The New Mastersounds To Release ‘The Nashville Session’

By Scott Bernstein Mar 23, 2016 8:51 am PDT

Leeds funk act The New Mastersounds have announced the upcoming release of The Nashville Session via Royal Potato Family on April 22. The LP was recorded at Nashville’s Welcome To 1979 studio at the tail end of the band’s extensive Fall/Winter 2015 Tour and will only be released on vinyl at first.

The New Mastersounds recorded the album without any guests in front of a small studio audience. After the performance, the recordings were mixed down to quarter-inch stereo tape and then cut direct to vinyl lacquers. There were no overdubs so what we’ll hear is pure and unadulterated The New Mastersounds featuring material from across their 16+ year career and 10 studio albums with the only exception a fresh take of legendary jazz guitarist Grant Green’s arrangement of James Brown’s “In The Middle.”

The Nashville Session will be released exclusively as a limited edition, 1000-piece vinyl pressing on April 22. It will not be made available in any other formats until a digital release set for May 27. “We made the decision to record in this context because our older tunes have been evolving over a decade and a half of live presentation as once-spontaneous improvised sections gradually became fixed into the live arrangements. Much of the change has come about since organist Joe Tatton joined the band in 2007,” explained drummer Simon Allen in a statement. “It was also the perfect time to capture the cheeky, spontaneous and confident energy of a live show at the point—straight off of tour—when the band was at the top of its game. As lovers of ’60s and ’70s funk and soul jazz, we have never much enjoyed the sound of modern digital live recordings. Somehow the balance of frequencies such recordings deliver is never what we crave; our music just makes the most sense to our ears and to our feet when everything is crunched onto tape, exactly the way the music that first influenced us was recorded.”

Pre-orders have started for The Nashville Session via Pledge Music. Among the various packages being offered is a ski trip with the band, a wine tasting with Simon Allen and Eddie Roberts, a day spent sailing with Eddie and a VIP ticket package granting side stage access to the band’s shows during New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The New Mastersounds will kick off a 21-date Spring Tour with four shows at NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl.

Listen to “In The Middle” from The Nashville Session:

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