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  • Hoodoo Man Blues Hoodoo Man Blues Quick View

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    Hoodoo Man Blues

    Hoodoo Man Blues is not only Junior Wells' initial appearance on record, it is damn near the first LP by a Chicago blues band. Chess and a few other labels had reissued 45's by Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howling Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Elmore James, etc. but virtually no one had tried to capture the Chicago blues sound free of limitations of juke-box/airplay promotion as Delmark does here. Hoodoo Man Blues is the real Chicago blues from a true blues legend.
    1. Snatch It Back and Hold It
    2. Ships on the Ocean
    3. Good Morning Schoolgirl
    4. Hound Dog
    5. In the Wee Hours
    6. Hey Lawdy Mama
    7. Hoodoo Man Blues
    8. Early in the Morning
    9. We're Ready
    10. You Don't Love Me Baby
    11. Chitlin con Carne
    12. Yonder Wall
    Junior Wells
    $21.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Hoodoo Man Blues Hoodoo Man Blues Quick View

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    Hoodoo Man Blues

    One of the all-time great urban blues records and the best-seller in the famed Delmark catalog. Hoodoo Man Blues is so full of bravado and snap it'll make you feel tough just listening to it. Not all of the Delmark titles were recorded very well, but this one certainly was. And at 45 RPM, this now stands as the undisputed definitive version. Hoodoo Man Blues, which features Buddy Guy on guitar, is not only Junior Wells' first LP appearance, it's damn near the first LP by a Chicago blues band. Chess and a few other labels had reissued 45s by Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Elmore James, etc., but virtually no one had tried to capture the Chicago blues sound free of the limitations of juke box/airplay promotion. Hoodoo Man Blues went a long way in the popularization of real Chicago blues and of Junior Wells.
    1. Snatch It Back and Hold It
    2. Ships On the Ocean
    3. Good Morning Little School Girl
    4. Hound Dog
    5. In The Wee Hours of the Morning
    6. Hay Lawdy Mama
    7. Hooddoo Man Blues
    8. Early in the Morning
    9. We're Ready
    10. Do You Love Me, Baby
    11. Chiltin Con Carne
    12. Yonders Wall
    Junior Wells
    $54.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Southside Blues Jam Southside Blues Jam Quick View

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    Southside Blues Jam

    1. Stop Breaking Down
    2. I Could Have Had Religion
    3. I Just Want To Make Love To You
    4. Baby, Please Send Me Your Love
    5. You Say You Love Me
    6. Blues For Mayor Daley
    7. I Wish I Knew What I Know Now
    8. Trouble Don't Last Always
    Junior Wells
    $21.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Going Back To Acoustic (Pure Pleasure) Going Back To Acoustic (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Going Back To Acoustic (Pure Pleasure)

    Originally issued in France on Isabel Records 900.510 under the title "Going Back" this LP presents one of the best duos in the history of the blues, guitarist Buddy Guy and harmonica player Junior Wells. Over the years they made many recordings together but this one is unique. Recorded whilst on a 1981 tour of Europe, Guy and Wells took a break from their backing musicians and amps to cut this spontaneous, all acoustic set. The results stand in stark contrast to the steamy Chicago blues the duo is best known for. Instead these recordings are relaxed and personal, with an intimate, back porch feel. Guy switches between six and twelve string guitars, and lays down rootsy acoustic rhythms for Wells's tasteful harmonica lines. The two share vocal duties on the performances as they pay homage to the rural, country blues roots these modern bluesmen share.



    Musicians:



    • Buddy Guy (guitar, vocal)

    • Junior Wells (harmonica, vocal)



    Recording: May 1981 at Sysmo Studio, Paris
    Production: Didier Tricard




    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. Boogie Chillen
    2. Im In The Mood
    3. Dont Leave Me
    4. Give Me My Coat And Shoes

    5. Medley:Baby What You Want Me To Do/Thats Allright
    6. Big Boat(Buddy and Juniors Thing)
    7. High Heel Sneakers
    8. My Home Is In The Delta
    9. Wrong Doing Woman
    10. Diggin My Potatoes
    Buddy Guy & Junior Wells
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Alone & Acoustic Alone & Acoustic Quick View

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    Alone & Acoustic

    An acoustic blues tour-de-force from two of the biggest names in electric Chicago blues. Junior Wells passed away in 1998, but Buddy Guy reigns as the modern day King of the Chicago Blues. Alone & Acoustic has never been available on vinyl in the U.S.
    1. Give Me My Coat And Shoes
    2. Big Boat (Buddy And Junior's Thing)
    3. Sweet Black Girl
    4. Diggin' My Potatoes
    5. Don't Leave Me
    6. High Heel Sneakers
    7. Wrong Doing Woman
    8. Cut You Loose
    9. Sally Mae
    10. Catfish Blues
    11. My Home's In The Delta
    12. Boogie Chillen
    Buddy Guy & Junior Wells
    $20.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • 2 Bugs And A Roach (Awaiting Repress) 2 Bugs And A Roach (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    2 Bugs And A Roach (Awaiting Repress)

    Includes MP3 Download


    Though born in the Mississippi Delta, Earl Hookers family moved to Chicago when he was just a baby and by the mid-40s he was performing with one of the early legends of Chicago blues, Robert Nighthawk. Hooker is perhaps best known for his distinct slide guitar style and as a sideman for such luminaries as Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, and John Lee Hooker (his cousin). In 1968, he assembled a crack band including Pinetop Perkins, and Freddie Roulette, and theyre heard here in fine form on what is probably Hookers most well-known and best recorded effort.

