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Vinyl CheckThis record creates new possibilities of inspecting and adjusting record players. Most tests (except for frequency response) can also be carried out without measuring instruments, just by listening, and are therefore particularly well-suited for the ambitious music listener who wants to know how well his system deals with demanding signals under realistic conditions, and whether there is a need for repairs or improvements.
Thanks to Albrecht Krieger for his ideas and advice.
This title is not eligible for discount.Part 1: Trackability
Part 2: Wow and Flutter
Part 3: Phase
Part 4: Crosstalk
Part 5: Tracking angle error
Part 6: Skating
Part 7: Pick-up arm resistance
Part 8: Strident sibilants and fricatives
Part 9: Frequency response
Part 10: Dynamics
Part 11: Strident sibilants and fricatives, repitition$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Music-Pickup Test RecordFinally, you have the option of using a variety of music to optimize your entire stereo in the sound as well as different components to compare.
Perfect recording quality sound without any manipulations, such as through equalizer, mixer, or the like is the hallmark of this LP and can be used perfectly as a sales and demonstration object.
The new clear audio audiophile 180 gram pressings are cut from the original analog master tapes, the first shot.
Willem Makkee, the editor of the Emil Berliner Studios, made the headquarters of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, the paint film on the Neumann VMS 80 cutting machine with a CUTTER HEAD Neumann SX 74
The galvanization of the film and the subsequent pressing records takes place in Germany. The panel weight is 180g and is made from 100% virgin vinyl. Of each stamper maximum 1,200 pressings are created, the edition is limited.1. Peoria Jazz band New Sides Milenberg Joys. Jelly Roll Morton / Paul Mares / Leon Rappolo.
2. Bach. Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ. J.S. Bach. BWV 604. Rune Engso Organ
3. Pipor och strangar Muylinda, Antony Holborne, Pro Musica Instrumentalis.
4. When I Look at You. Bert Deivert and friends
5. Prelude on the Welsh Hymn Tune Rhosymedre Ralph Vaughan Williams. David Patrick organ.
6. Solera Flamenco, Companilleros, traditional music.
7. Sakralt, du Helge Ande, O Olsson, Lidaskoren.
8. Goldberg Varationen Aria, J.S. Bach BWV 988.
9. Peoria Jazzband New Sides Flat Foot Floogie Slim Gallard / Slam Steward / Bud Green
10. Louis Vierne, Syphonie No. 1, Op. 14 Prelude. Torvald Toren, organ.
11. Nilla Pierrou, violin plays T. Aulin (+1914). Idyll from Akvareller for violin and piano.
12. Crooks, Temptation Rag, Henry Lodge.
13. Audete Gaudete, anon, Kammarkoren Sangkraft.$45.00180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Trackability Test RecordUseful for the following tests: left-right assignment, anti-skating adjustment, concentric groove for eccentricity check, azimuth adjustment and wow and flutter test.
The Clearaudio Trackability Test Record provides information on the sampling characteristics of your tonearm / cartridge combination. The higher the value achieved, the better the particular tonearm / cartridge combination is able to scan hard groove modulation distortion.1. Left 1kHz 0dB
2. Right 1kHz 0dB
3. Mono lateral 1kHz 0dB
4. 50µ tracking ability test: 333 Hz mono lateral
10. 50µ tracking ability test: 333 Hz mono lateral
16. No signal, endless duration
17. 3150 Hz mono lateral$80.00180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
REDD-FRI-528xThe Doobie Brothers
The Captain And MeThis multi-platinum smash LP yielded the Doobie Brothers four major hit singles and has since become one of the most popular albums of all time in classic rock. Featuring Long Train Runnin', China Grove and other favorites, The Captain and Me has truly stood the test of time. Impeccably half-speed mastered using the original Warner vault tapes at Friday Music Studios by the award winning Joe Reagoso (Doobie Brothers, Yes, Boz Scaggs), and Capitol Records in Hollywood with Ron McMaster, this will be one of the most desired audiophile releases this new year! Packaged with the original gatefold cover, original art elements, protective poly record sleeve, and poly bag for the album cover.1. Natural Thing
2. Long Train Runnin'
3. China Grove
4. Dark Eyed Cajun Woman
5. Clear As The Driven Snow
6. Without You
7. South City Midnight Lady
8. Evil Woman
9. Busted Down Around O' Connelly Corners
11. The Captain And Me$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Opus 3 Test LP 4 - Depth Of ImageThis Testrecord from Opus 3 contains a selection of naturally recorded acoustic music from the Opus 3 catalog. As with previous Testrecords, it is intended as a reference for evaluating a sound reproduction unit purporting to be genuine high fidelity. The selection provides new examples of three important subject fields for sound reproduction: Depth Of Image, Timbre and Dynamics.
