"One of the few films of its kind which really does distil and epitomise the essence of the man and his music." ~David Kidman
The AYA (Are You Authentic?) is an association whose members are dedicated to the aim of providing an authentic musical experience in cars. “Are you Authentic“ campaigns for “real” and “natural” sound reproduction by e.g. organizing sound competitions, where the participants receive constructive criticism from an expert jury. The new “know-how” which thereby arises is shared by all without any financial considerations. In order to facilitate a reproducible test of audio systems, a detailed points system has been developed and together with Stockfisch Records and this SACD, with which the sound of hi-fi systems can be critically judged, therefore allows the most objective possible comparison of different systems. These tracks – some newly mixed, others specially recorded for this SACD – contain certain music signals which show up weaknesses in the sound reproduction chain. These tracks were selected to optimize sound systems if necessary. The tracks sound really good only when there are no mistakes in the system.
"Steve Strauss's debut CD, "Powderhouse Road", has won the praise of critics for its fine musical craftsmanship and depth of feeling. "Compared to Strauss," says the German edition of Acoustic Guitar magazine, "even J.J. Cale seems nervous and tense." Steve has no trouble living up to the comparison. "I like a laid-back delivery," he says, "as long as the material is intense."…" ~referencediscs.co.au
"Günter Pauler hat ein Herz und Händchen für die leisen Meister des Liedguts. So wie jetzt wieder bei den zwölf Titeln - persönliche, poetische Botschaften -, die Gitarrist und Sänger Mike Silver so sparsam wie delikat arrangierte. Bei Song-Juwelen wie dem bittersüß melancholischen 'Angel in Deep Shadow' wird einem richtig warm ums Herz. … eine faszinierend humane, atmosphärisch dichte und emotional packende Klangwelt. Insofern gerinnt 'SOLID SILVER' zu akustischem Gold." ~stereoplay
…Stockfish continues to shine with its groundbreaking SACD technology. The precision and clarity of the stringed instrumentation is flawless, augmenting the acoustics without compromising the intended starkness. (…) Songs For The Road is an engaging album.
Günter Pauler recorded David Roth performing a collection of famous and not so famous "evergreens" of the Anglo-American songwriting: "Song For You Far Away" (James Taylor), "I Will" (Lennon/McCartney), "Blowin' In The Wind" (Bob Dylan), "Streets Of London" (Ralph McTell), "American Tune" (Paul Simon), "You've Got A Friend" (Carole King) and 8 other pearls. The beautiful arrangements are vitalized by some well-known Stockfisch studio musicians. Among others: Chris Jones (guitars), Fiona Simpson and Roger Nicholls (backing vocals), Hans-Jörg Maucksch (fretless bass) as well as multi instrumentalists Siard de Jong and Beo Brockhausen.
…Sara K. was born in Texas. Today she lives in New Mexico. It is here that she finds the inner calm for writing and rehearsing new songs. Supported by Stockfisch technology, musically accompanied by renowned musicians, a singer/songwriter extraordinaire is on her way between folk and blues, between Joni Mitchell and Janis Joplin. Great music and great sound: "Hell or High Water'" is both. Unfortunately, this is also the last recording together with guitarist Chris Jones who died in the autumn last year…
…As usual Stockfisch’s renowned musicians on this CD deliver the whole spectrum between the slightest sonic impressionism and the bold, dynamic brushstrokes of the artist-composer…
…Wer meint, im Singer/Songwriter-Genre gäbe es nichts Neues mehr zu hören, sollte sich dieser Scheibe widmen. Das Album ist in allen Belangen eine Offenbarung und zeitlos obendrein. Bei allen tollen Songs hat sich ganz besonders "Dreh den Spieß um" in mein Herz gebohrt. Katja Maria Werkers Werk ist die Vollendung ihrer Träume und gleichzeitig ein Start in eine andere, sehr hohe musikalische Sphäre.
Belonging to these forecasts you can hear two tracks from the upcoming Paul Stephenson album, who already had recorded two CDs for Stockfisch. Furthermore one song by Zebra Sommerwind, the trio around Fiedelmichel-doyen Thomas Kagermann, featuring German (folk-)songs in contemporary arrangements. Also Stockfisch is pleased to present the German singer Katja Werker with her version of the "Karat" classic "Über sieben Brücken musst du gehen", one of twelve songs she recorded for her upcoming CD. A Stockfisch fellow guitarist from the early years flew over from the US to visit Northeim, Ralf Illenberger (formerly playing with Martin Kolbe). He recorded his solo guitar album with Günter Pauler to be released in 2011. "Closer to the Music Volume 4" offers more than 73 minutes of musical highlights to get in first touch with Stockfisch artists as well as sound and/or just for enjoyable listening.