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  • Follow The Rainbow (Speakers Corner) Follow The Rainbow (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Follow The Rainbow (Speakers Corner)

    The fusion movement has a lot in common with a tropical storm: it rages fiercely in its early phases but becomes less wild later on, yet still blows a gale. In the eye of the storm that tore its path through the various musical styles and genres as from 1960 is George Duke, who entered into creative and stormy partnerships with such artists as Frank Zappa, Miles Davis and Jean-Luc Ponty. The rainbow colours with which Duke chose to tint this album are taken less from the paintpots of fusion jazz and rock, and rather more from the black, natural colours of rhythm and blues. Next to a relaxed love groove (Say That You Will) we find a polyphonic vocal number with solos (Sunrise), which conjures up the nostalgic atmosphere of Motown, now on the decline. Then there is snappy funk in all manner of variations, such as Party Down, which swings trendily along but then comes over unfiltered and dry as a bone.
    In Follow The Rainbow, genial musicianship, expert arrangements and a special feeling for resonance amalgamate to create a tightly-knit sound which is ever fresh and easy-going.



    Musicians:



    • George Duke (vocal, keyboard)

    • Larry Williams (tenor saxophone, flute)

    • Eric Culver (trombone)

    • Charles Icarus Johnson (guitar)

    • Byron Miller (bass)

    • Leon 'Ndugu' Chandler (drums)

    • Sheila Escovedo (percussion, vocal)

    • Napoleon Murphy Brock (vocal)




    Recording: 1979 at Westlake Recording, Los Angeles, by Kerry McNabb and Electric Lady Studios, New York, by Dave Palmer

    Production: George Duke





    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. Party Down
    2. Say That You Will
    3. Funkin' For The Thrill
    4. Sunrise
    5. Festival
    6. I Am For Real (May The Funk Be With You)
    7. Straight From The Heart
    8. Corine
    9. Pluck
    10. Follow The Rainbow
    George Duke
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  • Master Of The Game Master Of The Game Quick View

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    Master Of The Game

    Although George Duke first made his mark as a Jazz instrumentalist, late-1970s classics like Reach For It, Don't Let Go, and Follow The Rainbow made it clear that he could also be an expressive R&B singer.


    But he didn't want to handle all of the lead vocals himself; so during that period, his role was that of a producer/keyboardist/songwriter who was more than happy to share the lead vocals with Lynn Davis, Josie James, and others. Lynn Davis enjoyed a lot of exposure on R&B stations when, in 1979, Duke featured her on "I Want You for Myself", the haunting single that made Master of the Game one of his best-selling albums.


    This album contains a few jazz fusion instrumentals (including the Latin-flavored "Dog-Man"), but it's an R&B release first and foremost. "I Want You for Myself" and the mellow, Stylistics-influenced "Every Little Step I Take" are gems in its own right.

    1. Look What You Find
    2. Every Little Step I Take
    3. Games
    4. I Want You For Myself
    5. In The Distance
    6. I Love You More
    7. Dog-Man
    8. Everybody's Talkin'
    9. Part 1 - The Alien Challenges The Stick/Part 2 - The Alien Succumbs To The Macho Intergalactic Funkativity Of The Funkblasters
    George Duke
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  • Coleman Hawkins And Confreres Coleman Hawkins And Confreres Quick View

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    Coleman Hawkins And Confreres

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    Ben Webster had long before passed through the ranks of imitator, then pupil and finally master. His college attendance, as one might put it, in the Duke Ellington Orchestra gave him a sureness of expression in his great showpieces and he also learned to hold his own against such musical giants as Paul Gonsalves and Jimmy Hamilton. Hawk was able to thoroughly enjoy his fame in numerous Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts given all over the world, where, of course, he had to assert himself against many other saxophone players. Two such JATP ensembles are to be found on the Confrères LP. The relaxed atmosphere is particularly noticeable in the title Sunday in which Roy Eldridge comes into the limelight with a brilliant solo. And just listen to George Buvivier's marvelous bass playing (in Nabab!) where he certainly has no reason to hide in the shadow thrown by Ray Brown. Coleman Hawkins' voluminous, supple sound which had a great influence on the styles of musicians ranging from Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins up to Joe Lovano, is best heard after Roy's solo in Honey Flower.


    Originally released in 1958.


    Musicians:


    Coleman Hawkins, tenor saxophone

    Ray Brown, bass

    George Duvivier, bass

    Roy Eldridge, trumpet

    Herb Ellis, guitar

    Hank Jones, piano

    Oscar Peterson, piano

    Mickey Sheen, drums

    Alvin Stoller, drums

    Ben Webster, tenor saxophone


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Maria
    2. Sunday
    3. Hanid
    4. Honey Flower
    5. Nabob
    Coleman Hawkins
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  • Breakin' Away Breakin' Away Quick View

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    Breakin' Away

    Breakin' Away is a great follow-up of Soul crooner Al Jarreau to his previous album This Time. The album was released on in 1981 andbecame the standard bearer of the L.A. Pop and R&B sound. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA.


    Breakin' Away assumes its own identity with brilliant results. Closer To Your Love comes off as a tougher, more confident version of the songs from the previous album. Easy with its gorgeous and subtle Latin flourishes has Jarreau's purposeful delivery coming off oddly poignant in its joy and beauty. The hit We're in This Love Together is on the album, just as the bittersweet My Old Friend. Jarreau brings new life to Teach Me Tonight and it has a sweeping, dreamy arrangement. But the album of course contains the biggest hit of all, Roof Garden, with Al's inimitable vocal delivery.


    The album was created with an amazing producer/artist chemistry, and top-level players like George Duke, David Foster, Dean Parks, and Steve Gadd can be heard on this record.

