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  • I Robot (Awaiting Repress) I Robot (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    I Robot (Awaiting Repress)

    Alan Parsons Project I Robot on Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP From Mobile Fidelity


    Perfectionism, Innovation, Complexities, and Reference-Grade Production Make Alan Parsons Project's Conceptual I Robot a Timeless Classic: Sci-Fi Arrangements Steeped In Drama and Moodiness


    More Music, More Information, More Detail, More Nuance, More Everything: Mobile Fidelity 180g 45RPM 2LP Set the Definitive-Sounding Analog Version of 1977 Audiophile Standard


    A Demonstration Disc for the Ages: Immaculate Highs and Lows, Supreme Spaciousness, See-Through Transparency, 3D Imaging, Wider Grooves on System-Testing Pressing


    Audiophiles needn't any introduction to the Alan Parsons Project's I Robot. Engineered by Parsons after he performed the same duties on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, the 1977 record reigns as a disc whose taut bass, crisp highs, clean production, and seemingly limitless dynamic range are matched only by the sensational prog-rock fare helmed by the keyboardist. Not surprisingly, it's been issued myriad times. Can it be improved? Relish Mobile Fidelity's stupendous-sounding 180g 45RPM 2LP set and the question becomes irrelevant.


    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, and afforded the luxurious groove space of a 45RPM LP, I Robot comes to life like never before on this numbered limited-edition reissue. Boasting immaculate highs and lows, generous spaciousness, and see-through transparency that takes you into the studio with Parsons and creative partner Eric Woolfson at Abbey Road, this super-clean edition has been lovingly restored by Mobile Fidelity engineers with the intention of demonstrating the full-range capabilities of the world's best stereo systems. Put simply, there's more music, more information, more detail, more nuance, more everything.


    Savor reference-grade soundstages, immersive smoothness, sought-after instrumental separation, three-dimensional imaging, and consummate tonal balances. Able to be played back at high volumes without compromise or fatigue, the analog masterwork is a demonstration record for the ages - the likes of which are no longer being made. Longtime fans can finally rest assured knowing they don't have to pony up hundreds of dollars for older pressings - including three prior Mobile Fidelity versions on LP and CD. This is the very reason you own and invest in high-end audio gear.


    Inspired by and loosely based around the Isaac Asimov stories of the same name, I Robot delves into themes of artificial intelligence and technological dominance that make the record increasingly relevant in the 21st century. Indeed, Parsons' pinnacle creation dovetailed with the ascendency of Star Wars, which itself is experiencing a rebirth in an age of self-driving cars, smart devices, and mindless automation. Lyrically, songs such as The Voice call into question human behavior - and their relationship to increasing robotic supremacy - in everyday life. Sonically, Parsons reflects the associated paranoia, dichotomy, and transformation via shifting sci-fi arrangements steeped in drama and moodiness.


    I Robot's absorbing tunes also continue to fascinate due to their perfectionism and innovation. Borrowing from Pink Floyd's strategies, Parsons utilizes a looped sequence on the title track to create new downbeats. Some Other Time employs two different lead vocalists and yet gives the illusion only one is involved. Captivating strings, a piccolo trumpet, and bona fide pipe organ grace Don't Let It Show. The origins of Nucleus stem from a unique analog keyboard concoction dubbed the Projectron, devised by Parsons and electronic engineer Keith Johnson. Andrew Powell's orchestral and choral arrangements top it all off, with Total Eclipse arriving as an aptly frightening track that presages the climactic Genesis Ch. 1 V. 32.


    Does man or machine win in the end? Decide with Parsons as you get lost in Mobile Fidelity's definitive pressing.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. I Robot
    2. I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You
    3. Some Other Time
    4. Breakdown
    5. Don't Let It Show
    6. The Voice
    7. Nucleus
    8. Day After Day
    9. Total Eclipse
    10. Genesis Ch. 1 V.32
    Alan Parsons Project
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  • Eye in the Sky (Speakers Corner) Eye in the Sky (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Eye in the Sky (Speakers Corner)

    Unimpressed and untouched by the glorification of individuals so typical for the music business, the Alan Parsons Project proved that even without spectacular light shows, rock celebrities in the band or self-composed songs it was possible to rise to stardom. Alan Parsons, who first took up an apprenticeship as a sound engineer at EMI and was later responsible for several Paul McCartney productions and the Pink Floyd album 'Dark Side Of The Moon' at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, drew upon his experience in order to further his solo career. While the co-producer Eric Woolfson wrote songs, Parsons who had an uncanny feeling for sound conjured up synthetic and natural sounds.



