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  • Bolivar Soloists: Musica De Astor Piazzolla Bolivar Soloists: Musica De Astor Piazzolla Quick View

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    Bolivar Soloists: Musica De Astor Piazzolla

    Rainer Maillard (Producer of the direct-to-disc recording):



    I met the five members of the Bolivar Soloists during a recording session with Rolando Villazon and was immediately thrilled by their passion, joy in music-making, musicality, virtuosity and temperament. Everything just gushed out of them in profusion. I asked them if they would like to make a direct-to-disc recording with me. Well, actually I had to first explain to them what was meant by the term. They had no idea what it was - and how should they? After all, these days all recordings are made using the most advanced technology available. We, on the other hand, would have a completely analogue recording and reproducing chain, but that was not the crucial factor. I explained to them that they would not only have to play a complete work but a whole LP side in a single take, and that not even one note could be corrected later; the recording sessions would be far more intensive, their pulse rate would rocket during the recording, they would have a quite different feeling when listening to the recording on LP rather than CD, and the musicians and recording team would work together very closely. Ultimately, a direct-to-disc recording would definitely sound quite different to a CD production. That was what I told them. The Bolivar Soloists accepted the offer and it was immediately clear to them that for such a unique project they would record works by their revered Astor Piazzolla.
    Time passed, but at last we arrived at a date for the recording of seven tangos. The whole process of making a direct-to-disc recording is completely different from a usual recording. During our four days together the first day was given over completely to rehearsing, without a single microphone in the recording studio. The reason is simple: the musicians simply cannot depend on the technical refinement and possibilities of modern sound manipulation. No overdubbing or editing is possible. What one played was exactly what would be heard later - nothing more and nothing less. There were no compromises - preparation is everything. On day three we concerned ourselves with the sound check. The positioning of the musicians, the microphones to be used and their positioning, the level ratio, the echoes, everything was checked and re-checked again and again (we used an analogue tape recorder for this) and then optimized, because of course the same thing was applicable to both the recording team and the musicians: once the recording has taken place, nothing can be done to alter the sound.



    On the evening of the third day we all felt confident enough to be able to make the real recording the next day. And we even ventured to make a further experiment in that we invited friends and colleagues to attend the recording session.
    On 17 January 2012 our direct-to-disc recording finally took place. The musicians stood in a circle, surrounded by a small audience. The timing of the beginning of the actual recording had to be discussed briefly because the musicians can only begin with the recording when the lead-in groove of the lacquer disc has been cut. And then we were off; there was no second chance. The Bolivar Soloists played like the devil (or like angels, depending on how you look at it). We cut five lacquers in all, three times the A side, and twice the B side. In between the recordings we took a short break during which intensive discussions took place. After the last take (in this case this was equivalent to the cutting of an LP side) the tension subsided, and we all hugged one another. Juan Manuel, the violinist, even asserted that he had never played so well in all his life. What a statement! And what better reason could one have for using this particular recording technique. Now all we had to do was write the numbers of the recordings on the lacquer discs and cross our fingers that nothing disastrous would happen to them during transport or at the pressing plant. You see, during the pressing procedure of a direct-to-disc recording the adage still holds good: a re-do or undo is just not on.



    Recording: January 2012 at Meistersaal, Emil Berliner Studio, Berlin, by Tim Tautorat and Maarten de Boer

    Production: Rainer Maillard & Stephan Flock



    Musicians:



    • Efrain Oscher (flute, arranger, conductor)

    • Rhodri Clarke (piano)

    • Juan Manual Gonzàles (vocal)

    • Pablo Bercellini (cello)

    • Johane Gonzáles (bass)



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    1. Decarisimo
    2. Fuga Y Misterio
    3. Allegro Tangabile
    4. Tema de Maria
    5. Adios Nonino
    6. La Muerte del Angel
    7. Oblivion
    Bolivar Soloists
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  • Vivaldi The Four Seasons (Direct To Disc) (Awaiting Repress) Vivaldi The Four Seasons (Direct To Disc) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Vivaldi The Four Seasons (Direct To Disc) (Awaiting Repress)

    180 Gram Vinyl


    Directly Cut to Vinyl


    Pressed at Record Industry


    Gatefold Jacket


    Vivaldi's best know work, The Four Seasons is given new life in this Audiophile Direct to Disc recording from Chasing the Dragon. In order to make this D2D recording, the Interpreti Veneziani Chamber Orchestra performs each album side live in the studio, recorded via state of the art, all-tube valve microphones, fed to a Neve Desk, and then via a pure analogue path directly to the Neumann VMS80 lathe.


    This Direct to Disc performance is a pure analog delight! The brilliantly captured session was carefully engineered, and mixed live, no overdubs! During the performance, the Neumann VMS 80 Cutting head engages the master lacquer (stamper used for pressing LPs) and is not stopped until the entire side is complete! The results are amazing! A more accurate recording, a greater immediacy and interaction among the players, less background noise through the elimination of master tapes, overdubs, etc. by directly cutting the recording to vinyl. A dynamic album that needs to be heard!


