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  • Dance Mania (Awaiting Repress) Dance Mania (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Dance Mania (Awaiting Repress)

    Strut presents Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997, the first definitive retrospective of one of Chicago's most important and innovative house music labels. Emerging as a raw alternative to the powerhouses of Trax and DJ International duringthe mid-'80s, Dance Mania continued to represent street-level Chicago club music into the '90s, helping to pioneer the Ghetto House sound.
    1. Hercules - 7 Ways (Club)
    2. Victor Romeo featuring Leatrice Brown - Love Will Find A Way (Club)
    3. The House Master Boyz And The Rude Boy Of House - House Nation
    4. Duane & Co - J.B. Traxx
    5. Vincent Floyd - I Dream You
    6. Da Posse featuring Martell - Searchin' Hard
    7. Club Style - Crazy Wild
    8. Jammin' The House Gerald - Black Women (Club)
    9. Tyree - Nuthin' Wrong
    10. Strong Souls - Twinkles
    11. 3.2.6 - Falling (Armando's House mix)
    12. Rhythm II Rhythm - A Touch Of Jazz (Lifestyles Of The Rich mix)
    13. DJ Funk - House the Groove
    14. Paul Johnson - Feel My M.F. Bass
    15. DJ Funk - The Original Video Clash: Video Clash II (Street mix)
    16. Parris Mitchell Project feat. Wax Master - Ghetto Shout Out!!
    17. DJ Deeon - Da Bomb
    18. Houz' Mon - Fear The World
    19. Vincent Floyd - I'm So Deep
    20. Tim Harper - Toxic Waste (Club mix)
    21. Robert Armani - Ambulance
    22. DJ Deeon - House-O-Matic
    23. Traxmen & Eric Martin - Hit It From The Back
    24. Top Cat - Work Out
    Various Artists
    $26.99
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  • Handel - Water Music - Fireworks Music (Speakers Corner) Handel - Water Music - Fireworks Music (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Handel - Water Music - Fireworks Music (Speakers Corner)

    Composed in the spirit of the Baroque, the Water Music and Royal Fireworks Music were written by the highly regarded George Frideric Handel on commissions from Kings George I and George II of England.



    The remarkable première of the Water Music - a suite of instrumental airs, fanfares, dances, and other delights - was played in 1717 by musicians in a barge who entertained the King and his entourage on a banquet held on board the royal barge which travelled up and down the river Thames. According to reports at the time, Handel's new work was greeted with unanimous acclaim.



    Music appeared equally fitting for the solemn but festive commemoration of a peace treaty. The Royal Fireworks Music - originally scored for brass, oboes and bassoons, plus timpani and the bizarre serpent horn - was composed in 1749 for the victory gala in London's Green Park celebrating the Peace of Aix-La-Chapelle.



    In both pieces Georg Szell and the London Symphony Orchestra conjure up the full splendour of baroque tonality. Orchestra and conductor are clearly in a festive mood. The strings show rare form, lush and radiant. The brass are brilliant but never shrill. The atmosphere is transparent, the spatial effects are impressive.



    For the outstanding quality of this recording we are indebted not least to its inspired recording engineer, Kenneth E. Wilkinson.






    Musicians:



    • London Symphony Orchestra

    • George Szell (conductor)




    Recording: August 1961 at Watford Town Hall, Watford by Kenneth E. Wilkinson
    Production: John Culshaw





    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    Georg Szell with the London Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • 20 Years of Henry Street Music - The Definitive Collection 20 Years of Henry Street Music - The Definitive Collection Quick View

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    20 Years of Henry Street Music - The Definitive Collection

