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Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic

Label:Brainfeeder – BF050
Format:
3 x Vinyl, LP, 180g
Box Set, Album
Country:USA & Europe
Released:
Genre:Jazz, Funk / Soul
Style:Fusion, Contemporary Jazz, Psychedelic, Soul-Jazz

Tracklist

Volume 1 - The Plan
A1Change Of The Guard
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By]Kamasi Washington
EngineerTony Austin
12:16
A2Isabelle
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By]Kamasi Washington
EngineerBrian Rosemeyer
12:13
A3Final Thought
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By]Kamasi Washington
EngineerTony Austin
6:32
B1The Next Step
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By]Kamasi Washington
EngineerTony Austin
14:49
B2Askim
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By]Kamasi Washington
EngineerTony Austin
12:35
Volume 2 - The Glorious Tale
C1The Rhythm Changes
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By], Lyrics ByKamasi Washington
EngineerTony Austin
Lyrics ByPatrice Quinn
7:44
C2Leroy And Lanisha
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By]Kamasi Washington
EngineerTony Austin
9:24
C3Re Run
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By]Kamasi Washington
EngineerTony Austin
8:20
D1Miss Understanding
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By]Kamasi Washington
EngineerTony Austin
8:46
D2Henrietta Our Hero
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By], Lyrics ByKamasi Washington
EngineerTony Austin
Lyrics ByPatrice Quinn
7:14
D3Seven Prayers
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By]Kamasi Washington
EngineerTony Austin
7:36
D4Cherokee
Arranged By, Producer [Produced By]Kamasi Washington
Composed ByRay Noble
EngineerBrian Rosemeyer
8:14
Volume 3 - The Historic Repetition
E1The Magnificent 7
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By]Kamasi Washington
EngineerTony Austin
12:46
E2Re Run Home
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By]Kamasi Washington
EngineerTony Austin
14:06
F1Malcolm's Theme
Arranged By, Producer [Produced By], Other [Lyrics Set To Music By]Kamasi Washington
Composed ByTerence Blanchard
EngineerTony Austin
Lyrics ByOssie Davis
Other [Lyrics Set To Music By]Patrice Quinn
8:41
F2Clair De Lune
Arranged By, Producer [Produced By]Kamasi Washington
Composed ByClaude Debussy
EngineerTony Austin
11:08
F3The Message
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By]Kamasi Washington
EngineerTony Austin
11:09
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Notes

- 3 x black 180g 12" in artworked 3mm spined sleeves all housed in a rigid board outer slipcase.
- Half speed cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering.
- Includes 2 x 12" poster inserts featuring exclusive artwork by KC Woolf Haxton and story adaptation and calligraphy by Kenturah Davis
- Download MP3 Code sticker on sleeve of Volume 1 - The Plan
- Black sticker on shrink wrap (front)
- White BC sticker on shrink wrap (rear)

On rear box:
P & C Brainfeeder 2015
Made in the EU

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Sticker on shrink wrap): 5054429002300
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): Alchemy MPO BF050 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): MPO BF050 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C): MPO BF050 C
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D): MPO BF050 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side E): MPO BF050 E
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side F): MPO BF050 F

Other Versions (5 of 11)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
The Epic (17×File, FLAC, Album)BrainfeederBFDNL0502015
The Epic (3×CD, Album)BrainfeederBFCD050Europe2015
New Submission
The Epic (17×File, FLAC, Album, 24-bit 44.1 kHz)BrainfeederBFDNL050US2015
The Epic (3×LP, Box Set, Album, Limited Edition, Test Pressing)BrainfeederBF050PEurope2015
New Submission
The Epic (3×CD, Album, Digipak )Brainfeeder, Beat RecordsBRFD50Japan2015
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JASON_CRYER
Pretty disappointed with the sound on this one ... I'm not a hardcore audiophile but even to my amateur ears, the 3LP box just sounds dull and muffled compared to the digital. On its own merits, it's fine but if you want the best version available – LP is not it.
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funkylikklebugger
my copy looks and sounds wonderful. Nice flat records with zero surface noise
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Napalm42
Right up my alley as far as composition goes. Agree with the comments, not the most audiophile pressing. When things get busy a lot of tones can get washed out by the sax. His later Heaven and Earth pressing is of far better quality, but I'm a fan of Kamasi and am just happy to have his stuff in my collection.
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edgeless22
We are talking about almost 3 hours of music, so it's 30 minutes per side. Don't expect a super audiophile pressing, it's just impossible to do it here (it would take 6x12" to make it great). The pressing is good anyway and the listening is more than decent. The packaging is lovely!
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AlbertHofstein
Edited one year ago
I just wonder why this record shows up in my "recommondations" list with a few certain other records about 90% of the time I click through such genres. It certainly gets heavily pushed in my face through Discogs algorithms, but hasn't reached my ears yet. Maybe some day.
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kraaaamer
Edited 2 years ago
Although it becomes a little long in the tooth, The Epic is a sensational debut.

Sadly, this version is marred by a poor pressing. It's a shame because a lot of thought went into the packaging, and the physical presentation is very nice.

My records shipped with a large amount of surface noise and spindle holes that are way too small. The digital presentation of this album is vastly superior. What a shame.
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drgn238
Had this one, listened for about 3/4 times...
Really tried to like it...
...bu I just don't get it !
Yeah, technically top played,Marsalis brothers are also technically one of the best!
Executed very sharp, but idoes it say anything ( at least to me ) ?
I rest my case on this one: JUST PASS ME BY !!!
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anthonylukefoto
Edited 2 years ago
Great sounding pressing! Wide dynamic range with solid bass and clean treble. No noticeable surface noise even at loud volume levels.
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TommyVF
Impressive and beautiful. Just what we needed, and gorgeously backaged. I'm so glad this talent got the space needed to produce and collaborate, resulting in a pretty condensed, ambitious and massive pack of pieces. The poetic quality in the lyrics, plus the arrangements make this awesome (for me).

Thank you, Kamasi. Peace! <3
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whitespyder
After long & stressful readings on forums, i've decided to pull the trigger on this one since the boxset was pretty cheap on Amazon.fr (i mean, 35€ for a 3 LP set in a nice box, that's a steal).

Indeed, the presentation is pretty lavish considering the price. My version doesn't have the issue with the box being too tight as records and sleeves fit perfectly.

As for the pressing, everything seem fine on my system.
Since a lot of people has reported problems (mainly on the 1st side), i've listening to the whole thing VERY loud (it's pretty silent since there is so much music per side) and with great attention, and i can tell i have no real issues.
The music doesn't sound muffled or compressed on my copy... honestly, i don't know how they've managed to put +30 min on some sides without compromising too much.

I guess they had some QC problems at the beginning... or maybe i just got lucky!