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  • Love Devotion Surrender Love Devotion Surrender Quick View

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    Love Devotion Surrender

    These two virtuoso guitarists were coming from different musical worlds when they came together for this unique 1972 project. What they shared, besides the instrument they'd mastered, was profound spirituality; both had taken inspiration from the music of John Coltrane. The core of Love Devotion Surrender is made up of the three magnificent extended guitar jams including Coltrane's A Love Supreme which borders on spiritual ecstasy. To hear Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin trading licks and then coming together is a guitar fan's dream come true and while the guitar playing is absolutely stunning in its virtuosity here, the music never loses its focus or its soul.
    1. A Love Supreme
    2. Naima
    3. The Life Divine
    4. Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord
    5. Meditation
    Santana & John McLaughlin
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  • The Guitar Trio The Guitar Trio Quick View

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    The Guitar Trio


    • Play 33 1/3 Series


    • 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl Pressed By MMP


    • Gatefold Jacket With Magic-Eye Graphic & Black Poly-Lined Inner Sleeves



    • Includes 4-Page Booklet


    • Project Designed & Sleeve Made By Khiov


    • Bob Ludwig - Mastering Engineer


    The 'Play 33 1/3 LP Series' is a 1st LP issue project of masterpiece albums which have never been released on LP. The albums are released by Universal Music Korea and the heavyweight LP vinyl is pressed in Germany. Khiov designs the project, reforms the original artworks for the LP size and made the sleeves precisely by handmade.


    The Guitar Trio, originally released in 1996 on CD only, reunites Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin after 13 years of not playing together.


    Guitar Trio is an excellent collaborative effort from three of the finest jazz guitarists of the post-rock & roll era: Paco de Lucía, John McLaughlin, and Al di Meola. Throughout the record, the trio doesn't just showcase their instrumental skills; they demonstrate their musicality. This is sympathetic, emotional musicianship, where each musician complements each other instead of trying to out-do the other. For jazz guitar fans, it rarely gets more exciting than Guitar Trio.

    - Leo Stanley (All Music Guide)


    Musicians

    Paco De Lucia: guitars

    Al Di Meola: guitars

    John McLaughlin: guitars

    1. La Estiba
    2. Beyond the Mirage
    3. Midsummer Night
    4. Manha de Carnaval
    5. Letter from India
    6. Espiritu
    7. Le Monastere dans les Montagnes
    8. Azzura
    9. Cardeosa
    Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin & Paco DeLucia
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Elysium Elysium Quick View

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    Elysium


    DMM Direct Cut From 24/96 Hi-Res Master


    180 Gram Audiophile Pressing


    45 R.P.M.


    He came from the 'Land Of The Midnight Sun', sparkled on the jazz-rock stage as an 'Elegant Gypsy', came up trumps in the 'Casino' with all the right chords and melodies, and his 'Splendido Hotel' was the number one address for fusion fans around the globe. He finally achieved immortality together with John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia on 'Friday Night In San Francisco'. From his early days as a rising star i right up to the present day, he has continually managed to refine his qualities: breathtakingly fast picking, skillful percussion effects the like of which had never been heard before, the effortlessness with which he can instantly switch from muscular axe-man rock to spinning gentle, romantic webs of melody. In the nineties, inspired by his love of the acoustic sounds of Latin America and the works of nuevo tango pioneer Astor Piazzolla, he made some delightful chamber music recordings.


    On more recent albums all these penchants, influences and musical movements have fused into an unmistakable sound. 'Elysium' is the climax of this process so far. The artist has arrived where he always wanted to be. He himself thinks of Elysium as a 'place of perfect happiness'. A paradise where acoustic and electric components, triumphant rock and finely entwined jazz, delicate and pumping rhythms, guitars and keyboards, wide panoramas of rock and diaphanous carpets of sound come together in harmony. The gates to paradise for guitar aficionados are open to everyone - with 'Elysium.'


    Musicians:


    • Al Di Meola: Guitars
    • Barry Miles: Keyboards
    • Mario Parmisano: Keyboards
    • Piano Philippe Saisse: Keyboards, Piano, Marimba
    • Rhani Krija: Percussion
    • Peter Kaszas: Drums
    LP 1
    1. Adour
    2. Cascade
    3. Babylon
    4. Purple and Gold
    5. Esmeralda
    6. Elysium


    LP 2
    1. Amanjena
    2. Sierra
    3. Etcetera in E-major (Intro)
    4. Etcetera in E-minor
    5. Tangier
    6. Stephanie
    7. Monsters

    Al DiMeola
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles Live! Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles Live! Quick View

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    Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles Live!


