Lovely Recordings

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 13, 2017
This is a list of albums in my collection that I like to listen in their entirety. I call it 'Whole Albums Worth Listening To”. There's not a clinker in the bunch of songs of each. When I first discovered each of these I played them over and over for months, and after years and years I still go back and listen. So sit back, queue 'em up and enjoy over 8 hours of good tunes.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 06, 2017
I was born and raised in Texas, and after going to a small college in Tennessee and working in Washington DC for a number of years, settled with my wife in her native Oklahoma. My father and grandfather were always into audio gear, but never really strayed from name brands like Sony. My earliest systems were hand-me-downs from them. I've slowly built a number of systems, mostly geared around desktop settings and late night lounge-chair headphone listening (I've got small kids...). Lately I've become attached to a number of albums that remind me of certain aspects of growing up and now living again on the plains.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 30, 2017
The first user-submitted Lovely Recordings post arrived on October 26, 2015. Since then, there have been 101 Lovely Recordings, or more simply put, music shared among kindred spirits. Isn't that. . . lovely?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 23, 2017
As a teenager in the late 60s and early 70s, I listened to mostly rock but was also exposed to my father's jazz collection. Later my musical tastes broadened to include blues, world and classical. I have recently ripped my extensive CD collection to NAS storage and donated my long unused vinyl to our local jazz radio station for a fundraiser. This year my brother gave me a Tidal subscription as a gift and I am thoroughly enjoying using it to sample many of the recommendations I see in Lovely Recordings. Thanks to everyone for the recommendations!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 16, 2017
For Lovely Recording I selected music that speaks to me on many levels—and yes they all sound great!!!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 09, 2017
My musical journey started with piano lessons around age 5, later adding the violin. Playing these two instruments, even if only at modest amateur levels, has given me an insight into, and a love for, works that I would probably otherwise have skimmed over, as well as an intimate idea of what these instruments should really sound like.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 02, 2017
This list is a bit random. There are a couple soundtracks, a broadway play soundtrack, and a mix of other genres. They can all be purchased as downloads from Acoustic Sounds. I use several of them when testing out a system change.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 25, 2017
A day rarely goes by that I don't listen to music. I prefer to think of myself as a music lover rather than an audiophile, though I do love having audio gear that allows me to better enjoy the music I love. Lovely, no? If it gets me closer to the tunes, I probably want it. However, if I had to choose between having access to more music or mo'better (and better) equipment, I'd go for the former. I grew up listening to rock, prog rock and pop, as well as classical and opera (shudder!) on the radio my mom had on all day, almost every day. I started listening to jazz due to the influence of my younger brother when he switched from violin to bass guitar, then studying double-bass and jazz at university. This music, in so many of its idioms, has been the major part of my musical diet for about 30 years.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 18, 2017
As a UK expat the folk tradition of the British Isles is very close to my heart and while many dismiss much of this music as arch, twee or "finger in the ear" caterwauling it is in fact a very vibrant and dynamic tradition and one with a wealth of beautiful tunes to offer. The selection I’ve made below will hopefully illustrate some of the range and diversity of this genre while also hopefully throwing up one or two new selections for most listeners—enjoy!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 11, 2017
Shout out to this website for leading me to a number of my favorite albums. Here are some that hopefully haven’t been mentioned here before (all available on Tidal).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 04, 2017
This set of music features artists that take me in different directions that I call way out. Dissonant to a degree, minor keys, time signature changes, woodwinds, percussion, and more. This is cerebral stuff that doesn't require you to think. Just enjoy. Everything can be found in Tidal.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 28, 2017
I've been feeling for quite some time an increasing interest in finding music that adds a new texture to my collection, as opposed to buying multiple releases from the same artist. Here I gather a mix of both expected and unpredictable artists, a selection of both local and world music that did precisely this.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 21, 2017
Lovely Recordings on AudioStream is the music-and-audio reading I most look forward to each week. Quite a number of contributors have enriched my collection through their excellent recommendations, and I am delighted and obliged to return the favor in this, my second guest column for Michael.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 14, 2017
I enjoy reading about music and discovering new music. Lovely Recordings is a great place to share and discover this passion. I hope to make you discover something new with this list and that you can feel the same thing I did when I discovered these recordings for the very first time!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 07, 2017
It's easy for classical music listeners like me to fall into a rut and listen to the same familiar pieces in multiple different performances. While it's true that there is always something new to find in the old chestnuts like Beethoven's Ninth, why not stretch your ears? So here are three recordings of music that I found exciting and fascinating, plus one fine recording of familiar Chopin played by an artist new to me.

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