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Herbie Hancock – Gershwin’s World

I confess to having to wait until I reached my late 40’s to truly appreciate Herbie Hancock…

Hancock’s “Gershwin’s World” is a musically stunning, artistically embossed double album which includes contributions by many of the world’s musical greats including, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Wayne Shorter & Eddie Henderson (to name but a few). One of the many standout tracks is “St. Louis Blues” (though Stevie sings ‘St. Louis woman…” on the recording?

Only one complaint, this ‘lacquer cut Pallas GmbH 180g pressed Verve release will set you back £45 (if you can get hold of a copy). At this price you would expect the pressing to be ‘almost’ flawless, unfortunately this is not the case. Three of the four sides of this album do sound amazing, great depth and dynamics, unfortunately the audible distortion throughout on side ‘D’ (second disc) does conjure memories of my very small Studio One reggae collection (pressed using recycle vinyl)!

Hancock’s superb 2007 multi GRAMMY award winning “River: The Joni Letters” also suffered similar audio anomalies. I have returned at least five copies of this album on vinyl, all with the same distortion on at least two tracks. Come on Verve / Universal!

Thankfully, Hancock’s seminal “Inventions & Dimensions” and “Maiden Voyage” have been reissued via MusicMatters and Analogue Productions respectively. Well worth the money!

Robin Francis
© Michael Valentine Studio Ltd
6 June 2018

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