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  • Middle Of The Road Middle Of The Road Quick View

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    Middle Of The Road

    Middle of the Road is Eric Gales' fourth album on Provogue/Mascot label Group (Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Black Stone Cherry, Warren Haynes, The Robert Cray Band, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band). The albums follows Transformation (2011), Relentless (2010) and The Psychedelic Underground (2007), and it sees him at his most expressive yet; it is a deeply personal and reflective record that echoes where he is in his life right now and he opens himself up and allows himself the chance to really flourish. Middle of the Road is the running theme throughout the record.


    In regards to the album Eric says It's about being fully focused and centered in the middle of the road. If you're on the wrong side and in the gravel, you're not too good and if you're on the median strip that's not too good either, so being in the middle of the road is the best place to be.

    1. Good Time
    2. Change In Me (The Rebirth)
    3. Boogie Man (feat. Gary Clark Jr.)
    4. Been So Long
    5. Help Yourself (feat. Christone Kingfish Ingram)
    6. I've Been Deceived
    7. Carry Yourself
    8. Repetition (feat. Eugene Gales)
    9. Help Me Let Go
    10. I Don't Know
    11. Swamp
    Eric Gales
    $21.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Good For Sumthin' Good For Sumthin' Quick View

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    Good For Sumthin'

    Colored Vinyl


    Limited edition colored vinyl pressing of the new album from one the most respected and praised guitarists in modern music, Eric Gales!

    1. Come A Long Way
    2. 1019
    3. Good For Sumthin'
    4. You Give Me Life
    5. Tonight (I'm Leaving)
    6. Miss You
    7. Steep Climb Feat. Zakk Wylde
    8. E2 (Note For Note) Feat. Eric Johnson
    Eric Gales
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    Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Sings the Blues (Speakers Corner) Sings the Blues (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Sings the Blues (Speakers Corner)

    In both her public and private life, Nina Simone was adamant about one thing, namely, what she simply would not tolerate. She sometimes complained about the miserable erotic prowess of her lovers, while at other times her audience were a target for her tongue. Sometimes she cancelled her performances at short notice and held a tirade against show business as such. In her music, rooted in gospel, she sought a path which took her down a middle course between jazz and pop, thus earning her the title of High Priestess Of Soul (as in the LP title) with her rock fans in the Sixties.



    The present blues album was recorded during what was undisputedly her most productive phase. It is a recording which does not swim with the tide of the times in that it does not employ massive forces or seek the twang of electrification. Instead Nina Simone's wonderfully sleek contralto voice bathes in the gentle timbre of an organ and a pithy, pulsating - but by no means stomping - rhythm. The cool, unemotional number "Sings The Blues" guarantees riveting tension and the authenticity of the genre which is, of course, the be all and end all of music for every black artist. Surely no compilation, no matter how carefully conceived, could possibly mark the diva's 70th birthday in February and sudden death in April 2203 better than this re-release.



    Musicians:



    • Nina Simone (piano, vocal)

    • Rudy Stevenson, Eric Gale (guitar)

    • Ernest Hayes (organ)

    • Bob Bushnell (bass)

    • Bernard Purdie (drums)





    Recording: 1967 by Ray Hall and Mickey Crofford at RCA Victor's Studio B, New York

    Production: Danny Davis




    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. Do I Move You
    2. Day And Night
    3. In The Dark
    4. Real Real
    5. My Man's Gone Now
    6. Backlash Blues
    7. I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl
    8. Buck
    9. Since I Fell For You
    10. The House Of The Rising Sun
    11. Blues For Mama
    Nina Simone
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • West of Flushing, South of Frisco West of Flushing, South of Frisco Quick View

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    West of Flushing, South of Frisco