This title is not eligible for discount1. Nobody's Blues But Mine (C. Williams)
2. Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie-Pickard-Casey)
3. Capriccio (Mendelssohn)
4. Concertino (L-E Larsson)
5. Stompin' At The Savoy (Sampson-Goodman)
6. Concertino (L-E Larsson)
7. Reunion Blues (M. Jackson)
8. The King (M. Lingedal)
9. Black Beauty (D.Ellington)
10. House Of The Rising Sun (Traditional)
11. Look Over Yonder (Traditional)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - LP Sealed Buy Now
Opus 3 Test LP 5 - ShowcaseShowcase is a test/reference LP for people interested in music and serious High Fidelity and who want to test or enjoy good Hi Fi equipment with a carefully made selection of acoustic music, world, folk, blues, jazz and classical music in a harmonic mixture from Opus 3 releases.
This title is not eligible for discount1. I Can´t Get Started (V.Duke-J. Gershwin)
2. Where The Green Grass Grows (E. Bibb)
3. When I Feel The Sea Beneath My Soul (Taj Mahal)
4. The Talk Of The Town (Lewinson-Symes-Neiburg)
5. Treecircle (G Rundqvist)
6. Comes Love (Brown-Tobias)
7. Needed Time (Trad / adapted by Eric Bibb)
8. Overture the Opera Carmen (Bizet)
9. String Quartet no.6, 2nd movement (W. Stenhammar)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - LP Sealed Buy Now
Cartridge Break-In Test RecordMultiple endless grooves of pink noise for cartridge break-in and other tracks for cartridge set-up
Phono cartridges usually need a running-in period to reach their full potential. This can take anything from 40 to 100 hours, depending upon the manufacturer, design and construction of the phono cartridge.
This Clearaudio Cartridge Break-In Record is a unique too. Playing an endless groove cut with pink noise significantly reduces the length of the break-in period.
Six continuous pink noise tracks are provided at various positions on the record (track numbers are 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11).
To enable frequency response measurement of the phono cartridge, track 3 comprises a sine-wave frequency sweep from 20 Hz to 20 kHz.
There are two separate 240-second tracks containing a pink noise signal for measuring and testing the set-up of the whole system.
Tracks 4 and 13 are recorded with no signal to test the noise floor of the entire hi-fi system.
Finally, tracks 8 and 12 contain a special signal to optimise and adjust the anti-skating force. Both channels are recorded with a 316 Hz sine-wave with continually changing phase difference from 0 to 360 deg, so that the stylus movement repeatedly changes from lateral to vertical and back again. The signal level changes accordingly from -22 dB to +8 dB, corresponding to a maximum velocity of 9.81 cm/s or a maximum displacement of 50 lm, horizontally or vertically.1. No Signal - Concentric groove for eccentricity check
2. 1 kHz - starting signal
3. Sweep - frequency response check: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
4. No Signal - total system noise check
5. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
6. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
7. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
8. 316 Hz (0 to 360) - Anti-skating check
9. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
10. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
11. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
12. 316 Hz (0 to 360) - Anti-skating check
13. No Signal - total system noise check
14. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
15. No Signal - Concentric groove for eccentricity check$80.00180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Test For Echo200 Gram Vinyl LP
Features Etched Designs on Side D of the Album
Test for Echo is the sixteenth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1996. It marks the final Rush work prior to the tragic events in Neil Peart's life that put the band on hiatus for several years. He recorded a majority of his drum tracks for the album using traditional grip, after receiving drum lessons from jazz instructor Freddie Gruber.
After flirting with alternative rock on Counterparts, Rush returns to classic progressive rock on Test for Echo. Cutting back many of the AOR production flourishes that hampered most of their late-'80s and early-'90s releases, the band concentrates on the sounds and styles that made albums like Moving Pictures huge successes in the late '70s and early '80s. Test for Echo is all instrumental gymnastics and convoluted song structures, all of which demonstrate each member's skills. And the key to the album is the individual performances.
The title track reached #1 on the mainstream rock chart. Driven became a bass showcase for Geddy Lee during live performances, while Resist was rearranged as an acoustic song on the Vapor Trails and R30 tours. Since then, the band has not performed any tracks from the album in concert.1. Test For Echo
3. Half The World
4. The Color Of Right
5. Time And Motion
7. Dog Years
11. Carve Away The Stone$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
DeMag LP, DISC and Cable Demagnetizer
Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.
