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  • Tune-Up! Tune-Up! Quick View

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    Tune-Up!

    Alan Dawson - Drums

    Sam Jones - Bass

    Barry Harris - Piano

    Sonny Stitt - Sax (Alto and Tenor)
    1. Tune-Up
    2. I Can't Get Started
    3. Idaho
    4. Just Friends
    5. Blues For Prez and Bird
    6. Groovin' High
    7. I Got Rhythm
    Sonny Stitt
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    Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
  • Newport Uproar (Pure Pleasure) Newport Uproar (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Newport Uproar (Pure Pleasure)

    The 1967 Newport Jazz Festival, fourteenth in a world-famous series, was inexplicably the first at which Lionel Hampton had ever appeared. Better late than never, the great vibist and bandleader came, played and conquered. As the crowd roars ecstatically at the end of this record, the awed but happy voice of producer George Wein is heard: »This hasn't happened since Duke « he begins, casting back in his mind to 1956 and the nearest comparable triumph.



    There is nothing quite so effective as a big band at an outdoor jazz festival. So the 1967 Newport programme included those of Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Don Ellis and Lionel Hampton. Lionel knew the competition he had to face, and knew that in the festival's climatic spot - the last act on the last night - his performance would be compared with those of all the others. He prepared accordingly.
    Members of his Inner Circle, the octet with which he normally works, would provide the nucleus for an orchestra largely composed of alumni from his earlier bands. When the call went out to the Old Guard, the response was magnificent, as a glance at the personnel will show. Top names in the profession came back to join him, to form one of the great all-star bands of all time. A two week engagement at The Metropole in New York, immediately before the festival, served as a prolonged dress rehearsal, where the ensembles were polished and new arrangements familiarized. Enthusiasm mounted night by night in the Seventh Avenue club, among musicians and public alike, until Newport and the evening of 3rd July were reached. Then, as you will hear, the spirit was willing and the flesh far, far from weak.



    All these preparations ensured a good performance, but the spark, the magic necessary to make it a great one, had to come from the leader. Everybody knows that he is a kind of rhythmic dynamo-driving, full of energy, unsparing of himself. His commitment and conviction communicate rapidly with any audience, so that it is soon won over to his side. Yet in the long, ninety minute program, errors in pacing would have been easy, forgivable, but extremely damaging. A climax reached too soon would have led to anti-climax, and a flat feeling as the crowd left the ground. As it was, Lionel's long professional experience served him superbly, so that his program rose steadily and inexorably to the all-out, emotional frenzy of Flying Home. Like a good general, he never lost his grasp on the situation. He inspired his men by personal example on the vibes, reinforced the beat on a second set of drums, and finally brought up the reserves - Alan Dawson, Milt Buckner and Illinois Jacquet - at just the right time, and in the right spot, to secure an unforgettable triumph and a tumultuous ovation.



    Musicians:



    • Lionel Hampton (vibraphone, piano, drums)

    • Illinois Jacquet (tenor saxophone)

    • Snooky Young, Wallace Davenport (trumpet)

    • Al Grey, Benny Powell (trombone)

    • Jerome Richardson, George Dorsey, Ed Pazant (reeds)

    • John Spruill, Milt Buckne (piano)

    • Billy Mackel (guitar)

    • George Duvivier (bass)

    • Steve Little (drums)



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. Turn Me Loose
    2. Thai Silk
    3. Tempo's Birthday
    4. Greasy Greens
    5. Greasy Greens (Encore)
    6. Meety Benny Baily
    7. Medley:
    Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop/Hamp's Boogie Woogie
    8. Misunderstood Blues
    9. Flying Home
    Lionel Hampton
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Song Book (Pre-Order) The Song Book (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    The Song Book (Pre-Order)

    Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions - 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 33 1/3.


    All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at Acoustic Sounds' state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, plated by Gary Salstrom


    Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock


    Of Booker Ervin's nine Prestige albums, this one is special because it presents him exclusively in the contexts of standard songs. Ervin's aggressiveness, his ferocity, his incomparable Texas spaciousness of sound and style, are undiminished. But the compositions provide familiar guideposts by which to track his explorations, which were unfailingly full of adventure and daring. In his only recorded appearance with Ervin, pianist Tommy Flanagan balances the music with his customary elegance. On bass and drums are Ervin's frequent recording companions Richard Davis and Alan Dawson.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. The Lamp is Low
    2. Come Sunday
    3. All the Things You Are
    4. Just Friends
    5. Yesterdays
    6. Our Love is Here to Stay
    Booker Ervin
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    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Compadres (Speakers Corner) Compadres (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Compadres (Speakers Corner)

    To this day, the typical sound colouring of the Dave Brubeck Quartet is quite distinctive and unmistakable thanks to Paul Desmond's tenor saxophone. But Gerry Mulligan's low-pitched horn and his restrained swing also offers enough appeal to make one want to listen to these somewhat less popular but - for all that - very worthwhile recording by the Quartet.



    The Quartet's concert tour of Mexico's major cities in 1968 was a great success and so Dave Brubeck's recording company had no qualms in making live recordings of the group - complemented by bassist Jack Six and drummer Alan Dawson. Themes from indigenous folk music were skilfully coupled with new compositions with the result that the LP Compadres with its concert excerpts was in great demand and became a top hit.
    This carefully remastered new pressing will certainly contribute to the popularity of Dave Brubeck and Gerry Mulligan long after their demise.