    The Santana Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series Continues


    First Time Platinum Plus Release On Vinyl In The Us In Over 3 Decades


    Audiophile Vinyl, Gatefold Cover & Psychedelic Artwork Insert Not Seen In Years


    On New Year's Day 1972, Carols Santana and his great friend Buddy
    Miles (Jimi Hendrix/Electric Flag) played a very special and incredible show
    inside the Diamond Head Crater in Oahu, Hawaii for thousands of lucky fans.


    To ring in the New Year, Columbia Records ran tape and the rest is rock and roll
    history. Released a few months later, Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles Live! sold well over a
    million copies in no time and rode easily into the top of the album charts.


    Featuring a cross section of both Santana and Buddy Miles' hits like Evil Ways
    and Them Changes, this monumental pairing of geniuses even took the psychedelic
    rock and funk trip further with stellar interpretations of John McLaughlin's Marbles
    as well as the superlative jam of all jams, the 26 minute Free Form Funkafide Filth.


    The original vinyl version of this masterpiece has been out of circulation for
    many years - that is until now ..Friday Music continues their exclusive Santana
    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with the groundbreaking 1972 platinum
    smash Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles Live! Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday
    Music Studios, and pressed at RTI, this limited edition wonderful masterwork is
    truly one of the finest live albums to ever be released, and we are very excited to
    offer you this authorized 180 Gram LP today.


    Along with the legendary Carlos Santana and the late great Buddy Miles,
    future Journey superstar and Santana's own Neal Schon shares guitar chores,
    as well as Greg Errico on drums from Sly & The Family Stone, plus even more
    original Santana alumnus like Mike Carabello on congas and the great Pete
    Escovedo on percussion.


    As an added bonus, the original gatefold cover art and the special psychedelic insert artwork are restored to their full glory which will further enhance your
    listening experience.


    Let's all celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the classic mega rocker Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles Live! Authentic, Authorized, Free Form Funkafide Filth as only you would
    expect from your friends at Friday Music!


    Oh My Mind Is Going Through Them Changes

    1. Marbles
    2. Lava
    3. Evil Ways
    4. Faith Interlude
    5. Them Changes
    6. Free Form Funkafide Filth
    Santana
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  • Natural Elements (Speakers Corner) Natural Elements (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Natural Elements (Speakers Corner)

    In the western world, the word shakti is taken to mean creative intelligence, beauty and strength. Guitar marvel John McLaughlin, who collaborated with the unique Mahavishnu Orchestra to tell the world of his conversion to Hinduism, created music past comparison with Shakti. Despite the frenzy of mass oriental pilgrimages, it was still unusual that McLaughlin's ensemble was made up totally of musicians from India.


    As the title of the third and last album - Natural Elements - suggests, all the participants work with body and soul and make no use of electronic equipment that was so popular in the Seventies. The very real natural energy, which emanates from the flow of melodies and rhythms from both western and eastern musical sources, fires all the musicians. And it is completely intentional that a cheerful fiddle tune, which might well be heard in the Emerald Isle, is joined by plopping volleys of sound on the tabla, inviting one to dance, or that dampened mariachi jubilation appears to be enveloped in the meditative atmosphere of a temple.


    The short, light and cheerful pieces on this LP provide easy listening and offer an ideal insight into the world of Shakti. These natural sounds, far from time and space, are still enjoyed today - as is proved by the presence of a large audience at the concert Remember Shakti, in which John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain celebrated their 40-year spiritual ties.



    Musicians:



    • John McLaughlin (guitar, vocals)

    • L. Shankar (violin, viola, vocals)

    • Zakir Hussain (percussion, vocals)

    • T.H. Vinayakram (percussion, harp, vocals)





    Recording: July 1977 at Aquarius Studios, Geneva (Switzerland), by Jean Ristori

    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. Mind Ecology
    2. Face To Face
    3. Come On Baby Dance With Me
    4. The Daffodil And The Eagle
    5. Happiness Is Being Together
    6. Bridge Of Sighs
    7. Get Down And Sruti
    8. Peace Of Mind
    Shakti / John McLaughlin
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Stranger Things Vol. 1 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack) Stranger Things Vol. 1 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack) Quick View

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    Stranger Things Vol. 1 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)

    150 Gram Double LP


    Housed In A Gatefold Sleeve


    Includes A Printed Insert Featuring Album Credits And Additional Art


    STRANGER THINGS is the breakout Netflix original series set in 1983 Indiana where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl. A love letter to the '80s supernatural classics that captivated a generation, STRANGER THINGS stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Matthew Modine, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton. The series is now streaming on Netflix globally.


    Formed in 2009, the prolific Austin, TX experimental synth quartet S U R V I V E have released two full-lengths and numerous EPs / singles since their inception, including recent contributions to the soundtrack for the acclaimed indie horror film The Guest. Additionally, two of the group's members recently scored the soundtrack for the first season of STRANGER THINGS, launched this summer on Netflix. S U R V I V E has appeared at esteemed festivals across the US including Moogfest, Levitation Fest, Fun Fun Fun, Beserktown, Day in The Desert, Decibel, etc. and have played alongside acts like Goblin, John Maus, Tame Impala, Lightning Bolt, This Will Destroy You, A Place To Bury Strangers, Max Cooper, and many others; Noisey even called their live show ''transcendental.''