    Incredible as it seems, this year marks twenty years since the launch of Johnny D'Mairo's Henry Street Music label. To celebrate, BBE is marking the occasion with a sumptuous five- disc CD retrospective, a fitting tribute to one of the most important of all house labels. This is one of the most extensive grand summations yet done of a dance label. Henry Street Music exemplified its era as much as Trax and Nu-Groove had theirs. Come the mid-'90s, the disco cut-up became ubiquitous, as thousands tried to emu late the success of Henry Street's first big killer, The Bucketheads' Tha Bomb -still a dancefloor staple two decades on. Many of the movers and shakers of the day had their best moments on Henry Street, and they're all here: Johnnick, Armand Van Helden, DJ Duke, DJ Sneak, Dirty Harry, Davidson Ospina, Todd Terry, Mateo and Matos, Brutal Bill, Josh Wink, even the UK's own Ashley Beedle, and many more -a veritable roll-call of the premiere-league of dance at the time, an era when dance music still seemed incredibly fertile and the link with its own past was still vital. Some of the American originals can struggle to get props among the countless mutations of house out there vying for attention in today's digitalized dance scene, but the real house-heads always knew to check them, and will recognize this as quality product, through and through. Henry Street (named after Brooklyn homeboy Johnny's neighbourhood) always had a 'New York' vibe, and even when drawing its producers from further afield, the label encapsulated the city's melting-pot of talent and raw, bristling energy... energy captured here, and exploding off these remastered tracks like it's 1999 all over again! Alongside the massive dancefloor anthems from the likes of Kenny Dope and Armand Van Helden are some real gems that got away, some exclusive mixes, and the thoughts of Johnny D, one of the prime-movers of the New York dance scene even before he came up with his own label, responsible for countless hits as promotions man and as dance A&R at Atlantic. Never one for the limelight, Johnny's own story is nonetheless inextricably bound up with the transition from disco through house to the ubiquity of dance music today. So... dust off those dancing shoes, and get ready to feel the heat, it's one more time for the Henry Street Hustle!
    LP1
    1. Kenny Dope presents The Bucketheads - The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind)
    2. Armand Van Helden Presents Old School Junkies - The Funk Phenomena
    3. Johnick - Play The World


    LP2
    1. DJ Sneak Presents The Polyester EP - Show Me The Way
    2. Robbie Tronco Presents Tronco Traxx - Walk 4 Me
    3. Groove Culture / Arnold Jarvis - Feelin' It (Rhythm Section Main Mix)
    4. Stron Jay - Feel The Thunder (Tommy Musto Mix)


    LP3
    1. Mike Delgado Presents The Upstairs Lounge - Byrdman's Revenge
    2. Tiger Blood - Like That
    3. BQE - Steal Your Love
    4. DJ Duke / Roland Clark - D2-D2 (I Get Deep) (Timmy Regisford Shelter Mix)

    Various Artists
    $26.99
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  • Respighi - Ancient Dances (Speakers Corner) Respighi - Ancient Dances (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Respighi - Ancient Dances (Speakers Corner)

    The common practice in concert houses today of performing early music on modern orchestral instruments is owed largely to the endeavors of Ottorino Respighi. His free transcription of Renaissance works for the lute (1932) opened the way to the rediscovery of forgotten rhythms and timbres. Although Respighi altered the structure of the music by dissecting phrases right down to their basic elements, re-ordering them and redefining their sonority by the use of heavy brass and timpani, the art of the ancient maestri remained unscathed. Cadences and harmonic idioms are given a modern coloring at the most, but are never destroyed. Antal Dorati and his famous Philharmonia Hungarica have all that is needed to bring the score to life. Even in opulent passages the individual instruments can be heard distinctly. This works particularly well in the first two suites in which each movement is treated to a process of refinement by means of differing orchestration. That the third suite, written purely for stringed instruments, soars away, just like the proverbial Aeolian harp is only to be expected from this orchestra.




    Recording: June 1958 at the large hall of the Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria, by C.R. Fine

    Production: Wilma Cozart-Fine




    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    Suite 1 for Orchestra
    Suite 2 for Orchestra
    Suite 3 for Strings
    Antal Dorati with Hungary Philharmonic
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Brahms - Hungarian Dances (Speakers Corner) Brahms - Hungarian Dances (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Brahms - Hungarian Dances (Speakers Corner)

    Fritz Reiner dedicated himself to the interpretation of works by modern composers such as Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss and BÉla Bartók, and it suited him well to tackle works such as Brahms's Hungarian Dances and Dvorák's Slavonic Dances. These lively compositions require a conductor whose interaction with the orchestra is vivacious and animated. Reiner always demanded utmost concentration and perfection from his ensemble. Under his baton, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra plays with enthusiasm and without restaint; no trace of a sterile concert atmosphere is found in this recording.



    Reiner's penchant for effects is not irritating, but rather adds highlights which support his highly musical interpretation, indeed one even forgets this trait when listening to the brilliant music.



    From a tonal point of view, the sound is beautifully balanced and reaches the highest standards despite its recording date of 1960 - or maybe just for that reason? The recording is characterized by its brilliance, warmth and vivacity with the result that listening becomes a true musical pleasure.





    Musicians:



    • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Fritz Reiner (conductor)




    Recording: June 1960 at Sofiensaal, Vienna by James Brown

    Production: Erik Smith





    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    Johannes Brahms
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Homework Homework Quick View

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    Homework

    Originally released in 1997, Homework is the landmark debut album from the French house duo Daft Punk consisting of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter.


