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    Just Like Love

    Eric Bibb's latest Opus 3 recording Just Like Love is a unique collection of old songs and new compositions, recorded with the minimum amount of backing, in an intimate and relaxed style.


    Quite a few of these songs were recorded just weeks, days and even hours after landing in my notebook. I intentionally chose to share them at this early stage, prior to performance, because of my fondness for the unique energy of newborn songs. In order to capture these spontaneous moments of creativity, a collaboration was set up between ARM/Manhaton and my old friend Jan-Eric at Ops 3 Records, whose natural recording techniques are perfectly suited to these intimate, moments. - Eric Bibb

    1. Wrapped Up In Her Arms
    2. My Charleston Dream
    3. Dear John
    4. Just Like Love
    5. She's Still With Me
    6. I Wanna Be Ready
    7. Katri's Kindness
    8. Get It While It's Hot
    9. Home In That Rock
    10. Forever Ago
    11. Deep Sea Blues
    12. Sail Away Ladies
    13. All Your Sweetness
    14. Rock Island Rocket
    15. Marley's Mood
    16. That's Why I'm Here
    17. Prayin'
    Eric Bibb
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    Rainbow People

    Originally recorded in 1977, Rainbow People is the groundbreaking debut from acoustic folk/blues artist Eric Bibb. Recorded with the assistance of Cyndee Peters and Rudy Smith, the album features 9 tracks including Candy Man, Lonesome Child Blues and Going Home.
    1. Catalina Estimada
    2. Lonesome Child Blues
    3. Look Over Yonder
    4. Candy Man
    5. Sunday School
    6. Lead Me, Guide Me
    7. Encuentro En la Estacion
    8. Going Home
    9. Rainbow People
    Eric Bibb And Needed Time
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  • Blues People Blues People Quick View

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    Blues People


    Gatefold 180 Gram 2 LP With 4 Bonus Tracks!


    The concept of 'Blues People' came to Eric Bibb when he was at the Blues Foundation Awards in Memphis. It inspired him to create a collection of songs about change and hope in collaboration with friends like Taj Mahal, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Ruthie Foster (who he has been touring with), Michael Jerome Browne, Harrison Kennedy and many others. Eric Bibb is one of the highest profile international roots musicians, winning Acoustic Artist of the Year at the Blues Music Awards and having been nominated for a Grammy.

    LP 1
    1. Silver Spoon
    2. Driftin' Door To Door
    3. God's Mojo
    4. Turner Station
    5. Pink Dream Cadillac
    6. Chocolate Man
    7. Rosewood
    8. I Heard The Angels Singin'
    9. Dream Catchers


    LP 2
    1. Chain Reaction
    2. Needed Time
    3. Out Walkin'
    4. Remember The Ones
    5. Home
    6. Where Do We Go
    7. Alright Now*
    8. As I Travel On*
    9. Nickel And A Nail*
    10. New Years Prayer*


    * bonus track

    Eric Bibb
    $37.99
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  • Painting Signs (Pure Pleasure) Painting Signs (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Painting Signs (Pure Pleasure)

    Painting Signs stands up as a complete work from beginning to end. Eric Bibb makes a fine case for blues as a music of introspection, warmth, and supreme nuance. Easily his most mature album to date, Painting Signs continues Bibb's formula of socially aware songs performed from an acutely personal point-of-view; standout tracks Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down and a cover of Hope In A Hopeless World hammer home his message of individual freedom and the responsibilities that accompany it. (It's no coincidence that Pops Staples, to whom Bibb dedicates this album, once recorded the latter song.) That's not to say Painting Signs is overly didactic or, indeed, 'heavy' in any way; even the most serious songs here, like the plea for peace and unity Got To Do Better, are leavened by a musical backdrop that's soulful and immediately accessible. Gospel-leaning backing vocals by Linda Tillery and her Cultural Heritage Choir help flesh out several cuts, and robust accordion fills by Bibb's longtime accompanist Janne Petersson add a subtle Louisiana flavor to the rolling, propulsive Kokomo and, to surprisingly good effect, the deep-grooved version of Jimmy Reed's Honest I Do. Elsewhere, he keeps a minimalist tone dominated by acoustic guitar, an arrangement that's particularly mesmerizing on the chilling title track. With its emphasis on sophisticated songcraft and its gentle blend of folk, gospel, and country influences, Painting Signs presents Bibb as an artist intent on blurring the line between blues and 'roots music' in general.



