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    Cafe Atlantico (Pure Pleasure)

    The glorious CafÉ Atlantico finds CÉsaria Évora venturing into more Latin American musical landscapes, as opposed to Portuguese, which dominated her previous albums. Évora draws from traditional Cuban and Brazilian music to mesmerizing effect. The album is also a tribute to her home town of Mindelo, on the Cape Verdean island of Sao Vicente, which was once a busy port with sailors cruising between South America, the Caribbean, and Portugal. Therefore, the music is heartbreaking and nostalgic, warm and tragic all at once. The masterful Carnaval de So Vicente is one of the most joyous, bittersweet party songs ever put on wax (and was even issued as a maxi-single with fantastic remixes). Roma Criola is tragic, lonely, destitute, and always interesting, making for an undiscovered masterpiece of a ballad, and her rendition of the Spanish language standard Maria Elena is absolutely heartbreaking. The album evokes a moody elegance rarely found in modern music, from the sweeping opener Flôr Di Nha Esperança to the summery Amor Di Mundo, and the picture she paints of this cafÉ at the end of the world is a gorgeous, multi-colored, and emotion-stirring palate. This album is nothing short of world class and will be enjoyed by generations to come.



    Musicians:



    • Cesaria Evora (vocal)

    • Bau (guitar, arranger, cavaquinho)

    • Luis Ramos (guitar, vocal)

    • Jacinto Pereira (cavaquinho, vocal)

    • Jose Paris (bass, vocal)

    • Nando Andrade (piano, vocal)

    • Calu (drums)

    • Tey Santos (percussion)

    • Totinho (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, percussion, vocal)

    • Silvano Michelino (pander, bongo)

    • Conde Djeli Moussa (kora)

    • Jacky Fourniret (accordion)




    Recording: 1999 at Studio Recall, Pompignan (France) by Joao Magalhaes and at Studio Harry Son, Paris, by Pascal Catet

    Production: Jose de Silva



    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.

    LP1
    1. Flôr Di Nha Esperança
    2. Vaquinha Mansa
    3. Amor Di Mundo
    4. Paraiso Di Atlantico
    5. Sorte
    6. Carnaval De São Vicente
    7. Desilusão Dum Amdjer
    8. Nho Antone Escaderode


    LP2
    1. Beijo De Longe
    2. Roma Criola
    3. Perseguida
    4. Maria Elena
    5. Beijo De Longe
    6. Roma Criola
    7. Perseguida
    8. Maria Elena

    Cesaria Evora
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Cafe Atlantico Cafe Atlantico Quick View

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    Cafe Atlantico

    Available On Vinyl For The First Time!


    2 Bonus Tracks: Sodade & Luiza


    A native of the island nation of Cape Verde, Cesária Évora was known as the country's foremost practitioner of the morna, a combination of West African percussion with Portuguese fados, Brazilian modhinas, and British sea shanties. After a short singing career in the 1970's, she returned in the late '80s with a string of fine albums.


    Her 1999 album CafÉ Atlantico (a reference to her home where she frequently entertained guests) is a much acclaimed masterpiece, finding CÉsaria Évora venturing into more Latin American musical landscapes, as opposed to Portuguese, which dominated her previous albums. Évora draws from traditional Cuban and Brazilian music to mesmerizing effect. The music is heartbreaking and nostalgic, warm and tragic all at once.


    This album is nothing short of world class, and we're overjoyed to give CafÉ Atlantico its very first vinyl issue, with two bonus tracks to boot!

    LP1
    1. Flôr Di Nha Esperança
    2.Vaquinha Mansa
    3. Amor Di Mundo
    4. Paraiso Di Atlantico
    5. Sorte
    6. Carnaval De São Vicente
    7. Desilusão Dum Amdjer
    8. Nho Antone Escaderode


    LP2
    1. Beijo De Longe
    2. Roma Criola
    3. Perseguida
    4. Maria Elena
    5. Beijo De Longe
    6. Roma Criola
    7. Perseguida
    8. Maria Elena

    Cesaria Evora
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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