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  • Rocket Rocket Quick View

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    Rocket

    Rocket is Philadelphia-based artist Alex G's eighth full-length release-an assured
    statement that follows a slate of humble masterpieces, many of them self-recorded and
    self-released, stretching from 2010's RACE to his 2015 Domino debut, Beach Music.


    Amid the Rocket recording process, Alex made headlines for catching the attention of
    Frank Ocean, who asked him to play guitar on his two 2016 albums, Endless and Blonde.
    More than any stylistic cues, what Alex took from the experience was a newfound
    confidence in collaboration. Rocket wears this collaborative spirit proudly, and in its
    numerous contributors presents a restless sense of musical experimentation - effortlessly
    jumping from distorted sound collage to dreamy folk music to bouncing Americana.


    Rocket illustrates a cohesive vision of contemporary American experience; the cast of
    characters that Alex G inhabits have fun, fall in love, develop obsessions, get in trouble,
    and-much like rockets themselves-ultimately they burn out. Alex, though, in a collection
    of songs that's both his tightest and most adventurous, is poised only for the ascent.

    1. Poison Root
    2. Proud
    3. County
    4. Bobby
    5. Witch
    6. Horse
    7. Brick
    8. Sportstar
    9. Judge
    10. Rocket
    11. Powerful Man
    12. Alina
    13. Big Fish
    14. Guilty
    Alex G
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    Trick

    TRICK is the latest album to be physically released by the Philadelphia-based songwriter Alex Giannascoli, more commonly known as Alex G.


    In their extensive profile, The FADER, wrote that Alex G is "the type of artist to make a person go all Garden State", as anyone who attended Alex's sold out London show last November would have witnessed. An enrapt audience hushedly singing along word-by-word to album track 'Change' was one of many magical moments. Alex himself acknowledges that this song, like much of his repertoire, "resonates with a lot of people, probably because the lyrics deal with growing away from people you love [ ] something that everyone experiences."


    Trick features many of the fan favourites that Alex has been playing at shows recently, including the infectious off-kilter anthem 'Forever', the dreamy and surreal 'Animals' and the aforementioned, charmingly lo-fi 'Change'. Trick is soaked in the distinctive personality that is Alex G; the professionally mastered versions of these tracks affirming that underneath all the unconventional guitar lines and scrawls of fuzz, Alex has a serious knack for melodic songwriting.

    1. Memory
    2. Forever
    3. Animals
    4. String
    5. Advice
    6. People
    7. Whale
    8. Trick
    9. Kute
    10. So
    11. Mary
    12. Change
    13. Clouds
    Alex G
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    Rules

    RULES is one of the latest albums to be released by the Philadelphia-based songwriter Alex Giannascoli, more commonly known as Alex G.


    Rules is soaked in the distinctive personality that is Alex G; the professionally mastered versions of these tracks further highlight that Alex has a serious knack for melodic songwriting.


    Rules continues to showcase a prodigious song-writing talent, reaffirming that Alex G is one of the most promising and prolific American musicians today.

    1. Water
    2. Come Back
    3. Fighting
    4. Wicked Boy
    5. Candy
    6. Mis
    7. Master
    8. New
    9. Know Now
    10. Rules
    11. Message
    Alex G
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    Life On Mars

    Life On Mars, considered Dexter Gilman Wansel's most successful album, was originally released on the Philadelphia International record label in 1976.


    This diverse LP is far from predictable; if you bought Life on Mars for its title song (a haunting piece of space funk that employs members of Instant Funk), you quickly learned that the record also includes mellow quiet storm offerings (One Million Miles From the Ground, Together Once Again) as well as Curtis Mayfield-influenced funk (You Can Be What You Wanna Be) and pop-jazz/crossover instrumentals (A Prophet Named K.G., Theme From the Planets). In fact, one of the musicians Wansel employs is saxophonist Bob Malach, a jazzman who is heavily influenced by Michael Brecker but is more Grover Washington-influenced on this album.