    1. Anna Lee
    2. Off The Hook
    3. Love Ain't A Plaything
    4. You Don't Want Me
    5. Two Bugs And A Roach
    6. Wah Wah Blues
    7. You Don't Love Me

    8. Earl Hooker Blues
    Earl Hooker
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Pleading The Blues (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Pleading The Blues (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Pleading The Blues (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)

    The year was 1959. The occasion was a 'Battle of the Blues' at the Blue Flame Club in Chicago. A young harmonica player Junior Wells - who got his start as Little Walter Jacobs' replacement in Muddy Waters' band back in '52 - probably didn't imagine he would come in second. After all, he had already put down both Otis Rush and Magic Sam. Still to come, though, was this fleet-fingered, skinny young Louisiana cat - Buddy Guy, who came first. As the climax to his blistering solo, Guy tossed his guitar in the air, then caught it by the neck one handed. As it slid through his fingers, Buddy created this high levee moan. Crowd gone wild. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.



    That chance meeting set in motion more than a relationship. This early, and profound, respect translated into a partnership that somehow superceded Wells' early work with one of the most important people in the blues. Wells and Guy would produce some of the most unabashed and deeply cool West Side blues recordings.
    This album recorded for the French Isabel label, in 1979 is a companion piece to Guy's "Blues Giant" recording of the same year. There's the gentle blues shuffle of "It Hurts Me Too", made famous by Elmore James. There's the electric-blues muscle of the title tune. Finally, as a bonus track, there's the funky, clearly James Brown-influenced "I Smell Something". This is a fine recording - and certainly one of Junior's best little-known releases.



    Musicians:



    • Buddy Guy (guitar, vocals)

    • Phil Guy (guitar)

    • J. Williams (bass)

    • Ray Allison (drums)




    Recording: October 1979 at Condorcet Studio, Toulouse (France), by Francois Porterie

    Production: Didier Tricard




    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. Pleading The Blues
    2. It Hurts Me Too
    3. Cut Out The Lights
    4. Just For My Baby
    5. Quit Teasing My Baby
    6. I'll Take Care Of You
    7. Take Your Time Baby
    Junior Wells
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • I Got The T-Bone Walker Blues I Got The T-Bone Walker Blues Quick View

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    I Got The T-Bone Walker Blues

    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes by Bernie Grundman


    Pressed at RTI!


    Roy Gaines is the greatest living blues guitarist that you probably don't know anything about. Not only is Mr. Gaines a sizzling blues guitarist, he also possesses one of the most magnificent blues voices around. The real tragedy is that until very recently this supremely talented musician was almost forgotten by blues fans in the U.S.


    Born in Houston in 1937, Roy started playing the guitar as a teenager and soon developed a reputation as an instrumental prodigy. By fourteen, he was actually being invited on stage to play with the legendary T-Bone Walker during the latter's live gigs in Houston and became known as T-Bone Jr. By his early 20s, Roy was playing and recording with Roy Milton's band in LA but returned to Houston to join the Duke / Peacock blues label as a full time session guitarist on such seminal blues recordings as Bobby Bland's It's My Life Baby and Junior Parker's Driving Me Mad. He was also the featured guitarist on a whole bunch of singles recorded by Big Mama Thorton for the same label.


    After going on the road with Joe Turner, Roy joined forces with the blues great, Chuck Willis. Roy stayed with Willis until the latter passed away in the late 50's. He then moved to NYC and recorded with Jimmy Rushing, as well as doing a jazz album with Coleman Hawkins on Prestige. Roy returned to LA and during the 60s became one of the city's leading session guitarists, playing with the Crusaders, Earl Grant, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder as well as continuing his pure blues work with the likes of Bobby Bland, Albert King and Lightning Hopkins for the Jewel label.


    The focus of this album is on the music and spirit of the late and very great T-Bone Walker, Roy's earliest mentor and inspiration as a guitar player. T-Bone's body of work includes such timeless blues standards as Stormy Monday, Dreamgirl, West Side Baby, T-Bone Blues and I'm in An Awful Mood and many others. This album focuses on the classic tunes and styles from the period of the 40s and 50s.


    The LP includes an acoustic version of Stormy Monday and House of Gold as a bonus 45rpm supercut. Produced by Joe Harley and recorded at Ocean Way Studios in Sherman Oaks, CA. by engineer Mike Ross. All mastering was done from the original master tapes by Bernie Grundman. All LPs are plated and pressed by RTI, CA.