    As with all albums from the early years, 'Eye In The Sky' is inspired by important topics of the times. True to the 'no-future lifestyle' of the 80s, the songs impart a somewhat depressive character which serves as a stark contrast to the steely rock rhythms, free from electronic gimmicks. In addition one finds addictive harmony in the vocal polyphony ('Gemini'), blaring brass with a Spanish rhythm ('Silence And I') and a velvety string sound ('Old And Wise'). All in all a great achievement by the British wizard of sound at the mixing console.



    Musicians:



    • Alan Parsons (keyboards)

    • Eric Woolfson (keyboards, vocal)

    • Andrew Powell (arranger, conductor)

    • Ian Bairnson (guitar)

    • Mel Collins (saxophone)

    • David Paton (bass, guitar, vocal)

    • Stuart Elliot (drums, percussion)




    Recording: 1981 at Abbey Road Studios, London, by Alan Parsons

    Production: Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson




    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. Sirius
    2. Eye in the Sky
    3. Children of the Moon
    4. Gemini
    5. Silence and I
    6. You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned
    7. Psychobabble
    8. Mammagamma
    9. Step by Step
    10. Old and Wise
    The Alan Parsons Project
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Prog Collective The Prog Collective Quick View

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    The Prog Collective

    The biggest super group of Progressive Rock players
    ever assembled and one of the most talked about releases of 2012 finally arrives on vinyl!


    Features performances by John Wetton (Asia), Tony
    Levin (King Crimson), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Geoff Downes (Yes/Asia), Alan Parsons (Alan Parsons Project), Chris Squire (Yes), Rick Wakeman (Yes), Gary Green (Gentle Giant), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), Steve Hillage (Gong), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Tony Kaye (Yes), Colin Moulding (xTC) and more!

    LP1
    1. The Laws of Nature
    2. Over Again
    3. The Technical Divide
    4. Social Circles
    5. Buried Beneath
    6. Follow the Signs


    LP 2
    1. Check Point Karma
    2. The Laws of Nature (Instrumental)
    3. The Technical Divide (Instrumental)
    4. Social Circles (Instrumental)
    5. Check Point Karma (Instrumental)
    6. Over Again (Single Edit)
    7. BONUS TRACK: Let the World Revolve

    The Prog Collective
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  • Time Machine Time Machine Quick View

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    Time Machine

    Available On Vinyl For The First Time!


    Gatefold & Printed Innersleeves


    Exclusive Artwork Created By Peter Curzon, Storm Studis


    On Air is the second solo release by Alan Parsons following the split of The Alan Parsons Project, however the album's chief creative force was the Project's long-time guitarist, Ian Bairnson. Its concept revolves around the history of airborne exploration. Musically, this album is very different from Try Anything Once and the Alan Parsons Project albums, opting for more of a soft rock sound and a stable band line-up rather than the funky rhythms, symphonic flares, or rotating vocalists of the past.



    1. The Time Machine (Part 1)
    2. Temporalia
    3. Out Of The Blue
    4. Call Up
    5. Ignorance Is Bliss
    6. Rubber Universe
    7. No Future In The Past
    8. Press Rewind
    9. The Very Last Time
    10. Far Ago And Long Away
    11. The Time Machine (Part 2)
    12. Dr. Evil Edit
    Alan Parsons
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  • Turn of a Friendly Card Turn of a Friendly Card Quick View

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    Turn of a Friendly Card

    With two of the Alan Parsons Project's best songs, the lovely ballad Time and the wavy-sounding Games People Play, 'The Turn Of A Friendly Card' remains one of this group's most enjoyable albums.


    Parsons' idea, the subject of the album's six tracks, centers around the age-old temptation of gambling and its stranglehold on the human psyche.


    Music On Vinyl is proud to present yet another beauty by these British Progressive Rockers.

