Legendary over decades as a composer, producer and performer, Quincy Jones changed the face of pop music in the early 1980s. A commercial and critical smash, The Dude is the album Jones released in between producing Michael Jackson's 1979 breakthrough Off The Wall and 1982's monster follow-up Thriller, the best-selling non-compilation of all time.
The Dude's lineup of writers and players is a staggering who's who of '70s and '80s pop and R&B, including Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson, James Ingram, Patti Austin and more. Three Singles from the album charted in the US Top 40, including the smash hits "Just Once" and "One Hundred Ways".
The Dude was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, winning for Best Instrumental Arrangement, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and Best Instrumental Arrangement. James Ingram's vocal performances from The Dude earned him three of his own Grammy nominations and a win for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "One Hundred Ways".
The Dude is mastered direct-to-DSD by Kevin Gray at CoHEARent Audio from the Original Analog Master Tapes, which were acquired from Quincy's team by Marshall Blonstein of Audio Fidelity. Coming from the tail end of the 100% analog era, The Dude is an amazing recording, and Intervention's remastering by Kevin Gray brings the big, beautifully nuanced bass home with authority and bounce, while providing the kind of 3D imaging and sonic holography of the best audiophile recordings. A sonic sensation!
Quincy Jones' The Dude appears on Intervention Records solely due to the generosity of Marshall Blonstein of Audio Fidelity. Marshall blazed a bright, inspiring trail for labels like IR for many years with his brands, Digital Compact Classics (DCC) and Audio Fidelity.
When Audio Fidelity closed its doors in 2018 The Dude was mastered by Kevin Gray and the DSD files were in the can with nowhere to go. Kevin acted as a facilitator, connecting IR with Marshall, who provided the mastered DSD files for this release. Thank you Marshall!
The (Re)Discover Series
You know those songs that come up on the radio when you're driving and you crank up the volume to 11 and sing your lungs out? That's the spirit of what Intervention's (Re)Discover Series is all about! Taking these FM classics and presenting them in "like you've never heard it before" sound quality so you can get that same blast of energy and excitement on your hi-fi at home. The hallmark of this series will be 100% analog mastering from real analog tapes. Combining superior master sources with the truly full-range mastering chain at Cohearent Audio and RTI's dead quiet vinyl pressing means that you'll hear these FM staples with power, majesty and musical detail like it's the first time. (Re)Discover these sonic treasures with us!
The Dude is a Quincy Jones solo project in name, but this post-disco pop-soul cornucopia of groove resonates as a testament to his ear for anticipating new sounds.
... a cross-cultural success blending jazz, Latin music, soul ballads, and straight pop ... The Dude is an outstanding collection that was massively influential on the '80s R&B scene.
- Super Audio CD
- SACD Stereo SACD Layer
- This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
- Mastered Direct-to-DSD by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the Original Analog Master Tapes, Acquired from Quincy's Team by Marshall Blonstein of Audio Fidelity
- Super Jewel Box Packaging
- Ai No Corrida
- The Dude
- Just Once
- Betcha' Wouldn't Hurt Me
- Somethin' Special
- One Hundred Ways
- Turn On the Action