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  • The Best of Donny Hathaway The Best of Donny Hathaway Quick View

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    The Best of Donny Hathaway


    The Donny Hathaway/friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Begins!


    Celebrate The Soulful Singer & Songwriter's Greatest Hits


    First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl!


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe "Philly Soul" Reagoso From The Original ATCO Records Tapes.


    Featuring The Rare Appearances Of This Christmas And You Were Meant For Me On Vinyl.


    Featuring Chart Topping Duets With Roberta Flack


    Donny Hathaway will be forever known as one of the leading voices of the
    70's soul renaissance and truly one of the more championed songwriters during his
    short lifetime. Thanks to today's respect and care given to his music by a whole new
    generation of musicians and fans, Donny Hathaway forever reigns as one of soul's
    pioneers. Much like Ray Charles, Otis Redding, and other superstars before him,
    Donny had the necessary ingredients of a stellar voice/musicianship and songwriting
    acumen which successfully reached across all gospel, soul, rock and pop genres


    Donny Hathaway created some of the greatest sides ever for ATCO, where he
    spent his time on earth creating some of the most masterful and beautiful soul music
    ever waxed.


    In 1978, Donny was honored with his first greatest hits collection simply titled
    The Best of Donny Hathaway. This stunning array of his most memorable hit singles
    and stellar album staples, most of them featuring Joel Dorn, Billy Cobham, Arif Mardin,
    Jerry Wexler, Eric Gale, Bernard Purdie, King Curtis, Doc Gibbs and Cornell Dupree,
    continues to illustrate how important a force he was then and still is today, over four
    decades since!


    The Best of Donny Hathaway features a heavy menu of his finest moments like
    the funk infused The Ghetto, the definitive balladry of Leon Russell's A Song For You,
    and of course his duet chart topper with Roberta Flack Where Is The Love, which truly
    opened up a worldwide audience to this sorely missed genius.


    Even more classics abound as you'll hear the only vinyl release versions of
    his beautiful last top charting r&b ballad You Were Meant For Me and his standard
    holiday gem This Christmas. The fine LP also includes one of the more poignant songs
    of our time Someday We'll All Be Free which is truly a milestone song for this artist.
    This 1978 Greatest Hits LP hasn't been available on vinyl for many decades... that
    is until now!


    Friday Music is very proud to announce for the first time ever the stunning 180
    Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of The Best Of Donny Hathaway. Mastered impeccably
    from the original ATCO Records tapes by Joe "Philly Soul" Reagoso at Friday Music
    Studios and Capitol Mastering in Hollywood, these classic tracks truly reach sonic
    heights in the audiophile vinyl domain. We have also included the original artwork
    elements by Sandi Young, the classic illustration of Donny Hathaway by Norman
    Green, as well as the original back cover studio session information not seen in LP
    cover form in years!


    The soul lives on here at the Friday Music label, and as with our recent original
    pioneering soul albums from Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Solomon Burke, Wilson
    Pickett and others, we feel this stunning Donny Hathaway 180 Gram Audiophile
    Vinyl will be a much anticipated and welcomed release to all the soul, funk and rock
    audiophile vinyl fans.


    Take It From Me .Someday We'll All Be Free

    1. You Were Meant For Me
    2. A Song For You
    3. You've Got A Friend (Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack)
    4. Someday We'll All Be Free
    5. Giving Up
    6. Where Is The Love (Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack)
    7. The Ghetto
    8. Valdez In The Country
    9. This Christmas
    Donny Hathaway
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  • Live In Denver Live In Denver Quick View

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    Live In Denver

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    Recorded Live In Denver, Colorado On November 20, 1980


    There are several words one could use to describe Jack Bruce: legendary, fiery, innovative, multitalented, influential. His bass playing, his incredible vocals -- his sound -- is immediately recognizable, truly unique. He inspired and influenced generations of bass players and brought that instrument singlehandedly into the spotlight. Jack is known mostly for being in Cream -- arguably the most famous power trio ever and possibly the first super-group -- along with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker. Although Cream was together only 2 years, the trio carved a niche in rock and roll that will never be equaled. Jack not only played bass and was the main vocalist, he also played keyboards, cello and harmonica. Along with his Cream bandmates, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. He continued with solo projects up until his death in 2014.


    One of the most notable lineups of the band that toured as Jack Bruce and Friends consisted of Clem Clempson, Billy Cobham, and David Sancious -- musicians he played with in the early 80's and who joined him in the performance captured here.


