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Discussion: John Coltrane: Standard Coltrane

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Post by telemak November 3, 2009 (1 of 3)
SACD received recently. The sound is very clear but it lacks of power because the level is very weak. I have to push my amp to the max to hear a realistic level, but I feel that some details are killed by this lack of dynamic.

Moreover, as usually with Rudy Van Gelder (who was angry with many artists who didn't agree with the way he mixed in stereo), the instruments are basiclly placed on each speaker (except the piano somewhere in the middle).

Alas, the Coltrane's Love Supreme suffers the same mix.

Not so wonderful it could be attempted from a label like Analogue Productions label.

Post by Claude November 4, 2009 (2 of 3)
The very low level on the SACD layer must be a mastering error, because no other AP release suffers from this. I don't think it really affects the dynamics though.

The instrument placement is very typical of stereo jazz recordings from the 50s and 60s. It's not only Rudy Van Gelder who mixed like this. I don't mind it at all, and I think remastering engineers should not try to alter it (but even RVG does it with his own remasters).

Post by telemak December 16, 2009 (3 of 3)
With this way of mixing, I can understand the misunderstanding between Rudy Van Gelder and the musicians who preferred their old mono recordings...