CBS/Sony (Japan) 1973
SOPL 190 (LP) SX 68 Mark II, w/insert
sleeve : VG+(RW,wear on front, edge and corner.)
media : EX-/EX-(some slightly surface noises. some slightly hairlines that does not affect to sounds.)
This was featured in the guidebook OBSCURE SOUND REVISED EDITION. A 1973 masterpiece by Herbie Hancock, one of the most celebrated American jazz pianists/composers of the 20th century, featuring Bennie Maupin, Eddie Henderson, Julian Priester, Buster Williams, Billy Hart and Patrick Greeson, heavily influenced by Miles Davis, but with restrained minimalism and electronics that express a progressive return to Africa. The presence of electronic musician Patrick Greeson, who introduced various artists at the time to the advanced nature of the synthesiser, shines through on this album. High-quality early Japanese pressing using Neuman's famous SX-68 Mark II cutting machine. Later on, a series using the SX-74 was also released, but I personally like the sound quality of this disc and have been listening to it for a long time. Especially in the second half of A1, the graininess and floating feeling of the tricky synth sound is astonishing.
A2: Hidden Shadows