Kamasi Washington ‎– The Epic

Label:
Brainfeeder ‎– BF050
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3 × Vinyl, LP, 180g
Box Set, Album
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Volume 1 - The Plan
A1 Change Of The Guard
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By] – Kamasi WashingtonEngineer – Tony Austin
12:16
A2 Isabelle
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By] – Kamasi WashingtonEngineer – Brian Rosemeyer
12:13
A3 Final Thought
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By] – Kamasi WashingtonEngineer – Tony Austin
06:32
B1 The Next Step
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By] – Kamasi WashingtonEngineer – Tony Austin
14:49
B2 Askim
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By] – Kamasi WashingtonEngineer – Tony Austin
12:35
Volume 2 - The Glorious Tale
C1 The Rhythm Changes
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By], Lyrics By – Kamasi WashingtonEngineer – Tony AustinLyrics By – Patrice Quinn
07:44
C2 Leroy And Lanisha
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By] – Kamasi WashingtonEngineer – Tony Austin
09:24
C3 Re Run
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By] – Kamasi WashingtonEngineer – Tony Austin
08:20
D1 Miss Understanding
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By] – Kamasi WashingtonEngineer – Tony Austin
08:46
D2 Henrietta Our Hero
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By], Lyrics By – Kamasi WashingtonEngineer – Tony AustinLyrics By – Patrice Quinn
07:14
D3 Seven Prayers
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By] – Kamasi WashingtonEngineer – Tony Austin
07:36
D4 Cherokee
Arranged By, Producer [Produced By] – Kamasi WashingtonComposed By – Ray NobleEngineer – Brian Rosemeyer
08:14
Volume 3 - The Historic Repetition
E1 The Magnificent 7
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By] – Kamasi WashingtonEngineer – Tony Austin
12:46
E2 Re Run Home
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By] – Kamasi WashingtonEngineer – Tony Austin
14:06
F1 Malcolm's Theme
Arranged By, Producer [Produced By], Other [Lyrics Set To Music By] – Kamasi WashingtonComposed By – Terence BlanchardEngineer – Tony AustinLyrics By – Ossie DavisOther [Lyrics Set To Music By] – Patrice Quinn
08:41
F2 Clair De Lune
Arranged By, Producer [Produced By] – Kamasi WashingtonComposed By – Claude DebussyEngineer – Tony Austin
11:08
F3 The Message
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer [Produced By] – Kamasi WashingtonEngineer – Tony Austin
11:09

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Notes

- 3 x black 180g 12" in artworked 3mm spined sleeves all housed in a rigid board outer slipcase.
- Half speed cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering.
- Includes 2 x 12" poster inserts featuring exclusive artwork by KC Woolf Haxton and story adaptation and calligraphy by Kenturah Davis
- Download MP3 Code sticker on sleeve of Volume 1 - The Plan
- Black sticker on shrink wrap (front)
- White BC sticker on shrink wrap (rear)

On rear box:
P & C Brainfeeder 2015
Made in the EU

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Sticker on shrink wrap): 5054429002300
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): Alchemy MPO BF050 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): MPO BF050 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C): MPO BF050 C
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D): MPO BF050 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side E): MPO BF050 E
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side F): MPO BF050 F

Other Versions (5 of 8) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BFCD050 Kamasi Washington The Epic(3xCD, Album) Brainfeeder BFCD050 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
BFDNL050 Kamasi Washington The Epic(17xFile, FLAC, Album) Brainfeeder BFDNL050 2015
BFDL050, none Kamasi Washington The Epic(17xFile, WAV, Album, 16-) Brainfeeder, Ninja Tune BFDL050, none US 2015
BFDNL050 Kamasi Washington The Epic(17xFile, FLAC, Album, 24-) Brainfeeder BFDNL050 US 2015
BFCD050 Kamasi Washington The Epic(3xCD, Album, RP) Brainfeeder BFCD050 Europe 2017 Sell This Version

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kraaaamer

kraaaamer

August 4, 2019
edited about 1 year ago

Although it becomes a little long in the tooth, The Epic is a sensational debut.