    Now, S U R V I V E have completed self recording their second full length via their home studios, which will see a September 30 via Relapse. The synth quartet's sophomore full length and Relapse debut is a dark, sweeping exercise in analog synth mastery. The pulsating, 9-song instrumental release showcases immense diversity between tracks - RR7349's compositions range from grim tom-tom thunder to space-age epics, pairing tense plodding grooves with meditative ambience and driving, rhythmic beats. Inspired by IDM and horror scores alike, RR7349 is simultaneously ominous and hopeful; tense and relaxed; percussive and melodic. A unique addition to the Relapse discography, and unquestionably S U R V I V E's best work to date.


    The first season of STRANGER THINGS is available to stream now on Netflix.

    LP 1
    1. Stranger Things
    2. Kids
    3. Nancy and Barb
    4. This Isn't You
    5. Lay-Z-Boy
    6. Friendship
    7. Eleven
    8. A Kiss
    9. Castle Byers
    10. Hawkins
    11. The Upside Down
    12. After Sarah
    13. One Blink for Yes
    14. Photos In the Woods


    LP 2
    1. Fresh Blood
    2. Lamps
    3. Hallucinations
    4. Hanging Lights
    5. Biking to School
    6. Are You Sure?
    7. Agents
    8. Papa
    9. Cops Are Good at Finding
    10. No Weapons
    11. Walking Through the Upside Down
    12. She'll Kill You
    13. Run Away
    14. No Autopsy
    15. Dispatch
    16. Joyce and Lonnie Fighting
    17. Lights Out
    18. Hazmat Suits
    19. Theoretically
    20. You Can Talk to Me
    21. What Else Is There to Do?
    22. Hawkins Lab

    Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
    $24.99
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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
  • The Promise (Awaiting Repress) The Promise (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    The Promise (Awaiting Repress)


    • Play 33 1/3 Series


    • 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl Pressed By MMP


    • Gatefold Jacket With Magic-Eye Graphic & Black Poly-Lined Inner Sleeves



    • Includes 8-Page Booklet


    • Project Designed & Sleeve Made By Khiov


    The 'Play 33 1/3 LP Series' is a Vinyl LP project including masterpiece albums which have never been released on LP. The albums are released by Universal Music Korea on LP for the first time and the heavyweight vinyl LP is pressed in Germany. Khiov designs the project, reforms the original artworks for the LP size and precisely made the sleeves.


    John McLaughlin's 1995 album was originally released on CD only on Verve Records. The cover features a Magic-Eye graphic that contains a hidden image. McLaughlin is joined by artists such as Jeff Beck, Al Di Meola, Michael Brecker and more!


    Originally issued in 1996 when he was 54, the Promise offers a summation of all the places John McLaughlin has been in his career, and points directly toward his future. Featuring a wide range of musicians including appearances by the Free Spirits, the Guitar Trio, and an electric version of Shakti, the Promise is easily the most wide-ranging and diverse offering of McLaughlin's long career. Its contents encompass everything from straight post-bop and swinging soul-jazz to fusion to modern takes on East Indian music as it meets the West. As if this weren't enough, there are even moments with spoken word laced throughout, such as a verse of Dante read by Stefania Bombi toward the end of his scorching, funky, soul-jazz number Thelonius Melodius with B-3 organist Joey DeFrancesco and drummer Dennis Chambers. The set kicks off with one of its finest moments, a guitar-to-guitar reading of John Lewis' Django with Jeff Beck (bassist Pino Palladino, drummer Mark Mondesir, and drummer Tony Hymas round it out). Beck's solo is first; it is expansive as it moves from a gorgeous restating of the melody through slinky harmonic extrapolations. McLaughlin's answer is ambitious and intuitive. They then move toward one another and the melody, complementing each other perfectly. El Ciego is a complex, flamenco-tinged jazz number with McLaughlin trading knotty lines and soulful solos with Al di Meola and Paco de Lucia. Jazz Jungle is late 20th century fusion at its blazing best with Michael Brecker, Chambers, Don Alias, James Genus, and Jim Beard beginning almost nebulously before ratcheting the tempo and idea palettes to dizzying heights (Brecker is particularly brilliant). The Wish, with Zakir Hussein, Nishat Khan, and Trilok Gurtu, looks deeply into Indian classical music balanced by a European gaze. McLaughlin's engagement with Khan's sitar creates nearly rapturous expression, all the while contained inside a texture that is as atmospheric as it is exotic. Shin Jin Rui employs the same band as Jazz Jungle, with the exception of the saxophone, played by David Sanborn. His playing is riskier than on his own records, his alto juxtaposed with McLaughlin's guitar, a study in funky, electric jazz modernism. The set closes with a lovely all-acoustic reading of Jimmy Rowles' The Peacocks with guitarist Phillipe Loi and bassist Yan Maresz, and a verse by Lorca read by Susana Beatrix as an end cap. Ultimately, the Promise stands as one of McLaughlin's towering achievements as a guitarist and leader.

