Symphony no.1 in E minor, op.3 conducted by Boris Khaikin
Symphony no.2, op.9 "Antar" conducted by Konstantin Ivanov
Symphony no.3 in C major, op.32 conducted by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
"Scheherazade" - Symphonic suite, op.35
"Capriccio Espagnol", op.34
"May Night" - overture
"Ivan the Terrible" - overture
USSR Symphony Orchestra / Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra conducted by Yevgeny Svetlanov
Sinfonietta on Russian Themes, op.31
Fantasia on Serbian Themes, op.6
Overture on Russian Themes, op.28
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maxim Shostakovich
HMV SLS 5150 / ASD 2520 & 2490 16/24 bit FLAC files from: https://pristineaudiophile.blogspot.com
24/48: Felix Weingartner / Vienna Philharmonic - Beethoven. Symphony 8 -&- Symphony 9 - Columbia 1935/6
Ludwig van Beethoven:
Symphony no.8 in F major, op.93
I: Allegro vivace e con brio ~ II: Allegretto scherzando ~ III: Tempo di menuetto ~ IV: Allegro vivace
Symphony no.9 in D minor, op.125 "Choral"
I: Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso ~ II: Molto vivace ~ III: Adagio molto e cantabile ~ IV: Presto - Allegro assai
Louise Helletsgruber, Soprano, Rosette Anday, Contralto, Georg Maikl, Tenor, Richard Mayr, Bass
Vienna State Opera Chorus & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Felix Weingartner
Recorded: 25/26 February 1936 -&- 2-5 February 1935 - Vienna
French EMI COLC 27-28. Original pressings . 16 / 24 bit files + UK COLC Booklet @ https://musicparlourhistorical.blogspot.com
24/48: Nicolai Malko / Philharmonia - 1812 ~ Zampa ~ Hebrides ~ Ruy Blas ~ Poet & Peasant - HMV 1953/6
Ferdinand Herold: "Zampa" – overture
Felix Mendelssohn: "The Hebrides" – overture, op.26
Felix Mendelssohn: "Ruy Blas" – overture, op.95
Franz von Suppe: "Poet and Peasant" – overture
The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Nicolai Malko
EMI / MfP MFP 2034 (1966) Recorded: Kingsway Hall. (Originally transferred 2009: still mostly Not on CD).
16 / 24 bit files @ https://pristineclassics.blogspot.com
Symphony no.100 in G major "The Military"
I: Adagio - Allegro ~ II: Allegretto ~ III: Menuetto - Trio ~ IV: Finale - Presto
London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eduard van Beinum
Decca AK 1808-1810 Matrices: AR10895-10900 (2,2,1,1,2,1) Recorded: 29 November 1946 - Kingsway Hall
16 / 24 bit files @ https://themusicparlour78.blogspot.com
"Russia" - Second Overture on Russian Themes (1863–1864, rev: 1884) USSR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Gauk
"Tamara" (1867–1882) Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nikolai Golovanov
Overture on 3 Russian themes (1858) USSR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nikolai Anosov
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SAGA XID 5101 1961 mono. ( MK D518, D0703, D923 ) 1.3 de-click + v.slight treble. Overtures +4dB amplification (a very low-level cut) and +2dB from c.6:30" for Tamara (seems under-recorded thereafter...). Sleeve-notes >>>
Alexander Glazounov: Wedding Procession, op.21 / Finnish Fantasy, op.88 (p.1962)
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Gauk / Yevgeny Svetlanov
2 files zip 16/44 FLAC Mega Download 2 files zip 24/48 XR FLAC Mega Download from HMV ASD 2522 1970 LP/matrices: 2YRM1061/2 - 1G
Symphony no.35 in D major, K.385. "Haffner"
I: Allegro con spirito ~ II: Andante ~ III: Menuetto ~ IV: Presto
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alfred Wallenstein
Concerto no.5 in A major for Violin and Orchestra, K.219
I: Allegro aperto ~ II: Adagio ~ III: Rondo - Tempo di minuetto
Oscar Shumsky, violin - The Little Orchestra of New York conducted by Thomas Sherman
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World Record Club T 21 1958 Oriole pressing/Philips UK matrices: W6558/9 -1. From: Music-Appreciation Records MAR5613.
Original surfaces/CD-RW transfer (Shure M95HE -1st time used for transfers) . Sleeve-note/label >>>
FLAC Sides 1/2/3 Mega Download Sides 4/5/6 Mega Download
Lois Marshall, Soprano - Mary Palmateer, Contralto - Jon Vickers, Tenor - James Milligan, Bass
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir & Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Ernest MacMillan
World Record Club TP 216-8 1962 pressings/matrices: W7596-7601 -2N,2N,2N,3N,2N,2N. Recorded: 5 January 1952 - Massey Hall, Toronto.
