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  • William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet Quick View

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    William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet

    William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet: Music from the Motion Picture is the soundtrack to the 1996 film of the same name. Released on the Capitol Records label, the soundtrack features songs by a number of artists including Garbage, Butthole Surfers and Radiohead.
    1. #1 Crush - Garbage
    2. Local God - Everclear
    3. Angel - Gavin Friday
    4. Pretty Piece Of Flesh - One Inch Punch
    5. Kissing You (Love Theme From Romeo + Juliet) - Des'ree
    6. Whatever (I Had A Dream) - Butthole Surfers
    7. Lovefool - The Cardigans
    8. Young Hearts Run Free - Kym Mazelle
    9. Everybody's Free (To Feel Good) - Quindon Tarver
    10. To You I Bestow - Mundy
    11. Talk Show Host - Radiohead
    12. Little Star - Stina Nordenstam
    13. You And Me Song - The Wannadies
    Various Artists
    $19.99
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  • Prokofiev: Romeo And Juliet (Speakers Corner) Prokofiev: Romeo And Juliet (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Prokofiev: Romeo And Juliet (Speakers Corner)

    Dimitri Mitropoulos was certainly not one of the recording industry's favourites. His repertoire was far too modern and was judged too risky by record companies since it did not guarantee a commercial success. This was very probably the reason that he was replaced by the charismatic Leonard Bernstein as Principal Conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. But his audiences loved him all the more, perhaps because they wanted to be challenged when listening to his music-making.



    Just how worthwhile such a challenge can be is proved by this recording from his New York period: Prokoviev's Ballet Suites with their richly orchestrated music are totally effective even when not staged. From the carefree gaiety of a Folk Dance, then to the lyrical sweetness of the Love Theme, right up to the Death Of Tybalt with Prokofiev's hard, grim orchestral vehemence, Mitropoulos gets his New York Philharmonic to pull out all the stops. Not only is the stereophonic sound truly excellent for the technical standard of its day: the superb recording technique and heartfelt artistic dedication have resulted in a recording which possesses all that is needed to underline the legendary greatness of this Greek maestro.




    Recording: November 1957 at St George Hotel, Brooklyn, NY, by Fred Plaut/ Stan Tonkel

    Production: Howard H. Scott




    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.

    Serge Prokofiev: Romeo And Juliet Ballet, Op. 64 (Excerpts) - The New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos
    Sergei Prokofiev
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • West Side Story (Original Broadway Cast) West Side Story (Original Broadway Cast) Quick View

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    West Side Story (Original Broadway Cast)


    Cut From The Original 3-track Tapes By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound


    Legendary 1957 Stereo Recording Spread Across 2LPs For The First Time


    Produced By Goddard Lieberson And Recorded By Fred Plaut And Edward T. Graham At Columbia 30th Street Studio


    Stoughton Old Style Tip-on Gatefold Jacket Includes Rare Photos From The Original Recording Sessions


    2LP 180-Gram Vinyl Pressed And Plated At RTI


    Much has been written about West Side Story, which began as a transmogrification of Romeo and Juliet as a feud between the Jews and Gentiles living on the East side in modern-day New York, only to morph into a confrontation between two street gangs, one American the other Puerto Rican, on the upper West side of the city. Initially, Leonard Bernstein, its composer, was to have written both music and lyrics, but Stephen Sondheim was eventually brought in to handle the latter. With Arthur Laurents contributing the book, and Jerome Robbins devising the staging, the show opened to great acclaim on September 26, 1957 at the Winter Garden, where it played 732 performances, and was subsequently revived several times on Broadway and around the country. But it was the film version, made three years later with Natalie Wood as Maria, that ensured its popularity worldwide. Though there are many recorded versions of the percussive score available, the original cast album, with its fresh, spontaneous performances, remains the standard by which all others are measured.

