SOME STUFFS: Mahavishnu Orchestra & Jeff Beck remasters officially released

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Posted last month, some news about new remasters from Audio Fidelity on albums by the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Jeff Beck. Both titles were released today, so please order one of them (or perhaps both) below via Amazon.


SOME STUFFS: Mahavishnu Orchestra & Jeff Beck remasters in August from Audio Fidelity

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Two new hybrid SACD’s from Audio Fidelity will be released on August 21st and these two are going to be scorchers.

  • The first one is a celebrated album by the Mahavishnu Orchestra called Birds Of Fire. Originally released in 1973 on Columbia, this was the band’s second album and one that got a lot of attention upon release, due to the musicianship of John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Jan Hammer, Rick Laird, and Jerry Goodman. It went as high as #15 on Billboard’s Album chart, which meant it was a success outside of the jazz chart, leading to the popularity of jazz fusion for the next few years. Due to its success, a quadraphonic mix was made for it and it is that quad mix that is part of this new hybrid SACD.
  • The Jeff Beck Group has been celebrated pretty much continuously since its release in 1972. It is the band’s fourth album and their last before Beck started to release music under his own name, but back then the Group consisted of Cozy Powell on drums, vocalist Bobby Tench, pianist Max Middleton, and Clive Chaman on bass. With Steve Cropper behind the board in production, this was something that has stood the test of time and some of its songs still get airplay on classic rock radio today. A quadraphonic mix was also made for this album and is a part of the hybrid SACD.

    Only the Jeff Beck remaster is available for pre-order from Amazon at this time so get it and wait patiently for its release.


  • SOME STUFFS: Herbie Hancock to release new album, followed by a tour that coincides with his 70th birthday

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    Herbie Hancock had covered a lot of musical ground in the last 45 years, moving in and out of jazz and pop, influencing electronic music in his own way, and also become a part of hip-hop’s legacy. Now, as he enters his 70th year in life, he will be releasing an album that has been years in the making, a concept that brings him together with many artists around to world to celebrate music and life. He calls this The Imagine Project, scheduled for release on June 22, 2010 via Hancock Records/RED.

    You’ll no doubt hear about these songs for the next three months, so let me just post a partial list of the people who are collaborating with on this album:
    Anoushka Shankar
    Chaka Khan
    Wayne Shorter
    Marcus Miller
    Jeff Beck
    The Chieftains
    Derek Trucks
    Susan Tedeschi
    Dave Matthews

    For this album, Hancock recorded and collaborated in Mumbai, India; São Paulo. Brazil; London, Miami, and Ireland. He could have easily collaborated via e-mail, transferring digital files back and forth, but the chemistry that is an important part of Hancock’s music would not be there, so everyone was able to see each other face to face and perform.

    The album will be promoted in a number of ways, including a documentary film, and a concert tour. In time, all will be revealed in the months ahead.