    Generally regarded as one of the most influential dance music albums of the '90s, Homework features an innovative synthesis of techno, house, acid house and electro styles amidst tracks that consistently engage the listener with rhythmically ambitious peaks and valleys.


    Includes the acclaimed hit singles Around the World and Da Funk which were both nominated for Grammy Awards for 'Best Dance Recording.' A rewarding and impressive early glimpse at a group who has subsequently become the biggest electronic act in the world!

    LP1
    1. Daftendirekt
    2. WDPK 83.7 FM
    3. Revolution 909
    4. Da Funk
    5. Phoenix
    6. Fresh
    7. Around the World
    8. Rollin' & Scratchin'


    LP2
    1. Teachers
    2. High Fidelity
    3. Rock 'n' Roll
    4. Oh Yeah
    5. Burnin'
    6. Indo Silver Club
    7. Alive
    8. Funk Ad

    Daft Punk
    $24.99
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  • Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005 Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005 Quick View

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    Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005


    First Time The Album Has Been Available On Vinyl


    Double LP On Silver Colored Vinyl


    "Satisfying like a 72-oz. steak or half
    a case of beer: Knowing you should know
    better just adds to the fun."
    - PITCHFORK


    Their Law: The Singles 1990- 2005 was originally
    released in 2005. The album features tracks form the
    four XL albums Experience, Music For the Jilted Generation, Fat Of The Land and Always Outnumbered Never
    Outgunned.


    Pitchfork gave the album a 9.1 upon it's release, and in
    their review of the album, Entertainment Weekly said that
    it "is here to remind us that the British electronic band
    stamped out some of the most brutally powerful dance
    music of the '90s."

    LP 1
    1. Firestarter
    2. Their Law
    3. Breathe
    4. Out of Space
    5. Smack My Bitch Up
    6. Poison
    7. Girls
    8. Voodoo People


    LP 2
    1. Charly
    2. No Good
    3. Spitfire
    4. Jericho
    5. Everybody in the Place
    6. One Love
    7. Hotride

    Prodigy
    $25.99
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  • The Crystal Method The Crystal Method Quick View

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    The Crystal Method

    L.A.'s Crystal Method were referred to as America's answer to the Chemical Brothers. A dance-based electronic duo with a definite rock band feel, the comparison seemed appropriate, although it tended to erase what made the group distinct: a solid base in American hip-hop, rock, soul, and pop. Formed in 1993 by Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, Crystal Method was the longest-running stop in a string of projects that led them from their native Las Vegas (and some forgettable four-track stabs at vocal house music), to the early-'90s L.A. rave scene. Drawn in by its youthful idealism, Jordan and Kirkland became absorbed by L.A.'s underground club culture and began knocking out tracks inspired by their experiences.

    - Sean Cooper (All Music)
    1. Emulator
    2. Over It (feat. Dia Frampton)
    3. Sling The Decks
    4. Storm The Castle (feat. Le Castle Vania)
    5. 110 to the 101
    6. Jupiter Shift
    7. Dosimeter (feat. Nick Thayer)
    8. Grace (feat. LeAnn Rimes)
    9. Difference (feat. Franky Perez)
    10. Metro
    11. After Hours (feat. Afrobeta)
    The Crystal Method
    $24.99
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  • Junto Junto Quick View

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    Junto

    JUNTO-due out via Atlantic Jaxx/PIAS America--marks pioneering U.K. electronic music duo BASEMENT JAXX's seventh studio album.


    Globally revered as innovators and leading lights of their genre, BASEMENT JAXX blew the lid off the dance music scene of the late 90's with their ground breaking albums Remedy, Rooty and Kish Kash. Having firmly established their place in the pantheon of dance music greats, the duo of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe are back with JUNTO, a genre-hopping musical roller-coaster that showcases the band's legendary inventiveness, irresistible songwriting and production smarts.


    In May, the pair debuted the club-ready, jacking Unicorn, the first track to be taken from Junto. It has met with universal praise, working as a perfect taster of what the full length has to offer. They soon followed with Mermaid Of Salinas, a samba sensation just in time for the World Cub festivities. Then came Never Say Never, the first official single from the album, currently sitting at #4 on Billboard's Club Play chart and racing up Billboard's Dance Radio chart.


    Spanish for 'together,' the concept behind JUNTO is one of unity and soulfulness, fusing dance music's sub-genres into one cohesive multi-flavored confection. It's a bold, boisterous, brilliant album full of amazing guest vocal performances, richly layered production and the irresistible sense of groove that has set them apart from the very beginning. Summer is here, and the JAXX are back.