    Musicians:

    Interpreti Veneziani Chamber Orchestra

    Giacobbe Stevanato, violin

    Nicola Granillo, violin

    Sebastiano Maria Vianello, violin

    Pietro Talamini, violin

    Anania Maritan, violin

    Sonia Amadio, viola

    Davide Amadio, cello

    Angelo Liziero, double bass

    Paolo Cognolato, harpsichord

    Spring
    1. Allegro
    2. Largo
    3. Allegro
    Summer
    4. Allegro
    5. Adagio
    6. Presto
    Autumn
    1. Allegro
    2. Adagio
    3. Allegro
    Winter
    4. Allegro
    5. Largo
    6. Allegro
    Interpreti Veneziani Chamber Orchestra
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  • The Pious Bird of Good Omen (Speakers Corner) The Pious Bird of Good Omen (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    The Pious Bird of Good Omen (Speakers Corner)

    After the break-up of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in the summer of 1967, the time seemed ripe for Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood to take their leave from raw British rock 'n' roll. The newly established band Fleetwood Mac first turned to black blues, and their art of playing was so similar to that of other groups that the magazine Eye criticised them for their »almost ridiculous mimicry«. However, their choice of performance style took them in the right direction and in 1969, the year in which The Pious Bird Of Good Omen appeared, they landed at the top end of the pop charts, even ahead of The Beatles and Stevie Wonder.



    Of course, in the cover version of Little Willie John's Need Your Love So Bad, which is treated with a velvety string sound, and other bluesy songs, the American influence still makes itself heard, but not without success! The highly individual sound of the group comes best through in the now legendary numbers such as the weightless, gliding Albatross and Black Magic Woman with its Latin and blues elements. Judged the best British blues ever to be played (allmusic.com), one can now sit back and enjoy this great album.



    Musicians:



    • Peter Green (guitar, vocal)

    • Jeremy Spencer (guitar, piano, vocal)

    • Danny Kirwan (guitar)

    • Eddie Boyd (piano, vocal)

    • Big Walter Horton (harmonica)

    • John McVie (bass)

    • Mick Fleetwood (drums)




    Recorded between September 1967 and October 1968 by Mike Ross

    Production: Mike Vernon





    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. Need Your Love So Bad
    2. Comin' Home
    3. Rambling Pony
    4. The Big Boat
    5. I Believe My Time Ain't Long
    6. The Sun Is Shining
    7. Albatross
    8. Black Magic Woman
    9. Just The Blues
    10. Jigsaw Puzzle Blues
    11. Looking For Somebody
    12. Stop Messin' Round

    Fleetwood Mac
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Joy Division: Box Set Joy Division: Box Set Quick View

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    Joy Division: Box Set

    Released in a Limited Edition of only 3,000 copies worldwide, this 180-Gram virgin vinyl, four-disc JOY DIVISION BOX SET contains new pressings of the band's two seminal studio albums - UNKNOWN PLEASURES ('79) and CLOSER ('80) - and the 1981 two-disc rarities compilation STILL.


    JOY DIVISION: BOX SET allows you to experience these pioneering albums the way they were heard originally - on sonically rich vinyl LPs. The three titles - a total of four LPS - come housed in an elegant cloth-covered box designed by U.K. artist Peter Saville, who created the distinctive artwork and packaging on the original issues of these classic releases. Once the 3,000 copies sell out, the box will not be reproduced.


    Joy Division's 1979 debut UNKNOWN PLEASURES is a landmark album that established the band as principal architects and ultimate icons of the post-punk movement and the U.K. Manchester scene of the late '70s. UNKNOWN PLEASURES' ten classic songs resonate with the atmospheric textures and deep sonic spaces of Martin Hannett's production. Highlights include Insight, Disorder, New Dawn Fades and She's Lost Control. The latter song is the inspiration for the title of the 2007 film Control, the acclaimed Anton Corbijn-directed feature chronicling the life and times of Joy Division's lead singer and principal songwriter, the late Ian Curtis.


    Joy Division's 1980 follow-up CLOSER, another seminal post-punk masterpiece, ranks #157 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. Musically and lyrically driven by the prevailing despair of Ian Curtis - who killed himself only months after the LP was released - CLOSER was also produced by Martin Hannett, who weaves sprawling emotional chaos and shifting atmospheres and textures together into an enormously powerful ten-song tour de force. Stand-outs include Heart And Soul, Isolation, Eternal, Decades and the wrenching Twenty Four Hours.


    The compilation STILL came out in late 1981, over a year after Curtis' death. Comprised of twenty studio outtakes, b-sides, live cuts and other rarities, all the tracks were previously unissued at the time of STILL's original release except for Glass and Dead Souls, both compelling studio recordings from 1978 and 1979, respectively. STILL also presents material from Joy Division's last-ever concert, recorded at Birmingham University in May 1980 including the only time they performed Ceremony live (the song would later become a New Order single). Another track captured at Birmingham is Shadowplay, a selection covered in 2007 by The Killers for the soundtrack for the film Control. Other highlights include a live cover of The Velvet Underground's Sister Ray and a 1979 studio recording of Something Must Break.


    Joy Division formed in Manchester, England in 1977, and had an immense and profound impact on contemporary music in a very brief time together. They recorded only two full-length studio albums, UNKNOWN PLEASURES and CLOSER, prior to lead singer Ian Curtis' 1980 suicide, just before the single Love Will Tear Us Apart became their breakthrough hit. The remaining members - guitarist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris - disbanded Joy Division after Curtis' death, and re-formed as New Order.