    1. May Be A Price To Pay
    2. Games People Play
    3. Time
    4. I Don't Wanna Go Home
    5. The Gold Bug
    6. The Turn Of A Friendly Card
    I. The Turn Of A Friendly Card (Part One)
    II. Snake Eyes
    III. The Ace Of Swords
    IV. Nothing Left To Lose
    V. The Turn Of A Friendly Card (Part Two)
    Alan Parsons
    $34.99
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  • Stereotomy Stereotomy Quick View

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    Stereotomy

    Alan Parsons Project is well known for building their albums around certain socio-demographic themes. Stereotomy (1985) deals with the way in which modern society molds the personality. At the time, Stereotomy was one of the first completely digitally recorded pieces of music, sporting a rare 'DDD' code on its first release.


    The album is coherently balanced, its synthesized and orchestrated songs completing each another. The high octane Where's The Walrus? is a response to 'Mr. Laser Beam', analogy of Mr. Lee Abrams, an American radio personality. He accused the band having gone 'flat' in their last albums: he asked them 'Where's The Walrus?', meaning 'Where are the classic songs like The Beatles' I Am The Walrus?'.

    1. Stereotomy
    2. Beaujolais
    3. Urbania
    4. Limelight
    5. In The Real World
    6. Where's The Walrus
    7. Light Of The World
    8. Chinese Whispers
    9. Stereotomy Two
    Alan Parsons Project
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  • Pyramid Pyramid Quick View

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    Pyramid

    The British progressive rock band Alan Parsons Project was active between 1975 and 1990. The Project consisted of Eric Woolfson and Alan Parsons surrounded by a varying number of session musicians.


    Englishman Alan Parsons met Scotsman Eric Woolfson in the canteen of Abbey Road Studios in the summer of 1974.


    Parsons had already acted as assistant engineer on The Beatles' 'Abbey Road' and 'Let It Be' and had recently engineered Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of the Moon'.


    Woolfson, a songwriter and composer, was working as a session pianist.


    'Pyramid' is the third album by The Alan Parsons Project and was originally released in 1978. The album contains numerous references to the Egyptian pyramids, hence the name.

    1. Voyager (2:25)
    2. What Goes Up... (3:31)
    3. The Eagle Will Rise Again (4:20)
    4. One More River (4:18)
    5. Can't Take It With You (5:07)


    1. In The Lap Of The Gods (5:29)
    2. Pyramania (2:44)
    3. Hyper-Gamma-Spaces (4:17)
    4. Shadow Of A Lonely Man (5:39)

    Alan Parsons Project
    $36.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Amigos (Speakers Corner) Amigos (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Amigos (Speakers Corner)

    Santana's music is like the game of Mikado - a tight bundle of pieces in various styles that is difficult to handle, even for experienced musicians. No whether the sticks are labelled funk, jazz, rock, R & B, or folk: when you try to pick out just one of these, the whole lot vibrates alongside.



    It seems relatively simple (and is often attempted) to try and sort out track lists according to more or less commercially oriented compilations. And having fastidiously set up the ranking and astutely discussed it in your circle of friends, you can sit back and enjoy the brilliant guitar sound of such blockbusters as Caravanserai or Welcome - quality rules the day!



    In his seventh album the guitar guru is once again surrounded by numerous freshly recruited supporting musicians and the star producer David Rubinson. The latter watches carefully over the development of this project, which is highly reminiscent of the early Santana sound. A perceptible infatuation with the vocals, or the wealth of buzzing, pulsating, clattering, clicking rhythms, or yet again the inimitable bubbling, frothy guitar solos: a Santana LP is simply unthinkable without all this. Why then should one try to pick out the various styles, genres or consumer groups when this record belongs to his best and most important six, seven - or maybe even eight? At the end of the day, we all remain amigos with Santana.



    Musicians:



    • Devadip Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals, percussion, conga)

    • Tom Coster (keyboards)

    • Ndugu Leon Chandler (drums, percussion, conga)

    • Armanda Peraza (conga, percussion, vocals)

    • David Brown (bass)

    • Greg Walker (vocals)




    Recording: 1976 at Wally Heider Recording Studios, San Francisco, by Fred Catero and David Rubinson

    Production: David Rubinson & Friends, Inc.