    - Thom Jurek (All Music Guide)


    Musicians

    John McLaughlin: guitars, keyboards

    Don Alias: percussion

    Jim Beard: keyboards

    Jeff Beck: guitar

    Michael Brecker: saxophone

    Dennis Chambers: drums

    Vinnie Colaiuta: drums

    Joey DeFrancesco: organ, trumpet

    Paco De Lusica: guitar

    Al Di Meola: guitar

    Zakir Hussain: tabla

    Nishat Khna: sitar, vocals

    David Sanborn: saxophone

    Sting: bass

    LP 1
    1. Django
    2. Thelonious Melodius
    3. Amy and Joseph
    4. No Return
    5. El Ciego


    LP 2
    1. Jazz Jungle
    2. The Wish
    3. English Jam
    4. Tokyo Decadence
    5. Shin Jin Rui
    6. The Peacocks

    John McLaughlin
    $59.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • 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
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Welcome (Speakers Corner)

    Many of Santana's rock-addict fans could well have understood the inviting word Welcome on the white LP cover as an attempt to break away from the spiritual aura of his previous album Love Devotion Surrender. And the musicians certainly managed to produce a rich Latin feeling, with such titles as Samba De Sausalito and Yours Is The Light. But luckily their concessions did not alienate them from their die-hard fans in that they came up with a sort of copy of the rhythmical Caravanserai. They truly attempted something new. Encouraged by the success of the jazz-fusion formula created by Miles Davis and his disciples, Santana combined his virtuoso guitar playing with specially chosen electronic features. The amazingly acrobatic jazz vocalists Leon Thomas and Wendy Haas contributed complicated, quirky parts and the maestro himself vies with John McLaughlin in a dense conflict carried out on their instruments in Flame Sky. This is an album with a strong intellectual drive and offers the discerning listener a dazzling blend of Latin, jazz and fusion.



    Musicians:



    • Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals)

    • John McLaughlin (guitar)

    • Tom Coster (keyboards, vocals)

    • Jules Broussard (saxophone)

    • David Brown (bass)

    • Armando Peraza (percussion, vocals)

    • Mike Shrieve (drums)

    • Jose Chepito Areas (percussion)



    Recording: April - June 1973 by Glen Kolotkin

    Production: Carlos Santana, Maitreya Michael Shrieve and Tom Coster



    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. Going Home
    2. Love, Devotion, and Surrender
    3. Samba de Sausalito
    4. When I Look Into Your Eyes
    5. Yours Is the Light
    6. Mother Africa
    7. Light of Life
    8. Flame Sky
    9. Welcome
    Santana
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Infinite Search (Pure Pleasure) Infinite Search (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Infinite Search (Pure Pleasure)

    With John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, and Jack DeJohnette, this group rivaled the best fusion bands of the day. It must have been an intimidating challenge for a young Czech bassist to lead such a group on his debut album as a frontman, especially since he composed five of the six tracks. Recorded in late 1969, roughly the same time as the historic Bitches Brew, and the year before Vitous began a stint with the innovative Weather Report, this was trend-setting fusion. It's produced by Herbie Mann, for whom Vitous played on such albums as Memphis Underground and Stone Flute.


    -Mark Allan/AMG



    Miroslav's first album; superb even in the 21st century. If you are interested in finding out about the beginnings of 'jazz-rock fusion' this record is absolutely crucial. DeJohnette and Mclaughlin both had something to prove at the time and it shows. Vitous had won a scholarship to Boston's Berklee school of music but on this evidence, he didn't need it at all and probably scared the heck out of the teaching staff before he left to go with Herbie Mann, the occasional Miles gig, and the album sessions with Shorter and Zawinul that led to Weather Report. A brilliant and influential debut from a prodigious talent; buy this one!


    -J. Miller



    Musicians:



    • Miroslav Vitous (bass)

    • Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone)

    • John McLaughlin (guitar)

    • Herbie Hancock (piano)

    • Jack DeJohnette, Joe Chambers (drums)



    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. Freedom Jazz Dance
    2. Mountain In The Clouds
    3. When Face Gets Pale
    4. Infinite Search
    4. I Will Tell Him On You
    6. Epilogue
    Miroslav Vitous
    $34.99
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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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    Friday Night In San Francisco (Awaiting Repress)

    1981 album by Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia recorded at The Warfield Theatre on December 5, 1980, in San Francisco. All tracks are live except for the last track, Guardian Angel, which is the opening theme from a song that appears on McLaughlin's 1978 Electric Dreams album.


