Herbie HancockThe Story of Herbie Hancock

Label:Columbia – VMP-A007, Sony Music Commercial Music Group – VMP-A007, Verve Records – VMP-A007, Universal Music Special Markets – VMP-A007, Blue Note – VMP-A007
Series:Vinyl Me, Please. Anthology – VMP-A007
Box Set, Compilation, Limited Edition, Numbered
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180g
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180g
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180g
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180g
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180g
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180g
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180g
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180g


Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off
A1Herbie HancockWatermelon Man
A2Herbie HancockThree Bags Full
A3Herbie HancockEmpty Pockets
B1Herbie HancockThe Maze
B2Herbie HancockDriftin'
B3Herbie HancockAlone And I
Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage
C1Herbie HancockMaiden Voyage
C2Herbie HancockThe Eye Of The Hurricane
C3Herbie HancockLittle One
D1Herbie HancockSurvival Of The Fittest
D2Herbie HancockDolphin Dance
Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters
E1Herbie HancockChameleon
Written-ByB. Maupin*, H. Mason*, H. Hancock*, P. Jackson*
E2Herbie HancockWatermelon Man
Arranged ByHarvey Mason
Written-ByH. Hancock*
F1Herbie HancockSly
Written-ByH. Hancock*
F2Herbie HancockVein Melter
Written-ByH. Hancock*
V.S.O.P. The Quintet - Live Under The Sky
G1V.S.O.P. The Quintet*Opening
G2V.S.O.P. The Quintet*Eye Of The Hurricane
G3V.S.O.P. The Quintet*Teardrop
H1V.S.O.P. The Quintet*Domo
H2V.S.O.P. The Quintet*Para Oriente
I1V.S.O.P. The Quintet*Pee Wee
I2V.S.O.P. The Quintet*Fragile
J1V.S.O.P. The Quintet*One Of Another Kind
Herbie Hancock - The Piano
K1Herbie HancockMy Funny Valentine
Written-ByR. Rodgers-L. Hart*
K2Herbie HancockOn Green Dolphin Street
Written-ByB. Kaper*, N. Washington*
K3Herbie HancockSomeday My Prince Will Come
Written-ByF. Churchill*, L. Morey*
L1Herbie HancockHarvest Time
Written-ByH. Hancock*
L2Herbie HancockSonrisa
Written-ByH. Hancock*
L3Herbie HancockManhattan Island
Written-ByH. Hancock*
L4Herbie HancockBlue Otani
Written-ByH. Hancock*
Herbie Hancock - Future Shock
M1Herbie HancockRockit
BassBill Laswell
BataDaniel Ponce
Drum Machine [DMX, Synare, Mini-Moog Programming]Michael Beinhorn
Synthesizer [Fairlight CMI, Rhodes Chroma, Clavitar, E-mu 4060 Digital Keyboard, Mini-Moog], Vocoder [Sennheiser], MIDI Controller [Dr. Click Rhythm Controller]Herbie Hancock
TurntablesGrand Mixer D.ST*
M2Herbie HancockFuture Shock
Backing VocalsBernard Fowler
BassBill Laswell
Clavinet, Synthesizer [Memory Moog]Herbie Hancock
Drums, BongosSly Dunbar
GuitarPete Cosey
Lead VocalsDwight Jackson Jr.
Synthesizer [Prophet 5, Pro 1, Memory Moog Programming]Michael Beinhorn
M3Herbie HancockTFS
BassBill Laswell
Piano, Synthesizer [Rhodes Chroma, Emulator], MIDI Controller [Dr. Click Rhythm Controller]Herbie Hancock
Synthesizer [DMX, Prophet 5, Synare, Memory Moog Programming]Michael Beinhorn
N1Herbie HancockEarth Beat
BassBill Laswell
BataDaniel Ponce
Synthesizer [DMX, Synare, Memory Moog Programming]Michael Beinhorn
Synthesizer [Falrlight CMI, Yamaha GS-1, Yamaha CE-20], MIDI Controller [Dr. Click Rhythm Controller]Herbie Hancock
TurntablesGrand Mixer D.ST*
N2Herbie HancockAutodrive
BassBill Laswell
Piano, Synthesizer [Rhodes Chroma, Mini-Moog, Yamaha DS-1]Herbie Hancock
Synthesizer [DMS, Synare, Shortwave, Mini-Moog Programming]Michael Beinhorn
N3Herbie HancockRough
BassBill Laswell
DrumsSly Dunbar
Lead VocalsLamar Wright
Synthesizer [Farlight CMI, alphaSyntauri, Emulator]Herbie Hancock
Synthesizer [Prophet-5]Michael Beinhorn
Turntables, VoiceGrand Mixer D.ST*
Herbie Hancock Wayne Shorter - 1+1
O1Herbie Hancock, Wayne ShorterMeridianne - A Wood Sylph
O2Herbie Hancock, Wayne ShorterAung San Suu Kyi
O3Herbie Hancock, Wayne ShorterSonrisa
P1Herbie Hancock, Wayne ShorterMemory Of Enchantment
P2Herbie Hancock, Wayne ShorterVisitor From Nowhere
Q1Herbie Hancock, Wayne ShorterJoanna's Theme
Q2Herbie Hancock, Wayne ShorterDiana
R1Herbie Hancock, Wayne ShorterVisitor From Somewhere
R2Herbie Hancock, Wayne ShorterManhattan Lorelei
R3Herbie Hancock, Wayne ShorterHale-Bopp, Hip-Hop
Herbie Hancock - River: The Joni Letters
S1Herbie HancockCourt And Spark
FeaturingNorah Jones
S2Herbie HancockEdith And The Kingpin
FeaturingTina Turner
T1Herbie HancockBoth Sides Now
T2Herbie HancockRiver
FeaturingCorinne Bailey Rae
U1Herbie HancockSweet Bird
U2Herbie HancockTea Leaf Prophecy
FeaturingJoni Mitchell
Written-ByJoni Mitchell, Larry Klein
U3Herbie HancockSolitude
V1Herbie HancockAmelia
FeaturingLuciana Souza
V2Herbie HancockNefertiti
Written-ByWayne Shorter
V3Herbie HancockThe Jungle Line
FeaturingLeonard Cohen

