Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters


Analogue Productions



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AAPJ 084-45
UPC: 753088008474
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45 RPM Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2
Note: 180 Gram

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Herbie Hancock's masterpiece, now cut at 45 RPM!

The second highest-selling jazz album of all time!

Mastered at Sterling Sound by Ryan K. Smith

Double LP 180-gram discs plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings!

Stoughton Printing old-style deluxe film lamination tip-on jacket

"Listening to the opening track 'Chameleon' on any release will get you feeling funky, but the Analogue Productions 2LP 45rpm release will get you groovin'! ... Analogue Productions does an incredible job on this release, keeping you enveloped in the music while breaking down the barrier between your stereo and musicians. I'd previously had a run-of-the-mill reissue of this album that I thought was good and did the job, but because of how much I love this album I opted to spend some more bucks on the AP release, not expecting a huge difference. Boy was I wrong. There is so much more clarity to every instrument, and instead of the funk taking a backseat, it punches you in the face and demands your attention. Both of my discs arrived flat and without any pressing defects or jacket damage on the mighty journey from Salina to Edmonton. I would urge any record collector to buy this release." — Music = 10/11; Sound = 10/11 — Simon Guile, AnalogPlanet.com. To read Guile's full review, click here.

There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock.

In 1963, Miles Davis invited Hancock to join the Miles Davis Quintet. During his five years with Davis, Herbie recorded many classics with the jazz legend including ESP, Nefertiti and Sorcerer, and later on he made appearances on Davis' groundbreaking In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew.

Hancock's own solo career blossomed on Blue Note, with classic albums including Maiden Voyage, Empyrean Isles and Speak Like a Child. After leaving Davis' fold, Herbie put together a new band called The Headhunters and, in 1973 in San Francisco, recorded Head Hunters.

Head Hunters became not only Hancock's best-selling album, but also the second highest selling jazz album of all time (at last RIAA count). It was in 1973 that he gathered a new band to combine electric music with funk, perhaps best exemplified in the pop music of Sly Stone.

Hancock took over all synthesizer duties, along with Fender Rhodes and clavinet and was backed by bass and drums. The opening bars of "Watermelon Man" with Bill Summers blowing into a beer bottle, along with the band's funky grooves and new electric sounds, captured the crossover fans who had otherwise avoided buying jazz records.

Head Hunters was a pivotal point in Hancock's career, bringing him into the vanguard of jazz fusion. Hancock had pushed avant-garde boundaries on his own albums and with Miles Davis, but he had never devoted himself to the groove as he did on Head Hunters. Drawing heavily from Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield and James Brown, Hancock developed deeply funky, even gritty, rhythms over which he soloed on electric synthesizers, bringing the instrument to the forefront in jazz. It had all of the sensibilities of jazz, particularly in the way it wound off into long improvisations, but its rhythms were firmly planted in funk, soul and R&B, giving it a mass appeal that made it the biggest-selling jazz album of all time (a record which was later broken).

Jazz purists, of course, decried the experiments at the time, but Head Hunters still sounds fresh and vital four decades after its initial release, and its genre-bending proved vastly influential on not only jazz, but funk, soul and hip-hop.

1. Chameleon
2. Watermelon Man
3. Sly
4. Vein Melter

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 7 person(s) rated this product.

Mind Blown!

posted on 04/07/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: Johnnymics
Just incredible…

You've Never Heard it Like This

posted on 08/21/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Patrick
Most of us already had previous pressings of this album and for most of us, the album is one of our all-time favorites to spin. But one thing I can promise you is that you've never heard it like this. If your system is equipped with a subwoofer, you will be especially pleased. Clarity, fullness, punch, balance. This will be one of the most satisfying vinyl listening experiences you're likely to ever have.

Must have!

posted on 06/09/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Rc
This record is magical, original is not even close. Have to hear it to believe!


posted on 01/22/2021
5 Stars
Best sounding record I own. Not a single crackle or pop throughout the whole thing. Very impressed!

Excellent pressing

posted on 01/08/2021
5 Stars
The record and it's sound are first rate, but make sure you like the music before you buy. Its mix of funk and jazz was not really not my cup of tea. Herbie is a superbly talented and polyfacetic artist, but this era of his work is not my style.

FanTAStic Pressing

posted on 09/08/2019
5 Stars
Reviewer: AnalogJ
I have a mid-'00s copy of this record. Then I got this 45rpm. There's SO much more detail, but more importantly, more FUNK to it. This reissue is SO much more engaging. It's WELL worth the bucks if you like this album (and even if you're not familiar with it, it's one of Hancock's classic '70s funk-oriented jazz albums)..

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