    Ah the Mediterranean... Filled with fine foods, wines, beautiful people, and the inspirational style of music that descended upon the able fingers of these guitar giants. This is by far one of the hottest guitar albums ever to bless sweet vinyl. Al Dimeola, John McLaughlin, & Paco Delucia play classical guitars (the kind with the nylon strings) in a flamenco / jazz style that will blow your socks off!


    Recorded live in concert in San Francisco this album has spectacular sonics and musicianship to boot!


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Mediterranean Sundance/Rio Ancho
    2. Short Tales of the Black Forest
    3. Frevo Rasgado
    4. Fantasia Suite
    5. Guardian Angel
    Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin, Paco De Lucia
    $54.99
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    The Inner Mounting Flame (Speakers Corner)

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



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



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



    Musicians:



    • John McLaughlin (guitar)

    • Jan Hammer (piano)

    • Jerry Goodman (violin)

    • Rick Laird (bass)

    • Billy Cobham (drums)




    Recording: August 1971 in New York City by Don Puluse

    Production: John McLaughlin





    About Speakers Corner



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



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



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



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



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



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



    1. Meeting of the Spirits
    2. Dawn
    3. Noonward Race, The
    4. A Lotus on Irish Streams
    5. Vital Transformation
    6. Dance of Maya, The
    7. You Know You Know
    8. Awakening
    Mahavishnu Orchestra
    $34.99
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    Welcome


    40th Anniversary Limited Edition


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios And Pressed At R.T.I.


    In 1973 Carlos Santana and The Santana Band were now one of the world's most loved rock and fusion
    bands of all time. After several studio albums and the two collaboration albums with Carlos Santana & Buddy
    Miles Live and Love Devotion Surrender with John McLaughlin the world was now
    buzzing around the energy that these superstars would lay down on vinyl with the soon to be rock/jazz/funk
    powerhouse Welcome.


    Featuring a cross section of Santana classics like Going Home, Light Of Life and When I Look Into Your Eyes,
    plus the exotic rhythms and jams on workouts like Santana and John McLaughlin's Flame-Sky, and the stellar
    John Coltrane masterpiece interpretation Welcome, Carlos Santana's guitar was truly a voice heard around the
    musical world.


    The original vinyl version of this masterpiece has been out of circulation for decades - that is until now
    Friday Music continues our exclusive Santana 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with the groundbreaking first
    time North American audiophile vinyl release of the 1973 smash Welcome. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso
    at Friday Music Studios and pressed at R.T.I., this super limited first time North American 180 Gram masterwork
    is truly one of Santana's finest ever, and we are very excited to offer you this authorized audiophile vinyl LP today.
    Along with the legendary Carlos Santana on guitar and vocal, he is joined with original Santana band mates
    Michael Shrieve on his dynamic drums, Doug Rauch on his prolific bass, Jose Areas on hard hitting percussion,
    plus the brilliant acid jazz superstar Leon Thomas on vocals, the celebrated Latin percussionist Armando Peraza,
    the legendary John McLaughlin on guitar, Joe Farrell on flute, and the stellar keyboard work of long time Santana
    associate Tom Coster.


    As an added 40th Anniversary Welcome bonus, we are including a super fine gatefold cover, restoring the
    original album cover elements to their full glory which will further enhance your listening experience.
    Let's all celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the classic mega rocker Welcome by Santana. Authentic,


    Authorized and Absolutely Santana as only you would expect from your friends at Friday Music!

    1. Going Home
    2. Love, Devotion & Surrender
    3. Samba De Sausalito
    4. When I Look Into Your Eyes
    5. Yours Is The Light
    6. Mother Africa
    7. Light Of Life
    8. Flame-Sky
    9. Welcome
    Santana
    $29.99
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    The Columbia Years 1968-1969

    All Tracks Previously Unreleased (Except Track B5/8)


    Production By Miles Davis & Teo Macero


    Featuring Performances From Hugh Masekela, Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience), John Mclaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Harvey Brooks, Wayne Shorter, Billy Cox (Band Of Gypsys), Larry Young, And Members Of The Jazz Crusaders


    Remastered From The Original Analog Master Tapes


    New Interviews, Rare Photos, And Unseen Historical Documents From The Teo Macero Archive


    One can hardly imagine Prince, Erykah Badu, or Outkast without the influence of Betty Davis. Her style of raw and revelatory punk-funk defies any notions that women can't be visionaries in the worlds of rock and pop. In recent years, rappers from Ice Cube to Talib Kweli have rhymed over her intensely strong but sensual music. Betty penned the song ''Uptown'' for The Chambers Brothers and wrote the tunes that got The Commodores signed to Motown. The Detroit label soon came calling, pitching a Motown songwriting deal, which Betty turned down. Motown wanted to own everything. Heading to the UK, Marc Bolan of T. Rex urged the creative dynamo to start writing for herself. A common thread throughout Betty's career would be her unbending DIY ethic, which made her quickly turn down anyone who didn't fit with the vision. She would eventually say no to Eric Clapton as her album producer, seeing him as too banal. In 1968, she married Miles Davis and quickly influenced him on the magic of psychedelic rock along with introducing him to Jimi Hendrix-personally inspiring the classic album, Bitches Brew.