    On this album, recorded live in Denver, Colorado, November 20, 1980, the band tackles works from Cream (`White Room', `Traintime', 'Politician' and 'Born Under A Bad Sign'), Jack's solo years ('Post War', 'Morning Story' and `Theme...'), and songs from the other band members (`Dancing On Air', 'Living Without You' and `Facelift 318').

    LP 1
    1. White Room
    2. Hit And Run
    3. Clempson's Blues Solo
    4. Born Under A Bad Sign
    5. Livin' Without Ja
    1. Dancing On Air
    2. Post War
    3. Theme From An Imaginary Western


    LP 2
    1. Face Lift 318
    2. Escape To The Royal Wood (On Ice)
    3. Morning Story
    4. Traintime
    5. Politician
    1. Sunshine Of Your Love
    2. Bird Alone

    Jack Bruce
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  • The Inner Mounting Flame The Inner Mounting Flame Quick View

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    The Inner Mounting Flame


    First Time Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Clear Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso


    Pressed At R.T.I.


    Features John Mclaughin, Billy Cobham, Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman And Rick Laird


    The Mahavishnu Orchestra and John McLaughlin continue to be known as one of the first jazz rock fusion groups of the seventies. This powerful quintet had a knack of fusing rock, jazz, blues and classical grooves into a masterful progressive setting. Their first album The Inner Mountain Flame truly captured some of the finest musicianship ever waxed in the classic rock era.


    Featuring guitar virtuoso John McLaughlin (Miles Davis) and his quartet of stellar champions like Billy Cobham (drums), Jan Hammer (keyboards), Jerry Goodman (violins) and Rick Laird (bass), The Mahavishnu Orchestra's began their incredible run in 1971 with their debut smash The Inner Mountain Flame.


    With eight original tunes written by John McLaughlin, The Inner Moutain Flame had a very successful run in both the jazz and rock charts. The top ten album featured the now legendary tracks Vital Transformation, You Know You Know and Meeting Of The Spirits.


    Friday Music is no stranger to the masterpieces of The Mahavishu Orchestra and John McLauglin, therefore we are pleased to announce the first time Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of The Inner Mountain Flame.


    Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso pressed for a very limited time by R.T.I. on 180 Gram Audiophile CLEAR Vinyl, the smash jazz fusion album will also be presented in a first time gatefold cover, featuring the rare insert art not seen in years.

    1.Meeting of the Spirits
    2.Dawn
    3.The Noonward Race
    4.A Lotus on Irish Streams
    5.Vital Transformation
    6.The Dance of Maya
    7.You Know You Know
    8.Awakening
    Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin
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  • Wild Horses Rock Steady Wild Horses Rock Steady Quick View

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    Wild Horses Rock Steady

    Johnny Hammond's 1972 soul-jazz beauty is another stunning example of great creativity at Creed Taylor's Kudu label through the mid-'70s. Arranged by Bob James, Hammond's trademark B-3 work is showcased here on six extended cover versions of tunes from the pop vernacular. The lineup includes guitarists George Benson, Eric Gale, and Melvin Sparks, saxophonists Grover Washington, Jr. and Pepper Adams, bassist Ron Carter (playing electric as well as double bass), and drummers Bernard Purdie and Billy Cobham! There are grooves galore in this wondrously mixed set, from the smoking guitar breaks in the read of Aretha Franklin's Rock Steady to the syncopated organ pyrotechnics in It's Impossible, with Washington playing his ass off around Hammond's organ breaks, and the beautiful horn arrangements by James in Peace Train. The funky-butt glimmer in I Don't Know How to Love Him could have been played by the Stax/Volt horns with a Funk Brothers rhythm section. James weaves a string section in harmonic counterpoint to Hammond's organ in the melody, creating a moving tapestry of textures against the backbeat. But nothing can prepare the listener for the closing cover of Jagger and Richard's Wild Horses, with a military snare beat providing an unlikely intro to an All Along the Watchtower-like progression that transforms itself seamlessly into a darkly minor reading of the original melody, with beautiful fills by Benson and Sparks. When the horns kick in during the refrain with plenty of fuzz guitar and bass over the top, the listener falls headlong into the magic of dirty groove and roll.

