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  • Stone Flower (Speakers Corner) Stone Flower (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Stone Flower (Speakers Corner)

    Around the year 1970, almost everything appeared to have been said about the style of music over the past two decades, which was a mix of samba and cool jazz. Adventurous musicians such as Luis Bonfa, Baden Powell, Charly Byrd, João and Astrud Gilberto, and the saxophonist Stan Getz lent fire and sentiment to the "new trend". First and foremost among them was Carlos Antonio Jobim, whose catchy tunes such as the ticking, shuffling song Desafinado and the genial One Note Samba were heard all over the globe.
    That the man from Ipanema still had a lot to say is proved by the present album, which presents Jobim's creativity at the height of his maturity. Right from the very first number, where Urbie Green on the trombone 'sings' Tereza My Love so purely in the top register, it is clear that the late bossa with its typical rhythm is structurally far more refined than the early hot dance numbers. The melodies are woven through, as it were, with shining gold and silver threads of rhythm, and clusters of sound are light and airy. However, here and there, the musicians let their hair down, such as in the Latin classic Brazil.



    With that magician of sound Deodato as arranger and conductor, and Rudy van Gelder as recording engineer, this LP is certainly a Bossa masterpiece. There's no more to be said!



    Musicians:



    • Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano, electric piano, violin, vocal, guitar)

    • Joe Farrell (soprano saxophone)

    • Urbie Green (trombone)

    • Hubert Laws (flute)

    • Eumir Deodato (guitar, arranger, conductor)

    • Harry Lookofsky (violin)

    • Ron Carter (bass)

    • Airto Moreira, Everaldo Ferreira (percussion)

    • João Palma (drums)



    Recording: June 1970 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA

    Production: Creed Taylor



    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. Tereza My Love
    2. Children's Games
    3. Choro
    4. Brazil (Ary Barroso)
    5. Stone Flower
    6. Amparo
    7. Andorinha
    8. God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun
    9. Sabia
    Antonio Carlos Jobim
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Stone Flower Stone Flower Quick View

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    Stone Flower


    Limited, Numbered Edition Of 1,500 Copies


    Pressed On Audiophile-Grade Vinyl At Pallas Group In
    Germany


    Mastered From Original Analog Tapes At 45rpm By
    Bernie Grundman


    Housed In An Old-school Style Stoughton Case - Wrapped Gatefold Jacket


    Recorded By Rudy Van Gelder And Produced By
    Creed Taylor


    Recorded in 1970 at Rudy Van Gelder's studio
    under the production auspices of Creed Taylor, the
    arrangement and conducting skills of Deodato, and the
    engineering expertise of Van Gelder himself, Jobim's
    Stone Flower is quite simply one of his most quietly
    stunning works. Stone Flower is simply brilliant, a
    velvety, late-night snapshot of Jobim at his peak. This
    2LP reissue was mastered from analog tapes by Bernie
    Grundman, pressed on audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas
    in Germany, and comes in a Stoughton case-wrapped
    gatefold jacket. Each of the 1,500 copies is numbered
    with a gold foil stamp.

    1. Tereza My Love
    2. Children's Games
    3. Choro
    4. Brazil (Ary Barroso)
    5. Stone Flower
    6. Amparo
    7. Andorinha
    8. God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun
    9. Sabia
    Antonio Carlos Jobim
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Stone Flower Stone Flower Quick View

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    Stone Flower

    Pressed On Audiophile-Grade Vinyl At Pallas Group In Germany


    Mastered From Original Analog Tapes By Bernie Grundman


    Recorded By Rudy Van Gelder And Produced By Creed Taylor


    Recorded in 1970 at Rudy Van Gelder's studio under the production auspices of Creed Taylor, the arrangement and conducting skills of Deodato, and the engineering expertise of Van Gelder himself, Jobim's Stone Flower is quite simply one of his most quietly stunning works. The album is a simply brilliant, velvety, late-night snapshot of Jobim at his peak. This 180gram vinyl reissue was mastered from analog tapes by Bernie Grundman and pressed on audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas in Germany.

