Barenboim has many of the attributes of a major Schumann conductor. [He] gives ample reign to the tremendous high spirits of this Spring symphony. This is outstanding Schumann playing by any standards. -Gramophone
Official Release #65. The full saga of Läther (pronounced leather) is tangled enough to give a migraine to all but committed Zappaphiles. Basically, what you need to know is that this project was originally conceived of as a four-record box set. When record company politics prevented its release in that format, much of the material was spread over the albums Live in New York, Sleep Dirt, Studio Tan, and Orchestral Favorites. This three-CD set presents the album as it was originally conceived, with the addition of four bonus tracks at the end. It mixes previously available material, alternate mixes, and edits, and previously unissued stuff, though only the most serious Zappa fans will have a good grip on exactly what has appeared where (the liner notes are surprisingly unexact in this regard).
Tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims recorded quite a few albums with pianist Jimmy Rowles during his Pablo years; all are recommended. Rowles assisted Sims in coming up with obscurities to interpret, and this CD reissue is highlighted by such little-performed songs as "If I'm Lucky," "Shadow Waltz," "Gypsy Sweetheart" and "I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone." The lead voices are backed ably by bassist George Mraz and drummer Mousey Alexander on this enjoyable straight-ahead date.
All the songs on this album were recorded in the 70s, the majority coming from two albums: "the Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band" and "Gabby" (aka the brown album), both great albums on their own. the songs are mixed well, making this collection stand on it's own. These songs were mostly originally recorded with Gabby and his friends and family with guitars, steel guitar, and bass. Ry Cooder even shows up on a couple cuts playing mandolin. The musicianship is superb. Some of the cuts have strings and synthesizers added, which may or may not distract you, depending on your point of view. For instance, "Moonlight Lady" (sung by Gabby's son Bla) is laced with added strings. It's a great song, but i'd love to hear it in it's original form before the embellishment. This a great Hawaiian album to add to your collection. Or, get any one of Gabby's albums. The two listed above are probably Gabby's best, if you can find them.