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  • Wish You Were Here (Awaiting Repress) Wish You Were Here (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Wish You Were Here (Awaiting Repress)

    Ranked 209/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

    On its release in 1975 Wish You Were here topped the album charts in both the UK and the US. Reflecting the band's thoughts of the time on the music business, and exploring themes of absence, Wish You Were Here contains the classic cut Shine On You Crazy Diamond, a tribute to founder member Syd Barrett.


    Since 1967 Pink Floyd have produced one of the most outstanding and enduring catalogues in the history of recorded music. The albums have been painstakingly remastered by James Guthrie (co-producer of The Wall). Artwork designed by long-time artwork collaborator Storm Thorgerson. As a part of their Why Pink Floyd? campaign, EMI has chosen to release three titles on collector's vinyl LP (throughout the year 2011 and into early 2012) including The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall. Look for more details to come!



    1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part One)
    2. Welcome To The Machine
    3. Have A Cigar
    4. Wish You Were Here
    5. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part Two)
    Pink Floyd
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    Hoodoo

    1st Time Officially Released On LP In North America


    Hoodoo is the third studio album by British singer-songwriter Alison Moyet. It was originally released in 1991, reached No. 11 in the UK and features the singles It Won't Be Long, Wishing You Were Here, Hoodoo, and This House.


    Largely produced by Pete Glenister, the album includes contributions from Kirsty MacColl, Steve Lillywhite, Marius De Vries, and ex-Fine Young Cannibals Andy Cox and David Steele.

    1. Footsteps
    2. It Won't Be Long
    3. This House
    4. Rise
    5. Wishing You Were Here
    6. (Meeting With My) Main Man
    7. Hoodoo
    8. Back Where I Belong
    9. My Right A.R.M.
    10. Never Too Late
    11. Find Me
    Alison Moyet
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    More Soundtrack

    Concocted for director Barbet Schroeder's dystopian hippie road flick, this album marks Floyd's first venture into film scoring, a task they undertake with a verve that overshadows their lack of formal training in the field. With just a handful of cuts echoing the trippy, atmospheric space-rock that was so much a part of their early career, there's a surprisingly familiar dedication to songcraft evident here, especially for a soundtrack.


    Roger Waters's acoustic ballads (Cirrus Minor, Crying Song, Green is the Color), dark and dirge-like, are familiar predecessors to music that would highlight Wish You Were Here and The Wall, while Dave Gilmour's slashing riffs on The Nile Song also foreshadow greatness to come. Moody and surprisingly eclectic, More has rightly earned its place as a Floyd cult fave. --Jerry McCulley

    1. Cirrus Minor
    2. The Nile Song
    3. Crying Song
    4. Up The Khyber
    5. Green Is The Colour
    6. Cymbaline
    7. Party Sequence
    8. Main Theme
    9. Ibiza Bar
    10. More Blues
    11. Quicksilver
    12. A Spanish Piece
    13. Dramatic Theme
    Pink Floyd
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    The Endless River


    The 15th Studio Album By The Famed British Band


    180 Gram Vinyl Mastered By Doug Sax At The Mastering Lab, Ojai, California.


    Packaging: Gatefold Sleeve, Full Colour Inner Bags


    Full Size, 11''x11'' 16-page Photo/Credit Booklet Including Previously Unseen Photographs From 1993 Sessions


    Creative Director: Aubrey Powell, Hipgnosis / Sleeve Design By Stylorouge / Front Cover Concept By Ahmed Emad Eldin


    Album Produced By David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth, Andy Jackson


    The Endless River has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions, when David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason played freely together at Britannia Row and Astoria studios. This was the first time they had done so since the 'Wish You Were Here' sessions in the seventies. Those sessions resulted in The Division Bell, the band's last studio album.