    1. Tereza My Love
    2. Children's Games
    3. Choro
    4. Brazil
    5. Stone Flower
    6. Amparo
    7. Andorinha
    8. God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun
    9. Sabia
    Antonio Carlos Jobim
    $29.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Desmond Blue (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Desmond Blue (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Desmond Blue (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)

    As intended, this album presents alto sax specialist Paul Desmond as never featured before, with the backing of a string orchestra. The record, filled with such beautiful jazz standards as My Funny Valentine, I've Got You Under My Skin, and Body and Soul, is very rich in texture, yet subtle and mellow overall in mood. It's unyielding purpose: to soothe the souls of its listeners. Desmond's style and tone shine with an alluring quality, and the record is filled with melodies that don't fail to stimulate the sophisticated jazz listener. Desmond's melodies are eloquently detailed and charmingly spun in the midst of the string orchestra arranged and conducted by Bob Prince. The legendary Jim Hall is featured as guest guitarist, playing yet another scintillating role and using his classic comping style. Hall is perhaps the most highly respected of all jazz guitarists for his good taste and witty inventiveness. Desmond has always been most familiar to the jazz public for his sweeping scale passages and his seemingly effortless spontaneity during periods of improvisation, although here he is often featured in a more lyrical ballad style on such romantic tunes as My Funny Valentine, Late Lament, and Then I'll Be Tired of You. This album is a highly innovative and meticulously crafted work, reflecting the ongoing success of both Desmond and Hall within the 1960s and the cool jazz period. Both of these musicians spent time working with Dave Brubeck and later lent themselves to many of Antonio Carlos Jobim's bossa nova projects. The arrangements are extraordinary throughout this collection, including the charming Valentine, which begins with a fantastic Elizabethan flavor. The intro sets up the mood to carry Desmond into the first chorus, which then glides into a 20th century style. The tune I Should Care is »a shimmering debt to Ibert and one of the most imaginative blendings you will ever hear of strings, reeds, French horn and harp,« according to the liner notes. The tone of the album: lush, reflective, thought-provoking, and soul-stirring. This work is quite a plus for any listener and especially those who consider themselves avid fans of Paul Desmond.



    Musicians:



    • Paul Desmond (saxophone)

    • Jim Hall (guitar)

    • Bob Prince (arranger, conductor & strings)



    Recording: 1962 at Webster Hall, New York City, by Ray Hall

    Production: George Aviakan



    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve



    About Pure Pleasure



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



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



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



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



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



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



    1. My Funny Valentine
    2. Desmond Blue
    3. Then I'll Be Tired of You
    4. I've Got You Under My Skin
    5. Late Lament
    6. I Should Care
    7. Like Someone In Love
    8. Ill Wind
    9. Body and Soul
    Paul Desmond
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim Quick View

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    Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim

    Frank Sinatra recorded this Bossa Nova album with the master, Carlos Jobim. Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio
    Carlos Jobim sees Sinatra performing originals by Jobim, plus three American standards. In celebration of this
    classic album's 50th anniversary, the tracks have been remastered and now appears on 180 gram heavyweight
    vinyl.
    1. The Girl from Ipanema
    2. Dindi
    3. Change Partners
    4. Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
    5. Meditation (Meditaçao)
    6. If You Never Come to Me
    7. How Insensitive (Insensatez)
    8. I Concentrate on You
    9. Baubles, Bangles and Beads
    10. Once I Loved (O Amor em Paz)
    Frank Sinatra
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Getz Au Go-Go Getz Au Go-Go Quick View

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    Getz Au Go-Go

    Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes! Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!

    It was one of those rare nights of absolute communication - the New York City opening of the New Stan Getz Quartet.


    Stan had chosen the Cafe Au Go Go for this occasion because of its fine acoustics and its intimacy. Atmosphere was paramount to the first New York presentation of the New Stan Getz Quartet and Astrud Gilberto because of the soft, easy quality of their music. Astrud had already won acclaim for her work with Getz in the album Getz/Gilberto (V/V 6-8548), which also stars Astrud's husband Joao Gilberto as well, and this threesome's single from the album The Girl From Ipanema was rapidly rising on the best-selling charts.


    This, is the stunning New Stan Getz Quartet with Astrud Gilberto at Cafe Au Go Go. Reflected here are the excitement, warmth and communication of that memorable engagement." -Gene Lees, from the liner notes of Getz Au Go Go


    Although the name Stan Getz (tenor sax) was initially synonymous with the West Coast cool scene during the mid-to-late 1950s, he likewise became a key component in the Bossa Nova craze of the early 1960s... Getz Au Go Go featuring Astrud Gilberto (1964) was the second-to-last album that he would issue during his self-proclaimed Bossa Nova Era- the final being Getz/Gilberto #2 [live] (1964) concert title from Carnegie Hall. ... the focus of Getz Au Go Go steers away from the Brazilian flavored fare, bringing Astrud Gilberto into the realm of a decidedly more North American style. That said, there are a few Antonio Carlos Jobim compositions - Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars); and One Note Samba - both of which would be considered as jazz standards in years to follow - as well as the lesser-circulated Eu E Voco.- All Music Guide


    Features:

    • Numbered, Limited Edition

    • 180g Vinyl

    • 45rpm

    • Double LP

    • Mastered by Bernie Grundman


    Musicians:

