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King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays The Music Of Frank ZappaIn 1969, the legendary Frank Zappa introduced the rock music world to the stellar electric violin and keyboard work of Jean-Luc Ponty with the collaborative masterwork King Kong: Jean Luc Ponty Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa. Featuring a handful of Zappa's earlier classics like Idiot Bastard Son, as well as the exceptional orchestral piece Music for Electric Violin and Low Budget Orchestra, King Kong surely has become a progressive rock/jazz masterpiece. Featuring The Mothers of Invention's George Duke plus Wilton Felder and Ernie Watts. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray.1. King Kong
2. Idiot Bastard Son
3. Twenty Small Cigars
4. How Would You Like To Have A Head Like That
5. Music For Electric Violin and Low Budget Orchestra
6. America Drinks and Goes Home$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
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.
- 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
6. I Am For Real (May The Funk Be With You)
7. Straight From The Heart
10. Follow The Rainbow$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hot RatsBy 1969, after releasing a 'mother lode' of Mothers of Invention classics, leader Frank Zappa was ready to breakthrough other musical barriers that were still holding popular music in a conservative headlock.
Being one if not the first album to be recorded using 16 tracks (twice the number being used at the time on both sides of the Atlantic), Hot Rats became a leading edge in both modern recording technology and the evolution of jazz/rock-fusion. Mostly instrumental, it features six original compositions; three loose jam pieces, the remainder being tight ensemble arrangements. Some of the finest players around come together in varying combinations, all-the-while showcasing Frank Zappa's guitar virtuosity.
Among others, Lowell George of Little Feat-fame lends guitar, jazz violinists extraordinaire Don 'Sugarcane' Harris and Jean-Luc Ponty plus fellow Mother Ian Underwood's keyboard and woodwind work, complete the leader's advanced vision. Last but not least, the legendary Captain Beefheart brings his unique pipes to the infamous Willie The Pimp.
Soon to become a concert staple and fan favorite thereafter, Peaches En Regalia is truly a modern jazz standard, eventually covered by the likes of Phish and The Dixie Dregs. Also included are Son of Mr. Green Genes, Little Umbrellas, The Gumbo Variations and It Must Be A Camel. Mastered and cut directly from the original analog master tape by Bernie Grundman under the supervision of Gail Zappa.1. Peaches en Regalia
2. Willie the Pimp
3. Son of Mr. Green Genes
4. Little Umbrellas
5. The Gumbo Variations
6. It Must Be a Camel$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cobra Fakir (Out of Stock)Over a nearly 35 year-long career, Miriodor have continuously produced music that is intricate, melodic,challenging and filled with both humor and fire. Their albums are captivating new-music gems filled withgreat musicians, terrific tunes and a
distinctive and personal sound.
Miriodor have performed in front of thousands of listeners at major music festivals in north America and Europe. Cobra Fakir is the group's eighth studio album.
"Occupying a realm somewhat between the chamber rock of Univers Zero and the spry fusion of vintage Jean-Luc Ponty...Miriodor mostly just sounds like Miriodor...unique and forward looking." - Goldmine
"The music is both entertainingly accessible
and startlingly inventive, filled with more
sonic details than can be grasped in a single
listen." - All Music Guide
"Anyone with adventurous ears is sure to get a kick out of this venerable Quebecois quartet's music, which draws on nearly three decades of experience exploring the fringes of avant-pop instrumental music. Very cool." - CDHOTLiST1. La roue
2. Cobra Fakir
6. Un cas sibÉrian
7. Speed-dating sur Mars
10. Space Cowboy
11. ExpÉrience 7$26.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock