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UNIM-DEC-4943xFrederick Fennell / Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra
Hi-Fi A La EspanolaNewly presented on 180g heavyweight vinyl, Decca are proud to present an iconic Mercury Living Presence album
from the analogue era back on vinyl. Presented with original artwork and pressed at Optimal GmbH, each release
has been carefully mastered from the original Decca analogue tapes at Abbey Road Studios.
This LP includes Spanish-influenced pieces performed by the Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra conducted by Frederick Fennell.1. Brazilian Sleigh Bells
5. Jamaican Rumba
7. Amparito Roca
8. Ritual Fire Dance
9. The Bullfighter's Prayer Op.34
10. Brazilian Dance$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
La DusseldorfUpon the breakup of legendary Krautrock duo Neu!, drummer Klaus Dinger formed La DÜsseldorf with his brother Thomas and keyboard player Hans Lampe. This, their self-titled debut, was recorded in 1975 and is a staggering mix of Dinger's trademark motorik rhythms, glammy synths, pulsing organs and urgent guitar work that altogether creates a sound that, at times, predates both punk and post-punk, no small feat. Featuring their European hit single Silver Cloud, La DÜsseldorf's debut record is classic Krautrock on par with the best offerings of Neu!, Kraftwerk and Can.1. DÜsseldorf
2. La DÜsseldorf
3. Silver Cloud
4. Time$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
LA EPEarlier this year, Atlanta's Dog Bite found themselves with downtime in Los Angeles between a successful tour with labelmates Toro Y Moi and shows at SXSW in Austin. The four-piece that makes up the touring group started messing around with different sounds and came up with their rst full-band release, the LA EP. This document of the road-tested crew is a stunning sequel to Velvet Changes, the band's debut LP, which showcased the talents of singer-songwriter Phil Jones and bassist Woody
The LA EP begins with "Warm, Wake Up," a song that
captures the bliss of a sunny day in the palm tree-dotted landscape and the romantic intrigue of Hollywood's studio lots. Motoring back down that winding road, we hear "Hunting Seasons where mid-20th century boogie haunts the track's guitars as the reverberating beat oats us back up to the clouds.
A feeling of melancholia drifts throughout the EP's songs. But the saddest part about this collection is its 13-minute length. It ies by like a short vacation or a cool breeze. But much more than sorrow for its passing, the LA EP inspires excitement for the next gust of wind.1. Warm, Wake Up
2. Hunting Season
3. Cold Weather
4. LA Sounds$10.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
La Isla Bonita
Gray Colored Vinyl
For years, Deerhoof was the only band that sounded like Deerhoof. Deerhoof's
neck-snapping syncopations, classical melody, minimal gear and maximal music has
slowly become part of the vocabulary: St. Vincent, Flaming Lips, Tune-Yards and Dirty
Projectors are just a few of the bands to have absorbed some Deerhoof DNA.
Deerhoof banged out recordings to send to producer and Godmode Records
honcho Nick Sylvester. No one gave much thought to microphone placement and
other technical matters, or playing the parts perfectly, or even staying in tune. It was
unselfconscious, spontaneous and fun, all four musicians playing in the same tiny
room at the same time. "We forgot," says Greg, "that the camera was there." The
music was ineffably evocative and powerful.
In May, Sylvester recorded the vocals, and that's where the album's pop side comes
out: Satomi's singing is front and center, and if it sounds like she's commanding the
band, it's because she was. Satomi was determined to make a record that was not
just for hardcore Deerhoof fans but instead would speak to everybody.
But there's a darkness to the songs. While Satomi's voice might ring like a sweet bell,
John and Ed's guitars resound with uncanny, virtuosic abandon, and Greg drums
with his ingenious wallop, the gnomic lyrics juxtapose images of false paradise with a
sense of declining empires and decay, a foreboding portrait of an American Weimar.
La Isla Bonita is the glorious sound of four musicians owning their own hard-won and
richly deserved legacy. Even as western civilization goes down the tubes.
