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  • Roots In The Sky (Speakers Corner) (Pre-Order) Roots In The Sky (Speakers Corner) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Roots In The Sky (Speakers Corner) (Pre-Order)

    If there was ever a group that successfully amalgamated Asian and African music with jazz and classic, then it was surely Oregon. With a wide range of instruments and the musicians' unusually receptive ears for everything here, there and everywhere, Oregon certainly enjoyed the optimal prerequisites. John Towner, Paul McCandless, Glen Moore and in particular Colin Walcott laid the foundations for their music in the musical heaven of their time. Oboe, cor anglais, bass clarinet, six- and twelve-string guitars, piano, flugelhorn, percussion, bass, sitar, tabla - such a versatile range of instruments - lent the nine numbers their, until then, rarely heard sound colouring and mark the transition from the band's more hippy-like, country sound when they recorded for the Vanguard label to their later classic sound when signed to ECM. In this respect, Roots In The Sky is an important contemporary document in the world of music between 1970 and 1980. A rare black disc on which there is much to discover!


    This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.


    Musicians:



    • Paul McCandless (clarinet, horn, oboe)

    • Ralph Towner (fluegel horn, guitar, piano, percussion)

    • Collin Walcott (guitar, percussion)

    • Glen Moore (bass)



    Recording: December 1978 at Longview Farms, North Brookfield, MA., and April 1979 at Columbia Recording Studios, New York, by David Greene

    Production: Oregon



    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. June Bug
    2. Vessel
    3. Sierra Leone
    4. Ogden Road
    5. House Of Wax
    6. Hungry Heart
    7. Orrington's Escape
    8. Roots In The Sky
    9. Longing, So Long
    Oregon
    $34.99
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    Solstice

    DownBeat: "Solstice inspires through its expressive openness revealing depth of texture, nuance and meaning." Solstice belongs to the great early production projects of ECM, with a new US-Norwegian-German band formed in the studio - a quartet with a character all its own. Ralph's synthesis of classical guitar technique and jazz improvisational skills inspires all participants on now-famous tunes including "Nimbus" and "Oceanus". Recorded 1974.
    1. Oceanus
    2. Visitation

    3. Drifting Petals
    4. Nimbus

    5. Winter Solstice

    6. Piscean Dreams

    7. Red And Black
    8. Sand
    Ralph Towner
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Five Years Later

    "Something special happens when they play together" observed Robert Palmer in the New York Times, and the participants concurred. "Playing with John is one of my favourite things to do," said Ralph Towner. "I can play as much as when playing solo, and still get to ply my skills as accompanist. John is such an amazing person to play with that, even when he's playing intensely or aggressively, we somehow fit together and there's really no way that we could collide." On Five Years Later, follow-up to their debut duo disc Sargasso Sea, their improvisations draw on a wider sonic palette, to telling effect.


    Musicians:

    John Abercrombie (acoustic and electric guitars, electric 12-string guitar, mandolin guitar)

    Ralph Towner (12-string and classical guitar)


    Recorded March 1981

    1. Late Night Passenger
    2. Isla
    3. Half Past Two
    4. Microtheme
    5. Caminata
    6. The Juggler's Etude
    7. Bumabia
    8. Child's Play
    Ralph Towner & John Abercrombie
    $25.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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