    LP 1
    1. Prologue
    2. Jet Song
    3. Something's Coming
    4. The Dance at the Gym
    5. Maria
    6. Tonight
    7. America

    8. Cool
    9. One Hand, One Heart


    LP 2
    1. Tonight (Quintet and Chorus)
    2. The Rumble
    3. I Feel Pretty
    4. Somewhere (Ballet)
    5. Gee, Officer Krupke

    6. A Boy Like That / I Have a Love
    7. Finale

    Various Artists
    $45.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Prokofiev - Romeo & Juliet Suites 1 and 2 (Speakers Corner) Prokofiev - Romeo & Juliet Suites 1 and 2 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Prokofiev - Romeo & Juliet Suites 1 and 2 (Speakers Corner)

    As is widely known, ballet suites are the 'little sisters' of large ballet compositions that have been compiled by the composer mostly at a later date for performance in the concert hall. Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet is another story however. Strangely enough, his two Suites were given their first performance before the premiere of the complete Ballet. The applause can still be heard echoing through the world of music. This music is one of the pillars of a good record collection - and with good reason! Both Suites contain a wealth of delightful melodies that are given substance by colourful harmonic writing. Just how Prokofiev can ideally sound is brought to us by Stanislaw Skrowacziewski and the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. In the first Suite he lets his musicians sweep with Élan through the Burlesque, the splendour of the Love Theme is full of lyrical intensity, and rises to a forceful climax filled with sharp dissonances in Death of Tybalt.



    The Second Suite, too, is of the very highest standard, both from an artistic and recording point of view. The characteristic themes and motifs are well contoured and brought to the fore while embedded in a fresh and natural carpet of sound which is sometimes filled with immense warmth.
    It is clearly noticeable that all participants have given much time and thought to this first-rate production. And the listener will certainly enjoy giving over a good portion of his leisure time to this delightful music.




    Recording: April 1962 at Northrop Memorial Auditorium, Minneapolis, USA,

    by C.R. Fine and Robert Eberenz / Production: Wilma Cozart




    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.



    Stanislaw Skrowaczewski with Minneapolis Symphony
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Making Movies Making Movies Quick View

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    Making Movies

    Dire Straits began to move away from its roots rock origins into a jazzier variation of country-rock and singer/songwriter folk-rock storytelling. Featuring Romeo and Juliet, Tunnel of Love, and Skateaway.
    1. Tunnel Of Love
    2. Romeo & Juliet
    3. Skateaway
    4. Expresso Love
    5. Hand in Hand
    6. Solid Rock
    7. Les Boys
    Dire Straits
    $26.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Prokofiev For Two (Pre-Order) Prokofiev For Two (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Prokofiev For Two (Pre-Order)

    Release Date: June 29, 2018*


    Pianists Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan have recorded two selections from Prokofiev's music for stage and screen in magnificent two-piano transcriptions by Babayan. Prokofiev for Two, set for release worldwide via Deutsche Grammophon, captures for posterity the sense of mutual inspiration felt by these kindred spirits, palpable in their live performances together. The album features Babayan's twelve-movement transcription of numbers from the ballet Romeo and Juliet and his seven-movement suite transcribed from Prokofiev's incidental music for Hamlet and Eugene Onegin, film score for The Queen of Spades and opera War and Peace.


    Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan first met in Brussels in 1991 when, on a whim, he looked her up in the phonebook and, to his own surprise, found her name and telephone number listed. His call from a phone box in the city started a strong friendship that led to numerous joint appearances in Europe and America. After one performance of Rachmaninov's "Suite No.2" and other works for two pianos, Babayan told Argerich of his dream to transcribe pieces from Romeo and Juliet for their next duo date. "She was very inspired by the idea," he recalls. "It was the greatest pleasure - and an honor - to create something that we would play together." Babayan's take on Prokofiev, coupled with a suite of rarities from the composer's stage and film music, can be heard in Prokofiev for Two.


    The freshly transcribed Prokofiev score received its premiere performance as part of the Martha Argerich Project at the 2013 Lugano Festival. Argerich and Babayan have since performed this work together with the revised Romeo and Juliet suite several times, most recently in concert at Stuttgart's Liederhalle last November.


    Martha Argerich is already renowned for her interpretations of Prokofiev's music. The Argentine-born artist, hailed as one of the greatest pianists of all time, included the composer's turbulent "Toccata" in her Deutsche Grammophon recital debut album, recorded in 1960. She reinforced her international reputation seven years later with a landmark recording for the yellow label of Prokofiev's "Third Piano Concerto" with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado. "I have loved Prokofiev ever since I can recall," notes Argerich. "And people think he loves me too sometimes! I love the way Sergei [Babayan] plays Prokofiev and many other things. The first solo recital of his I heard was Bach's Goldberg Variations and I was incredibly impressed by it. I very much liked his proposal that we should play his transcription of Romeo and Juliet and feel very honored that he dedicated it to me."