-- Michael Azerrad1. Paradise Girls
2. Mirror Monster
4. Last Fad
5. Tiny Bubbles
6. Exit Only
7. Big House Waltz
8. God 2
9. Black Pitch
10. Oh Bummer$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
La Revancha Del TangoXL Recordings presents Gotan Project's classic hit album La Revancha Del Tango on vinyl for the very first time! Originally released in 2001, La Revancha Del Tango is the debut album from the Paris collective that brilliantly melds the street music of Argentina with that of contemporary electronica.1. Queremos Paz
3. Chungas Revenge
5. Santa Maria
6. Una Música Brutal
7. El Capitalismo Foráneo
8. Last Tango In Paris
9. La Del Ruso
10. Vuelvo Al Sur$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Vive La Trance (On Sale)Colored Vinyl
4th in the series of deluxe vinyl reissues from the quintessential Krautrock band, Amon DÜÜl II! This 1973 classic has been specially remastered for this release, pressed on 180 gram colored vinyl, and packaged in a heavy duty glue-on chipboard gatefold jacket sequentially numbered with a printed sleeve!1. A Morning Excuse
2. Fly United
4. Im Krater BlÜhn Wieder Die BÄume
5. Mozambique (Dedicated To Monika Ertl)
6. Apocalyptic Bore
9. Pig Man
11. Ladies Mimikry$34.99 $24.49 Save $10.50 (30%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
New York In LA 1989
Limited Edition 140 Gram Vinyl
Lou Reed's 15th solo album, New York, released early in 1989, was universally praised by critics and fans alike and became Reed's must successful album since 1974's Sally Can't Dance, reaching No. 40 on Billboard and No. 14 in the UK. On 22nd April Lou played the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, a performance which was the subject of a live FM broadcast by local radio - the results of which can now be heard on this release. Featuring 10 of New York's 14 cuts, plus a smattering of oldies and a somewhat unusual choice of cover in Ol' Blue Eyes' 'One For My Baby' - this recording is a delightful artefact for fans of the late Lou Reed and a nice reminder of what this often misrepresented albeit legendary artist was capable of.LP 1
1.Romeo Had Juliette
5.There Is No Time
6.Last Great American Whale
7.Beginning Of A Great Adventure
1.Busload Of Faith
3.Dime Store Mystery
4.I Love You Suzanne
5.One For My Baby
6.Doing The Things That We Want To
7.Rock And Roll
8.Video Violence$37.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Callas at La Scala (Studio Recital)Coinciding with the new Callas Live Remastered Edition, the catalog's 2017 priority, Warner Classics re-releases two of Maria Callas' legendary studio recitals on vinyl, using the state of the art remastering done in 2014.
Callas first sang at Milan's legendary La Scala for the opening of the 1951-52 season (in Verdi's I vespri siciliani) and she became closely identified with the theater, notably in productions directed by Luchino Visconti and his protÉgÉ Franco Zeffirelli. Spontini's La vestale was staged for her there in 1954, Bellini's La sonnambula in 1955, and her final La Scala performances came in 1962 with Cherubini's Medea.
Callas at her most spell-binding and enthralling, wrote Gramophone, Callas at La Scala ( ) shows the diva at her most exciting and most beautiful.1. La sonnambula, Act 1: Compagne, temiri amici ....Come per me sereno
2. La sonnambula, Act 3: Oh, se una volta sola ....Ah! non credea mirarti
3. Medea, Act 1: Dei tuoi figli la madre from Medea
4. La Vestale, Act 2: Tu che invoco con orrore
5. La Vestale, Act 2: O nome tutelar
6. La Vestale, Act 3: Caro oggetto$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (Awaiting Repress)Coldplay is set to release their highly-anticipated fourth studio album entitled Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends. The album is comprised of 10 brand new tracks, recorded in London, Barcelona and New York with producers Brian Eno and Markus Dravs. Viva la Vida takes its name from a painting by Frida Kahlo, the acclaimed 20th century Mexican artist. The album's artwork features the classic painting Liberty Leading the People by French painter Eugène Delacroix, commemorating the July Revolution of 1830.
