The Piano Choir - Handscapes


Pure Pleasure Records (Strata-East)



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APPR 19730
EAN: 5060149623121
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2

180 Gram LP

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180-gram double LP

Remastering by: Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

Handscapes is a double live album by The Piano Choir featuring Stanley Cowell, Nat Jones, Hugh Lawson, Webster Lewis, Harold Mabern, Danny Mixon, and Sonelius Smith recorded in 1972.

At the time of release Ebony reviewer Phyl Garland said "One needn't be a "piano freak" to appreciate a truly new recording. First of all imagine seven gifted and talented pianists sitting down to seven grand pianos (with electric piano, organ, harpsichord, a few tambourines for spice) and proceeding to tear up these instruments — musically, that is. ...the torrrent of sound springing from their 70 fingers is so powerful and majestic as to be unlike anything one has ever heard."

In his review for AllMusic, Michael G. Nastos simply states "Brilliant"

Stanley Cowell, Nat Jones, Hugh Lawson, Webster Lewis, Harold Mabern, Danny Mixon and Sonelius Smith, variously on piano, electric piano, vocals, percussion, African piano and harpsichord

Produced by The Piano Choir and Geri Hamlin

Recording engineer Robert Rachdorf

Mixing engineer: Don Van Gordon

Mixed and edited at Sound Wave Studios, New York City

Recorded October 28, 1972 except for "Precious Lord" on June 18, 1972.


Side A:
1. Jaboobie’s March
2. Straight No Chaser
3. Precious Lord

Side B:
1 Sanctum Saintorium
2. Nation Time
3. Effi

Side C:
1. Man Extensions

Side D:
1. The Almoravids
2. Killers

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