    - Thom Jurek (All Music)
    1. Rock Steady
    2. Who Is Sylvia?
    3. Peace Train
    4. I Don't Know How to Love Him
    5. It's Impossible
    6. Wild Horses
    Johnny Hammond
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  • Between Nothingness & Eternity (Live) Between Nothingness & Eternity (Live) Quick View

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    Between Nothingness & Eternity (Live)

    Between Nothingness And Eternity is the first live album of Mahavishnu Orchestra, and last with the original line-up, released in 1973. Their third album was to be a studio effort, but was scrapped during the final days of the project. A live album containing live renditions of three new songs came out instead, on which the five Jazz/Rock virtuosos can be heard stretching out at great length.


    Two tracks, guitarist John McLaughlin's Trilogy and keyboardist Jan Hammer's Sister Andrea, are proportioned roughly as they were in their studio renditions, while the third, McLaughlin's Dream, is stretched to nearly double its 11-minute studio length.


    Each composition develops organically through a number of sections, and there are fewer lockstep unison passages than on the earlier recordings. McLaughlin is as flashy and noisy as ever on double-necked electric guitar, and Hammer and violinist Jerry Goodman are a match for him in the speed department, with drummer Billy Cobham displaying a compelling, raw power which also gives bassist Rich Laird a showcase for his slightly subtler work.

    1. Trilogy
    A) The Sunlit Path
    B) La Mere De La Mer
    C) Tomorrow's Story Not The Same
    2. Sister Andrea
    1. Dream
    Mahavishnu Orchestra
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    School Days

    Mastered from the Original Epic Records Tapes by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray at RTI/AcousTech


    School Days was a game changer for the legendary Stanley Clarke in many ways. Not only did it forever etch the title superstar musician to his name all over the world, it also crossed his incredible music over to a whole new level of listeners, which to this day continue to flock to this album for the solid funk, rock, jazz and fusion release that only this master jam could achieve.


    After a very successful run with Chick Coreas Return To Forever, world class bassist and multi-instrumentalist Stanley Clarke branched out on his own and made some very credible solo albums. When School Days hit in late 1976, it was not uncommon to hear tracks like Hot Fun and School Days being played on all formats of radio. Whether it be urban, rock, or jazz, the School Days album was the go to album of choice for many radio stations, as its rhythms and cosmic funk/rock/jazz energy would truly enhance the listening experience to a whole new realm.


    And now, Friday Music is offering the legendary Stanley Clarke School Days album on 180g Audiophile Vinyl for the very first time. Mastered impeccably from the original Epic Records tapes by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray at RTI/AcousTech, this stunning album is a fusion masterpiece made for the audiophile vinyl domain.


    For this star studded affair, Stanley Clarke reached out to some of the greatest musicians of all time like John McLauglin, George Duke, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Steve Gadd, Icarus Johnson and many others. Not only do you get the wonderful songs previously mentioned, but there are even more classics like Quiet Afternoon with some very solid drumming by Steve Gadd, Desert Song featuring a stunning duet with John McLauglin on guitar, as well as the apocalyptic album closer Life Is Just A Game, which features some very powerful bass and drum fireworks between Stanley Clarke and Billy Cobham, with George Dukes amazing keyboard expertise.


    Comes housed in a very rare gatefold cover featuring all of the original artwork elements, which haven't been seen in years.

    1. School Days

    2. Quiet Afternoon
    3. The Dancer
    4. Desert Song
    5. Hot Fun
    6. Life Is Just a Game
    Stanley Clarke
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    Whirlwind

    2LP gatefold vinyl set


    A spectacular collection of rare and unreleased recordings from famed guitarist of Deep Purple, James Gang, and the Billy Cobham Band, Tommy Bolin. Features rare material of Bolin's Jazz-Rock band Energy, an epic 26 minute version of "Marching Powder" (here called "Marching Bag") from the album Teaser as well as songs Bolin was preparing for his third solo album before his untimely death in 1976.

    LP1
    1. Cucumber Jam
    2. Heartlight
    3. Hoka-Hay!
    4. Don't Worry 'Bout Cash (Acoustic Version)
    5. San Francisco River
    6. Rock-A-Bye
    7. Dungeon
    8. Alexis
    9. Gotta Dance (Take 2)
    10. Spanish Lover (Instrumental Version)
    11. Sooner Or Later


    LP2
    1. Red Skies (Instrumental Version)
    2. Way It's Always Been
    3. Sleepwalker (Instrumental Version)
    4. Leave Other People Alone
    5. Marching Bag (26 Minute Original Version)
    6. Wild Dogs (Acoustic Version)
    7. From Another Time

    Tommy Bolin
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  • Alone Again, Naturally Alone Again, Naturally Quick View

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    Alone Again, Naturally

    Originally released in 1972, ALONE AGAIN, NATURALLY is a fine album by the eclectic and talented soul star Esther Phillips. Helmed by jazz producer Creed Taylor, and recorded with an all-star cast of fusion, soul, and jazz artists including George Benson, Maceo Parker, Ron Carter, and Billy Cobham, this is the early 1970s Creed Taylor sound adapted to pop and soul music, putting Phillips' impassioned vocals in slick, mellow soul-jazz grooves.

