Herbie Hancock ‎– Directstep

Columbia ‎– GET51332-LP, Get On Down ‎– GET51332-LP, Sony Music Commercial Music Group ‎– GET51332-LP
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo


A1 Butterfly 7:55
A2 Shiftless Shuffle 7:02
B1 I Thought It Was You 15:32


Record Store Day Black Friday 2019 'RSD First' release of 2,200.

Description from RSD site:

Throughout the 1970s, legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock engaged in a prolonged period of experimentation across sounds and recording formats, releasing several albums for Columbia that were only issued in Japan. 1979's Directstep was one such album, one that made use of a new form of recording technology called "Direct-To-Disc." This method recorded masters, in real time, to acetate discs, rendering incredibly high fidelity LP pressings, but sacrificing the ability to edit or overdub, a challenge Hancock and his group were more than up to.

Directstep utilized other technological advancements as well, incorporating brand new electronic instrument technology such as the electronic wind instrument the Lyricon, the freshly released Propet-5 synthesizer, and of course the Sennheiser Vocoder which would become a key part of the artist’s arsenal during his electro-funk period in the 1980s.

Beyond all that, Directstep is an incredibly solid collection of Herbie Hancock material, featuring stirring remakes of Hancock staples "Butterfly" and "I Thought It Was You" as well as brand new track "Shiftless Shuffle." Get On Down is proud to present this reissue of Directstep, a gem of jazz-fusion, available on vinyl for the first time in 30 years for RSD Black Friday!

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 664425133219

Other Versions (5 of 11) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
30AP 1032 Herbie Hancock Directstep(LP, Album, Gat) CBS/Sony 30AP 1032 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
IC 36535 Herbie Hancock Directstep(LP, Album) Columbia IC 36535 US 1979 Sell This Version
WOU 1032 Herbie Hancock Directstep(CD, Album, RE, RM) Wounded Bird Records WOU 1032 US 2014 Sell This Version
38DP 39 Herbie Hancock Directstep(CD, Album, RE) CBS/Sony 38DP 39 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
SRCS 7169 Herbie Hancock Directstep(CD, Album, Promo, RE) Sony Records SRCS 7169 Japan 1994 Sell This Version


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January 6, 2020
Is this release numbered since there are only 2200 copies pressed for RSD?


December 6, 2019
I’ve compared this press to my brothers OG and there is little difference. OG is slightly warmer, but not massively. This is an amazing take: 15mins of ‘I thought it was you’ worth the admission price alone.


November 30, 2019
edited about 1 month ago

My pressing is great. The gatefold is very nice and authentic. There are a few minor ticks/pops here and there (though nothing repetitive), but most records these days have that. Most importantly, it sounds excellent. I can't complain. Glad I picked up this one. Been waiting years for it!


November 30, 2019
This pressing is a conundrum, but I'm enjoying every minute of it.


November 30, 2019
Don't let the "replica" OBI strip fool you on this release. While the first pressings of this albums were indeed direct to disk albums, this one is not. The old mother/father plates were not used to make a new set of stampers - it's a Wes Garland job from NRP. Basically that means this is the same low grade crap Get on Down have been releasing from day one. If you care about quality one iota, do not buy this crap.

Matrix info:

19075 972 241-A GET 51332LP WG
19075 972 241-B WG/NRP


November 29, 2019
Regardless of source this thing exceeded my expectations SQ wise. If you can find at a reasonable price I recommend it for sure.