    - Broadway World

    1. Intro
    2. Power To the People
    3. Unicorn
    4. Never Say Never
    5. We Are Not Alone
    6. What's The News
    7. Summer Dem
    8. Buffalo
    9. Rock This Road
    10. Sneakin' Toronto
    11. Something About You
    12. Mermaid of Salinas
    13. Love Is At Your Side
    Basement Jaxx
    $24.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Movement Movement Quick View

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    Movement

    Holly Herndon's debut collection of material hybridizes experimental and dance music into hard-coded human sensuality. Incorporating themes of presence and physicality / flux and futurity within said musical expressions via Herndon's unapologetic use of computer as her primary instrument, Movement translates the Avant-Garde into what Herndon fundamentally considers life practice. The influences of Maryanne Amacher and Galina Ustvolskaya are as prevalent in Herndon's music as Pan Sonic and Berlin and Birmingham 90s techno.
    1. Terminal
    2. Fade
    3. Breathe
    4. Control And
    5. Movement
    6. Interlude
    7. Dilato
    Holly Herndon
    $18.99
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  • The B-52s The B-52s Quick View

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    The B-52s

    Even in the weird, quirky world of new wave and post-punk in the late '70s, the B-52's' eponymous debut stood out as an original. Unabashed kitsch mavens at a time when their peers were either vulgar or stylish, the Athens quintet celebrated all the silliest aspects of pre-Beatles pop culture -- bad hairdos, sci-fi nightmares, dance crazes, pastels, and anything else that sprung into their minds -- to a skewed fusion of pop, surf, avant-garde, amateurish punk, and white funk. On paper, it sounds like a cerebral exercise, but it played like a party.


    The jerky, angular funk was irresistibly danceable, winning over listeners dubious of Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson's high-pitched, shrill close harmonies and Fred Schneider's campy, flamboyant vocalizing, pitched halfway between singing and speaking. It's all great fun, but it wouldn't have resonated throughout the years if the group hadn't written such incredibly infectious, memorable tunes as Planet Claire, Dance This Mess Around, and, of course, their signature tune, Rock Lobster. These songs illustrated that the B-52's' adoration of camp culture wasn't simply affectation -- it was a world view capable of turning out brilliant pop singles and, in turn, influencing mainstream pop culture. It's difficult to imagine the endless kitschy retro fads of the '80s and '90s without the B-52's pointing the way, but The B-52's isn't simply an historic artifact -- it's a hell of a good time.

    1. Planet Claire

    2. 52 Girls

    3. Dance This Mess Around

    4. Rock Lobster

    5. Lava

    6. There's a Moon in the Sky (Called the Moon)

    7. Hero Worship

    8. 6060-842

    9. Downtown
    The B-52s
    $37.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake (Speakers Corner) Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake (Speakers Corner)

    Here is a true delight for all ballet fans and music-lovers. This recording of what is probably Tchaikovsky's most popular ballet, Swan Lake, by Ernest Ansermet and his orchestra in a masterly performance is now available as a new pressing in vinyl. The Russian composer's first ballet is offered here on a double LP and although not a complete recording, this compilation (with a minimum of cuts) certainly comprises the most beautiful and expressive scenes, losing nothing in the process.



    "Ballet specialist" Ansermet and his wonderfully balanced Orchestre de la Suisse Romande offer here a recording which you'll want to hear again and again for it captures both the tragic moments of the fairy tale and the festive dance scenes. The precise winds in, for example No. 4, provide a marked contrast to the lively and exciting tutti (No. 5), while the gentle woodwinds blend charmingly with the dreamlike cantilena of the strings (No. 11). The various characteristics of the festive national dances (Polkas, Mazurkas, Hungarian Dance etc.) are performed with temperament, verve and rhythm, but it is the waltzes with their sweet dreaminess which invite the listener most of all to put on their dancing shoes and join in the dance.





    Musicians:



    • Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

    • Ernest Ansermet (conductor)




    Recording: October/November 1958 at Victoria Hall, Geneva by Roy Wallace
    Production: James Walker



    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve, booklet



    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Swan Lake

    Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
    $69.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Michael Michael Quick View

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    Michael

    Michael is the debut full length from Les Sins, the dance project
    of Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick. Inspired by cartoon and movie
    soundtracks, the largely instrumental album explores classic
    dance and pop music traditions. Catchy, repetitive vocal hooks
    gel with beats and synth work influenced by house, techno,
    French electronic, and '90s hip-hop production. Bundick made
    the album over two years and recorded everything in his home
    studio.