    1. Stormy Monday
    2. T-Bone Shuffle
    3. Dreamgirl
    4. I Got A Break Baby
    5. That Old Feeling Is Gone
    6. I'm In An Awful Mood
    7. T-Bone Blues
    8. Honky Tonk Blues
    9. Westside Baby
    Roy Gaines
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Traveling South Traveling South Quick View

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    Traveling South

    For a musical style that has historically placed so much weight on lineage, the passing of more and more of the old masters poses a dire question: What is the future of the blues and who will lead the charge? Well, for blues fans in the Northeast United States, that question is routinely answered every night Mikey Junior hits the stage. His infectious personality and absolute command of his medium leave little doubt the blues is in good hands. Self-taught from his impressive collection of blues vinyl, Mikey was a full time musician before he even graduated high-school. By the time he was in his early twenties, seasoned players were taking notice and it wasn't long before one blues society after another scrambled to get him to their stage. Before long, Mikey was a staple of the summer blues circuit on the East Coast. So it came as no surprise that his newest release found its way into the eclectic and youthful roster of the Vizztone Label Group. Traveling South reveals a young blues artist at the top of his game, telling stories we can all relate to, while drawing us deep into the roots of blues music via his utter mastery of the diatonic and chromatic harmonicas. Produced by Dave Gross, this album has a level of depth, maturity, restraint and musicality that reaches the soul through his impassioned vocals, bringing a whole new dimension to his already impressive catalog. Well-written originals and choice covers are brought to life with a vision that truly separates Mikey from his contemporaries.
    LP1
    1. Traveling South
    2. Nobody Does It Like Me
    3. Morning On My Way
    4. Mill Tavern
    5. Katie Lynn
    6. Bad Time Blues
    7. The Cheat


    LP2
    1. You
    2. She's Good At Being Bad
    3. Please Come Back
    4. Wrong Number
    5. Trying To Do The Best I Can

    Mikey Junior
    $29.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • You're Tuff Enough You're Tuff Enough Quick View

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    You're Tuff Enough

    Vinyl reissue of the 1968 album by blues legend Junior Wells that collects his recordings from the Blue Rock label that found Wells experimenting with a funky, James Brown-inspired sound - includes the title track which was a Top 40 hit on the R&B singles chart!
    1. You're Tuff Enough

    2. It's All Soul

    3. Gonna Cramp Your Style

    4. Where Did I Go Wrong

    5. That'll Hold Me

    6. Sweet Darling, Think It Over

    7. Up In Heah

    8. You're The One

    9. You Out To Quit That

    10. Messing With The Kid

    11. The Hippies Are Trying

    12. Junior's Groove

    Junior Wells
    $25.99
    Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
  • PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC Junior 2 COLORS AVAILABLE PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC Junior Quick View

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    PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC Junior


    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Pure DSD done right


    Introducing DirectStream Junior (DSJ), a world class DAC based on the architecture of the Stereophile and Absolute Sound's Product Of The Year, DirectStream.


    DSJ uses the same FPGA architecture and customized code as PS Audio's DirectStream DAC, and it is designed and built by the exact same team. The idea behind the DSJ was to offer near-identical performance at a fraction of the cost. How was this accomplished? Lower cost chassis and user interface.


    DSJ, like DirectStream, is hand-written, discrete, perfection based conversion that uncovers all the missing information hiding in your digital audio media for all these years. CD's, downloads, high-resolution PCM or DSD based media are expertly upsampled in the DSJ to ten times DSD rate and output as pure analog directly into your amplifier or preamplifier. Classic PCM-based DACS, including many of today's DACS that can also process DSD, tend to cover up some of the subtle musical details buried deep within digital audio music; a problem inherent in their architecture. DSJ solves this problem by employing a pure DSD single-bit approach for both PCM as well as DSD media. This means that your entire library of music can finally reveal all the music and subtle low level details buried deep within its core - and now, at a more affordable price than its progenitor, DirectStream.


    Imagine going to a recording studio and listening to a master tape of any recording made. This is the experience DSJ affords its owners who enjoy a renewed sense of enjoyment and discovery when listening to everything in their library: CD's, downloads, DSD.



    PS Audio
    $3,999.00
    DAC - Black or Silver
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  • Goin' Home Goin' Home Quick View

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    Goin' Home

    In a 20-year recording career that began when he was just 16, Shepherd has established himself as an immensely popular recording artist, a consistently
    in-demand live act and an influential force in a worldwide resurgence of interest in the blues. Now, the five-time GRAMMY® nominee delivers one of his
    most personal projects to date with Goin' Home, his eighth album and his first to be recorded in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. Recorded in a
    mere 11 days, Goin' Home finds Shepherd revisiting a dozen of the vintage blues classics that first ignited his love of the blues and inspired him to play
    guitar. The artist's sharp interpretive skills and sublime guitar work shine on his renditions of tunes originally popularized by such blues icons as B.B. King,
    Albert King, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Magic Sam, Johnny Guitar Watson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells.
    1. Palace of the King
    2. Everything's Gonna Be Alright
    3. I Love the Life I Live
    4. The House Is a Rockin' v
    5. Breaking Up Somebody's Home
    6. You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now
    7. You Can't Judge A Book by the Cover
    8. Boogie Man
    9. Looking Back
    10. Cut You Loose
    11. Born Under a Bad Sign
    12. Still a Fool
    Kenny Wayne Shepherd
    $34.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Back For A Taste Of Your Love Back For A Taste Of Your Love Quick View