    1. Closer To Your Love
    2. My Old Friend
    3. We're In This Love Together
    4. Easy
    5. Our Love
    6. Breakin' Away
    7. Roof Garden
    8. Blue Rondo A La Turk
    9. Teach Me Tonight
    Al Jarreau
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  • Freedom Flight Freedom Flight Quick View

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    Freedom Flight

    Freedom Flight, released in the Fall of 1971, is the second album by Shuggie Otis. The album is every bit as adventurous as Shuggie Otis' 1974 masterpiece Inspiration Information. It's a bit rawer, not quite as lush, but it is every bit as visionary and groundbreaking.


    Produced by Shuggie's father, Johnny Otis, the album features seven stellar, genre bending cuts, most of which were written or co-written by Shuggie. He played everything from guitars, bass, organ to various percussion instruments. Me and My Woman is one of the funkiest Blues tunes ever recorded.


    Additional musicians include Wilton Felder, Stix Hooper, Aynsley Dunbar, Preston Love, George Duke and vocalists Clydie King, Venetta Field, and Shirley Matthews.

    1. Ice Cold Daydream
    2. Strawberry Letter 23
    3. Sweet Thang
    4. Me And My Woman
    5. Someone's Always Singing
    6. Purple
    7. Freedom Flight
    Shuggie Otis
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  • King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa Quick View

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    King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa

    In 1969, the legendary Frank Zappa introduced the rock music world to the stellar electric violin and keyboard work of Jean-Luc Ponty with the collaborative masterwork King Kong: Jean Luc Ponty Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa. Featuring a handful of Zappa's earlier classics like Idiot Bastard Son, as well as the exceptional orchestral piece Music for Electric Violin and Low Budget Orchestra, King Kong surely has become a progressive rock/jazz masterpiece. Featuring The Mothers of Invention's George Duke plus Wilton Felder and Ernie Watts. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray.
    1. King Kong
    2. Idiot Bastard Son
    3. Twenty Small Cigars
    4. How Would You Like To Have A Head Like That
    5. Music For Electric Violin and Low Budget Orchestra
    6. America Drinks and Goes Home
    Jean-Luc Ponty
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  • Roxy & Elsewhere Roxy & Elsewhere Quick View

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    Roxy & Elsewhere

    This mostly live set features Zappa performing with the popular Mothers of Invention line-up of the early 70's--including jazz-funk meister George Duke, Napolean Murphy Brock on saxophone, and Ruth Underwood on percussion. Highlights include the souped-up funk of Pygmy Twylyte, burning renditions of favorites Penguin in Bondage and More Trouble Every Day, and the hilarious monster movie tribute Cheepnis. Duke steals the show on several tracks, and Zappa's guitar work and master of ceremonies showmanship is in top form. -Andrew Boscardin
    1. Penguin In Bondage
    2. Pygmy Twylyte
    3. Dummy Up
    4. Village Of The Sun
    5. Echidna's Arf (Of You)
    6. Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?
    7. Cheepnis
    8. Son Of Orange County
    9. More Trouble Every Day
    10. Be-Bop Tango (Of The Old Jazzmen's Church)
    Frank Zappa
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  • School Days School Days Quick View

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    School Days

    Mastered from the Original Epic Records Tapes by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray at RTI/AcousTech


    School Days was a game changer for the legendary Stanley Clarke in many ways. Not only did it forever etch the title superstar musician to his name all over the world, it also crossed his incredible music over to a whole new level of listeners, which to this day continue to flock to this album for the solid funk, rock, jazz and fusion release that only this master jam could achieve.


    After a very successful run with Chick Coreas Return To Forever, world class bassist and multi-instrumentalist Stanley Clarke branched out on his own and made some very credible solo albums. When School Days hit in late 1976, it was not uncommon to hear tracks like Hot Fun and School Days being played on all formats of radio. Whether it be urban, rock, or jazz, the School Days album was the go to album of choice for many radio stations, as its rhythms and cosmic funk/rock/jazz energy would truly enhance the listening experience to a whole new realm.


    And now, Friday Music is offering the legendary Stanley Clarke School Days album on 180g Audiophile Vinyl for the very first time. Mastered impeccably from the original Epic Records tapes by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray at RTI/AcousTech, this stunning album is a fusion masterpiece made for the audiophile vinyl domain.


    For this star studded affair, Stanley Clarke reached out to some of the greatest musicians of all time like John McLauglin, George Duke, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Steve Gadd, Icarus Johnson and many others. Not only do you get the wonderful songs previously mentioned, but there are even more classics like Quiet Afternoon with some very solid drumming by Steve Gadd, Desert Song featuring a stunning duet with John McLauglin on guitar, as well as the apocalyptic album closer Life Is Just A Game, which features some very powerful bass and drum fireworks between Stanley Clarke and Billy Cobham, with George Dukes amazing keyboard expertise.


    Comes housed in a very rare gatefold cover featuring all of the original artwork elements, which haven't been seen in years.

    1. School Days

    2. Quiet Afternoon
    3. The Dancer
    4. Desert Song
    5. Hot Fun
    6. Life Is Just a Game
    Stanley Clarke
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  • Double Youth Double Youth Quick View

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    Double Youth

    "A headphone-friendly, Latin-flavored, hypnotic concoction of deep grooves, tropical textures and warped blips and bleeps compressed into fractured layers." - Magnet


    Helado Negro recorded Double Youth, his fourth LP, in his home studio with a computer, his voice, and telepathic input from a poster he found buried in a closet in his childhood home. Seeing the poster evoked a sudden rush of memories, but also a sense of isolation and separation. Who was this person in the photo? And what else had Helado Negro
    forgotten? The poster's impact was so significant, it framed a new recording process for Helado Negro and now serves as cover art, title, and the conceptual framework for the lyrics and song structures.