    Stan Getz, tenor sax

    Astrud Gilberto, vocals

    Gary Burton, vibes

    Gene Cherico, bass (1-3, 5-8)

    Joe Hunt, drums (4-7, 9,10)

    Helcio Milito, drums (1-3, 8)

    Kenny Burrell, guitar (1-3, 8)

    Chuck Israels, bass (4, 9,10)


    1. Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)
    2. It Might As Well Be Spring
    3. Eu E Voco
    4. Summertime
    5. 6-Nix-Quix-Flix
    6. Only Trust Your Heart
    7. The Singing Song
    8. The Telephone Song
    9. One Note Samba
    10. Here's That Rainy Day
    Stan Getz
    $59.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • The Astrud Gilberto Album The Astrud Gilberto Album Quick View

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    The Astrud Gilberto Album

    Until the recording of this album, Astrud Gilberto had been almost exclusively associated with the great Stan Getz. She not only came to national attention as vocalist with Stan Getz on Ipanema, she spent the later part of 1964 playing night clubs and concerts with the Getz Quartet. With this album she proved her own individuality with the help of the brilliant arranger/conducter Marty Paich and her fellow country Antonio Carlos Jobim.
    Side 1
    1. Once I Loved

    2. Agua De Beber

    3. Meditation

    4. And Roses And Roses

    5. O Morro

    6. How Insensitive


    Side 2
    1. Dindi
    2. Photograph

    3. Dreamer

    4. So Finha De Ser Com Voce

    5. All That's Left Is To Say Goodbye

    Astrud Gilberto
    $27.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Coisa Boa Coisa Boa Quick View

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    Coisa Boa

    First Album In 11 Years!


    Moreno Veloso is back with a good thing. That, anyway, is the literal translation of the title to the Brazilian singer, songwriter, and producer's upcoming Coisa Boa, his first album in 13 years.


    The set follows Veloso's production work on the last three albums from his father, Tropicália giant Caetano Veloso (including 2013's Abraçaço), along with a forthcoming record by Gilberto Gil. Since 2001's Music Typewriter, the younger Veloso has also released the rest of the +2 album trilogy with friends Domenico Lancellotti and Alexandre Kassin (those are Domenico+2's 2003 Sincerely Hot and Kassin+2's 2007 Futurismo).


    The new album's Em Todo Lugar, which is Portuguese for everywhere, is limpid, airy, and coolly sophisticated, and you can hear it below. Three songs from the new album feature in Richard Linklater's new film Boyhood, which debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Scroll down to hear Coisa Boa and Verso Simples, too.


    We're just trying to make something we like and that's a new way of doing things for us, Veloso explained in a statement. Before, we wanted to make it sound very new, but now we're not trying to do that, just trying to do music.


    Lancellotti and Kassin help out on the album, which was recorded with about 30 musicians in nine studios around the world. Other guests include guitarists Arto Lindsay and Pedro Sá, bassist Melvin Gibbs, pianist Daniel Jobim, keyboardist Rodrigo Bartolo, and multi-instrumentalist Takako Minekawa.

    - Spin

    1. La e Ca
    2. Um Passo a Frente
    3. Em Todo Lugar
    4. Verso Simples
    5. Coisa Boa
    6. Clean
    7. Num Galho de Acacias
    8. De Tentar Voltar
    9. Nao Acorde o Nenem
    10. Hoje
    11. Onaji Sora
    Moreno Veloso
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Getz / Gilberto Getz / Gilberto Quick View

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    Getz / Gilberto

    Ranked 447/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Getz/Gilberto is a 1964 jazz-bossa nova album by American saxophonist Stan Getz and Brazilian guitarist João Gilberto, featuring composer and pianist Antônio Carlos Jobim. Its release helped fuel the bossa nova craze in the United States and internationally, becoming the first Grammy Award-winning album from non-American artists. It brought together Stan Getz, who had already performed the genre on his LP Jazz Samba, João Gilberto (one of the creators of the style), and Jobim, a celebrated Brazilian composer (and also one of the main creators of the genre), who wrote most of the songs in the album. It became one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, and turned Astrud Gilberto, who sang on the tracks The Girl from Ipanema and Corcovado, into an internationally celebrated musician. The painting on the cover is by Olga Albizu.