    Miles and Betty fans have long debated the truth of a near mythological session recorded in Studios B and E at Columbia's 52nd Street Studios on May 14th and 20th, 1969. The landmark session was produced by Miles and Teo Macero and featured Betty on vocals, accompanied by Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell, guitarist John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock on keys, and Dylan/Miles session bassist Harvey Brooks. Other players included bassist Billy Cox (Band of Gypsys), saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and organist Larry Young. Now, Light In The Attic, with full support from Betty herself, presents these recordings to the public for the very first time. These historic sessions-never heard, never bootlegged-predate Miles' revolutionary album, Bitches Brew, and are the true birth of Miles' jazz-rock explorations, along with the roots for Betty's groundbreaking funk that came years later, starting with her self-titled debut in 1973. While, ultimately, these recordings would go unreleased for nearly half a century, they would greatly shape each of their careers.


    The vibe is intrinsically unique, fresh, and futuristic-jazz heavyweights playing psychedelia, rock, and jazz-fusion long before the term became commonplace. The songs include Betty originals and covers of classics by Creedence and Cream. The concepts explored on these previously unheard sessions fueled concepts that wouldn't be fully realized until years later with Miles' seminal On The Corner.


    Additionally, included here is the first time rerelease of a 1968 Columbia single, recorded in October 1968 at Columbia Studios in Los Angeles. The session was produced by Jerry Fuller and featured South African maverick Hugh Masekela on trumpet and arrangements, plus members of jazz-funk pioneers The Crusaders-including trombonist Wayne Henderson and pianist Joe Sample. Two of the three tracks included here from this session are previously unreleased.


    This deluxe package is a treasure trove for both Betty and Miles fans, including rare documents from the pen of co-producer Teo Macero, rarely seen photos from legendary photographer Baron Wolman, and new interviews with Mrs. Davis herself, Harvey Brooks, and Hugh Masekela-the entire project overseen with Betty's full blessing.

    1. Hangin' Out
    2. Politician Man

    3. Down Home Girl

    4. Born On The Bayou

    5. I'm Ready, Willing & Able (Take 1)

    6. I'm Ready, Willing & Able (Take 9)

    7. It's My Life (Alternate Take)

    8. Live, Love, Learn

    9. My Soul Is Tired
    Betty Davis
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    Live Evil

    Live-Evil (1970) by Miles Davis is a double live album which features different settings of Miles Davis' bands.


    One of such recordings is of a 1970 gig at the Cellar Door, which featured a band comprised of Miles, bassist Michael Henderson, drummer Jack DeJohnette, guitarist John McLaughlin, saxophonist Gary Barts, and Keith Jarrett. The group is groovy, fast, and funky.


    The other setting was recorded with Ron Carter, Dave Holland, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock among others. This record is complex, but somehow still groovy. Tracs like "Sivad", "Funky Tonk", and "What I say" shows enthusiasm and wonderfully live material.

    LP 1
    1. Sivad
    2. Little Church
    3. Medley: Gemini / Double Image
    4. What I Say
    5. Nem Um Talvez


    LP 2
    1. Selim
    2. Funky Tonk
    3. Inamorata And Narration By Conrad Roberts

    Miles Davis
    $39.99
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    Miles Davis - A Tribute To Jack Johnson (On Sale)

    Audiophile Reference Sonics: Mobile Fidelity LP Presents Lean, Stripped-Back, and Open Sound With Startling Immediacy and Realism


    Soundtrack Merges Electric Fusion, Slashing Rock, and Aggressive Funk Via Astounding Lineup: Guitarist John McLaughlin and Trumpeter Davis Turn In Blistering Performances


    Powerhouse 1971 Album the Greatest Jazz-Rock Record Ever Made


    The album cover to Trust speaks volumes: Elvis Costello, bathed in shadows, his eyes nervously peering out from behind his sunglasses, his face conveying a combination of edgy noir purpose and guilt-ridden anxiety. Indeed, the tension-rich songs within largely convey the opposite meanings of the record's title, with the British icon musing on what lies beyond arrogant youth and immediate success with a jaundiced, scarred perspective informed by his country's political climate and his own experiences.


