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  • Action Replay Action Replay Quick View

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    Action Replay

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    1. No One Is T^o Blame
    2. Look Mama
    3. Hide And Seek
    4. Always Asking Questions
    5. Bounce Right Back
    6. Specialty
    Howard Jones
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  • One To One One To One Quick View

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    One To One

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    1. You Know I Love You...Don't You?
    2. The Balance Of Love (Give And Take)
    3. All I Want
    4. Where Are We Going?
    5. Don't Want To Fight Anymore?
    6. Step Into These Shoes
    7. Will You Still Be There
    8. Good Luck, Bad Luck
    9. Give Me Strength
    10. Little Bit Of Snow
    Howard Jones
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  • In Square Circle In Square Circle Quick View

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    In Square Circle

    The 1985 album released by Grammy Award-winning American R&B/soul singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder (his twentieth overall).


    The album features the hits "Part-Time Lover", "Go Home" and "Overjoyed" (which was left off Wonder's 1979 album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants and re-recorded for this album).


    In Square Circle broke into the Top 5 on the Pop Albums chart and spent twelve weeks at #1 on the Top R&B Albums chart.


    "Go Home" was performed during the Grammy awards ceremony in 1985, in the famous synthesizer jam with Thomas Dolby, Herbie Hancock and Howard Jones.

    SIDE A:
    1. Part-Time Lover
    2. I Love You Too Much
    3. Whereabouts
    4. Stranger on the Shore of Love
    5. Never in Your Sun


    SIDE B:
    1. Spiritual Walkers
    2. Land of La La
    3. Go Home
    4. Overjoyed
    5. It's Wrong (Apartheid)

    Stevie Wonder
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  • The Peaceful Tour The Peaceful Tour Quick View

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    The Peaceful Tour

    Limited Edition Colored Vinyl


    Special limited edition colored vinyl pressing of the stunning live album from international '80s music icon Howard Jones on his blockbuster 2001 tour!

    1. Conditioning
    2. New Song
    3. Like To Get To Know You Well
    4. Collective Heartbeat
    5. Hide And Seek
    6. All I Want
    7. Things Can Only Get Better
    8. What Is Love?
    Howard Jones
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  • The Return Of Howard McGhee (Pure Pleasure) The Return Of Howard McGhee (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Return Of Howard McGhee (Pure Pleasure)

    Recorded after one of McGhee's not infrequent releases from the Penitentary on narcotics charges, hence the title "The Return Of ".
    Howard McGhee is a wonderful agile soloist, a model for the younger Kenny Dorham. Sharing the spotlight with McGhee is Sahib Shihab on baritone sax, what more can you ask? Lots of baritone solos, and few on alto for variety, Sahib's presence is not to be overlooked. That angry baritone rasp is so compelling - both Sahib and Pepper Adams showed what could be achieved with this weighty length of brass plumbing if you played it as though it was a tenor or indeed alto, and just ran with the changes, Charlie Parker on steroids.


    Duke Jordan's solid chordal foundations, embellished with glittering runs, is always pushing the tempo along, with 'Philly Joe' and Percy Heath picking up any slack. Bop of a very high order from the post-swing cauldron that was 1955


    Musicians:



    • Howard McGhee (trumpet)

    • Sahib Shihab (bassoon, alto saxophone)

    • Duke Jordan (piano)

    • Percy Heath (bass)

    • Philly Joe Jones (drums)




    Recording: October 1955 in New York City by Frank Abbey




    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. Get Happy
    2. Tahitian Lullaby
    3. Lover Man
    4. Lullaby Of The Leaves
    5. You're Teasing Me
    6. Transpicious
    7. Rifftide
    8. Oo-wee But I Do
    9. Don't Blame Me
    10. Tweedles
    11. I'll Remember April
    Howard McGhee
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Hydra

    Within Temptation have announced that they will release their sixth studio album, 'Hydra,' on Jan. 31. In addition, the Dutch band has revealed some unexpected surprises in the form of guest appearances on the disc.


    Known for creating their own brand of symphonic metal, Within Temptation have a few surprises in store on 'Hydra.' The guest list includes collaborations with Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum, former Killswitch Engage frontman Howard Jones and perhaps the most surprising of them all - hip-hop artist Xzibit. The set also includes the recently released track 'Paradise (What About Us?)' featuring former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen.