... demagnetizing an LP definitively removed a high-frequency glaze or glare and seemed to enrich the midband... Demagnetizing LPs works. And do not try one of these devices unless you're prepared to buy it.
- Michael Fremer, Stereophile
LP Record, DISC and Cable Demagnetizer 110VAC
The Furutech DeMag completely demagnetizes LPs and optical disc media such as CD, CD-R, DVD, MD, Game CD, Photo CD, SACD, and DVD Audio. Plus it's an indispensable accessory for keeping interconnect cables, connectors and power cords demagnetized to prevent magnetic signal distortion. Demagnetization isn't Just For Optical Media Anymore! One year factory Warranty. The deMag works for disc media as well as cables, connectors, and power cords! No part of the playback chain should be disturbed by resolution-sapping magnetic interference. Demagnetizing LPs How can an LP be magnetized? It's plastic! The fact is that pigment added to the plastic during the manufacturing process is the culprit. The minute amount of ferrous material in the pigment causes LPs to become magnetized. Testing at the Tokyo Nanotechnology center with a IHI Gauss meter showed that after an LP was treated with the deMag the magnetic field of the LP was lowered from 620~630 nT to 572~582 nT (nanotesla: a unit of magnetic field strength,1 Tesla = 10,000 gauss) Demagnetizing Cables Electric current generates a magnetic field as it flows through a power cord or conductor. However, magnetic impurities within the materials themselves become magnetized and introduce further magnetic distortion. Just loop your cables and power cords with their connectors on the deMag and begin treatment. No matter how valuable or expensive your system is, the only way to achieve top performance is by demagnetizing your problems away! There are no other demagnetizers on the market that can be used in such a versatile and effective way. The deMag Demagnetizer can even be used on metal-based accessories like CD stabilizers or speaker terminals.$2,715.00DeMag (110V) - LP, DISC and Cable Demagnetizer Buy Now
OVSE-MOV-496xCrash Test Dummies
God Shuffled His FeetAfter their first album made the Crash Test Dummies huge in their home country Canada, their second album meant their big break in the USA and Europe, thanks to the self-consciously bizarre lyrics and the deep baritone voice of singer/songwriter Brad Roberts, demonstrated in their worldwide top ten hit MMM MMM MMM MMM.
Other popular singles off the album were Afternoons & Coffeespoons and Swimming In Your Ocean. 'God Shuffled His Feet' was the band's most commercially successfull album reaching Top Album charts in USA (#9), UK (#2) and in different countries in Europe (ironically, after a car accident where Brad Roberts almost lost his arm, Crash Test Dummies made a few other albums but unfortunately limited distribution made these hard to find).1. God Shuffled His Feet 05:09
2. Afternoons & Coffeespoons 03:56
3. Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm 03:53
4. In The Days Of The Caveman 03:40
5. Swimming In Your Ocean 03:49
6. Here I Stand Before Me 03:07
1. I Think I'll Disappear Now 04:52
2. How Does A Duck Know? 03:42
3. When I Go Out With Artists 03:44
4. The Psychic 03:48
5. Two Knights & Maidens 03:24
6. Untitled 01:42$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
By DesignTest of Time's members are no strangers to the punk scene, from frontman and photographer Todd Pollock to guitarist/vocalist and record label proprietor Charles Chaussinand to bassist and ex-Energy/Daytrader road dog Robert Cheeseman (the band also features Beartrap's Mike Assatly on guitars/vocals and Jeff Novak on drums). After unleashing a prolific amount of material considering their formation two short years ago, including one self-released 10-song demo (2012's Inclusion), two EPs (2013's The Price and the more recent A Place Beyond) and several cover singles, the band has crafted a proper full-length debut of speedy, howled youth crew hardcore à la Youth of Today, Bane and In My Eyes. By Design is guided by the careful, detail-oriented approach of architectural planning (as hinted at by its visual motif), and uses that focus to deliver unexpected shifts in tempo dynamic, musically and lyrically sly references to hardcore's past, and sincere decrees pertaining to vegetarianism, The Straight Edge, perseverance, and one's own personal growth and change.1. Contingency
4. Change Order
11. Addendum$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
These Are The JBsThe Unreleased Album By James Brown's Backing Band: The Bootsy Collins-lead JB's
Never-before-heard James Brown and J.B.'s originals and covers of Jimi Hendrix, Kool & the Gang, the Meters. Contains a 12-page booklet with full annotation, liner notes by Brown historian Alan Leeds and never-before-published photos.