NOT ON CD CD-RW transfer (Illustration is from the SKIRA booklet for Beecham's 1959 set: DURER: "The Adoration of the Trinity" (1511)
A Thoroughly convincing performance. Track listing / info >>>
A Journey Into Stereo Sound ...an introduction to ffss
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Decca SKL 4001 1963 pressing. Matrices: ZAL3941 -6E / ZAL3942 -7E.
Original surface / CD-RW transfer. NOT ON CD
In a Chinese Temple Garden / Bank Holiday / In the Mystic Land of Egypt / Jungle Drums
In a Persian Market / In a Monastery Garden / Bells across the Meadows / With Honour Crowned
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Vienna State Opera Orchestra conducted by Armando Aliberti
EMI World Records STP 359 (Westminster WST 15005). 1966 pressing/matrices: SW7938 -4 / SW7939 -3. Recorded: June 1957 - Vienna.
NOT ON CD Sleeve-note >>>
Side One: I: Jesus is condemned to death (organ solo) ~ II: Jesus bears His Cross (organ solo) ~ III: Jesus falls for the first time ~ IV: Jesus meets His Blessed Mother (organ solo) ~ V: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry the Cross (organ solo) ~ VI: St. Veronica wipes Jesus' feet with her veil ~ VII: Jesus falls for the second time ~ VIII: The women of Jerusalem weep for Jesus (organ solo) ~ IX: Jesus falls for the third time.
Side Two: X: Jesus is stripped of His clothing (organ solo) ~ XI: Jesus is nailed to the Cross ~ XII: Jesus died on the Cross ~ XIII: Jesus is taken down from the Cross (organ solo) ~ XIV: Jesus is laid in the tomb.
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Francis Jackson, organ - BBC Northern Singers conducted by Gordon Thorne
Saga STXID 5079 1965 stereo release/pressing. Recorded: 1959. Town Hall, Birmingham (1.3 de-click). Sleeve-note / SRG5 review >>>
Jan Hus Tichy / Prague National - Tchaikovsky. Mazeppa, Eugene Onegin, Joan of Arc, Pique Dame - Supraphon 1962
"Eugene Onegin" Acts Two & Three - Ivo Zidek / Eduard Haken / Milada Subrtova & Premsyl Koci
"Joan of Arc" Act One - Eva Zikmundova
"Pique Dame" Act One - Beno Blachut, Drahomira Tikalova, Vera Krilova
"Pique Dame" Act Two - Vera Krilova / Jindrach Jindrak
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Prague National Theatre Orchestra conducted by Jan Hus Tichy
Supraphon SUAST 50469 c.1964 LP/matrices: E159 -A / E160 -A Recorded: c.1961 NOT ON CD EMG review / sleeve-notes >>>
Excellent clean sound ....mildly 'tickly' surfaces.
Salome........................ Christel Goltz, Soprano
Jochanaan..................... Hans Braun, Baritone
Herodes........................ Julius Patzak, Tenor
Herodias......................... Margareta Kenney, Mezzo-Soprano
Narraboth......................... Anton Dermota, Tenor
Ein Page............................ Else Schurhoff, Soprano
Erster Nazarener.................... Ludwig Weber, Bass
Zweiter Nazarener.................... Harald Proglhoff, Bass
Erster Soldat............................ Walter Berry, Bass
Zweiter Soldat............................ Herbert Alsen, Bass
Ein Cappadocier............................ Ljubomir Pantscheff, Bass
Ein Sklave..................................... Hermann Gallos, Tenor
Erster Jude..................................... Rudolf Christ, Tenor
Zweiter Jude...................................... Hugo Meyer-Welfing, Tenor
Dritter Jude......................................... Kurt Preger, Baritone
Vierter Jude.......................................... Murray Dickie, Tenor
Funfter Jude............................................ Franz Bierbach, Bass
Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Clemens Krauss
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Decca ACL 207-8 (LXT 2863/4) 1965 set. c.1958 matrices: ARL2101-4 -2DR/-1DR/-2DR/-2DR. Recorded: 15-21 March 1954 - Musikvereinsaal, Vienna
CD-RW: original surfaces/no auto-declick.. ACL 208 cover/sleeve-note >>> Philips 1952 Salome - VSO/Moralt >>> Ljuba Welitsch - Final scene - 1949 + 1944/1948 >>>
Lucia............................ Maria Callas, Soprano
Edgardo.......................... Guiseppe di Stefano, Tenor
Enrico.............................. Tito Gobbi, Baritone
Raimondo............................ Rapphaele Arie, Bass
Arturo.............................. Valiano Natali, Tenor
Alisa................................. Anna Maria Canali, Mezzo-Soprano
Normanno............................ Gino Sarri, Tenor
Orchestra & Chorus of "Maggio Musicale Fiorentino" conducted by Tullio Serafin
16/44 FLAC: ACT ONE Mega Download ACT TWO Mega Download ACT THREE Mega Download
HMV SLS 5056 (2LP 1977 -1985 set). Matrices: XBX9127-30 -1/-1/-2/-4 (disc 2 c.1982 recut). Rec: Jan/Feb.1953 -Teatro Comunale, Florence.
