AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
Speakers Corner / Decca SET 609-11 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
AAA 100% Analogue - Limited Edition - Audiophile Mastering - Pressed at Pallas
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In 1935, George Gershwin, the pioneer of jazz, Porgy and Bess, was the stony path of his career from the badly paid songwriter to the triumphant composer of America. The unbroken success of this unique stage set, which can only be performed by black ensembles, surely lies in its stylistic mixture of serious music symphonic and jazz-pierced popular music. Just as exclusive as a production outside of the American continent is the present recording on record from 1975, which without exception all previously submitted cross-sections and soundtracks leave.
Masterful in interpretation and sound, Lorin Maazel's collaborators unfold the thrilling drama of milieus, with the famous evergreens such as "Summertime", "It is not necessarily so" and "Buzzard Song" finally in the coherent context of the fully-composed large form Shine. This 3-LP box is music for the lonely island, a production on which the Decca can be proud because of the undivided enthusiastic jubilation of the international trade press. We are also proud to be able to offer this milestone of American music history once again on vinyl.
Choir – The Cleveland Orchestra Children's Chorus, The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
Composed By – Gershwin
Conductor – Lorin Maazel
Libretto By – DuBose Heyward
Liner Notes – Lehman Engel
Lyrics By – DuBose Heyward, Ira Gershwin
Orchestra – The Cleveland Orchestra
Performer – Arthur Thompson, Barbara Conrad , Barbara Hendricks, Florence Quivar, Francois Clemmons, Leona Mitchell, McHenry Boatwright, Willard White
Comes with a 30 page-booklet/libretto.
Porgy And Bess
A1 Introduction And Act 1, Scene 1
A2 Catfish Row
A3 A Summer Evening (Start)
A4 Jazzbo Brown Blues
A6 A Woman Is A Sometime Thing
A7 Here Comes De Honey Man
A8 They Pass By Singin''
B1 Oh Little Stars (Conclusion Act 1)
2. Act 1, Scene 2;
B2 Serena's Room
B3 The Following Night
B4 Gone, Gone, Gone
B6 My Man's Gone Now
B7 Leavin' For The Promise' Lan'
1. Act 2, Scene1;
C1 Catfish Row - A Month Later
C2 It Takes A Long Pull To Get There
C3 I Got Plenty O' Nuttin
C4 Buzzard Song
C5 Bess, You Is My Woman
C6 Oh, I Can't Sit Down
1. Act 2, Scene 2
D1 Kittiwah Island - Evening
D2 The Same Day
D3 I Aint Got No Shame
D4 It Aint Necessarily So
D5 What You Want Wid Bess?
2. Act 2, Scene 3;
D6 Catfish Row-Before Dawn
D7 A Week Later (Start)
D8 Oh, Doctor Jesus
D9 Strawberry Woman
D10 Crab Man
D11 I Loves You, Porgy
E1 1 Act 2, Scene 3 (Conclusion)
2. Act 2, Scene 4;
E2 Serena's Room-Dawn Of The Following Day
E3 Oh, Hev'nly Father
E4 Oh, De Lawd Shake The Heavens
E5 Oh, Dere's Somebody Knockin' At De Do''
E6 A Red Headed Woman
3. Act 3, Scene1;
E7 Catfish Row-The Next Night
E8 Clara, Clara
E9 Death Of Crown
1. Act 3. Scene 2;
F1 Catfish Row-The Next Afternoon
F2 There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
2. Act 3, Scene 3;
F3 Catfish Row-A Week Later
F4 Good Mornin'
F6 Oh, Bess
F7 Oh Where Is My Bess
F8 Ow Lawd, I'm On My Way
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.
60 Years Pallas
Audiophile Vinyl - Made in Germany For over 60 years the family business in the third generation of the special personal service and quality "Made by Pallas" is known worldwide. Our custom PVC formulation produces consistently high pressing quality with the lowest surface noise in the industry. Our PVC complies with 2015 European environmental standards and does not contain toxic materials such as Lead, Cadmium or Toluene. Our vinyl is both audiophile and eco-grade!