Notes on the sessions state that the lyrics are much more abstract, much more visual than before, and that the music is less straight-forward, more oblique.1. Life In Technicolor
2. Cemeteries Of London
5. Lovers In Japan/Reign Of Love
7. Viva La Vida
8. Violet Hill
9. Strawberry Swing
10. Death And All His Friends$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Vivaldi: The Four SeasonsPresented With Original Artwork And Pressed On 180-Gram Heavyweight Vinyl At Optimal
Eschewing its usual heavy orchestral sound in favor of a more stripped-down instrumentation, Dutch violinist Janine Jansen's second album offers a fresh interpretation of one of the most performed classical works, Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. The 2005 follow-up to her Barry Wordsworth-conducted debut, the subtle but passionate renditions of the La Primavera, L'estate, L'autunno, and L'inverno concertos are performed with a sparse, eight-piece ensemble including Lithuanian violinist Julian Rachlin, her cellist brother Maarten, and harpsichordist father Jan.
- Jon O'Brien (Allmusic.com)1. La Primavera
4. L'Inverno$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
IVNew traditionalists Chatham County Line are back with their most ambitious album to date. The North Carolina quartet's fourth album IV, is a boozy blend of Americana and loose acoustic rockers that exhibits the band's ever-evolving style. CCL continues their dedication to traditional instruments by using their love for bluegrass as a base on which to layer an eclectic blend of roots music.
Bluegrass workouts like The Carolinian stand beside pop geared numbers such as Chip of a Star and the hard soul of Birmingham Jail. The progression seen on IV is helped along by indie pop musician and producer Chris Stamey (Yo La Tengo, Alex Chilton, Alejandro Escovedo), making for a starkly heartfelt testament to making the past new again. This is a limited-edition pressing of IV on 180g vinyl.1. Chip of a Star
2. The Carolinian
3. Let It Rock
4. One More Minute
5. Birmingham Jail
6. Sweet Eviction
7. I Got Worry
8. Clear Blue Sky
10. Whipping Boy
12. Country Boy/City Boy
13. Thanks$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
It's AliveSeattle's La Luz recorded their debut EP, Damp Face, in a small trailer on a hot August day. But barring the inevitable "no-AC-in-the-van" summer tour calamity, La Luz runs cool. Their brand of coolness isn't about distance or affect; it's a mood, and-sue me, but I'm about to totally rip off Zelda Fitzgerald: Something about this music vibrates to the dusky, dreamy smell of dying moons and shadows. So yeah, that kind of cool.
Still, La Luz's live shows, more than most these days, are about connection. It's evident that the four ridiculously talented ladies on stage are not only playing music with each other, but for each other. And they engage their audience as well. Like a proper punk band-which they are not- they give you shit for not dancing. They convey a gritty self-possession, a sense that they've been there and back again. And, like the expert, but seemingly effortless, surf licks and meandering bass lines that rise and fall throughout their songs, their mocking is playful and dreamy and disarming enough to get most of the crowd (and sometimes the keyboard player) dancing down the center line of a soul train.
But as any half-assed Freudian will tell you, there can be no meaningful connection without first weathering some dark and lonely times. Here comes the chilly part: What makes La Luz stand out-and stand out fast-the band has only been playing together for a year and people took notice almost immediately-is that this is a band that embodies that most elusive slant on the human condition: longing, and the fleeting relief that tags alongside deep desire.
In Spanish, La Luz means "light" and that's the perfect thing to evoke when your songs give the illusion of veering in the opposite direction. But lift out most any lyric-which is a good excuse to give a closer listen to the delicate, four-part harmonies that are fast becoming the band's signature-and you'll find that the aches and pains of love and loss, of living in a world where no foothold is ever a promise-all this is delivered with a nuanced dose of perfectly timed exhilaration, like the whole thing might just be worth it in the end.
Last spring, La Luz returned to that steamy trailer park to record It's Alive - the much-anticipated follow up to Damp Face - with their friend and engineer Johnny Goss. From the first get-psyched drum roll and eerie chords of "Sure As Spring", the dinged-up pop gem that opens the album, the rest moves like a slow drive on a dangerous road, slinking and bending as the terrain shifts. On "What Good Am I?", the lead vocals, and the swirl of harmonies that surround it, recall the Spartan haze of Mazzy Star's misty-eyed super hit. Smack in the middle is the title track. "It's Alive" is a jangly rocker with a spooky refrain, oodles of ooohs, and a marauding narrative that nails down the misty logic of the rest of the album. Two instrumentals, "Sunstroke" and "Phantom Feelings", showcase the band's beach jam surf chops, and fall perfectly between the chilled out heartache that surrounds them.
Imagine all of the Shangri-La's trying, precariously, to balance on top of Link Wray's surfboard.