    The funky Why features vocals from Berkeley, Calif. singer-songwriter Nate Salman asking "Why you wanna go and do
    that?" "Bother" holds down a head-bobbing, body-moving
    groove until a stunning hallelujah moment straight out of a sci-fi
    version of Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
    While there are no concrete themes associated with the album,
    Chaz says he can imagine all of these songs playing in the
    middle of the brilliantly lighted and busy Ginza district in Tokyo.


    Touchstones like Timbaland, Mr. Oizo, and Daft Punk, and
    contemporaries such as Motor City Drum Ensemble offered
    inspiration, but most influential on the making of the album was
    the sage advice of a design icon. "My favorite graphic designer,
    P. Rand always said, 'Don't try to be original, just try to be
    good,'" Bundick says. "When making this record that was/is my
    mantra-it was just constantly looping in my mind. I believe
    'good' is timeless and once you can recognize that you'll see the
    world in its fullest.

    1. Talk About
    2. Past
    3. Toy
    4. Why ft. Nate Salman
    5. Bother
    6. Minato
    7. Bellow
    8. Sticky
    9. Call
    10. Drop
    11. Do Right
    Les Sins
    $14.99
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  • Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty (Speakers Corner) Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty (Speakers Corner)

    His symphonies are ballets, his ballets are symphonies; such has often been said about Tchaikovsky's lengthy dance compositions. This opinion is not entirely due to the fact that these works had to please the audience without being danced to after Diaghilev's legendary ballet company was dissolved. Rather more, Tchaikovsky's instrumental and incidental music is pervaded by movement and dance rhythms that act as a musical scaffolding.



    Almost as legendary as the incomparable heritage of Russian music is the reputation of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, whose recordings are famed for their lush and saturated sound colouring. Ansermet transforms the score into a veritable firework of sound, without ever straining after cheap effects by means of a thunderous sound; the strings are clean and warm in all registers, the brass volleys blare out keenly, and the percussion is dauntlessly resolute. This performance and Decca's customary excellent sound recording render great homage to this music. All the more reason to be glad that this particular Sleeping Beauty has been awakened at long last.





    Recording: March and April 1959 at Victoria Hall, Geneva (Switzerland), by Roy Wallace

    Production: James Walker



    Format: 3LPs 33rpm



    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. The Sleeping Beauty
    Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
    $95.99
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    The Pink Panther (Speakers Corner)

    The film director Blake Edwards brought into existence what is probably the best opening sequence to his comic crime film when he commissioned a young enterprising company to produce an animated Pink Panther cartoon film. The creative team came up with the idea of giving the cold, glittering diamond the guise of a cool, pink panther, which leads a bungling detective on a merry dance to the slinky sound of the Panther theme.



    Mancini would not be Mancini if he did not bathe the film location - the skiing resort Cortina d'Ampezzo -in highly varied musical colours and genres. His well-known love for dance music finds itself in the samba (It Had Better Be Tonight), the shuffle (Champagne And Quail), and the cha-cha (Something For Sellers). But also the ballad, sung by a muted trumpet and saxophone (Royal Blue), or the simple combination of keyboard and strings (Piano And Strings) are all woven into the story. One of the most memorable and delightful sounds is that of the accordion, whose melodies evoke an atmosphere that is filled with the Bohème, Paris and the sound of the musette. This music is never gaudy, but subtle, just like a panther padding quietly along. And if your appetite is now whetted for more, there is an extra portion of Mancini to be found in Breakfast At Tiffany's (RCA LSP 2362).



    Musicians:



    • Henry Mancini (arranger, conductor, p) & orchestra



    Recording: September 1963 at RCA Victor's Music Center of the World, Hollywood, by Jim Malloy

    Production: Joe Reisman



    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. The Pink Panther Theme
    2. It Had Better Be Tonight (Instrumental)
    3. Royal Blue
    4. Champagne and Quail
    5. The Village Inn
    6. The Tiber Twist
    7. It Had Better Be Tonight
    8. Cortina
    9. The Lonely Princess
    10. Something for Sellers
    11. Piano and Strings
    12. Shades of Sennett
    Henry Mancini
    $34.99
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    Miles Smiles (Speakers Corner)

    Except for the taping of a live performance at the Portland Festival, Miles Davis's discography for 1966 only lists the recordings made for the LP Miles Smiles! How strange when one considers the usual large output of Miles and his ensembles for Columbia Records in the Sixties.



    The bass player Ron Carter was best suited for the complicated rhythm part and remained Miles's 'number one' in a quintet which gave a new interpretation to compositions by Wayne Shorter and jazz hits such as Freedom Jazz Dance by Eddie Harris and Jimmy Heath's Gingerbread Boy.