    Xzibit joins forces with Within Temptation on a track called 'And We Run,' a song described by frontwoman Sharon Den Adel as an anthem about how to live your life. "He's rapping at full force on this song, it's really heavy," says Adel. "Xzibit brings a new element to our music that we've never had before! It's a new cross-over and we love it!"


    Jones' contribution comes on 'Dangerous,' one of the heavier tracks on the disc. "I always loved Howard's voice," shares Adel. "He makes the song even heavier than it already is. That song is one of my favorite songs on the record and one of the fastest we've ever written. It has the most bass drums we've ever used, too, and a very fast riff which we doubled with synths. It's not a typical synthesizer, though - it's distorted like a guitar, and it's very aggressive."

    - Mary Ouellette (Loudwire)

    1. Let Us Burn
    2. Dangerous feat. Howard Jones
    3. And We Run feat. Xzibit
    4. Paradise (What About Us?) feat. Tarja
    5. Edge Of The World
    6. Silver Moonlight
    7. Covered By Roses
    8. Dog Days
    9. Tell Me Why
    10. Whole World Is Watching feat. Dave Pirner
    Within Temptation
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  • Hydra - Deluxe Box Set Hydra - Deluxe Box Set Quick View

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    Hydra - Deluxe Box Set

    Double Gatefold Black Vinyl Version Of The Album With Bonus Tracks


    Hydra 18-track Album Including Bonus Tracks In The Form Of A Media Book (disc 1 (track 1-10) New Tracks Of Hydra, Disc 2 (track 11-18) Bonus Tracks) With A Hot Foil Print Cover, Featuring A 100 Page Booklet Consisting Of Unique Photos


    Instrumental Version Of The Entire Album


    Songbook With Sheet Music Of The Songs Of The Album


    Hydra Guitar Pick


    Packaged In An Especially Designed LP-sized Box


    Within Temptation have announced that they will release their sixth studio album, 'Hydra,' on Jan. 31. In addition, the Dutch band has revealed some unexpected surprises in the form of guest appearances on the disc.


    Known for creating their own brand of symphonic metal, Within Temptation have a few surprises in store on 'Hydra.' The guest list includes collaborations with Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum, former Killswitch Engage frontman Howard Jones and perhaps the most surprising of them all - hip-hop artist Xzibit. The set also includes the recently released track 'Paradise (What About Us?)' featuring former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen.


    Xzibit joins forces with Within Temptation on a track called 'And We Run,' a song described by frontwoman Sharon Den Adel as an anthem about how to live your life. "He's rapping at full force on this song, it's really heavy," says Adel. "Xzibit brings a new element to our music that we've never had before! It's a new cross-over and we love it!"


    Jones' contribution comes on 'Dangerous,' one of the heavier tracks on the disc. "I always loved Howard's voice," shares Adel. "He makes the song even heavier than it already is. That song is one of my favorite songs on the record and one of the fastest we've ever written. It has the most bass drums we've ever used, too, and a very fast riff which we doubled with synths. It's not a typical synthesizer, though - it's distorted like a guitar, and it's very aggressive."

    - Mary Ouellette (Loudwire)

    LP 1 & 2
    1. Let Us Burn
    2. Dangerous feat. Howard Jones
    3. And We Run feat. Xzibit
    4. Paradise (What About Us?) feat. Tarja
    5. Edge Of The World
    6. Silver Moonlight
    7. Covered By Roses
    8. Dog Days
    9. Tell Me Why
    10. Whole World Is Watching feat. Dave Pirner


    2CD With Media Book:
    1. Let Us Burn
    2. Dangerous feat. Howard Jones
    3. And We Run feat. Xzibit
    4. Paradise (What About Us?) feat. Tarja
    5. Edge Of The World
    6. Silver Moonlight
    7. Covered By Roses
    8. Dog Days
    9. Tell Me Why
    10. Whole World Is Watching feat. Dave Pirner
    11. Radioactive (originally performed by Imagine Dragons)
    12. Summertime Sadness (originally performed by Lana del Ray)
    13. Let Her Go (originally performed by Passenger)
    14. Dirty Dancer (originally performed by Enrique Iglesias)
    15. And We Run- evolution track
    16. Silver Moonlight - evolution track
    17. Covered By Roses - evolution track
    18. Tell Me Why - evolution track

