Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-1988

The Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-1988

by Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock recorded for Columbia between 1972 and 1988. During that period, between the label's American and Japanese divisions, he released 31 albums, both solo and with an astonishing variety of players in an equally breathtaking panorama of styles, from straight-ahead post-bop, to fusion, jazz-funk, disco, R&B, smooth jazz, and even hip-hop. Though Hancock had


Herbie Hancock recorded for Columbia between 1972 and 1988. During that period, between the label's American and Japanese divisions, he released 31 albums, both solo and with an astonishing variety of players in an equally breathtaking panorama of styles, from straight-ahead post-bop, to fusion, jazz-funk, disco, R&B, smooth jazz, and even hip-hop. Though Hancock had a celebrated career before signing to Columbia, it was his longest label association; and during his tenure there, he experienced his greatest commercial success and his name was etched permanently into the history of popular music. This box set contains 34 discs -- 28 single and three double albums -- all housed in handsome individual LP and gatefold sleeves. Among them are eight records never previously issued outside of Japan: the solo sans overdubs Dedication from 1974, Flood (Head Hunters band live, 1975); The Herbie Hancock Trio (with Ron Carter and Tony Williams, 1977); Tempest (with V.S.O.P, 1977), Directstep (a full band, live in the studio, direct-to-disc, 1978); Five Stars (V.S.O.P. studio, direct-to-disc, 1979), Butterfly (studio, with Kimiko Kasai, 1979), Herbie Hancock Trio with Ron Carter + Tony Williams (studio, 1981). Three more recordings, Sunlight (1978), Magic Windows (1981), and Lite Me Up (1982), have never been previously issued in the United States on compact disc. There are several historic albums in this batch, among them, Sextant, Head Hunters, V.S.O.P.: The Quintet, the Death Wish soundtrack, Future Shock, and more. Many of these dates, particularly those from the disco and post-disco R&B eras, such as Feets Don't Fail Me Now, and Monster, deserve reappraisal for what they are in and of themselves -- pop records. The same goes for the jazz-funk Man-Child and even the post-Monster, R&B, pop, and jazz experimentation that resulted in Mr. Hands. The accompanying booklet is 200 pages, divided into three sections. Its centerpiece is an exhaustive 5,500 word essay by noted musician, historian, and producer Bob Belden. In addition, there is an album-by-album commentary by Max Schlueter, Hancock's historian and discographer, as well as a complete discography by Richard Seidel, which includes lineups, detailed recording data, original release dates, chart positions, and a shorter discography of Hancock's pre-Columbia career. There is even a glossary of instrumentation and terminology used. There are loads of well-known and rare photographs and sidebar commentaries, including one on David Rubinson, who produced all but six of these records. While it's easy to note that a project of this size will likely only appeal to Hancock's most ardent fans, music historians, and librarians, it is also worth noting that inside The Complete Columbia Albums Collection 1972-1988 is a defining portrait of a musician so diverse, restless, and creative -- one who has been profiled, emulated, imitated, sampled, and compiled so often -- that there are few in his class.

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Release Date:
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Disc 1

  1. Rain Dance
  2. Hidden Shadows
  3. Hornets

Disc 2

  1. Chameleon
  2. Watermelon Man
  3. Sly
  4. Vein Melter

Disc 3

  1. Maiden Voyage
  2. Dolphin Dance
  3. Nobu
  4. Cantaloupe Island

Disc 4

  1. Palm Grease
  2. Actual Proof
  3. Butterfly
  4. Spank-A-Lee

Disc 5

  1. Death Wish (Main Title)
  2. Joanna's Theme
  3. Do a Thing
  4. Paint Her Mouth
  5. Rich Country
  6. Suite Revenge: Striking Back/Riverside Park/The Alley/Last Stop/8th Ave
  7. Ochoa Knose
  8. Party People
  9. Fill Your Hand

Disc 6

  1. Introduction/Maiden Voyage
  2. Actual Proof
  3. Spank-A-Lee
  4. Watermelon Man
  5. Butterfly
  6. Chameleon
  7. Hang Up Your Hang Ups

Disc 7

  1. Hang Up Your Hang Ups
  2. Sun Touch
  3. The Trailor
  4. Bubbles
  5. Steppin' in It
  6. Heartbeat

Disc 8

  1. Doin' It
  2. People Music
  3. Cantelope Island
  4. Spider
  5. Gentle Thoughts
  6. Swamp Rat
  7. Sansho Shima

Disc 9

  1. Piano Introduction
  2. Maiden Voyage
  3. Nefertiti
  4. Introduction of Players/Eye of the Hurricane

Disc 10

  1. Toys
  2. Introductions
  3. You'll Know When You Get There
  4. Hang Up Your Hang Ups
  5. Spider

Disc 11

  1. Watch It
  2. Speak Like a Child
  3. Watcha Waitin' For
  4. Look
  5. Milestones

Disc 12

  1. One of a Kind
  2. Third Plane
  3. Jessica
  4. Lawra
  5. Introduction of Players/Darts
  6. Dolores
  7. Little Waltz
  8. Byrdlike

