Herbie Hancock: Flood 180g vinyl
Forty years later I have the courage to confess that I couldn’t have cared less about this music at the time; in Europe there was enough that was new and exciting to see and listen to. However, this re-release in its original format has given me the opportunity to check out whether this music has withstood the test of time. And I must say: it has passed the test! Just listen to Herbie at his best!
Dr. Michael Frohne
Review: hi-fi+ Dennis Davis , January 2016
Recording 9.5/10 Music 9/10
Not everyone warmed to Herbie Hancock’s new direction in the first half of the 1970s, moving from traditional jazz to more funk soaked popular crossover music. Looking back forty years later, these releases seem less threatening and perhaps even more creative. And among the best of these releases is this two-LP set originally released in 1975 by Columbia’s Japanese label. Recorded at two concerts during a Japanese tour of the Headhunters, the band plays updated versions of some of his greatest hits – `Watermelon Man’, ‘Maiden Voyage’ and ‘Chameleon’.
The group mixes acoustic instruments, like sax and piano, with electric instruments for an edgy yet acoustic based sound. If you’re looking for the latest compositions, look elsewhere as there is little here that’s new, but what is here is performed at the peak of the band’s abilities playing live to an appreciative audience. The sound varies from ‘excellent’ to `knock your socks off’. The ban’s rendition of ‘Chameleon’ is one of the most three-dimensional recordings I’ve ever heard. It’s so good that I would want this two LP set for that cut alone. Mastered at Emil Berliner Studios by senior engineer Rainer Mallard, the LP sound better than ever. DD
Recording: June and July 1975 at Shibuja Kohkaido and Nakano Sun Plaza, Tokyo, by Tomoo Suzuki
Production: David Rubinson
2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve, booklet
About Pure Pleasure Records
The creation of Pure Pleasure Records, a label dedicated to the Restoration of the Art of Sound on 180gm Vinyl. Nothing Else!.
The attention to detail. Research, Research, Research.
First Step, the Record Labels, who own the music. Their permission to reproduce their artists, which facilitates the reproduction. This is a real privilege. The process of restoration would not be possible without them.
Sourcing the best available masters to work from, then over to spending stunning days with the experts at Mastering. Air Studios with Ray Staff. Graheme Durham at the Exchange, Shaun McGhee at Abbey Road. Ron McMaster at Capital mastering in Hollywood, Kevin Grey at Coherant Audio. Tracking down the original covers, forever amazed at the skills of Brian Shields in reproducing the covers to such a high standard.
The final result. A Work of Art! Each release is given the care and attention to detail these works of art deserve.