    In 2013 David Gilmour and Nick Mason revisited the music from those sessions and decided that the tracks should be made available as part of the Pink Floyd repertoire. It would be the last time the three of them would be heard together. The band have spent the last year recording and upgrading the music,using the advantages of modern studio technology to create The Endless River.


    The Endless River is a tribute to Rick Wright, whose keyboards are at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. It is a mainly instrumental album with one song, 'Louder Than Words', (with new lyrics by Polly Samson), arranged across four sides and produced by David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson.


    David Gilmour said:
    '''The Endless River' has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions. We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year we've added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire.''


    Nick Mason said:
    '''The Endless River' is a tribute to Rick. I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was.''

    LP 1
    1. Thing Left Unsaid
    2. It's What We Do
    3. Ebb and Flow
    4. Sum
    5. Skins
    6. Unsung
    7. Anisina


    LP 2
    1. The Lost Art of Conversation
    2. On Noodle Street
    3. Night Light
    4. Allons-y (1)
    5. Autumn '68
    6. Allons-y (2)
    7. Talkin' Hawkin'
    8. Calling
    9. Eyes to Pearls
    10. Surfacing
    11. Louder Than Words

    Pink Floyd
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  • Chicago VII (Awaiting Repress) Chicago VII (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Chicago VII (Awaiting Repress)


    The Chicago/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues!


    Celebrate The 40th Anniversary Of The Legendary #1 Chicago VII - First Time Audiophile Vinyl!


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso And Lee Loughnane From Chicago!


    Chicago VII was another huge multiplatinum plus #1 smash for Chicago and a stunning return to the double LP
    format for this brilliant band. Featuring the original award winning line-up of Robert Lamm (lead vocals/keyboards),
    Peter Cetera (lead vocals/bass), Terry Kath (lead vocals/guitars), the legendary horns of Lee Loughnane (trumpet),
    Walter Parazaider (saxophone/woodwinds), James Pankow (trombone) plus Danny Seraphine (drums), Chicago VII is
    undoubtedly one of their biggest selling albums and is also one of the most revered offerings in their huge catalog.


    Buoyed by the success of huge hit singles like (I've Been) Searchin' So Long and Call On Me, their seventh album
    was filled with more smashes like the power driver Robert Lamm smash Lifesaver, the funk rocker Woman Don't Want
    To Love Me and the Chicago/Beach Boys duet smash hit single Wishing You Were Here.


    The wonderful 2 LP release also features a fine array of long band workouts on instrumentals which feature each
    bandmate laying down some serious grooves on tunes like Hanky Panky, Aire and Prelude To Aire, which of course
    feature the horn work of the founders Lee Loughnane, Walter Parazaider and James Pankow.


    Several of the fine tunes on this well-crafted album also feature the sorely missed vocals and guitar of Terry
    Kath, where he truly shines on tracks like the progressive jazz rock infused Song Of The Evergreens and the stunning
    Byblos, both of which make this fine album even more of a treasure trove of classic rock enjoyment.


    Peter Cetera shines vocally throughout on the LP as well, especially on the hit acoustic ballad sounds of Happy
    Man. While being one of the more signature songs from this collection, the tune also was known for its false start
    making it one of Chicago's more collectable rarities if you were lucky to own the original vinyl version from 1974.
    It's been several decades since the rare original vinyl version of Chicago VII has been available that is until now!


    Friday Music is very honored to continue the CHICAGO 180 GRAM AUDIOPHILE VINYL SERIES with their masterpiece Chicago VII. Mastered impeccably from the original Chicago Records master tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday
    Music Studios and Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA, with the supervision of Chicago's Lee Loughnane, this album is
    truly a thrilling first time audiophile vinyl release.


    For this special limited edition, we have also included the original full color album cover in gatefold style for the
    first time since it was released in 1974, complete with the great music you will always remember from this historic
    release.


