Nat "King" Cole - St. Louis Blues - Hybrid Multichannel SACD
Included with this deluxe reissue is a 1,600-word essay by Jordan Taylor about the album.
All tracks playable as Three-Channel, Stereo and Mono on SACD layer and playable as Stereo and Mono on the CD layer.
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle.
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has been a totally no-expenses-spared project. Using the original
three-track work tapes from Capitol's vaults, mastering engineers Kevin
Gray and Steve Hoffman along with DSD specialist Gus Skinas bring you an
entirely incomparable SACD experience. In addition to the stereo mixes,
this SACD includes a three-track transfer for multichannel playback and
the original mono mix taken from separate microphone feeds, mixing
consoles and tape machines at the original sessions. In order to master
from the three-track masters, AcousTech had to be outfitted for
three-channel playback. That meant Kevin Gray had to find a third
identical monitoring channel chain (including mixing board, amplifier
and speaker) as well as a three-track playback headstack and also a
three-track preview head for the vinyl cutting system. It was a massive
assignment. We've spent a fortune to include these extra bells and
whistles and to make this a truly historic reissue.
An influential figure in the early 20th century development of blues
and popular music as a music scholar and the composer of numerous
popular songs, William Christopher Handy has often been called "the
Father of the Blues." When two of the finest and most popular of
mid-20th century musical figures, jazz and popular music icon Nat "King"
Cole and style setting arranger extraordinare Nelson Riddle, undertook
an album dedicated to the music of W.C. Handy, the results were at once a
worthy tribute and transformative. Particularly smooth vocals by Nat
King Cole were aptly backed by resourceful orchestrations from Nelson
Riddle. From the landmark laments of "St. Louis Blues" and the loving
appreciation of "Morning Star" on through to the colloquial rag of "Joe
Turner's Blues," the varied facets of Handy's songs were given a
lastingly freshened interpretation. Along with the contemporary Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy (also available here at Acoustic Sounds), this album is considered by many to be the best anthology of the music of W.C. Handy.
St. Louis Blues was recorded in monaural and 3-channel
stereophonic versions. Using the original first generation full-track
mono and 3-track session tapes from Capitol's vaults and custom
headstacks, console and monitoring chain installed at AcousTech
specially for these releases, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve
Hoffman along with DSD specialist Gus Skinas bring you an entirely
incomparable SACD experience.
For this deluxe hybrid SACD, both mono and stereo versions are
available in standard resolution on the CD layer and in high resolution
on the DSD stereo layer, while the stereo versions are also available in
high resolution 3-channel sound on the DSD multi-channel layer. Both
mono and stereo versions feature the opening "Overture/Hesitating Blues"
medley restored to its original full length. In addition a 1,600-word
essay by Jordan Taylor about the album is included. No expense was
spared to make this the ultimate digital version of this album and a
Originally released in 1958.