Super Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Crystal Clear) Virgil Fox – The Fox Touch, Vol. 1 & 2

Only a re-up! Whit new archives and links.

You are warned: the bass of these bass pipes will blow you away 😉
Virgil Fox playes on the Rufatti Organ at the Garden Grove Community Church in California. The Artistry of Virgil Fox is evident throughout this recording as in all of his recordings. A beautiful farewell from a great performer and superb human being. I recommend it without reservation. Sensetional and spectacular High-End-Recordings by audiophile label Crystal Clear, whose standards were direct-to-disc recordings of the 1st class on 180g vinyl in a time, where no one thought to offer audiophile recordings on 180g vinyl.

# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Jongen, Cesar Franck, Jehan Alain, Charles-Marie Widor, Marcel Dupré, Eugène Gigout, Louis Vierne
# Performer: Virgil Fox
# Vinyl (1977)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: Crystal Clear
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD: not found

# Size: 2.45 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory


 Crystal Clear was a record company dedicated to “direct-to-disc recording”, a technique which briefly came into vogue in the late 1970s offering the absolute highest fidelity possible from the vinyl LP format. Although the direct-to-disc recording movement faded from the scene by 1979, superceded by other technologies such as audiophile-grade “half-speed mastering” and the early digital recordings issued by Telarc (using the Soundstream system), Denon (using early PCM), Decca/London (using a proprietary digital system) and other companies.

Direct to disc recording was, in essence, a “back to basics” movement. By entirely eliminating the analog magnetic tape recording process, it provided a subtle but discernable increase in musical transparency, akin to eliminating a “veil”. However, unlike recording with magnetic tape, there was no opportunity for tape editing of errors or mistakes, and the engineers had to make several attempts using the cutting lathes to properly set recording levels so that the full undiluted dynamic range would be captured without creating severe overload distortion when played back with a typical late-1970s high-quality magnetic or moving-coil cartridge.

At the same time that Crystal Clear made this direct-to-disc recording, using absolutely top-tier microphones, electronics and cutting lathes (I wish I could find the LP which had more details than this Laserlight CD does), Crystal Clear arranged for another company to simultaneously make a digital tape recording of the session. More likely than not, this was using Denon’s early version of PCM recording, which had already been in use in Japan for a couple of years. Among Denon’s earliest PCM recordings in 1975 was a recital by flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal. It was issued on LP in the USA in late 1975 on the budget-priced Columbia Odyssey label bearing the inscription “PCM digital recording”

Tracklist CS 7001

A Toccata, Adagio And Fugue

Written-By – Johann Sebastian Bach

B1 Toccata And Fugue In D Minor

Written-By – Johann Sebastian Bach

B2 Toccata From The Symphonie Concertante

Written-By – Joseph Jongen


Tracklist CS 7002

A1 Piece Heroique

Written-By – Cesar Franck

A2 Litanies

Written-By – Jehan Alain

A3 Toccata From The Fifth Symphony

Written-By – Charles-Marie Widor

B1 Prelude And Fugue In G Minor

Written-By – Marcel Dupré

B2 Toccata

Written-By – Eugène Gigout

B3 Finale From The Sixth Symphony

Written-By – Louis Vierne



Analyzed folder: /96kFox/96k The Fox Touch 1
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR15        -0.23 dB     -20.89 dB     A JSB – Toccata, Adagio And Fugue.wav
DR11        -0.39 dB     -16.78 dB     B1 JSB – Toccata And Fugue In D Minor.wav
DR11        -0.46 dB     -14.87 dB     B2 Jongen – Toccata From The Symphonie Concertante.wav
Number of files:    3
Official DR value:    DR12

Analyzed folder: /96kFox/96k The Fox Touch 2
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR11        -0.30 dB     -15.64 dB     A1 Franck – Piece Heroique.wav
DR11        -0.15 dB     -15.92 dB     A2 Alain – Litanies.wav
DR12        -1.28 dB     -17.14 dB     A3 Widor – Toccata From The Fifth Symphony.wav
DR13        -0.81 dB     -19.93 dB     B1 Dupre’ – Prelude And Fugue In G Minor.wav
DR12        -0.68 dB     -17.23 dB     B2 Gigot – Toccata.wav
DR12        -0.61 dB     -16.43 dB     B3 Vierne – Finale From The Sixth Symphony.wav
Number of files:    6
Official DR value:    DR12