    Helado Negro certainly owes something to his contemporaries, Bear in Heaven, Young Magic, Empress Of, Prefuse 73, and School of Seven Bells, but Double Youth is more a spiritual long-lost cousin to the great masters of funk, like Parliament, Prince, and George Duke, whose finely tuned beats married the ear with the body in new ways. Bass drum machines in Double Youth pulse like a robot dance movement. Bass undercurrents fuzz. Sine waves tickle the brain stem. The melodies weave through the air like a fish. And Helado Negro's voice, which grows more and more confident with each record, is a cool, clean dance partner to the beat and melody.

    1. Are I Here
    2. I Krill You
    3. It's Our Game
    4. Myself On 2 U
    5. Friendly Arguments
    6. Triangulate
    7. Ojos Que No Ven
    8. Queriendo
    9. Invisible Heartbeat
    10. That Shit Makes Me Sad
    Helado Negro
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  • Tutu Tutu Quick View

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    Tutu


    2-LP Set On 180-gram Vinyl Includes Remastered Original Studio Album, Plus Unreleased Live Performances


    Extra 180-Gram Vinyl LP Of Live Performances By The Miles Davis Octet Of The Nice Jazz Festival Of 1986, Available For The First Time On Vinyl


    Packaging Is A Replica Of The Original Vinyl Album, Including Stickers, LP Labels, Irving Penn's Beautiful And Iconic Photographs


    30 Years ago, Miles Davis made waves in the music world when he left Columbia Records to sign recording and publishing contracts with Warner Bros. and Warner Chappell in 1985. With a new label to call home, Davis immediately started working on the album, which originally had the working title, Perfect Way, named after a song by new wave pop band Scritti Politti that he was covering on the album. The album was later renamed Tutu by producer Tommy LiPuma, taken from news headlines of the day referencing the well-known South African archbishop and anti-apartheid leader, Desmond Tutu.


    Rhino celebrates one of jazz music's most revered and innovative talents with a 2-LP deluxe edition set on 180-gram vinyl of Miles Davis' TUTU, released to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of Davis signing with Warner. The deluxe edition includes a remastered LP of the original album and a bonus LP of live performances at the Nice Festival held in 1986, packaged with the original artwork featuring photographs by the legendary Irving Penn.


    TUTU pushed Davis back into center stage, winning him two Grammy® awards, when even the most reverent seemed to admit that his best music lay in the past. Tutu stands as an important part of the Davis legacy, and a testament to a prolific artist whose boundless creativity continuously redefined a genre throughout his legendary career.


    As Davis recalled, Tutu "started with some music that George Duke, the piano player sent to me." Davis' affection for the initial track - eventually titled "Backyard Ritual" and filled with synthesizer sounds and electronic beats - revealed the trumpeter's willingness to consider music written by others, and the use of cutting-edge electronics.


    Producer Tommy LiPuma recruited composer and studio musician Marcus Miller to collaborate on the project, who at 27, had already made a name for himself in jazz, R&B and popular music, playing funk, rock, bebop and hip hop. Davis later praised him as being "so hip and into the music that he even walks in tempo . . . in the studio we make a great team."


    "Technology was kind of exploding and I thought it would be interesting to hear Davis making his way through this new world," said Miller. Performing on the album were George Duke, Adam Holzman and Bernard Wright, percussionists Paulinho Da Costa and Steve Reid, drummer Omar Hakim and violinist Michael Urbaniak all contributed tracks; keyboardist Jason Miles played a significant role as well, programming the synthesizers and helping push the tracks to a level of sonic detail that could compete with contemporary recordings.


    Tutu would feature a variety of tunes that offered a mix of flavors and mood. Besides the title track, four were composed by Miller - "Splatch," "Portia," "Don't Lose Your Mind" and "Full Nelson" (the last a tribute to another South African leader, Nelson Mandela). "Tomaas" - named by Davis for LiPuma - was co-written by Davis and Miller, based on ideas Davis had previously recorded. The selections were rounded out by one cover - "Perfect Way," which Davis had initially chosen to be the album's title track.


    By that summer, Davis' group was touring Europe. With a four-night run approaching at the Grande Parade du Jazz festival in Nice, France, the decision was made to record the group at its prime. It was a wise choice. Warner Bros. hired a mobile recording truck and all four concerts were taped. "Everybody in the band knew we were being recorded so we were on our game," remembers his nephew, drummer Vince Wilburn. "Miles had an uncanny knack for knowing not only what to record but when and where. Every night was more beautiful than the one before: wonderful weather, captive audiences and the band was on fire."


    "At the time, there wasn't anything that jumped out at me," LiPuma admits. "Believe me, if I thought there had been, I would've put an album out. But having spent some time with the music, it's brilliant - and I think it's an important recording." Like the best live recordings, these tracks are both historic and timeless - filled with a spirit and snap that can still be felt today, yet cannot be repeated.