Disc 13

  1. Eye of the Hurricane
  2. Diana
  3. Eighty-One
  4. Maiden Voyage
  5. Lawra
  6. Red Clay

Disc 14

  1. Someday My Prince Will Come
  2. Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)
  3. Button Up

Disc 15

  1. February Moment
  2. Maiden Voyage
  3. La Fiesta

Disc 16

  1. I Thought It Was You
  2. Come Running to Me
  3. Sunlight
  4. No Means Yes
  5. Good Question

Disc 17

  1. You Bet Your Love
  2. Trust Me
  3. Ready or Not
  4. Tell Everybody
  5. Honey from the Jar
  6. Knee Deep
  7. Tell Everybody

Disc 18

  1. Butterfly
  2. Shiftless Shuffle
  3. I Thought It Was You

Disc 19

  1. My Funny Valentine
  2. On Green Dolphin Street
  3. Someday My Prince Will Come
  4. Harvest Time
  5. Sonrisa
  6. Manhattan Island
  7. Blue Otani
  8. My Funny Valentine
  9. On Green Dolphin Street
  10. Harvest Time
  11. Someday My Prince Will Come

Disc 20

  1. Opening
  2. Eye of the Hurricane
  3. Tear Drop
  4. Domo
  5. Para Oriente
  6. Pee Wee
  7. One of Another Kind
  8. Fragile

Disc 21

  1. Opening
  2. Eye of the Hurricane
  3. Tear Drop
  4. Domo
  5. Para Oriente
  6. Pee Wee
  7. One of Another Kind
  8. Fragile
  9. Stella by Starlight
  10. On Green Dolphin Street

Disc 22

  1. Skagly
  2. Finger Painting
  3. Mutants on the Beach
  4. Circe
  5. Skagly
  6. Finger Painting

Disc 23

  1. I Thought It Was You
  2. Tell Me a Bedtime Story
  3. Head in the Clouds
  4. Maiden Voyage
  5. Harvest Time
  6. Sunlight
  7. Butterfly
  8. As

Disc 24

  1. Saturday Night
  2. Stars in Your Eyes
  3. Go for It
  4. Don't Hold It In
  5. Making Love
  6. It All Comes Round

Disc 25

  1. Spiraling Prism
  2. Calypso
  3. Just Around the Corner
  4. 4 A.M.
  5. Shiftless Shuffle
  6. Textures

Disc 26

  1. Magic Number
  2. Tonight's the Night
  3. Everybody's Broke
  4. Help Yourself
  5. Satisfied with Love
  6. The Twilight Clone

Disc 27

  1. Stable Mates
  2. Dolphin Dance
  3. A Slight Smile
  4. That Old Black Magic
  5. La Maison Goree

Disc 28

  1. Well You Needn't
  2. 'Round Midnight
  3. Clear Ways
  4. A Quick Sketch
  5. Eye of the Hurricane
  6. Parade
  7. The Sorcerer
  8. Pee Wee
  9. I Fall in Love Too Easily

Disc 29

  1. Lite Me Up!
  2. The Bomb
  3. Gettin' to the Good Part
  4. Paradise
  5. Can't Hide Your Love
  6. The Fun Tracks
  7. Motor Mouth
  8. Give It All Your Heart

Disc 30

  1. Rockit
  2. Future Shock
  3. TFS
  4. Earth Beat
  5. Autodrive
  6. Rough
  7. Mega Mix: Rockit/Autodrive/Future Shock/TFS/Rough/Chameleon

Disc 31

  1. Hardrock
  2. Metal Beat
  3. Karabali
  4. Junku
  5. People Are Changing
  6. Sound System
  7. Metal Beat

Disc 32

  1. Moon/Light
  2. Ndan Ndan Nyaria
  3. Early Warning
  4. Kanatente

Disc 33

  1. 'Round Midnight
  2. Body and Soul
  3. Bérangére's Nightmare
  4. Fair Weather
  5. Una Noche Con Francis
  6. The Peacocks
  7. How Long Has This Been Going On?
  8. Rhythm-A-Ning
  9. Still Time
  10. Minuit Aux Champs-Elysées
  11. Chan's Song (Never Said)

Disc 34

  1. Perfect Machine
  2. Obsession
  3. Vibe Alive
  4. Beat Wise
  5. Maiden Voyage/P. Bop
  6. Chemical Residue
  7. Vibe Alive
  8. Beat Wise