    - Alex Henderson (All Music Guide)

    1. A Prophet Named K.G.
    2. Life On Mars
    3. Together Once Again
    4. Stargazer
    5. One Million Miles From The Ground
    6. You Can Be What You Wanna Be
    7. Theme From The Planets
    8. Rings Of Saturn
    Dexter Wansel
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  • Atmosphere For Lovers and Thieves (Pure Pleasure) Atmosphere For Lovers and Thieves (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Atmosphere For Lovers and Thieves (Pure Pleasure)

    Ben Webster is still a whale of a tenor player, his approach for the ballads being as poignant and lyrical as ever. On such romantic tunes as My Romance and What's New that breathy tone and broad-beamed phrasing are well in evidence, whilst the underlying humour and swing are more to the fore in the more muscular Easy To Love. Autumn Leaves is great Webster. The tempo is exactly right and Ben is in the groove from the start. The pianist is a long way away from Ben's beloved stride men, but he swings gently and forms nice background patterns for the tenor player's improvisations. The bass has been somewhat heavily recorded, but his drive is admirable nevertheless.



    Stardust, a lovely tune but sometime a drag for jazz improvisation, shows that Ben is a real master of flowing, keenly phrased ballad construction. Yesterdays is played so close to the microphone that momentarily I suspected a gas leak. But Ben always has that aerated vibrato well under control, and never overdoes what has throughout the years become something of a mannerism in his playing.



    Musicians:



    • Ben Webster (tenor saxophone)

    • Ole Kongsted (tenor saxophone)

    • Arnved Meyer (trumpet)

    • John Darville (trombone)

    • Kenny Drew (piano)

    • Niels Jorgen Stein (piano)

    • Niels-Henning ├śrsted Pederson (bass)

    • Hugo Rasmussen (bass))

    • Alex Riel (drums)

    • Hans Nymand (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. Blue Light
    2. Stardust
    3. Whats New
    4. Autumn Leaves
    5. Easy To Love
    6. My Romance
    7. Yesterdays
    8. Days of Wine and Roses
    Ben Webster
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (Speakers Corner) I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (Speakers Corner)

    When Janis Joplin died in October 1970 at the early age of 27, thus involuntarily confirming the beatnik adage live fast, love hard, die young, it was only a matter of time before she was crowned the "Queen of Rock". Of greater importance than this posthumous entry into rock 'n' roll's hall of fame is the recognition during her lifetime of her explosive vocal style, which - so Vogue - turned the whole history of singing upside down.



    Janis Joplin's discography is just as short and changeable as her life. After two LP releases with the standard 'cast' of rock musicians in the band Big Brother And The Holding Company, with whose excellent musical support she obtained her first recording contract with Columbia Records in 1968, the company provided her with a group augmented with organ and winds. Their intention was to broaden her vocal expression with blues and funk elements, which, however, her most loyal fans regarded as betrayal of the ideals of rock music. Rock fans in the Old World were less critical, especially since Joplin and her Kozmic Blues Band went on a two-month tour of Europe. For those Woodstock fans whose ears are still ringing with the band's full, meaty wind sound and Janis's bluesy soul singing, this album is an absolute must.



    Musicians:



    • Janis Joplin (vocal)

    • Cornelius Snooky Flowers, Terry Clements (saxophone)

    • Luis Gasca (trumpet)

    • Richard Kermode, Gabriel Mekler (organ)

    • Sam Andrew (guitar)

    • Brad Campbell (bass)

    • Maury Baker, Lonnie Castille (drums)



    Recording: June - August 1969 by Sy Mitchell, Jerry Hochman, and Alex Kazanegras

    Production: Gabriel Mekler



    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. Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)
    2. Maybe
    3. One Good Man
    4. As Good As You've Been to This World
    5. To Love Somebody
    6. Kozmic Blues
    7. Little Girl Blue
    8. Work Me Lord
    Janis Joplin
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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