    LP 1
    1. Tutu
    2. Tomaas
    3. Porttia
    4. Splatch
    5. Backyard Ritual
    6. Perfect Way
    7. Don't Lose Your Mind
    8. Full Nelson


    LP 2 - Live from Nice Festival, France, July 1986
    1. Portia
    2. Human Nature
    3. Carnival Time
    4. Splatch
    5. New Blues

    Miles Davis
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  • Nostalgia Nostalgia Quick View

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    Nostalgia

    Annie Lennox describes Nostalgia as the album she has been waiting her whole life to record. Produced by Lennox and frequent collaborator Mike
    Stevens, the collection features hauntingly beautiful takes on iconic American songs such as "Summertime," "Mood Indigo" and "Strange Fruit." While the
    album pays tribute to some of the greatest artists of the 20th century (Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Billie Holiday), the songs were also chosen for
    their continuing ability to resonate in the 21st century. The Scottish artist has sold 80 million records and won four GRAMMYs, two MTV VMAs, an Oscar
    and a Golden Globe. VH1 named her "The Greatest White Soul Singer Alive" and Rolling Stone counted her as one of "The 100 Greatest Singers of All
    Time."
    1. Memphis In June
    2. Georgia On My Mind
    3. I Put A Spell On You
    4. Summertime
    5. I Cover The Waterfront
    6. Strange Fruit
    7. God Bless The Child
    8. You Belong To Me
    9. September In The Rain
    10. I Can Dream, Can't I?
    11. The Nearness Of You
    12. Mood Indigo
    Annie Lennox
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  • This Mother's Daughter (Pure Pleasure) This Mother's Daughter (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    This Mother's Daughter (Pure Pleasure)

    This Mother's Daughter remains the most soulful record cut by Nancy Wilson during her Capitol tenure -- producer Eugene McDaniels proves an inspired if surprising choice to helm the session, and his subtle but ingenious jazz-funk flourishes are essential to the project's immediacy and appeal. McDaniels couches Wilson in settings as smooth and rich as velvet, crafting a series of mellow, gently propulsive grooves that flirt with contemporary soul but pay heed to the singer's roots in jazz. Wilson responds with a performance that's sophisticated yet saucy, commanding the spotlight with an intensity that's missing from her lesser Capitol efforts.



    Musicians:



    • Nancy Wilson (vocal)

    • Blue Mitchell (fluegel horn)

    • Hugh McCracken, Jeff Miranoy (guitar)

    • Dave Gruisin, George Duke (piano, organ)

    • Chuck Rainey (bass)

    • Steve Gadd (drums)

    • Oliver Brown (percussion)



    Recording: 1976 at The Record Plant, Los Angeles, by Phil Boogie Schier

    Production: Eugene Daniels



    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. From You To Me To You
    2. Love Has Smiled On Us
    3. I Don't Want A Sometimes Man
    4. Tree Of Life
    5. China
    6. Now
    7. This Mother's Daughter
    8. He Never Had It So Good
    9. When We Were One
    10. Stay Tuned
    Nancy Wilson
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Cosmic Scene (Pure Pleasure) The Cosmic Scene (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Cosmic Scene (Pure Pleasure)

    Still riding the success of his triumphant concert at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival, Duke Ellington in 1958 decided to reduce his touring orchestra to a nonet dubbed the Spacemen, and recorded this lone project with them for the Columbia label. Perhaps inspired by the first orbiting satellites, Ellington is not taking cues from George Russell or Sun Ra, whose extraterrestrial inspirations led them to even more progressive paths. This large ensemble is playing mostly standards, but the arrangements and solos carve an integrated yet elasticized concept that allows for a more expanded role for the ensemble's trombonists Quentin 'Butter' Jackson, John Sanders, and Britt Woodman, and select soloists. One in the solo spotlight is Clark Terry on flugelhorn exclusively, putting his fabled trumpet aside. The classic material presented includes clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton's features Avalon and Early Autumn, the slinky stripper pole blues version of St. Louis Blues with Ellington's piano taking the lead, and a version of Body & Soul, with tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves completely extrapolating and re-harmonizing the tune. There's a modified Perdido, an animated and perky Midnight Sun that deviates from any other slow and lugubrious version of the ballad, and Jones a real good swinger. There are two originals; the blues bass of Jimmy Woode and the 'bones with plentiful piano from Duke infusing Bass-Ment, and one of the more delightful of all of Ellington's book, the poppin' and boppin' Spacemen, a bright happy horn chart led by Terry that is one of the more distinctive Ellington numbers of this time period. It comes highly recommended.



    Musicians:



    • Paul Gonsalves (tenor saxophone)

    • Clark Terry (fluegel horn)

    • Britt Woodman, John Sanders, Quentin Jackson (trombone)

    • Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet)

    • Duke Ellington (piano)

    • Jimmy Wood (bass)

    • Sam Woodyard (drums)



    Recording: April 1958 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York




    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. Avalon
    2. Body And Soul
    3. Bass-ment
    4. Early Autumn
    5. Jones
    6. Perdido
    7. St. Louis Blues
    8. Spacemen
    9. Midnight Sun
    10. Take The A Train
    Duke Ellington
    $34.99
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  • Jazz Party In Stereo Jazz Party In Stereo Quick View

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    Jazz Party In Stereo

    Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes!


    Numbered Deluxe Laminated Gatefold Jackets! Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!


    Originally released on Columbia Records in 1959, Jazz Party In Stereo contains a formidable gallery of jazz stars including Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Rushing, Johnny Hodges, Clark Terry, Paul Gonsalves, and more!


    The sometimes tender, sometimes shouting blues style of Jimmy Rushing provides nice contrast in one of the most varied and satisfying Ellington recordings ever.


    Features:

    Numbered Deluxe Laminated Double Gatefold Jackets

    Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!