Companies, etc.



First edition limited to 1500
Hand numbered on back of box

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Other (Takin' Off original label and catalog #): Blue Note ST-84109
  • Other (Maiden Voyage original label and catalog #): Blue Note ST-84195
  • Other (Head Hunters original label and catalog #): Columbia KC32731
  • Other (Live Under The Sky original label and catalog #): CBS/Sony 40AP1037~8
  • Other (The Piano original label and catalog #): CBS/Sony 30AP 1033
  • Other (Future Shock original label and catalog #): Columbia FC38814
  • Other (1+1 original label and catalog #): Verve/UMG B0032617-01
  • Other (River: The Joni Letters original label and catalog #): Verve/UMG B0032615-01
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  • disc-continued's avatar
    The best REISSUE of Maiden Voyage available. Cut from the original stereo masters by Bernie Grundman on his all-tube system. A significant improvement over KPG's typical miserable mastering choices.
    • Thwolfe's avatar
      While I’ve certainly known Headhuntersm, “Rockit,” and “Watermelon Man” for a long time, I’m relatively new to Herbie Hancock. This box set truly tells a discernible “Story,” and it sounds fantastic - clear, great soundstage, deep. Even the digitally-recorded material rings out beautifully on vinyl. I’m so glad I found this, months after it was allegedly sold out. Get it!
      • snackeyp's avatar
        I’m so glad I bought this. It’s just perfect! I’m learning a lot about Herbie, having owned just two of his records prior to this set. The quality of this box set is beyond imagination. They all sound so wonderful.
        • disc-continued's avatar
          Excellent in every way. I regret they couldn't include one more album and do empyrean Isles in addition to Maiden voyage. That companion album is really necessary to dissect his tenure at blue note. Of the two, they are both essential, but empyrean Isles is more adventurous and ground breaking as a post bop & concept album.

          Is as essential to this discography as speak no evil should have been to the blue note story. That being said, schizophrenia was a great choice.
          • ssk13's avatar
            Looking for a jacket for the piano and 1+1. Please get in touch if you've got one.
            • harbars's avatar
              Nice box overall, a variety of authenticity issues with the reproduction jackets but overall an excellent set. Very happy with the pressings, *except* for Side A of the Piano, which on my copy has visible and audible pressing defects causing loud distortion making Side A unlistenable. Have contacted VMP for a hopeful replacement disc.
              • fxouellet's avatar
                I wonder why there is the Verve logo on V.S.O.P. The Quintet - Live Under The Sky?
                • brad1975's avatar
                  Edited 2 years ago
                  Have you all seen what a high quality pressing of Maiden Voyage, alone, goes for on Discogs? Buy this if you’re at all on the fence about it. This set is first-rate, all-around. The podcasts are also a nice touch. I enjoy them, and learn from them.

                  I also have the Blue Note, Stax, and Tribe VMP boxed sets. My wife has the Women of Motown set from VMP. And, like others have mentioned, they are all really, really nice inside and out. My music tastes vary widely, so, I jumped on the upcoming Story of Metal Blade set when VMP announced that one. There’s no reason to expect it to be any less great than the five we currently have in our household.

                  But, yeah, this Herbie Hancock set is a gem in my collection, for sure.

                  **Edit: I didn’t know a pressing of Maiden Voyage was coming out later this year. Still, this one is pretty sweet. See the reply thread for more info.

                  I’ve played all of the records, now. Boy, do they ever sound amazing. Like other reviewers have written: Tons of depth, all around. Lots of space where it needs to be. The staging is definitely present. During, “The Piano,” it sounded like I was sitting on top of the piano he was playing,
                  • angelzav's avatar
                    How is the sound quality on this? Would you think this is worth having, if I already have the Takin Off (BN80) and Headhunters (Analogue productions)?
                    • jackhartenstine87's avatar
                      Beautiful quality on the box itself and the covers of the albums!! I was blown away by that alone. Haven’t listened to anything yet, just opened it up and looked stuff over. Two of the albums even have Japanese OBI strips which are a nice touch!


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