What's Spinning December 2023

I find this album to be beautiful sounding, and very relaxing.

I really like the sound of the Kora, which (for those that don’t know) is a fretless, harp-lute instrument with a soundbox made of a large calabash gourd that was cut in half and covered in thin animal skin. It has 21 strings attached to a long rosewood neck.

Artist: Toumani Diabate
Album: The Mande Variations
Genre: Kora, Malian Music, African Traditions, African Folk, World…
Released: 25th February 2008

I have the CD (ripped using dBpoweramp) in my library, but it is available on Qobuz (and probably other streaming services).

I also have this album, almost certainly the first of its kind, of Father & Son, Toumani & Sidiki Diabate.

The album is titled, simply, Toumani & Sidiki.

Released on 13th May 2014.

Again, I have the CD (which I’ve ripped), but it’s available via Qobuz (and probably other streaming services).

Both albums sound lovely to my ears.


Bach, Suites for Solo Cello, Janos Starker, DSD, Mercury

(Just ripped it via Blue-Ray and it’s blowing my mind!) : )


The Starker is amazing. Was one of my father’s favourites. Nostalgia!


Whilst contemplating which albums to add to my playlist, I decided to narrow the search in my library by utilising the Roon Focus function. I selected Production, Bob Ludwig.

Much to my surprise it identified 258 albums!
I know that Bob Ludwig’s discography is phenomenal, but I had no idea I have so many albums that he’s worked on in my library…

Anyway, these are the ones I chose;

The Road to Escondido - J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton

Dig - Boz Scaggs

Films About Ghosts The Best of - Counting Crows

Night Ride Home - Joni Mitchell

Kiko - Los Lobos

Marc Cohn’s eponymous album

Local Hero - Music by Mark Knopfler

All of the albums are 16/44.1


Where on earth do you find the time Jonathan?

So, December is here and time to kick off my “December Project”. I have the whole thing planned. My aim is to try to listen to three albums a weekday, four on Saturdays and five(!) on Sundays. All contemporary-ish,

This will not be easy (but luctor, non mergor as the old man used to say), and will mean I will not have time to follow up on all @bauer’s and others’ great recommendations so I will have to just add them to my backlog.

Here we go…

Undertones, “The Undertones” (1979)

Suicide, “Suicide” (1977)

Beatles, “Rubber Soul” (1965)


So you were listening to the original 1965 Rubber Soul LP? Terrific . I have this ( Mono UK) plus an early 70s silver and black Parlophone stereo vinyl 70’s, Vinyl Mono 2014, original George Martin CD, Beatles Mono Japanese CD and I guess I am awaiting a Giles Martin remaster ( though so far I don’t like his Red and Blue versions though).

Haha. I do have the LP original, unfortunately I currently lack a phono stage with which to replay it. I was in fact listening to a rip of the CD, but my posting related to the recording not the pressing/version.

I’m currently working from home…

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Continuing yesterday’s Bob Ludwig theme, but this time focusing on SACD rips.

The Band’s eponymous album (2013 MFSL Remaster SACD)

Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (2010 SHM SACD)

Dire Straits - Love Over Gold (2011 SHM SACD)

David Bowie - Let’s Dance (DSD64)

Donald Fagen - The Nightfly (2011 Japan Remaster SACD)


King Tubbys, “King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown” (1976)

The Beach Boys, “Best of the Beach Boys” (1968)

Lloyd Cole, “Rattlesnakes”, (1984)

Elvis Costello, “My Aim is True” (1977)


Never gets old.


Greg are you recommending the whole album or only the first track " School". Is the recommendation for any release of the album or just the MoFi pictured?

Hey Pete. The whole album (I was listening on Apple Car Play at the time, and thus the non-Roon/non-album screen shot). I happen to love School, but it’s all great. I own several versions (and at one time owned the MFSL LP), and in my experience, the original recording was so well done, that it’s more difficult to find a poor version than a good one. But overall, I prefer the MFSL Gold CD.

Thanks Greg. I had two reasons for asking.

The first is to properly understand what you were listening to. Last time In saw Supertramp was with a guitarist friend auditioning for the position. He failed ( too jazzy).

The second can be picked up from the last posting on the November "What’s Spinning thread. This is ensuring that unsighted friends can understand what is posted by identifying the album in accompanying text as their special software cannot read images ( in this case the text that is visible to us is not translated by this software to audio for the blind as it is part of an image).

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Thanks for that Pete. Will bear that in mind going forward.

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 “Tragic”
The Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
Martin Sieghart
Exton - Released 23rd February 2007
DSD 64

Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana
Marek Janowski
Dresden Philharmonic
Melody Moore
Brian Jagde
Lester Lynch
Elisabetta Fiorillo
Roxana Constantinescu

Pentatone Classics - released 10th April 2020

Puccini: Tosca
Herbert Von Karajan
Wiener Philharmoniker & Wiener Staatsopernchor
Leontyne Price
Guiseppe Di Stefano
Giuseppe Taddei
Fernando Corena

DSD 256 (downsampled in Roon to DSD 128)
HDTT - November 1988


Handel’s Memories: A selection from Grand Concertos op. 6
Eduardo Lopez Banzo
Al Ayre Espanol

DSD 128
Northstar - 25th June 2012

Prokofiev: Symphonies nos. 6 and 7
James Gaffigan
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

DSD 128
Northstar - 24th August 2016

J. S. Bach: Solo & Double Violin Concertos
Andrew Manze
Rachel Podger
Academy of Ancient Music

DSD 64
Harmonia Mundi - 10th March 1997


Handel: Organ Concertos Op. 4
Richard Eggar
Academy of Ancient Music

DSD 64
Harmonia Mundi - 12th February 2008

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I prefer “period” performances of baroque music, love the AAM. Their Brandenburgs are a treat too.

Anyway, back to “project December”…

The Abyssinians, “Forward on to Zion” (1977). Needle drop.

John Cale, “Paris 1919” (1973). Qobuz 24/44.1

Paris 1919

Prefab Sprout, “Steve McQueen” (1985). Qobuz 24/44.1

Elvis Costello, “Armed Forces” (1979, remastered 2020). Qobuz 24/192

Howlin Wolf, “Chess Masters” (1981). Needle drop

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Rachel Podger, Tutta Sola, 2023 release, down-sampled from DSD256 to DSD128, BBC Recording of the Year.

(Did I ever mention my desire for DSD256 playback?) ; )

Spectacular, especially since my humble Guarneri’s were specifically designed to reproduce strings. Cheers.