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Hugh Masekela - Hope


Analogue Productions



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DSD (Single Rate) 2.8MHz/64fs Download

DSD (Single Rate) 2.8MHz/64fs Download

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Total download size: 2.93GB
Total play length: 1:14:21

Cover art and liner notes included

Mastered from the original analog master tapes by Kevin Gray
"…Hope is one of those intensely visceral, large as life, and immediately present recordings that will make pretty much any system sound at least very good, and will cause better ones to raise goose bumps." – Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, August 2008

"…The high quality original mix plus Analogue Productions' superb mastering has resulted in a terrific, very transparent sonic with great impact." – John Henry, Audiophile Audition

"Here's another masterpiece from Chad Kassem and Kevin Gray…you would swear that you are listening to a master tape in your living room…this one is great for showing off what your stereo system can do." – Jeff Dorgay, Tone Audio, No. 15, 2008

A longtime audiophile demonstration disc. Hope will show off your system's dynamic range as well as any record ever released. Hugh Masekela, the outstanding South African trumpeter, assembled a seven-piece group and recorded this great set live at Washington, D.C.'s Blues Alley. The songs stretch over a period of nearly five decades and serve as an informal guided tour of Masekela's life. The songs are honest and bare, and as for the sound – WOW!

"Wow! Hugh Masekela never sounded more real – the BEST Masekela album, a definitive must have!" – Danny Kaey, Positive-Feedback Online

1. Abangoma (The Healers)
2. Uptownship
3. Mandela (Bring Him Back Home!)
4. Grazing in the Grass
5. Lady
6. Until When
7. Languta
8. Nomali
9. Market Place
10. Ntyilo Ntyilo (The Love Bird)
11. Ha le Se (The Dowry Song)
12. Stimela [Coal Train]

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.

Masekela's Hope is a Joyous Triumph

posted on 08/17/2014
5 Stars
This DSD rendering of Hope is as close as you're going to get to a live musical experience. The musicianship from the assembled lineup is spectacular. The soundstage created places you at the center of it as if you were sitting right there in the club as it was performed. There is no artifice no special effects or gimmicks just music by one of the preeminent trumpet masters of the Afro Beat Jazz movement. The mixing and mastering is superb. I sometimes forgot that this was a live recording only to be reminded by the enthusiastic applause coming from the audience at the end of each track. The music covers close to fifty years of Masekela's career and as always he sings and plays about his life and the people of South Africa. It is a joyous affirmation of his homeland, its people, and his talent. It is without question one of the best recorded live albums I have ever heard in all my years of listening to music. I was thoroughly impressed and you will be too.

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