This album is the Rosetta Stone of funk's dominant idioms, yet its existence has barely been a rumor. In 1970 James Brown perfectly captured a definitive moment in modern music when he ordered Bootsy Collins into the studio to record the tracks that would be test pressed on King Records as These Are The J.B.'s. This album is the epitome of funk music, Brown's innovation that influenced everything that came after it, from Afro-beat to disco to hip-hop. And if there is any funk ensemble as influential as Brown's, in the post-"Cold Sweat" musical landscape, it's the Parliament/Funkadelic contingent. Those two streams, as Grammy Winning James Brown historian Alan Leeds details in this album's liner notes, converged for the first time here.
This link between Brown's funk and all that followed features Bootsy and his young band running through twelve-minute instrumental take of Marva Whitney's "It's My Thing," replete with blues chord changes, alongside interpretations of the Meters, Kool and the Gang and none other than Jimi Hendrix. This is a young band's James Brown-turned-on-his-head style of funk that they nail in a one-minute vamp that pre-dates their obscure but important work as the Houseguests ensemble and embodies the essence of the psychedelic-flavored music that would propel them into the orbit of
George Clinton and his mothership, where they poked cosmic holes in funk's polyrhythmic ozone layer in the mid-1970s.
There are only two extant copies of the original King Records test press LP of These Are The J.B.'s. This, the first commercial issue of this album, was overseen by Now-Again's Egon alongside Leeds and Universal Music Group's James Brown expert Harry Weinger. It was mastered specifically for vinyl by Elysian Master's Dave Cooley from the original two-track stereo master that James Brown and his engineer Ron Lenhoff delivered to production forty-four years ago. It comes with a 12-page booklet with liner notes by Leeds and Egon and many unpublished photographs and ephemera.1. These Are The JBs (Part 1 & 2)
2. I'll Ze
3. The Grunt (Part 1 & 2)
4. When You Feel It, Grunt If You Can$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Elvis' Christmas Album 55th AnniversaryFriday Music is Proud to Announce the 55th Anniversary Edition of Elvis' Christmas Album on 180 Gram Vinyl with the Rare Gatefold Cover & Super Rare LP Booklet!
55 years ago, Elvis recorded what would become one of the most memorable and best loved Christmas LP's of all time, Elvis' Christmas Album. The 1957 album was a blockbuster as it topped the pop charts for a month, making this one of the biggest albums of his career & ultimately selling over 13 Million copies! Featuring twelve hits like Blue Christmas, Silent Night & Peace In The Valley, the album has truly stood the test of time.1. Santa Claus Is Back In Town
2. White Christmas
3. Here Come Santa Claus
4. I'll Be Home For Christmas
5. Blue Christmas
6. Santa Bring My Baby Back
7. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
8. Silent Night
9. (There Will Be) Peace In The Valley
10. I Believe
11. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
12. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Joy (Awaiting Repress)2009 studio album from the reformed band led by guitarist extraordinaire Trey Anastasio. Joy was produced by Steve Lillywhite and was recorded in New York's Chung King Studios. Many of the album's 10 songs have already been road-tested during the band's reunion tour and retain their fresh, live feel on the studio recordings. The album is already being hailed as the band's best ever studio release. Pressed on two 180g vinyl LPs and packaged in a beautiful gate-fold sleeve.
Three-sided Double LP
Side 4 is Etched with Artwork1. Backwards Down The Number Line
2. Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan
4. Sugar Shack
6. Kill Devil Falls
8. Been Around
9. Time Turns Elastic
10. Twenty Years Later$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Live At The Harlem Square ClubRanked 443/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Live at the Harlem Square Club is a classic live album by soul singer Sam Cooke, backed by
King Curtis, Clifton White and Cornell Dupree to name a few. Although recorded in 1963, the LP
first saw the light in 1985. Live at the Harlem Square Club easily stands the test of time next
to albums such as James Browns Live at the Apollo or Jackie Wilsons Live at the Copa.
