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  • Return To Forever Return To Forever Quick View

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    Return To Forever

    The legendary first lineup of Chick Corea's fusion band Return to Forever debuted on this classic album (titled after the group but credited to Corea), featuring Joe Farrell on soprano sax and flute, the Brazilian team of vocalist Flora Purim and drummer/percussionist Airto Moreira, and electric bass whiz Stanley Clarke. It wasn't actually released in the U.S. until 1975, which was why the group's second album, Light as a Feather, initially made the Return to Forever name. Nonetheless, Return to Forever is every bit as classic, using a similar blend of spacy electric-piano fusion and Brazilian and Latin rhythms. It's all very warm, light, and airy, like a soft breeze on a tropical beach.
    1. Return To Forever
    2. Crystal Silence
    3. What Game Shall We Play Today
    4. Sometime Ago / La Fiesta
    Chick Corea
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Slaves Mass (Pure Pleasure) Slaves Mass (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Slaves Mass (Pure Pleasure)

    Not strictly a jazz album in the strict sense, Slaves Mass has strong compositional themes among its seven tracks. The maestro Hermeto Pascoal plays everything from flutes, soprano saxophone, guitar, Fender Rhodes, acoustic piano and clavinet on this set, and enlists help from Ron Carter, Airto, Flora Purim, Raul DeSouza, David Maro and others. Mixing Pot, is the opener and an anomaly in that it is a vanguard fusion tune where Pascoal really digs in and improvises. It also features the only appearance on this set of Alphonso Johnson on electric bass. In Missa Dos Escravos, the title track, Pascoal's emblematic pig gives his first growls in a song dominated by Brazilian Indian references. Wonderfully and intricately composed, it centers around folk tropes. Chorinho Para Ele is a beautiful and modern choro with a somewhat challenging glissando bridge that really proposed new directions for the traditional genre. Aquela Valsa is a beautiful six/eight theme that turns into a samba with a beautiful trombone solo by DeSouza. Cannon is an utterly improvisational piece that meanders and winds around Pascoal's flute solo. Atonalism dominates the piano solo in Escuta Meu Piano, which also presents bits and pieces of different styles (like baio) and folk songs. Hot samba improvisation is found in GelÉia de Cereja, that slips and slides through a variety of schema and dynamic changes without much internal focus, but it is a compelling bit of creative anarchy nonetheless in that it displays Pascoal's full range of restless musical and textural impulses -- as well as a beautiful soprano solo.



    Musicians:



    • Hermeto Pascoal (saxophone, trombone, flute, keyboard)

    • David Amaro (guitar)

    • Raul De Souza (trombone)

    • Airto Moreira (drums)

    • Flora Purim (vocal)



    Recording: 1977



    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. Mixing Pot
    2. Slaves Mass
    3. Little Cry For Him
    4. Cannon (Dedicated To Cannonball Adderley)
    5. Just Listen
    6. That Waltz
    7. Cherry Jam
    Hermeto Pascoal
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Borboletta (Awaiting Repress) Borboletta (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Borboletta (Awaiting Repress)


    40th Anniversary Limited Edition


    First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl & Gatefold Presentation!


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios And Pressed At R.T.I.


    1974 shows Carlos Santana and The Santana Band evolving into one of the world's most loved and arena
    packing bands of all time. After several studio albums and the two live albums with Lotus and
    Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles Live!, the world was now buzzing around the energy that these
    superstars would lay down on vinyl with the classic Borboletta.


    Featuring a cross section of Santana hits like Mirage, Practice What You Preach, and Give and Take, plus
    the exotic rhythms and jams on workouts like One With the Sun, and the stellar orchestrated Aspirations, Carlos
    Santana's guitar was explosive as ever.


    The original vinyl version of this masterpiece has been out of circulation for decades - that is until now


    Friday Music continues our exclusive Santana 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with the groundbreaking first
    time North American release of the 1974 smash Borboletta. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday
    Music Studios and pressed at R.T.I., this super limited first time North American 180 Gram masterwork is truly
    one of the best Santana albums to ever be released, and we are very excited to offer you this authorized 180
    Gram LP today.


    Along with the legendary Carlos Santana on guitar and vocal, he is joined with original Santana band
    mates Michel Shrieve on his dynamic drums, both Doug Rauch and David Brown on his prolific bass, Jose
    Areas on hard hitting percussion, plus the brilliant r&b and funk superstar Leon Patillo on vocals, the celebrated
    Latin percussionist Armando Peraza, the legendary team of Airto on percussion and Flora Purim on vocals,
    Stanley Clarke on bass, and the stellar keyboard work of long time Santana associate Tom Coster.


    As an added 40th Anniversary Borboletta bonus, we are including a first time gatefold cover, restoring the
    original album cover elements to their full glory which will further enhance your listening experience.


    Let's all celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the classic mega rocker Borboletta by Santana. Authentic,
    Authorized and Absolutely Santana as only you would expect from your friends at Friday Music!

    1. Spring Manifestations
    2. Canto de los Flores
    3. Life Is Anew
    4. Give and Take
    5. One With the Sun
    6. Aspirations
    7. Practice What You Preach
    8. Mirage
    9. Here and Now
    10. Flor de Canela
    11. Promise of a Fisherman
    12. Borboletta
    Santana
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Borboletta (Speakers Corner) Borboletta (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Borboletta (Speakers Corner)

    After some hot live performances and subversive jaunts made in the aftershock of Woodstock, Santana and his band entered the calm atmosphere of the recording studio to make their sixth album. Taking a look at the blue butterfly on the LP cover, it wasn't surprising that purist Santana fans scented that the music in this particular garden would be more gentle and cultivated than the previous hard-rock sound. But one thing after another: in attune with semi natural sounds, the 'Canto De Los Flores' swings along to dabbed figures on the Rhodes piano and waves of multi-cultural drumming.



    The drama continues with Life Is Anew - a powerfully arranged ballad, followed by a highly emotional rock number (Give And Take). This takes us to where Santana feels most at home - Promise Of A Fisherman with its velvety, wonderfully expansive guitar sound. By now, at the latest, the listener joins the sensitive outdoorsman on his chase after the butterfly named Boborletta with a wealth of gorgeous sounds. Don't hesitate to capture this rare specimen for your collection!



    Musicians:



    • Carlos Santana (guitar, percussion)

    • Tom Coster (keyboard)

    • Leon Patillo (organ, electric piano, vocals)

    • Stanley Clarke (bass)

    • Michael Shrieve, Leon „Ndugu" Chancler (drums)

    • Airto Moreira, Flora Purim (percussion)

    • Jose Chepito Areas, Armando Peraza (percussion, conga)



    Recording: 1974 by Glen Kolotkin

    Production: Carlos Santana, Michael Shrieve & Tom Coster



    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. Spring Manifestations
    2. Canto de los Flores
    3. Life Is Anew
    4. Give and Take
    5. One with the Sun
    6. Aspirations
    7. Practice What You Preach
    8. Mirage
    9. Here and Now
    10. Flor de Canela
    11. Promise of a Fisherman
    12. Borboletta
    Santana
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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