The kind of sweet surf rock with a touch of melancholy that should be the soundtrack to the slow-dancing-at-prom scene in every teen movie.
-- The Stranger1. Sure As Spring
2. All the Time
3. Morning High
4. What Good Am I?
6. It's Alive
7. Big Big Blood
8. Call Me in the Day
9. Pink Slime
10. Phantom Feelings
11. You Can Never Know$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Freedom Is Free (Awaiting Repress)Chicano Batman came out of L.A., four young men in vintage formalwear, playing songs that blended Brazilian Tropicalía with early '70s psychedelic soul and the romantic pop of bands like Los Angeles Negros. It was an immediately addictive sonic brew, and their reputation grew fast. Now, they're making their boldest statement yet with Freedom Is Free, their third album and ATO Records debut.1. Passed You By
2. Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)
3. Angel Child
4. Freedom Is Free
5. La Jura (Prelude)
6. La Jura
7. Flecha Al Sol
9. Right Off The Back
11. The Taker Story
12. Area C$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
InjiInji is the debut solo album by Sam Dust, AKA LA Priest. Across its ten audaciously
imaginative tracks Inji reasserts Dust as a truly idiosyncratic voice in British music, applying
the same frantically eclectic, mischievous and wilfully absurd spirit of his previous band,
the beloved Late of the Pier, to ever more nuanced and affecting songwriting and
From the obscene space-age stadium rock guitar solo of 'Oino', the maddeningly catchy
digi-dub single that Dust leaked sample-by-sample on a suitably enigmatic website at the
turn of the year, to 'Learning To Love', the record's gargantuan, eight minute long proghouse
centrepiece and 'Occasion', a melting martian Prince come-on, Inji confounds and
delights in equal measure and at every turn.
'Lady's In Trouble With The Law' boasts a lithe, sensual soul chorus about getting arrested
that feels at once haunted and horny whilst the insectoid instrumental ambience of 'Lorry
Park', twists and turns and burrows into the brain as creepily as the most classic Aphex
Twin material. Elsewhere, 'Fabby', another instrumental, juxtaposes a gorgeous, cascading
piano figure that'd make Benjamin Britten proud with percussion that sounds like the
clashing of two swords and album closer, the bubbling, aquamarine ballad 'Mountain' finds
Dust contorting his voice into an impossibly high, androgynous falsetto.
Throughout all the songs there's a reliance on feeling and intimation as opposed to any one
lyrical theme, and although the notion of love, its joys and trials, heaviness and absurdity,
can often be glimpsed, it's in a non-linear way that recalls the disruptive, deliberately
misleading pop of artists such as David Sylvian, Arthur Russell and David Byrne.
Just like its genesis story, Inji is a record that poses as many questions as answers. It has
its own logic, in its own time zone, and for the duration of its forty four minutes the listener
shares in this too. If it doesn't conform it's because it's not supposed to.1. Occasion
2. Lady's In Trouble With The Law
3. Gene Washes With New Arm
5. Party Zute / Learning To Love
6. Lorry Park
7. Night Train
9. A Good Sign
10. Mountain$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
VivaViva is the second release from Klaus Dinger's post-Neu! group, La Dusseldorf. Originally released in 1978, Viva is a stunning combination of washed out synthesizers, swirling guitar work and Dinger's trademark motorik rhythms. Featuring the classic Cha, Cha 2000, Viva is another fine effort from one of Krautrock's legends and stands as a testament of just how gloriously ahead of their time the German progressive rock scene of the '70s really was. An essential record.1. Viva
2. White Overalls
6. Cha Cha 2000$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rooms Of The House (Awaiting Repress)Michigan based quintet La Dispute have announced that they will release their third full-length, titled Rooms of the House, in 2014 via their
newly established label, Better Living, in partnership with Staple Records. Born with a greater intention than to simply release La Dispute's own records,
the band explains their new label as "an outlet for creative expression, and as a way for both themselves and other artists to work together and give back
to their respective communities. The label will operate in multiple forms of media; incorporating written, musical, and visual content, hoping to encourage
collaboration between a variety of artists who are looking to impact their communities by supporting structures and organizations which are already
making significant positive changes."
