Hugh Masekela - Hope
(200g 45rpm 4LP Vinyl Box Set)
New 200g 45rpm Vinyl 4LP Box Set Edition featuring Full 12-Track Program As Originally Recorded; Housed In Custom Designed Slipcase Packaging with Exclusive Interview with Hope Engineer David Hewitt
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the Original Analog Tape; Plated and Pressed by Quality Record Pressings
A longtime audiophile demonstration disc, Hugh Masekela's heralded 1994 live album Hope will show off your system's dynamic range as well as any record ever released. Recorded in the Summer of 1993 at Washington, D.C.'s Blues Alley with a fiery seven-piece group, Hope finds the late great music legend revisiting his rich history with a touchstone 7-song set which covers material reaching over five different decades and several countries and composers. The songs are diverse, passionate and transcendent, and as for the sound...incredible!
What more can be captured from the masterpiece that the late trumpet great left devoted fans? Now cut at 45 RPM and spread over four 200-gram premium LPs, you're about to discover the answer to that question! The eight sides of vinyl reduce distortion and high frequency loss as the wider-spaced grooves let your stereo cartridge track more accurately. And this set is plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings. Virtually silent surfaces coupled with sharp delineation of musical detail are QRP pressing hallmarks. Two Stoughton Printing old-style tip-on gatefold jackets house the four LPs, which are contained in a custom-designed slipcase reproducing the original artwork.
Unlike a prior 45 RPM version that included seven songs, this reissue contains the full program as originally recorded with all 12 tracks included! Plus, as an added bonus, Analogue Productions throws in a special insert – featuring an exclusive interview with Grammy/Emmy Award-winning engineer David Hewitt, who recorded Hope originally. "Hugh's record is right up near the top for a lot of reasons," Hewitt says. We used stuff from our stash of mics as opposed to what you'd find typically at a jazz club. We actually had control via the record label and producers, so we could take our time. We had the ability to mic the room for abient sound...you've got people that actually know and appreciate the music and respond accordingly. What you've got there is all the right stuff at the right time and the right people, and then something magical happens."
"Hope is one of those intensely visceral, large as life, and immediately present recordings that will make pretty much any system sound at least very good, and will cause better ones to raise goose bumps." – Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound
"The high quality original mix plus Analogue Productions' superb mastering has resulted in a terrific, very transparent sonic with great impact." - John Henry, Audiophile Audition
• 200g 45rpm Vinyl 4LP box set
• As originally recorded, with all 12 tracks included!
• Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the original analog tape
• Plating and pressing by Quality Record Pressings
• Two Stoughton Printing old-style tip-on gatefold jackets house the four LPs, which are contained in a custom-designed slipcase reproducing the original artwork
• Includes insert containing interview with David Hewitt, original recording engineer for Hope