    Within Temptation
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  • Johnny Hodges With Billy Strayhorn Johnny Hodges With Billy Strayhorn Quick View

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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

    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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    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Other Side Of Desire The Other Side Of Desire Quick View

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    The Other Side Of Desire

    In the hands of the eccentric jazz-pop poet Rickie Lee Jones, the phrase the other side of Desire could mean a lot of things. As it happens, it's where the gets her mail; the singer-songwriter has been living quietly in New Orleans for a little over a year. This past fall, she celebrated her 60th birthday with the Lost Bayou Ramblers, at d.b.a.


    The Other Side of Desire is also the title of Jones' first album of original material in more than ten years. Written, recorded and rooted in the city of New Orleans, according to press materials, it was crafted with producers Mark Howard and John Porter, whose resumes are heavy with names like Roxy Music, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and the Smiths. (Porter, who also lived in New Orleans for a time, can count locals like the Honey Island Swamp Band, Jon Cleary and Tommy Malone on his personal roster as well.)


    The album is pure Jones: warm and whimsical, with a keen storyteller's touch. This time around, it's infused with the sounds of New Orleans. Strains of swamp-pop, honky tonk and Cajun waltzes wind through The Other Side of Desire which, the release said, could not have been written without the backdrop of New Orleans; its river, trains, barroom ghosts and sudden bands all playing the same song.


    Alison Fensterstock (The Times-Picayune)

    1. Jimmy Choos
    2. Valtz De Mon Pere (Lovers' Waltz)
    3. J'ai Connais Pas
    4. Blinded By The Hunt
    5. Infinity
    6. I Wasn't Here
    7. Christmas In New Orleans
    8. Haunted
    9. Feet On The Ground
    10. Juliette
    11. Finale (A Spider In The Circus Of The Falling Star)

    Rickie Lee Jones
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  • NDR 60 Years Jazz Edition No. 1 - Dizzy Gillespie NDR 60 Years Jazz Edition No. 1 - Dizzy Gillespie Quick View

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    NDR 60 Years Jazz Edition No. 1 - Dizzy Gillespie

    Original Remastered


    Mono


    The story behind the bent trumpet


    It is just a few days since the accident that gave the career of the trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie a new boost and made the main figure of this captivating Jazz history appear that bit crazier, that bit more "Dizzier". At the end of the year 1953, according to the legend, Lorraine Gillespie, Dizzy's wife, was celebrating her birthday in Manhattan; there were a lot of musicians, dancers and actors present and, after performing for the birthday girl, Dizzy's trumpet was left lying unattended on the stage while the trumpeter was outside in front of the club giving an interview. The two dancing comedians "Stump & Stumpy" (Jimmy Cross and Eddie Hartman) were capering around the stage and one of them fell on the instrument and damaged it so that the bell was bent upwards at an angle of 45 degrees. Dizzy, the story continues, tried to play the mutilated instrument and noticed just how near to his ear his own sound suddenly was, nearer at least than with a normal trumpet. He had the damaged instrument repaired, but ordered a new trumpet from a manufacturer with exactly the same kink as the accident had caused.


    If all of that is true, the first jazz recording in the archive of today's NDR was played either with the repaired trumpet or with a substitute instrument -Mister Gillespie, who came on the 9th of March 1953 with his quintet for a studio recording to Hamburg's studio 10(which at the time was merged with the Cologne broadcaster under the name of "Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk" - NWDR), is not only wearing - even though there is no audience - a decorative Tyrolean hat like the popular singing comedian and EX-GI Billy Mo; the ornately decorated trumpet he plays has no kink, it is absolutely straight (as verified in the photos by Susanne Schapowalow). The "old" Dizzy, so to speak, becomes a prominent guest on this remarkable day in Hamburg, and the "new" Dizzy has just ordered his future trade mark from the trumpet manufacturer. "60 Years Jazz in the NDR" could hardly have kicked off more auspiciously.


