Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters (1LP, 33RPM)
Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters (1LP, 33RPM)
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Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters (1LP, 33RPM)
Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters (1LP, 33RPM)

Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters (1LP, 33RPM)

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Herbie Hancock – Fender Rhodes, clavinet, ARP Odyssey synthesizer, ARP Soloist [click here to see more vinyl featuring Herbie Hancock]

Bennie Maupin – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, saxello, bass clarinet, alto flute

Paul Jackson – bass guitar, marímbula

Harvey Mason – drums

Bill Summers – agogô, balafon, beer bottle, cabasa, congas, gankogui, hindewhu, log drum, shekere, surdo, tambourine

1 LP, Gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press :  Quality Record Pressings

Label :  Analogue Productions

Original Label :  Columbia

Recorded in September 1973 in Wally Heider Studios and Different Fur Studios in San Francisco, California

Engineered by Dane Butcher, John Vieira, Fred Catero, Jeremy Zatkin

Produced by David Rubinson, Herbie Hancock

Remastered at Sterling Sound by Ryan Smith

Originally released in 1973

Reissued in 2021


Tracks :

Side A

  1. Chameleon
  2. Watermelon Man

Side B

  1. Sly
  2. Vein Melter



Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Ranked 254

1000 Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die - Ranked 285

"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." Head Hunters Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

"Listening to the opening track 'Chameleon' on any release will get you feeling funky, but the Analogue Productions 2LP 45rpm release will get you groovin'! ... Analogue Productions does an incredible job on this release, keeping you enveloped in the music while breaking down the barrier between your stereo and musicians. I'd previously had a run-of-the-mill reissue of this album that I thought was good and did the job, but because of how much I love this album I opted to spend some more bucks on the AP release, not expecting a huge difference. Boy was I wrong. There is so much more clarity to every instrument, and instead of the funk taking a backseat, it punches you in the face and demands your attention. Both of my discs arrived flat and without any pressing defects or jacket damage on the mighty journey from Salina to Edmonton. I would urge any record collector to buy this release." Simon Guile, AnalogPlanet.com.


Ratings :

AllMusic 5/5  ,   Discogs 4.59 / 5  ,  AnalogPlanet : Music = 10/11; Sound = 10/11

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