    Unknown Pleasures Track Listing:


    1. Disorder
    2. Day Of The Lords
    3. Candidate
    4. Insight
    5. New Dawn Fades
    6. Shes Lost Control
    7. Shadowplay
    8. Wilderness
    9. Interzone
    10. I Remember Nothing


    Closer Track Listing:


    1. Atrocity Exhibition
    2. Isolation
    3. Passover
    4. Colony
    5. A Means To An End
    6. Heart & Soul
    7. Twenty Four Hours
    8. The Eternal
    9. Decades


    Still Track Listing:


    1. Exercise One
    2. Ice Age
    3. The Sound Of Music
    4. Glass
    5. The Only Mistake
    6. Walked In Line
    7. The Kill
    8. Something Must Break
    9. Dead Souls
    10. Sister Ray
    11. Ceremony
    12. Shadow Play
    13. Means To An End
    14. Passover
    15. New Dawn Fades
    16. Transmission
    17. Disorder
    18. Isolation
    19. Decades
    20. Digital

    Joy Division
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  • Pinetop Perkins Pinetop Perkins Quick View

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    Pinetop Perkins

    Perkins began his blues existence primarily as a guitarist, but a mid-40's encounter with an outraged knife-toting chorus girl at a nightspot left him with severed tendons in his left arm. That dashed his guitar aspirations, but Joe Willie Perkins came back strong from the injury, concentrating solely on piano. He traveled to Helena with Robert Nighthawk in 1943, playing with the elegant slide guitarist on his radio program. Perkins soon switched over to rival Sonny Boy Williamson's beloved King Biscuit Time radio show and remained for an extended period.


    Perkins accompanied Nighthawk on a 1950 session for the Chess brothers that produced Jackson Town Gal, but Chicago couldn't hold him at the time. He hit the road, pausing at Sam Phillips's studios in Memphis long enough for Perkins to wax his first version of Pinetop's Boogie Woogie in 1953, then headed back to the windy city in 1969 when Otis Spann split from Muddy Waters. That is when the stage was set for Pinetop Perkins's reemergence. It was only then that his rolling mastery of the ivories began to assume outsized proportions.


    After joining Muddy Waters, Pinetop made up for precious lost time in the studio. Discs for Antone's, Omega (Portrait of a Delta Bluesman, a solo outing that includes fascinating interview segments), Deluge, Earwig, and several other firms ensure that his boogie legacy won't be forgotten in decades to come.


    Pinetop at a young 87 years old admits he wasn't the originator of the seminal piano piece Pinetop's Boogie Woogie, but it's a safe bet that more people associate it nowadays with Pinetop than with the man who devised it in the first place, Clarence Pinetop Smith. Pinetop plays 6 songs on a Steinway Concert Grand 9' model D with Jimmy D. Lane on guitar.

    1. Pinetop Shuffle
    2. Down in Mississippi
    3. They Call Me The Grindin Man
    4. Look Over Yonders Wall
    5. How Long Blues
    6. Just A LIttle Bit
    Pinetop Perkins
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  • Leroy Jodie Pierson Leroy Jodie Pierson Quick View

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    Leroy Jodie Pierson

    This LP captures Leroy Jodie Pierson's performance perfectly in terms of immediacy, dynamics, transparency, and purity. While sitting in my dedicated listening room, I can close my eyes and easily imagine that I am back in that church in Salina watching a consummate master at work. When you put this record on your own turntable and close your eyes, you can easily imagine yourself being transported to the vicinity of a back porch in the late thirties, listening to a spirited, heartfelt, and expressive performance by one of the top bluesmen of the era. Except you're not. You're listening to a spirited, heartfelt and expressive performance by one of the top bluesmen of our era, who simply sounds like he's been transported directly from ages past...I can't recommend this release from Analogue Productions Original highly enough. Please buy this record and help to support Chad Kassem and his efforts to make lesser recognized but eminently worthy blues artists known to the world. Sound = 10/10; Performance = 10/10; Music = 10/10 - Dave Glackin, Positive Feedback Online, Issue 20 Read Dave Glackin's complete Positive Feedback review


    There was magic in the sanctuary of Blue Heaven Studios that October 2004 Saturday afternoon. On the altar sat Leroy, cross-legged and cradling his National ResoLectric steel guitar with a glass slide encasing his left pinky finger and caressing the strings, while his right fingers aggressively plucked and strummed. The result is a dramatic yet buttery-smooth take of five killer blues numbers and one gospel tune.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Side One
    1. Guitar Rag
    2. Highway 61
    3. Closer Walk With Thee


    Side Two
    1. Love In Vain
    2. Drunkin Spree
    3. No Feelings For Other Folks

    Leroy Jodie Pierson
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl D2D LP - Sealed Direct to Disc (D2D) Buy Now
  • Percussion Direct (Awaiting Repress) Percussion Direct (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Percussion Direct (Awaiting Repress)

    This album features a heavily percussion oriented programme spread over the four 45 rpm direct to disc sides with performances from Bill Cunliffe, Paulihno Da Costa, the Larry Karush Percussion Quartet and the Robin Cox Ensemble.


    One of LAs leading jazz pianists, Bill Cunliffe, teams up with the Brazilian master precussionist Paulihno Da Costa for bossa inspired instrumentals. The Larry Karush Percussion Quartet gives you a taste of world music flavoured jazz featuring tablas and frame drums. The music performed the quartet is an eclectic and dynamic mix of contemporary jazz and world music with tablas, congas and frame drum highlighted. A very special and sonically outstanding cut from the Santa Barbara-based contemporary classical group The Robin Cox Ensemble which features a line-up including violin, cello, bass clarinet, marimba and tablas and is super dynamic!


