Berliner Meister Schallplatten - BMS 1410 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
AAA 100% Analogue - Pressed at Pallas Germany
Direct To Disc ( D2D ) - Numbered Limited Edition
AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only
Jocelyn B Smith is an American soul singer who, like David Hasselhof, is big in Germany. Unlike`The Hoff', though, she has made a direct-to-disc vinyl recording, and a phenomenally good when you get a voice and piano alone, not least because this pairing does not appear to have any limiting applied (if it does, it's very subtle). It is also extremely musically appealing, because there is nothing between the listener and the artist singing and playing live. This is a very live-sounding recording, right down to applause from the studio audience and the band credited on the second side.
Smith has an almost classical piano style, combined with lyrics of a personal and distinct, even honest, style. She's a singer who is prepared to lay it on the line in a manner considerably more open than most mainstream artist in the genre. The band is pretty good too, but their dynamic capabilities are somewhat greater than the recording medium, so you can hear compression at the work. However, this really is the best contemporary music recording I have heard in a long, long time. Direct to disc is a massive advantage, but the Berliner Studio guys obviously know what they're doing as well.- hi-fi+January 2015, Jason Kennedy
Mastered at Emil Berliner Studios! Cut By Maarten de Boer and Pressed At Pallas!
Honest Song" -
The celebrated Diva Jocelyn B. Smith has been lauded by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung for her outstanding productions in the fields of jazz, soul, blues, pop, rock, gospel, funk, crossover and classical music, and described her as a total work of art – and now she surprises us yet again with a completely new genre.
Born in New York in 1960, she moved to Berlin in 1984 where the music scene has become unthinkable without her. This is not only due to her powerful voice and her numerous cross-genre productions and collaborations – ranging from productions with Falco to composers such as Heiner Goebbels and Mikis Theodorakis – but also due to her social engagement.
The present direct-to-disc production was made following the recording of her CD "Here I Am" and contains seven songs, which were performed live in the studio before an enthusiastic audience and captured directly onto disc.
This vinyl album takes Jocelyn B. Smith back to her childhood roots and the piano. She transports the sound right back to its original form and uses this as a basis for her art. She then weaves in further strands, whereby she delves into her musical experience and allows both her own compositions and those of old masters (J. S. Bach, Sergej Rachmaninov, Ludwig van Beethoven) to come to life.
In "Honest Song" she allows us a peek under her veil, the often-misunderstood 'Diva' veil. We accompany her in her moments of fear, hopelessness and self-contemplation.
Recording: September 2013 and March 2014 in Studio 1, Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin, by Philip Krause
Production: Rainer Maillard & Stephan Flock
Executive & Recording Producers Rainer Maillard & Stephan Flock
Recording Engineer (Tonmeister) Stephan Flock
Assistant Engineers Douglas Ward & Rainer Maillard
Cutting Engineer Maarten de Boer
Piano Technician Thomas Hübsch
Lacquer Disc Developing Pallas GmbH
Recording and Mastering Facilities Emil Berliner Studios
Recording Location Emil Berliner Studios, Studio 1
Recording Equipment PolyGram Modul Mixer, Reverberation Chamber 1 & 3
Microphones Josephson C700S, Thuresson CM402, Neumann TLM 170 & GFM 132, Sennheiser MKH 20 & MKH 800
Lathe Neumann VMS 80
Cutting Head Neumann SX 74
Cutting Amp Ortofon Amp GO 741
Piano Steinway 360060
With a direct to disc recording, the music is recorded directly onto a lacquer disc.
The original carrier for manufacturing a vinyl record is the so-called lacquer disc. Direct-to-disc recordings use the lacquer disc as recording medium. Direct-to-disc productions are recordings, which are optimised for vinyl records.
Genius is genius, mistake is mistake. There is only one chance. What has been played can be heard. What can be heard has been played.
A musician once compared direct-to-disc productions with walking a tightrope. He would perform differently if he knew that there was no chance to correct, cut or improve anything afterwards. It would be more honest and more conscious.
From the microphone to the final vinyl disc, the audio signal stays analogue, without compromise.
Lacking a storage process on tape or as a coputer file, there are very short and direct signal routes. The instruments' sound waves are transformed into electrical oscillations by microphones, and cut into a groove on the lacquer disc by the cutting stylus directly and without any delay. Direct-to-disc recordings do without digitising the music, and also without a lossy storage on analogue tape.
What you can hear on a direct-to-disc recording is the result of a long preparation and rehearsal time. It is not the result of subsequent manipulation and further changes of arrangement and recording.
With today's modern digital signal processing, mistakes are usually corrected in normal recordings. Why play perfectly, if it can be fixed in the computer afterwards anyway? This way of thinking leads to a very different recording process than recording direct-to-disc, as this possibility has been removed deliberately.
Direct-to-disc recordings are originals.
The recording is made onto a lacquer disc. With a galvanic process this lacquer disc is turned into an extrusion die. Every vinyl disc is thus an original copy of this recording. Because lacquer discs and extrusion dies are destroyed or worn out during the manufacturing and multiplication process, the pressed vinly discs are ultimately the best possible reproductions of a direct-to-disc recording.
Recording direct-to-disc is a very consequent way of producing a music recording. The production process and the use of technology is very different from conventional recordings. Everyone involved in a direct-to-disc recording must be able to rely completely on his colleagues' skills, as any mistake from the musicians, the recording team, the equipment or the galvanic process is audible or can lead to a cancellation of the whole production. Musicians and engineers report that in today's time, they perceive this as an enormous incentive and inspiration.
1. Honest Song
2. WDOYL (Who Da One You Love)
3. What Are We Doing Here
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
(adaptation: Jocelyn B. Smith / V. Schlott)
1. Prelude in C Sharp minor
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonata Op. 27, No. 2 (arrangement & lyrics by Jocelyn B. Smith)
2. Moonlight Chanson
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Invention No. 4 in d minor (arrangement by Jocelyn B. Smith & V. Schlott; lyrics by Jocelyn B. Smith)
3. Live Is
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