Hi Tom and Don,
" In my opinion, both musically and sonically, the Steinberg and Fox albums were all good to excellent. "
I have collected and still have some of the original reel to reel Command Classics with Fox and Steinberg and the Pittsburgh. I think they are very good as Tom states, but my favorite is the Rach #2 which I've transferred and remastered to my own CD. The strings have an excellent sweet quality, and the recording has an excitement and drive that I haven't heard matched in very many (and there are many) other recordings. There is one flaw in my reel to reel where the left channel drops out for a few seconds, but thanks to my digital tools, I was able to bring up the level and eq it to sound good.
This guy seems to be able to remaster Commands and others from disks and tapes, but how does he get around copyrights? http://klassichaus.us/Orchestral.php
--- On Mon, 11/5/12, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> On 05/11/2012, Tom Fine wrote:
>> A similar search for a good venue took place when Command signed the
>> Pittsburgh Symphony. My father and Enoch Light checked out the
>> orchestra's performance venue, didn't like that. They also didn't like
>> the Syria Mosque, where Capitol had made its Pittsburgh recordings.
>> They found the Soliders and Sailors Hall, which had the unique
>> property of the stage being out into the cavernous space, so the whole
>> room had similar reverberant properties. This worked well for the
>> 6-mic technique that they devised for Command Classics. The Pittsburgh
>> Symphony went on to deliver a very good Beethoven cycle, and a good
>> Brahms cycle, and some other interesting recordings. Alas, Command
>> Classics never sold well, according to later interviews with Enoch
>> Light and others.