    Babayan's love for Prokofiev, like Argerich's, is deeply rooted, dating back to his childhood in Armenia and student days at the Moscow Conservatoire. Having left the USSR for the first time in 1989, he settled in the U.S. Time and again, Babayan has paid tribute to Prokofiev, playing several of his piano concertos with Valery Gergiev including at the 2015 BBC Proms in a monumental concert with the London Symphony Orchestra featuring all five of the works.


    His new Prokofiev transcriptions are both dedicated to Martha Argerich. "This project happened because of my love for Prokofiev, my love for Martha and my love for the ballet Romeo and Juliet," reflects Babayan. The idea of transcribing Romeo and Juliet first arose decades ago while he was studying Prokofiev's colorful instrumentation in close detail with an orchestra. Already aware of Argerich's playing, he was further inspired after hearing a pirate recording of her 1981 Carnegie Hall performance of the "Ten Pieces Op.75" from Romeo and Juliet. "I listened and was immediately drawn to learn the cycle. But I felt that Prokofiev used chamber-like numbers for his selection of music for his transcription for solo piano. If you first became acquainted with the ballet through this piano score, you would never guess or understand the whole tragic, violent, and dark nature of the original work. Of course, the ballet contains lyrical, romantic music; music filled with humor and dance movement. But it also contains music for the "Death of Tybalt" - music of love and hate."


    Believing it would be impossible for music of such powerful emotion to be conveyed by two hands, and aware of Prokofiev's own fondness for transcription, Babayan felt driven to exploit the full expressive force and tonal richness of two pianos. His created version contains what Martha Argerich, with a wry laugh, calls "difficult and demanding" technical and musical challenges. Both musicians, however, agree that transcription is "an act of love" and Babayan's experience with Romeo and Juliet soon led him to explore some of the composer's lesser-known works and create the second suite on this album. As he points out, this music will be new to most listeners. For example, only fragments of the film score for The Queen of Spades have ever been performed or recorded. He underlines its imaginative and innovative qualities, adding, "I'm sure if Prokofiev had lived longer he would have used the material for The Queen of Spades for a new movie, symphony, quartet or maybe even a piano duo. This music stayed on the shelf and it was my luck to hear it."


    Prokofiev for Two is driven by the passion and power of an ideal keyboard partnership. Martha Argerich considers playing in duo with Babayan to be "a thing of alchemy - a discovery". For his part, Babayan says the experience of performing with Argerich is like joining a conversation with a divine being, one in which "you cannot be mundane or ordinary ... Martha will somehow pull out the best from you."


    *Please note that release dates are subject to change.

    Martha Argerich & Sergei Babayan
    $35.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Making Movies (45 RPM) (Pre-Order) Making Movies (45 RPM) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Making Movies (45 RPM) (Pre-Order)


    Dire Straits Expand Musical Framework And Come Into Own On Making Movies: Co-Produced By Jimmy Iovine, Thematic Album Soars With Personal Songwriting And Epic Arrangements


    Cinematic Landscapes And Intricate Passages Sound Sublime: Mobile Fidelity 45RPM 2LP Pressing Of Making Movies Mastered From Original Master Tapes, Features Audiophile Dynamics


    Bruce Springsteen Pianist Roy Bittan, Mark Knopfler's Guitar Playing, And Passionate Performances Turn Making Movies Into A Classic: Includes Romeo And Juliet, Tunnel Of Love, Solid Rock


    Making Movies marks a magnificent turning point in Dire Straits' career. Considered by many fans to be the group's most complete album, the 1980 set witnesses leader Mark Knopfler greatly expanding his songwriting palette and setting his storytelling amidst more complex, involving arrangements. Dire Straits also benefits from crucial contributions from Bruce Springsteen pianist Roy Bittan and the departure of rhythm guitarist David Knopfler. The songs spark with a mÉlange of poetry, passion, and cohesion that engages the senses and begs to be experienced again and again.


    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP set of Making Movies breathes with reference-caliber airiness, spaciousness, dynamics, and separation. Produced by Jimmy Iovine and Knopfler, the record - which contains many Springsteen-esque elements - features the cleanliness and clarity that have long been Dire Straits trademarks. The extra-wide 45RPM grooves on this edition provide previously unattainable detail, information, and soundstaging. This is what audiophile recordings are all about.