This 180 grams audiophile edition contains the most recent remastered audio version (2005)
for the first time on vinyl ever!Side A
1 Soul Twist/Introduction
2 Feel It (Don't Fight It)
3 Chain Gang
5 It's All Right/For Sentimental Reasons
6 Twistin' The Night Away
1 Somebody Have Mercy
2 Bring It On Home To Me
3 Nothing Can Change This Love
4 Having A Party$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Devo - Hardcore Live!Devo captured live in Oakland, performing early experimental tracks. No matter how messy, beginnings are exciting. Especially when what happens next endures the test of time. For Devo the beginning happened in the basements and garages of Akron, Ohio. The songs they wrote were raw and unfiltered with no commercial intent. They called it Hardcore Devo. Performing 21 oddities, this program is a tribute to the departed Bob Bob 2 Casale.Mechanical Man
Space Girl Blues
Baby Talkin Bitches
I Been Refused
Timing Excercise/Soo Bawls
Stop Look and Listen
Fountain Of Filth
U Got Me Bugged (Booji Boy)
Clock Out$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
No Guts, No GloryOver a journey spanning nearly a quarter-century, moe. has let their knack for dynamic, democratic improvisation influence nearly every facet of the
band's existence. In concert, they stretch the boundaries of their source material into intricate, set-long suites where distinct songs seamlessly segue into
one another in exhilarating fashion.
Behind the scenes, moe. continues to evolve - to test their musicianship and songwriting while growing as an ensemble - by applying the same
resourcefulness and willingness to take risks to their studio recordings. Their new album, fittingly titled No Guts, No Glory, finds moe. at their most inventive, infectious, and resilient.1. Annihilation Blues
2. White Lightning Turpentine
3. This I Know
4. Same Old Story
5. Silver Sun
7. Little Miss Cup Half Empty
8. Blond Hair And Blue Eyes
9. Do or Die
10. The Pines And The Apple Tree
11. Billy Goat
12. Hey O
13. Mar De Ma
14. Runaway Overlude
+$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Astounding Sounds, Amazing MusicAstounding Sounds, Amazing Music is the sixth studio album by the British rock band Hawkwind, originally released in 1976. Hawkwind are an English rock band, one of the earliest groups of the space rock genre.
This album marks the return of Robert Calvert, this time as a permanent vocalist rather than the peripheral poet role he occupied on Space Ritual. Hawkwind have gone through many incarnations and styles of music. Dozens of musicians, dancers, and writers have worked with the group since their inception evidence that they have truly stood the test of time.LP1
1. Reefer Madness
3. City of Lagoon
4. The Aubergine That Ate Rangoon
5. Kerb Crawler
1. Kadu Flyer
2. Chronoglide Skyway
3. Honky Dorky
4. Kerb Crawler
5. Back on the Streets
6. The Dream of Isis$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
MontroseThe Legendary Debut from Sammy Hagar, Ronnie Montrose, Denny Carmassi and Bill Church
Mastered Impeccably by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray from the Original Warner Bros Tapes
In 1973 a hard working rock band named Montrose set the world on fire with their debut album simply called Montrose. Ronnie Montroses guitar work was that of legendary proportions even that early on and what he also brought to the game was a newcomer and future superstar Sammy Hagar to the hard rock music world. With heavy pile drivers like Bad Motor Scooter and Rock The Nation, the album and the band Montrose rose to fame rather quickly and became trailblazers for many hard rock outfits for years to follow.
Produced by Ted Templeman (Van Halen/The Doobie Brothers) and Montrose, the Montrose album was full of great songs and superstar delivery from Ronnie Montrose (guitars) and Sammy Hagar (vocals), as well as a solid rhythm section provided by Denny Carmassi (drums) and Bill Church (bass). This quartet rocked the house then and now with tunes like Rock Candy, Make It Last and the Roy Brown classic Good Rockin Tonight.
In an effort to continue to bring you the best recordings ever made on this planet, Friday Music is very proud to announce the 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl first time release of Montrose. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray from the original Warner Bros. tapes at Friday Music Studios, this amazing debut continues to resonate and bring hard rockin excitement with every listen. Indeed, the Montrose album is truly a defining masterwork from the early '70s, which continues to stand the classic rock test of time.
