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Genre: Pop Rock
The Sheffield Track & Drum Record CD
Great Sounding Music for Testing and Evaluating Your Sound System!
"Absolutely the best sounding rock and roll record ever made." - The Absolute Sound.
"The sonic fidelity of the Sheffield Drum record is enthralling, and its value for learning about your system makes it a must." - The International Audio Review
"...Unstrained, crystalline clarity ...incredible gut-shaking impact...the sound is beyond belief." -The Sensible Sound
The four rock instrumentals on The Sheffield Drum and Track Record feature Robbie Buchanan and James Newton Howard, keyboards, Lennie Castro, percussion, Nathan East, bass, Mike Landau, guitar, and Carlos Vega, drums. These are followed by two famous drummers, individually, in free solo improvisations. They are Ron Tutt, most well known as Elvis Presley's drummer, and Jim Keltner, former member of Gary Lewis and the Playboys and musical collaborator with John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan and many others.
The Sheffield Track Record:
(Bill Schnee, producer, engineer. Doug Sax, executive producer. Recorded May 22, 1982, Sheffield Lab Studios at MGM, Culver City, California.)
The Sheffield Track Record is designed to test the capabilities of a sound system. Producer/engineer Bill Schnee sought first to capture the instruments that are the foundation of rock music, the drum set and the electric bass. This underpinning supports guitars, keyboards, and other elements that are the instrumental ingredients in a rock and roll record. A stereo system which reproduces the impact, low end transients, percussive clarity, dynamic and frequency ranges of "The Sheffield Track Record", is capable of handling the demands of most any recording, be it rock, pop, jazz, or classical.
The four basic elements in rock-oriented pop music are bass, drums, guitar, and keyboard. Engineers, producers, and studio musicians all agree that for sheer impact and exhilarating energy, these basic accompaniment instruments, which are usually recorded on separate tracks, considerably surpass the "final" record which is the end product of compromised audio quality due to overdubbing, mix-down, and editing.
For this project, Bill Schnee assembled a group of the most in demand musicians in the Los Angeles recording studios, instrumentalists for whom rock is a natural language, bringing great musical interest to the record. Highlights of the recording are the two original compositions by James Newton Howard and Robbie Buchanan, "Amuseum" and "Le Ballade", both with appealing melodies that lent themselves to the complete arrangements heard here.
"The Sheffield Track Record" is not only a tool for the evaluation of a sound system, but a musical statement that will stand the test of time.
Mastering Engineer's note:
This analogue disc was played back with a Technics SP 15 turntable and a Shure V15 Type V assembly attached to a SME 3012R arm. The pre-amp consisted of a pair of refurbished Marantz Audio Consolettes set to the RIAA Curve. The analogue signal was converted to a 96kHz 24-bit PCM signal using a Lucid A/D converter. The digital signal was then processed using the phase corrector, Declickle and De-crackle modules of Cedar's Cambridge restoration suite, and then loaded into the Sadie Disc Editor, where Cedar's Retouch Plugin was employed to remove unwanted noise. The assembled master was sampled to a 44.1kHz 24-bit PCM signal, and dithered to a 16-bit PCM signal for CD mastering using the Power 3 algorithm.
MADO Mastered from Analogue Disc Originals! These musical performances were originally recorded live to analogue disc and transferred to digital fro this CD release. Optimization of all mechanical elements in playback was achieved before digital processing. The listener will experience an immediacy and presence that is unique, the closets one can get to the original live source.
• 2007 Remaster featuring NEW artwork!
• Mastered from Analogue Disc Originals!
Ron Tutt, drums
Jim Keltner, drums
Robbie Buchanan, James Newton Howard, keyboards
Lennie Castro, percussion
Nathan East, bass
Mike Landau, guitar
Carlos Vega, drums
The Basic Tracks
2. The Higher You Rise
3. Wise To The Lines
4. Le Ballade
The Basic Drummers
5. Ron Tutt
6. Jim Keltner