Particular Vinyl 44.1/16 (EMI) William McAlpine sings Robert Burns

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# Composer: Robert Burns
# Performer: William McAlpine
# Ensemble directed by Benjamin Pearce-Higgins
# Vinyl (1968)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 12

# Size: 147 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

Gramophone – February 1969 (Page 105)


My Love is like a Red, Red Rose
The Deil’s awa wi’ the Exciseman
Ae Fond Kiss
Duncan Gray
My Love, she’s but a Lassie yet
Sweet Afton
Ca’ the Yowes to the Knowes
The Banks o’ Doon
A Man’s a Man for a’ that
The Bonnie Wee Thing
Green Grow the Rashes
Mary Morrison
Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled.

William McAlpine (tenor) with ensemble directed by Benjamin Pearce-Higgins. Music for Pleasure 0 SMFP1294.

This is a welcome record indeed. William McAlpine is a neglected singer so far as records are concerned. I thought a few years ago, when he led an otherwise German team in an excellent record of excerpts from The Tales of Hoffmann, that he would soon come into his own as a recording artist, but this has not been the case. I rather expected to enjoy most the gentler songs here, but good as they are I am not at all sure that the livelier ones are not even better. The Dell’s awa wi’ the Exciseman, for instance, is splendidly thrown off. Benjamin Pearce-Higgins’s arrangements for a small ensemble, which he directs, also please me. The recording is at a pretty high level and I found that for the best and most realistic results I had to turn the volume down quite a bit from the level I normally use. A most enjoyable record.

 Analyzed folder: /Users/alfredo/Desktop/ HiResMusic/44k William McAlpin sings Robert Burns
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR11        -2.30 dB     -18.23 dB     A1 My Love Is A Red, Red Rose.wav
 DR13        -0.39 dB     -17.13 dB     A2 The Deil’s Awa Wi’ The Exciseman.wav
 DR11        -2.98 dB     -19.57 dB     A3 Ae Fond Kiss, And Then We Server.wav
 DR13        -0.83 dB     -16.17 dB     A4 Duncan Gray.wav
 DR11        -2.50 dB     -16.69 dB     A5 My Love She’s But A Lassie Yet.wav
 DR12        -3.92 dB     -20.20 dB     A6 Sweet Afton.wav
 DR13        -4.04 dB     -23.47 dB     A7 Ca’ The Yowes To The Knowes.wav
 DR11        -1.45 dB     -17.64 dB     B1 The Banks O’ Doon.wav
 DR13        -2.09 dB     -18.49 dB     B2 A Man’s A Man For A’ That.wav
 DR12        -4.02 dB     -19.72 dB     B3 The Bonie Wee Thing.wav
 DR12        -3.06 dB     -20.26 dB     B4 Green Grow The Rashes.wav
 DR11        -1.90 dB     -19.11 dB     B5 Mary Morison.wav
 DR11        -2.19 dB     -17.81 dB     B6 Robert Bruce’s March To Bannockburn.wav
 Number of files:    13
 Official DR value:    DR12

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • System: Special Edition Denon DL 103
  • Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
  • Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
  • Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

You hear some clicks and pops here and there? Who cares?
I better let some light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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3 thoughts on “Particular Vinyl 44.1/16 (EMI) William McAlpine sings Robert Burns

  1. Rachmaninov – thanks so much for ripping and posting this. I bought my first copy in 1969 and wore it out, falling in love with the beauty of the language and sentiments, and with McAlpine’s singing and the production in general. I have looked for years for a good replacement copy; and of course it never came out on CD. But your rip is beautiful! Almost no background noise, and your gear is able to track and reproduce the very wide dynamic range (I never could). Wonderful.

    I encourage anyone with a taste for Burns and the Scottish traditions to grab this while it’s available. You will probably never have another chance, and you will never hear Burns so well sung.

    Here is a link to a text file with the complete lyrics of the songs, and notes from another pressing of this LP.

    Thanks again –

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