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    Back For A Taste Of Your Love

    A rollicking vocalist and gifted harmonica player, Syl Johnson has forged a career in both blues and soul. The brother of bassist Mac Thompson and guitarist/vocalist Jimmy Johnson, Syl Johnson sang and played with blues artists Magic Sam, Billy Boy Arnold, and Junior Wells in the '50s before recording with Jimmy Reed for Vee-Jay in 1959. He made his solo debut that same year with Federal. Johnson toured with Howlin' Wolf from late 1959 until 1962, when Willie Mitchell signed him to Hi Records.


    Johnson recorded for both Twilight and Hi in the late '60s and early '70s, clicking with the dance/novelty cut Come on Sock It to Me and crackling message track Is It Because I'm Black? He had his biggest hit with Take Me to the River in 1975, reaching number seven on the R&B charts. Johnson later recorded for Shama and Boardwalk. He reappeared on a collaboration with his brother Jimmy in the summer of 2002, humorously titled Two Johnsons Are Better Than One.


    [Back For A Taste Of Your Love] ...moves his hard Chicago soul groove over to Willie Mitchell's production style, which has a bit more of a mellow tip to it. Syl wrote a number of the tracks, and the titles include I'm Yours, Feelin' Frisky, I Hate I Walked Away, and The Love You Left Behind.


    - Zero G Sound

    1. I'm Yours
    2. I Let a Good Girl Go
    3. Anyway the Wind Blows
    4. You Don't Know Me
    5. Feelin' Frisky
    6. We Did It
    7. Wind, Blow Her Back My Way
    8. I Hate I Walked Away
    9. The Love You Left Behind
    Syl Johnson
    $16.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Stompin' Ground (Pre-Order) Stompin' Ground (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Stompin' Ground (Pre-Order)

    Over the course of his career, Tommy Castro has always been inspired by the sounds he absorbed while coming of age on the rough and tumble side of San Jose, California. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, this was Tommy's home turf-his stomping ground. It was a place where the street-tough Mexican Americans and the counterculture hippies came together to drink, smoke, laugh, party and listen to tunes-the hippies with their blues and rock, the Mexicans with their soul music. Mixing the blues-rock he loved and the soul music he heard blasting out from the lowriders cruising the streets, along with the socially conscious message songs of the day, Tommy's own sound was born.

    Almost every major rock and soul act, from Ike & Tina Turner to Janis Joplin to Elvin Bishop and Taj Mahal toured through the area, and Tommy was at almost every show. He saw John Lee Hooker, Albert King, and Buddy Guy & Junior Wells at the same local blues bar, JJ's, where he often jammed, honing his chops and dreaming of one day busting out. Tommy Castro has long since gone from that local bar to stages around the world, but his San Jose DNA still infuses his music to this day. You can hear it in every note of Stompin' Ground.

    -Marc Lipkin

    1. Nonchalant
    2. Blues All Around Me
    3. Fear Is The Enemy
    4. My Old Neighborhood
    5. Enough Is Enough
    6. Love
    7. Rock Bottom
    8. Soul Shake
    9. Further On Down The Raod
    10. Them Changes
    11. Sticks And Stones
    12. Live Every Day
    Tommy Castro And The Painkillers
    $20.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Chicago/The Blues/Today! (Pure Pleasure) Chicago/The Blues/Today! (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Chicago/The Blues/Today! (Pure Pleasure)

    In early 1966, blues history was made with the issuance of a three-volume set of new recordings produced by blues historian Samuel Charters. This series was known as Chicago/The Blues/Today! and the release sent shock waves through the world of rock & roll. Every artist on the three volumes had recorded before (some, like Otis Rush and Junior Wells, had actually seen small hits on the R&B charts), but these recordings were largely their introduction to a newer -- and predominately white -- album-oriented audience. These recordings have stayed in print and have been reasonably good sellers over the years since their original release, all coming out on compact disc. This new packaging puts all three volumes together, but with no bonus tracks, as no extras were recorded for these sessions.



    A plus in the new packaging, is that it features a nice booklet with detailed, updated notes from Charters, a nice appreciation from Ed Ward, and absolutely eye-boggling session photos taken by Charters' wife, Ann. Even if you still have the original vinyl or CDs, this is one of the times when it would be best to spend the dough and add this one to your collection, because blues records seldom come as important, innovative, or just plain pleasurable to listen to as this set. File under 'essential'.