    Every second of the nine-minute-long Footprints by Shorter is an absolute highlight, while the drumming of the young Tony Williams in Freedom Jazz Dance is full of vitality, with a quick pulse, and even described as threatening in the liner notes. This music is neither 'new stream' nor 'old guard' but good modern jazz according to Anthony Tuttle. That's exactly what Miles Smiles was upon its release 40 years ago - and that's what it is to this day! And that Miles Davis smiled for once thanks to the great musical relationship between the five individualists is certainly no mere rumour.



    Musicians:



    • Miles Davis

    • Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone)

    • Herbie Hancock (piano)

    • Ron Carter (bass)

    • Tony Williams (drums)




    Recording: October 1966 at Columbia RecordsStudios, New York, by Frank Laico

    Production: Teo Macero




    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Orbits
    2. Circle
    3. Footprints
    4. Dolores
    5. Freedom Jazz Dance
    6. Ginger Bread Boy
    Miles Davis
    $34.99
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    Stravinsky: Les Noces (Speakers Corner)

    Although ten years separate the gigantic composition Le Sacre du Printemps and the dance cantata Les Noces, the more recent work has several things in common with its scandalous predecessor. Originally Stravinsky planned to use a vast orchestra of 150 musicians, but decided after numerous attempts to settle for four pianos, percussion, voices and mixed chorus.


    Concealed behind the innocuous title is not a peasant wedding but once again an archaic ritual, »which takes possession of several of the central figures, drives them on and eventually crushes them with its unrelenting movement« (AndrÉ Boucourechliev, Igor Stravinski, Fayard 1982). Ballet, rhythmic dance through and through, fuses with Russian melodic song and thereby exudes a folkloristic exoticism.


    Rarely performed yet zestful and a sheer delight for the ears is the burlesque tale Renard, a musical fable about Reynard the crafty Fox, the Cock, the Cat, and the Ram.
    Stravinsky himself conducted this recording made with a grand line-up of America's top composers at the piano keyboard - Samuel Barber, Lukas Foss, Aaron Copland and Roger Sessions. One certainly can't ask for more authenticity on record than these contemporary witnesses.


    Musicians:



    • Columbia Chamber and Percussion Ensembles

    • Igor Stravinsky (conductor)




    Recording: September 1962 at American Legion Hall, Hollywood, and January 1962 at Manhattan Center, New York, by Edwin Michalski
    Production: John McClure




    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. Les Noces ("The Wedding")
    2. Renard ("The Fox")
    3. Ragtime For Eleven Instruments
    Stravinsky
    $34.99
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    Stravinsky - Petruchka (Speakers Corner)

    Petrushka was born of Stravinsky's vision of a long-haired musician hammering indiscriminately at the piano keys and engaging in a furious contest with the orchestra which »answers with vehement protests and acoustic fisticuffs«. As was the case with The Rite of Spring and The Firebird, Sergei Diaghilev and his Russian ballet had their share in ensuring that the 'burlesque' in four scenes would be suitable for the stage.
    The clown-doll Petrushka revels in his spiteful teasing and pranks at the Shrovetide fair.


    The orchestra contributes swirling dance figures, blaring brass and scurrying strings to his high-spirited clownery - but then the Moor enters and dances with the Ballerina, arousing jealousy in Petrushka. Although the clown-doll does not survive this bitter-sweet story, he triumphs at the end, his ghost mocking the crowd at the fair.
    This highly inventive music combines folksong, popular music and the waltz, all bound together by exhilating rhythms which are often taken to thunderous extremes. With its outstanding sound, this recording is a must-have in any Stravinsky collection.


    Recording: May 1959 at the Northrop Memorial Auditorium, Minnesota, USA, by C.R. Fine
    Production: Wilma Cozart-Fine and Clair Van Ausdall


    Musicians:



    • Antal Dorati (conductor)

    • Igor Stravinsky (composer)

    • The Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra



    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Petrouchka - Burlesque Scenes In Four Tableaux - The Shrovetide Fair; Russian Dance
    2. Petrouchka - Burlesque Scenes In Four Tableaux - In Petrouchka's Room
    3. Petrouchka - Burlesque Scenes In Four Tableaux - In The Moor's Room; Dance Of The Ballerina And The Moor
    4. Petrouchka - Burlesque Scenes In Four Tableaux - Grand Carnival - Dance Of Gypsies, Coachmen And Grooms; The Maskers; Death Of Petrouchka
    Stravinsky
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Borodin - Symphonies 2 & 3 (London) (Speakers Corner) Borodin - Symphonies 2 & 3 (London) (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Borodin - Symphonies 2 & 3 (London) (Speakers Corner)

    Anyone believing in the old adage that science and the fine arts do not mix must rethink his ideas when he becomes acquainted with Alexandr Borodin's biography and his music. The Russian professor of chemistry constantly stole time from his lectures in order to compose; it was musical elements and formulas rather than chemical ones that occupied him.



