Hungarian Premiere at HIFI SHOW Expo – Djabe: Witchi Tai To 2LP

Djabe shows off its High-End releases in a 80 m2 showroom at HIFI SHOW, Hilton Budapest City, floor M, 27-28 October

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DJABE: WITCHI TAI TO 2LP – 2 x 180 gr, half speed cut, 45 RPM album

Witchi Tai To was, and still is, one of the most successful album of Djabe. Released in 1998, it became a yardstick for Hi-Fi and High-End enthusiasts because of its exceptional musical and sound quality. The 20-year old LP release, made in England, is still used for testing the highest category of musical equipments.
For the 20th anniversary of Witchi Tai To the label decided to make new records, outperforming even the original release in terms of quality, giving a truly unique experience to music lovers.
The album recorded by the 1997 – 2000 line-up of Djabe. András Sipos – vocal, prcussion; Attila Egerhazi – guitar; Tamás Barabás – bass guitar, Ferenc Muck – saxophone. Most of the track written by Attila Egerhazi and András Sipos, but some compositions credited to Ferenc Muck. The title track, which is a cultic song by the North American Kaw indian saxophonist, Jim Pepper, arranged by Attila Egerhazi.
Witchi Tai To is the second album by Djabe released in 1998, and received the Best World Music Album Award in Hungary.
Music lovers could get the music on cassette, 2CD and vinyl. The second disc of the double CD was made at the Abbey Road Interactive. Djabe always applied innovative media formats over the years. In 1998 the Enhanced CD was new on the market. The second disc of the album contained, besides the radio edit audio tracks, an interactive section with live videos, interviews, biography, discography and weblinks. The attractive digipak package was just introduced by the Van de Steeg Packaging in Holland. The third format of the album was the vinyl version. The LP was made in England, and cutting at the Abbey Road Studios.
The album soon became a popular test disc for High-End systems, as CD and LP formats too. It was a good option to compare the digital and the analogue versions.

In 2015 the album released in deluxe 4-disc edition (2CD + 2DVD) contained new stereo and surround mixes and masters by Tamás Barabás, with tons of extras.
In 2018, for this 20th Anniversary vinyl release, new master tapes were made for Abbey Road Studios, where the half-speed cutting was ordered. Witchi Tai To returned to Abbey Road after twenty years.
The Emtec SM468 tapes were transferred from an Ampex ATR – 102 machine to a SADiE workstation at 24 bit and 96 kHz. Miles Showell mastering engineer played the files at half-speed and cut at 22.5 RPM on custom-improved Neumann VMS 80 lathe. The normal speed of the record is 45 RPM, which format provides the very best audio quality attainable on vinyl, especially in case of half-speed cutting.

For ensuring the best quality even the last phases of disc pressing was handled with the utmost care – this is why we chose the best factory of Europe, the Record Industry, of Netherlands.

 

This double format, despite being 45 RPM, adds 15 minutes for musical content, so not only the quality, but the intrinsic value also leaps forward with this 2018 release.

Thematic renditions, listenings and sales of Djabe’s High-End quality releases, in the band’s showroom on floor M.

Saturday, 27 October

10:00 – Warm-up listening – Djabe: Witchi Tai To (half speed cut, 45 RPM)
11:00 – Half speed cut at Abbey Road Studio – Witchi Tai To
12:00 – Comparison of master tapes, lacguer disc, test pressing and final vinyl version of Witchi Tai To 45 RPM
13:00 – Listening of Djabe releases from master tapes and LPs (Life Is A Journey, Forward Live, Flow, Live In Blue)
14:00 – Making of Witchi Tai To, by the creators. Attila Égerházi (guitar, producer), Tamás Barabás (bass guitar, audio engineer), Ferenc Muck (saxophone)
15:00 – Comparison of Witchi Tai To LP releases, made 20 years ago and the new 45 RPM version.
16:00 – Witchi Tai To signing – Ferenc Muck, Attila Égerházi, Tamás Barabás. Listening to the new album master tape.
17:00 – Djabe & Steve Hackett Life Is A Journey – The Sardinia Tapes and Djabe & Steve Hackett: Life Is A Journey – The Budapest Live Tapes album showing.

Sunday, 28 October

10:00 – Warm-up listening – Djabe: Witchi Tai To (half speed cut, 45 RPM)
11:00 – Half speed cut at Abbey Road Studio – Witchi Tai To
12:00 – Comparison of master tapes, lacguer disc, test pressing and final vinyl version of Witchi Tai To 45 RPM
13:00 – Listening of Djabe releases from master tapes and LPs (Life Is A Journey, Forward Live, Flow, Live In Blue)
14:00 – New half speed cut 45 RPM records in preparation the update album introduction from master tapes and the Abbey Road Studios cut lackuer masters
15:00 – Djabe & Steve Hackett Life Is A Journey – The Sardinia Tapes and Djabe & Steve Hackett: Life Is A Journey – The Budapest Live Tapes album showing.
16:00 – Djabe Flow and Forward Live album showing.
17:00 – Happy Hour – all remaining Djabe LPs with 15% off.

During the Expo, all Djabe LPs, DVD-Audio discs and master tapes are available for purchase in the Djabe showroom during intermissions and showings. During demo listening intermissions all releases can be listened to on Audiotechnica record players and headphones.

 

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