    Musicians:



    • J.B. Hutto

    • Junior Wells

    • Otis Spann

    • Otis Rush

    • Jimmy Cotton

    • Johnny Shines Blues Band

    • Johnny Young's South Side Blues Band

    • Homesick James

    • and Big Walter Horton's Blues Harp Band with Memphis Charlie Musselwhite




    Recording: 1965 at RCA Studios, Chicago

    Production: Samuel Chartersdeutsch



    Format: 3LPs 33rpm / Box, booklet



    About Pure Pleasure



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



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



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



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



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



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



    LP1
    1. Help Me (A Tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson)
    2. It Hurts Me Too
    3. Messin' with the Kid
    4. Vietcong Blues
    5. All Night Long
    6. Going Ahead
    7. Please Help
    8. Too Much Alcohol
    9. Married Woman Blues
    10. That's the Truth
    11. Marie
    12. Burning Fire
    13. S P Blues
    14. Sometimes I Wonder
    15. Spann's Stomp


    LP2
    1. Cotton Crop Blues
    2. The Blues Keep Falling
    3. Love Me or Leave
    4. Rocket 88
    5. West Helena Blues
    6. Everything's Gonna Turn Out Allright
    7. It's a Mean Old World
    8. I Can't Quit You Baby
    9. Rock
    10. It's My Own Fault
    11. Dust my Broom
    12. Somebody Been Talkin'
    13. Set a Date
    14. So Mean to Me


    LP3
    1. One More Time
    2. Kid Man Blues
    3. My Black Mare
    4. Stealin' Back
    5. I Got Mine In Time
    6. Tighten Up On It
    7. Dynaflow Blues
    8. Black Spider Blues
    9. Layin' Down My Shoes and Clothes
    10. If I Get Lucky
    11. Rockin' My Boogie
    12. Mr. Boweevil
    13. Hey Hey

    Various Artists
    $99.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Rhythm & Blues Rhythm & Blues Quick View

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    Rhythm & Blues

    Double LP Features Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Gary Clark, Jr., Beth Hart And Aerosmith Members Steven Tyler, Joe Perry And Brad Whitford!


    Six-time Grammy Award winner and 2012 Kennedy Center Honoree Buddy Guy releases his studio album, Rhythm & Blues, on RCA Records. The follow-up to his 2010 Grammy Award winning album Living Proof, this double-disc masterpiece features first time studio collaborations with A-list artists Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Gary Clark, Jr., Beth Hart and Aerosmith members Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford.


    Produced by Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter and longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge (Skin Deep, Living Proof), Rhythm & Blues captures the 76 year-young Guy at the peak of his creativity. Replete with heartfelt vocals, straightforward lyrics and mesmerizing guitar licks, Rhythm & Blues not only exemplifies how blues continues to be the foundation of all genres of today's music, it also illustrates why Guy has been influential in the careers of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan and more.


    The Rhythm disc includes rhythm and blues-style blues with deep grooves, such as the Junior Wells' 1960 hit "Messin With The Kid" featuring Kid Rock, the touching "One Day Away" with Keith Urban, and "What You're Gonna Do About Me," a rousing duet with Beth Hart. Guy rounds out the disc with "Best In Town," "Whiskey Ghost," Guitar Slim's "Well I Done Got Over It" and more.


    The Blues disc taps into the genre's rich history with "Meet Me In Chicago," "I Could Die Happy," "Never Gonna Change" and "All That Makes Me Happy Is The Blues." Aerosmith's Tyler, Perry and Whitford contribute to the musical lesson with "Evil Twin" while Gary Clark, Jr. joins Guy on "Blues Don't Care."


    In a career that spans nearly 50 years with over 50 albums released, the incomparable Buddy Guy recently added the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors and NARM Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement to his long list of achievements. Guy is the recipient of 30 awards and accolades, including 6 Grammy Awards, 28 Blues Music Awards (formerly W. C. Handy Awards), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, the first annual Great Performer of Illinois Award, a Billboard Music Awards' Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, the Presidential National Medal of Arts, in addition to being listed as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone.

    LP 1
    1. Best In Town
    2. Justifyin'
    3. I Go By Feel
    4. Messin' With The Kid (Feat. Kid Rock)
    5. What's Up With That Woman
    6. One Day Away (Feat. Keith Urban)
    7. Well I Done Got Over It
    8. What You Gonna Do About Me (Feat. Beth Hart)
    9. The Devil's Daughter
    10. Whiskey Ghost
    11. Rhythm Inner Groove


    LP 2
    1. Meet Me In Chicago
    2. Too Damn Bad
    3. Evil Twin (Feat. Steven Tyler, Joe Perry & Brad Whitford)
    4. I Could Die Happy
    5. Never Gonna Change
    6. All That Makes Me Happy Is The Blues
    7. My Mama Loved Me
    8. Blues Don't Care (Feat. Gary Clark, Jr.)
    9. I Came Up Hard
    10. Poison Ivy

    Buddy Guy
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    The Sound Doctor: Black Ark Singles And Dub Plates

    'The Sound Doctor' is a 24 track set and follows 'High Plains Drifter' put out in mid February, and documents Lee Perry's recordings of the dreads, rastas and sufferers in 70's Kingston.