    Supersonic Blues Machine isn't just a band; it's a melting pot of ideas with like-minded people. As a result, debut album West of Flushing, South of Frisco is a sprawling and emotional journey. An incredible list of collaborators gives the record added warmth and propels it on to a higher level; Billy F. Gibbons, Walter Trout, Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Eric Gales and Chris Duarte all have a deep and personal connection to the main trio of Grossi, Lopez and Aronoff.
    LP 1
    1. Miracle Man
    2. I Ain't Fallin' Again
    3. Running Whiskey (feat. Billy F. Gibbons)
    4. Remedy (feat. Warren Haynes)
    5. Bone Bucket Blues
    6. Let It Be
    7. That's My Way (feat. Chris Duarte)
    8. Ain't No Love (In The Heart Of The City)
    9. Nightmares And Dreams (feat. Eric Gales)
    10. Can't Take It No More (feat. Walter Trout)
    11. Whiskey Time (Running Whiskey's Extended Ending)
    12. Let's Call It A Day (feat. Robben Ford)
    13. Watchagonnado


    LP 2
    1. That's My Way (Feat. Chris Duarte)
    2. Ain't No Love (In The Heart Of The City)
    3. Nightmares And Dreams (Feat. Eric Gales)
    4. Can't Take It No More (Feat. Walter Trout)
    5. Whiskey Time (Running Whiskey's extended ending)
    6. Let's Call It A Day (Feat. Robben Ford)
    7. Watchagonnado

    Supersonic Blues Machine
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Sings The Blues Sings The Blues Quick View

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    Sings The Blues

    Import

    Nina Simone Sings The Blues (1967) can rightfully be called a true classic in both Soul and Blues genres. The album is a showcase for the intensity of Nina's soulful croon and demanding piano skills, accompanied by a marvelous backing band with Eric Gale and Rudy Stevenson on guitar, Bob Bushnell on bass, drummer Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie, Ernie Hayes on organ and Buddy Lucas on both harmonica and sax.


    With a song selection that ranks among the best Blues tunes ever written, this record goes back to the essence of the Blues - raw and honest spine-shivering melodies.

    1. Do I Move You?
    2. Day and Night
    3. In the Dark
    4. Real Real
    5. My Man's Gone Now
    6. Backlash Blues
    7. I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl
    8. Buck
    9. Since I Fell for You
    10. The House of the Rising Sun
    11. Blues for Mama
    Nina Simone
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • A Soul Experiment A Soul Experiment Quick View

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    A Soul Experiment

    Import

    A Soul Experiment is the fourteenth album by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard recorded between 1968/1969 and released in 1969. It was his third release on the Atlantic label and features performances by Hubbard, Carlos Garnett on tenor sax, Kenny Barron on piano, Gary Illingworth plays the organ, Billy Butler & Eric Gale on guitar, Jerry Jemmott on bass, and Grady Tate & Bernard Purdie on drums.


    A Soul Experiment finds Hubbard aiming for 1969 commercial radio acceptance with shorter songs, and a stab at Jimmy Webb's Wichita Lineman.

    1. Clap Your Hands
    2. Wichita Lineman
    3. South Street Stroll
    4. Lonely Soul
    5. No Time To Lose
    6. Hang 'Em Up
    7. Good Humor Man
    8. Midnite Soul
    9. Soul Turn Around
    10. A Soul Experiment
    Freddie Hubbard
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • We're All In This Together We're All In This Together Quick View

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    We're All In This Together

    We're All In This Together features Walter with a different guest on each track, including artists Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sonny Landreth, Robben Ford, Warren Haynes, Eric Gales, Joe Louis Walker, John Mayall and Joe Bonamassa. Gonna Hurt Like Hell (feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd) Ain't Goin' Back (feat. Sonny Landreth) The Other Side Of The Pillow (feat. Charlie Musselwhite) She Listens To The Blackbird Sing (feat. Mike Zito) Mr. Davis (feat. Robben Ford) The Sky Is Crying (feat. Warren Haynes) Somebody Goin' Down (feat. Eric Gales) She Steals My Heart Away (feat. Edgar Winter) Crash And Burn (feat. Joe Louis Walker) Too Much To Carry (feat. John Nemeth) Do You Still See Me At All (feat. Jon Trout) Got Nothin' Left (feat. Randy Bachman) Blues For Jimmy T. (feat John Mayall) We're All In This Together (feat. Joe Bonamassa).
    LP 1
    1. Marie's Introduction
    2. Play The Guitar
    3. Help Me
    4. I'm Back
    5. Say Goodbye To The Blues
    6. Almost Gone


    LP 2
    1. Omaha
    2. Tomorrow Seems So Far Away
    3. Playin' Hideaway
    4. Haunted By The Night
    5. Fly Away
    6. Please Take Me Home


