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  • Puttin' On The Ritz - New York 81 Vol.1 Puttin' On The Ritz - New York 81 Vol.1 Quick View

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    Puttin' On The Ritz - New York 81 Vol.1

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    Zappa hit the road in September '81, with his latest touring band, comprising Chad Wackerman on drums, Ed Mann on percussion, Tommy Mars on keyboards, Scott Thunes on bass, with Steve Vai and Ray White on guitar. In November the group travelled to New York State, played a couple of shows up north before hitting the city and unloading at the infamous Ritz venue in the East Village on the 17th.


    The show that night was captured by WLIR FM Radio and broadcast across the East Coast to the delight of Zappa fans who hadn't been lucky enough to secure a ticket. Playing for more than two and a half hours, with special guests Al Di Meola and Brian Peters joining on a couple of numbers.

    LP1
    1. Treacherous Cretin
    2. Montana
    3. Easy Meat
    4. You Are What You Is
    5. Mudd Club
    6. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
    7. Dumb All Over
    8. Heavenly Bank Account
    9. Suicide Chump


    LP2
    1. Jumbo Go Away
    2. Envelopes
    3. Drowning Witch
    4. Whats New In Baltimore
    5. Moggio 1:13
    6. Bamboozled By Love
    7. Sinister Footwear

    Frank Zappa
    $37.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Puttin' On The Ritz - New York 81 Vol.2 Puttin' On The Ritz - New York 81 Vol.2 Quick View

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    Puttin' On The Ritz - New York 81 Vol.2

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    Volume 2 from THE CLASSIC FRANK ZAPPA N.Y.C. BROADCAST FROM 1981. Zappa hit the road in September '81, with his latest touring band, comprising Chad Wackerman on drums, Ed Mann on percussion, Tommy Mars on keyboards, Scott Thunes on bass, with Steve Vai and Ray White on guitar. In November the group travelled to New York State, played a couple of shows up north before hitting the city and unloading at the infamous Ritz venue in the East Village on the 17th.


    The show that night was captured by WLIR FM Radio and broadcast across the East Coast to the delight of Zappa fans who hadn't been lucky enough to secure a ticket. Playing for more than two and a half hours, with special guests Al Di Meola and Brian Peters joining on a couple of numbers.

    LP1
    1. Stevies Spanking
    2. Cocaine Decisions
    3. Nig Biz
    4. Doreen
    5. Goblin Girl
    6. Black Page #2
    7. Tryin To Grow A Chin
    8. Strictly Genteel


    LP2
    1. Clowns On Velvet
    2. Ride Like The Wind
    3. Zoot Allures
    4. This Is My Story
    5. Whipping Post
    6. Watermelon In Easter Hay

    Frank Zappa
    $37.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Splendido Hotel (Speakers Corner) Splendido Hotel (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Splendido Hotel (Speakers Corner)

    Just how much creative gunpowder had Al Di Meola ignited in his early career? First of all there was the flamenco firework in the best-seller Elegant Gypsy, and secondly his mega-successful live album resulting from a summit meeting in San Francisco with Paco de Lucia and John McLaughlin. After this great start it was no wonder that such prominent colleagues as Jan Hammer, Chick Corea, Steve Gadd, Anthony Jackson and Les Paul were eager to participate in the present album Splendido Hotel.


    This great line-up of musicians produce a rich, saturated sound and create numerous 'flavours' in this cocktail of sounds, which - as a double LP - can be likened to a fantastic long drink, as it were. Di Meola's idea of fusion starts off in the opening number as a slow, sluggish oriental-like melody, which develops to take on a rock rhythm. High-speed and lovingly detailed flamenco such as is found in Splendido Sundance alternates with subtle rhythms (Two To Tango) and good-humoured lighter numbers with an electronic undertone such as Roller Jubilee and a funky version of Bert Kaempfert's Spanish Eyes. With this great mix, the musicians create a wonderful atmosphere in which every Latin aficionado will feel at home.

    Musicians:



    • Al Di Meola (guitar, cello, drums, percussion)

    • Chick Corea (piano)

    • Les Paul (guitar)

    • Jan Hammer (synthesizer)

    • Anthony Jackson (bass)

    • Mingo Lewis (conga, bongo, percussion

    • Philippe Saisse (keyboards, marimba)

    • Steve Gadd (drums)

    • Eddie Colon (percussion)




    Recording: 1979 at CBS Recording and Electric Lady Studios, New York, by Dave Palmer and Love Castle Studios, Los Angeles, by Bernie Kisch

    Production: Al Di Meola and Philip Roberge




    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.


    LP 1
    1. Alien Chase On Arabian Desert
    2. Silent Story In Her Eyes

    3. Roller Jubilee
    4. Two To Tango
    5. Al Di's Dream Theme


    LP 2
    1. Dinner Music Of The Gods

    2. Splendido Sundance
    3. I Can Tell
    4. Spanish Eyes
    5. Isfahan
    6. Bianca's Midnight Lullaby

    Al Di Meola
    $64.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPS Sealed Buy Now
  • Elysium (Awaiting Repress) Elysium (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Elysium (Awaiting Repress)


    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 AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Morocco Fantasia Morocco Fantasia Quick View

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    Morocco Fantasia

    Al Di Meola's fantastic appearance in 2009 also represented a summit of different cultures and religions - Al Di Meola (guitar), Peo Alfonsi (2nd guitar), Fausto Beccalossi (accordion), Gumbi Ortiz (percussion), Victor Miranda (bass), Peter Kaszas (drums), and with special guests from Morocco, Said Chraibi (oud), Abdellah Meri (violin) and Tarik Ben Ali (percussion). On his third trip to Morocco, the public gave this exceptional guitarist a rousing reception and showed ist openness towards Western music - and Al Di Meola wowed the audience with a special repertoire.
    LP 1
    1. Misterio
    2. Siberiana
    3. Double Concerto
    4. Michelangelo's 7th Child


    LP 2
    1. Gumbiero
    2. Turquoise
    3. Encore
    4. Egyptian Danza

    Al DiMeola
    $34.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Ponder The Mystery Ponder The Mystery Quick View

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    Ponder The Mystery

    "Quite possibly the most creative thing I have ever done." - William Shatner


    The Captain of sci-fi is back with his first foray into Prog Rock - a momentous concept album focusing on such rich and timeless themes as aging, depression, love and beauty!


    Shatner penned all of the lyrics for the album, and his deft and poetic wordplay is sure to delight all of his fans!


    Producer extraordinaire and Prog Rock icon Billy Sherwood brings a whole host of incredibly talented musicians aong for the ride including Steve Vai, Rick Wakeman, Hawkwind's Simon House and Nik Turner, Tangerine Dream's Edgar Froese, jazz great Al Di Meola, country superstar Vince Gill, and others!

    LP1
    1. Red Shift
    2. Where It's Gone...I Don't Know feat. Mick Jones
    3. Manhunt feat. Simon House
    4. Ponder The Mystery feat. Steve Vai
    5. So Am I feat. Al Di Meola
    6. Change feat. Rick Wakeman
    7. Sunset feat. Joel Vandroogenbroeck
    8. Twilight feat. Edgar Winter


    LP2
    1. Rhythm Of The Night feat. Nik Turner
    2. Imagine Things feat. Vince Gill
    3. Do You See? feat. Edgar Froese
    4. Deep Down feat. Robby Krieger
    5. I'm Alright, I Think feat. Dave Koz
    6. Where Does Time Go? feat. George Duke
    7. Alive feat. Zoot Horn Rollo

    William Shatner
    $29.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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