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    Aerial Ballet (Speakers Corner)

    To define in a nutshell the music of Harry Nilsson in accordance with his personality can easily become a fiasco. The American singer-songwriter might well share his reputation as a multi-talented eccentric with a number of other musicians. However, his highly unusual style and his Ā»satirical catchy pop songs [composed] with the sparkling eye of a cynic and the tearful eye of a nostalgicĀ« (rororo Rock Lexicon) cannot be pigeonholed. Nilsson packaged derisive lines, spiced with a pinch of self-irony, in suspiciously pleasing yet carefully selected tunes. His cultivated and astonishingly supple voice basked to the full in bittersweet phrases, aided by elaborate, melting, slushy arrangements with strings and winds. Several of the wonderfully fresh numbers from Aerial Ballet reached top places in the charts. Everybody's Talkin' became world-famous through its use in the film Asphalt Cowboy and brought Nilsson his first Grammy award. The song One soared to the top ten of the charts. The other light and airy songs now invite you to create your very own hit list. Every single number makes great listening!


    This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.


    Musicians:



    • Harry Nilsson (vocal)

    • Plas Johnson (woodwinds)

    • Dennis Budimir (guitar)

    • Al Casey (guitar)

    • Michael Melvoin (harpsichord, organ, piano)

    • Larry Knechtel (bass, piano)

    • Jim Gordon (drums)

    • Milt Holland (percussion)




    Recording: 1967 and 1968 in RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood

    Production: Rick Jarrad





    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. Daddy's Song
    2. Good Old Desk
    3. Don't Leave Me
    4. Mr. Richland's Favorite Song
    5. Little Cowboy
    6. Together
    7. Everybody's Talkin'
    8. I Said Goodbye To Me
    9. Little Cowboy
    10. Mr. Tinker
    11. One
    12. The Wailing Of The Willow
    13. Bath
    Harry Nilsson
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Aerial Ballet (Awaiting Repress) Aerial Ballet (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Aerial Ballet (Awaiting Repress)

    180 Gram Pressed At RTI


    Mono


    Aerial Ballet solidified Nilsson's craft as a singer-songwriter par excellence. His pen is decidedly sharper in songs like "Together," "One" and "Don't Leave Me," which deal with the insecurities and fatalities of romance. Suicide is explored in "I Said Goodbye to Me," and the subjects of fame ("Mr. Richland's Favorite Song") and fatherhood ("Daddy's Song") get their drubbing in scat-filled soft-shoe style. This Sundazed edition presents the 1968 mono mix of this treasured work-scarce then, and virtually impossible to locate in the decades since-from the original master reels, with restored artwork. Also included is "Daddy's Song," a tune quickly deleted from the original pressings that features a noticeably different vocal arrangement in its monaural form, and the original first-issue single mix of "Everybody's Talkin'," among other highlights. A unique version seen only briefly when issued and virtually untouchable in the intervening years, Aerial Ballet in mono, pressed at R.T.I., is now available on 180 gram vinyl.

    1. Daddy's Song
    2. Good Old Desk
    3. Don't Leave Me
    4. Mr. Richland's Favorite Song
    5. Little Cowboy
    6. Together
    7. Everybody's Talkin'
    8. I Said Goodbye to Me
    9. Little Cowboy
    10. Mr. Tinker

    11. One
    12. The Wailing of the Willow
    13. Bath
    Nilsson
    $28.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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