    Chicago VII from Chicago on impeccable first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl exclusively from your friends
    at Friday Music I've Been Searchin' So Long

    LP 1
    1. Prelude To Aire
    2. Aire
    3. Devil's Sweet
    4. Italian From New York
    5. Hanky Panky
    6. Life Saver
    7. Happy Man


    LP 2
    1. (I've Been) Searchin' So Long
    2. Mongonucleosis
    3. Song Of The Evergreens
    4. Byblos
    5. Wishing You Were Here
    6. Call On Me
    7. Woman Don't Want To Love Me
    8. Skinny Boy

    Chicago
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    Lies & Wishes

    Edward David Anderson is an artist as ancient as he is modern. In a time when the music business desperately flails about, grasping at any new trend that will save its sinking ship, he exists far beyond its confines. Best known for his work with the revered Midwestern rock band Backyard Tire Fire who released a string of acclaimed albums in the previous decade, Anderson returns to the national stage with his highly anticipated solo debut, Lies & Wishes. Produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, it finds Anderson creating his own mythology through a collection of songs that embrace vulnerability, while remaining grounded in his working class roots. Anderson sings, I'm the son of a plumber, from a God fearing mother. The lyric says much about where his story begins as an artist. He was born and raised just west of Chicago and lives a simple life, spending winters in an RV alongside the Gulf of Mexico in lower Alabama. Anderson's an American songwriter on an existential quest who seeks and who searches through song.


    I feel like every experience, every mile, every interaction, every tune, sort of got me to where I am at this moment, Anderson recounts while shedding light on the over-arching theme that ties together the 10-track collection. The songs on the record are confessional by nature. They are songs about loss and love and living and hope. Halfway through my life, it's an honest look in the mirror.


    Anderson's journey over the last five years and his response to the challenges he faced is what sets the lifers apart from those that concede the artistic pursuit. The dissolution of Backyard Tire in 2011 was the first obstacle to overcome. The band had built a devout cult following around the U.S., counting Cracker, Reverend Horton Heat and Clutch among their fans, all of whom took BTF on the road exposing them to a wider audience. It was around this time that Steve Berlin of Los Lobos was first drawn to Anderson's songwriting.


    "Backyard Tire Fire opened a show for us and I remember being backstage and listening to their music and I was like, 'Wow, that song sounds really familiar. Whose cover is that? It's a classic tune,'" says Berlin. "It turns out that they were all Ed's originals. They just had that instantly memorable quality to them. So, I introduced myself at the show and we became buddies and then collaborators. Ed's music is so evocative, so well written. I honestly think he is as talented as anyone in the songwriting world and it is important that he be heard."


    Anderson adds: I was just starting to get back on the road again after Tire Fire split, touring with my friend Johnny Hickman and I got inspired to get back in the studio. I had these songs and had something pretty interesting to say based on the experiences I just went through. I knew if I could get Steve Berlin involved, who is an old friend that I've worked with in the past, it could be something special."


    It was just prior to this that Anderson's mother passed away, while the previous winter his wife lost her mother, both to extended illnesses. It was a defining moment for the 40-year old artist and culminated in a torrent of songwriting. Indeed, songs like Lies & Wishes Lost & Found and Chain Reaction delve deep into the human condition, asking difficult questions of both himself and his loved ones.


    "A lot of the subject matter on this record came from reflecting on these painful experiences" says Anderson. After losing my mom, I decided I've got to make a record and dedicate it to her and make a statement here on my own.


    Musically speaking, the core of Lies & Wishes is built around refined melodies, acoustic guitars and sparse arrangements, yet Berlin's production colors the tracks with squalls of electric guitar, affected vocals, drum loops and assorted analog keyboard flourishes. It should also be noted that fans of Anderson's vintage rock and roll songwriting from his Backyard Tire Fire days will find plenty to love on tunes like "Nothing Lasts Forever," "Taking It Out On You" and "The Next Melody," which deliver the big hooks and classic refrains on which he so effortlessly hangs his hat.


