The Cinematic Orchestra ‎– Ma Fleur

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Tracklist

To Build A Home 5:58
Familiar Ground 4:33
Child Song 5:11
Music Box 5:01
Prelude 2:40
As The Stars Fall 5:51
Into You 2:59
Ma Fleur 4:06
Breathe 6:26
That Home 1:41
Time & Space 8:34

Versions (18)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ZENCD122 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album) Ninja Tune ZENCD122 UK 2007 Sell This Version
DNO 151 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(2xLP, Album) Domino DNO 151 US 2007 Sell This Version
ZEN122 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Ninja Tune ZEN122 UK 2007 Sell This Version
DNO 151 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album) Domino DNO 151 US 2007 Sell This Version
BRC-170 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-170 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
BARCODE17CD The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album) Barcode Records BARCODE17CD Poland 2007 Sell This Version
DNO 151 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album, Dig) Domino DNO 151 US 2007 Sell This Version
ZENCD 122 X The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album, Ltd) Ninja Tune ZENCD 122 X UK 2007 Sell This Version
ZENCD 122 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album, Ltd) Ninja Tune ZENCD 122 UK 2007 Sell This Version
DNO 151 P The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album, Promo) Domino DNO 151 P US 2007 Sell This Version
ZENCD122P The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album, Promo) Ninja Tune ZENCD122P UK 2007 Sell This Version
ZENCD122 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album, Promo) Ninja Tune ZENCD122 UK 2007 Sell This Version
ZENCD122 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album, Unofficial) Ninja Tune (2) ZENCD122 Russia 2007 Sell This Version
ZEN 122 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(2xLP, Album, RP, 180) Ninja Tune ZEN 122 UK 2013 Sell This Version
R63 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album) No Paper Records R63 Poland 2015 Sell This Version
BRC-508 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album, RE) Beat Records BRC-508 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
none The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, S/Edition, Blu) Ninja Tune none US 2017 Sell This Version
DNO 151 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(2xLP, RE) Domino DNO 151 US Unknown Sell This Version

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leonthepro

leonthepro

March 14, 2020
referencing Ma Fleur, 2xLP, Album, RP, 180, ZEN 122

I awaited this album for a long time and frankly it didn't disappoint, it rather impressed me in most areas. I firstly did not expect a case holding all the images and records. It feels like a real package with all the extras. Beautiful images accompany the tracks as explained on the front one. The only real negative about the design being that there is no plastic lining for the record sleeves and no lyrics sheet. They could easily have been written on the back of the images. An unfortunate oversight. But I have to say I love the way they numbered the sides with letters half visible in the corner of each label, highlighting the current one in blue. Tricky to see at first but stylish non the less. To get into the music itself we start off with the mastering which I agree with many is really "mastered". The singing is sharp and clear like the strings and the bass is meaty just like it should be. One of the better I have heard and it genuinely made previously inaudible sounds heard. But where I disagree is in the pressing department. Randomly pops can burst out of your speaker, sometimes with more consistency. Dont fret that its a deal breaker however. It just did not meet expectations. Overall its a sturdy package with few shortcomings and for me an absolutely great one for showing what vinyl is really all about and what it can produce.

Edit: I dont remember exactly in what condition I got my copy but looking now its a little dirtier than I imagined when first reviewing. Take my words about the imperfect pressing with a grain of salt. Some of the more offensive pops are clearly caused by some visible marks I notice now as well. Make sure the records are shiny and clean when buying.

Update:
Comparing with my 2017 Chris Bellman cut I surprisingly find this to be preferable still. I love his work but even though there is a little better mid range and separation this Zen cut has better bass and is cut louder to mask more surface noise. Not to mention the extra material being superior in the box set.

Equipment used:
Rega RP1 with Nagaoka MP-110 Cartridge
Cyrus 2 Amplifier
System Fidelity SF-3050 tower speakers
Custom made HQ speaker cables
leonthepro

leonthepro

December 23, 2019
edited 6 months ago
referencing Ma Fleur, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, S/Edition, Blu, none

