Grand 12-Inches

Grand 12-Inches

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Ben Liebrand : "These are the roots of my career in music".

These tracks have determined the path to follow and many of them where revolutionary and truly progressive at the time they where originally released. I have taken the greatest care to come up with the best possible masters, sometimes comparing up to 5 different versions to find out which one sounded the best and most pure. And sometimes even baking the analog master tapes to make them playable again. The heat evaporates the moisture in the coating of the tape. The otherwise moist backing will clog up all parts of the tape recorder the tape touches, leaving a dark glue like substance grinding everything to a halt. After the backing process, the tape becomes playable again and the transfer to digital is performed.

Some tracks feature a combination of vocal and dub version just as I used to perform that combination in a live DJ-set. Such a combination features the best parts from the vocal and dub version, capturing the complete feel of what that track meant to me.

Enjoy!
Ben Liebrand
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1 Grand 12 Inches 1  album cover Ben Liebrand Grand 12 Inches 1(LP, Comp, Red + LP, Comp, Blu) Sony Music 1 Netherlands 2021 Sell This Version
1 Upgrade Program Ben Liebrand Grand 12 Inches 1 Upgrade Program(14xFile, WAV, Comp) Not On Label (Ben Liebrand) 1 Upgrade Program Netherlands 2013
2 Grand 12 Inches 2  album cover Ben Liebrand Grand 12 Inches 2(LP, Comp, Gre + LP, Comp, Pin) Sony Music 2 Netherlands 2021 Sell This Version
2 Grand 12-Inches 2  album cover Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 2(4xCD, Comp) Sony Music Media, Sony Music Media, Sony Music Media 2 Netherlands 2005 Sell This Version
2 - Upgrades And Additions Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 2 - Upgrades And Additions(23xFile, WAV, Comp) Not On Label (Ben Liebrand) 2 - Upgrades And Additions Netherlands 2014
2 - Upgrades And Additions Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 2 - Upgrades And Additions (2 extra tracks)(2xFile, WAV, Comp) Not On Label (Ben Liebrand) 2 - Upgrades And Additions Netherlands 2014
3 Grand 12-Inches 3  album cover Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 3(4xCD, Comp) Sony BMG Music Entertainment 3 Netherlands 2006 Sell This Version
3 - Updates & Upgrades Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 3 - Updates & Upgrades(21xFile, WAV, Comp) Not On Label (Ben Liebrand) 3 - Updates & Upgrades Netherlands 2014
4 Grand 12-Inches 4  album cover Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 4(4xCD, Comp) Sony BMG Music Entertainment 4 Netherlands 2007 Sell This Version
4 - Upgrades And Additions Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 4 - Upgrades And Additions(25xFile, WAV, Comp) Not On Label (Ben Liebrand) 4 - Upgrades And Additions Netherlands 2014
5 Grand 12-Inches 5  album cover Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 5(4xCD, Comp) Sony BMG Music Entertainment 5 Netherlands 2008 Sell This Version
5 - Upgrades And Additions Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 5 - Upgrades And Additions(8xFile, WAV, Comp) Not On Label (Ben Liebrand) 5 - Upgrades And Additions Netherlands 2014
6 Grand 12-Inches 6  album cover Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 6(4xCD, Comp) Sony Music 6 Netherlands 2009 Sell This Version
6 - Upgrades And Additions Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 6 - Upgrades And Additions(14xFile, WAV, Comp) Not On Label (Ben Liebrand) 6 - Upgrades And Additions Netherlands 2014
7 Grand 12-Inches 7  album cover Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 7(4xCD, Comp) Sony Music 7 Netherlands 2010 Sell This Version
7 - Upgrades And Additions Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 7 - Upgrades And Additions(25xFile, WAV, Comp) Not On Label (Ben Liebrand) 7 - Upgrades And Additions Netherlands 2014
8 Grand 12-Inches 8  album cover Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 8(4xCD, Comp) Sony Music 8 Netherlands 2011 Sell This Version
8 - Upgrades And Additions Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 8 - Upgrades And Additions(3xFile, WAV, Comp) Not On Label (Ben Liebrand) 8 - Upgrades And Additions Netherlands 2016
