Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters (1973) [Japanese SACD Reissue 1999]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:32 minutes | Scans included | 1,3 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 861 MB
Head Hunters is the twelfth studio album by American jazz musician Herbie Hancock, released October 13, 1973, on Columbia Records in the United States. Recording sessions for the album took place during September 1973 at Wally Heider Studios and Different Fur Trading Co. in San Francisco, California. Head Hunters is a key release in Hancock’s career and a defining moment in the genre of jazz funk. In 2003, the album was ranked number 498 in the book version of Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2007, the Library of Congress added it to the National Recording Registry, which collects “culturally, historically or aesthetically important” sound recordings from the 20th century.
Head Hunters was a pivotal point in Herbie 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 decades after its initial release, and its genre-bending proved vastly influential on not only jazz, but funk, soul, and hip-hop.
02. Watermelon Man
04. Vein Melter
Herbie Hancock – fender rhodes, clavinet, arp-odyssey
Bennie Maupin – ts, ss, bcl, afl
Paul Jackson – b
Harvey Mason – ds
Bill Summers – perc
Produced by David Rubinson & Friends Inc. & Herbie Hancock.
Recorded at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco – 1973.
Recording Engineers: Fred Catero, Jeremy Zatkin.
Re-Issue Producer: Moto Uehara. SACD Produced by Moto Uehara.
Remastering Engineer: Mark Wilder(NY). Authering Engineer: Kouji С. Suzuki, Yuji Chinone(Tokyo).