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Herbie Hancock   Primary Artist,Bass,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Hand Clapping,Emulator,Mellotron,ARP,Vocoder,fairlight,fender rhodes,oberheim,Memory Moog,Linn Drum,Mini Moog,Synthesizer Strings,Arp Pro Soloist,Piano (Grand),Arp 2600,Arp Odyssey,Fairlight CMI,Oberheim 8 Voice,Clavitar,Echoplex,Yamaha Keyboards
Daniel Ponce   Bata
Foday Musa Suso   Kora,talking drum
Adrian Belew   Guitar
Chet Baker   Trumpet,Vocals
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Ron Carter   Bass
Pete Escovedo   Percussion
Dexter Gordon   Tenor Saxophone
Billy Hart   Drums
Billy Higgins   Drums
Bill Laswell   Bass
Bennie Maupin   Flute,Percussion,Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute,Bass Flute,Piccolo,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Lyricon,Saxello
Bobby McFerrin   Vocals
John McLaughlin   Guitar
Pierre Michelot   Bass
Alphonse Mouzon   Drums
Julian Priester   Bass Trombone,Tenor Trombone
Wayne Shorter   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Cedar Walton   Piano
Tony Williams   Drums
Eddie Henderson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mike Clark   Drums
Bill Summers   Percussion,Conga,Tambourine,Balafon,Bottle,Surdo,Agogo,Shekere,Gankogui,Log Drums,Cabasa
Jeanie Tracy   Background Vocals
David T. Walker   Guitar
Mico Wave   Bass,Vocoder,Talk Box,Mini Moog
Gavin Christopher   Vocals
Kenneth Nash   Percussion
Lonette McKee   Vocals
Ray Obiedo   Guitar
Michael Beinhorn   Memory Moog,Mini Moog,Prophet 5
Bootsy Collins   Bass,Vocoder
Bud Brisbois   Trumpet
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Don Carter   Bass
Buck Clarke   Bongos,Conga
Pete Cosey   Guitar
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Jay DaVersa   Trumpet
Henry Davis   Bass
Sly Dunbar   Bongos,Drums
Sheila Escovedo   Percussion
Bernard Fowler   Vocals,Background Vocals
James Gadson   Drums
Patrick Gleeson   ARP
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jim Horn   Flute,Saxophone
Bobby Hutcherson   Vibes
Paul Jackson   Bass,Electric Bass,Marimbula
George Johnson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Louis Johnson   Bass
James Levi   Drums
Wynton Marsalis   Trumpet
Harvey Mason   Drums
McKay   Guitar
Ray Parker   Guitar,Drums
Jerry Peters   Conductor
Vicki Randle   Vocals,Background Vocals
Nicky Skopelitis   fairlight
Ngoh Spencer   Background Vocals
Roger Trilling   Background Vocals
Luther Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Eddie Watkins   Bass
Ernie Watts   Flute,Saxophone
Wah-Wah Watson   Synthesizer,Guitar,Voice Bag
Buster Williams   Bass,Acoustic Bass,Wah Wah Bass
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica
Dick Hyde   Tuba,Bass Trombone
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Juan Escovedo   Percussion
Dwight Jackson   Vocals
Sugarfoot   Vocals
Lamar Wright   Vocals
Blackbyrd McKnight   Guitar
DST   Turntables
Maxine Waters   Background Vocals
Freddie Washington   Bass
David Bottom   Background Vocals
Jeffrey Cohen   Background Vocals
Grand Mixer DST   Turntables,Vocals,Background Vocals
John Robinson   Drums
Dede Dickerson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Adrian Belew   Composer
Martin Bisi   Engineer
Material   Producer
Bob Belden   Essay
Ron Carter   Composer
Kenny Dorham   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer,Producer,drum machine,Arp String Ensemble,Digital Synthesizer
Bill Laswell   Producer
Bennie Maupin   Composer
Alphonse Mouzon   Composer
Wayne Shorter   Composer
Tony Williams   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Gavin Christopher   Composer,Brass Arrangment
Michael Beinhorn   Dmx
Bryan Bell   Engineer,Keyboard Engineer
Dane Butcher   Engineer
Fred Catero   Engineer
Michael Cuscuna   Producer
Didier C. Deutsch   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Freddie Hubbard   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Paul Jackson   Composer
Dave Jerden   Engineer
Leslie Ann Jones   Engineer
Bernie Kirsh   Engineer
Bob Kovach   Engineer
Jack Leahy   Engineer
Harvey Mason   Arranger,Composer
George Massenburg   Engineer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Chris Minto   Engineer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Robert Musso   Engineer
Ray Parker   Composer
Jerry Peters   Arranger
David Rubinson   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Tamoo Suzuki   Engineer
Ned Washington   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Billy Youdelman   Engineer
Jeremy Zatkin   Engineer
Dominick Maita   Engineer
Ron Pendragon   Engineer
Tony Meilandt   Director
Mike Panico   Archival Assistant
John Vieira   Engineer
Michael Kull   Tape Research
Tom Tierney   Archival Assistant
Jeff Gilligan   Art Direction
Matt Kelly   Tape Research
Steve Berkowitz   Executive Producer
Darcy M. Proper   Producer
Tom Suzuki   Engineer
M. Ragin   Composer
Jerry Zatkin   Engineer
Che Williams   Composer
William Flageollet   Engineer
Shichiro Hoshino   Director
Lee Ethier   Equipment Technician
K'ichi Nakamura   Production Director

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