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This recording has been venerated by audiophiles throughout the years since its initial LP release. Remastered with 2xHD’s proprietary 2xHD Fusion Process it is now available in all high resolution formats on the 2xHD label.
The album was recorded in Copenhagen in 1962 for the Storyville label while Spann was on tour with Muddy Waters. The recordings represent Spann in an unusual setting for him – unaccompanied or in duet with a single supporting guitar. In this set, Spann interprets both blues standards and his own originals. Many of these originals have the aspect of spur-of-the-moment improvisations, which testifies to his mercurial gift as a pure blues story-teller. Because the clarity of both the recording and the sparseness of the accompaniment, this album constitutes one of the most valuable documents currently available of the Chicago style of blues piano playing at its best.
More than 47 years after his death in 1970, at the age of 40, Otis Spann is still regarded as the quintessential Chicago Blues pianist.
THE 2xHD FUSION MASTERING SYSTEM:
In the constant evolution of its proprietary mastering process, 2xHD has progressed to a new phase called 2xHD FUSION, integrating the finest analog, with state-of-the-art digital technology.
The mastering chain consists of a selection of high-end vacuum tube equipment. For the recordings on this album, the original ¼” 15 ips CCIR master tapes were played on a Nagra-T tape recorder, modified with high-end tube playback electronics, wired from the playback head directly to a Telefunken EF806 tube, using OCC silver cable. The Nagra T, with its four direct drive motors, two pinch rollers and a tape tension head, has one of the best transports ever made. A custom-built carbon fiber head block and a head damping electronic system permit 2XHD FUSION to obtain a better resolution and 3D imaging.
The resulting signal is then transformed into high resolution formats by recording it in DSD11.2kHz using a Merging Technologies’ Horus A to D converter. All analog and digital cables that are used are state of the art. The 2xHD FUSION mastering system is powered by a super capacitor power supply, using a new technology that lowers the digital noise found in the lowest level of the spectrum. A vacuum tube NAGRA HDdac (DSD) is used as a reference digital playback converter in order to A and B with the original analog master tape., permitting the fusion of the warmth of analog with the refinement of digital.
|1. Good Morning Mr. Blues|
|2. Love, Love, Love|
|3. Riverside Blues|
|4. Must Have Been The Devil|
|5. Jelly Roll Baker|
|6. Trouble in Mind|
|7. Worried Life Blues|
|8. T.B. Blues|
|9. Spann's Boogie|
|10. Don't You Know?|
|11. Goin' Down Slow|
|12. The Skies are Blue|
|13. Keep Your Hands Out of My Pocket|
|14. Boots and Shoes|