Music Matters / Blue Note - MMBST-84195 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
Mastered By Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
2,500 Limited Edition - Pressed at RTI -Blue Note ST-84195
AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
Remastered from the original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note master tapes
This new Music Matters reissue is the best sounding Maiden Voyage I’ve ever heard, elevating it from a major Blue Note sonic disappointment to a really great sounding BN. How is that possible? According to Music Matters’ Joe Harley and Ron Rambach, the original tape has long been lost in the vault due to its having been mislabeled. This reissue cut from the original tape sounds takes the album from one that sounds underwater to one that will float your Blue Note boat! highly recommended - Michael Fremer Analogue Planet
I have a half-dozen copies of Maiden Voyage of various vintages. None is an original stereo pressing, but one is a reissue that Blue Note itself released following the sale of the label to Liberty Records. It's stamped "RVG" in the dead wax, indicating that Rudy Van Gelder had a hand in its release, likely to sign off on the lacquer. The Music Matters LP creams it and all of the others, sounding more resolved, more fiery and more present all at once. A couple of the recent reissues of Maiden Voyage were cut from digital sources, and they sound like it. Listen to one of these and then the Music Matters version and you'll know exactly why using the master tapes is so critical to the quality of the finished product. - Theaudiobeat
Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage
Of all of the young discoveries who made their recording debut for Blue Note in the 1960s, Herbie Hancock was the most significant. A major innovator for over a half-century, Hancock typically started his career with an album (1962’s Taking Off) that was full of accessible tunes (including his original “Watermelon Man”), exciting hard bop and innovative music that was beyond category. By the time he recorded Maiden Voyage in 1965, Hancock had been a very important member of the Miles Davis Quintet for two years and had already led five albums for Blue Note.
Maiden Voyage, which teams Hancock with Freddie Hubbard, George Coleman, Ron Carter and Tony Williams, is a true classic. Each of the five Hancock originals, which include “The Eye Of The Hurricane” and the future standard “Dolphin Dance,” inspire the musicians to play at their very best, the music is both accessible and unpredictable, and the communication between the players is consistently magical. During a time when most jazz could be categorized, the music on Maiden Voyage was beyond any easy description for it had never been heard before. Nearly 50 years later, it still sounds fresh and innovative.
Even the many Blue Note collectors who already have a version of Maiden Voyage will want to acquire this essential new set because the sound quality is simply superb, allowing one to hear every moment of this timeless album.
Every single tune on this album from the haunting "Maiden Voyage" to the gentle, swinging "Dolphin Dance" has found its way into the standard jazz repertoire. Herbie Hancock fashioned a modern jazz milestone with extraordinary compositions, interplay and solos.
All New Mastering
While Music Matters wanted to use the original 33rpm format to honor the 75 years since Blue Note was founded in 1939, they did not want to sacrifice sonically, because only the very best sound can fully reveal the exquisite subtleties contained in this music. Consequently, over this past year they have worked tirelessly with Kevin Gray at Cohearant Audio Mastering to refine the mastering process. Nothing was spared to make these the definitive 33RPM Blue Note reissues. With an additional $75,000 worth of studio upgrades, featuring all WEL Signature AudioQuest cable and an all new Class A front end, the results will become apparent when you listen to these exceptional recordings. These studio upgrades have reached a point where Music Matters are confident that the 33 rpm format will not only honor the originals, but also fully and accurately present the sonic wonders contained on these master tapes. 2014 marks the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Blue Note records, here, handpicked are what Music Matters believe are 12 of the finest offerings on the label, all from the original master tapes!
These recordings are offered at 33RPM just as they were originally manufactured by the label!
The Blue Note Jackets
Music Matters strongly feels that these Blue Note recordings deserve nothing less than the finest graphic presentation. Accordingly, no expense has been spared. Designed from scratch, these jackets are modeled after the most successful work from the Blue Note and Impulse! labels of the 50s and 60s. The materials and craftsmanship of that era produced many jackets that still look new today. With that in mind, the Music Matters Blue Note jackets are designed to last a lifetime, using ultra-durable extra thick cardboard stock and thick, luxurious lamination. The Impulse! LP jackets from the ‘60s were especially renowned for their crisp, sharp spine hinges. Music Matters has retained one of the artisans who worked on the Impulse! jackets from that era to do the design work on these jackets. It’s all about getting the right tone, texture and weight on the jacket — quality you’ll be able to feel in your hand the moment you pick up one of these albums.
In addition, Music Matters has obtained exclusive access to a treasure trove of over 30,000 original Blue Note session photos from Mosaic Images for use in this series. The gatefold opens to display these session photos in stunning high resolution - four times sharper than original Blue Note jacket photos. Many of these photos have never been seen by the public before, adding additional value to the package. Wherever possible, they are actually rebuilding the original cover art using the original cover photo negative. At least four 4” by 4” photos and a full size 12” by 12” will adorn the inside of each gatefold, all printed on the highest quality, acid free photo paper.
The Music Matters gatefold jackets set a new high water mark for presentation, styling and content — archival quality releases that will soon become collector’s items.
Herbie Hancock, piano
Ron Carter, bass
George Coleman, tenor saxophone
Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
Anthony Williams, drums
1. Maiden Voyage
2. The Eye Of The Hurricane
3. Little One
4. Survival Of The Fittest
5. Dolphin Dance
Originally released in 1965.