I was really looking forward to seeing how Chris Bellman would tackle this album.
Surprisingly I was actually disappointed here. With my 2013 Zen box set I compared the two on the tracks that line up most fairly. Since the track listing is so different, only Breathe and Familiar Ground seemed to be good candidates.
First to note is how the 2017 CB cut is quieter overall and on Breathe, which I compared with first, I thought the new release might use an inferior source or something, because it wasnt at all present like the old Zen.
With a manual level fix its more equal, but thats not what I was hoping for.
On Familiar Ground its again very similar with both masterings. The main difference I took note of was that the Zen focuses more on bass, effortlessly booming in the room, while the CB focuses more on the midrange. Some vocal performances and chorus´s are slightly more present and separated in the stereo field.
This is about all Ive heard, and some may prefer the CB for these aspects, but they really arnt big changes.
What is, is deciding to make CBs cut 45RPM, yet nothing is gained from this. Sometimes you can make 45s louder but here its the opposite, so surface noise and other disturbances are only amplified on the 2017 release.
Likewise, the deadwax area isnt minimized much of anything either, so IGD worries wont matter much between the two.
Lastly, the removal of 1 track and the lack of extra material makes this release worse in my eyes, as well as for the previous points.
Pick up the 2013 reissue by Ninja Tune instead, I love Bellmans work but here it seems like it wasnt needed much. Or perhaps the US Trutone cut which I havnt heard yet.

Equipment Used:
Rega RP1 with Paratrace tipped Nagaoka MP-200
Cyrus 2 Amplifier
System Fidelity SF-3050 Tower Speakers
Custom made HQ Speaker Cables
inthepocket84

inthepocket84

March 3, 2019
referencing Ma Fleur, 2xLP, Album, RP, 180, ZEN 122
Side D is 'Home', not 'Time'. So 'Build Music Into Home'.
congress_records

congress_records

March 31, 2018
referencing Ma Fleur, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, S/Edition, Blu, none
I have 2 separate copies of this and both are pretty badly warped.
doohickey

doohickey

January 20, 2018
referencing Ma Fleur, 2xLP, Album, DNO 151

This pressing is terrible. Clicks and pops all over the place brand new. I purchased on ebay when it came out and was unaware of the different Ninja Tune/Domino pressings. Avoid this one.
th1rd_eye

th1rd_eye

January 11, 2018
referencing Ma Fleur, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, S/Edition, Blu, none
Can anyone comment of the sound and packaging quality of this reissue? A comparison to the one from 2013 would be ideal.
leonthepro

leonthepro

October 10, 2017
referencing Ma Fleur, 2xLP, Album, DNO 151
Do people who have listened to this and the ltd 33rpm version find a difference in quality?
leonthepro

leonthepro

June 27, 2017
edited 6 months ago
referencing Ma Fleur, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, ZEN122

I awaited this album for a long time and frankly it didn't disappoint, it rather impressed me in most areas. I firstly did not expect a case holding all the images and records. It feels like a real package with all the extras. Beautiful images accompany the tracks as explained on the front one. The only real negative about the design being that there is no plastic lining for the record sleeves and no lyrics sheet. They could easily have been written on the back of the images. An unfortunate oversight. But I have to say I love the way they numbered the sides with letters half visible in the corner of each label, highlighting the current one in blue. Tricky to see at first but stylish non the less. To get into the music itself we start off with the mastering which I agree with many is really "mastered". The singing is sharp and clear like the strings and the bass is meaty just like it should be. One of the better I have heard and it genuinely made previously inaudible sounds heard. But where I disagree is in the pressing department. Randomly pops can burst out of your speaker, sometimes with more consistency. Dont fret that its a deal breaker however. It just did not meet expectations. Overall its a sturdy package with few shortcomings and for me an absolutely great one for showing what vinyl is really all about and what it can produce.

Edit: I dont remember exactly in what condition I got my copy but looking now its a little dirtier than I imagined when first reviewing. Take my words about the imperfect pressing with a grain of salt. Some of the more offensive pops are clearly caused by some visible marks I notice now as well. Make sure the records are shiny and clean when buying.

Update:
Comparing with my 2017 Chris Bellman cut I surprisingly find this to be preferable still. I love his work but even though there is a little better mid range and separation this Zen cut has better bass and is cut louder to mask more surface noise. Not to mention the extra material being superior in the box set.

Equipment used:
Rega RP1 with Nagaoka MP-110 Cartridge
Cyrus 2 Amplifier
System Fidelity SF-3050 tower speakers
Custom made HQ speaker cables
jamesgadd

jamesgadd

November 12, 2016
referencing Ma Fleur, 2xLP, Album, RP, 180, ZEN 122
Is anyone else's copy of this particularly noisy on the A-side? :(
chrissyboy73

chrissyboy73

March 21, 2016
referencing Ma Fleur, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, ZEN122

Found a sealed copy of this and promptly got it today.
Holy balls what a pressing, what a package. Lovely box type container sleeve. Photograph inserts are mint with two splendid 180g pressed records.
My kids are going hungry tonight Worth every penny.
Thanks ninja tune xxx