    Musicians:



    • Eric Bibb (vocal, guitar)

    • Wilson Pickett (vocal)

    • Dave Bronze (bass, guitar, vocal)

    • Robbie McIntosh (guitar)

    • Hans Theesink (mandolin)

    • Janne Petersson (organ, piano, electric piano, accordion)

    • Henry Spinetti (drums)

    • Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir (backing vocal)



    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve



    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. Kokomo
    2. Hope In A Hopeless World
    3. Five Miles Above
    4. I Heard The Angels Singing

    5. Delia's Gone
    6. Got To Do Better
    7. The Light Was Worth The Candle

    8. Angel
    9. Walkin' Home

    10. To Know You
    11. Honest I Do
    12. Paintin' Signs
    13. Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down
    Eric Bibb
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Blues, Ballads And Work Songs Blues, Ballads And Work Songs Quick View

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    Blues, Ballads And Work Songs

    Opus 3 Records is both privileged and delighted to release acoustic blues singer/songwriter Eric Bibb's new album Blues, Ballads & Work Songs, a further enhancement to Opus 3's association with Eric which goes back to 1977 when he was in effect 'discovered' with the success of his debut album Rainbow People. Other albums over the years have included 1994's Spirit & The Blues, 1997's Good Stuff and 2000's Just Like Love.


    The basic concept of Blues, Ballads & Work Songs was to cover the complete range of traditional folk/blues songs which were an inherent part of Eric's childhood up to the present day with his own inimitable compositions.


    Blues, Ballads & Work Songs is an album I have been working on for most of my life. Its release coincides with my 60th birthday and it celebrates the music that first inspired me to become a guitar-playing singer. Being as passionate about writing songs as I am about singing and playing traditional material, I couldn't resist including the self-penned tunes at the end of the record. These newer songs, are the 'children' of the older ones.


    As always, Opus 3 Records has strived to achieve the authentic sound which Eric has always loved and it is worth noting that the recordings for Blues, Ballads & Work Songs were made using the very same Valve Stereo-Microphone as on his first album!

    1. Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
    2. John Henry
    3. Take This Hammer
    4. Cocaine Blues
    5. Candy Man
    6. Goin' Down Slow
    7. Sittin' On Top of the World
    8. Come Back Baby
    9. Frankie & Albert
    10. Stagger Lee
    11. Juke Dance
    12. My Honey Pie
    13. Satisfied
    14. Sophisticated Shade
    Eric Bibb
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
  • Spirit And The Blues Spirit And The Blues Quick View

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    Spirit And The Blues

    Spirit & The Blues is a real odyssey of Eric Bibb's music. Here we find everything from black Mississippi blues to spirituals, ballads, country and even reggae, sometimes with an almost electrified swing, but guaranteed unplugged in the finest Opus 3 tradition! Bibb gathered a large number of musicians from rock, folk and blues here, including The Deacons, a gospel quintet which was actually formed while the recording was being made.
    1. Lonesome Valley
    2. In My Father's House
    3. Needed Time
    4. I Am Blessed
    5. Just Keep Goin On
    6. Where Shall I Be
    7. Woke Up This Mornin
    8. I Want Jesus To Walk With Me
    9. You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond
    10. Braggin
    11. Water Under The Bridge
    12. Tell Ol Bill
    13. Satisfied Mind
    14. Meetin At The Buildin
    15. Waltz
    Eric Bibb And Needed Time
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Good Stuff Good Stuff Quick View

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    Good Stuff

    Since Eric Bibb's breakthrough with the Opus 3 recording Spirit & The Blues in the autumn of 1994, a great deal has happened in Bibb's life. In the spring of 1996 he was an outstanding success at the London Blues Festival and was as equally well received in Canada at the Vancouver Folk & Blues Festival. Both occasions were shared by slide guitarist Göran Wennerbrandt who also produced Good Stuff.


