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    Radio Silence (Speakers Corner)

    Radio Silence is the sound of a band fully comfortable in their unique sonic skin. And if an album is simply a snapshot of a work in progress, then this is a perfect portrait, capturing Neil Cowley and his co-conspirators in the right place at the right time. This is the record that he has been working towards, documenting the magical empathy of a unit, who, with thousands of hours under their belt have learnt to breathe and listen as one.
    Described by Cowley as music for the 'heart and feet', Radio Silence shifts effortlessly between moments of poetic grace, rip-roaring riffs and Chaplinesque ditties that reminds us that for all his many influences, Cowley's music is as British as 'Test Match Special', warm beer or a bacon sarnie.



    Originally released on compact disc and download in April 2010, Radio Silence has proved pinnacle in a hectic year for Neil, in which he has recorded extensively for Adele's new single and album, recorded the theme tune to a worldwide Nokia Cubes advertising campaign, recorded a live session at the famous Maida Vale Studios for BBC Radio 2, toured internationally, drawn mass critical acclaim and sold out his homecoming appearance at London Jazz Festival amongst others.



    Radio Silence, as Naim's biggest-selling record of 2010, has been delicately crafted for vinyl at Abbey Road Studios from 24bit masters and pressed using the famous EMI 1400 Press at The Vinyl Factory in Middlesex, UK.



    Musicians:



    • Neil Cowley (piano)

    • Richard Sadler (bass)

    • Evan Jenkins (drums)




    Recording: September 2009 at State of the Ark Studios, London and August 2009 at Real World Studios, Wiltshire (UK)





    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. Monoface
    2. Radio Silence
    3. Vice Skating
    4. A French Lesson
    5. Gerald
    6. Steroface
    7. Box Lily
    8. Hug The Greyhound
    9. Portal
    Neil Cowley Trio
    $47.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Touch And Flee (Speakers Corner) Touch And Flee (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Touch And Flee (Speakers Corner)

    Touch And Flee is the new recording from Neil Cowley Trio, and marks a defining moment in the evolution of the band. It is their bravest, most daring album to date, spotlighting the ever- increasing brilliance of Cowley as a composer. With long time band mates, Evan Jenkins on drums and Rex Horan on bass, they jump headlong into new territory to present what they describe as »our concert hall record« for an altogether deeper listening journey.



    Gone are the familiar hook laden tunes, repeating riffs and pounding crescendos, replaced, in the main, by shifting, expansive melodies, longer elegant passages, and a broader brush stroke on Cowley's blank canvas. What is familiar though is Cowley's power to move through music. Exquisitely graceful movements meet with dark haunting passages. And although this is a new direction for Neil Cowley Trio, their personality, and unmistakable sound, still shines through. We hear, for example in the epic, sweeping Kneel Down, a three movement piece containing pulse, power, climax, spaciousness, and then, gentle surprise. The wonky jazz of Winterlude keeps the head nodding while Cowley's proclivity for atmospheric film scores remains.



    Touch And Flee was recorded at the legendary RAK studios with Grammy nominated Dom Monks in the producer's chair. RAK has seen some of the biggest names in music record there - David Bowie, Al Green, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, Arctic Monkeys, and of course Adele, with whom Cowley recorded the global hit, Rolling In The Deep. Touch And Flee is the result of three gifted musicians who think as one, growing together, driving forward. A collection of tunes best savoured in a darkened room, at full volume. They demand attention, but as always, deliver to the listener the most blissful of rides.



    Musicians:



    • Neil Cowley (piano)

    • Rex Horan (bass)

    • Evan Jenkins (drums)




    Recording: 2013 by Dom Monks and Helen Broadhurst at RAK Studios, London

    Production: Dom Monks





    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. Kneel Down
    2. Winterlude
    3. Sparkling
    4. Gang of One
    5. Couch Slouch
    6. Bryce
    7. Mission
    8. Queen
    9. The Art
    Neil Cowley Trio
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Personne d'Autre (Out Of Stock) Personne d'Autre (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Personne d'Autre (Out Of Stock)

    French singer-songwriter and fashion icon Francoise Hardy will release her 24th studio album, her first in six years via Arts Music.


    Hardy achieved immediate success in the early 1960s with her million-selling debut Tous les garçons et les filles on the Vogue label. The eternally chic pop star and actress found herself at the forefront of the French music scene, as a leading figure of the influential yÉ-yÉmovement. Mick Jagger once described Hardy as his ideal woman, Bob Dylan dedicated a poem to her, and she has worked alongside greats such as Leonard Cohen, Serge Gainsbourg, Michel Berger, and Patrick Modiano. To this day she remains one of France's most iconic singers.


    Personne d'Autre features 10 original songs - including one sung in English, You're My Home, penned by Yael Naim, a cover of Michel Berger's Seras-tu là and an adaption of Finnish band Poet Of The Fall's Sleep.


    Of the album, Françoise Hardy says For many-very reasonable-reasons, I wasn't planning on making another album. Circumstances decided otherwise, starting with me falling in love with a song I heard completely by chance, Sleep by Finnish bandPoets of the Fall. I played it to Erick Benzi who enjoyed it, then to my surprise sent me several beautiful melodies of his own composition that inspired me to write some lyrics. La Grande Sophie, who knew that I had started writing again, emailed me out of the blue a wonderful song called Le Large (Sail Away), Pascale Daniel came to me with a haunting melody, then a song by Yael Naim in English which moved me so deeply that it made me cry... The album practically made itself, and all under the talented and benevolent leadership of Erick Benzi, without whom none of this would have been possible.

    1. A cache-cache
    2. Dors mon ange
    3. Personne d'autre
    4. Un seul geste
    5. You're My Home
    6. Seras-tu là ?
    7. Quel dommage
    8. Train spÉcial
    9. Brumes
    10. Trois petits tours
    11. Le large
    12. Un mal qui fait du bien
    Francoise Hardy
    $24.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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