    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. Dance Sister Dance (Baila Mi Hermana)
    2. Take Me with You
    3. Let Me
    4. Gitano
    5. Tell Me Are You Tired
    6. Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)
    7. Let It Shine
    Santana
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Ammonia Avenue Ammonia Avenue Quick View

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    Ammonia Avenue

    Released two years after their big-selling Eye In The Sky album, Ammonia Avenue from 1984 offers beautiful tunes, with intelligent lyrical content. The theme of the album is the communication breakdown of mankind in a society turning ever more antisocial. Alan Parsons Project is the pinnacle of art rock, and this album proves it, yielding the hit single Don't Answer Me. A great deal of variation and clever hooks result in a record that holds more than the sum of its parts: a great listen throughout!
    1. Prime Time
    2. Let Me Go Home
    3. One Good Reason
    4. Since The Last Goodbye
    5. Don't Answer Me
    6. Dancing On A High Wire
    7. You Don't Believe
    8. Pipeline
    9. Ammonia Avenue
    Alan Parsons Project
    $32.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • On Air On Air Quick View

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    On Air


    Printed Innersleeve


    Gatefold Sleeve


    Exclusive Artwork Created By Peter Curzon, Storm Studis


    On Air is the second solo release by Alan Parsons following the split of The Alan Parsons Project, however the album's chief creative force was the Project's long-time guitarist, Ian Bairnson. Its concept revolves around the history of airborne exploration. Musically, this album is very different from Try Anything Once and the Alan Parsons Project albums, opting for more of a soft rock sound and a stable band line-up rather than the funky rhythms, symphonic flares, or rotating vocalists of the past.

    1. Blue Blue Sky
    2. Too Close To The Sun
    3. Blown By The Wind
    4. Cloudbreak
    5. I Can't Look Down
    6. Brother Up In Heaven
    7. Fall Free
    8. Apollo
    9. So Far Away
    10. One Day To Fly
    11. Blue Blue Sky
    Alan Parsons
    $37.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Prog Rock Classics The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Prog Rock Classics Quick View

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    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Prog Rock Classics

    The ambitious new project from one of the world's leading orchestras recording fully orchestrated progressive rock masterpieces with guest appearances by members of iconic prog rock bands!


    Features scintillating symphonic versions of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" with Alan Parsons Project multi-instrumentalist Ian Bairnson, King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man" featuring King Crimson and Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison, Gentle Giant's "Think Of Me With Kindness" featuring Yes and Moody Blues
    keyboardist Patrick Moraz and many more!

    1. ELP Suite: Tarkus / From The Beginning / Tarkus (Reprise)
    2. Comfortably Numb feat. Ian Bairnson
    3. Thick As A Brick feat. Richard Harvey
    4. 21st Century Schizoid Man feat. Gavin Harrison and Guthrie Govan
    5. Focus II feat. Thijs Van Leer
    6. Nights In White Satin feat. Mark Feltham
    7. Think Of Me With Kindness feat. Patrick Moraz
    8. Roundabout feat. Jimmy Greenspoon
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    $25.99
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  • Dark Side Of The Moon Dark Side Of The Moon Quick View

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    Dark Side Of The Moon

    Ranked 43/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Remastered From The Original Analogue Tapes By James Guthrie, Joel Plante, And Bernie Grundman


    Pink Floyd's most successful and singularly defining album is here to stay. The Dark Side of the Moon has sold over 40 million copies worldwide since its release in 1973, and it shows no signs of letting up. With lush, immaculate production and sweeping instrumentals, The Dark Side of the Moon is unrivaled in sonic brilliance. The complex textures found within have captivated audiophiles for over thirty years.


    With lyrics about seemingly mundane details set against dreamy, atmospheric backdrops, the songs on The Dark Side of the Moon achieve a truly emotional response. Performances are not virtuosic, but they are brilliant nonetheless and were likewise brilliantly recorded. Abbey Road Studios engineer Alan Parsons and Pink Floyd made use of some of the most advanced techniques available at the time to craft a sound that was innovative yet entirely classic, by any sense of the word. Swirling organs, mellow drums, and spacious guitars are signature sounds that have been inextricably linked with Pink Floyd's magnificent songwriting.


    The Dark Side of the Moon is a peerless entry in the annals of classic rock history. No record collection should be without this multi-platinum masterpiece.