    You know you're in the presence of sonic greatness as soon as the first few seconds of the opening Tunnel of Love pass, as the introductory passage built on organ and piano - new additions to Dire Straits' palette - intertwine with the unmistakable coil-spring twang of Knopfler's guitar. The three-dimensional, full-bodied presentation of the latter instrument on this Mobile Fidelity LP is alone worth the price of admission. Crisp, rich, and balanced, the analog sound brings Knopfler's Fender Vibrolux and Music Man HD130 amplifiers into your room. The romanticism of Bittan's piano, precision timekeeping of drummer Pick Withers, and steady roll of bassist John Illsley come across with similar potency, scale, and verve.


    Always more about the whole than the sum of their individual parts, Dire Straits demonstrate that while Knopfler is the lynchpin, this record is a true band effort. Bittan's role cannot be overstated. His melodicism poetically complements Knopfler's subtle staccato rhythms and more than makes up for the exit of David Knopfler. Expansive and cinematic, the aptly titled Making Movies puts a premium on interrelated subjects (love, relationships, heartbreak) and deep-seated emotions that play out in heartfelt lyrics, intense singing, and epic frameworks. Everything clicks.


    The album's power isn't lost on Iovine, who later told Rolling Stone: The right people were in the room together. It really was making a record in the pure sense of the term. The whole thing sounds like one song. But you what that is? That's the writing, the guy who wrote it. He wrote the album like that; he wanted to make the album like that.


    Indeed, the first five tracks - Tunnel of Love, Romeo and Juliet, Skateaway, Expresso Love, Hand in Hand - comprise a mini-suite united by theme, harmony, and spirit. Every member of the newly configured Dire Straits has a say in the shaping of the material. There's not a note out of place. Iovine and Knopfler's standout production puts it over the top.


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    1. Tunnel of Love
    2. Romeo and Juliet
    3. Skateaway
    4. Expresso Love
    5. Hand in Hand
    6. Solid Rock
    7. Les Boys
    Dire Straits
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Pirates (Awaiting Repress) Pirates (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Pirates (Awaiting Repress)

    Rickie Lee Jones Pirates On Numbered Limited-Edition 180-gram LP From Mobile Fidelity. Singer-Songwriters gorgeous-sounding 1981 album finally remastered!


    Rickie Lee Jones' Pirates arrives like a cloudburst in the desert of Eighties formula pop music and recycled heavy-metal rock. So wrote Stephen Holden in Rolling Stone in his five-star review of the eclectic artists sophomore album, a set that continues to defy eras and styles. While less-well known than her 1979 self-titled debut, the ambitious 1981 record remains Jones definitive statementan effort steeped in biographical details, fictional circumstances, and classic literary elements.


    Narratively blending West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet while also exploring spirit worlds and her breakup with Tom Waits, Pirates is at its core an idiosyncratic fusion of possibilities. And does Jones deliver! Accompanied by an all-star lineup that includes trumpeter Randy Brecker, Steely Dan icon Donald Fagen, drumming colossus Steve Gadd, session pro Victor Feldman, and legendary jazz arranger Ralph Burns, the singer-songwriter achieves a musical nirvana that encompasses post-bop, coffeehouse folk, bohemian pop, romantic soul, Beat poetry, and Broadway showtunes.


    Harmonized vocals and jive talking bring the piano-based records rich characters to life, making it seem as if listeners are overhearing conversations between strangers. In more than one way, Pirates is a self-contained theatrical production in which Jones singing is the star attraction. Her moody whispers, cries, and coos are the voices of spurned lovers, alienated outcasts, and unlikely heroines. Albums with this kind of stylistic magnitude, close-up intimacy, and emotional intensity come around only once or so a decade.


    Mobile Fidelity is proud to have had the opportunity to remaster Pirates from the original analog master tapes and produce a version that captures every nuance of this great-sounding studio masterpiece. Co-produced by Russ Titelman and Lenny Waronker (whose long list of credits include Randy Newman, James Taylor, and Eric Clapton records), trust us when we say that this 180-gram LP is one of the finest-sounding pop records youll hear. Fans of Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, Carole King, and Sarah Vaughan should consider this requisite listening. MoFis mini-LP style packaging only adds to the allure.


    So dont hesitate: Be the Lucky Guy that Jones sings about on the record by securing your lowest-numbered copy of Mobile Fidelitys half-speed mastered LP of Pirates today!


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    1. We Belong Together
    2. Living It Up
    3. Skeletons
    4. Woody and Dutch on the Slow Train to Peking
    5. Pirates (So Long Lonely Avenue)
    6. A Lucky Guy
    7. Traces of the Western Slopes
    8. The Returns
    Rickie Lee Jones
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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