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Along with Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes was one of the most popular male crooners of the 1940s and 1950s. This recording combines tracks from two studio sessions made under the direction of Loonis McGlohon. The first was done in October 1976 and the second in May 1978 when Haymes was almost 60. (The latter turned out to be his final visit to a recording studio before his death in 1980.) And unlikely as it seems, his voice was at its strongest on the later date. The 1978 session was one of the most fulfilling of a recording career. This album features songs that Haymes was associated with over that career; there's "Little White Lies," added to a Decca record in 1947 as an afterthought and which became one of Haymes' biggest hits, a medley of songs from the movie State Fair, including "It Might as Well Be Spring" and "That's for Me." plus songs he just felt he wanted to do for this album.
This album is a testimonial to a very unique talent and to a singing style that has practically become extinct.
THE 2xHD FUSION MASTERING SYSTEM
The 2xHD logo on an album cover indicates that the recording was carefully selected and that the high resolution mastering was done using the 2xHD process. Created by producer/studio owner André Perry and prize-winning audiophile sound engineer René Laflamme in collaboration with several high-end audio equipment manufacturers, the 2xHD music mastering system combines the best of vintage analog with state-of-the-art DSD and DXD digital technology – a ‘Back to the Future’ approach. Each musical project is treated with individual attention to the selection of equipment.
In the constant evolution of its proprietary mastering process, 2xHD has progressed to a new phase called 2xHD FUSION integrating a selection of high-end vacuum tube equipment in the mastering chain. For this album, the original ¼” 15 ips NAB master tapes were played using a Nagra-T tape recorder which was modified with such tube playback electronics and connected from the playback head directly to a Nick Doshi tube head preamplifier using OCC silver cables. The Nagra-T, with its four direct drive motors, two pinch rollers and a tape tension head, has one of the best transports ever made. A custom-built carbon fiber head block and a head damping electronic system permit 2xHD FUSION to obtain a better resolution and 3D imaging. The resulting signal is then transferred into high resolution formats by recording it in DSD 11.2 MHz using a Merging Technologies’ Horus A to D converter. All analog and digital cables that are used are state of the art. The 2xHD FUSION mastering system is powered by a super capacitor power supply, using a new technology that lowers the digital noise found in the lowest level of the spectrum. A vacuum tube NAGRA HDdac (DSD) is used as a reference digital playback converter in order to A and B with the original analog master tape, permitting the fusion of the warmth of analog with the refinement of digital. 2xHD was created by producer/studio owner André Perry and prize-winning audiophile sound engineer René Laflamme.
|The More I See You|
|I Get Along Without You Very Well|
|Little White Lies|
|Almost Like Being in Love: Brigadoon: Almost Like Being In Love|
|I'll Remember April|
|State Fair: That's for Me - It Might as Well Be Spring|
|Of Thee I sing: Who cares?|
|Stella by Starlight: The Uninvited: Stella by Starlight|
|The Very Thought of You|
|The Goldwyn Follies: Love Is Here to Stay|
|The Goldwyn Follies: Love Walked In|
|Hello Frisco: You'll Never Know|
|Iceland: There Will Never Be Another You|