    1. Speak to Me
    2. Breathe in the Air
    3. On the Run
    4. Time
    5. The Great Gig in the Sky
    6. Money
    7. Us and Them
    8. Any Colour You Like
    9. Brain Damage
    10. Eclipse
    Pink Floyd
    $30.99
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  • Year Of The Cat Year Of The Cat Quick View

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    Year Of The Cat

    Produced and recorded at Abbey Road by rock icon Alan Parsons, Al Stewart's Year of the Cat album catapulted this English prog-rock legend into gold and platinum territory upon its hit release in 1976. Packaging features the amazing original gatefold album cover artwork designed by Hipgnosis (Pink Floyd) for this limited edition, 180 gram vinyl release impeccably mastered from the original Janus Records tapes by Joe Reagoso.
    1. Lord Grenville
    2. On The Border
    3. Midas Shadow
    4. Sand In Your Shoes
    5. If It Doesn't Come Naturally, Leave It
    6. Flying Sorcery
    7. Broadway Hotel
    8. One Stage Before
    9. Year Of The Cat
    Al Stewart
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  • Eve Eve Quick View

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    Eve

    For the most part, 1979's Eve is somewhat overlooked as being one of the Alan Parsons Project's finest work, when in fact it involves some of this group's most intricate songs. The album's concept deals with the female's overpowering effect on man. Each song touches on her ability to dissect the male ego, especially through sexual means, originating with Eve's tempting Adam in the beginning of time.


    Not only does this idea gain strength as the album progresses, but a musical battle of the sexes begins to arise through each song. The gorgeous "You Won't Be There" spotlights man's insecurity. Sung by Dave Townsend, its melodramatic feel sets a perfect tone. The classically enhanced "Winding Me Up" follows suit, based on a woman's ability to dominate her mate and opening up with sound of a wind-up doll being cranked. Other gems include the bitter but forceful "Damned If I Do" sung by Lenny Zakatek, and the dominating fury of "Lucifer," a powerful instrumental. Even the loutish "You Lie Down with Dogs" bears wit with its gender inclined mud-slinging.


    The female vocalists, Lesley Duncan and Clare Torry do a splendid job of representing the females point of view throughout the album. Not only does Eve solidify its main idea, but the songs are highly entertaining with catchy rhythms and intelligent lyrics. Musically, the tempo appealingly switches back and forth from slow to quick, as does the temperament of the album. Somehow, Eve is dismissed as one of this band's greatest efforts, when in fact it's one of their finest marriages of both concept and music.

    1. Lucifer
    2. You Lie Down With Dogs
    3. I'd Rather Be A Man
    4. You Won't Be There
    5. Winding Me Up
    6. Damned If I Do
    7. Don't Hold Back
    8. Secret Garden
    9. If I Could Change Your Mind
    Alan Parsons Project
    $36.99
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  • Gaudi Gaudi Quick View

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    Gaudi

    Gaudi was the tenth and final Alan Parsons Project studio album released in 1987. Inspired as he was by the Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi, Alan Parsons built a truly passionate concept album. Money Talks and Closer To Heaven, which were used in episodes of Miami Vice are, without a doubt, the tracks that sonically define this record. But then there's Paseo de Gracia, a fully orchestrated track in the typical vein of Alan Parsons Project, which can be counted as an exquisite instrumental masterpiece. The masterfully cut Gaudi album simply is yummy for the ears. We are extremely proud to extend the ever expanding catalogue by releasing number eight of the Project's discography!
    1. La Sagrada Familia
    2. Too Late
    3. Closer To Heaven
    4. Standing On Higher Ground
    5. Money Talks
    6. Inside Looking Out
    7. Paseo De Gracia (Instrumental)
    Alan Parsons Project
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  • Sings the Blues (Speakers Corner) Sings the Blues (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Sings the Blues (Speakers Corner)

    In both her public and private life, Nina Simone was adamant about one thing, namely, what she simply would not tolerate. She sometimes complained about the miserable erotic prowess of her lovers, while at other times her audience were a target for her tongue. Sometimes she cancelled her performances at short notice and held a tirade against show business as such. In her music, rooted in gospel, she sought a path which took her down a middle course between jazz and pop, thus earning her the title of High Priestess Of Soul (as in the LP title) with her rock fans in the Sixties.