    1. The Girl from Ipanema
    2. Doralice
    3. P'ra Muchucar
    4. Desafinado
    5. Corcovado
    6. So Dance Samba
    7. O Grande Amor
    8. Vivio Sonhando
    Getz Gilberto
    $24.99
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  • Jazz Samba Jazz Samba Quick View

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    Jazz Samba

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    The words bossa nova are often synonymous with the name Stan Getz. But North Americans might not have ever known the bright sound of bossa nova had it not been for Charlie Byrd. In 1961 Byrd returned from a tour of South America, where bossa nova music was thriving. The style was the invention of singer Joao Gilberto and songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim - an adaptation of infectious Brazilian samba rhythms with the harmonic structures and cool surface of West Coast jazz. Byrd brought back records for Getz to hear, they planned a session, and the result was Jazz Samba - the first album of true bossa nova music by jazz artists and the one that broke the bossa nova wave in 1960s America.


    ...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


    Originally released in 1962.


    Stan Getz, tenor saxophone

    Charlie Byrd, guitar

    Keter Betts, bass

    Gene Byrd, bass, guitar

    Buddy Deppenschmidt, drums

    Antonio Carlos Jobim, guitar

    Bill Reichenbach, drums

    1. Desafinado
    2. Samba Dees Days
    3. O Pato
    4. Samba Triste
    5. Samba de Uma Nota So
    6. E Luxo S6
    7. Behia (aka Baia)
    8. Desafinado
    Stan Getz
    $49.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • The Changing Lights (Pure Pleasure) The Changing Lights (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Changing Lights (Pure Pleasure)

    Stacey Kent's latest recording again demonstrates her vocal mastery. The immaculate intonation, timing and diction are flawless to the point of sheer purity. Her voice becomes an instrument with impeccable clarity and minimal vibrato. Her focus on this album is largely Latin numbers switching English with clever changes into Portuguese, and French imperceptibly. There are covers of bossa nova numbers from Tom Jobim and two songs written by novelist and lyricist Kashou Ishiguro; namely the title song Changing Lights, a sublime number, and The Summer We Crossed Europe a story gracefully sung by Ms Kent. Waiter, Oh Waiter is a neat request for help in choosing from a foreign menu. How Insensitive is quite the opposite. The Brazilian One Note Samba is a difficult number to handle at such pace with the short-spaced almost staccato notes; Stacey effortlessly takes the scale runs in her stride.The arrangements and accompaniment of husband Jim Tomlinson are outstanding. The rhythm section is wonderfully subtle with particular praise for the percussionists, pianist Graham Harvey and the Latino guitarists' phrasing. However, this is Stacey Kent's record first and foremost; impressive and top class. Highly recommended.



    Musicians:



    • Stacey Kent (vocal, guitar)

    • Jim Tomlinson (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute)

    • Graham Harvey (piano, electric-piano)

    • Roberto Menescal, John Parricelli (guitar)

    • Jeremy Brown (bass)

    • Matt Home, Joshua Morrison (drums)

    • Raymundo Bittencourt (ganza)



    Recording: November 2012 and April 2013 at Curtis Schwartz Studios, Ardingly (UK) by Curtis Schwartz

    Production: Jim Tomlinson



    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.

    This Happy Madness
    The Summer We Crossed Europe In The Rain
    One Note Samba
    Mais Uma Vez
    Waiter, Oh Waiter
    O Barquinho
    The Changing Lights
    How Insensitive
    O Bêbado E A Equilibrista / Smile
    Like A Lover
    The Face I Love
    A Tarde
    Chanson LÉgère
    Stacey Kent
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Stan Getz Featuring Joao Gilberto: The Best Of Two Worlds (Pure Pleasure) Stan Getz Featuring Joao Gilberto: The Best Of Two Worlds (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Stan Getz Featuring Joao Gilberto: The Best Of Two Worlds (Pure Pleasure)

    This 1976 album by the late saxophonist Stan Getz is a reunion of sorts with Joao Gilberto, the great Brazilian guitarist and singer, and the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim (or Tom Jobim), along with the stylish and nonintrusive arrangements of Oscar Carlos Neves. The most beautiful thing about this recording is that Jobim - whose song forms had reached such a degree of sophistication that he was untouchable - chose to write all of his lyrics in English (songwriter Gene Lees also wrote many in English). This is something that did not come naturally or effortlessly to Jobim, but sounds as if it did. Jobim's poetry on tracks such as Waters of March, accompanied by Getz's lushly romantic saxophones and Gilberto's crooning nylon-string guitar, are so sensuous they radiate heat and humidity.




