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    Let Me Fly

    Mike + The Mechanics are Mike Rutherford, Andrew Roachford, Tim Howar, Gary Wallis, Luke Juby and Anthony Drennan. 'Let Me Fly' is the 8th studio album from the band and returns to the early Mechanics sound.
    1. Let Me Fly
    2. Are You Ready
    3. Wonder
    4. The Best Is Yet To Come
    5. Save The World
    6. Don't Know What Came Over Me
    7. High Life
    8. The Letter
    9. Not Out Of Love
    10. Love Left Over
    11. I'll Be There For You
    12. Save My Soul
    Mike + The Mechanics
    $21.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Wear Your Love Like Heaven (Speakers Corner)

    Donovan Philip Leitch may well share a proletarian origin with several of the folk bards of his time. But comparisons with the top dog Dylan have worn thin and are not worth the effort since Donovan never was neither vocally nor thematically brusque - and moreover he created his own standards. He quickly converted the pacifist message of The Universal Soldier into positive thoughts and his poetry was concerned with history, sagas, myths and magic. »Lord, kiss me once more, fill me with song« he prays in Wear Your Love Like Heaven, and if this makes you sentimental then you are on the right wavelength. However, the »seller of hope« (Donovan on Donovan) triggers off a few psychedelic nerve tracts: whether it be a personal experience in echo form (Sun) or the sprechgesang and whistling of a vocal group (Little Boy In Corduroy) - light, gentle but perceptibly formed. That Donovan set far more than cheerful texts to the guitar is proven by the use of sawing stationary sound of the organ, low-register string passages and subtle rhythms, which raises his song repertoire miles above routine. A nice 'folksy guy' who merely loves the sun, moon and stars just cannot exist in times of war.


    This Speakers Corner production was manufactured 100% analogously, with the use of the analogue mastertape and analogue mastering. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.


    Musicians:



    • Donovan (vocals, guitar)

    • Mike O'Neil (organ,piano, harpsichord,)

    • Eric Leese (guitar)

    • Harold McNair (flute)

    • Mike Carr (vibraphone)

    • Jack Bruce, Cliff Barton (bass)

    • Keith Webb (drums)

    • Candy John Carr (conga, bongo)



    Recording: October 1967 at CBS Studios London by Michael Ross Trevor

    Production: Ashley Kozak




    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 emphasize 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. Wear Your Love Like Heaven
    2. Mad John's Escape
    3. Skip-A-Long Sam
    4. Sun
    5. There Was a Time
    6. Oh Gosh
    7. Little Boy in Corduroy
    8. Under the Greenwood Tree
    9. The Land of Doesn't Have to Be
    10. Someone Singing
    Donovan
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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