Rooms of the House was recorded and mixed by Will Yip at Studio 4 in Philadelphia, produced by Yip and La Dispute, and mastered at The Lodge by
Emily Lazar. To write for the new release, La Dispute retreated to an isolated cabin in Michigan's upper peninsula with the hope that working together in a
different environment would take them out of their comfort zone and enable them to create their strongest record yet. "The area where we were was pretty
remote so we could focus on playing and not much else," bassist Adam Vass explains. "It was just the five of us working on writing every single day for a
month and pretty much the entire album came out of those sessions."1. Hudsonville, MI 1956
2. First Reactions After Falling Through the Ice
3. Woman (In Mirror)
4. Scenes from Highways 1981-2009
5. For Mayor in Splitsville
7. Stay Happy There
8. The Child We Lost 1963
9. Woman (Reading)
10. Extraordinary Dinner Party
11. Objects in Space$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
And The Anonymous NobodyHip Hop trio De La Soul's 9th LP, And The Anonymous Nobody, is their first full-length album in eleven years. It includes the single 'Pain' featuring Snoop Dogg. The album also features guests Jill Scott, Usher, Justin Hawkins (The Darkness), Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz), 2 Chainz, Little Dragon, and David Byrne (Talking Heads).LP 1
1. Genesis (feat. Jill Scott)
2. Royalty Capes
3. Pain (Feat. Snoop Dogg)
4. Property of Spitkicker. Com (feat. Roc Marciano)
5. Memory of... (Us)[feat. Estelle & Pete Rock]
7. Lord Intended (feat. Justin Hawkins)
8. Snoopies (feat. David Bryne)
9. Greyhounds (feat. Usher)
1. Sexy Bitch
3. Drawn (feat. Little Dragon)
4. Whoodeeni (feat. 2Chainz)
5. Nosed Up
6. You Go Dave (A Goldblatt Presentation)[ feat. David Goldblatt]
7. Here in After (feat. Damon Albarn)
8. Exodus$28.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Weirdo ShrineFor most, a brush with death would be cause for retreat, reflection, and reluctance, but Seattle band La Luz found something different in it: resilience. Having survived a high-speed highway collision shortly after releasing their 2013 debut LP It's Alive, La Luz, despite lasting trauma, returned to touring with a frequency and tirelessness that put their peers to shame. Over the past year-and-a-half of performing, the band arrived at a greater awareness of their music's ability to whip eager crowds into a frenzy. In response, frontwoman Shana Cleveland's guitar solos took on a more unhinged quality. The basslines (from newly-installed member Lena Simon) became more lithe and elastic. Stage-dives and crowd-surfing grew to be as indelible a part of the La Luz live experience as their onstage doo-wop-indebted dance moves. When it came time to record Weirdo Shrine, their second album-due out August 7th-the goal was to capture the band's restless live energy and commit it to tape. In early 2015, Cleveland and Co. adjourned to a surf shop in San Dimas, California where, with the help of producer/engineer Ty Segall, they realized this vision. Tracking most of the album live in shared quarters, La Luz chose to leave in any happy accidents and spur-of-the-moment flourishes that occurred while recording. Cleveland's newly fuzzed-up guitar solos-which now incorporated the influence of Japanese Eleki players in addition to the twang of American surf and country-were juxtaposed against the group's most angelic four-part harmonies to date. The organs of Alice Sandahl and the drumming of Marian Li Pino were granted extra heft and dimension. Thematically, Cleveland channeled Washingtonian poet Richard Brautigan on "You Disappear" and "Oranges," and sought inspiration from Charles Burns' Seattle-set graphic novel Black Hole. The resulting album is a natural evolution of the band's self-styled "surf noir" sound-a rawer, turbo-charged sequel that charts themes of loneliness, infatuation, obsession and death across eleven tracks, from the opening credits siren song of "Sleep Till They Die" to the widescreen, receding-skyline send-off of "Oranges" and its bittersweet epilogue, "True Love Knows." In describing Weirdo Shrine, Segall remarked that it gave him a vision of a "world burning with colors [he'd] never seen, like mauve that is living." In "Oranges," the Brautigan poem which inspired the aforementioned track of the same name, the poet writes of a surreal "orange wind / that glows from your footsteps." These hue-based allusions are apt: the sound of La Luz is (appropriately) vibrant, and alive with a kaleidoscopic passion. Weirdo Shrine finds them at their most saturated and cinematic.1. Sleep Till They Die
2. You Disappear
3. With Davey
4. Don't Wanna Be Anywhere
5. I Can't Speak
6. Hey Papi
7. I Wanna Be Alone (With You)
8. I'll Be True
9. Black Hole, Weirdo Shrine
11. True Love Knows$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Feel Your Feelings Fool!Perfectly imperfect - that's one way to describe LA based punk act, The Regrettes. Writing songs that proudly bear a brazen and unabashed attitude in the vein of acts Courtney Barnett or Karen O - with a pop aesthetic reminiscent of 50's and 60's acts a la the Temptations or Buddy Holly - the LA based four piece create infectious, punk driven tracks.
