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Miles Smiles (Speakers Corner)
Except for the taping of a live performance at the Portland Festival, Miles Davis's discography for 1966 only lists the recordings made for the LP Miles Smiles! How strange when one considers the usual large output of Miles and his ensembles for Columbia Records in the Sixties.
The bass player Ron Carter was best suited for the complicated rhythm part and remained Miles's 'number one' in a quintet which gave a new interpretation to compositions by Wayne Shorter and jazz hits such as Freedom Jazz Dance by Eddie Harris and Jimmy Heath's Gingerbread Boy.
Every second of the nine-minute-long Footprints by Shorter is an absolute highlight, while the drumming of the young Tony Williams in Freedom Jazz Dance is full of vitality, with a quick pulse, and even described as threatening in the liner notes. This music is neither 'new stream' nor 'old guard' but good modern jazz according to Anthony Tuttle. That's exactly what Miles Smiles was upon its release 40 years ago - and that's what it is to this day! And that Miles Davis smiled for once thanks to the great musical relationship between the five individualists is certainly no mere rumour.
- Miles Davis
- Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone)
- Herbie Hancock (piano)
- Ron Carter (bass)
- Tony Williams (drums)
Recording: October 1966 at Columbia RecordsStudios, New York, by Frank Laico
Production: Teo Macero
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. Orbits
5. Freedom Jazz Dance
6. Ginger Bread Boy$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Miles SmilesThe Miles Davis Quintet underwent innumerable lineup and personnel changes during the decade and a half they were active, but most jazz scholars agree that one of his greatest configurations was his Second Great Quintet, an astounding lineup which featured Wayne Shorter on saxophone, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, Tony Williams on drums, and of course Davis himself.
In 1966, Davis released the album Miles Smiles on Columbia Records, which would be the second of five albums he'd record with this configuration, and is now considered one of his greatest efforts. A jazz traditionalist for much of his career, Miles Smiles astounded critics, who were hard up to categorize the hybrid of bop and free jazz that his quintet had put forth, which was full of free-roaming improvisation, eccentric time signatures, and progressive modal and chordal harmonies. Nonetheless, it was widely praised for its instrumental mastery, its innovative compositions, and the chemistry between the band members1. Orbits
5. Freedom Jazz Dance
6. Ginger Bread Boy$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Betty DavisOne can hardly imagine the genre-busting, culture-crossing musical magic of Outkast, Prince, Erykah Badu, Rick James, The Roots, or even the early Red Hot Chili Peppers without the influence of R&B pioneer Betty Davis. Her style of raw and revelatory punk-funk defies any notions that women can't be visionaries in the worlds of rock and pop. In recent years, rappers from Ice Cube to Talib Kweli to Ludacris have rhymed over her intensely strong but sensual music.
There is one testimonial about Betty Davis that is universal: she was a woman ahead of her time. In our contemporary moment, this may not be as self-evident as it was thirty years ago - we live in an age that's been profoundly changed by flamboyant flaunting of female sexuality: from Parlet to Madonna, Lil Kim to Kelis. Yet, back in 1973 when Betty Davis first showed up in her silver go-go boots, dazzling smile and towering Afro, who could you possibly have compared her to? Marva Whitney had the voice but not the independence. Labelle wouldn't get sexy with their "Lady Marmalade" for another year while Millie Jackson wasn't "Feelin' Bitchy" until 1977. Even Tina Turner, the most obvious predecessor to Betty's fierce style wasn't completely out of Ike's shadow until later in the decade.
Ms. Davis's unique story, still sadly mostly unknown, is unlike any other in popular music. Betty wrote the song "Uptown" for the Chambers Brothers before marrying Miles Davis in the late '60s, influencing him with psychedelic rock, and introducing him to Jimi Hendrix - personally inspiring the classic album 'Bitches Brew.'
But her songwriting ability was way ahead of its time as well. Betty not only wrote every song she ever recorded and produced every album after her first, but the young woman penned the tunes that got The Commodores signed to Motown. The Detroit label soon came calling, pitching a Motown songwriting deal, which Betty turned down. Motown wanted to own everything. Heading to the UK, Marc Bolan of T. Rex urged the creative dynamo to start writing for herself. A common thread throughout Betty's career would be her unbending Do-It-Yourself ethic, which made her quickly turn down anyone who didn't fit with the vision. She would eventually say no to Eric Clapton as her album producer, seeing him as too banal.
