AAA 100% Analogue This Speakers Corner LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head 25 Years pure Analogue
Speakers Corner / Atlantic - SD8275 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
Mastered from the Original Mastertapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
AAA 100% Analogue - Limited Edition - Audiophile Mastering - Pressed at Pallas
J Geils Band was an auspicious debut. Their musical craftsmanship is prominent. The vinyl upgrade is excellent, with a centered mix that showcases the unfiltered power of a hard-driving Rock “N” Soul band.- Sound 4.5/5 Audiophileaudition
The J. Geils Band was engineered and mixed by the legendary Jay Messina, whose encyclopedic credit list includes the likes of John Lennon, Patti Smith and Aerosmith. Consequently, the folks at Speakers Corner had some good tape to work with, and this pure-analog remaster stomps the flat-sounding CD 2806-. Magic Dick’s acrobatic harp riffs now have a weightier tone, and Wolf’s vocals and Geils’s guitar licks are more palpably present. Bassist Danny Klein and drummer Stephen Bladd’s rollicking rhythm work are reanimated with a propulsive driving force, and the upper-register grain that can be heard on the digital version has been replaced with a natural clarity. I haven’t heard an Atlantic original of this LP, but I can’t imagine it would be easy to find an affordable copy as flat and quiet as this excellent 180-gram Pallas pressing. Sound 4.5/5 The Audio Beat
In the wake of Woodstock and the flight of impassioned music groups to the perhaps most fertile, colourful but also somewhat intellectual decade of rock ’n’ roll, Jerome Geils had clearly found his musical niche. There are not many bands that could entertain unpretentiously, he stated and let loose with his sextet under his own name to create brash, extrovert rock. The amalgamation of authentic blues and showy rock ’n’ roll, fed with a fervid veneration of such blues greats as Muddy Waters, Junior Wells and Chuck Berry was so compelling that the group could easily have passed as a black band.
Black, earthy and with casually interposed phrases on the befitting harmonica, the Geils Band gives their premiere in the world of the blues with "Waits". In the very next number ("Ice Breaker") the keyboarder Seth Justman hots up the action with a meaty organ groove while 'Magic' Dick Salwitz gives his utmost on his blues harp with top notes and unbelievable bursts of fire coming from the realms of rhythm & blues. Not to forget the boss, who launches powerful riffs and chordal cascades on his guitar. Friends of honest, down-to-earth music from this era shouldn’t miss out on this debut album.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.
Recording: August 1970 at A&R Studios, New York, by Jay Messina
Production: Dave Crawford & Brad Shapiro
Bass – Danny Klein
Drums, Vocals – Stephen Bladd
Guitar – J. Geils
Harmonica – Magic Dick
Piano, Organ – Seth Justman
Recorded By – Jay Messina
Vocals – Peter Wolf
2. Ice Breaker (For The Big "M")
3. Cruisin' For A Love
4. Hard Drivin' Man
5. Serves You Right To Suffer
7. First I Look At The Purse
8. What's Your Hurry
9. On Borrowed Time
10. Pack Fair And Square
AAA 100% Analogue This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head 25 Years pure Analogue
MADE FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES
AAA 100% ANALOGUE - PURE ANALOGUE AUDIOPHILE MASTERING
We use the Original Tapes and work with only the Best Mastering Studios Worldwide
180 GRAM VIRGIN VINYL PLATED & PRESSED AT PALLAS GERMANY
Faithful Reproduction of the Original Artwork and Labels
LIMITED EDITION Released in Limited Quantities
All Licences and Mechanical Rights Paid
Are your records completely analogue?
Yes! This we guarantee!
As a matter of principle, only analogue masters are used, and the necessary cutting delay is also analogue. All our cutting engineers use only Neumann cutting consoles, and these too are analogue. The only exception is where a recording has been made – either partly or entirely – using digital technology, but we do not have such items in our catalogue at the present time
Are your records cut from the original masters?
In our re-releases it is our aim to faithfully reproduce the original intentions of the musicians and recording engineers which, however, could not be realised at the time due to technical limitations. Faithfulness to the original is our top priority, not the interpretation of the original: there is no such thing as a “Speakers Corner Sound”. Naturally, the best results are obtained when the original master is used. Therefore we always try to locate these and use them for cutting. Should this not be possible, – because the original tape is defective or has disappeared, for example – we do accept a first-generation copy. But this remains an absolute exception for us.
Who cuts the records?
In order to obtain the most faithful reproduction of the original, we have the lacquers cut on the spot, by engineers who, on the whole, have been dealing with such tapes for many years. Some are even cut by the very same engineer who cut the original lacquers of the first release. Over the years the following engineers have been and still are working for us: Tony Hawkins, Willem Makkee, Kevin Gray, Maarten de Boer, Scott Hull, and Ray Staff, to name but a few.
At the beginning of the ‘90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the reissue policy was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC Compact Classics, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and others, including of course Speakers Corner, all maintained a mutual, unwritten code of ethics: we would manufacture records sourced only from analogue tapes.
Vinyl’s newfound popularity has led many other companies to jump 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 from which to master: CDs, LPs, digital files and even MP3s.
Even some who do use an analogue tape source employ a digital delay line, a misguided ’80s and ‘90s digital technology that replaces the analogue preview head originally used to “tell” the cutter head in advance what was about to happen musically, so it could adjust the groove “pitch” (the distance between the grooves) to make room for wide dynamic swings and large low frequency excursions. Over time analogue preview heads became more rare and thus expensive.
So while the low bit rate (less resolution than a 16 bit CD) digital delay line is less expensive and easier to use than an analogue “preview head”, its use, ironically, results in lacquers cut from the low bit rate digital signal instead of from the analogue source!
Speakers Corner wishes to make clear that it produces lacquers using only original master tapes and an entirely analogue cutting system. New metal stampers used to press records are produced from that lacquer. The only exceptions are when existing metal parts are superior to new ones that might be cut, which includes our release of “Elvis is Back”, which was cut by Stan Ricker or several titles from our Philips Classics series, where were cut in the 1990s using original master tapes by Willem Makkee at the Emil Berliner Studios. In those cases we used only the original “mother” to produce new stampers.
In addition, we admit to having one digital recording in our catalogue: Alan Parsons’ “Eye in the Sky”, which was recorded digitally but mixed to analogue tape that we used to cut lacquers.
In closing, we want to insure our loyal customers that, with but a few exceptions as noted, our releases are “AAA”— analogue tape, an all analogue cutting system, and newly cut lacquers.
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