9 Grand 12-Inches 9  album cover Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 9(4xCD, Comp) Sony Music 9 Netherlands 2012 Sell This Version
9 - Upgrades And Additions Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 9 - Upgrades And Additions(23xFile, WAV, Comp) Not On Label (Ben Liebrand) 9 - Upgrades And Additions Netherlands 2016
10 Grand 12-Inches 10  album cover Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 10(6xCD, Comp) Sony Music 10 Netherlands 2013 Sell This Version
10 - Upgrades And Additions Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 10 - Upgrades And Additions(4xFile, WAV, Comp) Not On Label (Ben Liebrand) 10 - Upgrades And Additions Netherlands 2016
11 Grand 12-Inches 11  album cover Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 11(4xCD, Comp) Sony Music 11 Netherlands 2014 Sell This Version
11 - Updates & Upgrades Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 11 - Updates & Upgrades(13xFile, WAV, Comp) Not On Label (Ben Liebrand) 11 - Updates & Upgrades Netherlands 2014
12 Grand 12-Inches 12  album cover Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 12(4xCD, Comp) Sony Music 12 Netherlands 2014 Sell This Version
12 - Updates & Upgrades Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 12 - Updates & Upgrades(17xFile, WAV, Comp) Not On Label (Ben Liebrand) 12 - Updates & Upgrades Netherlands 2015
13 Grand 12-Inches 13  album cover Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 13(4xCD, Comp) Sony Music 13 Netherlands 2015 Sell This Version
13 - Updates & Upgrades Ben Liebrand Grand 12 Inches 13 - Updates & Upgrades(19xFile, WAV, Comp + File, AIFF) Not On Label (Ben Liebrand) 13 - Updates & Upgrades Netherlands 2015
13 - Upgrades & Additions Ben Liebrand Grand 12 Inches 13 - Upgrades & Additions(21xFile, WAV, Comp) Not On Label (Ben Liebrand) 13 - Upgrades & Additions Netherlands 2016
14 Grand 12-Inches 14  album cover Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 14(4xCD, Comp) Sony Music 14 Netherlands 2016 Sell This Version
14 - Upgrades And Additions Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 14 - Upgrades And Additions(9xFile, WAV, Comp) Not On Label (Ben Liebrand) 14 - Upgrades And Additions Netherlands 2016
15 Grand 12-Inches 15  album cover Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 15 (Comp) 15 Netherlands 2017 Sell This Version
15 - Updates Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 15 - Updates(22xFile, WAV, Comp) Not On Label (Ben Liebrand) 15 - Updates Netherlands 2017
16 Grand 12-Inches 16  album cover Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 16(4xCD, Comp) Sony Music 16 Netherlands 2018 Sell This Version
16 - Updates Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 16 - Updates(14xFile, WAV, Comp) Not On Label (Ben Liebrand) 16 - Updates Netherlands 2018
17 Grand 12-Inches 17  album cover Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 17(4xCD, Comp, TEX) Sony Music 17 Netherlands 2020 Sell This Version
17 - Updates Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 17 - Updates (Comp) 17 - Updates Netherlands 2020
18 Grand 12-Inches 18  album cover Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches 18(4xCD, Comp, TEX) Sony Music 18 Netherlands 2021 Sell This Version
5110882 Grand 12-Inches  album cover Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches(4xCD, Comp) Sony Music 5110882 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
SMM 511088 2 Grand 12-Inches  album cover Ben Liebrand Grand 12-Inches (Comp) SMM 511088 2 Europe 2003 Sell This Version

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GoodNF

GoodNF

March 26, 2021
edited 4 months ago
I recall the very beginning of this in 2003. After rebooting his Grandmixes on CD (kicking off with a Millennium edition), interest in dance music from the past started to rise. So Arcade, who originally released the Dance Classics series 1988-1990, teamed up with Universal to revive and even continue this series, eventually replacing single versions by the longer album and/or 12 inch versions. Other record companies started to do the same. Ben, always looking for perfection from day 1 of his profressional life, decided that it was time to teach the public a lesson: there are many CDs with the extended version of, say, Donna Summer "I Feel Love", but there can only be one the very best in terms of length, feel and above all sound quality.