    The album collects remastered and previously unavailable Lee Perry productions of artists such as Junior Byles, U-Roy, Dillinger and The Ethiopians as well as more obscure performers, including Brother Roy and Jah T.


    The tracks were recorded in three different Kingston Studios - Dynamic, Randy's and Lee Perry's own Black Ark - with some of the finest musicians, and amongst them were Sly & Robbie, Augustus Pablo, Winston Wright, Earl "Chinna" Smith, Bobby Ellis and Theophilius Beckford.

    LP1
    1. Oppression- Delroy Butler
    2. Army of Love - Junior Byles (Previously unreleased)
    3. Wam-Pam-Pa-Do - Dillinger
    4. Sound Doctor - Bobby Floyd
    5. Doctor Skank -Young Dellinger
    6. Horny Train - The Upsetters (Exclusive Dub Plate Mix)
    7. Do Good - Al Maytone
    8. Different Experience- Brother Roy
    9. Smiling Faces - Tinga Stewart
    10. Smiling version - Hux Brown Group
    11. Be Prepared - Keith Poppin
    12. 006 - U Roy


    LP2
    1. Key Card - Lee & Jimmy
    2. Domino Game- The Upsetters
    3. Message To The Nation - Tony Fearon
    4. Dub Message - Upsetters
    5. Water your Garden - The Flames
    6. Standing On The Hill-Chenley Duffus
    7. Start Over - The Gatherers
    8. Its Impossible - The Ethiopians
    9. Grandfather Land - Jah T
    10. King of Kings - Pat Francis
    11. King of Kings Version - the Upsetters
    12. To Hell and Back - Count Stocky & The Upsetters

    Lee Perry and the Sufferers
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  • Briefcase Full Of Blues Briefcase Full Of Blues Quick View

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    Briefcase Full Of Blues


    Celebrate The New Year With Their Classic # 1 Mega Platinum Debut Album


    First Time Audiophile Vinyl Release


    Mastered Impeccably From The Authorized & Original1978 Atlantic Records Tapes By Joe "i Got The Blues" Reagoso


    After their phenomenal success on Saturday Night Live and a number of smash comedy movies already in
    their resume, John Belushi and Dan Akroyd dove headfirst into their love of soul, blues and r & b and began
    the Blues Brothers duo, netting them a number one album, top hit singles, a box office smash and acclaim
    from purists and blues lovers from all over with their first LP, Briefcase Full Of Blues.


    Recorded in 1978 at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, the late great John Belushi and Dan
    Akroyd opened a set before comedian and good friend Steve Martin. To the crowd's amazement, the duo
    blasted them a blistering rock 'n' blues performance which was captured on tape for their first album Briefcase
    Full Of Blues. They later appeared on SNL and the rest as they say is history, as this stunt became reality in no
    time and thus began a short lived but amazing piece of rock and blues history.


    Released during the holiday season, the album became a number one smash and netted two smash singles
    with the classic nod to the Stax sound with Sam & Dave's "Soul Man" as well as the '50s doo wop
    classic, "Rubber Biscuit."


    With a stellar musician lineup of classic R & B and traditional blues purists like Steve Cropper and Duck
    Dunn from Booker T. & The M.G.'s, Chess Records sideman to the stars Matt "Guitar " Murphy,
    saxophone champion Tom Scott and a handful of New York City's finest on the reeds, rounded out with Paul
    Shafer on keys, The Blues Brothers were a force to reckon with as their albums would go on to sell in the
    millions making them one of the biggest bands in the late seventies into the eighties.


    With a stunning set list of righteous blues and soulful interpretations, this masterpiece is filled with nonstop classics like the hard boppin' opener Hey Bartender, blues belters like Junior Wells' "Messin' With The
    Kid" and Big Joe Turner's "Flip Flop Fly," plus southern rockers like Delbert McClinton's "'B" Movie Box Car
    Blues."


    In addition to these legendary performances, this unique concert recording yielded more with powerhouses
    like the smash I Don't Know, King Floyd's Groove Me, and the blues thriller Shot Gun Blues.


    Friday Music is no stranger to the blues. Therefore, it is with much honor to announce the first installment
    in our Blues Brothers 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with their brilliant masterwork Briefcase Full Of Blues.


    For the first time ever on 180 Gram Vinyl, this limited edition classic was mastered impeccably and
    faithfully from the original 1978 Atlantic Records tapes by their Atlantic Records label alumni Joe Reagoso
    (John Lee Hooker/ Muddy Waters/Johnny Winter) at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Records in Hollywood,
    CA.


    To enhance your Jake and Elwood experience even further, this stunning limited anniversary edition also
    includes the original album cover art, Miami Mitch Glazer's funny liner notes as well as the 12 brilliant tunes
    you will truly forever enjoy in the audiophile vinyl domain.


    Blues Brothers .Briefcase Full Of Blues The Anniversary Edition, A first time Audiophile Vinyl
    Experience . Authorized and Live ..Exclusively from your friends at Friday Music .