Bought recently: CD-quiet surfaces/minimal editing needed. Wonderful performance (especially Act 3) - more idiomatic (esp. the chorus) than the 1960 SAX/33CX version/s.
The second LP appears slightly 'brighter'. The 'stereo' processing seems pretty good (by David Pickett). Somewhat unenthusiastic (...) EMG/Record Guide reviews >>>
Johann Strauss II: Rosen aus dem Suden - Waltz, op.388
Josef Strauss: Eingesendet - Polka schnell, op.240
Johann Strauss II: Du und Du - Waltz, op.367
Eduard Strauss: Bahn frei - Polka schnell, op.45
Josef Strauss: Brennende Liebe - Polka mazurka, op.129
Johann Strauss II: Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald - Waltz, op.325
Johann Strauss II: Demolirer Polka, op.269
Johann Strauss I: Radetzky-Marsch, op.228
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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Willi Boskovsky
Decca SXL 6040 First edition 1963 LP/matrices: ZAL5716/7 -2E/1E. Recorded: 2-6 November 1962 - Sofiensaal, Vienna. Sleeve-note >>>
RAW files - un-edited CD-RW transfer: not going to slosh Water'n'Sudso over this BRAND NEW LP - nor edit it for Hours..it's fine ('noise-free') as it is...but may later edit-away the few minor ticks ...or you can do that...
A2-4: Riding Down From Bangor, Leanin', Clementine
A5: On The Road To Mandalay
A6-9: My Bonny, Silent Worship, Vilikins And His Dinah, The Plough Boy
B1-4: Father O'Flynn, Mr. Maguire, Border Ballad, My Love She's But A Lassie Yet
B5: Ten Green Bottles
B6-10: Yorkshire Coortin' Song, Lancashire Slumber Song, Yarmouth Fair, Linden Lea, Drinking
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Owen Brannigan, Bass - Ernest Lush, piano
HMV CSD 1350 First edition 1961 pressing/matrices: 2YEA529 -1 / 2YEA530 -3 Sleeve-note >>>
Prelude in A major, op.28/7 ~ Nocturne in A flat major, op.32/2 ~ Valse in G flat major, op.70/1 ~ Mazurka in D major, op.33/2 ~
Mazurka in C major, op.67/3 ~ Valse in C sharp minor, op.64/2 ~ Prelude in A major, op.28/7 ~ Grande Valse Brillante in E flat major, op.18.
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Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden conducted by Hugo Rignold
Parlophone PMD 1003 (10") 1956/7 pressing. 1952 matrices: XE25 -1N / XE26 -1N. Recorded: 29/30 March 1951
This is a contributors request. The LP was considerably less than 'Hi-Fi' and required much editing/re-EQ to make it sound presentable!
Not on CD EMG + Record Year-2 reviews / Sleeve-note >>> Rignold Prokofiev Cinderella 1957 >>> 1950 Desormiere Sylphides >>>
Boyce arr.Lambert: "Prospect Before Us" - Fugue in D major
Couperin orch.Jacob: "Harlequin in the Street" - Allegro
Mendelssohn orch.Jacob: "Lord of Burleigh" - Agitato & Allegro vivace
Auber arr.Lambert: "Les Rendezvous" - Allegro non troppo & Allegro
Gavin Gordon: "The Rake's Progress" - Sarabande & Orgy
Liszt orch.Jacob: "Apparitions" - Consolation & Galop
Lambert: "Horoscope" - Valse for the Gemini
Berners: "Wedding Bouquet" - Tango & Waltz
Bliss: "Adam Zero" - Dance of Summer
Prokofiev: "Cinderella" - Waltz & Midnight
11 files zip FLAC Mega Download 11 files zip FLAC (1.2 de-click) currently to be reuploaded (This scarce LP was 'mint'..)
Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden conducted by Robert IrvingEMI Angel 35521 (HMV CLP 1070) 1957 EMI pressing/matrices: 2XEA886 -2N / 2XEA887-2N. Not on CD HQM 1078 reissue (Gordon/Lambert/Bliss) Sleeve-note >>>
I: Allegro moderato ~ II: Adagio ma non troppo ~ III: Allegro
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EMI Music for Pleasure MFP 2078 (HMV ALP 1118) 1968 LP/matrices: 2XEA402 -5 / 2XEA403 -3. Rec: 5 May 1953 - EMI Studio 1 Abbey Road.
NOT ON CD. ('Guild' 2015 dub) CD-RW transfer. Sleeve-note / EMG reviews >>>
Bliss. Piano Concerto / Mewton-Wood ... Tippett. Double Strings Concerto / Walter Goehr - Concert Hall / HMV 1952
The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Walter Goehr
EMI Music for Pleasure MFP 2069 1967 LP/matrix: XEA642 -2. Recorded: 3 March 1952
Arthur Bliss: Piano Concerto in B flat major (1939) FLAC Mega Download
I: Allegro con brio ~ II: Adagietto ~ III: Andante maestoso - Molto vivace
Noel Mewton-Wood, piano - Utrecht Symphony Orchestra conducted by Walter Goehr
Nixa CLP 1167 (Concert Hall CHS 1167) 1953 LP/RCA Matrices: E2KP 6991-1C / E2KP 6992-1B. 'A2' Recorded: 1952.
Not on CD. Nixa + MFP sleeve-note / EMG + RG2 reviews >>> Solomon's 1940 recording
The Bliss is a stunningly fine performance and in This transfer sounds absolutely splendid. Previously had 2 LP>CD transfers (same matrices) by Bryan Crimp / Mr.Pee - mvt 3 finale sample - who mentions a 'swish' on side 2; actually it's on both groove-walls to virtually the same degree: an unavoidable & very infrequent faint 'rustling' is anyway far preferable to Mr.Pee's "SUPERB" muffled/muddled nasality....absolute Pants, by comparison!
I: Largo ~ II: Allegro ~ III: Presto (the last 2 mvts are the best..)
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Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Gauk
ARTIA ALP-167 (MELODIYA D 4984-5 -10") 1961 US LP. US mastered: 20 October 1960. (slightly enhanced treble/'1.3' declick)
Contibutor requested... CD-RW transfer NOT ON CD an MK sleeve / EMG review >>>
Carl Garaguly / Tivolis Koncertsals Symphoniorkester - Nielsen. Symphony 2, Little Suite - Fona 1963
Symphony no.2, op.16 "The Four Temperaments"
I: Allegro collerico ~ II: Allegro comodo e flemmatico ~ III: Andante malinconico ~ IV: Allegro sanguino
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Little Suite for string orchestra, op.1
Prelude: Andante con moto ~ Intermezzo: Allegro moderato ~ Finale: Andante con moto - Piu mosso
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Tivoli Concert Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carl Garaguly
Vox / Turnabout TVS 34049 STEREO 1968 Decca release. Matrices: S 2683 -1L / S 2684 -1L
Cleaner tape-to-disc transfer than the US Vox versions - though the recording is somewhat bright (so have marginally treble-enhanced the Suite) but which now sounds excellent and exciting; as also is the performance/orchestra... Recorded: c.1960 ?. Not on CD Sleeve-note >>>
"Victory at Sea"
Orchestral Suite from the NBC Television Production
Side One: The Song of the High Seas ~ The Pacific Boils Over ~ Guadalcanal (March) ~ D-Day ~ Hard Work and Horse-Play
Side Two: Theme of the Fast Carriers ~ Beneath the Southern Cross ~ Mare Nostrum ~ Victory at Sea
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The RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Russell Bennett
RCA SF 5092 STEREO Original 1960 Decca LP - Matrices: K2RY1076 -1D / K2RY1077 -1D Sleeve-note >>>
Dmitri Shostakovich plays... Shostakovich. Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (French National / Cluytens) & 3 Fantastic Dances - EMI 1958
Piano Concerto no.1 in C major for Piano, Trumpet & Strings, op.35
Piano Concerto no.2 in F major, op.102
Three Fantastic Dances, op.5
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Dmitri Shostakovich, piano - Ludovic Vaillant, trumpet - French National Radio Orchestra conducted by Andre Cluytens
EMI/World Records SH 293 1979 LP (first UK release) Matrices: XLX 779 -2 / XLX 778 -2.