    Musicians:



    • Dave Brubeck (piano)

    • Gerry Mulligan (bassoon)

    • Jack Six (bass)

    • Alan Dawson (drums)




    Recording: 1968 live in Mexico by John Guerriere and Russ Payne

    Production: Teo Macero



    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. Jumping Bean
    2. Adios Mariquita Linda
    3. Indian Song
    4. Tender Woman
    5. Amapola
    6. Lullaby De Mexico
    7. Sapito
    8. Recuerdo
    Dave Brubeck
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Blues Roots (Pure Pleasure) Blues Roots (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Blues Roots (Pure Pleasure)

    Although this is a blues-oriented set, there is plenty of variety in tempos and grooves. The 1968 Quartet featured the leader/pianist, baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, bassist Jack Six and drummer Alan Dawson. The repertoire on this LP ranges from Limehouse Blues (which is not really a blues) to Things Ain't What They Used To Be and several originals. These songs are average for 1968, but the soloing is remarkable and the musicians here are some of the best. Journey is a remarkably beautiful piano ballad, while Blues Roots narrowly rises above in it's epic scope, and over-the-top ending. It's probably my favourite song here. But, Broke Blues is also exceptional. This one, along with Cross Ties and Blues Roots, are fairly progressive, drawing as much from post bop as blues and traditional Jazz, pushing toward avante-garde. -G. Skate/S. Yannow

    Musicians:



    • Dave Brubeck (piano)
    • Gerry Mulligan (bassoon))
    • Jack Six (bass, electric bass)
    • Alan Dawson (drums)




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    1. Limehouse Blues
    2. Journey
    3. Cross Ties
    4. Broke Blues
    5. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
    6. Movin' Out
    7. Blues Roots
    The Dave Brubeck Trio And Gerry Mulligan
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Freedom Book The Freedom Book Quick View

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    The Freedom Book

    Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions - 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 33 1/3.


    All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at Acoustic Sounds' state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, plated by Gary Salstrom


    Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock


    Booker Ervin's recordings with Charles Mingus and Randy Weston brought him good reviews and a bit of notoriety. But it was his series of Song Books for Prestige Records that broadcast the stentorian announcement that a jazz orator of gigantic stature had arrived. Ervin's tenor saxophone sound was haunted by the loneliness and spaciousness of the Texas plains where he was raised. The Southwest moan was an integral part of his playing. But his style went beyond the classic Texas tenor tradition to incorporate the intricacies of bebop and suggestions of the free jazz that was initiating one of the periods of self-renewal that keeps jazz fresh and interesting. The Freedom Book, recorded at the end of 1963, was one of Ervin's masterpieces. He is abetted by the power and drive of Jaki Byard, Richard Davis, and Alan Dawson.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. A Lunar Tune
    2. Cry Me Not
    3. Grant's Stand
    4. A Day to Mourn
    5. Al's In
    Booker Ervin
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • On The Sunday Of Life On The Sunday Of Life Quick View

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    On The Sunday Of Life

    Remastered By Steven Wilson


    Porcupine Tree's 1991 debut album is an album that stands up as a modern day pop-psych classic.
    With acid warped lyrics courtesy of Alan Duffy (the brains behind the late lamented Imaginary Records
    label) the album is a surreal delight containing gems such as "Jupiter Island" and "Linton Samuel
    Dawson" filled with quirky melodies, effected vocals and trippy backwards guitar work. "Nine Cats",
    the undoubted masterpiece of the album, is pure Edward Lear styled psychedelia.


    'On The Sunday Of Life' also hints at the direction the band would later take with more progressive
    influenced material such as the epic 'Radioactive Toy' still performed live today.

    LP 1
    1. Music for the Head
    2. Jupiter Island
    3. Third Eye Surfer
    4. On the Sunday of Life
    5. The Nostalgia Factory
    6. Space Transmission
    7. Music from a Self-Destructing Turnip
    8. Radioactive Toy
    9. Nine Cats



    LP 2
    1. Hymn
    2. Footprints
    3. Linton Samuel Dawson
    4. And the Swallows Dance Above the Sun
    5. Queen Quotes Crowley
    6. No Luck With Rabbits
    7. Begonia Seduction Scene
    8. This Long Silence
    9. It Will Rain for a Million Years

    Porcupine Tree
    $29.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • On The Sunday Of Life (Out Of Stock) On The Sunday Of Life (Out Of Stock) Quick View

    $29.99
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    On The Sunday Of Life (Out Of Stock)

    Porcupine Tree's 1991 debut album is an album that stands up as a modern day pop-psych classic.
    With acid warped lyrics courtesy of Alan Duffy (the brains behind the late lamented Imaginary Records
    label) the album is a surreal delight containing gems such as "Jupiter Island" and "Linton Samuel
    Dawson" filled with quirky melodies, effected vocals and trippy backwards guitar work. "Nine Cats",
    the undoubted masterpiece of the album, is pure Edward Lear styled psychedelia.


    'On The Sunday Of Life' also hints at the direction the band would later take with more progressive
    influenced material such as the epic 'Radioactive Toy' still performed live today.
    This edition is a Double 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl in a Gatefold Sleeve.

    SIDE A


    1. Music for the Head
    2. Jupiter Island
    3. Third Eye Surfer
    4. On the Sunday of Life
    5. The Nostalgia Factory


    SIDE B


    1. Space Transmission
    2. Music from a Self-Destructing Turnip
    3. Radioactive Toy
    4. Nine Cats


    SIDE C


    1. Hymn
    2. Footprints
    3. Linton Samuel Dawson
    4. And the Swallows Dance Above the Sun
    5. Queen Quotes Crowley


    SIDE D


    1. No Luck With Rabbits
    2. Begonia Seduction Scene
    3. This Long Silence
    4. It Will Rain for a Million Years

    Porcupine Tree
    $29.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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