    Recorded and cut at the Bernie Grundman Mastering Studio under the watchful eye of Bernie Grundman himself. Produced by Joe Harley and Ying Tan and the balance engineer Scott Sedillo. Scott Sedillo has been behind the board for the recently released and widely praised new jazz albums from Straight-ahead Records.

    Side A: The Larry Karush Ensemble

    1. 7 Cha Cha


    Side B: Bill Cunliffe & Paulihno Da Costa

    2. Belinda

    3. Improvisation #2


    Side C: The Robin Cox Ensemble

    4. Square Feet


    Side D: The Larry Karush Ensemble

    5. Song For The New City

    6. Country

    Various Artists
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM LP - 2LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Henry Gray Henry Gray Quick View

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    Henry Gray

    The lustrous Chicago blues scene of the 1950's was predominated by great pianists. Otis Spann, Henry Gray, Johnnie Jones and Sunnyland Slim were among the era's very best. Henry's rolling two-fisted keyboard work graced countless Chicago blues recordings during the '50s for leading labels. Unlike most of his contemporaries there, he was from Louisiana rather than Mississippi-and since 1968, he's been living at his boyhood home just outside of Baton Rouge once again, a stalwart on the swamp blues circuit.


    Born in Kenner, Louisiana, Henry arrived in Chicago in 1946, fresh from a stint in the Philippines during World War II. Strongly influenced by ivories master Big Maceo, Henry's rapidly escalating talents were soon in heavy demand. After starting out with Little Hudson's Red Devil Trio, Henry appeared on classic sides by Jimmy Reed, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, Billy Boy Arnold and Morris Pejoe before joining Howlin' Wolf's combo in 1956 for a 12-year run.


    Although Henry's ability on the 88s is renowned worldwide, his warm expressive vocals may come as something of a revelation. There's more than a hint of Henry's Louisiana roots in his music. The brilliant piano style of Henry Gray once represented the very best Chicago had to offer. You know, some things never change. Henry cut 5 songs solo on this direct-to-disc. He plays a Steinway Concert Grand 9' model D.

    1. Out On The Road
    2. I Ain't Goin' For That
    3. Watch Yourself
    4. How Long Blues
    5. Let Me Go
    Henry Gray
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  • Diunna Greenleaf Diunna Greenleaf Quick View

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    Diunna Greenleaf

    Diunna Greenleaf and her band Blue Mercy returned to Blue Heaven Studios in 2009 for the 12th annual Blues Masters at the Crossroads and to make this D2D recording. She'd closed the 2006 Blues Masters and absolutely floored the Blue Heaven Studios congregation. So powerful and dynamic and soul-stirring was her performance that many concert regulars have commented that Greenleaf remains their favorite act through all the years. To say she was back in 2009 by popular demand is a wild understatement.


    Greenleaf, of Houston, Texas, has a background steeped in both blues and gospel. She's been influenced by the likes of Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Rosetta Tharpe, Sam Cooke and Charles Brown, and she includes intricate patches of jazz and soul in her performances.


    Greenleaf came to the life of professional performing quite late, considering how much talent she has to offer. She worked as a school counselor and occasionally sang rather informally for children's and educational benefits. She and her band played a small show at a hospice in celebration of Houston blues legend Teddy Cry Cry Reynolds' birthday. Afterwards, Reynolds told Greenleaf of how he'd known her parents, both gospel musicians, and how she was not only very talented but also had a duty to continue the family legacy of performing. So insistent was Reynolds that he solicited the opinion of his old friend Katie Webster, the Swamp Boogie Queen. Webster confirmed Reynolds' assessment and encouraged Greenleaf to seriously pursue a life in music, even giving her newfound protÉgÉ rules for forming and leading a band.


    In 2005, Greenleaf and Blue Mercy represented Houston in the International Blues Challenge, an annual contest in Memphis that features the world's best-unsigned blues bands. Greenleaf and Blue Mercy finished first out of 84 bands from 32 states and eight countries. What's more, Blue Mercy's guitarist, John Richardson, earned the Albert King award for Most Promising Guitarist. From there, the gigs came steadily, and the group's been booked solid ever since.


    Greenleaf also served for three years as president of the Houston Blues Society, becoming the first woman elected to that post. As president, she produced the Willie Mae Thorton Blues Festival, bringing in such talent as Texas Johnny Brown, I.J. Gosey, Koko Taylor, Bernard Allison, Mel Waiters and others.

    1. Crazy
    2. Love Treasure
    3. Double Dealing
    4. The Backdoor Man (You Want To Be)
    5. Resolutions
    Diunna Greenleaf
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP D2D -Sealed Direct to Disc (D2D) Buy Now
  • Marantz PM8005 Integrated Amplifier Marantz PM8005 Integrated Amplifier Quick View

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    Marantz PM8005 Integrated Amplifier


    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Integrated Amplifier With Power Amp Direct Input


    Combining fully discrete current feedback circuitry and our exclusive HDAM technology, the Marantz PM8005 integrated stereo amplifier delivers audiophile grade sound quality along with system operational flexibility. Rated at 70 watts per channel into 8 ohms, the PM8005 features a robust power supply along with high current capability to deliver 100 watts per channel into 4 ohms, for compatibility and operational stability with the widest range of loudspeakers.


    The versatile pre-amp section features 6 line level inputs including a phono (MM) input, and the PM8005 also includes pre-amp outputs along with a power amp direct input, which lets you use the unit as a standalone power amplifier for integration into a multi-channel home theater system. For precise sound tailoring, the PM8005 features our triple tone control system, with separate controls for the bass, midrange and treble segments. The elegant remote control features an ergonomic layout for easy operation, and includes the ability to control our companion SA8005 disc player and one of our network players.