    I'M A SOUL MAN!!!

    1. Opening / I Can't Turn You Loose
    2. Hey Bartender
    3. Messin' With The Kid
    4. Almost
    5. Rubber Biscuit
    6. Shot Gun Blues
    7. Groove Me
    8. I Don't Know
    9. Soul Man
    10. "B" Movie Box Car Blues
    11. Flip, Flop & Fly
    12. Closing / I Can't Turn You Loose
    Blues Brothers
    $31.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
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    Begone Dull Care

    Begone Dull Care is the remarkable new album from the Junior Boys duo of Jeremy Greenspan and Matthew Didemus. The album is the band's third release, following the critical and commercial successes of Last Exit (2004) and So This Is Goodbye (2006). The title is a reference to a short film by the pioneering Oscar-winning Scottish-Canadian animator and electronic composer, Norman McLaren, who was a big influence on the conception and creation of the album. McLaren's influence can be felt throughout the record from the post-industrial stomp of opener Parallel Lines to the soothing romanticism of What It's For, which brings the album to an achingly soft close. Lead single, Hazel could well be described as Sign Of The Times re-imagined as an effervescent song of romantic yearning instead of the predecessor's dark reflection of Reagan's America.
    1. Parallel Lines
    2. Work
    3. Bits And Pieces
    4. Dull To Pause
    5. Hazel
    6. Sneak A Picture
    7. The Animator
    8. What ItÆs For
    Junior Boys
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  • The Sound Of Wilson Pickett (Speakers Corner) The Sound Of Wilson Pickett (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    The Sound Of Wilson Pickett (Speakers Corner)

    Wilson Pickett's best years were those when he recorded for Atlantic Records, and he remained convinced of this even after changing to other labels in his later career. Atlantic boss Jerry Wexler took the promising young Gospel singer under his wing and launched him on his rapidly developing career as an unruly soul man. Pickett's aggressiveness, which in his mature years occasionally resulted in him having backstage fights with musicians and managers, are expressed here in strong words and are given further bite by his antagonistic band. Although he lashed out to the full in his emotional, crackling vocal attacks, he never lost control and even his strongest outbursts remained highly musical. His unique, breathless sound and his ferocious efforts to express himself succinctly do not make for easy listening on this superb hit record and for white people, who according to Pickett would never understand soul music anyway, could well present a real challenge. Is this such fascinating music that you become dumbstruck? Very possibly, as critic Joachim von Mengershausen writes: »His voice is hard, aggressive and strained; it hardly binds the tones together, chops up the phrases, blurts out the essentials - Pickett has eliminated all the Uncle-Tom warmth in soul and has virtually rocked it away.«

    Musicians:



    • Wilson Pickett (vocal)

    • Spooner Oldham (piano, organ)

    • Andrew Love (tenor saxophone)

    • Floyd Newman (bassoon)

    • Gene Miller, Wayne Jackson (trumpet)

    • Jimmy R. Johnson, Chips Moman (guitar)

    • Junior Lowe (bass)

    • Roger Hawkins (drums)





    Recording: 1967 at Fame Recording Studios, Muscle Shoals (Alabama, USA), by Rick Hall & Tom Dowd

    Production: Jerry Wexler





    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. Soul Dance Number Three

    2. Funky Broadway
    3. I Need A Lot Of Loving Every Day
    4. I Found A Love, Part 1
    5. I Found A Love, Part 2
    6. You Can't Stand Alone
    7. Mojo Mamma
    8. I Found The One
    9. Something Within Me
    10. I'm Sorry About That
    11. Love Is A Beautiful Thing
    Wilson Pickett
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Generation

    Joyrides atop a walloping disco beat and furious percussive guitars, headed somewhere between the Rapture, Chic, and Talking Heads, but with a cartoonish giddiness that takes me back to the heyday of Junior Senior and Scissor Sisters. - Stereogum


    Rising stars - DJ Mag


    On their full-length 2014 debut Voyage, L.A duo De Lux learned how to
    take their influences and create a sound all their own-a beyond-their-years
    synthesis of post-punk, disco, funk and of course synthesizer wizardry,
    drawing inspiration from the same combination of agitation and exhilaration
    that helped LCD Soundsystem and Talking Heads deliver some of the most
    danceable social commentary ever. And now that they've found their sound,
    De Lux are creating a story to go with it on their new album Generation: "All
    of these things that they put us through," sings co-founder and multi-instrumentalist
    Sean Guerin, "I'm writing it down / I'm writing it down."


    They first started writing Generation in the kind of uncommitted
    instances that happen so rarely once a new band puts out its first album. Once
    Voyage was released, De Lux found themselves playing and interviewing and
    touring and remixing-"All fun!" says Sean-but they had to fight to find time
    to write. A random Instagram of work-in-progress song "It's A Combination"
    was the tipping point, when Sean and co-founder Isaac Franco realized they'd
    been rough-drafting for a year: "Let's finish it now," they decided, and that's
    the exact moment when Generation officially started.