    Musicians:



    • Stan Getz (tenor saxophone)

    • Joao Gilberto (vocal, guitar)

    • Oscar Castro Neves (arranger, guitar)

    • Heloisa (Miucha) Buarque de Hollanda (vocal)

    • Albert Dailey (piano)

    • Steve Swallow (bass)

    • Grady Tate (drums)

    • Airto Moreira, Ruben Bassini (percussion)




    Recording: 1976 at Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, by Stan Tonkel

    Production: Stan Getzdeutsch



    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. Double Rainbow
    2. Aguas De Marco (Waters Of March)
    3. Ligia
    4. Falsa Baiana
    5. Retrato Em Branco E Preto (Picture In Black And White)
    6. Isaura (You Know I Just Shouldnt Stay)
    7. Eu Vim Da Bahia
    8. Joao Marcelo
    9. E Preciso Perdoar
    10. Just One Of Those Things
    Stan Getz feat. Joao Gilberto
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Composer of Desafinado, Plays Composer of Desafinado, Plays Quick View

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    Composer of Desafinado, Plays

    Antonio Carlos Jobim, Brazilian composer of such popular songs at Desafinado and The Girl From Ipanema, derived his unmistakable songwriting style from a very personal sense of melody and harmony, the magnificent songwriting traditions of Brazil, the rhythm of the samba, and American jazz. The Composer of Desafinado, Plays was the LP Jobim created when the bossa nova wave hit the US. It showcases his own piano with string accompaniment (with results far different from the bossa nova efforts of Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto, et al). Remastered, Jobim's greatest songs are now in their best sound.


    This record offers instrumental interpretations of some of Jobim's most famous compositions from the salad days of the early '60s Bossa Nova craze. It's also one of the earliest examples of Jobim's long-standing and fruitful collaboration with arranger Claus Ogerman. Trademarks like Jobim's single-note piano style, the accompanying flute melodies and Ogerman's arranging techniques (unison string parts, the bass clarinet underpinnings in How Insensitive) would decorate Jobim's music for the next two decades. Similarly representative are the authentic Bossa Nova guitar and drums, subtle variations of which occur on each tune. Throughout the recording, Jobim's songs are powerful enough for the melodies to stand up even sans lyrics.


    Personnel includes: Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano, guitar); Claus Ogerman (arranger); Jimmy Cleveland (trombone); Leo Wright (flute); George Duvivier (bass).


    Producer: Creed Taylor.


    Reissue producer: Michael Lang.

    Side 1
    1 The Girl From Ipanema

    2 Once I Loved

    3 Agua De Beber

    4 Vivo Sohando (Dreamer)
    5 O Morro Nao Tem Vez

    6 Insensatez (How Insensitive)


    Side 2
    1 Corcovado

    2 Samba De Uma Nota Só (One Note Samba)

    3 Meditation

    4 So Danco Samba (Jazz Samba)

    5 Chega De Saudade

    6 Desafinado

    Antonio Carlos Jobim
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    Stone Flower (Awaiting Repress)

    TEREZA MY LOVE
    CHILDREN'S GAMES
    CHORO
    BRAZIL
    STONE FLOWER
    AMPARO
    ANDORINHA
    GOD AND THE DEVIL IN THE LAND OF THE SUN
    SABIA
    Antonio Carlos Jobim
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    The Girl From Bossa Nova

    Jacintha picks up the tempo in her first bossa nova session. Featuring a program of some of the most well known classics of the genre including several Jobim favorites like So Nice, Desafinado, Dindi, Corcovado, as well as less familiar tunes like O Ganso and So Danco Samba, The Girl From Bossa Nova is a striking change of pace for Jacintha that will enthrall all of her fans. With superb solos from tenor Harry Allen and acoustic guitar from John Pisano (ex-Diane Krall), the album is given the supreme finishing touch by the magical playing of Brazilian master percussionist P. D Costa who's recorded and performed with all the legends - Jobim, J Gilberto, Gilberto Gil, Astrid etc. His contribution truly gives the entire album it's authentic bossa nova vibe. And yes, there are a couple of classic Jacintha ballads done bossa style -- This Masquerade and Dindi. A must buy for Jacintha fans and all bossa nova lovers.
    1. O Ganso
    2. So Danco Samba

    3. Dindi

    4. Once I Loved

    5. Desafinado

    6. So Nice

    7. Wave

    8. How Insensitive

    9. Corcovado

    10.Waters Of March
    Jacintha
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    Camino Del Sol

    1982, Brussels: The former au pair for Rick Wakeman of Yes and two of her teenage friends are at the doorstep of Les Disques Du Crepuscule to make an album with Gilles Martin. They managed to make a contemporary bossanova record that provides the missing link between Antonio Carlos Jobim and Kraftwerk. AntenaÆs album would be issued and promptly forgotten, with Isabelle Antena moving toward jazz in Asia and the others returning to France. Twenty years later, it was findable only as a VG+LP. Intrigued by the striking coverÆs patio furniture at rest in the south of France, Numero Group scooped up Camino Del Sol immediately, giving it the distinction as the second record in their library.
    1. Camino del Sol
    2. To Climb the Cliff