    Without a doubt, the Second Symphony in B minor best reflects Russian feeling and temperament. Its rather harsh and mechanical theme is contrasted first by a lively little song and later by a conciliatory second subject. Cheerful and soothing melodies are heard in ever new combinations until the main theme returns once again and the movement is brought to a powerful close. The Scherzo, with its throbbing horns, march rhythms and thrilling woodwinds, is equally electrifying. The contemplative Andante is followed by a highly explosive Finale based on two Russian dance melodies which are widely varied during the course of the music.



    Both old and new friends of Russian symphonic music are highly recommended to experiment in their own "sitting-room laboratories" with this musically and chemically pure vinyl pressing.



    Musicians:



    • Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

    • Ernest Ansermet (conductor)




    Recording: October / November 1954 at Victoria Hall, Geneva by Roy Wallace
    Production: James Walker





    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    London Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
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    Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Speakers Corner)

    Mozart wrote the Divertimento No. 1 at the age of six, while A Musical Joke and Eine kleine Nachtmusik were composed shortly before his death.



    From what one hears, apparently only a few music lovers enjoy listening to Eine kleine Nachtmusik. Far too often has it been performed routinely rather than being filled with life. This recording is quite different: living up to his reputation, Karl MÜnchinger proves that this favourite can be imbued with significance.



    The historical roote of the serenade lie in the suite which consists of varied contrasting dance movements. In the spirit of this tradition, MÜnchinger offers a clear and unfussed interpretation which is absolutely credible and has a freshness rarely heard. The ensemble plays both cheerfully and and wittily. In A Musical Joke, Mozart parodies amateurish composers of his own era, and the orchestra quite obviously participates in the fun.
    This LP is distinguished by its musical and tonal balance and is one of DECCA's best sound recordings.





    Musicians:



    • Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra

    • Karl MÜnchinger (conductor)




    Recording: November 1960, Victoria Hall at Geneva by Roy Wallace

    Production: James Walker





    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    $34.99
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    Spartacus (Speakers Corner)

    Aram Khachaturian, the most well-known of all Armenian composers, believed that art should be closely bound to the people and indeed it was a pre-requisite for his own creative inspiration. Largely uninfluenced by the manifold trends of the 20th century, Khachaturian's works reflect the folk heritage of his native country. In the two richly orchestrated ballets, which he himself later arranged into suites, we find the musical spirit and customs of an ancient culture. In particular the unrestrained exuberance of the Sabre Dance from Gayaneh has contributed to the immense popularity of this suite. The ballet Spartacus could be described as a monumental historical drama and made Khachaturian one of the Soviet Union's most highly honoured composers.



    That a slave uprising can not only be expressed in music but can also take place on an international dimension is admirably demonstrated by the maestro personally in this recording where Khachaturian takes on the role of leader of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.



    Musicians:



    • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Aram Khachaturian (conductor)




    Recording: March 1967 at Sofiensaal, Vienna by James Brown

    Production: Erik Smith





    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    Aram Khachaturian
    $34.99
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    The Inner Mounting Flame (Speakers Corner)

    The liner notes for The Inner Mounting Flame were written by the guru Sri Chinmoy - now that's a real sales point! The music too burns right from the very first note to the last as though it were licked by the flames of hell fire.



    The wealth of ideas, sheer vitality and supreme soloistic virtuosity of the five top-notch musicians from four different countries is absolutely first class. In addition there is their truly dreamlike interplay; one could say they were born and grew up with the same 'spirit'. Meeting Of The Spirit, The Dance Of Maya and You Know You Know are the highlights of this first Mahavishnu Orchestra.



    Aspiration - struggle, hope and desire - is seen as an inner mounting flame which takes man towards 'divine perfection'. Well, opinions differ of course. But what is certain is that this music from 1971 is still amazingly fresh and creative even 36 years later - and luckily it is available once again in the form of a vinyl disc.