For this amazing HQ release, Friday Music has also included the original LP artwork not seen in the LP format since its first release, a poly lined sleeve to protect your LP and a poly bag for the beautiful LP artwork with photos by the renowned Norman Seeff.1. Rock the Nation
2. Bad Motor Scooter
3. Space Station No. 5
4. I Dont Want It
5. Good Rockin Tonight
6. Rock Candy
7. One Thing on My Mind
8. Make It Last$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Elvis Presley: Gold Records Vol. 4 (Speakers Corner)At first sight, it does not look as though Elvis's 31st album was destined to be a hit. But if you take a look at his artistic biography in the year of its release - 1968 - then you will recognise the clever gimmicks that his wide-awake management employed to captivate rock 'n' roll fans when Elvis was somewhat 'stiff in the hips'. In this fourth Gold Edition, a tried and tested method was used to create a new LP: namely, a compilation of single hits from the years 1961 to 1967. The result was just what fans wanted! Alongside sentimental songs such as Love Letters, the tearjerker Lonely Man and the sobbing, heartstring tugging ballad It Hurts Me, we find spirited rock 'n' roll (Witchcraft, Ain't That Loving You Baby) and honky-tonk blues (A Mess Of Blues) in a toned-down 12-beat measure. In contrast, Don't Drag That String Around is cheerful, light and springy and, - for a change - not a blues number.
Then we have the country song Devil In Disguise with its angry lyrics, and the soul title What'd I Say by Ray Charles with an electric sound that is lent by the Rhodes piano. All in all, this LP is a great collection from the grand old days of rock 'n' roll.
- Elvis Presley (guitar, vocal)
- The Jordanaires (vocal)
- and various bands
Recordings: Juyl 1960 - June 1966 at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee, RCA Studios and Radio Recorders in Hollywood
Production: Steve Sholes, Chet Atkins, George Stoll, Felton Jarvis, a.o.
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. Love Letters
3. It Hurts Me
4. What'd I Say
5. Please Don't Drag That String Around
6. Indescribably Blue
7. You're The Devil In Disguise
8. Lonely Man
9. A Mess Of Blues
10. Ask Me
11. Ain't That Loving You Baby
12. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl - Sealed Buy Now
Whims of Chambers (Mono)Blue Note Reissue
As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their handsBack home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent meI hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008
Paul Chambers' first album features an amazing lineup of John Coltrane, Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver and Philly Joe Jones. A classic Blue Note session of what might be considered cerebral jazz.
This title is not eligible for discount.Omicron
Whims Of Chambers
Tale Of The Fingers
Just For The Love$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
RockferryDuffy's debut release, Rockferry has allready reached #1 in the U.K. and its first single, Mercy, has already reached platinum status there, holding the #1 airplay position for four weeks in a row. Rockferry has been described as having the power, the depth, the songs, the vocals and the music to anoint it as an instant classic. With comparisons to Dusty Springfield, Lulu and the soul of Otis Redding, Duffy has created a stunning and modern body of work here with a nod to the throwback Stax albums that have stood the test of time. Duffy's U.K. breakthrough Rockferry is poised in every way, to make its mark on the U.S. charts as well and with songs like these, it seems likely.1. Rockferry
2. Warwick Avenue
4. Stepping Stone
5. Syrup & Honey
6. Hanging On Too Long
8. Delayed Devotion
9. I'm Scared
10. Distant Dreamer$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
School's OutOriginally produced by Bob Ezrin, this multi-platinum effort forever etched the word superstar to Alice Cooper, as this legacy recording has truly stood the test of time. Aside from the smash title track, the album contained equally strong album tracks like Public Animal #9, My Stars and Alma Mater. This major release has also been one of the most influential hard rock recordings of its time, as well as being one of the biggest albums of Cooper's amazing career. Remastered from the original Warner Bros. vault tapes by Joe Reagoso (David Lee Roth, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy), this stunning album now has the most impeccable sound ever, complete with a very sharp gatefold cover with the original art elements, and poly sleeve.1. School's Out
2. Luney Tune
3. Gutter Cat Vs. The Jets
4. Street Fight
5. Blue Turk
6. My Stars
7. Public Animal #9
8. Alma Mater
9. Grande Finale$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Time And A WordThe phenomenal success of the Yes 180g Audiophile Vinyl series continues with their legendary second smash album Time And A Word. Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Peter Banks, Bill Bruford and Tony Kaye created this masterpiece in 1970 and the stunning partnering with the voice of Jon Anderson truly made it one of the more memorable albums from that decade.
With such concert and fan favorites like the smashes Sweet Dreams, Then, and the pivotal ballad Time And A Word, this album was not only a prog-rock pleaser, but an all around classic rock event, which has stood the test of time to this day. Stephen StillsÆ classic Everydays gets the five star treatment from this English quintet, plus the all time classic Yes track Astral Traveller is also featured on this stunning release.1. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed
4. Sweet Dreams
5. The Prophet
6. Clear Days
7. Astral Traveller
8. Time And A Word$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now