    Marantz HDAM Technology


    The PM8005 features our exclusive HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) technology, which consists of precision discrete selected circuit elements on a compact sub-board, instead of conventional op-amp integrated circuits. Multiple HDAM units are employed, including HDAM-SA3 and HDAM-SA2 versions that provide gain and buffering functions, to deliver dynamic and detailed sound quality. The PM8005 features current feedback technology for ultra low distortion and wideband response, along with superb musicality.


    High Current Power Supply


    The robust power supply features a high current toroidal main power transformer that is rated at 625VA, to easily provide extra power to the amplifier stage in order to handle demanding short term peaks. High current Shottky barrier diodes in the rectification stage are rated at 20 amps, with the ability to handle up to 180 amps peak current, providing sufficient power reserve to handle virtually any loudspeaker load.


    Fully Discrete High Current Output Stages


    The PM8005 is equipped with multiple high speed, high current power output devices that are each rated at 14 amps of current output capability, providing a very high amount of dynamic headroom, along with compatibility with lower impedance loudspeakers. For optimum heat dissipation, the PM8005 is equipped with solid aluminum power amplifier heat sinks, with a combined total radiating area of 326 square inches, eliminating the need for fans. The PM8005 is conservatively rated at 70 watts per channel into 8 ohms, and 100 watts per channel into 4 ohms, for compatibility with the widest range of loudspeakers.


    Solid Chassis Construction


    For the utmost stability and protection from induced vibrations, the PM8005 features a rugged chassis design, which includes a triple layer bottom plate. To eliminate distortion from stray magnetic fields, the high current toroidal main power transformer features double shielding.


    Versatile Pre-Amplifier Functions


    There are 6 line level inputs, to handle a wide range of sources, including a dedicated phono input (MM) that features discrete topology to deliver the utmost fidelity from your favorite vinyl recordings, and all inputs and outputs are gold-plated for optimum signal transfer. The Source Direct function bypasses unnecessary circuit blocks for the straightest path from input to the speaker terminals. Pre-amp outputs let you connect a separate stereo power amplifier for a bi-amp loudspeaker system, or for playback in a separate room. The power amp direct input lets you connect the PM8005 to another component, such as a surround sound processor, for integration within a multi-channel home theater system.


    For precision tonal balancing, we've equipped the PM8005 with our Tri-Tone control system, with separate tone controls for the bass, midrange and treble bands, which lets you fine tune the spectral balance to your preference, and is especially useful with older recordings that suffer from tonal imbalance.


    Audiophile Grade Loudspeaker Terminals


    Equipped with premium audiophile grade loudspeaker terminals that are designed to accept a wide range of speaker cable termination types, the PM8005 also features A/B speaker switching for increased system configuration flexibility.


    System Remote Control


    The elegant, ergonomically designed remote control is equipped with additional functionality, which lets you control a companion Marantz disc player (such as our SA8005) and a Marantz network audio player. Remote control input and output jacks let you directly connect the PM8005 to other Marantz components for easy system control.


    The Marantz PM8005 integrated amplifier is backed by a limited three-year warranty.


    Marantz
    $1,199.00
    Marantz PM8005 Integrated Amp Buy Now
  • The Sound Of Jazz (Pure Pleasure) The Sound Of Jazz (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Sound Of Jazz (Pure Pleasure)

    The Sound Of Jazz is a 1957 edition of the CBS television series Seven Lively Arts, and was one of the first major programmes featuring jazz to air on American network television.
    The one-hour program aired on Sunday, December 8, 1957, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time, live from CBS Studio 58, the Town Theater at 851 Ninth Avenue in New York City. The show was hosted by New York Herald-Tribune media critic John Crosby, directed by Jack Smight, and produced by Robert Herridge. Jazz writers Nat Hentoff and Whitney Balliett were the primary music consultants.
    The Sound Of Jazz brought together 32 leading musicians from the swing era including Count Basie, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Billie Holiday, Jo Jones and Coleman Hawkins; the Chicago style players of the same era, like Henry 'Red' Allen, Vic Dickenson, and Pee Wee Russell; and younger 'modernist' musicians such as Gerry Mulligan, Thelonious Monk, and Jimmy Giuffre. These players played separately with their compatriots, but also joined to combine various styles in one group, such as Red Allen's group and the group backing Billie Holiday on Fine and Mellow.
    The show's performance of Fine and Mellow reunited Billie Holiday with her estranged long-time friend Lester Young for the final time. Jazz critic Nat Hentoff, who was involved in the show, recalled that during rehearsals, they kept to opposite sides of the room. Young was very weak, and Hentoff told him to skip the big band section of the show and that he could sit while performing in the group with Holiday.




    Musicians:



    • Red Allen Stars

    • Billie Holiday & Band

    • Count Basie All Stars

    • The Jimmy Giuffre Trio

    • Mal Waldron

    • Pee Wee Russell




    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. Wild Man Blues - The Henry "Red" Allen All-Stars

    2. Rosetta -  Henry Allen And His Orchestra

    3. Fine And Mellow - Billie Holiday with Mal Waldron & The All Stars

    4. Blues - Jimmy Giuffre;Pee Wee Russell

    5. I Left My Baby - Count Basie with All-Stars featuring Jimmy Rushing

    6. The Train And The River -  The Jimmy Giuffre Trio

    7. Nervous - Mal Waldron

    8. Dickie's Dream - Count Basie with All-Stars

    9. Wild Man Blues (Alternate Take) - The Henry "Red" Allen All-Stars
    Various Artists
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    John Mooney Direct-To-Disc

    The first and most enduring influence on the development of upstate New York native John Mooneys music resulted from his meeting the legendary Son House in Rochester, New York. Impressed by the 16-year-old musicians talent, House eventually took Mooney under his wing. Mooney pays tribute to his legendary mentor with two House covers for this gritty, drenched-with-emotion recording.