    They returned to the L.A. practice space where they wrote and recorded
    Voyage, this time with new instruments-like the little-known but sought-after
    synthesizer guitar beloved of King Crimson's Adrian Belew-and new inspirations,
    chief among them punk peformance artist Karen Finley, whose 1987
    debut album Sean discovered at a Seattle record store simply because it
    looked promising. Her infamously uncensored lyrics made him realize there
    was more he could sing about, too: "You admire the ambition behind her
    saying whatever she wants," he says.


    So if Generation is a darker album than Voyage-and it's inherited plenty
    of the modern urban anxiety of David Byrne-that's because it's a fearlessly
    honest and candid album, too. In fact, call it a millennial documentary. In
    Generation's eleven songs, De Lux chart the distance between childhood and
    adulthood, nostalgia and aspiration and dream and reality, all with unflinching
    autobiographical detail. (And with a secret nod to the Pokemon theme, too.)
    Says Sean: "When I write lyrics, I try and be as specific as possible. We think
    about if someone listens to us in 30 years: 'Oh, that's what was going on at
    that time.'"


    The result is a sort of Less Than Zero for the post-Social Network era.
    Think of it as a nighttime freeway drive that starts with the propulsive "L.A.
    Threshold" and rides the borderline between feel-good rhythm and artfully
    sophisticated sentiment. "There's dark moments, but it's still fun," explains
    Sean. "The first album was just more innocent." There's new space in De Lux's
    sense of rhythm and groove, says Isaac, for Sean to say what he needs to say:
    "The song gives him the freedom to be himself."


    And so Generation is an album about high highs, low lows and the vast
    space in between. "Center of L.U.B" is a roller-skate jam that starts with a
    Can-style guitar riff before spinning into an examination of one utility company
    employee's ennui-you knew this wasn't going to be a love song,
    right?-while "It's A Combination" is a brooding Italo disco track and
    unexpected piano piece "Conditions" is like Harry Nilsson or John Lennon
    suddenly transplanted to Rough Trade Records. Then there's the alternately
    hilarious and harrowing "Oh Man The Future"-a satirical reading on the shape
    of things to come, propelled by a bass-and-drum rhythm right off one of ESG's
    first EPs-to the desolate-yet-funky "When Your Life Feels Like A Loss," where
    De Lux dissect just what happens when "you think you're special/no, you're
    not special/you're just an average guy."


    In other words, Generation isn't a departure. This is De Lux going
    deeper, not farther away, and the result is surely the most anthropologically
    daring dancefloor album of the year. That might seem difficult to pull off, but
    that's why they did it, explains Sean: "At some point we realized creativity is
    just limitless," he says. "You can do anything. There might be certain people
    who think, 'Oh, you can't do that.' That's when you say, 'Well-I'm doing it!'"

    1. LA Threshold
    2. 30
    3. Living In An Open Place
    4. Center of L.U.B.
    5. Simba Simba Simba
    6. No One Really Cares Who You Are
    7. Oh Man The Future
    8. Conditions
    9. When Your Life Feels Like A Loss
    10. It's A Combination
    11. Someday Now
    De Lux
    $20.99
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    Stripped (Out of Stock)

    One of the most iconic and instantly recognizable voices in music history is back in a way you've never heard before. Macy Gray makes her Chesky Records debut with her new Jazz infused album, Stripped. Paired with an awe inspiring jazz ensemble that includes Ari Hoenig, Daryl Johns, Russell Malone, and Wallace Roney, Macy's voice is given the space and freedom to truly shine. Featuring new original songs, intriguing covers, and stunning new arrangements of her classic hits like "I Try," there's something for everyone on this timeless recording.


    Macy Gray was born and raised in Ohio, and moved to California for college. She began singing in her 20s and released her multi-platinum debut album, On How Life Is, in 1999, winning a Grammy for her single, "I Try."


    Gray also enjoys acting, and has had small roles on several TV shows as well as movies, including Training Day with Denzel Washington, and Shadowboxer with Cuba Gooding Junior. Additionally she made cameo appearances as herself in films like Spider-Man (2002) and television shows like Ally McBeal. In 2012, she appeared in the film The Paperboy with Matthew Mc-Conaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack, and Nicole Kidman. The film was released at the Cannes Film Festival. Gray was also a contestant on the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars in 2009.


    Part of the Chesky Binaural + Series, all recorded with a single microphone, the band appears right before you with this spacious, lush and multi-dimensional recording. Now headphone users will hear the same three-dimensional sound and imaging as audiophiles have for the past 25 years with Chesky Recordings. Also these new Binaural+ Series albums capture even more spatial realism for the home audiophile market, bringing you one step closer to the actual event. You will hear some of the most natural and pure cool music ever recorded.

    1. Annabelle
    2. Sweet Baby
    3. I Try
    4. Slowly
    5. She Ain't Right For You
    6. First Time
    7. Nothing Else Matters
    8. Redemption Song
    9. The Heart
    10. Lucy
    Macy Gray
    $29.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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