Herbie Hancock: Head Hunters (2xLP)
2xLP 45 RPM, Album, Limited Edition, Remastered on 200gm
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Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters
There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock.
In 1963, Miles Davis invited Hancock to join the Miles Davis Quintet. During his five years with Davis, Herbie recorded many classics with the jazz legend including "ESP", "Nefertiti" and "Sorcerer", and later on he made appearances on Davis' groundbreaking "In A Silent Way" and "Bitches Brew".
Hancock's own solo career blossomed on Blue Note, with classic albums including "Maiden Voyage", "Empyrean Isles" and "Speak Like A Child". After leaving Davis' fold, Herbie put together a new band called The Headhunters and, in 1973, recorded "Head Hunters". It was a pivotal point in Hancock's career, bringing him into the vanguard of jazz fusion. Hancock had pushed avant-garde boundaries on his own albums and with Miles Davis, but he had never devoted himself to the groove as he did on Head Hunters. Drawing heavily from Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield and James Brown, Hancock developed deeply funky, even gritty, rhythms over which he soloed on electric synthesizers, bringing the instrument to the forefront in jazz. It had all of the sensibilities of jazz, particularly in the way it wound off into long improvisations, but its rhythms were firmly planted in funk, soul and R&B, giving it a mass appeal that made it the biggest-selling jazz album of all time (a record which was later broken).
Jazz purists, of course, decried the experiments at the time, but "Head Hunters" still sounds fresh and vital four decades after its initial release, and its genre-bending proved vastly influential on not only jazz, but funk, soul and hip-hop.
Herbie Hancock's best seller — a jazz-funk masterpiece now on 200-gram vinyl!
The second highest-selling jazz album of all time!
Mastered at Sterling Sound by Ryan Smith
Plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
Stoughton Printing old-style deluxe film-lamination tip-on jacket
Label: Analogue Productions – AAPJ 084-45
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered, 200 gram
Released: 16 Jun 2017
Style: Fusion, Jazz-Funk
Congas, Shekere, Balafon, Agogô, Cabasa, Tambourine, Drum [Log], Surdo, Bells [Gankoqui], Whistle [Hindewho], Other [Beer Bottle] – Bill Summers
Design [Cover] – Victor Moscoso
Drums [Yamaha] – Harvey Mason
Electric Bass, Marimbula – Paul Jackson (2)
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Clavinet [Hohner D6], Synthesizer [ARP Odyssey], Synthesizer [ARP Soloist], Other [Pipes] – Herbie Hancock
Engineer [Different Fur] – Dane Butcher, John Vieira
Engineer [Wally Heider Studios] – Fred Catero, Jeremy Zatkin
Lacquer Cut By – RKS*
Photography By – Waldo Bascom
Producer – David Rubinson, Herbie Hancock
Remastered By – Ryan K. Smith*
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Saxello, Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute – Bennie Maupin