    3. Silly Things
    4. Siss?xa
    5. Achilles
    6. Bye Bye Papaye
    7. No?lle ? Hawa?
    8. Les Demoiselles De Rochefort (la Chanson Des Jumelles)
    9. Spiral Staircase

    10. Unable
    11. The Boy from Ipanema
    12. Seaside Weekend

    13. Frantz
    14. Ingenuous
    Antena
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    Bossa Nova Soul Samba

    Blue Note Reissue


    As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their handsBack home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent meI hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008


    This program of sultry, minor key music with a Brazilian tinge seems inspired by Ike Quebec, who was suffering from advanced cancer that would claim his life three months later. But here is big-toned, impassioned tenor is in tact. Quebec's take on the bossa nova craze that explored that year (1962) is more muscular than Stan Getz's and doesn't rely on the familiar Jobim and Gilberto songs of the day. He and Kenny Burrell solo on the sly, subtle rhythms of Wendell Marshall, Willie Bobo and Garvin Masseaux.

    Loie
    Lloro Tu Despedida
    Goin' Home
    Me 'N You
    Liebestraum
    Shu Shu
    Blue Samba
    Favela
    Linda Flor
    Ike Quebec
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    Getz and Gilberto (45 RPM)

    Ranked 447/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    The original master tapes for this title had not been used since 1980 previous to this reissue. Also, for this Analogue Productions reissue the decision was made to master and present this album as it was originally mixed to master tape. With very few exceptions all versions of this title to date, including the original, have had the channels incorrectly reversed. With this version, you'll hear this title as it was intended to be heard, without the channels reversed. And again, those reissues you've heard up until now - definitely still breathy, warm and rich - were made from something less than the master. Prepare to hear the veil removed.


    Astrud Gilberto says that her husband, Joao, informed Stan Getz that she could sing at the recording. Creed Taylor recalls that it took Getz's wife, Monica, to get both Astrud and Joao into the recording studio; Mrs. Getz had a sense that Astrud could make a hit. And Getz himself is on record saying that he insisted on Astrud's presence over the others' objections. So who's right? What does it matter? The Gilbertos, Getz and the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim followed up the bossa nova success of Jazz Samba with this, the defining LP of the genre. With one of the greatest hit singles jazz has ever known - each one who hears it goes Ahhh!


    Originally released in 1963.

    1. The Girl from Ipanema
    2. Doralice
    3. P'ra Muchucar
    4. Desafinado
    5. Corcovado
    6. So Dance Samba
    7. O Grande Amor
    8. Vivio Sonhando
    Getz Gilberto
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    Getz Au Go Go

    Although the name Stan Getz (tenor sax) was initially synonymous with the West Coast cool scene during the mid-to-late 1950s, he likewise became a key component in the Bossa Nova craze of the early 1960s. Getz Au Go Go (1965) is Stan Getz in his prime, recorded with perhaps one of the best quartets of his career, featuring Bossa Nova singer Astrud Gilberto.


    The album was recorded in 1964 during two concerts in the venerable Greenwich Village venue, the CafÉ Au Go Go, two months after Astrud Gilberto's Girl From Ipanema became a Top Five pop single. However, the focus of Getz Au Go Go steers away from the Brazilian flavored fare, bringing Gilberto into the realm of a decidedly more North American style.


    That said, there are a few Antonio Carlos Jobim compositions -- Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars) and One Note Samba -- both of which would be considered as jazz standards in years to follow. The album boasts wonderful versions of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's It Might as Well Be Spring, and the scintillating instrumental Summertime, from Porgy & Bess.


    The band features a young Gary Burton (vibraphone), Kenny Burrell (guitar), Gene Cherico (bass), and Joe Hunt (drums). There are a few personnel substitutions, with Helcio Milito (drums) and Chuck Israels (bass), respectively, filling in. Getz Au Go Go is highly recommended for all dimensions of jazz enthusiasts.

    1. Corcovado
    2. It Might As Well Be Spring
    3. Eu E Voce
    4. Summertime
    5. 6-nix-pix-flix
    6. Only Trust Your Heart
    7. The Singing Song
    8. The Telephone Song
    9. One Note Samba
    10. Here's That Rainy Day
    Stan Getz Quartet
    $37.99
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    Brazilliance (Pure Pleasure)

    More than seven years before Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd introduced the bossa nova of Antonio Carlos Jobim to American audiences, guitarist Laurindo Almeida and altoist Bud Shank (in a quartet with bassist Harry Babasin and drummer Roy Harte) recorded the intriguing music heard on this LP. The performances are very close to bossa nova in their combination of cool-toned jazz and Brazilian rhythms; in fact, these are arguably the first bossa nova recordings, long before even Jobim and Joao Gilberto initially recorded. Only four of the 14 tunes are not based on Brazilian folk songs, and many of the songs (particularly Carinoso) are quite memorable. This historically significant, very accessible, and highly recommended release is a gem.