Lead by outspoken frontwoman, Lydia Night, and comprised of Genessa Gariano on guitar, Sage Nicole on bass and drummer Maxx Morando, the group have left the LA rock scene floored, managing to capture the hearts of jaded rock critics while opening for acts like Kate Nash, Jack Off Jill, Bleached, Pins, Deep Vally and more.1. I Don't Like You
2. A Living Human Girl
3. Hey Now
6. Juicebox Baby
7. 'Til Tomorrow
8. Pale Skin
9. Lacy Loo
10. Head in the Clouds
11. How It Should Be
12. Picture Perfect
14. Ladylike/WHATTA BITCH
15. You Won't Do$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ravel Debussy - Ma Mere Nocturnos (Speakers Corner)
Ravel's ballet music Ma Mère l'Oye, originally written for piano, four hands, was inspired by Charles Perrault's fairy tale. Ravel mostly wrote music for small forms which is reflected by the short movements of the suite. The world renowned Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, led by the conductor best suited to this kind of music, Ernest Ansermet, bring out the vivacious and colourful elements of the work. The orchestra's timbre is well suited to the gentle shading of the music, as is shown in the final Jardin fÉerique.
Completed by Debussy in 1899, the three Nocturnes reveal the aesthetics of a composer who put Nature above Art. Debussy endeavoured to achieve a natural flow and consistency in his music without slavishly copying the sounds of nature. Although Nuages (Clouds), Fêtes (Festivals) and Sirènes (Sirents) are night pieces, they are seen with a view to light and shadow: two optic conditions that influence the music.
The artists give an amazingly transparent and differentiated performance of the music. The present recording should not be missed by any lover of Impressionist music.
- Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
- Ernest Ansermet
Recording: November 1957 at Victoria Hall, Geneva by Roy Wallace
Production: James Walker
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. PrÉlude et Danse du Rouet (Ravel)
2. Pavane da la Belle au bois dormant (Ravel)
3. Petit Poucet (Ravel)
4. Laideronnette ImpÉratrice des Pagodes (Ravel)
5. Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête (Ravel)
6. La jardin fÉrique (Ravel)
7. Nuages (Debussy)
8. Fêtes (Debussy)
9. Sirènes (Debussy)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sibelius Symphony No 4Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!
Born in London of an Italian father (a violinist at La Scala, Milan) and French mother, Sir John Barbirolli, CH (1899-1970), nÉ Giovanni Battista Barbirolli, was an English conductor and cellist. Although a conductor of international standing, succeeding Toscanini as music director of the New York Philharmonic from 1936-43, and having conducted many major orchestras like the Vienna Philarmonic and Berlin Philharmonic, he is remembered above all as conductor of the HallÉ Orchestra in Manchester, which he helped save from dissolution in 1943 and conducted for the rest of his life. Noted for his interpretations of Sibelius, Barbirolli and the HallÉ recorded all the Sibelius symphonies for EMI and these recordings were made just over a year before Barbirolli died.
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process.
Recorded on 29-30 May and *5 August 1969 at the Kingsway Hall, London. Produced and engineered by the legendary two Christophers: Christopher Bishop and Christopher Parker respectively (*with additional engineer Martin Benge)
In the original April 1970 review of the stereo release, Sibelius expert Robert Layton of the GRAMOPHONE was torn between the contemporaneous Maazel version on Decca and the Barbirolli: ...Sir John views the symphony as a whole as predominantly bleak with dark, shifting colourings whereas Maazel's conception is icy, unremitting and very powerful. Sir John's is the more complex and in some ways more interesting view and he has the advantage of quite superlative recorded sound. In fact this is one of the most vivid and full bodied recordings I have heard from this source and is richer in tone than its Decca rival... this new version can confidently be recommended alongside the Maazel and granted the odd reservation, my own preference is for this splendidly recorded newcomer.
Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180g Vinyl
Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!
Produced and engineered by the legendary two Christophers (Christopher Bishop and Christopher Parker)
Superior Audiophile Pressing
Features Original Album Artwork
The Halle Orchestra
Sir John Barbirolli, conductor
This title is not eligible for discount.Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63
1. I. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio
2. II. Allegro molto vivace
3. III. Il tempo largo
1. IV. Allegro
2. 'Rakastava' for String Orchestra, Op. 14
3. Romance in C Major for String Orchestra, Op. 42$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Albeniz: Iberia (complete)/ Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole (Pre-Order)
Mastered By Willem Makee From The Original Master Tapes
Jean Morel conducts the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra. Superb low end, a rich, robust and vibrant-sounding album. Great midrange life and transparency. Orchestrations of Albeniz' incomparable Iberia. Double-basses are extremely well-pitched and dynamic, a characteristic of the RCA Paris recordings. The Rapsodie espagnole that fills out side four is a humdinger.
Recorded in La Maison de la Chimie (Paris)
Producer: Ray Minshull
Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson
This title is not eligible for discount.AlbÉniz, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Jean Morel - Iberia
2. El Puerto
3. El Corpus En Sevilla
8. El Polo
9. El Albaicin
Ravel, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Jean Morel - Rapsodie Espagnole$59.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Screamin' For My SupperFirst Time On Vinyl!
Three years after releasing her debut Immortal (1996), Beth Hart released Screaming For My Supper to great critical acclaim. Beth produced the album herself with help from longtime collaborator and bass player Tal Herzberg, resulting in a mature, fully formed record. LA Song made it to a single. Four years later, Beth Hart would release Leave The Light On, of which Music On Vinyl released the only vinyl issue as well.
This is the first vinyl issue of this wonderful album! To celebrate the occasion, we've pressed it on a double LP with a beautifully etched D-side. Truly collectible!LP1
1. Just A Little Hole
2. Delicious Surprise
3. La Song (Out Of This Town)
4. Is That Too Much To Ask
5. By Her
6. Get Your Shit Together
1. Girls Say
2. Sky Is Falling
4. Favorite Things$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Live At The Jazz MillPressed On Red Vinyl
Unearthed tape from a jazz icon. Thanks to a 21-year-old with a tape machine, we can all experience the majesty of guitar legend Barney Kessel at his 1954 best!
Even if you don't know Barney Kessel, you know Barney Kessel -- as a first-string member of the group of LA session musicians nicknamed The Wrecking Crew, Kessel's guitar is heard on just about every LA-based hit you'd care to name from the 60s, including songs by the Monkees and The Beach Boys' legendary Smile LP. And that's Kessel's playing on the famous fight music from the Star Trek TV series. He was regarded as the very best of the session guitarists by just about everyone around, and guitarists everywhere site him as an influence.
But before he played rock and roll, Kessel was a jazz pioneer -- as one of the leading lights of the hard-bop movement, his jazz guitar was legendary, and he was ranked the No. 1 guitarist in Down Beat and Playboy for numerous years. He played with Sonny Rollins and Oscar Peterson (and Chico Marx -- yes, that Chico Marx!) as well as leading his own super-tight group. On albums such as The Poll Winners, Kessel defined the bop style with a jazz power trio, creating a body of work that made him a legend.
Live At The Jazz Mill is a unique artifact -- recorded on a tape recorder by young jazz fan Jack Miller, this live recording catches Barney Kessel in the middle of his run at the Jazz Mill with a great four-piece band. The collection, gleaned from a couple of nights' best recordings, features Kessel's spirited take on such Songbook classics as Get Happy and Stardust, not to mention the Gershwin great Embraceable You. It's pressed on red vinyl and wrapped in a sleeve which captures the unique vibe of jazz graphics of the 1950s. Get with Barney Kessel, and get with a true pioneer of the jazz form!1. Strike Up The Band
2. How About You
3. Get Happy
5. Seven Come Eleven
6. Rose Room
7. Somebody Loves Me
8. Embraceable You$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now