    In 1953 John Birks Gillespie is 36 years old and a world star in Jazz. Born in 1917 in the small town of Cheraw/South Carolina, the youngest of nine children, he is known in the scene as "Dizzy" because, alongside the inventors of bebop Charlie Parker and Bud Powell, he likes to play the mad intellectual with goatee beard, Basque beret and round sunglasses. He cultivates the role of provocateur, in 1964 he even stands for election as president of the USA. However, the history of bebop has already been written when he comes to Hamburg in the spring of 1953; now the time has come for Dizzy, the spirited oddball, to reinvent himself - until in 1968 with a grandiose big band at the Berlin Jazz Festival and from then on, again and again, he sets important milestones in a great career, including NDR concerts of course. He never switches styles and sounds as drastically as, for example, Miles Davis - Dizzy was always Dizzy - but ever new musical formations led up to the "United Nations Orchestra" with whom he guested in the last years before his death on 6 January 1993 all over the world including on northern German festival stages. As often as possible, the recording vans of NDR were always there.


    In March 1953, Gillespie is accompanied by the baritone saxophonist Bill Graham, a musician who in the years beforehand had been part of the "Dee Gee Days", the "Savoy Sessions" (the album of this title became a classic of modern Jazz). Graham contributed not only magnificent solos in the sessions such as now in Hamburg; he also wrote "Oh-sho-be-do-be" a light-hearted ditty about the whispered conversations of young lovers which became a genuine classic in Gillespie's repertoire. At the piano in the Hamburg studio sits Wade Legge, barely thirty years old at the time, and one of the greatest but highly underestimated and unfortunately almost forgotten talents of the time. Legge's partner of many years, Lou Hackney, plays bass, and Al Jones is on percussion.


    Among other places, this European tour also brought the band to Paris; they recorded five tracks on a stop at the Hamburg studio. Gershwin's "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and "Alone Together" by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz are followed by two of those compositions laced with Latino rhythms that Dizzy had developed with the percussionist Chano Pozo and the arranger Gil Fuller: "Manteca" and "Tin-Tin-Deo". The short but extremely sweet program ends with "I Can't Get Started", a masterpiece for posterity written by Vernon Duke and Ira Gershwin.


    The power of imagination is really not sufficient to conceive of the interaction of Gillespie's quintet with the other band in this studio session - or how on this 9th of March what was probably the most important modern quintet in the German-speaking world performed alongside Dizzy. Hans Koller had formed the band around himself. Koller was born in 1921 in Vienna. After time spent as an American prisoner of war, in 1946 he returned to his home city to found a Jazz club, and the saxophone sound he made his own influenced at least a generation. The trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff was not even 25 years old in March 1953, and it is not so long since he swapped the guitar for the trombone as a professional musician. Jutta Hipp is the pianist. Born in Leipzig in 1935, she was regarded as the greatest piano talent of her time; her career took off vertically, but ended abruptly and tragically shortly after she moved to the USA. She never played piano again and she never returned to Germany. She died in 2003 in New York, almost completely forgotten. Shorty Roeder on bass and the percussionist Karl Sanner are the top rhythmists of their age - and this band of twenty-somethings (Koller is the oldest at 32, and with a certain amount of bravado he christened them the "New Jazz Stars") is showing quite clearly that Jazz in Europe wants to and will take other paths than Dizzy in the motherland of the genre.


    Koller selected some quite standard fare; "The Way You Look Tonight" is followed by "Indian Summer", "You Go to My Head" is followed by "All the Things You Are". Old friends, all very familiar - but the interpretation that the quintet gives these tracks is cooler than anything considered cool or fashionable up to then in the USA. What would have been going through Mr. Gillespie's keen mind when he heard just how uncompromisingly these young Krauts and Koller were advancing the renewal of music which had begun to develop further and beyond the Dizzy standard at home in the USA ?


    Anyone in the NWDR studio in Hamburg on the 9th of March 1953 who could read minds would probably have witnessed an international dialogue, which has ever since repeatedly influenced the Jazz world. "60 years Jazz in the NDR" - and what an event stands at the very beginning!

    Side A - Dizzy Gillespie Quartet
    1. They Can't Take That Away From Me
    2. Alone Together
    3. Manteca
    4. Tin Tin Deo
    5. I Can't Get Started


    Side B - Hans Koller New Jazz Stars
    6. The Way You Look Tonight
    7. Indian Summer
    8. You Go To My Head
    9. All The Things You Are

    Dizzy Gillespie
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