Sadly, this version is marred by a poor pressing. It's a shame because a lot of thought went into the packaging, and the physical presentation is very nice.

My records shipped with a large amount of surface noise and spindle holes that are way too small. The digital presentation of this album is vastly superior. What a shame.
drgn238

drgn238

March 15, 2019
Had this one, listened for about 3/4 times...
Really tried to like it...
...bu I just don't get it !
Yeah, technically top played,Marsalis brothers are also technically one of the best!
Executed very sharp, but idoes it say anything ( at least to me ) ?
I rest my case on this one: JUST PASS ME BY !!!
anthonylukefoto

anthonylukefoto

February 15, 2019
edited about 1 year ago

Great sounding pressing! Wide dynamic range with solid bass and clean treble. No noticeable surface noise even at loud volume levels.
TommyVF

TommyVF

May 28, 2018

Impressive and beautiful. Just what we needed, and gorgeously backaged. I'm so glad this talent got the space needed to produce and collaborate, resulting in a pretty condensed, ambitious and massive pack of pieces. The poetic quality in the lyrics, plus the arrangements make this awesome (for me).

Thank you, Kamasi. Peace! <3
whitespyder

whitespyder

May 15, 2018
After long & stressful readings on forums, i've decided to pull the trigger on this one since the boxset was pretty cheap on Amazon.fr (i mean, 35€ for a 3 LP set in a nice box, that's a steal).

Indeed, the presentation is pretty lavish considering the price. My version doesn't have the issue with the box being too tight as records and sleeves fit perfectly.

As for the pressing, everything seem fine on my system.
Since a lot of people has reported problems (mainly on the 1st side), i've listening to the whole thing VERY loud (it's pretty silent since there is so much music per side) and with great attention, and i can tell i have no real issues.
The music doesn't sound muffled or compressed on my copy... honestly, i don't know how they've managed to put +30 min on some sides without compromising too much.

I guess they had some QC problems at the beginning... or maybe i just got lucky!
lazylistener

lazylistener

May 13, 2018
Not sure what people are expecting when they're buying vinyl records with 30min per side. These sound fantastic for what they are, and I think the cost-cutting measures only add to the fact that more people can enjoy this on wax, rather than it being a pricey, limited 6xLP box set.
deadwaxsecrets

deadwaxsecrets

April 7, 2018
Purchased my copy on release & fortunately no sound issues for me, amazing pressing & what's more it's less than £30 new which begs the question how the hell are other, single LP's as much or more.
Nufsterhoochie

Nufsterhoochie

February 27, 2018
My copy has a wobble on all three records.

Sonically they sound compressed. They remind me of the old "Direct disc" or digital recordings of the 80's where the music comes of sort of cold, distant, and compressed.

This music deserves dynamics, natural earthy tones and natural voices, but unfortunately this vinyl has neither of these qualities. It is all on the same plane, it never opens up and lets the listener in like good recordings do.

The sax, which is the main instrument here is maybe the biggest disappointment. It sounds distant, thin, weak and without any of the organic qualities that vinyl and saxophone can produce together.

So this recording is a big disappointment. I am looking forward to hearing what Kamasi can produce with a better production team working for him, because the music holds a lot of promise.
ANTonIn_ARTaud

ANTonIn_ARTaud

January 13, 2018
edited over 3 years ago

probably the best vinyl pressing I have ever listened to. crystal clear sound, no hissings or cracks, the quiet parts sound unbelievable! Thank you Mr Kamasi for that masterpiece!
eveningalbum

eveningalbum

January 6, 2018
I'll add my comments to those others who have clean, flat, and excellent-sounding vinyl copies. Delighted with the content and quality of this amazing jazz record. Jazz is neither dead, nor smells funny any more, Mr. Zappa...you'd be delighted too!