    This is where we find Edward David Anderson today. His heart's on his sleeve and it's that of an artist. Nobody ever said it was going to be easy, but as the songs on Lies & Wishes bare out, when the muse calls, he will be there to answer.


    I needed to make this album, he concludes. I feel like it's undoubtedly my finest work to date, the beginning of the next chapter for me.

    1. Lies & Wishes
    2. Lost & Found
    3. Son Of A Plumber
    4. Pins & Needles
    5. Taking It Out On You
    6. I Missed You
    7. Nothing Lasts Forever
    8. Chain Reaction
    9. Fires
    10. The Next Melody
    Edward David Anderson
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  • A Spoonful Of Time A Spoonful Of Time Quick View

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    A Spoonful Of Time

    The first ever covers album from Prog Rock legends, Nektar, finds the band joined by an incredible gathering of musical heroes from a wide variety of genres!


    A psychedelic head trip through classic rock radio with artful twists on The Doors' "Riders On The Storm," Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here," Rush's "Sprit Of Radio," Roxy Music's "Out Of The Blue" and more!


    Features performances by members of Yes, King Crimson, Symphony X, Opeth, Marillion, Asia, The Moody Blues, Dream Theater, Tangerine Dream, and more!

    LP1
    1. Sirius
    2. Spirit Of The Radio
    3. Fly Like An Eagle
    4. Wish You Were Here
    5. For The Love Of Money
    6. Can't Find My Way Home
    7. 2000 Light Years From Home


    LP2
    1. Riders On The Storm
    2. Blinded By The Light
    3. Out Of The Blue
    4. Old Man
    5. Dream Weaver
    6. I'm Not In Love
    7. Africa

    Nektar
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    Man & Myth

    Man And Myth, Roy's first studio album in 13 years, isn't just proof
    that one of the leading, most erudite and passionate orators of the
    British folk rock renaissance hasn't lost an iota of his gifts, but also
    timely evidence for anyone who has wondered why so many musical
    luminaries have been lining up to praise this enigmatic and legendary singer-songwriter.


    In 2011, Harper performed a special show at the Royal Festival Hall
    in celebration of his 70th birthday, playing with guests including
    Joanna Newsom, Jonathan Wilson and Jimmy Page of Led
    Zeppelin-who once penned a tribute called Hats Off To (Roy)
    Harper. David Gilmour not only played on record and stage for
    Harper, but Pink Floyd engaged him to sing Have A Cigar on the
    band's landmark album Wish You Were Here. Fellow collaborator
    Kate Bush has called Harper one of the greatest English songwriters while the late John Peel demanded, on his death, that cricket
    obsessive Harper's When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease be
    played at his funeral. Johnny Marr, meanwhile, has stated that
    Harper's 1971 opus Stormcock was intense and beautiful and
    clever.


    Four of the seven tracks that constitute Man And Myth were
    recorded with Jonathan Wilson at his studio in Laurel Canyon.
    Wilson had been assembling a Harper tribute album and the two
    struck up a friendship after meeting backstage at London's Borderline in 2012. Heaven Is Here and The Exile, the album's epic
    closing tracks, and January Man were subsequently recorded
    back in County Cork.


    Man And Myth is incontrovertible proof to everyone of Roy Harper's
    persisting brilliance, with many hallmarks of what has singled him
    out since his first album 47 heady years ago.

    1. The Enemy
    2. Time Is Temporary
    3. January Man
    4. The Stranger
    5. Cloud Cuckooland
    6. Heaven Is Here
    7. The Exile
    Roy Harper
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  • III: Tabula Rasa Or Death And The Seven Pillars III: Tabula Rasa Or Death And The Seven Pillars Quick View

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    III: Tabula Rasa Or Death And The Seven Pillars

    THE DEVIL'S BLOOD announced at the beginning of 2013 that they have returned to nothingness. At the same time, they announced that plans had already been put into motion to release new material.