    The present blues album was recorded during what was undisputedly her most productive phase. It is a recording which does not swim with the tide of the times in that it does not employ massive forces or seek the twang of electrification. Instead Nina Simone's wonderfully sleek contralto voice bathes in the gentle timbre of an organ and a pithy, pulsating - but by no means stomping - rhythm. The cool, unemotional number "Sings The Blues" guarantees riveting tension and the authenticity of the genre which is, of course, the be all and end all of music for every black artist. Surely no compilation, no matter how carefully conceived, could possibly mark the diva's 70th birthday in February and sudden death in April 2203 better than this re-release.



    Musicians:



    • Nina Simone (piano, vocal)

    • Rudy Stevenson, Eric Gale (guitar)

    • Ernest Hayes (organ)

    • Bob Bushnell (bass)

    • Bernard Purdie (drums)





    Recording: 1967 by Ray Hall and Mickey Crofford at RCA Victor's Studio B, New York

    Production: Danny Davis




    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. Do I Move You
    2. Day And Night
    3. In The Dark
    4. Real Real
    5. My Man's Gone Now
    6. Backlash Blues
    7. I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl
    8. Buck
    9. Since I Fell For You
    10. The House Of The Rising Sun
    11. Blues For Mama
    Nina Simone
    $34.99
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    V

    Written and recorded over a period of 18 months in both Israel and England, Blackfield V contains 13 linked songs that form a flowing 45-minute ocean themed song cycle. With the pair expertly handling vocals, guitars, and keyboards, they brought in Tomer Z from the Blackfield band on drums, Eran Mitelman on keys, and string arrangements were performed by the London Session Orchestra. Blackfield V is a powerful journey through catchy melodies, lush arrangements, and stunning production, with legendary producer / engineer Alan Parsons working on three of the album's key tracks. Both musicians consider Blackfield V to be their best collaboration to date.
    1. A Drop in the Ocean
    2. Family Man
    3. How Was Your Ride ?
    4. We'll Never Be Apart
    5. Sorrys
    6. Life Is An Ocean
    7. Lately
    8. October
    9. The Jackal
    10. Salt Water
    11. Undercover Heart
    12. Lonely Soul
    13. From 44 to 48
    Blackfield
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    The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night

    With the aid of Besnard members Kevin Laing on drums and Richard White on guitar, The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night is a dense, ambitious recording, experimenting, as always, with the studio as instrument. The album calls upon the influence of ELO and finer parts of the Alan Parsons Project in its orchestration. Still inspired by the Ghost of Beach Boys Past, the album is more Dennis Wilson than Brian, and more Peter Green Fleetwood Mac than Lindsay Buckingham. The album is a dark bliss-out that folds the eerie guitar epics of the Montreal band's breakthrough into a wall of affected drones and atmospherics, but with a toughened immediacy and grit that gives the form a much-needed shove over the cliffs, making for a haunting, provocative swan dive into the crushing tide.
    1. Like The Ocean, Like The Innocent Pt. 1: The Ocean
    2. Like the Ocean, Like The Innocent Pt. 2: The Innocent
    3. Chicago Train
    4. Albatross
    5. Glass Printer
    6. Land Of Living Skies Pt.1: The Land
    7. Land Of Living Skies Pt. 2: The Living Skies
    8. And This Is What We Call Progress
    9. Light Up The Night
    10. The Lonely Moan
    Besnard Lakes
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  • The Art of The Primadonna (Speakers Corner) The Art of The Primadonna (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    The Art of The Primadonna (Speakers Corner)

    Recording: July and August 1960 in Kingsway Hall, London, by Kenneth Wilkinson

    Production: Michael Bremner and Ray Minshull




    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.