    -All Music Guide
    1. Use Me
    2. I Don't Want To Do Wrong
    3. Let's Move & Groove
    4. Let Me In Your Life
    5. Cherry Red
    6. I've Never Found A Man (To Love Me Like You Do)
    7. Alone Again (Naturally)
    8. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
    9. You & Me Together
    10. Georgia Rose
    Esther Phillips
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  • Giblet Gravy Giblet Gravy Quick View

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    Giblet Gravy

    In the same year that 25 year old George Benson appeared on a Miles Davis LP, he took the rhythm team of Hancock and Carter to make his own.


    With Billy Cobham, they were the foundation for an album that's half small group and half big band- one of the truly satisfying jazz that Benson made before following his role model, Wes Montgomery, in changing labels and boldly crossing over.


    Alongside the jazz and pop standards covered, Benson created a new standard with the title tune.
    The secret ingredient in the Gravy, as throughout the record, is the brilliant arranging of Tom McIntosh, one of the most original musical minds to emerge in the Sixties.

    Side 1
    1. Along Comes Mary

    2. Sunny

    3. What's New?

    4. Giblet Gravy

    5. Walk On By


    Side 2
    1. Thunder Walk

    2. Sack Of Woe

    3. Groovin'

    4. Low Down And Dirty

    George Benson
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  • Birds Of Fire (Awaiting Repress) Birds Of Fire (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Birds Of Fire (Awaiting Repress)

    1972 was an incredible year for John McLaughlin (guitar), Jan Hammer (keyboards), Billy Cobham (drums), Jerry Goodman (violin) and Rick Laird (bass). As the Mahavishnu Orchestra, these five multi-talented musicians not only made up one of the first classic jazz/rock fusion outfits, but they also delivered the masterpiece Birds Of Fire, one of the more successful albums of that year, catapulting them into the upper rungs of the album charts.


    A true audiophile dream album come true, Birds Of Fire culminates the collective geniuses of these five players led by the haunting guitar licks of John McLaughlin into territories rarely heard and not seen since. Kicking things off with the mesmerizing title track Birds Of Fire, followed by McLaughlinÆs tribute to Miles Davis with Miles Beyond, the listener soon becomes intrigued with the stunning and powerful musical collaborations of this superstar quintet.


    The new decade comes with an incredible gift to the serious audiophile and jazz/rock fusion collector as Friday Music is very proud to announce the 180g Audiophile Vinyl release of Birds Of Fire by The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Mastered impeccably from the original Columbia Records tapes by Joe Reagoso/Friday Music and Kevin Gray at AcousTech, and pressed painstakingly by RTI.

    1. Birds Of Fire
    2. Miles Beyond
    3. Celestial Terrestrial Commuters
    4. Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love
    5. Thousand Island Park
    6. Hope
    7. One Word
    8. Sanctuary
    9. Open Country Joy
    10. Resolution
    Mahavishnu Orchestra
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  • God Bless The Child (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) God Bless The Child (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    God Bless The Child (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)

    Kenny Burrell's guitar artistry is well-documented in his years with Oscar Peterson and on his first dates as a leader on the Blue Note label, but God Bless The Child, his only date for CTI in 1971, is an under-heard masterpiece in his catalogue. Burrell's band for the set includes bassist Ron Carter, percussionist Ray Barretto, Richard Wyands on piano, flutist Hubert Laws, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, and drummer Billy Cobham. CTI's house arranger, Don Sebesky, assembled and conducted the strings in a manner that stands strangely and beautifully apart from his other work on the label. Sebesky understood Burrell's understated approach to playing guitar. Burrell didn't belong with the fusioneers, but he could groove better than any of them. Sebesky built a moody, atmospheric soundscape behind him, one that was as impressionistic as it was illuminating of a player who could dig in and chop it up -- as he does on his own composition Love Is the Answer and Do What You Gotta Do -- and stroke it smooth and mellow as on the title track, the truly sublime Be Yourself, and Thad Jones' A Child Is Born. This is Burrell at his level best as a player to be sure, but also as a composer and as a bandleader. Magnificent.



