Chasing The Dragon
D2D Vinyl Record
180-gram direct-to-disc LP
"..no question that Mike Valentine really knows what he's doing as he pursues an 'everything matters' philosophy that has consistently produced recordings that will impress the most demanding audiophiles. Listening to 'Paxos/ Antipaxos' once again as I write this, I ask myself the question Mike and Françoise asked countless times at the July 2019 AIR sessions. "'Happy? You bet I am!'"
-Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound December 2019
Chasing the Dragon have become known as one of the leading producers of audiophile recordings. A Day In The Life was rehearsed, recorded and cut live, all in one day!
"(Chasing the Dragon) specializes in producing 'Direct Cut' recordings. This is where we pass the stereo signal from the Neve desk at Air Studios, up 2 floors to the record lathe in the mastering suite above. Once we begin to cut the lacquer there is no going back! We can not stop and edit, if there are any mistakes. This means, we have to choose our musicians who can not only get through each side non stop, but also who can give a fantastic performance.
"For some years, we have wanted to record a jazz group. I cannot believe that the superb jazz trumpeter Quentin Collins only lived a short distance away from the studios. My mastering engineer John Webber said "you have to meet him!" Well, this is the amazing result. Quentin, Gary, Jason, Joe and Miles you are the best! What an album!" — Mike & Francoise Valentine
Quentin Collins, trumpet, flugelhorn
Miles Bould, percussion
Joe Sanders, double bass
Jason Rebello, piano
Gary husband, drums
|2. Left Unsaid|
|3. Paxos / Antipaxos|
|4. Oliliqui Valley|
|5. Modus Operandi|
|6. Cashed-Up Bogan|