    LP 3
    1. Rock Me Baby
    2. Marie's Mood
    3. Serve Me Right To Suffer
    4. Love That We Once Knew

    Walter Trout
    $24.99
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  • First Light First Light Quick View

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    First Light


    Numbered, Limited Edition of 2,000 Copies


    Pressed on 180 Gram Audiophile-Grade Vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany


    Mastered from Original Analog Tapes by Bernie Grundman


    Features Herbie Hancock on Rhodes


    Freddie Hubbard entered Creed Taylor's studio for the
    third time in 1971 with the express purpose of making
    a record radically different from anything he'd cut
    before; he was looking for it to use electricity and to be
    out of the soul-jazz mold, but was also more ambitious
    and wanted to push that envelope and himself. Taylor
    and Hubbard assembled a band that included Herbie
    Hancock , Eric Gale, George Benson, Ron Carter,
    Jack DeJohnette, Airto Moreira, and Richard Wyands.
    The album is part of a loose trilogy including his two
    previous records, Red Clay and Straight Life. Now
    available in its essential form, First Light was mastered
    from original analog tapes and pressed on 180gram
    audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas.

    1. First Light
    2. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

    3. Moment to Moment
    4. Yesterday's Dreams
    5. Lonely Town
    Freddie Hubbard
    $29.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Californisoul Californisoul Quick View

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    Californisoul

    CALIFORNISOUL! That's exactly what it is. It's the missing soundtrack to a summertime drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 1971! Fabrizio Grossi explains. The album picks up right where the band left off on their well-received debut record, 'West of Flushing, South of Frisco'. Californisoul is all about great songs. Cry is a soul-searching, simmering piece of poetry and Lance Lopez preaches it in the most righteous way. I Am Done Missing You is another number that reaches down deep with a message that will resonate with both spurned lovers and those who have left their bad habits and way in the past. This Is Love could be the lovechild of Bob Marley and War with some stinging guitar action spread on top. Blues, rock, reggae, soul, it's all here in a joyous abundance and a celebration of life. That's the nature of Californisoul. Guests on the album include Billy Gibbons, Steve Lukather, Eric Gales and Walter Trout. Fabrizio adds, Lots of people have been saying to me 'why does Supersonic Blues Machine always bring guests around? You guys can stand your own ground', and there are three answers to that: 1) we're all super friends and we're having a blast, 2) most of them don't give lessons and for us this is the only way to learn their secret ways and 3) because of the inspiration and the challenge they bring to the table!
    LP 1
    1. I Am Done Missing You
    2. Somebody's Fool (feat. Robben Ford)
    3. L.O.V.E.
    4. Broken Heart (feat. Billy F. Gibbons)
    5. Bad Boys
    6. Elevate (feat. Eric Gales)
    7. The One


    LP 2
    1. Hard Times (feat. Steve Lukather)
    2. Cry
    3. The Stranger
    4. What's Wrong (feat. Walter Trout)
    5. Thank You
    6. This Is Love

    Supersonic Blues Machine
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • From A Whisper To A Scream (Pure Pleasure) From A Whisper To A Scream (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    From A Whisper To A Scream (Pure Pleasure)

    One of Esther Phillips finest '70s releases, From A Whisper To A Scream is the first of seven albums the singer recorded for CTI offshoot Kudu. Arranged and conducted by Pee Wee Ellis, the December 1971 session also involved principal players such as bassist Gordon Edwards, drummer Bernard Purdie, percussionist Airto, guitarists Cornell Dupree and Eric Gale, keyboardist Richard Tee, and saxophonists Hank Crawford and David Liebman. Setting the tone for Phillips' Kudu era, Whisper offers a series of spacious, yet fully arranged ballads of burning heartache, along with a handful of relatively funky numbers that do nothing to compromise her talent, dishing out loads of classy grit. It's a definite point of departure from the likes of Esther Phillips Sings and And I Love Him!, her field of contemporaries closer to Al Green and Aretha Franklin than before. She grabs onto Home Is Where The Hatred Is, Gil Scott-Heron's most harrowing rumination on drug dependency -- which, at that point, wasn't even a year old -- as if it were her very own, and it's all the more poignant given its parallels with her own life. (It's meaning was only compounded by her death in 1984.) Though there is absolutely nothing lacking in the album's more energetic moments, it's still the ballads that shine brightest, like the alternately fragile and explosive From A Whisper To A Scream (Allen Toussaint) and a staggering Baby, I'm for Real (Marvin and Anna Gordy, made popular by the Originals) so vulnerable yet commanding that it really should've closed the album.



