Pure analog mastering process
6 LP deluxe box, gatefold jackets w/ glossy varnish finish
180-gram individual pressings include Action, Girl Talk, The Way I Really Play, My Favorite Instrument, Mellow Mood and Travelin' On
"The German audiophile journalist/producer Dirk Sommer commenced work on a project to reissue a six LP set of these extraordinary private sessions, working from the original master tapes….The sound varies somewhat from record to record, but the quality is generally very high with Peterson appearing between center and right speaker and Thigpen and Brown to your left….Peterson's playing dazzles with speed, intensity, eclecticism and inventiveness….Dynamics are explosive and the cutting engineer, knowing his audience, kept his hands off the limiter." — Music = 10/11; Sound = 10/11 – Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com. Read the whole review here.
Exclusively for My Friends is generally regarded as the heart of every Oscar Peterson collection. Peterson even raved that the MPS recordings, mainly due to the intimate atmosphere of inclusion in Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer's living room and its perfection and sensitivity as a sound engineer and producer, brought out Peterson's best.
The resulting 1963-1968 private concert recordings are the impressive result of the long friendship between the exceptional Canadian pianist and the Black Forest label owners and document both Peterson's brilliance in high-profile trio lineups as well as Brunner-Schwer's obsession with the best possible sound.
Each recording is pressed on 180 grams of virgin vinyl. The sound reflects the pure analog mastering process freed from traces of aging and carefully optimized. This MPS set corresponds again to the highest audiophile standards of today.