Christmas is coming!

Elvis Presley's Christmas Album
Georges Bizet: Carmen
Bartok's String Quartets Nos. 1-6
Hubbard / Turrentine In Concert

Christmas is coming – and what is nicer than wrapping up an audiophile vinyl recording and putting it under the Christmas tree for your loved one – or perhaps yourself? Such a gift is a lasting pleasure, not just when it is being unpacked.

We at Speakers Corner Records have put together a list of recordings from our catalogue that we consider to be especially well produced albums. First and foremost we have the Christmas classic par excellence – Elvis Presley’s Christmas Album about which the magazine HiFi World wrote: “You can count the number of truly good Christmas albums on the fingers of one hand whilst probably ignoring the thumb, and this is surely one of those fingers”.

Over the festive days one has plenty of time to enjoy an opera in its full length. What about Bizet’s Carmen, for example? Our release with Leonard Bernstein conducting has been included in Harry Pearson’s recommended TAS list for years, and the magazine LP wrote: “This is definitely not a performance just for the record, but a performance for a grand evening of opera – sheer unadulterated Hollywood, with the whole drama brought to the fore.”

For the more adventurous classic lover we recommend the legendary recording of Bartók’s String Quartets with the Juilliard String Quartet. The Austrian newspaper Die Presse wrote: “Bartók, perfect. An absolute must for friends of early modernity is the re-release of two of the three complete recordings of the Bartók String Quartets by the Juilliard String Quartet … Not without reason must every Bartók recording measure itself against this one.”

An adventure of a quite different kind is Weather Report’s Live In Tokyo recording from 1972. And Shindig! magazine wrote: “Not surprisingly given the personnel involved and the fact that this was the early days of Weather Report, the sound and accumulated influence of Miles Davis’ early electric bands casts a long shadow over proceedings...” What is more – the Japanese liner notes from the original release are available for the first time in English.

In the USA, Freddie Hubbard and Stanley Turrentine met up and together with Herbie Hancock and others they gave concerts in Detroit and Chicago. Originally the two live recordings were issued separately on two LPs, but we have combined them to create a double album. Audiophile Audition wrote: “It is amazing how deep the level of talent is in this group... This is a jazz treasure!” while the magazine Fono Forum wrote “One must raise one’s hat in awe to the driving force of the sextet.”

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