    Mooneys style incorporates both savage energy and sensitivity, all in the bag of traditional blues. Hes a dynamic guitarist with a special talent for slide playing, and hes a commanding vocalist. His discography, dating back to 1979s Comin Your Way for Blind Pig, includes more than 12 titles on eight difference labels. But hearing him on direct-to-disc LP, recorded totally stripped down and natural, live in a church sanctuary, is truly the closest thing to hearing him in person. In fact, with the right hi-fi, its utterly spooky how in-person this recording sounds.

    1. Ought To See My Baby
    2. Death Letter
    3. Dirty Rat
    4. It Don't Mean A Doggone Thing
    5. Aliza
    6. The Pony Blues
    John Mooney
    $19.99
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    Watermelon Slim Direct-To-Disc

    Bill Watermelon Slim Homans is nothing if not a renaissance man. He attended Middlebury College in Vermont on a fencing scholarship but dropped out to enlist in the Army for the Vietnam War. While laid up in a Vietnam hospital bed, he taught himself upside-down, left-handed slide guitar. He worked as a truck driver, a forklift operator, a saw mill hand, a funeral officiator and at times as a small-time criminal. Due to the latter vocation, he fled Boston to lay low in Oklahoma where he farmed watermelons, hence his stage name. Hes earned two undergrad degrees along with a master's. He painted art and briefly joined Mensa. Oh, and he likes to read Shakespeare and bowls a steady 240.


    No surprise then that he draws from a plenty diverse range of influences to form his unique brand of raw and honest blues. Its music as interesting as the man.

    1. Angel From Montgomery (John Prime)
    2. I Ain't Whistling Dixie
    3. Smokestack Lightning (Chester Burnett)
    4. Take My Mother Home
    5. Oklahoma Blues
    6. Immortal
    Watermelon Slim
    $19.99
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    Joe Beard Direct-To-Disc

    Born and raised in Ashland, Mississippi, guitarist Joe Beard was surrounded by aspiring and veteran blues musicians. Matt Guitar Murphy and his brother Floyd were Beards childhood buddies and the ones who initially got him started on guitar.


    Beard moved to Rochester, New York in the mid-1950s and from time to time would visit one of his brothers in Chicago. He became enamored with the blues being played there and eventually sat in, both with John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters.


    In Rochester, he formed the Soul Brothers Six, playing bass and singing. He wouldnt perform in public on guitar until 1965. For most of the 1960s on through the 80s, Beard worked as an electrician by day and would occasionally play out at night and on weekends. He long ago gained a reputation as one of the best local players around Rochester and has sporadically been counted as one of the best nationally.


    In the 90s, Beard began recording with the Audioquest label, and those two releases have won major acclaim within the blues and audiophile communities.

    1. New York Woman
    2. Going Back To Mississippi
    3. I Want To Get Close To You
    4. No More Cherry Rose
    5. Every 60 Seconds
    6. Tired of the Way We Are Living
    Joe Beard
    $19.99
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    Dan Dyer Direct-To-Disc Volume 4

    Dan Dyer returns with two more volumes of the most incredible sounding, airy, textured recordings you could possibly find in the year 2011. This guy has original after original after original all killer, killer songs. Four volumes (combining his previous two D2D's with these latest two) feels more like scratching the surface than scraping the bottom of the barrel. Dyer is most definitely prolific.


    And talented...unbelievably talented. His voice conjures thoughts of Al Green, Stevie Wonder or Sly Stone. His songwriting is deeply introspective and serious.


    Dyer, who now lives in Austin, Texas, adds guitar and keyboards to his singing and is joined on these recordings by drums and backing vocals (Michael Hale) along with bass alternating with cello (Mark Williams).


    Previous to his APO direct-to-disc recordings, Dyers released records for Fat Caddy Records and for a Lenny Kravitz-run Warner Bros. imprint called Roxie Records.

    1. Sorry, Baby
    2. Words In My Head
    3. Where I'm Going
    4. Happier Than Ever
    5. Runnin' For Your Life
    6. Anne-Marie
    Dan Dyer
    $19.99
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    Dan Dyer Direct-To-Disc Volume 3

    Dan Dyer returns with two more volumes of the most incredible sounding, airy, textured recordings you could possibly find in the year 2011. This guy has original after original after original all killer, killer songs. Four volumes (combining his previous two D2D's with these latest two) feels more like scratching the surface than scraping the bottom of the barrel. Dyer is most definitely prolific.


    And talented...unbelievably talented. His voice conjures thoughts of Al Green, Stevie Wonder or Sly Stone. His songwriting is deeply introspective and serious.


    Dyer, who now lives in Austin, Texas, adds guitar and keyboards to his singing and is joined on these recordings by drums and backing vocals (Michael Hale) along with bass alternating with cello (Mark Williams).


    Previous to his APO direct-to-disc recordings, Dyers released records for Fat Caddy Records and for a Lenny Kravitz-run Warner Bros. imprint called Roxie Records.