  • Design [Jacket] – D. Bread*, R. Tuten*
  • Engineer [Mastering] – Richard Simpson, Stan Ricker
  • Engineer [Recording] – Bert Whyte
  • Other [Console Circuit Design] – John Curl
  • Other [Special Equipment] – John Meyer
  • Producer – Ed Wodenjak
Recorded August 28th to 31st 1977, Audiophile recording in direct cut technique.
Virgil Fox plays the Fratelli-Ruffatti organ at the Garden Groove Community Church in Garden Groove, California, consisting of 116 ranks, 108 stops and 6709 pipes!

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
  • Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
  • ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
  • 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 iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising

If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few 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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28 thoughts on “Super Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Crystal Clear) Virgil Fox – The Fox Touch, Vol. 1 & 2

  1. So you are working all night, are you?
    I’m really grateful for these albums of Virgil Fox. I have an RCA AAD remastered CD of him playing the Aeolian Skinner Organ with a 5 manual console of the organ of Riverside Church in NYC from 1958.
    I also have a CD of Samuel Metzger on the Rufatti Organ in Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In 1995 Metzger was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and stdied with Jon Laukvik at the Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Germany. He was organist at the Lutherkirche in Stuttgart-Feuerbach as well as accompanist for the Ludwigsburg Dom Choir. Upon graduation with a degree of Kunstleriches Aufbaustudium (KA), he studied with Marie-Claire Alain in St. Germain-en-Laye, France. In 2003, Metzger was appointed Senior Organist at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL. After Dr. Kennedy, the Founding Pastor for 50+ years of that church died in August 2007, Mr. Metzger left his position in 2010.
    Since Samuel is not nearly as well known as most organists I thought this bit of bio might be helpful.

    • Rach,
      First, The sound of this organ in Robert Schuler’s Cathedral (which btw the Roman Catholic Diocese purchased after Crystal Cathedral went bankrupt; none of which affects the sound of the organ) is incredible for two reasons: the acoustics of that bldg. and the phenomenality of that Rufatti Organ. Now add Virgil Fox, a premier organist, Crystal Clear engineers, and finally maestro Rachmaninov, and we have the grandest music that any composer could imagine.
      I think your are absolutely right on 24/192. Even my Desk Top Computer’s sound system sounds so clear and full and above all, most enjoyable. I LOVE THIS FOX!!!! I sent a CD of him on the Aeolian-Skinner Organ at Riverside Church, NYC, to Whatever also, all in APE.
      Secondly, I apologize for my remarks just above about Samuel Metzger. I wasn’t trying to crash your party. I know him personally; heard him many times when I lived in Ft. Lauderdale, and I have a CD album of him on the CRPC Rufatti, when you see the pix of the album I sent to Whatever, you’ll know why I mentioned him. He’s no Virgil Fox yet, but he has the capability.

      I really do appreciate your work, man!

  2. This man is unknown to me. But the fact that the quality of production was spent on him compels me to think he must be one of the greats. I look forward to this record. Thank you Rachmaninov.

  3. Its official, this version of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor is now my favorite version. My long-time favorite was Michael Murray on Telarc, but Fox’s version far surpasses Murray’s.

  4. In my little town near Venice-Italy there is a Ruffatti organ build in the 70’s. I think It is less than 1/2 of the organ who played Fox in this recording but the sound was the same, powerful and sometime aggressive, until the last recent revision. Now, with the new calibration of the air pressure, the sound is more melodious and focused especially in the basses but still powerful. This recording is for me a sort of flashback. Thank you!

    • Benvenuto, sempre…
      Il mio pre-amplificatore viene da Venezia e ho visitato la città due volte, sentendomi sempre in colpa per non poter far niente per questa bellissima città, che mi incute tristezza…perchè è in agonia.

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