Recorded: 24-26/30 May / 12 September 1958 - Salle Wagram, Paris (mono only)
Transfer level is slightly lower than normal (although the recorder peaked @ 0dB) - and the LP sound wasn't exactly 'master-tape'; also with some tape compression/modulation.. Sleeve-note / 1962 EMG review >>>
The Busch String Quartet: Beethoven Late String Quartets: and "The Case of The Missing Frequencies"....
RPO-Sargent -Vaughan Williams Sym.9 only went up to 'about 13kHz' - when it demonstrably went to the cut-off frequency of 15kHz (graph to prove it..).
Now, if you have nothing better to spend your money on, you can give him up to FORTY QUID for his copy of, presumably, most of the 1985 Beethoven: Busch Quartet LP box-set (he states the pressings were German - so one must **assume they weren't the previous World Records release: and, by 1985, it's possible/likely they were 'Digital Remastered' - those being 'DMM' pressed).
(**If they were a previous EMI Electrola release then, typically, they would be filtered more than the EMI Hayes masterings)
Mr Pristine's Newletter - link
PS: The Black & White photo of the Busch Quartet in his Newsletter has been copied from MY 2012 SCAN from the Booklet
He's claiming these 'stunning' transfers of his (his? - he's merely copied someone else's efforts) go up to 18-19kHz...with a vague claim that some 'azimuth error' correction has 'revealed' those frequencies..
And this from the Comedian who noise-reduces (resolution-reduces- then Treble-Boosts) everything in sight!
So here's a Competition for any MUGS who buy them: FIND THOSE EHF FREQUENCIES - as most files were cut-off/limited by Anthony Griffith / Keith Hardwick's transfers to about 9kHz at best - and only (SIDE GRAPH >>>) did I (quickly) find one above that: the last Qt from 1933 - on an energetic chord...and the PU Cartridges I used were CD-4 compatible - thus will trace frequencies @ nearly 4 times that c.10.6kHz level.
My (free...) 2012 transfers of all the 1985 EMI Germany DMM box-set SQ recordings + CBS op.130 @
Of course..there are plenty of CRETINS around: Here's one:
Ha Ha Ha " The GROC transfers from EMI were not bad, but Andrew Rose's are better, with more “air” around the slightly warmer sound. It is excellent to have these really great performances from the 1930s (with a couple of early 1940s) in the best possible transfers".
So there you have it:
'best possible' means 'reduced resolution and boosted treble'.
No need for me to bother, is there??
<<< The Adulatory "Fanfare" puff duly appeared!
Pablo Varela (who comments, admiringly, on Mr Pristine's Facebook posts..)
Louis de Froment conducts... Mozart. Clarinet Concerto -&- Sinfonia Concertante - Lancelot, Pierlot, Coursier, Hongne - L'Oiseau-Lyre 1953
Concerto in A major for Clarinet & Orchestra, K.622 Allegro ~ Adagio ~ Rondo (Jacques Lancelot, clarinet)
Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, K.297b Allegro ~ Adagio ~ Andantino con variazioni
(Pierre Pierlot, oboe - Jacques Lancelot, clarinet - Gilbert Coursier, horn - Paul Hongne, bassoon)
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L'Ensemble Orchestral de L'Oiseau-Lyre conducted by Louis de Froment
L'Oiseau-Lyre OL 50006 First Edition 1953 LP/matrices: TT139 -1B / TT140 -1B Recorded c.1952 - Paris.
This required lengthy editing (surfaces were full of huge clicks/pops) + slightly de-clicked @ 1.3 + re-equalized (some 'edits' audible in the Clarinet C.).
Performances are superb. Not on CD Sleeve-note / EMG review >>>
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Vol.2: Choral no.2 in B minor (1890) // Six pieces: (1860-1862) - Fantasie in C major, op.16 / Grande piece Symphonique, op.17
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Vol.3: Choral no.3 in A minor (1890) // Six pieces: (1860-1862) - Priere, op.20 / Prelude, Fugue et Variation, op.18 / Pastorale, op.19 / Final, op.21
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Cavaille-Coll organ (1845) at L’Eglise de La Madeleine, Paris - Jeanne Demessieux, organist
Decca SDD 202-204 STEREO Recorded: 1959 - UK issued: 1969 - 1972 pressings/matrices: ZAL 8792-8797 -1K/-1K/-1K/-1K/-1K/-2K
New discs with minimal de-click plus slight treble enhancement . Sleeve-notes + EMG review / SRG Vol.7 review >>>