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Judy Freeman & Blackrock - Lp - Digital release - Hold On Original 4 min Mix


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Judy Freeman & Blackrock - Lp - Digital release - Hold On Original 4 min Mix magazine cover

Long time readers of Soul Source may sit up to this heading. Back in the 1990s here on Soul Source, one member aka @Benji told us how he had got hold of the original test pressing copy of this never released lp. Sourced from the producer/engineer (memory) and of course the lp contained the 'original never released mix' of 'Hold On' a powerful 4+ minutes long version, which went onto be a classic play at the Capitol Soul Club Dome events in London for Irish Greg at the turn of the century.

Well, 20 odd years since then and 50 plus years since the lp was recorded the lp has finally had a (digital) release and is now available via the likes of Spotify and so on

Judy Freeman & Blackrock - Lp - Digital release -1971

 




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Nice to see the album get a release eventually.

I did find a german RCA test pressing of the album (two one-sided 12" TP to be precise) along with the sound engineer's notes. From what I recall according to the notes, sound quality of some tracks (incl Hold On) weren't meeting the minimum standard. The album never came out.

I got the test pressings from a guy in Cologne who claimed to be the said engineer. Don't know if it's true but what I know that he had access to some if not even all master tapes of the album. So pretty likely he was.

Is the digital release an official one?

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On 25/11/2021 at 21:44, Benji said:

Nice to see the album get a release eventually.

I did find a german RCA test pressing of the album (two one-sided 12" TP to be precise) along with the sound engineer's notes. From what I recall according to the notes, sound quality of some tracks (incl Hold On) weren't meeting the minimum standard. The album never came out.

I got the test pressings from a guy in Cologne who claimed to be the said engineer. Don't know if it's true but what I know that he had access to some if not even all master tapes of the album. So pretty likely he was.

Is the digital release an official one?

Yes it has been issued by RCA/Legacy (owned by Sony)  on 12 Nov 2021 and is available on all Digital platforms. e.g. Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09L5LTTCB/?tag=az077-21

https://soulstrutter.blogspot.com/2021/11/judy-freeman-blackrock-2021-judy.html

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