ace producer's debut audiophile cd with superb recording
times are a-changing, even ace cantopop producer is making audiophile cd.
mark lui, the godfather of modern cantopop, is responsible for the success of most of the hottest cantopop superstars in hk for the last decade. this includes the likes of kelly chen (wai lam), miriam yueng (chin wah), leo ku (kui kei), leon lai (ming), justine lo (juk tin), janice (wai lam) and many more. to everyone's surprise, mark lui has recently released an audiophile cd entitled "gold label smooth music", which really is a compilation of classic canto hits given a light jazz treatment.
the reason for mark lui's venture into the realm of audiophile cd biz is because he has just built a spanking new studio in HK, called the moooon studio (yes, two extra "o"s in the moon), equipped with state-of-the-art technology. he reckoned that his company has made enough money to venture into new and unchartered grounds like audiophile cds.
mark enlisted the help of jazz maestro, ted lo, to do the arrangement and i must say ted has done a great job in transforming these canto classics into the light jazz, easy listening ditties. the album has popular singers and not-so-popular ones and some new singers, all trying their best to sing in jazz. admittedly the results are a mixed bag and some, like established singers ronald cheng (chung kei), miriam yeung (chin wah) do much better than the rest. if you intent to check this cd out, try track #3, #11 and #14.
but i have to buy this regardless because the recording is superb. mark lui must have done his homework on how to make an audiophile cd. i need to learn from him too.
my mission in this blog is to recommend pop cds that is musically and sonically excellent, regardless of language, and this one gets my instant approval.
note #1: popular book store, currently holding a music fair at ikano, is selling this cd at a huge discount(RM39.90). i bought mine for RM62 just two weeks ago, dang :-(
note #2: i have got a request from a reader to put some of these recommended tracks for trial listening. now you have it! aren't you lucky! :-) btw, you need windows media player to play these files.