    LP1
    1. Arne - Artaxerxes: The Soldier Tir'd
    2. Handel - Samson: Let The Bright Seraphim
    3. Bellini - Norma: Recit. And Aria, Casta Diva
    4. Bellini - I Puritani: Polonaise, Son Vergin Vezzosa
    5. Rossini - Semiramide: Bel Raggio
    6. Bellini - I Puritani: Qui La Voce
    7. Bellini - La Sonnambula: Recit. And Aria, come Per Me Sereno
    8. Gounod - Faust: The Jewel Song


    LP2
    1. Gounod - Romeo Et Juliette: The Waltz Song
    2. Verdi - Otello: The Willow Song
    3. Mozar - De Entfubrung Aus Dem Serail: Marten Aller Arten
    4. Verdi - La Traviata: Ah, Fors'e Lui And Sempre Libera
    5. Thomas - Hamlet: The Mad Scene
    6. Delibes - Lakme: The Bell Song
    7. Meyerbeer - Les Huguenots: O Beau Pays

    8. Verdi - Rigoletto: Recit And Aria, Caro Nome

    Joan Sutherland
    $69.99
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  • Compadres (Speakers Corner) Compadres (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Compadres (Speakers Corner)

    To this day, the typical sound colouring of the Dave Brubeck Quartet is quite distinctive and unmistakable thanks to Paul Desmond's tenor saxophone. But Gerry Mulligan's low-pitched horn and his restrained swing also offers enough appeal to make one want to listen to these somewhat less popular but - for all that - very worthwhile recording by the Quartet.



    The Quartet's concert tour of Mexico's major cities in 1968 was a great success and so Dave Brubeck's recording company had no qualms in making live recordings of the group - complemented by bassist Jack Six and drummer Alan Dawson. Themes from indigenous folk music were skilfully coupled with new compositions with the result that the LP Compadres with its concert excerpts was in great demand and became a top hit.
    This carefully remastered new pressing will certainly contribute to the popularity of Dave Brubeck and Gerry Mulligan long after their demise.



    Musicians:



    • Dave Brubeck (piano)

    • Gerry Mulligan (bassoon)

    • Jack Six (bass)

    • Alan Dawson (drums)




    Recording: 1968 live in Mexico by John Guerriere and Russ Payne

    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. Jumping Bean
    2. Adios Mariquita Linda
    3. Indian Song
    4. Tender Woman
    5. Amapola
    6. Lullaby De Mexico
    7. Sapito
    8. Recuerdo
    Dave Brubeck
    $34.99
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  • Bizet - Carmen Fantasy (Speakers Corner) Bizet - Carmen Fantasy (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Bizet - Carmen Fantasy (Speakers Corner)

    Some violinists enrapture their audience with their purity of tone, others with their warm timbre, or their amazing technical virtuosity. Pablo de Sarasate y NavascuÉz was one of the very few violinists who combined all these merits, and in addition was a composer in his own right. The most famous of his 50 works are Zigeunerweisen, based on traditional gypsy folklore and the fiendishly difficult Carmen Fantasy.



    And what better proof is there than Saint-Saëns's Rondo capriccioso that it is perfectly possible to unite high-spirited joyfulness with a minor key. As the name suggests, his Havanaise is filled with the melodies and colourful rhythms of Spain: no wonder this piece is known as "the violinists' warhorse".



    It goes without saying that these 19th-century bravura pieces are an absolute "must" for all those who wish to join the annals of great virtuoso violinists. And today, 40 years after the making of this recording, general consensus has it that Ruggiero Ricci has taken his rightful place among the great virtuosos.





    Musicians:



    • Ruggiero Ricci (violin)

    • London Symphony Orchestra

    • Pierino Gamba (conductor)




    Recording: September 1959 at Kingsway Hall, London by Alan Reeve

    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.



    Ruggiero Ricci
    $34.99
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  • Bruch - Scottish Fantasy / Hindemith - Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner) Bruch - Scottish Fantasy / Hindemith - Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Bruch - Scottish Fantasy / Hindemith - Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner)

    Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasia is a late-Romantic work which is seldom found on concert hall programmes today. One realises after listening to the piece for the first time that the composition proves to be at least as solid and artistic as all the other works of the composer.



    The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jascha Horenstein gives a sonorous interpretation of the melancholic which, according to Bruch, depicted an aged minstrel who, while gazing upon the ruins of an ancient keep, ponders over the splendid days gone by. The well-known slender but warm timbre of David Oistrakh's violin is well suited to this music which was inspired by Scotland.
    David Oistrakh demonstrates his versatility in this performance of Hindemith's Violin Concerto, written in 1939, where he effortlessly mesmerises the audience with breakneck cascades of scales. With many years of experience in the performance of modern music, the London Symphony Orchestra, led by the composer himself, prove that they are a match for this work.