    SL comments on the release: Prior to our disbanding on the 22nd of January 2013, we had been active with the pre-production of what was to be our third album. Seven songs, the complete outline of the album, had been, in humble form, recorded in my home recording studio and these demos were supposed to be the template for our studio recordings. Obviously, we would never make it that far and the initial shock of that fact saddened us greatly. After but a few days we listened to this material again and decided that even though the audio quality might not be what people have come to expect from a THE DEVIL'S BLOOD release, the song material was and is the best we have ever done. We came to the conclusion that these songs deserve to become a part of The Canon and that we would release them as is.


    I spent a few days gathering all the demo material together, made a very simple mix and gave the material to our friend and mentor Pieter G. Kloos to master in his studio. Here we present you with the titles of the material and the artwork which was done by Manuel Tinnemans.


    The song we have chosen to release now is 'White Storm Of Teeth'. More so than the other material, this song speaks to the completion and transubstantiation that always follows an Occult path. Not the end of a journey but the start of a completely new one. Built around thirteen stanzas in the first part and thirteen stanzas in the second part the process of inner enlightenment through confusion and entropy and the initiation through the Death of the lower self is illustrated. This theme is rampant throughout the record and its lyrics but here it culminates and completely devours itself. After this work no words are needed and, on the album, none are offered.


    THE DEVIL'S BLOOD has always been an entity that defied any fealty or thankfulness towards any earthly influence. But we as people need not hold to this paradigm any longer. We therefore wish to express our sincere thankfulness to all those who have supported this weird quest and have made the earthly woes to not work against us. You most definitely know who you are.

    1. I Was Promised A Hunt
    2. The Lullaby Of The Burning Boy
    3. If Not A Vessel
    4. In The Loving Arms Of Lunacy's Secret Demons
    5. Dance Of The Elements
    6. White Storm Of Teeth
    7. Tabula Rasa
    The Devil's Blood
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  • Family Style (45 RPM) Family Style (45 RPM) Quick View

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    Family Style (45 RPM)

    200-Gram Vinyl Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    All-Analog Mastering By Ryan K. Smith At Sterling Sound From The Original Tapes


    Deluxe Tip-On Gatefold Jacket From Stoughton Printing


    Double 1990 Grammy Award Winner: Best Contemporary Blues Album, Best Rock Instrumental Performance - "D/FW"


    Stevie Ray had made music beyond the powers of most musicians but for this 1990 studio collaboration he returned to the things he loved: upbeat music and working with the brother he idolized his whole life. In his early years, Stevie Ray Vaughan often remarked that he would like to do an album with his brother. He fulfilled that wish in his very last studio performance, which was released nearly a month after his death. The liner notes end with "Thanks Mama V. for letting us play." With slick production from Nile Rodgers and employing neither guitarist's band (Double Trouble nor the Fabulous Thunderbirds), this is bluesy, but far from purist. Jimmie makes his vocal debut on "White Boots"
    and "Good Texan" and the brothers blur the lines between their expected guitar styles - Stevie sometimes going for a less sustained twang, Jimmie moving into Albert King territory.


    As we did with our vaunted box set reissues, Texas Hurricane, again Analogue Productions is bringing you the finest-sounding Stevie Ray Vaughan collections ever preserved on 200-gram vinyl. Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound cut the lacquers for the LPs using the ultimate VMS 80 cutting lathe. Gary Salstrom handled the plating and the vinyl was pressed of course at Quality Record Pressings.


