The Album Review: Slow Train By Hans Theessink
This is the foundation of good sound, which continues through all octaves to the treble. Therefore, I would describe the tonal balance of this production as perfect. The sound bounces and resonates and spreads a particularly good atmosphere. When Hans Theessink's vocals enter and the chorus is accompanied by his background choir, pure "blue mood" is ensured. The music is in the blues and country genre. The discreetly played guitar fits into the sound picture - not much more is needed. Almost all pieces are of leisurely pace, few are more fast paced. Nothing is rushed, pieces with five minutes length are no problem.
On the internet you can read all the lyrics and see some photos of the band on Hans Theessink's homepage http://www.theessink.com/en/albums/slow_train.html. This edition on tape is a jewel with a high value: the right to exist of this medium cannot be better represented!
This superbly recorded and engineered album transferred on tape has been copied from the Master and will put you in front of a terrific selection of classic tunes, with some tracks supported by lovely vocals from both male and female singers.
When Hans Theessink's vocals enter and the chorus is accompanied by his background choir, a pure "blue mood" is ensured. The music is in the blues and country genres. The discreetly played guitar fits into the sound picture - not much more is needed. Almost all pieces are of leisurely pace, few are more fast-paced. Nothing is rushed, pieces with five minutes in length are no problem.
Album: Hans Theessink - Slow Train
Label: STS Analog - T6111181
Playing time: 40 min
Specifications: half track ¼“, stereo, RTM LPR35, 1 metal reel, CCIR, 320 nWb/m, 38 cm/s
1 Slow Train
3 Thula Mama - Oh Mother Don't You Weep
4 God Created The World
5 Cry Cry Cry
6 Let Go
7 Love You Baby
8 Old Man Trouble
9 Leaving At Daybreak
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By Claus Müller - audiotapereview.com