In 1973, Davis would finally kick off her cosmic career with an amazingly progressive hard funk and sweet soul self-titled debut. Davis showcased her fiercely unique talent and features such gems as "If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up" and "Game Is My Middle Name." The album Betty Davis was recorded with Sly & The Family Stone's rhythm section, sharply produced by Sly Stone drummer Greg Errico, and featured backing vocals from Sylvester and the Pointer Sisters.1. If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up
2. Walkin Up The Road
3. Anti Love Song
4. Your Man My Man
5. Ooh Yeah
6. Steppin In Her I. Miller Shoes
7. Game Is My Middle Name
8. In The Meantime$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 52 hours of previously unreleased studio recordings from 1966-1968 newly mixed and remastered in high resolution audio.
A 3LP collection chronicling Miles' musical evolution in the studio from 1966-1968 working with his second great quintet, the latest edition in Columbia/Legacy's acclaimed Miles Davis Bootleg Series provides an unprecedented look into the artist's creative process, drawing on full session reels including all rehearsals, partial and alternate takes, studio conversation and more.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Miles Smiles, the groundbreaking second studio album from the Miles Davis Quintet--Miles Davis (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass) and Tony Williams (drums)--this definitive new collection includes the master takes of performances which would eventually appear on the Miles Smiles (1967), Nefertiti (1968) and Water Babies (1976) albums alongside more than two hours worth of previously unreleased studio recordings from original sessions produced by Teo Macero (with the exception of Fall, produced by Howard A. Roberts).LP 1
1. Freedom Jazz Dance (Session Reel)
2. Circle (Session Reel)
3. Circle (Take 5 - Section Not Used in Master)
4. Circle (Take 6 - Section Not Used in Master)
5. Dolores (Session Reel)
1. Orbits (Session Reel)
2. Footprints (Session Reel)
3. Gingerbread Boy (Session Reel)
4. Fall (Session Reel)
1. Nefertiti (Session Reel)
2. Water Babies (Session Reel)
3. Masqualero (Alternate Take / Take 3)
4. Country Son (Rhythm Section Rehearsal)
5. Blues in F (My Ding)
6. Play Your Eight (Miles Speaks)$49.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Night In The Ruts1979's Night in the Ruts includes "No Surprize," which recounts the band's early history, as well the driving"Chiquita," the jamming "Three Mile Smile," the furious "Bone to Bone," and a pair of covers: the Yardbirds' "Think About It" and the novelty number "Reefer Head Woman."1. No Surprize (2012 Remaster)
2. Chiquita (2012 Remaster)
3. Remember (Walking in the Sand)
4. Cheese Cake (2012 Remaster)
5. Three Mile Smile (2012 Remaster)
6. Reefer Head Woman (2012 Remaster)
7. Bone to Bone (Coney Island White Fish Boy) (2012 Remaster)
8. Think About It (2012 Remaster)
9. Mia (2012 Remaster)$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Vinyl Lacquers Cut By Alex DeTurk At Masterdisk
Pressed At R.T.I.
No digital 'plug-ins' of any kind were used in this recording. All of the recording, processing, effects and mixing was done in the analog domain using tape and mostly vintage equipment.
''For all intents and purposes, this album is the black version of [The Beach Boys'] Smile-- at best, it will go down in the Smile/There's a Riot Goin' On/Miles Davis' On the Corner category.'' - Questlove
The prodigal son of the soul and funk canon, D'Angelo, is back! His ever-awaited third studio album, Black Messiah, is his first album since the critically acclaimed Voodoo, bringing to an end a 14-year hiatus. The album blends 70's jazz-funk and neo-soul.
Anyone who's been keeping up should be keen to the fact that the long-lusted over project was recorded in full analog, so the liner notes' PSA "For best results, listen at maximum volume" should be taken as a direct order for fervent D'lievers. And what better way to experience the gritty greatness of the release than a heavy-bodied vinyl pressing for the audio junkies?
The album features tracks co-penned by Kendra Foster (Parliament/Funkadelic) and Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest). It's also co-produced by Questlove (The Roots), bassist Pino Palladino (John Mayer Trio, The RH Factor), and drummer James Gadson (Bill Withers, Temptations, Beck, Jamie Lidell).