    Audiophile 180 gram, 45rpm Vinyl

    Double LP

    Pressed at RTI


    Musicians:

    Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet

    Ray Nance, trumpet

    Clark Terry, trumpet

    Cat Anderson, trumpet

    Shorty Baker, trumpet

    Andres Ford, trumpet

    Johnny Hodges, saxophone

    Paul Gonzalves, saxophone

    Harry Carney, saxophone

    Jimmy Hamilton, saxophone

    Russell Procope, saxophone

    Britt Woodman, trombone

    Quentin Jackson, trombone

    John Sanders, trombone

    Duke Ellington, piano

    Jimmy Jones, piano

    Jimmy Woode, bass

    Sam Woodyard, drums

    Jimmy Rushing, vocalist

    Morris Goldenberg, percussionist

    George Gaber, percussionist

    Elden C. Bailey, percussionist

    Chauncey Morehouse, percussionist

    Harry Breuer, percussionist

    Robert M. Rosengarden, percussionist

    Walter E. Rosenberger, percussionist

    Bradley Spinney, percussionist

    Milton Schlesinger, percussionist


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Malletoba Spank
    2. Toot Suite:
    Red Garter - Red Shoes - Red Carpet (Part 1)
    Red Carpet (Part 2)
    Red Carpet (Part 3)
    3. Satin Doll
    4. U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group)
    5. All Of Me
    6. Tymperturbably Blue
    7. Fillie Trillie
    8. Hello Little Girl
    Duke Ellington
    $54.99
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    Side By Side

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    ...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen! Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011


    When Norman Granz signed Johnny Hodges to a recording contract in 1951, it was a prelude to Hodges' leaving the Duke Ellington orchestra to lead his own small band. Four years later Hodges was back in the Ellington fold, but he continued to record for Granz under his own name. Side By Side, recorded in 1958 and 1959, is a throwback to the small-group sessions Ellington recorded with Hodges and other members of his orchestra in the Thirties, but with a couple of important differences: the absence of Ellington himself on several cuts (with Billy Strayhorn taking over on piano), and the presence of such notable non-Ellingtonians as drummer Jo Jones and trumpeters Roy Eldridge and Harry Sweets Edison.


    Originally released in 1959.


    Duke Ellington, piano

    Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone

    Lawrence Brown, trombone

    Harry Sweets Edison, trumpet

    Roy Eldridge, trumpet

    Al Hall, bass

    Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone

    Jo Jones, drums

    Wendell Marshall, bass

    Les Spann, flute, guitar

    Billy Strayhorn, piano

    Ben Webster, tenor saxophone


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Stompy Jones
    2. Just Squeeze Me
    3. Big Shoe
    4. Going Up
    5. Just a Memory
    6. Let's Fall in Love
    7. Ruint
    8. Bend One
    9. You Need to Rock
    Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges
    $49.99
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    The London Philharmonic Orchestra performs Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, Op. 8 led by violinist, conductor Itzhak Perlman.


    Itzhak Perlman (born August 31, 1945) is an Israeli-born violinist, conductor, and is regarded as one of the pre-eminent violinists of the 20th and early-21st centuries, renowned for his brilliant technique, direct interpretation and precision. He has appeared with every major orchestra in the world, showcasing his talent at music festivals, recitals, and concerts around the world.


    Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to the irrepressible joy of making music, which he communicates. In January 2009, Mr. Perlman was honored to take part in the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, premiering a piece written for the occasion by John Williams and performing with clarinetist Anthony McGill, pianist Gabriela Montero, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. In December 2003 the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts granted Mr. Perlman a Kennedy Center Honor celebrating his distinguished achievements and contributions to the cultural and educational life of our nation. In May 2007, he performed at the State Dinner for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, hosted by President George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush at the White House.


    In addition to his many orchestral and recital appearances throughout the world, Mr. Perlman performs as conductor with leading orchestras. He was Music Advisor of the St. Louis Symphony from 2002 to 2004, and he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit Symphony from 2001 to 2005. He has performed as conductor with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, National Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Montreal, Atlanta and Toronto, as well as at the Ravinia and OK Mozart festivals. Internationally, Mr. Perlman has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic.


    He proudly possesses four Emmy Awards and fifteen Grammy awards. He performed at the 2006 Academy Awards and at the Juilliard School Centennial gala, broadcast nationally on Live from Lincoln Center. One of Mr. Perlman's proudest achievements is his collaboration with film score composer John Williams in Steven Spielberg's Academy Award winning film Schindler's List, in which he performed the violin solos.


    Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process.


    Features:

    • Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180g Vinyl

    • Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!

    • Superior Audiphile Pressing

    • Features Original Album Artwork


    Musicians:

    Itzhak Perlman, violin, conductor

    London Philharmonic Orchestra


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
    Four Seasons, Op. 8
    Side One:
    Concerto No. 1 in E major (Spring)
    1. Allegro
    2. Largo
    3. Allegro
    Concerto No. 2 in G minor (Summer)
    4. Allegro
    5. Adagio
    6. Presto
    Side Two:
    Concerto No. 3 in F major (Autumn)
    1. Allegro
    2. Adagio molto
    3. Allegro
    Concerto No. 4 in F minor (Winter)
    4. Allegro non molto
    5. Largo
    6. Allegro
    Antonio Vivaldi
    $34.99
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    Newport Uproar (Pure Pleasure)

    The 1967 Newport Jazz Festival, fourteenth in a world-famous series, was inexplicably the first at which Lionel Hampton had ever appeared. Better late than never, the great vibist and bandleader came, played and conquered. As the crowd roars ecstatically at the end of this record, the awed but happy voice of producer George Wein is heard: »This hasn't happened since Duke « he begins, casting back in his mind to 1956 and the nearest comparable triumph.



    There is nothing quite so effective as a big band at an outdoor jazz festival. So the 1967 Newport programme included those of Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Don Ellis and Lionel Hampton. Lionel knew the competition he had to face, and knew that in the festival's climatic spot - the last act on the last night - his performance would be compared with those of all the others. He prepared accordingly.
    Members of his Inner Circle, the octet with which he normally works, would provide the nucleus for an orchestra largely composed of alumni from his earlier bands. When the call went out to the Old Guard, the response was magnificent, as a glance at the personnel will show. Top names in the profession came back to join him, to form one of the great all-star bands of all time. A two week engagement at The Metropole in New York, immediately before the festival, served as a prolonged dress rehearsal, where the ensembles were polished and new arrangements familiarized. Enthusiasm mounted night by night in the Seventh Avenue club, among musicians and public alike, until Newport and the evening of 3rd July were reached. Then, as you will hear, the spirit was willing and the flesh far, far from weak.



