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    Posted 11 years ago

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    Why should you collect Angel blue label records ?
    In most of the recordscollectors community they are rated as below good - , in quality both vinyl and masterring quality, i wonder how this can be possible.
    The Angel blue label records i have in my collection say something very different, especially compared to their EMI counterparts, i find the Angel blue label, to less noisy, clearer, and most times more dynamic and natural sounding then the EMI´s.
    The Angel Blue label you can get for almost no money, compaired to the
    almost bizarre prices you have to pay for White/gold ASD EMI´s, its factor 1:20 for the ones displayed above.
    To my ears they are in any way better then any EMI´s i have ever heard, and thats several houndreds of XXX White/gold ASD´s.
    Let me know what you think about this statement.

    1 st Record:
    Angel S-35975, Rudolf Kempe, VPO, Kodaly, Hary Janos, etc.
    The sound of this one is very open , fluid, warm, dynamic,there is no or very little surface noise on this record, the is openly displayed and communicating the inner detail of the music and the performing muscians, you forget all about speakers, amplifier, frequencyrange, and everything having to do with the hifi-system, i sit back and really enjoy the music, how often does that happen from a record ?

    2 nd Record:
    Angel S-36005,Nathan Milstein, Fistoulari,PO, Saint Sains Concerto no. 3, etc, the sound on this record is simular to the 1 st. record above, this one is a bit more dynamic, really a great record.

    3 rd Record:
    Angel S-35889, Malcolm Sargent, RPO, English ballets, superdynamic, open, wonderfull voices, open stage clearly displayed, truly great record

    4 th Record:
    Angel S-36338, John Barberolli, LSO, Jacqueline DuPre cello, Elgar Cello concerto, etc, the sound on this record is as crisp,open,weighty bodyly and dynamic as one ever could expect or hope to hear from a record, i am stunned every time i hear this record.

    I wonder why, no one seems to have noticed the absolutely great sound on this record label, none of my EMI´s made from the same masters in England, do even come close in sound and performance, thats how they sounds to me.
    Are we more stampcollectors then music/recordcollectors, that must be the answer to this question.

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    1. rawinsonde, 11 years ago
      It is amazing to me that collectors will pay, say... 200 bucks for an original LP when a splendid reissue of that same recording might be virtually worthless (or maybe 5 or 10 bucks)... and a lot of times, the reissue has quieter surfaces.
    2. ramma ramma, 11 years ago
      the Angel Blue label is not a reissue, its an original licenserecording from EMImasters, made in the same time period early 60´is as the EMI´s.
      Everest also made licenserecordings in the same period from masters , all though most where not with supersound.
      i think the high prices are mostly payed for matrice numbers, not so much for the music and sound, thats why i mentioned stampcollecting, the matrice number confirms 1 st edition records, and can be looked up in books concerning manufacture and salepromotionals, and dertermins rarety, thats why someone will pay 10000 $ for a 1 edition Pathe Paris Mozartrecord in mono !!
      see this link:
      is that insane or sane ? that depends on preference i think, but i will go for the music and sound, thats my preference
    3. rawinsonde, 11 years ago
      Interesting about the Angel- Blue label! I always thought those were reissues of EMI-Columbia or Red-Label Angels.
    4. ramma ramma, 11 years ago
      Angel S-35975 Kempe was issued 1962, as is the EMI ASD 494 White/Gold issue in 1962
      Angel S-36005 = French only Columbia CCA 1029 1961

      and étc.
      that makes them very interesting if you are on a budget and want great sound at the same time

    5. ramma ramma, 11 years ago
      Capitol records made them from 1959, they where owned by Emi by that time
    6. rawinsonde, 11 years ago
      In my collecting rounds, I've been keeping an eye out for clean, blue label Angels, especially ones for which I have EMI equivalents. Haven't had any luck yet but I know I will eventually find some. It will be interesting to compare the sound.
    7. ramma ramma, 11 years ago
      Most of the Blue Angels should be in the USA, so you should be able to find them ,most of mine are from the USA and the Thule Base in Greenland.
      Keep hunting and they will turn up :-)
    8. oldclassics, 7 years ago
      I remember during the 50's Angel Blues were considered premium records with very quiet vinyl. It appears that their low esteem is due to a few websites which maligned them, consequently the sheep followed.
    9. ramma ramma, 7 years ago
      Actually i think you are right, its Emi/Columbia versus Blue Angel, this has been the case with Decca versus London records.
      Its a sort of protecting a very expensive Investment in the past and now by collectors and dealers, and prices for Decca/Emi/Columbia-UK are still rising on the net.
      I will settle for any London or Blue Angel records anytime, they sound at least as good or better then their Decca or Emi/Columbia UK equliant.
      When i play them, the sound tells the story

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