    Musicians:



    • Kenny Burrell (guitar)

    • Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)

    • Hubert Laws (flute)

    • Hugh Lawson, Richard Wyands (piano)

    • Ron Carter (bass)

    • Billie Cobham (drums)

    • Ray Barretto, Airto Moreira (percussion)



    Recording: April & May 1971 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA

    Production: Creed Taylor



    About Pure Pleasure



    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, Pure Pleasure 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 existent 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 emphasize that Pure Pleasure 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 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 and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. Be Yourself
    2. Love Is The Answer
    3. Do What You Gotta Do
    4. A Child Is Born
    5. God Bless The Child
    Kenny Burrell
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  • The Inner Mounting Flame (Speakers Corner) The Inner Mounting Flame (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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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
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Deodato 2 (Speakers Corner) Deodato 2 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Deodato 2 (Speakers Corner)

    In his early years, Deodato, 'the gift of God', cultivated a highly original art of give and take in his music. His score for Stanley Kubrick's science fiction film A Space Odyssey 2001 - a funky, jazzed-up adaptation of Richard Strauss's bombastic orchestral work Also sprach Zarathustra - opened the ears of innumerable cinema-goers to classical music. On the present album Deodato again rocks and grooves with works from past eras: Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue is reworked rhythmically and enriched, while Ravel's Pavane unfolds hesitatingly over a velvety carpet of sound. And why not win new fans for major musical works? Deodato, the master, and his complex musical apparatus impart a true Latin feeling to these covered works.


    The 'new' classic Nights In White Satin too, one of the most congenial gigantic hits from the 60s, is staged by Deodato as a miniature slow rock drama just as perfectly as he cultivates his own very pure funky style (Super Strut). In Deodato's arrangements, the powerful instrumental forces open out almost effortlessly and evolve into a gentle flow of sheer pleasure. Everything appears to be simple, although nothing is simple! And therein lies the uniqueness of 'the gift of God'.



    Musicians:



    • Eumir Deodato (keyboards)

    • Jon Faddis (trumpet, fluegel horn)

    • Wayne Andre (trombone)

    • Joe Temperley (bassoon)

    • Hubert Laws (flute)

    • John Tropea (guitar)

    • Stanley Clarke (bass)

    • Billy Cobham (drums)





    Recording: April and May 1973 at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (USA), by Rudy Van Gelder

    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. Nights In White Satin
    2. Pavane For A Dead Princess
    3. Skyscrapers
    4. Super Strut
    5. Rhapsody In Blue

    Deodato
    $34.99
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  • Love Devotion Surrender (Speakers Corner) Love Devotion Surrender (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Love Devotion Surrender (Speakers Corner)

    For some, Love Devotion Surrender is an album where, exceptionally, John McLaughlin plays the piano and organist Jan Hammer plays the drums. For others, it is the most spiritual album ever by Carlos Santana. And though both disciples were shown the way and inspired by the same guru (Sri Chinmoy) at one and the same time, this album is filled with the spirit of John Coltrane. In order to communicate their differing understanding and interpretation of Trane's music, the two musicians formed a 'project band' made up of members of Santana's ensemble and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. In their performance of Love Supreme, Santana's somewhat dragging melody-maker role amalgamates with McLaughlin's high-speed staccato to a viscous drive. This approach functions just as well in slow motion: Coltrane's miniature, slow composition Naima is performed in a flowing and inspired manner by the duo on their acoustic guitars.



    The arrangements carry Santana's hallmark: the occasionally somewhat intellectual but certainly not long-pondered-over sound is enhanced by the sound of agitated congo beats and the chanted vocals are heard as if from afar. By the time fans of Santana's major albums have got to the expansive gospel song Let Us Go Into The House, they will have rediscovered their Carlos and his timeless solos once again. It is apparent that love and devotion are by no means just memorials of a time gone by but a surrender to oneself in its most perfect form.



    Musicians:



    • Mahavishnu John McLaughlin (guitar, piano)

    • Carlos Santana (guitar)

    • Larry Young (organ)

    • Doug Rauch (bass)

    • Armando Peraza (conga)

    • Billy Cobham, Don Alias, Jan Hammer, Mike Shrieve (drums)



    Recording: 1973 by Glen Kolotkin

    Production: Mahavishnu John McLaughlin & Carlos Santana



    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. A Love Supreme
    2. Naima
    3. The Life Divine
    4. Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord
    5. Meditation
    Santana
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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