Various Artists - Chasing The Dragon Audiophile Recordings


Chasing The Dragon



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ACTD 007
UPC: 693692999457
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

180 Gram LP

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Chasing The Dragon audiophile recordings 180-gram import test LP

"Throughout, Valentine's obvious goal was to produce maximum natural spaciousness while preserving instrumental timbres as all as instrumental focus. The results are uniformly engaging, three-dimensional and natural, though slightly on the warm, dark side, which is how many sound aficionados prefer it." — Music = 7/11; Sound = 8/11 — Michael Fremer, Read the whole review here.

"...the whole album is very impressive, with the combination of old and new technologies proving particularly effective at revealing timbre and reverberation, not to mention dynamics. I'm not generally a fan of audiophile recordings, but this one is so impressive that I have to make an exception." — 5 Stars. Jason Kennedy, Hi-Fi Choice Magazine

Recording engineer Mike Valentine produced and recorded an old-fashioned audiophile demo disc using 50-year-old Neumann tube microphones and a high resolution Nagra digital recorder all connected together with ZenSati cables from Denmark.

Many tracks use the "Decca tree" configuration, invented by engineers in the early 1950's using 3 Neumann M50 microphones. Some tracks were recorded with a 1/2" Studer reel to reel recorder running at 30ips. This audiophile disc was used as a reference by Michael Fremer of Analog Planet in testing various record mats. The album contains selections from composers and musicians that include Vivaldi, Mozart, Ellington, Rachmaninoff, Verdi, and more!



Ratings from Michael Fremer @

Side One:
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
1. Concerto for 2 Mandolins
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
2. Cello Suite No 1 (Interior)
3. Cello Suite No 1 (Exterior)
Jean-Joseph Mouret (1682-1738)
4. Rondo
Bruce Davidson
5. Improvisation
Duke Ellington (1899-1974)
6. Caravan - Finale
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
7. Force of Destiny - Finale

Side Two:
Klaus Badelt (1967)
1. Pirates of the Caribbean
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
2. Durch Zartlicheit & Schmeicheln
David Graham
3. Improvisation
Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908)
4. Tarantella
Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
5. Spanish Dance No. 1
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
6. Piano Concerto No.2 - Finale

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