    All these preparations ensured a good performance, but the spark, the magic necessary to make it a great one, had to come from the leader. Everybody knows that he is a kind of rhythmic dynamo-driving, full of energy, unsparing of himself. His commitment and conviction communicate rapidly with any audience, so that it is soon won over to his side. Yet in the long, ninety minute program, errors in pacing would have been easy, forgivable, but extremely damaging. A climax reached too soon would have led to anti-climax, and a flat feeling as the crowd left the ground. As it was, Lionel's long professional experience served him superbly, so that his program rose steadily and inexorably to the all-out, emotional frenzy of Flying Home. Like a good general, he never lost his grasp on the situation. He inspired his men by personal example on the vibes, reinforced the beat on a second set of drums, and finally brought up the reserves - Alan Dawson, Milt Buckner and Illinois Jacquet - at just the right time, and in the right spot, to secure an unforgettable triumph and a tumultuous ovation.



    Musicians:



    • Lionel Hampton (vibraphone, piano, drums)

    • Illinois Jacquet (tenor saxophone)

    • Snooky Young, Wallace Davenport (trumpet)

    • Al Grey, Benny Powell (trombone)

    • Jerome Richardson, George Dorsey, Ed Pazant (reeds)

    • John Spruill, Milt Buckne (piano)

    • Billy Mackel (guitar)

    • George Duvivier (bass)

    • Steve Little (drums)



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. Turn Me Loose
    2. Thai Silk
    3. Tempo's Birthday
    4. Greasy Greens
    5. Greasy Greens (Encore)
    6. Meety Benny Baily
    7. Medley:
    Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop/Hamp's Boogie Woogie
    8. Misunderstood Blues
    9. Flying Home
    Lionel Hampton
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    Solid is a companion piece to the Grant Green classic Matador, recorded about a month later with the same rhythm section, and also not issued until 1979. Green is once again accompanied by the Coltrane supporting team of pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones, plus bassist Bob Cranshaw; this time, however, Green is also joined on the front line by James Spaulding on alto sax and Joe Henderson on tenor. Both saxophonists really seem to light a fire under the proceedings, for in comparison with the relatively subdued Matador, Solid is a bright, hard-charging affair. There's a little modal jazz, but Solid's repertoire is chiefly complex hard bop, full of challenging twists and turns that the players burn through with enthusiasm. Green didn't tackle this kind of material -- or play with this kind of group -- very often, and it's a treat to hear him do so on both counts. The compositions -- highlighted by Duke Pearson's Minor League, Henderson's The Kicker, and a storming, ten-minute exploration of George Russell's Ezz-Thetic -- provoke some intricate improvisations from Green, and his perfectly controlled soloing is an interesting contrast with the passionate Spaulding and Henderson. Tyner and Jones are once again telepathic in their support, elevating the whole package to one of Green's strongest jazz outings and a unique standout in his catalog.
    Minor League
    Ezz-thetic
    Grant's Tune
    Solid
    The Kicker
    Grant Green
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    Blues A Plenty

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    ...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen! Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011


    One of the giants of the alto saxophone, Johnny Hodges was perhaps the most important soloist and sideman in Duke Ellington's orchestra from 1928 up to Hodges' death in 1970. The self-taught player made many solo forays during his long career - one of his '50s outfits included a young John Coltrane - but history remembers Hodges for his virtuosic sidemanship, particularly his sensitive rendering of ballads.


    Originally released in 1958.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. I Didn't Know About You
    2. Cool Your Motor
    3. Gone With The Wind
    4. Honey Hill
    5. Blues-A-Plenty
    6. Don't Take Your Love From Me
    7. Saturday Afternoon Blues
    8. Satin Doll
    9. Reeling and Rocking
    Johnny Hodges
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    Johnny Hodges With Billy Strayhorn

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    ...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen! Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011


    Recorded during the last decade of his long tenure with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, this album finds the great alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges' musical gifts not only intact but stronger than ever. Featuring the Ellington band - with Jimmy Jones on piano and Billy Strayhorn as bandleader and arranger - it is a fascinating program of Ellington remakes, including tome of the orchestra's most familiar numbers, all of which have been given subtle new orchestrations by Strayhorn and melodious new interpretations by Hodges.


    Recorded in 1961.


    Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone

    Billy Strayhorn, arranger, conductor, performer

    Cat Anderson, trumpet

    Shorty Baker, trumpet

    Aaron Bell, bass

    Bill Berry, trumpet

    Lawrence Brown, trombone

    Harry Carney, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, bass saxophone