    1. Two Caribou
    2. I Emerged A Man
    3. High Horse
    4. On The Side
    5. World Is Tumbling Down
    Dan Dyer
    $19.99
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    Grayson Capps Direct-To-Disc Volume 1

    Having drawn comparisons to the likes of Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt and Drive By Truckers, to name but a few, Grayson Capps proves an artist equally singular in vision as those to whom hes compared. He doesnt always paint the prettiest pictures or offer a gleamy white smile, but he does reach down deep to remind us of our own humanity. Capps descends from the celebrated American Southern literary tradition and his songs deal with the South and the idiosyncrasies of its people, landscapes and tempos.


    His backing band, The Lost Cause Minstrels, comprises some of the finest players on todays Gulf Coast music scene, including Corky Hughes on guitar, Chris Spies on keys, Christian Grizzard on bass and John Milham on drums.

    1. Jane's Alley Blues
    2. John The Dagger
    3. The Battle Is Over
    4. Give It To Me
    5. Chief Seattle
    6. Coconut Moonshine
    Grayson Capps
    $19.99
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    Grayson Capps Direct-To-Disc Volume 2

    Having drawn comparisons to the likes of Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt and Drive By Truckers, to name but a few, Grayson Capps proves an artist equally singular in vision as those to whom hes compared. He doesnt always paint the prettiest pictures or offer a gleamy white smile, but he does reach down deep to remind us of our own humanity. Capps descends from the celebrated American Southern literary tradition and his songs deal with the South and the idiosyncrasies of its people, landscapes and tempos.


    His backing band, The Lost Cause Minstrels, comprises some of the finest players on todays Gulf Coast music scene, including Corky Hughes on guitar, Chris Spies on keys, Christian Grizzard on bass and John Milham on drums.

    1. Get Back Up
    2. A Love Song For Bobby Long
    3. Lorraine's Song
    4. I See You
    5. Graveyard
    Grayson Capps
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP D2D - Sealed Direct to Disc (D2D) Buy Now
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    Grayson Capps Direct-To-Disc Volume 3 (On Sale)

    Having drawn comparisons to the likes of Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt and Drive By Truckers, to name but a few, Grayson Capps proves an artist equally singular in vision as those to whom hes compared. He doesnt always paint the prettiest pictures or offer a gleamy white smile, but he does reach down deep to remind us of our own humanity. Capps descends from the celebrated American Southern literary tradition and his songs deal with the South and the idiosyncrasies of its people, landscapes and tempos.


    His backing band, The Lost Cause Minstrels, comprises some of the finest players on todays Gulf Coast music scene, including Corky Hughes on guitar, Chris Spies on keys, Christian Grizzard on bass and John Milham on drums.

    1. Big Ol' Woman
    2. Uncle Ed Lee
    3. Poison
    4. Wail & Ride
    5. Washboard Lisa
    6. Back To The Country
    Grayson Capps
    $19.99 $13.99 Save $6.00 (30%)
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  • Crosley C200A-BK Direct Drive Turntable (On Sale) Crosley C200A-BK Direct Drive Turntable (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Crosley C200A-BK Direct Drive Turntable (On Sale)


    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    With more control than ever over the speed of your discs, this sleek, powerful turntable was built to mix it up. Spin into the next generation of the vinyl revolution with the Crosley C200, mixing Crosley's vintage-inspired, synth style with high tech, hi-end features.


    Warp Drive


    Crosley's first direct drive turntable motor brings records up to speed quickly and smoothly. Rock the built-in preamp, or bring your own into the mix to make the greatest mashup ever.


    On Point


    The C200 is equipped with a sharp Audio-Technica magnetic cartridge, adjusted to perfection. Or, choose your own beat with another cartridge and balance the sweet curves of the s-shaped tonearm with adjustable counterweights.


    Line In, Line Out


    This turntable was designed with mad style, sleek lines and cool technical details that are as functional as they are awesome to look at. The clear plastic case can even play with the lid shut, so that partying won't bump (and grind!) your precious records.



    Crosley
    $279.99 $249.99 Save $30.00 (11%)
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    Jazz Winds From A New Direction (Speakers Corner)


    Hank Garland wasn't the first Country and Western guitarist to discover jazz as a new way of playing. Mundell Lowe (who knows him these days?) and Tal Farlow (whose Verve recordings have long become classics) are just two such musicians who are better known to jazz fans.


    Garland's shining example Charlie Christian was his inspiration when he was invited to participate in a super session, and the LP Jazz Winds From A New Direction became a smash hit. With Joe Morello, the drummer responsible for the tricky, odd meter and Joe Benjamin, who had been instructed by Gerry Mulligan and performs harmonic magic even without a piano, and then Gary Burton, a newcomer (only 17 years old and completely unknown at the time!) on the vibraphone, these six numbers are a real phenomenon with regard to musicality, style and recording technique.


    Unfortunately it was to remain a unique jazz session, for Hank Garland could never aspire to such heights again after his tragic car accident. That's why jazz fans should snap at the chance to grab this newly mastered LP: it enriched the musical horizon of the musicians during the recording, and is guaranteed to bewitch the listener of today.