*Executive Produced by Kevin Liles and Alan Leeds
* Produced by D'Angelo, Questlove, Pino Palladino, James Gadson
* Mixed by Russell Elevado
* Additional Mixing by Ben Kane
* Engineered by Russell Elevado and Ben Kane
* Additional Engineering by Tony Rambo
* Mixed at M.S.R. Studios and Henson Studios
* Mastered by Dave CollinsLP 1
1. Ain't That Easy
2. 1000 Deaths
3. The Charade
4. Sugah Daddy
5. Really Love
1. Back to the Future (Part I)
2. Till It's Done (Tutu)
4. Betray My Heart
5. The Door
6. Back to the Future (Part II)
7. Another Life$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Sun DownNik Freitas' Team Love debut, Sun Down, equal parts wry, warm and sonorous, is the end product of several years of lifeÆs ups and downs. Freitas writes, plays, engineers and produces every note on his records. Not that he's got a lot of expensive gear. A visit to his Poppy Peak studio/shed reveals that Nik is working low-budget minor miracles, the kind of miracles one receives via hundreds of hours on Craigslist. One listen to Sun Down and you know you're hearing a certain hard-won grace. The record takes you from Paul Simon's Graceland to David Bowie's Hunky Dory all in the span of forty effortless minutes. Sun Down is endowed with a sort of gravity and self-possession; no reaching, no going for the gold, just perfect, four minute thesis statements. It all began several years ago for Freitas, when a co-worker sold him an antique piano that was used by a street musician before the dawn of Casio. Nik taught himself how to play the thing, and it became the cornerstone of three earlier records, Here's Laughing at You, Heavy Mellow and Voicing the Hammers. Other people began to take notice. He's opened for Jason Lytle of Granddaddy, played guitar for Jim Fairchild of All Smiles and recorded with Miles Kurosky of Beulah. Lately, he's been opening shows for Bright Eyes which led him to his current resting place at Team Love. The end of the imaginary side one features Sophie with live horns punctuating the tale of a girl who seems to have made some rather unfortunate choices. It's a perfect signpost of a song, and it clears the decks for what's to come in the second half, where Nik's orchestra of one builds the final five songs into an Abbey Road type suite that fans of Jon Brion will hearken to. Sun Down is imbued with a sort of indie grandeur that is both unexpected and totally natural.1. Sun Down
2. Oh My God
3. All the Way Down
4. What You Become
6. Love Around
7. It Ain't Like That
8. See Me There
9. Comes to Me
10.Shhhh$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
50 Years Anniversary AlbumImport
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Gold Foiled Front Sleeve
8-Page Booklet With Exclusive Photos
Recently, Holland's finest and longest standing Rock band Golden Earring celebrated their 50th anniversary, and it calls for a celebration! Formed as The Tornados in 1961, renamed The Golden Earrings and then shortened to Golden Earring, the band churned out hit after hit as early as their first single Please Go from 1965. The current line-up has been constant since 1970.
The band did extremely well across the ocean with their massive hit Radar Love, which has become a staple on Rock radio ever since. But folks are advised to delve deeper into the band's catalogue; songs on this never-before released on vinyl triple LP compilation include evergreens like Another 45 Miles, She Flies On Strange Wings, Long Blond Animal, Twilight Zone, When The Lady Smiles, Going To The Run, Burning Stuntman and many more.
In all, Golden Earring has released over 25 studio albums, 8 live albums and countless compilations, of which 50 Years Anniversary is without a doubt the most complete. This 3LP compilation contains an 8-page booklet with exclusive photos, its sleeve boasts a gold foil finish and its audio is specially mastered for vinyl.LP 1
1. Please Go
2. That Day
3. If You Leave Me
4. Daddy Buy Me A Girl
5. In My House
6. Sound Of The Screaming Day
7. Just A Little Bit Of Peace In My Heart
8. Where Will I Be
9. Another 45 Miles
10. Back Home
11. Holy Holy Life
12. She Flies On Strange Wings
13. Buddy Joe
1. Radar Love
2. Instant Poetry
3. Kill Me (Ce Soir)
6. Weekend Love
7. Long Blond Animal
8. Twilight Zone
9. The Devil Made Me Do It
10. When The Lady Smiles
1. Clear Night, Moonlight
2. Something Heavy Going Down
3. Quiet Eyes
4. My Killer, My Shadow
5. Turn The World Around
6. Going To The Run
7. Temporary Madness
8. I Can't Sleep Without You
9. Hold Me Now
10. Burning Stuntman
11. Paradise In Distress
12. Still Got The Keys Of My Old Chevrolet$44.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now