96kHz/24-BIT FLAC*, Universal Music Group (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)
Story has it that for her album of Dusty Springfield covers, American singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne insisted on having the legendary Phil Ramone produce Just A Little Lovin’, with recording engineer Al Schmitt at the controls in Capitol’s Studio A in Hollywood. This is an analogue recording made on 2in tape that LPs fans might want to own on Analogue Productions’ 200g vinyl [AAPP 041], while this recently-available 96kHz/24-bit download is perceptibly more dynamic and refined-sounding than the (already very good) Doug Sax-mastered CD issue that’s been an audiophile favourite since its 2008 release. In her interpretations of classics made famous by Dusty, Shelby Lynne makes the songs her own, with intimate vocals and refreshingly sparse arrangements. The title track you’ll find particularly revealing of system performance. JB
Sound Quality: 85%
Hi-Fi News Lab Report
Though an analogue recording, the peak of ultrasonic noise suggests this 96kHz rendering is taken instead from the SACD release (or DSD copy). Dynamic range is limited by the original tape rather than any subsequent processing. PM
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