This is why he started Grand 12 Inches. Original artists, original titles, original 12 inch or full length album versions (in case the 12 inch version was not made, not available for licensing or the album version was simply better). Preferrably sourced from the original master tapes, and (I quote): "vinyl transfer only if no master is available (even after contacting the original artist) and only if a mint vinyl is at hand".
Needless to say, a noble statement and approach. Remember that in 2003, record companies were trying out algorithms such as "key2audio" and "Cactus Data Shield" in order to "copy control" their CDs (effectively ruining them) in an attempt to battle music piracy and massive illegal downloading from the web. Another development was the "loudness war" in which CDs were mastered as loud as possible in order to make them sound pound-heavy on mobile phones and similar devices.

And I have to say: the first 8-9 volumes of Grand 12 Inches are very enjoyable. When volume 10 was expanded to six discs, things started to change, and too bad, not for the better.
It was as if the master archives were exhausted. Ben was using his social networks in a search for masters. Not a bad idea as such, but more and more often, I had to read that a particular recording was "taken from CD transfer". Although many of those late 1980s CDs still sound great (some of them even having reference quality or being textbook master quality), fact is that they were made using 1980s equipment and knowledge. And with current technology, more can be retrieved out of those master tapes. So to say: if a master tape is there, use it.
Now I had the feeling that my old 1980s CDs could do the job as well. So the only reason to follow Ben Liebrand's Grand 12 Inches was to pick the titles I missed (which was exactly the phenomenon Ben was trying to avoid; I quote: "stop collecting titles, start collecting quality").
Of course, I bought every volume he released (at his own webshop), for the sake of completion and continuity. The updates and upgrades are a nice bonus. Meanwhile, other initiatives have stopped meanwhile (especially those who were only in it for the money) but Ben is still continuing his mission. But for how long?

At the end of last year, Ben reported that Grandmix 2020 will not see a CD release. Declining sales and illegal sharing were the main causes. This means that Grand 12 Inches 18 may be the curtain call. Or even worse: that Grand 12 Inches 17 already was the very last one.
It is to be feared that the general public values convenience more than sound quality. Spotify & co are more convenient; for a fixed fee per month, you can browse and select all music you want, without having to collect chests full of sound carriers. Those who prefer a physical sound carrier will rather revert to vinyl than CD. This leaves little room left for intiatives such as Grand 12 Inches.

Only time will tell. Until then, there are 70 CDs full of 12 inch versions to enjoy. Or 74, if you also include the Liebrand 12 Inches.
pablo.75

pablo.75

May 30, 2020
I have all the Grand 12"-releases on CD and I have to say that the sound mastering is tremendous imho. Of course the selection of tracks is great too and offers a great reflection of the history of (electronic) dance music. A big thank you to Ben Liebrand for this monastic work!
Chillyboy

Chillyboy

December 25, 2016
A couple of things to consider. This is a labour of love by Ben Liebrand and the effort he takes to as meticulously as possible bring what are in some cases, almost lost or destroyed masters back to life is admirable. The other thing to consider is availability. He searches literally the world to track down the masters and then must receive licensing rights to reissue on a limited basis. Is every set and every track a homerun... it depends of if you are a fan or not. I personally have enjoyed each issue. There are many tracks still out there for example "Cerrone's Trippin' on the moon (12" mix) that have never seen the light of day on CD that would be a goldmine to add. But, for the price they are incredible.
spacewarp

spacewarp

April 5, 2016
A pretty dull series that's vastly overrated which sounds like one long episode of Steve Wright In The Afternoon. There are a lot of brilliant 12 inch dance tracks out there, sadly this hardly contains any of them and has little variation. If you want to get your Mum and Dad up shaking their rheumatoid joints with very middle of the road numbers then this series is just up your street.