    Good Stuff features the same musicians who contributed to the success of Spirit & The Blues, including the gospel quartet The Deacons. Bibb wrote ten of the fourteen songs himself, with credits shared on three of the others and the remaining instrumental Blacksmith Island was written by the band Needed Time. In style, the album has retained the musical breadth of Spirit & The Blues while being a little more bluesy in feeling. Also included are the radio singles Shingle By Shingle and Good Stuff.

    1. Good Stuff
    2. Saucer n Cup
    3. Shingle By Shingle
    4. Dont Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down
    5. Where The Green Grass Grows
    6. Blacksmith Island
    7. New World Comin' Through
    8. Too Much Whisky
    9. Nothin Like You Used To Do
    10. All Of My Love
    11. A Simple Song
    12. Happy Home Recipe
    13. Done Laid Around
    14. Rough Waters
    Eric Bibb And Needed Time
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    Natural Light (Pure Pleasure)

    Natural Light by Eric Bibb is as strong as his previous efforts and produced once again by his longtime bassist Dave Bronze. Eric's voice and guitar playing shines all over whether he's doing a solo acoustic number as in Champagne Habits and the beautiful Lucky Man' Rag where he is joined by a wasboard player, or in the full band numbers such as the cover of the sixties Jackie Wilson hit Higher And Higher. Other favourites include the jazzy Home Lovin' Man where Janne Petersson's piano really stands out, the gospel of Right On Time and Tell Riley, a song about Bukka White and his cousin Riley B.(B.) King. There's even a guest appearence by Hubert Sumlin, the late Howlin Wolf's guitarist, who plays a solo on Too Much Stuff. Most of the songs are self-penned by Eric Bibb with wise storytelling and witty lyrics but there are some covers tastefully arranged including Randy Newman' ballad Every Time It Rains.



    Musicians:



    • Eric Bibb (vocal, guitar)

    • Janne Petersson (piano, organ, accordian)

    • Dave Bronze (bass)

    • Hubert Sumlin, Steve Donnelly (guitar)

    • Simon Clarke, Roddy Lorimer, Tim Sanders (horns)

    • Henry Spinetti (drums)

    • Martin Ditcham, Bjorn Gideonsson (drums, percussion)



    Recording: 2003 at Intimate Studios, London, by Troy Hermes / Warehouse Studios, Oxford, by Steve Watkins / Tonczone Studios, Kent, by Richard Studholme / Leon C Studios, Southend, by Dave Bronze

    Production: Dave Bronze



    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. Too Much Stuff
    2. Home Lovin' Man
    3. So Sorry
    4. Tell Riley
    5. Guru Man Blues
    6. Every Time It Rains
    7. Champagne Habits
    8. Water Works Fine
    9. Circles
    10. Right On Time
    11. Gratefully Blue
    12. Lucky Man Rag
    13. Higher and Higher
    Eric Bibb
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Friends (Pure Pleasure) Friends (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Friends (Pure Pleasure)