    Musicians:



    • Laurindo Almeida (guitar)

    • Bud Shank (alto saxophone)

    • Harry Babasin (bass)

    • Roy Harte (drums)




    Recording: 1954

    Production: Richard Bock




    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. Atabaque
    2. Amor Flamengo
    3. Stairway To The Stars
    4. Acercate Mas
    5. Terra Seca
    6. Speak Low
    7. Inquietacao
    8. Baa-Too-Kee
    9. Carinoso
    10. Tocata
    11. Hazardous
    12. Nono
    13. Noctambulism
    14. Blue Baiao
    Laurindo Almeida Quartete
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    Jazz Samba

    Partly because of its Brazilian collaborators and partly because of The Girl From Ipanema, Getz/Gilberto is nearly always acknowledged as the Stan Getz bossa nova LP. But Jazz Samba is just as crucial and groundbreaking; after all, it came first, and in fact was the first full-fledged bossa nova album ever recorded by American jazz musicians. And it was just as commercially successful, topping the LP charts and producing its own pop chart hit single in Desafinado. It was the true beginning of the bossa nova craze, and introduced several standards of the genre (including Ary Barroso's Bahia and Antonio Carlos Jobim's Desafinado and Samba de Uma Nota Só [aka One Note Samba]). But above all, Jazz Samba stands on its own artistic merit as a shimmering, graceful collection that's as subtly advanced -- in harmony and rhythm -- as it is beautiful. Getz and his co-billed partner, guitarist Charlie Byrd -- who was actually responsible for bringing bossa nova records to the U.S. and introducing Getz to the style -- have the perfect touch for bossa nova's delicate, airy texture. For his part, Byrd was one of the first American musicians to master bossa nova's difficult, bubbling syncopations, and his solos are light and lilting. Meanwhile, Getz's playing is superb, simultaneously offering a warm, full tone and a cool control of dynamics; plus, Byrd's gently off-kilter harmonies seem to stimulate Getz's melodic inventiveness even more than usual. But beyond technique, Getz intuitively understands the romanticism and the undercurrent of melancholy inherent in the music, and that's what really made Jazz Samba such a revelatory classic. Absolutely essential for any jazz collection.

    -All Music Guide
    1. Desafinado
    2. Samba Dees Days
    3. O Pato
    4. Samba Triste
    5. Samba de Uma Nota So
    6. E Luxo So
    7. Baia (A.K.A. Baia)
    8. Samba De Uma Nota So (Big Bang Version)*


    *Bonus Track

    Stan Getz
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    H.R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player

    In the pantheon of under-the-radar American guitar heroes, Howard Roberts looms large. A remarkably versatile musician who was one of Los Angeles' most in-demand session players from the early 1950s through the 1970s, Roberts' career encompassed an incredible array of studio assignments. He recorded with a dizzying assortment of acts, including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, the Monkees, Dean Martin, Sonny and Cher, the Jackson 5, Peggy Lee, Eddie Cochran, Chet Atkins and the Electric Prunes. He also played on countless film and television soundtracks; his guitar work is featured prominently in the iconic theme music of The Twilight Zone, The Munsters and I Dream of Jeannie.


    Roberts was also an accomplished musical educator, co-founding Hollywood's Guitar Institute of Technology, writing a regular instructional column on jazz improvisation for Guitar Player magazine, and penning several highly-regarded guitar instruction books. As a guitar teacher, one of his students was a teenaged Phil Spector, for whom Roberts would later work as a session man.


    Impressive as his session resume is, for many guitar aficionados, the real highlights of Howard Roberts' body of work are the instrumental albums he released under his own name throughout his career. One of his best-loved solo releases is the memorably titled H.R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player, originally released by Capitol Records in 1963. Recorded at the legendary Studio A in the Capitol Tower, with a band that includes fellow studio legends Chuck Berghofer and Earl Palmer on bass and drums, H.R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player is a potent showcase for Roberts' fluid, swinging guitar work. The material offers ample opportunity for the artist to demonstrate his versatility, encompassing pop standards 9Lerner, Loewe If Ever I Would Leave You), bossa nova (Antonio Carlos Jobim's One Note Samba) and jazz (tunes by Herbie Hancock, Count Basie and Duke Ellington), along with such Roberts originals as Smolderin', Turista, Deep Fry and Dirty Old Bossa Nova.


