Spark Plug

Melvin Sparks

Spark Plug is Melvin Sparks' 1971 sophomore album. We have it on AAA 180g Purple Plug vinyl.

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Exclusive Features

color Purple Plug
foil stamped Yes
numbered Yes

Other Features

exclusive VMP Exclusive
extras Obi Strip
jacket style Tip-On
jacket type Single
label Jazz Dispensary / Craft
mastering engineer Kevin Gray
mastering studio Cohearent Audio
pressing location Record Technology Incorporated (RTI)
release type Reissue
remastering details (AAA) Lacquers Cut from the Original Analog Tapes

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Reissued on vinyl for the first time in three decades, Melvin Spark’s sophomore album, 1971’s Spark Plug, finds guitarist Melvin Sparks at his finest, as he delivers laid-back, late-night grooves. The guitarist, who began his career as a member of The Upsetters (the storied road band which once counted Jimi Hendrix and Little Richard among its members), initially rose through ranks in the NYC soul-jazz scene as one of the most in-demand session players. The guitarist proved his prowess as a leader with his 1970 debut, Sparks!, on which he was joined by some of the biggest names in the genre. Spark Plug continues the thread, with the likes of Grover Washington, Jr. on tenor sax, Idris Muhammad on drums, Leon Spencer on organ, and engineer Rudy Van Gelder at the console. The album also finds Sparks expanding his writing, and dedicating a good portion of the album to his own material, including such standout tracks as “Dig Dis,” the cinematic “Conjunction Mars” and the title track, which builds into a nearly nine-minute energetic jam, showcasing Sparks’ virtuosic talents on the guitar. Sparks also delivers renditions of two very disparate selections: Kool & The Gang’s “Who’s Gonna Take the Weight” and the Schwartz/Dietz-penned jazz standard, “Alone Together.”

Limited to 1,000 copies, this VMP and Jazz Dispensary special edition of Melvin Sparks' Spark Plug is pressed on AAA 180g 1LP Purple Plug vinyl at Record Technology Incorporated (RTI). The album will arrive in a single tip-on, foil stamped and numbered jacket along with an obi strip. It's mastered by Kevin Gray of Cohearant Audio with lacquers cut from the original analog tapes.


Spark Plug

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