    Musicians:



    • Hank Garland (guitar)

    • Gary Burton (vibraphone)

    • Joe Benjamin (bass)

    • Joe Morello (drums)




    Recording: 1961



    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. All The Things You Are
    2. Three-Four, The Blues
    3. Move
    4. Always
    5. Riot-vhous
    6. Relaxing
    Hank Garland
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Dedicated To Bobby Jameson (Deluxe)

    Deluxe Edition Includes LP, 24 x 36 Poster, And Bonus Picture Disc Of Non-Sequitur Segues All Housed In Custom PVC Slipcase


    Ariel Pink is set to release his new album, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson. The recording is his first solo album since his highly acclaimed 2014 prog-pop opus Pom Pom, and first full-length release with the Brooklyn-based independent label Mexican Summer. The new release's title makes a direct and heartfelt reference to a real-life Los Angeles musician, long presumed dead, who resurfaced online in 2007 after 35 reclusive years to pen his autobiography and tragic life story.

    1. Feels Like Heaven
    2. Death Patrol
    3. Santa's In The Closet
    4. Dedicated To Bobby Jameson
    5. Time To Live
    6. Another Weekend
    7. I Wanna Be Young
    8. Bubblegum Dreams
    9. Dreamdate Narcissist
    10. Kitchen Witch
    11. Do Yourself A Favor
    12. Acting
    Ariel Pink
    $53.99
    Vinyl LP + Bonus Vinyl LP Picture Disc - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Soul To Soul (Pure Pleasure)

    The acclaimed composer, jazz vocalist, producer, arranger and educator Carmen Lundy believes in honesty and sincerity in music. Her artistic passion has guided her around the world, working with numerous musicians such as Geri Allen, Patrice Rushen, Teri Lynne Carrington and many others. So it should come as no surprise that her fervent new song cycle, titled Soul To Soul, features an array of award-winning musicians that help her realize the next chapter in her critically acclaimed career.


    Soul To Soul is Carmen Lundy's 14th album and features 13 songs, 11 of which Carmen composed and arranged. She plays guitar on all tracks, piano on "Kindred Spirits", the electric Rhodes on "Don't You Know How I Feel", and the drums/percussion on "Sardegna" and also provides backing vocals on "Grace". The Los Angeles-based vocalist opens the program with "Kindred Spirits", a song that explores the concept of 'you reap what you sow' and the way you play the game of life. Next is "Life Is A Song In Me", during which Lundy's lyrics benefit from the synergy of her multi-octave range and vocalese, Rushen's Rhodes solo, Jamison Ross' exemplary drumming and the balanced backing vocals.


    Carmen Lundy continues to find new connections between the jazz elements used by vocalists and instrumentalists on the title track, "Soul To Soul". She adds the stellar accompaniment of trumpeter Randy Brecker, tenor saxophonist Ada Rovatti and piano chops of Patrice Rushen to underline her musical persona and vocal technique. The sound motion inherent in that song has great tone that many people will feel instantly and submit it to their memory and recall abilities. That is what makes a song a hit with people - its sound motion.


    Her great ballad, "When Will They Learn", is absolutely beautiful with its string arrangements for harpist Carol Robbins and the serene brushwork of Jamison Ross. Here Carmen delivers the song in her vocals lower octaves which make this moving song one of the best on the recording. You can hear that she has internalized the music, allowing it to flow in her veins and transferring it directly to the listener.
    Overall, Soul To Soul is among Carmen Lundy's best recordings. She understands that those notes she puts down on paper are important and have their place. But when it comes to delivering those notes, her vocal acumen and virtuosity proves that she has the right balance, the right accompaniments, the right musical formats and the right synergy, artistry and jazz sensibilities to make those inspired notes accessible to her worldwide fans. Check it out.


    Musicians:



    • Carmen Lundy (vocal, keyboard, guitar, drums, percussion)

    • Bennie Maupin (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone)

    • Randy Brecker (trumpet, fluegel horn)

    • Patrice Rushen (keyboard)

    • Carol Robbins (harp)

    • Simphiwe Dana (vocals)

    • Darryl Hall (bass)

    • Mayra Casales (conga, percussion)

    • Jamison Ross (drums, percussion)



    Recording: 2014 at Firehouse Recording Studios, Pasadena (CA), by Don Murray
    Production: Elisabeth Oei & Carmen Lundy


    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. Kindred Spirits
    2. Life Is a Song in Me
    3. Soul to Soul
    4. When Will They Learn
    5. Daybreak
    6. Between Darkness and Dawn
    7. Grace
    8. Grateful, Pt. 1
    9. Grateful, Pt. 2
    10. Everything I Need
    11. Don't You Know How I Feel
    12. Sardegna
    13. What's Your Story, Morning Glory
    Carmen Lundy
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Seven Steps To Heaven (200 Gram)

    200-Gram Vinyl Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    Mastered From The Original Analog Master Tapes By Ryan K. Smith At Sterling Sound


    Deluxe Tip-On Gatefold Jacket From Stoughton Printing


    In 1963, Miles Davis was at a transitional point in his career, without a regular group and wondering what his future musical direction would be. At the time he recorded the music heard on this disc, he was in the process of forming a new band, as can be seen from the personnel: tenor saxophonist George Coleman, Victor Feldman (who turned down the job) and Herbie Hancock on pianos, bassist Ron Carter, and Frank Butler and Tony Williams on drums. Recorded at two separate sessions, this set is highlighted by the classic Seven Steps To Heaven, Joshua and slow passionate versions of Basin Street Blues and Baby Won't You Please Come Home.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Basin Street Blues
    2. Seven Steps To Heaven
    3. I Fall in Love Too Easily
    4. So Near So Far
    5. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
    6. Joshua
    Miles Davis
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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