    This DECCA recording offers first class interpretations of two great masterpieces from differing eras that have been acclaimed widely and have reached far beyond the circle of Oistrakh fans.



    Musicians:



    • David Oistrakh (violin(/li>
    • London Symphony Orchestra

    • Jascha Horenstein and Paul Hindemith (conductor)




    Recording:October 1962 at the Walthamstow Town Hall, London by Arthur Lilley and Alan Reeve

    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.



    Jascha Horenstein conducts the London Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
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  • Right Now (Speakers Corner) (On Sale) Right Now (Speakers Corner) (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Right Now (Speakers Corner) (On Sale)

    A great deal has been said about Blues and Rock'n'Roll musicians being inspired to great things by folk music. But one hears little about those who work quietly in the background, far removed from dazzling light shows, power amps and fog machines, and who create new strains of tender plants from the roots of traditional folk, so to speak. One such person is Wizz Jones from south England. He can write songs, and he can sing - but it would be far too simple to describe him as a songwriter. His cultivated and versatile performance technique on the guitar bears witness to his personal aspiration for perfection on his instrument. With Jones all this culminates in highly original high-end folk: he's particularly laid-back in groovy numbers (Right Now, No More Time To Try), where the elastic and springy sound of the guitar is enhanced with chirping sitar and wavering bottleneck slides so typical of the times. Alongside these are the carefully re-worked traditional melodies (American Land), a 17th-century tune (Raven) where the singer plays 'call-and-response' with himself, and a solid 16-bar blues (Deep Water) in the early Chicago style. Particular attention should be paid to the numbers in which he collaborates with Alan Tunbridge and is fired by his genial ideas - specially recommended: Mary Go 'Round.



    Musicians:



    • Wizz Jones (vocals, guitar)

    • Sandy Jones (banjo)

    • Pete Berryman (guitar)

    • Reanna Sutcliffe (piano, harpischord, vocals)

    • John Renbourn (sitar, harmonica)

    • Andy Fernbach (piano)

    • Sue Draheim (vocals)

    • Malcolm Pool (bass)

    • Ian Hoyle (drums)




    Recording: 1972 by Colin Caldwell at Marquee Studios, London

    Production: John Renbourn




    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.



    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1. Which of Them You Love the Best
    2. One Grain of Sand
    3. City of the Angels
    4. The Raven
    5. Right Now
    6. Find a Man for You Girl
    7. American Land
    8. No More Time to Try
    9. Mary Go 'Round
    10. Deep Water
    Wizz Jones
    $34.99 $19.99 Save $15.00 (43%)
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    Blue Moses (Speakers Corner)

    Randy Weston - now an elderly gentleman and one of the few living witnesses and co-creators from the heyday of hard bop - still leaves his home in Brooklyn to tour through Africa, Europe and Asia. A truly multicultural man. His percussive style has been influenced in particular by the ethnic music of Morocco; his amazing sense for the sounds produced by North-African melodic and rhythmic instruments has enriched his music over many years.
    After seven years without making any recordings, Blue Moses was recorded in 1972 in Rudy Van Gelder's studio. Lengthy trips through North Africa and as far as the Niger, plus the ignorance of American record companies, were the reasons for the long pause. Finally the CTI producer Creed Taylor took an interest in Randy Weston and financed a large ensemble with Don Sebesky as arranger.
    The four themes provide a great basis for improvisations by the soloists, whereby the Randy Weston's piano takes the lion's share. The flute is also very prominent - and no wonder: it is played by Hubert Laws. It is quite possible that many jazz fans will have missed the name Randy Weston when flipping through the letter 'W' in record shops in the 70s. Now they have the opportunity to correct this mistake with this re-release



    Musicians:



    • Randy Weston (piano)

    • Don Sebesky (arranger)

    • Grover Washington Jr. (tenor saxophone)

    • Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)

    • Garnett Brown (trombone)

    • Alan Rubin (fluegel horn)

    • Hubert Laws (flute)

    • George Marge (english horn, clarinet, flute)

    • Ron Carter (bass)

    • Bill Cobham (drums)




    Recording: March & April 1972 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA
    Production: Creed Taylor





    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. Ifrane
    2. Ganawa (Blue Moses)
    3. Night In Medina
    4. Marrakesh Blues
    Randy Weston
    $34.99
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