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Title - 'The Channel One Set' + 'The Lost Tapes'
Artist - Buddy Rich

For those not in the know, Buddy Rich was an American jazz drummer and bandleader.

Widely considered one of the most influential drummers of all time and known for his virtuoso technique, power, and speed, Rich was billed as "the world's greatest drummer" during his career.

He performed with many bandleaders, most notably Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Count Basie, and led his own big band.

Lightyear Entertainment and Lobitos Creek Ranch, in association with Scabeba Entertainment and the Buddy Rich Estate, have announced the release of two new live albums featuring Buddy Rich and his Big Band.

Both recorded in 1985 on two nights at the King Street Studios in San Francisco, the digital albums are being released on September 15th, 2017, as part of the Buddy Rich Centennial Celebration.

The albums are the soundtracks from two concert films, The Channel One Suite and The Lost Tapes, which have been available from Lightyear on DVD since 2003 and 2005, respectively.

The sound recordings from these concerts have never before been available as audio albums or as digital films for rental, sale, or streaming.

In April of 1985, two of Buddy Rich’s historic sets: The Channel One Suite (now retitled 'The Channel One Set'), and West Side Story (now retitled 'The Lost Tapes') were recorded at One Pass Production’s King Street Studio in San Francisco. The tapes were among the first ever recorded with a Digital Surround track and had never been released in their original form with surround sound. But in 1990 the worst occurred – a fire broke out and all was thought to be lost as most of the studio was destroyed.

The Channel One Set:
1. 'Machine'
2. 'Best Coast'
3. 'One O'Clock Jump'
4. 'Sophisticated Lady'
5. 'Norwegian Wood'
6. 'Love For Sale'
7. 'No Exit'
8. 'Channel One Suite'

Originally, on film, entitled 'The Channel One Suite' set stands as the last recorded production of the legendary drummer. Original producer Gary Reber (Reber Productions) ensured that this would be a concert to remember and enlisted the support of many of the sound industries major players.

The production was recorded with an experimental SQ/Tate digital surround method, a revolutionary technique at the time. Scott Ross was the Director of the original concert.

The Lost Tapes:
1. 'Mexicali Nose'
2. 'Willowcrest'
3. 'Round Midnight'
4. 'Cotton Tail'
5. 'New Blues'
6. 'Tee Bag'
7. 'The Red Snapper'
8. 'West Side Story'

The title 'The Lost Tapes' refers to the fact that these recordings were lost for a decade, presumed damaged in a fire, and then digitally restored. Another collection of 8 live tracks brought together that one very special night, there's simply no denying that Buddy Rich was a master at his chosen profession.

“These recordings are some of the best quality recordings ever made of the legendary drummer and his band,” said Arnie Holland, CEO of Lightyear. “And we are grateful to Executive Producer Steve Michelson and the inimitable Cathy Rich for 14 years of working together with us to make sure that Buddy's legacy is complete and widely available.”

A vinyl LP of 'The Lost Tapes' will be released as well, tentatively scheduled for January.

'The Channel One Set' Trailer

'The Lost Tapes' Trailer

'Mexicali Nose' - audio from 'The Lost Tapes'