Hugh Masekela – Hope 4LP 200g


One of the ultimate ‘dem discs’ is now available again as a 200g 4LP 45rpm box set.

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Hugh Masekela – Hope 4LP 200g

Hugh Masekela – Hope 4LP 200g

“How sad, if timely: this stunning reissue of the 1994 live album arrived in the very week that trumpeter Masekela passed away.

One of the most successful ambassadors ever for African music, his fusing of the continent’s rhythms and instruments with contemporary jazz and rock proved irresistible.

Nearly every one of you has heard him, thanks to guess spots with The Byrds and Paul Simon.

His breakthough hit from 1968 — the infectious “Grazing In The Grass” — is here, along with another 11 tracks recorded at Blues Alley, the U.S. club that gave us Eva Cassidy.

Notably, despite its early-1990s origins, this is all-analogue.” — Sound Quality = 90% – Ken Kessler, HiFi News, May 2018

“…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, August 2008

“…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

What more can be captured from the masterpiece that the late trumpet great Hugh Masekela left devoted fans, the effervescent Hope.

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, Acoustic Sounds’ own industry-lauded LP manufacturer.

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.

A longtime audiophile demonstration disc. Hope will show off your system’s dynamic range as well as any record ever released.

Hugh Masekela, the outstanding South African trumpeter, assembled a seven-piece group and recorded this great set live at Washington, D.C.’s Blues Alley.

The songs stretch over a period of nearly five decades and serve as an informal guided tour of Masekela’s life. The songs are honest and bare, and as for the sound — WOW!

Unlike a prior 45 RPM version that included seven songs, this 45 RPM reissue contains the full program as originally recorded with all 12 tracks included. Plus, as an added bonus, they have included 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.

Hewitt and his team were afforded the time they needed, and they pulled out all the stops to pull off what’s now recognised as an all-time great recording.

They used better-quality microphones, they were mic-ing the room for ambient sound, and Masekela was performing for a sophisticated and appreciative audience.

“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 ambient 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.”

Listen to that magic unfold — put on this Analogue Productions 45 RPM 4LP reissue of Hope, and be transported.

Track List : Hugh Masekela – Hope 4LP 200g

Side 1
1. The Abangoma (The Healers)
2. Uptownship

Side 2
1. Mandela (Bring Him Back Home)
2. Grazing in the Grass

Side 3
1. Lady

Side 4
1. Languta

Side 5
1. Nomali

Side 6
1. Market Place
2. Ntyilo Ntyilo (The Love Bird

Side 7
1. He le Se (The Dowry Song)
2. Until When

Side 8
1. Stimela [Coal Train]



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Analogue Productions It was in 1992 that Acoustic Sounds owner Chad Kassem reissued his first Analogue Productions title, Virgil Thompson's The Plow That Broke The Plains, originally on Vanguard. Analogue Productions began as a vehicle for Kassem to license his favorite all-time recordings and reissue them as remastered and as a superior version to the original release. Since its inception AP has reissued hundreds of titles, ranging from classical to folk, pop, rock, blues and jazz. Included in the many highlights of Analogue Productions' history are the Fantasy 45 Jazz Reissues, the Blue Note Reissues, and premium box sets of the music of such legendary acts as The Doors, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Nat "King" Cole and Norah Jones. True to its name, Analogue Productions works with the original analogue master tapes - more than any other reissue label! The result is superior sound - richer, warmer and more lifelike, than digital.

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