Rodrigo, and others. Just one left of this one!
LP: MWLP140 $12.00
This German-made test LP is a welcome replacement for the old Shure Audio Obstacle Course, which was once included with the company's top phono cartridges. It includes tracks for checking the resonant frequency of a cartridge/tone arm combination, and it also has tracks for judging a cartridge's ability to navigate highly-modulated passages. Other tracks are for channel identification, checking phase, and measuring crosstalk. We're glad to have it, because it's an indispensable tool.
LP: LP003 $48.95
PROKOFIEV: CINDERELLA (RCA Living Stereo)
An audiophile re-release pf the Royal Ballet production, with Rignold and the Covent Garden Orchestra. $25
EDUARD TUBIN: SYMPHONY No.9 (BIS)
Various symphonic works by Estonian composer Eduard Tubin. $6
Genesis (Black M Sounds)
Keyboardist and singer Nana Tuffour, with guitar and sax in a hot World Beat album. $8