    Miles Davis' A Tribune to Jack Johnson is the best jazz-record ever made. Equally inspired by the leader's desire to assemble the "greatest rock and roll band you have ever heard" as well as his adoration of Johnson, Davis created a hard-hitting set that spills over with excitement, intensity, majesty, and power. Bridging the electric fusion he'd pursued on earlier efforts with a funkier, dirtier rhythmic approach, Davis zeroes in on concepts of spontaneity, freedom, and identity seldom achieved in the studio. Mobile Fidelity's sterling reissue brings it all to fore with unsurpassed realism.


    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, this collectable audiophile vinyl version of A Tribute to Jack Johnson joins the ranks of eleven other essential Davis sets given supreme sonic and packaging treatment by Mobile Fidelity. The most prominent difference longtime fans will notice is how much more aggressive and immediate the music sounds, aspects central to the composer's desires. Amazing degrees of instrumental separation and imaging allow you to focus on singular musicians and the roles they play.


    Indeed, utilizing wah-wah and distortion, guitarist John McLaughlin comes on here with a nasty edge, slashing style, and vicious streak that allows A Tribute to Jack Johnson finally cross the divide between rock and jazz. Davis puts both feet in the former camp and permanently erasing any gap. In addition to highlighting McLaughlin's ripping performances, Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP showcases the headliner's white-hot trumpet solos like never before. Bristling with exuberance, Davis' high-register passages explode with authority and commanding presence. Around him, a barrage of urgent backbeats, knifing riffs, and three-dimension bass lines emerge amidst an ink-black background.


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1. Right Off
    2. Yesternow
    Miles Davis
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    In A Silent Way (On Sale)

    Float Into the Ether: Gorgeous 1969 Experimental Treasure Among the Most Atmospheric Jazz Albums Ever Recorded


    Delicate, Immersing, Dynamic: Mobile Fidelity Reissue Magnifies the Bold Textures, Soothing Ambience, and Transcendent Moods


    Davis First Fusion Album Features John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, and Tony Williams


    Sketches of Spain, Kind of Blue, Milestones, Round About Midnight, and Four & More Also Available from Mobile Fidelity


    Shhh. The command to be quiet is no just part of the title of one of the two sprawling compositions on this pioneering album. Its also an apt metaphor for the relaxed hypnotism and spaced-out atmosphere that define In a Silent Way, a record that pushes the boundaries of studio possibilities, artist-producer relationships, and rock-jazz chasms. Recognized as Miles Davis first full-on fusion effort and part of his electric era, the 1969 landmark claims a Whos Who lineup that sends the music into an ethereal stratosphere.


    Part of Mobile Fidelitys Miles Davis catalog restoration series, In a Silent Way now immerses the listener in linoleate landscapes starlit by the intuition, suspension, and paradoxes wrought by a once-in-a-lifetime collective. Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, this unsurpassed 180g LP edition lifts the veil on the cutting-edge assembly process that created the pair of lengthy suites. Helmed by three electric instruments, the beveled compositions melt away all preconceived notions of jazz, rock, and ambience, following a loose theory Davis dubbed New Directions.


    Few albums are so delicately textured. And on Mobile Fidelitys meticulous analog reissue, such sulcate elements pour over ink-black backgrounds on a canyon-wide soundstage. In particular, Tony Williams inventive percussive touch he causes the cymbals to shimmer as a pieces of silver tend to do when exposed to sunlight is broadcast with lifelike three-dimensional qualities, the panoramic view extending to Davis nocturnal trumpet, Wayne Shorter's ribbon-unfurling saxophone, Dave Hollands extrapolative bass, and the mosaic of keys.


    If the records only accomplishment is its introduction of guitarist John McLaughlin to the world, it alone would be enough. Yet In a Silent Way continues to bedazzle, puzzle, and inspire for myriad reasons not the least of which is the seemingly telepathic communicative methods employed by the groups members. The lineup is great on paper, but, if its even possible, the octet sounds even better in practice, with the instruments and tonalities conjoining in avant-garde communion like hyper-sensitive tentacles exploring the stippled landscapes of an undiscovered planet.


    Diverting from expectation, tubular grooves twist, turn, and spin, sometimes piling atop of each other, always shying away from structure and melody. Ellipsoidal solos provide hesitant guidance, ranging from Chick Corea's Fender Rhodes phrases to Davis decorative spirals. And as color is the primary unit of currency on Davis Sketches of Spain, laidback episodes, geometric spaces, and quiet sensuality reign here, with the sets maverick reputation attained via musings on solitude rather than explosions of noise.


    Controversial for the period, the heavily edited production of In a Silent Way blew open the once-locked doors on what producers could attempt and how artists could assist them. Knitted together as one would construct a cross-hatched quilt, songs contain grafts of repeat passages that provide unifying structure and experimental continuity. What a statement.