    There's not a link in this chain that wasn't absolute first-rate. The absolute best that money can buy. We're passionate about the blues AND Stevie Ray and the passion shows up here in spades.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    LP 1
    1. Hard To Be
    2. White Boots
    3. D/FW
    4. Good Texan
    5. Hillbillies from Outerspace


    LP 2
    1. Long Way from Home
    2. Tick Tock
    3. Telephone Song
    4. Baboom / Mama Said
    5. Brothers

    Vaughan Brothers
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  • Battle Born Battle Born Quick View

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    Battle Born

    From out of the wreckage of the American Civil War, the great state of Nevada came into being on October 31st, 1864. Its creation immediately helped to secure the re-election of Abraham Lincoln, the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment and, ultimately, the future of the union. Today, that proud but painful history is enshrined in the two words emblazoned on the upper left-hand corner of the state flag: Battle Born.


    That phrase has always resonated with Brandon Flowers. It's what The Killers named their studio in Las Vegas, and when the band reconvened last May to start work on the follow-up to 2008's Day & Age, it became first a song title, then a thematic touchstone, and eventually the name of the album itself. But not all battles are blood and thunder: after a yearlong hiatus that saw three of the four Killers launch solo careers, they quickly discovered that timing and circumstance can be daunting adversaries in their own right.


    Safe to say, Battle Born's title was well-earned. "It's the hardest thing I've ever done, no question," says Brandon. "It's the longest we've ever taken to make a record, and the longest I've ever spent on the lyrics. We thought we had enough songs, but then we realized that we didn't, and so we had to pound away and grind it out until we were certain that we were ready."


    A small-town drama of epic-scale proportions, "Runaways" is everything you could wish for from a Killers comeback single; an unmistakably American expression of romance and optimism that heralds their return with cyclonic, Who-esque guitars and a chorus big enough to be bellowed from one end of the Mojave to the other.


    One of the album's oldest songs, the bare bones were written in 2009 on the Day & Age tour, but, says Brandon, "We never knew what to do with it. Day & Age was us trying to be more of a pop group, but Runaways was rootsy and American, and it threw me for a curve. I knew it was a powerful song. But when it came time to make the album, there was an understanding the four of us had that we were gonna do what we're good at. The Killers write a specific kind of song, and we're not gonna shy away from it. So 'Runaways' became a kind of launching pad."


    More songs followed: the title track, a musical 'brother' to its lead single; "Here With Me," the album's heartstring-tugging emotional gravity-centre; the stadia-quaking electro-rock of "Flesh & Bone." By the time the band had satisfactorily refined that body of songs, however, none of the producers on their shortlist could commit to making a whole album, necessitating a process whereby they recorded in fits and starts with a stellar roll-call of names that included Daniel Lanois, Steve Lillywhite, Damian Taylor, Stuart Price and Brendan O'Brien.


    And therein lies Battle Born's real triumph. Recorded almost entirely at the studio that shares its name, it incorporates elements from each of the records that came before it; Hot Fuss' storytelling eye for detail; the yearning, mythic Americana of Sam's Town; the gratuitous hooks and pop nous of Day & Age; without sounding overtly like any one in particular. It's the sound of a band recognizing, and celebrating, their own identity. To borrow Brandon's maxim, Battle Born is The Killers "Doing what we do best."

    1. Flesh And Bone
    2. Runaways
    3. The Way It Was
    4. Here With Me
    5. A Matter Of Time
    6. Deadlines And Commitments
    7. Miss Atomic Bomb
    8. The Rising Tide
    9. Heart Of A Girl
    10. From Here On Out
    11. Be Still
    12. Battle Born
    The Killers
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  • Sibelius -  Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner) Sibelius - Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Sibelius - Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner)

    The violin had got me completely under its spell; for ten years it was my greatest wish to become a great violin virtuoso , confessed Finland's national composer Jean Sibelius in later years. Although he began a career as a violin virtuoso too late, as a composer he profited enormously from his intimate knowledge of the instrument and the possibilities it offered. This is particularly apparent in his Violin Concerto with its wonderful synthesis of virtuosic expression and technical bravura, its classical symphonic form, its outward effects and inner substance. This late-Romantic, brilliantly coloured work is certainly one of the most rewarding for every soloist. A specialist in the field of 19th-century bravura pieces and master of an effortless technique and suppleness, the great American violinist Ruggiero Ricci certainly possessed all the requirements for a brilliant performance of this concerto. And Øivin Fjeldstad is the perfect partner for Ricci in more ways than one in this wonderfully lively recording: thanks to his training as both a conductor and a violinist, he ensures a perfect balance between soloist and orchestra; and as a Norwegian he is, of course, completely au fait with Scandinavian repertoire, and guarantees - both here and in other recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra - a truly nordic touch.