    Chuck Conors, bass trombone

    Paul Gonsalves, tenor saxophone

    Jimmy Hamilton, clarinet, tenor saxophone

    Quentin Jackson, trombone

    Jimmy Jones, piano

    Howard McGhee, trumpet

    Ed Mullens, trumpet

    Russell Procope, clarinet, alto saxophone

    Sam Woodyard, drums


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
    2. I've Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
    3. Gal From Joe's
    4. Your Love Has Faded
    5. I'm Just a Lucky So and So
    6. Jeep's Blues
    7. Day Dream
    8. Juice a Plenty
    9. Azure
    10. Tailor Made
    11. Stardust
    Johnny Hodges
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    Bethlehem Records was a major jazz label in the 1950's formed by Gus Wildi with an impressive roster of artists including singers Nina Simone, Carmen MacRae, Chris Conner & Mel Torme, to name a few; arrangers: Marty Paich, Russ Garcia, Frank Hunter; and musicians including: Dexter Gordon, Roland Kirk, Charles Mingus, Frank Rosolino, Herbie Mann, Stan Levey, Art Blakey, Milt Hinton, Errol Garner, Zoot Sims, Duke Ellington, J.J. Johnson and many, many others. The label distinguished itself by giving artists creative control of their projects and presented albums of rather cutting edge graphic design. Its legacy is a lengthy discography that freshly and ambitiously captured and preserved an era of truly amazing music including West Coast Cool Jazz, East Coast Bop, and Vocalists. For many of the artists, their first or greatest recorded work happened at Bethlehem. By trusting its staff and artists to make their own creative decisions, to experiment, and thus to flourish, Bethlehem actively helped create and not just document a whole and diverse era of Jazz music.
    1960, when this album was recorded, was one of Zoot Sims' most productive years. The performances here are recognised as being the masterpieces of Sims' middle period.



    Musicians:



    • Zoot Sims (tenor saxophone)

    • Dave McKenna (piano)

    • George Tucker (bass)

    • Dannie Richmond (drums)


    1. Jive At Five
    2. Doggin' Around
    3. Avalon
    4. I Cried For You
    5. Bill Bailey
    6. Goodnight, Sweetheart
    7. There'll Be Some Changes made
    8. I've Heard That Blues Before
    Zoot Sims
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    This Roulette Records' 1961 Birdland Series LP of Sarah Vaughan's After Hours was the first ever album by 'Sassy' to feature just her voice with bass (George Duvivier) and guitar (Mundell Lowe) in a program of mostly ballads, with Miss Vaughan crooning quietly in a rarely used style. Her voice is at its peak on these intimate, relaxed, almost spontaneous sessions. A true jazz classic of considerable beauty, with George and Mundell perfectly complementing 'the Divine Sarah' as she runs through a set of carefully chosen (yet unrehearsed) favorites, all songs one might've heard her perform in a smoky club well After Hours.


    Just one gorgeous track after another here. On Wonder Why Vaughan plumbs the depths of her vocal range. Easy To Love features an outstanding walking bass line. They swing it so well, Sarah is moved to finger-snap. Her exquisite enunciation and vocal sliding are most noticeable on a mellow cover of Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Lady. The LP's most energetic song, Great Day again spotlights George's amazing bass work. A mere fragment, it fades out much too soon. On an impressive Sentimental Mood, Sassy utilizes sharp, flat and quarter tones, and a few notes perhaps never heard before. The facáde of aloofness that shields a broken heart in Vanity makes for a melancholy, yet apropos, set closer. - Annie Van Auken


    Musicians:



    • Sarah Vaughan (vocal)
    • Mundell Lowe (guitar)
    • George Duvivier (bass)



    Recording: 1961



    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. My Favorite Things
    2. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
    3. Wonder Why
    4. Easy To Love
    5. Sophisticated Lady
    6. Great Day
    7. Ill Wind
    8. If Love Is Good To Me
    9. In A Sentimental Mood
    10. Vanity
    Sarah Vaughan
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    Ted Nugent (45 RPM)

    The Best-Sounding Track - Stranglehold - Has Side 1 All To Itself! Cut At 45 RPM, Spread Over One Whole Side - Unbelievable Sound! Stranglehold Indeed!


    Gatefold Jacket!


    Mastered By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound Using Legendary Mastering Engineer George Marino's Notes From His Original Mastering Sessions With The Original Analog Tapes!


    Remastered By Smith In George's Mixing Room Using Marino's VMS 80 Lathe


    200-Gram Vinyl Plated By Gary Salstrom And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings, The World's Finest Lp Maker!


    Self-Titled Album Made Nugent And His Gonzo Guitar A Rock Icon!


    There was a moment, in 1975 to be exact, when Ted Nugent was taken very seriously. As a musician. Before he decided to become whatever it is that he is now. ... Let's think back to 1975 when Ted was just a sex-crazed rock star who made a killer self-titled debut solo record that has now been remastered and reissued as a gatefold, by Chad Kassem's Analogue Productions and Quality Record Pressings. While his songwriting interests have never really changed, these were the best takes on all those ideas that Nugent would from this point on build his career on. ... on Ted Nugent his guitar riffs were never sharper, his playing never less indulgent. This is a record where even the inner cuts like 'Just What the Doctor Ordered' and 'Queen of the Forest' were good to great. - Robert Baird, Stereophile, May 2014


    We were fortunate with this one. Fortunate you say? How so? Well for starters, the late and lauded mastering engineer George Marino at Sterling Sound mastered and cut the original 1975 release of Ted Nugent. Almost 40 years later, after some digging by George's protege, Ryan Smith, on behalf of this Analogue Productions reissue - lo and behold - George's mastering notes resurfaced as well as the original analog tape masters.


    With the release of Ted Nugent, the self-proclaimed Motor City Madman and god of gonzo guitar became not just a star, but one of rock 'n' roll's icons. The songs Motor City Madhouse and Just What The Doctor Ordered would become two of many of Ted's road anthems. These and the other 10 monster tracks on Ted Nugent were clear evidence that Ted was an artist to be reckoned with.


    Ted Nugent still likes to reflect back on what his critics were saying as he put his band, the Amboy Dukes, to rest and started the next phase of his career-one that would be under his own vision, his own direction and most importantly, his own name.


    I remember some of the more creative writers of the ilk claimed it would be 'the final nail in my coffin' - quote, unquote, Nugent says with a redemptive laugh. I knew better.


