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Buddy Rich: The Channel One Suite


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Let the audience forever be amazed and in wonderment or your art... —Johnny Carson on Buddy Rich
In April of 1985, two of Buddy Rich’s historic sets: The Channel One Suite, and West Side Story were recorded at One Pass Production’s King Street Studio in San Francisco. The tapes were among the first ever recorded with a Digital Surround track and had never been released in their original form with surround sound. But in 1990 the worst occurred – a fire broke out and all was thought to be lost as most of the studio was destroyed.

Now, 18 years later, through the efforts of three production companies (Scabeba Entertainment, Reber Productions and Lobitos Creek Ranch) and several sound facilities, Buddy Rich and His Band: The Channel One Suite has been fully restored and enhanced on DVD.

Featuring a 60-minute performance of the legendary drummer Buddy Rich and his Big Band, never before seen interview segments, behind-the-scenes footage and special features with Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lewis.

Buddy and his band had not done a major recording for more than five years prior to 1985 and with his death in 1987 The Channel One Suite set stands as the last recorded production of the legendary drummer. Original producer Gary Reber (Reber Productions) ensured that this would be a concert to remember and enlisted the support of many of the sound industries major players. The production was recorded with an experimental SQ/Tate digital surround method, a revolutionary technique at the time. Scott Ross was the Director of the original concert.

The meticulous attention to every detail makes the disc a must have for Buddy Rich fans. Buddy's performance is nothing less than stellar, and the peeks behind the scenes give everyone a birds-eye view of Buddy off stage as well as on.

Special Features including an interview with Buddy on the importance of preserving the Big Band Jazz sound are included and producer Reber is also featured showcasing the revolutionary recording techniques which included creating two of the worlds largest condenser microphones. The microphones were made of Plexiglas and hovered over the band. They weighed over 200 hundred lbs. each. Other features of the disc include: "Birdland", a bonus track that was recorded in surround and also two photo galleries taken during the performance.

Format: Color, DTS Surround Sound
Rated: NR
Studio: Wea Corp
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003

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