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  • Swiss Movement Swiss Movement Quick View

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    Swiss Movement

    Cut by Bernie Grundman from the Original Master Tapes

    An All-Time Audiophile Spectacular That Sounds Better Than Ever

    The Most Definitive Version of Compared to What Ever Recorded

    Amazing Sound + Amazing Performances = An Amazing LP

    Pianist/vocalist Les McCann has a somewhat undeserved reputation for recording faddish albums. The reason being? He never topped this brilliant, 1969 soul-jazz masterpiece, which remains a must for every music fan on the planet.

    This impromptu session at the 1969 Montreux Jazz Festival finds tenor saxophonist Eddie Harris and trumpeter Benny Bailey joining McCann's working trio that included Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Donald Dean on drums, turning in the most definitive version of Compared to What ever recorded as well as four other tracks steeped in funk, joy, and cool persuasion.

    One of the most popular live soul/jazz albums of all time, now in much-improved fidelity thanks to Bernie Grundman's mastering from the original master tapes. An audiophile delight!

    1. Compared To What (Live at Montreux Jazz Festival)
    2. Cold Duck Time (Live at Montreux Jazz Festival)
    3. Kathleen's Theme (Live at Montreux Jazz Festival)
    4. You Got It In Your Soulness (Live at Montreux Jazz Festival)
    5. The Generation Gap (Live at Montreux Jazz Festival)
    McCann & Harris
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    But Not Really (Speakers Corner)

    One man comes to mind when the words 'funk' and 'fun' are connected with a jazz musician: Les McCann. The man from Kentucky, self-taught and a true heavyweight on the delicate piano stool, dedicated his whole life on the road to performing funk. He was highly successful - whether playing with his trio or with Eddie Harris, as a pianist or as a singer, in a club or on a big stage - and he always succeeded in captivating his audience.
    On But Not Really, the first of seven LPs on the Limelight label, he plays in a trio with Victor Gaskin on the bass and Paul Humphrey on drums. The three musicians were carefully guided by their producer, Jack Tracy and the liner notes describes their close collaboration. A Little Three-Four is highly recommended listening, as is Yours Is My Heart Alone which fans of Lehar's operettas will enjoy singing along to while others will appreciate the fantastic improvisations in this popular piece which Les McCann performs less showily than Oscar Peterson in his version but with more humour and emotion.

    This Limelight album offers piano trio jazz that is free from intellectual encumbrance - it is jazz for the soul. Recorded in December 1964, the LP is now available once again after almost 60 years with the original outstanding and lavish cover artwork!


    • Les McCann (piano)

    • Victor Gaskin (bass)

    • Paul Humphrey (drums)

    Recording: December 1964 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood

    Production: Jack Tracy

    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.

    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. But Not Really
    2. A Little Three-Four
    3. Our Delight
    4. Sweetie
    5. We're On The Move Now
    6. Jack V. Schwartz
    7. Little Freak
    8. Yours Is My Heart Alone
    Les McCann
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Other Side Of This Life

    Other Side Of This Life is the final album from American folk music legend Fred Neil, released in 1971 before his long self-imposed retirement from music to focus on dolphin conservation in his home state of Florida. Featuring a side of live recordings of some of his most lasting and well known compositions (including The Dolphins, and Everybody's Talkin') as well as a side of studio sessions featuring Les McCann and Gram Parsons, Other Side of This Life may not be Neil's most memorable album but it's still head and shoulders above most other singer-songwriter material of the era. Reissued on 180 gram LP with a tip-on jacket.
    Side A - Recorded Live At The Elephant, Woodstock NY
    1. Other Side Of This Life
    2. Roll On Rose
    3. The Dolphins
    4. That's The Bag I'm In
    5. Sweet Cocaine
    6. Everybody's Talkin

    Side B
    1. Come Back Baby
    2. Badi-Da
    3. Prettiest Train
    4. Ya Don't Miss Your Water

    5. Felicity

    Fred Neil
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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