Ry Cooder & V.M. Bhatt - A Meeting By The River


A desert island disc
MONO AND STEREO HIGH-END AUDIO MAGAZINE

This is one of my favourite recordings of all time and one of the ten desert island disc to take with.
This 1994 Grammy winner for Best World Music Album was recorded by Kavi Alexander of legendary Water Lily Acoustics in a chapel straight to 1-inch analog tape on a Tim de Paravicini custom-built, all-triode tube recording chain and expertly mastered by Kevin Gray from the original analog master tapes. Check the historical pictures after the jump. I'll be soon interview Kavi about his life's work and this record so stay tuned for more...

And yes, I'm talking about double vinyl 45 RPM version from AcousTech.

Saijo loudspeakers by Tim de Paravicini and Westrex 735mm magnetic film recorder

Custom-made meter bridge and tube direct drive headphone amp by Tim de Paravicini of E.A.R.

Kavi Alexander on location with his custom recording equipment.

Tim de Paravicini of E.A.R.

Custom-made tube mic preamps and power supplies for custom-made tube microphones by Tim de Paravicini
Custom-made triode tube microphones by Tim de Paravicini

Custom-made 1 inch 2-track tube recorder by Tim de Paravicini

Custom-made 1 inch 2-track tube recorder by Tim de Paravicini

Custom-made 1 inch 2-track tube recorder by Tim de Paravicini

George Harrison presenting the Grammy award to V.M. Bhatt at a concert celebrating the 75th birthday of Ravi Shankar

George Harrison presenting the Grammy award to V.M. Bhatt at a concert celebrating the 75th birthday of Ravi Shankar

Photo taken at the recording of Meeting By The River

Recording analog onto a Stellavox SM8 in St. Petersburg, Russia

Recording in St. Petersburg, Russia

Meeting By The River mastering session with Kevin Gray

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