VMP ANTHOLOGY

The Story of Herbie Hancock

8 albums / 11 LPs that tell the story of his legendary career — curated by Herbie Hancock and pressed by VMP.

Expected to ship April 2021 (for free in the U.S.). Timeline is subject to change due to COVID-19. We will notify you of any shipping updates.
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Join Herbie on a journey through his adventurous, unpredictable catalog.
It’s hip-hop, it’s jazz, it’s R&B, it’s pop. It was exciting for me to put something together that I haven’t heard anyone else do.”
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Herbie Hancock

A great series unfolds in episodes

...and the best stories are told in chapters. Herbie Hancock’s 60 years of music and stories need time to tell, and who better than from the man himself? Herbie picked these titles to represent his legendary music career. This eight album, 11LP set tells Herbie’s story from a young upstart playing records with his heroes, to the legend shattering the preconceptions of jazz, to the icon winning Grammys. The box will ship with eight albums inside, and come with an exclusive podcast series that features interviews with Herbie himself, along with many of his fellow artists and collaborators, that will guide you over a 4-week listening experience.

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EPISODE ONE
Takin' Off (1962)
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EPISODE ONE
Maiden Voyage (1965)
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EPISODE TWO
Head Hunters (1973)
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EPISODE TWO
The V.S.O.P. Quintet: Live Under the Sky (1979)
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EPISODE THREE
The Piano (1979)
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EPISODE THREE
Future Shock (1983)
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EPISODE FOUR
1+1 (1997)
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EPISODE FOUR
The River (2007)

What's Included

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8 Essential Herbie Hancock Albums
Take a trip through 7 studio and 1 live album revealing Herbie’s storied career. The lacquers were cut from the original masters by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Vinyl was pressed on high-quality 180g black vinyl and housed in heavyweight tip-on jackets.
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Exclusive Podcast Series

In this five-episode podcast series, our host Touré talks with Herbie himself about his career, and why he picked the 8 albums featured in this box. We'll also hear from guests such as Wayne Shorter & Robert Glasper about what it's like to work with Herbie (scroll further to see full guest list).
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Liner Notes Booklet
Music journalist Marcus Moore takes us through Herbie’s career in general, and the eight albums in this Anthology, in the liner notes booklet. This deluxe 12x12" booklet also features archival photos from throughout Herbie's career.
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Premium Commemorative Box

This heavyweight two-piece slip and slash box features a timeless design and is hand-numbered, with original design by Clay Conder. First Edition, limited to 1500.
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Exclusive AMA Video Sessions
Throughout your experience, we will host two “Ask Me Anything” video sessions, one of which featuring a special guest. Stay tuned for guest announcements as part of the experience.
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A Classic Live Album, Reimagined
'Live Under The Sky', the live album from Herbie's supergroup V.S.O.P.--which also featured Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard and Tony Williams--has been resequenced, and had a new song added to it at Herbie's request exclusively for this Anthology. You'll hear the album like it's never been heard before.
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How was the audio mastered?

TOP-TIER AUDIO MASTERING

All eight titles in this VMP Anthology had lacquers cut by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, CA. Takin’ Off, Maiden Voyage, Head Hunters, The Piano and Future Shock were cut AAA from analog tapes. 1+1, and The River, which were recorded digitally, and Live Under the Sky — which has been resequenced at Herbie’s request — come from master digital audio. The albums were plated at RTI, and pressed at GZ on black 180g vinyl.

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Intimate Podcast Series

FEATURING HERBIE HIMSELF

A behind-the-scenes podcast featuring interviews with Herbie himself and hosted by famed music writer and podcaster Touré. Hear from Herbie’s collaborators and fellow artists about what it's like to work alongside this legend.

Podcast Guests:
Herbie Hancock • Wayne Shorter • Ron Carter • Corinne Bailey Rae • Robert Glasper • Grand Mixer DXT • Bernie Grundman • Larry Klein

FAQS

Got a question?

VMP Anthology is the vinyl box set, reinvented. It aims to use music to tell a story, and gives space for lots of listening, learning, and conversation along the way.
VMP started as a record of the month club in 2013 and has expanded into an online record store and magazine. Click our logo in the footer to learn more.
Shipping is free in the U.S. and $50 internationally. Records will be sent in one shipment. Expected to ship in April 2021. Timeline is subject to change due to COVID-19. We will notify you of any shipping updates.
We created VMP Anthology for people who recognize that every album has a deep story to tell. By breaking up the albums into 4 episodes, we give you space to truly listen and absorb each individual recording, listen to the podcast and soak it in.
Nope! We built VMP Anthology as a way for all fans to experience music more deeply, and VMP membership is not required.
Yes, shipping is available in 16 countries in addition to the U.S. (view all FAQs for more details). For international customers, customs and duties will be pre-paid and nothing will be due upon receipt.
Afterpay is an interest-free financing option that allows you to make four bi-weekly (every two weeks) installment payments rather than one upfront payment. If you choose Afterpay at checkout, you will be redirected to the Afterpay site to create an account and to complete your payment. You won’t be charged any interest or fees, as long as your payments are made on time. At this time, Afterpay is only available for customers in the United States.
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