Below are a few LPs that I came across this year that are truly dreadful. I write this to help you avoid wasting your hard earned cash on awful sounding LPs, especially when there are so many stunning albums released in the first half of 2015.
Annie Lennox – Nostalgia
Annie Lennox’s previous cover album Medussa was stunning, so when news came out that Nostalgia was about to be released of some of her own old time favourites, I bought it without a question. My personal opinion is that she has lost her way. The songs are boring & uninvolving. I bought this on LP and doubt that I will ever play it again.
Van Morrison – Duets
This has to be the WORST album of Van Morrison’s career; it certainly is the worst sounding of his vast & normally stellar catalogue. The duet with Michael Buble is note worthy for that fact that it is undoubtedly the worst recording I have ever heard of Mr. Buble’s wonderful voice. Avoid. TIDAL
Sergio Mendes – Brasileiro
Sergio Mendes released his Grammy-winning Elektra album Brasileiro in 1992, he was the undisputed master of pop-inflected Brazilian jazz. I love this album & bought the CD and put the opening track Fanfarra (Cabua-Le-Le) on Philip’s Demo I (1997). So when I saw that the album was being released on vinyl I ordered a couple of copies. Mistake; the LP sounds as if it were made from the CD master, (even though it was an analogue recording), its thin & bright, very little bass. Save your money & enjoy the CD. TIDAL
Bebel Gilberto – Tanto Tempo
Another major disappointment; Ms. Gilberto’s 2007 debut album was a stellar affair and you can imagine how I jumped at the chance of owning this on vinyl; dont bother, again the LP sounds as if it were made from the CD master, its thin & bright, very little bass. Save your money & enjoy the CD. TIDAL