    The mention of Ted's name elicits different reactions from rock fans today in different parts of the country. Nods of familiarity on both coasts, and clenched fists and knowing grins in the vast Midwest and South. He's sold millions of albums. Rock radio couldn't play enough of him - and neither could promoters, who made him the hardest-working and top-grossing gunslinger of the mid- and late-'70s. While most other rockers posed with their sleek Stratocasters and Les Pauls, there was Nugent, whipping his mane of hair around his head as he cranked out sound on his big Gibson Birdland, a hog of a guitar with rich, thick and creamy tones - clearly not something to be trusted to amateurs. But in Nugent's hands it screamed, squealed and cried, providing a vivid 3-D voice for the monster crunch of Stranglehold, the menacing stomp of Stormtroopin and the fiery boogie of Hey Baby, Motor City Madhouse and Snakeskin Cowboys.


    We feel this is Ted's finest recording by far. And here, you'll hear this classic more clearly and vividly than ever before. This reissue was remastered by Smith in the late George Marino's mixing room at Sterling Sound using Marino's VMS 80 lathe and an ATR 102 tape machine modified by Mike Spitz-the only one of its kind in the world.. Then this 200-gram vinyl beauty was pressed by Quality Record Pressings, makers of the world's finest LPs, where it was plated for vinyl by Gary Salstrom, QRP's master plating technician and general manager. The power burned into these grooves is difficult to find anywhere else this side of the Atlantic, and indeed it remains a rare commodity anywhere in the world.


    As Ted himself proclaims: If anyone wanted to know what rock 'n' roll was all about, this is the only album they'll need.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    LP 1
    1. Stranglehold
    2. Stormtroopin'
    3. Hey Baby
    4. Just What the Doctor Ordered


    LP 2
    1. Snakeskin Cowboys
    2. Motor City Madhouse
    3. Where Have You Been All My Life
    4. You Make Me Feel Right at Home
    5. Queen of the Forest

    Ted Nugent
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    King of America on Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram LP from Mobile Fidelity


    Costello Teams With Musical Legends and Standout Producer T-Bone Burnett on Exemplary 1986 Album


    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity LP Maximizes the Get-In, Get-Out, Live-In-the-Studio Immediacy and De-Congested Mix


    Includes Introspective Songwriting Gems Such as "Indoor Fireworks," "Poisoned Rose," "Brilliant Mistake," and "Little Palaces"


    Juggling Themes of Desire and Exile, Costello Strips Arrangements Down to Folk, Country and Pub-Rock Roots


    Elvis Costello spent the year prior to recording King of America embarking on a solo tour, usually accompanied by producer/singer-songwriter T-Bone Burnett. The pair's decision to collaborate on Costello's 1986 album came naturally, and the music sounds it-emotional, effortless, literate, seemingly uncomplicated. Credit, however, not only goes to the best batch of Costello originals since 1982's Imperial Bedroom, but to the literally awesome and awe-inspiring cast of musicians Burnett invited to participate.


    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180 gram LP of this masterpiece broadens the live-in-the-studio intimacy and opens up the midrange, highs, and lows of Burnett's fabulously de-congested mix. Made with few overdubs or effects, King of America relishes organic approaches and faithful tones-as well as a vast spaciousness and balance not always evident on Costello's efforts with the attractions. Finally, Mobile Fidelity transports the listener to the semicircle of players that surrounded Costello in the studio, and highlights the benefits of the center-of-the-production miking technique employed on the singer's voice and guitar playing.


    Given the brilliance of the performances, every music fan will want to be brought as near as possible to the purity of these sessions. A Hall of Fame-caliber list of instrumentalists accompany Costello, with Elvis Presley's T.C.B. mates Ron Tutt (drums), James Burton (guitar), and Jerry Scheff (bass) forming one band and drummer Earl Palmer (Little Richard), bassist Ray Brown (Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington), pianist Tom Canning, and organist Mitchell Froom ready in waiting as another. Several of these musicians formed yet another band, joined by drummer Jim Keltner of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, and John Lennon fame. Oh-and the Attractions make a guest appearance on one track.


    King of America-the title reflective of the threads of intentional, thought-provoking contradiction throughout-would be exemplary if just for the troupe. Yet it's the combination of chemistry, ability, sonics, and tunes that propel this watertight platter to iconic status. Unconcerned with writing a radio hit or adhering to a single musical theme, Costello wrote a majority of the material on acoustic guitar and on piano, tapping his pub-rock and folk roots in turning out songs that remain some of the catchiest, introspective, and deep of his career. Cuts such as "Indoor Fireworks," "Poisoned Rose," "Brilliant Mistake," and "Suit of Lights" epitomize Costello's inimitable manner of viewing adulthood, romance, and geographical transition through a transparent lens that blocks neither truth nor consequence.


    As for the music? It swings (vide, Scheff's bass line on "Lovable"), swishes (Keltner's brushes on "I'll Wear It Proudly"), jumps (Brown's string bass on "Eisenhower Blues"), swoons ("Poisoned Rose"), and shuffles ("Jack of All Parades"). There's truly not a bum track here, and now, experienced in such high fidelity, the genius of every contributor can be easily heard and felt. Akin to Mobile Fidelity's other Costello reissues, this is not to be missed.


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1. Brilliant Mistake
    2. Lovable
    3. Our Little Angel
    4. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
    5. Glitter Gulch
    6. Indoor Fireworks
    7. Little Palaces
    8. I'll Wear It Proudly
    9. American Without Tears
    10. Eisenhower Blues
    11. Poisoned Rose
    12. The Big Light
    13. Jack of All Parades
    14. Suit of Lights
    15. Sleep of The Just
    Elvis Costello
    $34.99 $31.49 Save $3.50 (10%)
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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