Lovely Recordings

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 18, 2016
As not to repeat Michael Manousselis selections of Lovely Recordings where I enjoy many of the same recordings on a daily basis, I’ve chosen to go the fun route. These recordings certainly won’t be played for critical listeners on expensive rigs but I definitive enjoy them in my car or listening on head-phones riding the subway, a fun factor of 10.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 11, 2016
I’ve been involved with music and hifi my whole life. I sang professionally for 10 years, and then transitioned to life in the real world, first selling audio at several high-end stores in DC and NYC, then at, and early classical music subscription service, and for the past 12 years saving the world from bad metadata at Gracenote.

I listen to all kinds of music, and particularly love jazz, but other genres have been well covered by previously. Opera can be difficult for the uninitiated, so I thought this might be a good theme for my own Lovely Recordings installment.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 04, 2016
I'm not much for words but, I do have a few suggestions...
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 27, 2016
I listen to a lot of different genres of music. Jazz, jazz fusion, blues, rock, American, folk, and bluegrass fill up my music collection. Some of my favorite music, however, is music that doesn’t fit any category. Three of my favorite albums are older albums by genre busting musicians that play with other genre busting musicians.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 20, 2016
Hey East Coast Mike! This is West Coast Mike. Also born in 1961 and a fan of your column (not entirely your music taste though). Also have two kids and a wife. Took a stab at doing a "Lovely Recordings" list for your column.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 13, 2016
I really like this column and will be auditioning all of these lovely recordings.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 06, 2016
I guess I should caption my third installment of Lovely Recordings The Lost Chestnuts, as it features three recordings that were thought to have been lost to the dustbin of history but were thankfully found and brought forth to be heard by fans of these great artists.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 30, 2016
[Editor's Note: Dynaudio North America's Director of Marketing Mike Manousselis and I were having an email exchange wherein I sent him a link to Sturgill Simpson's cover of Nirvana's "In Bloom". I had played Mike Simpson's cover of When In Rome's "The Promise" at CES, which Mike recognized immediately (at which time he cracked up). Mike returned the favor, in spades, and I thought it would be great fun to share Mike's list of some favorite covers. Enjoy!]
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 23, 2016
What a delight this feature of Audiostream has been. It’s great to see that audiophiles listen to something other than Kinda Blue and Diana Krall. I’ve been looking for the next great musical thing for as long as I can remember. Along the way there were memorable moments of discovering Roxy Music as a teen, seeing Steve Reich premier Tehillim in the Rothko Chapel and watching journeymen players get lost in a sound at the Lennox Lounge in Harlem.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 16, 2016
I really enjoy AudioStream, particularly the Lovely Recordings feature. Here are a few I’d like to share:
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 02, 2016
I’ve never considered my tastes eclectic but I dive deep into the genres I like. About 60% of my listening is orchestral music but I often play prog, shoegaze, punk, chillout, mid-century vocal (1935 - 1965), R&B and some acoustic jazz.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 25, 2016
I think it's time to throw some dance moves at this lovely recordings party! Not everything on this list is a party banger but my natural listening tendency is definitely towards music that infects the hips and makes you want to do a little shimmy on the dance floor, or just plain freak out!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 18, 2016
I have been reading other Lovely Recording articles and thoroughly enjoying the mix of musical tastes in them, but after reading the Metal installment, I was inspired to write my own list of recordings that started my musical journey.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 11, 2016
I've learned a lot reading this column, and share these records in the hope they might worm their way into some readers' minds and playlists, as they've wormed their way into mine.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 04, 2016
One rainy Sunday a few years ago, I found myself listening to some of my records, wondering if it would be worth it to go for a better sound system. So I bought a magazine at a gas station shop and phoned up a friend of a friend who was know for being an audiophile.