Herbie HancockSextant

Label:Columbia – 19658819721, Sony Music Commercial Music Group – 19658819721
Series:Vinyl Me, Please. Essentials – E132
Vinyl, LP, Album, Club Edition, Reissue, Stereo, Lunar Marble, 180g
Genre:Electronic, Jazz
Style:Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Experimental, Space-Age


A1Rain Dance9:16
A2Hidden Shadows10:13

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Vinyl Me, Please Essentials - VMP-E132 — December 2023

- VMP Obi strip
- 8 page 10"x10" booklet with commentary by Marcus M. Moore
- 12" x 12" b&w photo on card stock paper by Tomi Copi / Michael Ochs Archives

Info from VMP page:
"Sextant is Herbie Hancock's futuristic funk masterpiece and the VMP Essentials Record of the Month for December 2023. The 50th anniversary-edition record is available on 180g "Lunar Marble" vinyl with AAA lacquers cut from tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound."

A product of Catero Sound Company.

℗ 1973 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. © 1973, 2023 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. Manufactured for Vinyl Me, Please by Sony Music Entertainment.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label A): 19658819721A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label B): 19658819721B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A): 262939E1 1593201 RKS STERLING 19658819721-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B): 262939E2 1593198 19658819721-B RKS STERLING

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Sextant (LP, Album, Stereo, Terre Haute Pressing )ColumbiaC 32212US1973
Sextant (LP, Album)CBSS 65582Netherlands1973
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Sextant (LP, Album, Stereo, Santa Maria Pressing)ColumbiaKC 32212US1973
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Sextant (LP, Album, Quadraphonic)ColumbiaCQ 32212US1973
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Sextant (8-Track Cartridge, Album, Quadraphonic)ColumbiaCAQ 32212US1973



  • jgknick's avatar
    Edited one month ago
    Quiet and flat vinyl. Soundstage is sometimes very wide, with sounds coming at you from the far left or far right, but it's mostly a medium soundstage that stays within the bounds of the speakers. There is good separation of instruments, but there is sometimes a muddled sound because the music is so busy. There is a lot going on, and some of it is difficult to hear. The bass is easily audible, but it's not a vivid bass sound; perhaps I am trying to say that it lacks immediacy or that it is not a vibrant sound.

    I like this record. It seems to be heavily influenced by the Miles Davis electric albums that are now becoming familiar to me from the VMP Miles Davis box. The extraordinary thing about the Miles Davis records is the way the recorded sound blooms and seems to expand way beyond the speakers to fill the entire listening room. This record lacks that magic, but it's a good record.
    • cnrmrphy's avatar
      Incredible pressing with great clarity, separation of the musicians and warmth. A great advert for the medium. Even with a previous copy and multiple listens to high definition streams I wasn’t aware of some of Herbie’s parts which come into greater focus on this release. Highly recommended.
      • brb9911's avatar
        Edited 2 months ago
        This is the album that asks the musical question, “How much acid did Herbie take in the early ‘70s?”

        The answer is a lot and I love it. A special version of a special recording.
        • spiritualize's avatar
          sounds absolutely stunning. really blew me away with this one vmp - thank u!
          • GaboWabo's avatar
            I cannot add anymore what has been text from the previous comments. This is to confirm this album is master& pressed to perfection. I hear no significant service noise or any flaws in this album. Highly recommend it to anyone that wants to hear great music on quality vinyl.
            • CatsPajamas's avatar
              VMP and Ryan Smith did it again! Such a amazing and well balanced record.
              • adamwolpert1's avatar
                One of the finest essential releases by VMP in some time, in my honest opinion. The pressing, mastering and packaging are all stellar. A great album deserving of this kind of treatment, and I would love if they had more diverse essential selections like this one.
                • WookSlayer's avatar
                  Killer remaster and the wax is beautiful. I highly recommend.
                  • Merkdog4's avatar
                    The separation of the instruments is amazing and every little nuanced sound is perfectly rendered. I didn't know this album but after one listen I am in love with it.
                    • 4thFloorWalkup's avatar
                      what a wild and 😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫 journey. i would definitely go on this ride again but my brain needs time to process this album. very good!


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