    Musicians:



    • Esther Phillips (vocal)

    • Pee Wee Ellis (arranger, conductor)

    • Hank Crawford (alto saxophone)

    • David Liebman (bassoon, flute)

    • Eric Gale (guitar)

    • Gordon Edwards (bass)

    • Airto Moreira (percussion)

    • Bernard Purdie (drums)




    Recording: December 1971 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA

    Production: Creed Taylor



    About Pure Pleasure



    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, Pure Pleasure 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 existent 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 Pure Pleasure 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 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 and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. Home Is Where The Hatred Is
    2. From A Whisper To A Scream
    3. To Lay Down Beside You
    4. That's All Right With Me
    5. 'tTll My Back Ain't Got No Bone
    6. Sweet Touch Of Love
    7. Baby, I'm For Real
    8. Your Love Is So Doggone Good
    9. Scarred Knees
    Esther Phillips
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Best of Donny Hathaway (Awaiting Repress) The Best of Donny Hathaway (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    The Best of Donny Hathaway (Awaiting Repress)


    The Donny Hathaway/friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Begins!


    Celebrate The Soulful Singer & Songwriter's Greatest Hits


    First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl!


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe "Philly Soul" Reagoso From The Original ATCO Records Tapes.


    Featuring The Rare Appearances Of This Christmas And You Were Meant For Me On Vinyl.


    Featuring Chart Topping Duets With Roberta Flack


    Donny Hathaway will be forever known as one of the leading voices of the
    70's soul renaissance and truly one of the more championed songwriters during his
    short lifetime. Thanks to today's respect and care given to his music by a whole new
    generation of musicians and fans, Donny Hathaway forever reigns as one of soul's
    pioneers. Much like Ray Charles, Otis Redding, and other superstars before him,
    Donny had the necessary ingredients of a stellar voice/musicianship and songwriting
    acumen which successfully reached across all gospel, soul, rock and pop genres


    Donny Hathaway created some of the greatest sides ever for ATCO, where he
    spent his time on earth creating some of the most masterful and beautiful soul music
    ever waxed.


    In 1978, Donny was honored with his first greatest hits collection simply titled
    The Best of Donny Hathaway. This stunning array of his most memorable hit singles
    and stellar album staples, most of them featuring Joel Dorn, Billy Cobham, Arif Mardin,
    Jerry Wexler, Eric Gale, Bernard Purdie, King Curtis, Doc Gibbs and Cornell Dupree,
    continues to illustrate how important a force he was then and still is today, over four
    decades since!


    The Best of Donny Hathaway features a heavy menu of his finest moments like
    the funk infused The Ghetto, the definitive balladry of Leon Russell's A Song For You,
    and of course his duet chart topper with Roberta Flack Where Is The Love, which truly
    opened up a worldwide audience to this sorely missed genius.


    Even more classics abound as you'll hear the only vinyl release versions of
    his beautiful last top charting r&b ballad You Were Meant For Me and his standard
    holiday gem This Christmas. The fine LP also includes one of the more poignant songs
    of our time Someday We'll All Be Free which is truly a milestone song for this artist.
    This 1978 Greatest Hits LP hasn't been available on vinyl for many decades... that
    is until now!


    Friday Music is very proud to announce for the first time ever the stunning 180
    Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of The Best Of Donny Hathaway. Mastered impeccably
    from the original ATCO Records tapes by Joe "Philly Soul" Reagoso at Friday Music
    Studios and Capitol Mastering in Hollywood, these classic tracks truly reach sonic
    heights in the audiophile vinyl domain. We have also included the original artwork
    elements by Sandi Young, the classic illustration of Donny Hathaway by Norman
    Green, as well as the original back cover studio session information not seen in LP
    cover form in years!