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1. Shhh/Peaceful
    2. In a Silent Way/Its About That Time
    Miles Davis
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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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    In A Silent Way

    In A Silent Way is regarded as the first of Miles' fusion albums which was only the highway to deliver one of the Jazz History masterpieces, Bitches Brew. In A Silent Way featured a full-blown electric approach: An album which ís kicking categories of music to the curb and owes much of its essence to rock improvisers like John McLaughlin a newcomer at the time- and to pianists Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock.


    'Space Music' some said, but Miles only was just going his way as always. Free jams with hardly any no structure but still so sustained that they speak volumes about the sensitivity of the musicians involved.

    Shhh / Peaceful
    In A Silent Way / It's About That Time
    Miles Davis
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    Big Fun

    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Gatefold Sleeve


    Featuring Herbie Hancock, John Mclaughlin, Lonnie Listen Smith, Chick Corea, Wayyne Shorter, Joe Zawinul And Many Others


    Originally released in 1974, Big Fun presents music from three different phases of Miles Davis's early-seventies electric period.


    Sides one and four (Great Expectations and Lonely Fire) were recorded three months after the Bitches Brew sessions and incorporate sitar, tambura, tabla, and other Indian instruments. They also mark the first time since the beginning of Miles Davis's electric period that he played his trumpet with the Harmon mute which had been one of his hallmarks, making it sound much like the sitar. This contributed to creating a very clear and lean sound, highlighting both the high and low registers, as opposed to the busier sound of Bitches Brew which placed more emphasis on the middle and low registers.


    Ife was recorded after the 1972 On the Corner sessions, and the framework is similar to tracks from that record. It has a drum and electric bass groove and a plethora of musicians improvising individually and in combinations over variations on the hypnotic bassline.


    Recorded in March 1970, Go Ahead John is an outtake from Davis's Jack Johnson sessions. The recording is a riff and groove-based, with a relatively sparser line-up of Steve Grossman on soprano saxophone, Dave Holland on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and John McLaughlin on guitar with wah-wah pedal.

    LP 1
    1. Great Expectations
    2. Ife


    LP 2
    1. Go Ahead John

    2. Lonely Fire

    Miles Davis
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    Live Evil

    Originally released in 1971, Live-Evil is one of Miles Davis' most extraordinary records. Here, on a double album comprised of both live and studio recordings, the electric sound that Davis first unveiled the year previous emerges as a fully formed and powerful beast. Featuring one of his finest bands, which included John McLaughlin, Keith Jarrett, Gary Bartz, Jack DeJohnette and Brazilian percussionist Airto, Live-Evil is a stunning exploration of the outer limits of jazz, and one of the most influential records of the '70s. Absolutely essential. Reissued on double 180 gram vinyl in a gatefold jacket.

    1. Sivad
    2. Little Church
    3. Medley: Gemini/Double Image
    4. What I Say
    5. Nem Um Talvez
    6. Selim
    7. Funky Tonk
    8. Inamorata And Narration By Conrad Roberts
    Miles Davis
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    Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles: Live! (Speakers Corner)

    'Live' was the watchword of the liberated and permissive post-Woodstock era, when anyone and everyone could do wonderful things and musicians really let themselves go - and it opened the door for Santana and his musicians. While devotees of pure styles found it hard to dip into the bubbling melting pot of progressive rock, others - hungry for emotion - plunged eagerly into the moloch world known as 'Sounds of the 70s'.



    Among the great events during this time was the get-together of Santana and a grandiose group of musicians together with Jimmy Hendrix's ex-drummer Buddy Miles at the Sunshine Festival in Hawaii. Inspired by the electrifying atmosphere we hear the smacking sound of an organ in John McLaughlin's Marbles, lush rocking Latin grooves (Lava) and gospel-like vocal artistry (Evil Ways). After an intensively re-worked version of the old favourite Them Changes, in which the band certainly lets one know that they can be 'heavy' when they want, the musicians let themselves go in 25 improvised minutes in Free Form Funkafide Filth. Such unleashed power could never be tamed and captured on tape in the studio simply because it can only be created in the freedom of an open-air stage.



    Musicians:



    • Carlos Santana (guitar)

    • Buddy Miles (drums, vocal)

    • Robert Hogins (organ)

    • Luis Gasca (trumpet)

    • Hadley Caliman (saxophone, flute)

    • Neal Schon (guitar)

    • Ron Johnson (bass)

    • Coke Escovedo (percussion)

    • Gregg Errico (drums)

    • Victor Pantoja, Michael Carabello (conga)



    Recording: January 1972 live in the Diamond Head Crater, Hawaii, USA,

    Production: Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles



    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. Marbles
    2. Lava
    3. Evil Ways
    4. Faith Interlude
    5. Them Changes
    6. Free Form Funkafide Filth
    Santana
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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