    Friends is the accurate and revealing title for New York bluesman Eric Bibb's tenth album since 1997. The cuts here feature rootsy folk and blues collaborations with different 'friends' in differing small group settings. The set starts with a killer acoustic slide duet between Bibb and Guy Davis on the nugget 99 ½ Won't Do. The contrast between Davis' sweet and smoky delivery and Bibb's husky wail - akin to Blind Willie Johnson's in places - offers a double-sided dimension in interpretation for the listener, as well. Elsewhere, Charlie Musselwhite gives a killer snaky harmonica performance on Six O' Clock Blues. Taj Mahal makes two appearances; one in a duet on Goin' Down Slow, and one in a trio with Bibb and Malian guitarist Djelimady Tounkara on a medley of the traditional Kulanjan and Bibb's own Sebastian's Tune. Speaking of Mali, and Mahal, Bibb also covers the elder bluesman's classic Lovin' in My Baby's Eyes, with the great kora player Mamadou Diabate that rivals the original. There's also a gorgeous version of Guy and Susanna Clark's The Cape, with guitarist Martin Simpson, Bibb's moving For You with Ruthie Foster, and Tain't No Such Thing, a bright new folk song written and sung with legendary folksinger Odetta. Mohan Veena ace Harry Manx performs with Bibb on the high lonesome, droning blues of Needed Time, and with Kristina Olsen on her If I Stayed. The set closes with the tender Dance Me to the End of Love, (an original, not the Leonard Cohen tune) with the Lovin' Spoonful Jerry Yester playing piano. Given that most records of this type are mixed bags at best, with 'star-studded' collabs serving to muck up or water down rather than enhance performances, Friends is an anomaly. There is nothing that's obvious or overblown here, everything is subtly shaded, and the performers serve the songs and not themselves. The listener gets no sense of back-patting or self-congratulation, only the great pleasure of hearing this music in a revealing, emotionally honest way. Bravo.



    Musicians:



    • Eric Bibb (arranger, guitar, vocal)

    • Odetta (vocal)

    • Ruthie Foster (vocal)

    • Guy Davis (arranger, harpsichord, vocal, guitar)

    • Taj Mahal (guitar, vocal, banjo)

    • Charlie Musselwhite (harpsichord)

    • Mamadou Diabate (kora)

    • Martin Simpson (guitar)

    • Michael Jerome Browne (fiddle, vocal, guitar, mandolin)





    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve



    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. 99 1/2 Won't Do
    2. Six O'Clock Blues
    3. Goin' Down Slow
    4. Lovin' In My Baby's Eyes
    5. For You
    6. The Cape
    7. 'Tain't Such A Much
    8. Needed Time
    9. If I Stayed
    10. Connected
    11. Ribbons And Bows
    12. Just Look Up
    13. Cowgirl Queen
    14. Kulanjan/Sebastian's Tune
    15. Dance Me To The End Of Love
    Eric Bibb
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Opus 30th Anniversary Celebration Album Opus 30th Anniversary Celebration Album Quick View

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    Opus 30th Anniversary Celebration Album

    After 30 years as a record company, Opus 3 has decided it was time for an anniversary celebration! This takes the form of an LP in which they have selected some of the jewels from their productions since the beginning in 1976.


    Among those included in this widely varied 19 tracks are: the outstanding blues singer and songwriter Eric Bibb whose recordings with Opus 3 have received the world-wide recognition he so richly deserves, the fantastic blues-rock slide-guitarist Peder af Ugglas, the versatile pop/funk/jazz guitarist (and Fender Rhodes keyboard artist), East (Bert Ostlund), and the young talented jazz vocalist Maria Winther accompanied by the elite of Sweden's jazz musicians. Also included is the renowned swing-vibraphonist Lars Erstrand, pus another world-class musician Hammond B3 organist Kjell Ohman.

    1. Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down - Eric Bibb
    2. Harvest Song - Peder af Ugglas
    3. Dreamsville - Maria Winther
    4. Cliffhanger - East
    5. Out Of Nowhere - Benny Waters
    6. Crazy Rhythm - Kjell Ohman featuring Arne Domnerus
    7. Sweet Georgie Fame - Lars Erstrand
    8. In My Fathers House - Eric Bibb
    9. 'Tain't Nobodys Bizeness If I Do - Tomas Ornberg's Blue Five
    10. Everybody Loves My Baby - Eva Taylor
    11. Softly As In The Morning Sunrise - Knud Jorgensen
    12. Guitar Stumble - East
    13. Sinister Footwear, 2nd Movement - Omnibus Wind Ensemble
    14. Junco Moreno - Manolo Yglesias
    15. Cimarosa's Larghetto in C minor - Stockholm Guitar Quartet
    16. Vaquero - Tiny Island
    17. Jul, jul, stralande jul - The Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble
    18. Bach's Air - Mattias Wager
    19. Aurora Borealis - Global Percussion Network
    Various Artists
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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