    Musicians:



    • Ruggiero Ricci (violin)

    • London Symphony Orchestra

    • Øivin Fjeldstad (conductor)




    Recording: February 1958 at Kingsway Hall, London by Cyril Windebank

    Production: John Culshaw




    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. Sibelius-Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47
    2. Tchaikovsky-Serenade Melancolique Op. 26
    3. Scherzo from Souvenir d'm lieu cher, Op. 42
    Oivin Fjeldstad
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  • Dvorak: String Quintet In G Major (Speakers Corner) Dvorak: String Quintet In G Major (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Dvorak: String Quintet In G Major (Speakers Corner)

    A perusal of string quintets throughout history leaves one with the impression that their creators wish to bestow a powerful impact upon the small group of musicians. And it is no different with Dvoák's Quintet in G major: a double bass, instead of the usual second cello, paints with broad strokes in the lengthy score whose first movement almost takes on symphonic dimensions.


    Here, the insistent, broad theme is presented in snappy cascades of sound. The cantilena, supported by a scurrying second subject, is followed by a frenzied Scherzo, which is steeped in Czech folk music under Dvoák's distinctive style. The third movement (Poco andante) is highly meditative and is constructed with layers of one and the same basic motif, which soon is intensified with pulsating quavers and finally evolves in rising melodic elements.


    The Finale is filled with fresh melodies and spiced with subtle motivic development, which is pleasant on the ear in all its complexity. It is not surprising, therefore, that Dvoák won an important prize for his Quintet.

    Recording: June 1971 at Boston Symphony Hall by GÜnter Hermanns
    Production: Thomas Mowrey



    Musicians:



    • Joseph Silverstein (violin)

    • Max Hobart (violin)

    • Burton Fine (viola)

    • Jules Eskin (cello)

    • Henry Portnoi (bass)



    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. Allegro Con Fuoco
    2. Intermezzo. Andante Religioso. Molto Adagio
    3. Scherzo. Allegro Vivace - Trio. L'Istesso Tempo, Quasi Allegretto
    4. Poco Andante

    5. Finale. Allegro Assai
    Antonin Dvorak
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  • Mozart - Symphony 40 & 41 (Speakers Corner) Mozart - Symphony 40 & 41 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Mozart - Symphony 40 & 41 (Speakers Corner)

    Like all the works he composed during his extremely productive years in Vienna, Mozart's last two symphonies are remarkable for their ambitious and demanding individuality, despite the fact that they were written in the amazingly short space of only six weeks. Any inference to the dire circumstances in which the composer was living at the time might possibly be detected in the grave character of Symphony No. 40 in G minor. The so-called Jupiter-Symphony, however, which owes its name to the Roman god, brims over with an endless joy of life. The powerful final movement with its combination of fugal technique, rondo and sonata form is quite rightly regarded as a unique compositional achievement in the classical era.
    The Mozart specialist Carlo Maria Giulini, who only enters the recording studio when he is quite totally sure of a thing, has set down a performance here which does without orchestral fireworks and concentrates on a seemingly endless flow of melody. The orchestral playing is light, airy and unpretentious, the strings as soft as silk - what more could Mozart have wished for.



    Musicians:



    • New Philharmonia Orchestra

    • Carlo Maria Giulini (conductor)




    Recording: October/ November 1965 at Kingsway Hall, London by Kenneth Wilkinson

    Production: Ray Minshull





    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.



    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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