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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…
This 180g ‘lacquer cut Pallas GmbH pressed Verve release
will set you back £45-50 (if you can get hold of a copy).
At this price you would expect the pressing to be ‘almost’
flawless? And thankfully it is. Great dynamics and depth overall
with minimal surface noise compared with ‘other’ Verve
/ Universal releases. The question does need to be asked as to why
we have to pay a king’s ransom for Verve / Universal to get
it right, when other smaller less well known record companies can
produce worthy quality pressings without the need for extra technical
additions to the pressing process?
I suspect Verve / universal pushed the ‘technical boat out’
after Hancock’s superb 2007 multi GRAMMY award winning “River:
The Joni Letters” pressing suffered notorious audio anomalies.
I have returned at least five copies of this album on vinyl, all
with the same distortion on at least two tracks. Why this album
has not had a ‘revised quality re-issue’ is beyond me!
Thankfully, Hancock’s seminal “Inventions & Dimensions”
and “Maiden Voyage” have been reissued via MusicMatters
and Analogue Productions respectively. Well worth the money!
© Michael Valentine Studio Ltd
6 June 2018 – Updated 27 August 2018