    Long unavailable in its original form, this vintage instrumental gem has been restored to its original vinyl glory by Sundazed Music. The album has been sourced from the original stereo masters and pressed on 180 gram vinyl, with complete original cover art.
    1.Watermelon Man
    2. Smolderin'
    3. Liâl Darlin'
    4. Turista
    5. If Ever I Would Leave You
    6. One O'Clock Jump
    7. Deep Fry
    8. Rough Ridin'
    9. Satin Doll
    10. Smokin'
    11. One Note Samba
    12. Dirty Old Bossa Nova
    Howard Roberts
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    Brazilian Byrd (Pure Pleasure)

    The arrangements by Tommy Newsom for strings, brass, and woodwinds may be a bit sweet and the 12 performances may be overly concise (often under three minutes), but the resulting music is strangely pleasing. Acoustic guitarist Charlie Byrd always had a strong affinity for Brazilian jazz, and he sticks exclusively to Antonio Carlos Jobim songs during this tasteful and melodic effort. Truly beautiful music.



    Musicians:



    • Charlie Byrd (guitar) & with strings, brass & woodwinds




    Recording: 1965

    Production: Teo Macero



    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. Jazz 'n' Samba (So Danco Samba)
    2. Corcovado
    3. That Look You Wear (Este Seu Olhar)
    4. The Girl From Ipanema
    5. Samba do Aviao (Song of the Jet)
    6. Engano
    7. O Amor em Paz
    8. Dindi
    9. Cancao do Amor Demais
    10. As Praias Desertas
    11. Samba Torto
    12. Someone To Light Up My Life (Se Todo)
    13. Engano (alternate take)
    Charlie Byrd
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    Belly of the Sun (Pure Pleasure)

    Cassandra Wilson continues to move down a highly eclectic path on Belly Of The Sun, the somewhat belated follow-up to Traveling Miles. While displaying a jazz singer's mastery of melodic nuance and improvisatory phrasing, Wilson draws on a variety of non-jazz idioms -- roots music, rock, Delta blues, country, soul -- to create a kind of earthy, intelligent pop with obvious crossover appeal. Her core band includes guitarists Marvin Sewell and Kevin Breit, who blend marvelously, Sewell mostly on mellow acoustic and Breit adding atmospheric touches on electric, 12-string, and slide guitars, as well as mandolin, banjo, and even bouzouki. Bassist Mark Peterson and percussionists Jeffrey Haynes and Cyro Baptista provide a superbly sensitive rhythmic foundation. But because Wilson returned to her home state of Mississippi to record most of this album, she made sure to book some time with local musicians. Thus guitarist Jesse Robinson guests on (and co-writes) the funky Show Me a Love, and the octogenarian pianist Boogaloo Ames plays an unpolished yet utterly heartfelt duet with Wilson on the classic Darkness on the Delta. Other guests include drummer Xavyon Jamison, trumpeter Olu Dara, pianist and vocalist Rhonda Richmond (who penned the slowly swaying Road So Clear), guitarist Richard Johnston, backup vocalists Patrice Monell, Jewell Bass, Henry Rhodes, and Vasti Jackson, and the children of New York's Middle School 44. Wilson delves into vintage blues with Mississippi Fred McDowell's You Gotta Move and a brief yet dynamic rendition of Robert Johnson's Hot Tamales. But the best tracks are the rock/pop covers: the Band's The Weight, Bob Dylan's Shelter From the Storm, James Taylor's Only a Dream in Rio, Jobim's Waters of March, and Jimmy Webb's Wichita Lineman (a 1968 hit for Glen Campbell). Wilson and band are in peak interpretive form on these ethereal reinventions. While her own lyrics may not rise to the level of a Robbie Robertson or a Bob Dylan, her versatility and focus come through clearly on the originals Justice, Just a Parade (a collaboration with neo-soul rookie India.Arie), and the Caribbean-tinged Cooter Brown.



    Musicians:



    • Cassandra Wilson (guitar)

    • Kevin Breit (vocal, mandolin, guitar, banjo, bouzouki)

    • Olu Dara (trumpet)

    • Rhonda Richmond (vocal, piano)

    • Mark Peterson (bass)

    • Xavyon Jamison (drums)

    • Jeffrey Haynes (percussion)




    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. The Weight
    2. Justice
    3. Darkness On the Delta
    4. Waters of March
    5. You Gotta Move
    6. Only A Dream In Rio
    7. Just Another Parade
    8. Wichita Lineman
    9. Shelter From the Storm
    10. Drunk As Cooter Brown
    11. Show Me A Love
    12. Road So Clear
    13. Hot Tamales
    Cassandra Wilson
    $49.99
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