    The soul lives on here at the Friday Music label, and as with our recent original
    pioneering soul albums from Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Solomon Burke, Wilson
    Pickett and others, we feel this stunning Donny Hathaway 180 Gram Audiophile
    Vinyl will be a much anticipated and welcomed release to all the soul, funk and rock
    audiophile vinyl fans.


    Take It From Me .Someday We'll All Be Free

    1. You Were Meant For Me
    2. A Song For You
    3. You've Got A Friend (Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack)
    4. Someday We'll All Be Free
    5. Giving Up
    6. Where Is The Love (Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack)
    7. The Ghetto
    8. Valdez In The Country
    9. This Christmas
    Donny Hathaway
    $29.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Real Love (Discontinued) Real Love (Discontinued) Quick View

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    Real Love (Discontinued)

    Two-time Grammy nominated soul man Ryan Shaw and Dynotone Records present Real Love, the follow-up to his acclaimed debut This Is Ryan Shaw. Called a massive talent by Billboard and first-class by Entertainment Weekly, the success of the New York-based singer's debut led to a pair of Grammy nominations for 'Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance' and opening slots for John Legend, Joss Stone, and even Van Halen. Produced by veteran Jimmy Bralower (Eric Clapton, Hall & Oates) and Johnny Gale (Ronnie Spector), each song on Real Love explores a different side of love, from the emotional to the spiritual.


    The horn blasts and gospel hollers on Karina envelops take-me-back heartbreak through the church choir while the Jerry Ragovoy gem You Don't Know Nothing About Love delivers goose bump inducing vocal gymnastics. From rockers like That Is Why, the simmering funk of Can't Hear the Music, to slow grooves like Evermore and Morning, Noon & Night, Real Love runs the gamut of classic American soul music, all with a modern twist, featuring Shaw's extraordinary vocals. Guest appearances by Robert Randolph, Al Kooper, and the Soul Survivors help cook up what Ryan calls a gumbo infused with soul, rock and two tablespoons of gospel.

    1. Real Love
    2. Karina
    3. Can't Hear the Music
    4. You Don't Know Nothing About Love
    5. Evermore
    6. Gone Gone Gone
    7. That Is Why
    8. Yesterday
    9. In Between
    10. Blackmail
    11. The Wrong Man
    12. Morning, Noon & Night
    Ryan Shaw
    $16.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Follow The Rainbow (Speakers Corner) Follow The Rainbow (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Follow The Rainbow (Speakers Corner)

    The fusion movement has a lot in common with a tropical storm: it rages fiercely in its early phases but becomes less wild later on, yet still blows a gale. In the eye of the storm that tore its path through the various musical styles and genres as from 1960 is George Duke, who entered into creative and stormy partnerships with such artists as Frank Zappa, Miles Davis and Jean-Luc Ponty. The rainbow colours with which Duke chose to tint this album are taken less from the paintpots of fusion jazz and rock, and rather more from the black, natural colours of rhythm and blues. Next to a relaxed love groove (Say That You Will) we find a polyphonic vocal number with solos (Sunrise), which conjures up the nostalgic atmosphere of Motown, now on the decline. Then there is snappy funk in all manner of variations, such as Party Down, which swings trendily along but then comes over unfiltered and dry as a bone.
    In Follow The Rainbow, genial musicianship, expert arrangements and a special feeling for resonance amalgamate to create a tightly-knit sound which is ever fresh and easy-going.



    Musicians:



    • George Duke (vocal, keyboard)

    • Larry Williams (tenor saxophone, flute)

    • Eric Culver (trombone)

    • Charles Icarus Johnson (guitar)

    • Byron Miller (bass)

    • Leon 'Ndugu' Chandler (drums)

    • Sheila Escovedo (percussion, vocal)

    • Napoleon Murphy Brock (vocal)




    Recording: 1979 at Westlake Recording, Los Angeles, by Kerry McNabb and Electric Lady Studios, New York, by Dave Palmer

    Production: George Duke





    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. Party Down
    2. Say That You Will
    3. Funkin' For The Thrill
    4. Sunrise
    5. Festival
    6. I Am For Real (May The Funk Be With You)
    7. Straight From The Heart
    8. Corine
    9. Pluck
    10. Follow The Rainbow
    George Duke
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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