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Country Vinyl Records
In Hollywood (Speakers Corner)When stringed instruments are employed, it is often an indication that the protagonist is somewhat mature. It is an unwritten law that sooner or later every rock, jazz or folk musician will bathe in soft tones for once. Chet Atkins, however, was light years away from his artistic zenith, came up with a wealth of ideas and was in a great position with regards to recording facilities when he set down his Hollywood album in 1959. Two years earlier, “Mister Guitar” had become boss of the newly founded RCA Studio in Nashville. Here he recorded several records, which reflected his ideas of an appealing, catchy Nashville Sound as an answer to the declining rock and roll.
The Hollywood numbers were by no means dynamite movie tracks or showstoppers. Dennis Farnon’s delicate, lush arrangements rather more pay homage to the maestro with his no-frills art of playing. The gentle Italo evergreen "Santa Lucia", Chaplin’s beautiful "Limelight" with its violins and the time-honoured "Greensleeves" – all of them flawlessly performed – are a real pleasure for the ears. Atkins greatly admired the superb string orchestra and two years later he re-recorded the album using the tapes from the Hollywood session to create this new version.
- Chet Atkins (guitar)
- Howard Roberts (guitar)
- Jethro Burns (mandolin)
- Clifford Hils (bass)
- George Callender (bass)
- Larry Bunker (drum & strings)
- Jack Sperling(drum & strings)
Recording: October 1958 in Hollywood
Production: Chet Atkins
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. Armen's Theme
2. Let It Be Me
3. Theme From "Picnic"
4. Theme From A Dream
6. Jitterbug Waltz
7. Little Old Lady
9. The Three Bells
10. Santa Lucia
12. Meet Mr. Callaghan
$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
The story of American country begins almost a century ago in the Southern U.S., where blues and folk music were joined together in a wonderful matrimony of musical bliss. That holy union still holds strong to this day, as throughout the years what was once called “hillbilly music” has evolved into the most popular music genre in
The story of American country begins almost a century ago in the Southern U.S., where blues and folk music were joined together in a wonderful matrimony of musical bliss. That holy union still holds strong to this day, as throughout the years what was once called “hillbilly music” has evolved into the most popular music genre in America.
And if you think country sounds great coming out of your MP3 player, wait until you have a listen to some country vinyls.
Have you ever heard Johnny Cash play San Quentin on vinyl? Or Willie Nelson on vinyl wistfully wishing he was on the road again? Whatever your speed, SoundStage Direct has an extensive collection of country vinyl records, from Ronstadt to T-Swift.