    Musicians:



    • John McLaughlin (guitar)

    • Jan Hammer (piano)

    • Jerry Goodman (violin)

    • Rick Laird (bass)

    • Billy Cobham (drums)




    Recording: August 1971 in New York City by Don Puluse

    Production: John McLaughlin





    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Meeting of the Spirits
    2. Dawn
    3. Noonward Race, The
    4. A Lotus on Irish Streams
    5. Vital Transformation
    6. Dance of Maya, The
    7. You Know You Know
    8. Awakening
    Mahavishnu Orchestra
    $34.99
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  • Bizet: Carmen (Speakers Corner) Bizet: Carmen (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Bizet: Carmen (Speakers Corner)

    This is a problem recording, and even fans of Leonard Bernstein and Marilyn Horne will find it odd« writes a large mail-order media company about this Carmen production. However, discerning listeners who submerge themselves in the music will soon conclude that the problem is rather to be found among the many highly acclaimed and styled-up other recordings that present the fiery musical portrait as a sanitized, spirited indoor ballet. This is very different from Bernstein, who hints at the work's inevitable tragedy already in the agonisingly weighty clashing cymbals of the surprisingly slow opening. His rustic-sounding street scenes are filled with vaudeville, raw and authentic, and so typical of how people behave when they dance out-of-doors. This Carmen is far closer to the cracking Westside Story than a saturated Traviata.


    Marilyn Horne in the title role lends the full-blooded Carmen such an incredible voice in all manner of moods that one can hardly believe that we are listening to just one singer. One minute we hear the bright voice of a young girl lusting for life, and in the next minute the mezzo-like pained cry of a man-killing heroine.
    James McCracken has a distinctive dry voice, which is full of rousing passion, and is ideal in the role of Don JosÉ. He is complemented by the dramatic, powerful baritone Tom Krause as the torero Escamillo.


    Harry Pearson, the founder and former Editor in Chief of the specialist magazine The Absolute Sound, accorded this outstanding recording a regular mention in his 'super disc' list - no problem!

    Musicians:



    • Marylin Horne

    • James McCracken

    • The Manhattan Opera Chorus and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein



    Recording: September and October 1972 im Manhattan Center, New York von
    GÜnter Hermanns

    Production: Thomas W. Mowrey



    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    LP 1
    1. Prelude
    First Act
    2. Introduction
    3. March And Chorus Of Urchins
    4. Chorus And Scene
    5. Habanera
    6. Scene
    7. Dialogue
    8. Duet
    9. Chorus

    10. Chanson And Melodrama

    11. Chanson Et Duet
    12. Finale


    LP 2
    1. Entracte
    Second Act
    2. Chanson
    3. Chorus And Ensemble
    4. Couplets / Chorus
    5. Quintet
    6. Chanson
    7. Duo
    8. Finale
    Third Act
    9. Entracte

    10. Introduction


    LP 3
    1. Trio
    2. Ensemble
    3. Air
    4. Duo
    5. Finale

    6. Entracte

    Fourth Act
    7. Chorus

    8. Chorus

    9. Final Duo

    Georges Bizet
    $95.99
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  • Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 11 & 20 (Speakers Corner) (Pre-Order) Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 11 & 20 (Speakers Corner) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 11 & 20 (Speakers Corner) (Pre-Order)

    If you want to get to the bottom of the cheerfulness and gallantry in Mozart's oeuvre, you can do no better than taking as a contrast one of his compositions that has always been described as gloomy and demonic.

    Putting aside the often-cited vocal heavyweights such as Don Giovanni and Requiem, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466 occupies a distinguished position as a resonant counterpart to the charming music he wrote for social occasions in that it takes on a new dimension in his instrumental music. The choice of a minor key, unusual for a concerto, lends a dramatic tone to the composition, whereby the soloist and orchestra engage with one another in sharp contrast. Rudolf Serkin, one of the greatest interpreters of Mozart's piano works, allows the immense energy of this concerto to slip through his fingers with due care. He battles his way through the weighty first movement with enthusiasm and verve, lets his fingertips dance daintily through the cantilena of the Romance, and then rousingly celebrates the passionate and fiery Finale with a bell-like touch.

    On the reverse side the Festival Orchestra rounds off this inspiring performance with the filigree and charmingly effervescent Concerto in F major, K. 413 from Mozart's Viennese period - as cheerful as it is gallant.

    Musicians:

    • Rudolf Serkin (piano)
    • The Marlboro Festival Orchestra conducted by Alexander Schneider

    Recording: August 1957 in Marlboro, VT

    About Speakers Corner

    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.

    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.

    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.

    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.

    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.

    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    Piano Concerto No. 20 In D Minor

    I- Allegro
    II- Romance
    III- Rondo; Allegro Assai
    Piano Concerto No. 11 In F Major
    I- Allegro
    II- Larghetto
    III- Tempo Di Menuetto
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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