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Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue
Musical Icon And Visionary Van Morrison's Duets: Re-working The Catalogue Is The 35th Studio Album Of His Storied Career
The Album Was Produced By Van Morrison Along With Don Was And Bob Rock.
Morrison Re-recorded Some Of His Favorite Songs From Throughout His Catalog, Enlisting Some Of The Artists He Most Respects To Perform Along With Him To Re-imagine Them
Van Morrison is considered one of the most prolific recording artists and extraordinary live performers of our time.
He has received a multitude of awards and accolades including 6 Grammy Awards, a Brit Award, an OBE, an Ivor
Novello, has been inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and possesses honorary doctorates from Queen's
University Belfast and the University of Ulster, as well as entry into the French Ordres Des Artes Et Des Lettres, all
illustrating the international reach of Van's musical art. Van Morrison has collaborated with, among others, John
Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, Lonnie Donegan, Mose Allison and Tom Jones, all confirming the breadth of his musical
reach. His visionary songwriting and mastery of many genres continues to shine on albums celebrating and
re-exploring his blues, jazz, skiffle and country roots. With one of the most revered catalogues in music history, his
talents as a composer, singer and performer are unmatched.1. Some Peace of Mind with Bobby Womack
2. Lord, If I Ever Needed Someone with Mavis Staples
3. Higher Than The World with George Benson
4. Wild Honey with Joss Stone
5. Whatever Happened to P.J. Proby with P.J. Proby
6. Carrying a Torch with Clare Teal
7. The Eternal Kansas City with Gregory Porter
8. Streets Of Arklow with Mick Hucknall
9. These Are The Days with Natalie Cole
10. Get On With The Show with Georgie Fame
11. Rough God Goes Riding with Shana Morrison
12. Fire in the Belly with Steve Winwood
13. Born To Sing with Chris Farlowe
14. Irish Heartbeat with Mark Knopfler
15. Real Real Gone with Michael BublÉ
16. How Can A Poor Boy with Taj Mahal$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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Mo Beauty (On Sale)Mo Beauty is the debut solo release from celebrated singer/songwriter Alec Ounsworth, who earned acclaim with his band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. The album was produced by veteran musician/producer and fellow Philadelphia native Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Blasters, John Lee Hooker, The Replacements), who initially suggested a New Orleans setting for recording. Working with some of the city's most storied musicians, including George Porter of The Meters on bass, Ounsworth has crafted a collection of songs that pick up where Clap Your Hands Say Yeah leave off. Mo Beauty carries on the band's vein of quirky humor, unabashed melody, and sonic experimentation, but with the weight of New Orleans and its history hovering over the recording, Ounsworth has dug deep on songs like Holy, Holy, Holy Moses (song for New Orleans), while tracks like South Philadelphia groove in a whole new way.
Mo Beauty features George Porter, Jr. on bass, Stanton Moore on drums, Robert Walter on keys, and Matt Sutton on baritone and pedal-steel guitars, with additional help from members of the talented New Orleans community.1. Modern Girl (with scissors)
2. Bones in the Grave
3. Holy, Holy, Holy Moses (song for New Orleans)
4. That is not my Home (after Bruegal)
5. Idiots in the Rain
6. South Philadelphia (Drug Days)
7. What Fun
8. Me and You, Watson
9. Obscene Queen Bee #2
10. When You've No Eyes$19.99 $15.79 Save $4.20 (21%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cool Cat Blues (Pure Pleasure)At last! ... British blues legend Georgie Fame finally has his Magnum Opus committed to the stuff we all love.
Contained within is a collection of Blues, Jazz and R&B standards mixed with some originals. This musicians' musician is backed by a world class band including Steve Gadd, Robben Ford, Richard Tee, Will Lee, Ralph MacDonald, Hugh McCracken and an uber horn section. Fame's classy, economic Hammond and great voice inspires superb duets with Bozz Scaggs and Richard Tee. Van Morrison, Fame's erstwhile boss, joins him on Moondance and one of his heroes, Jon Hendricks, aids him to fly through Little Pony. There is a slowed down, super sexy Yeah,Yeah and a blistering take on Willie Dixon's I Love The Life I Live. If you like Brother Ray, Mose Allison, Hoagy Carmichael, Van the Man, Peggy Lee and Lambert, Hendricks & Ross then you'll love this.
On an audiophile note, this studio album from 1990 was recorded 'live' with most tracks done in one or two takes, no overdubs and entirely in the analogue domain. A great album, beautifully recorded, finally done justice on two slabs of 180g by Pure Pleasure.
- Georgie Fame (vocal, piano, organ)
- Van Morrison (vocal)
- Bob Malach (saxophone)
- Richard Tee (piano, organ)
- Michael Weiss (piano)
- Ben Sidran (vocal, tambourine)
- Robben Ford (guitar)
- Dennis Irwin, Will Lee (bass)
- Steve Gadd (drums)
- Ralph MacDonald (percussion)
Recording: 1990 at Skyline Studios, New York City, by James Farber
Production: Ben Sidran
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. Cool Cat Blues
2. Every Knock Is a Boost
4. It Should Have Been Me
5. Yeah Yeah
6. I Love the Life I Live, I Live the Life I Love
7. Big Brother
8. Georgia on My Mind
9. Cat's Eyes
10. You Came a Long Way from St. Louis
12. Little Pony
13. Rocking Chair$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
SempiternalHeralded as one of the most anticipated albums of the year, Bring Me The Horizon's upcoming fourth studio album, Sempiternal, is the defining sound of heavy music in 2013. Proving to be perpetual favorites among fans, the album's first single "Shadow Moses" came charging out of the gates after premiering on Zane Lowe's BBC's Radio 1, forcing Epitaph to post the song on YouTube a week in advance due to popular demand.
There's a very euphoric sound coursing through the album, a very uplifting but yet sad sound, says front-man Oliver Sykes. Electronically, it's far more advanced than anything we've done before.
The five piece, consisting of Oliver Sykes, Lee Malia, Matt Kean, Matt Nicholls and Jordan Fish, recorded Sempiternal over a three month period with super producer Terry Date (Linkin Park, Deftones, Soundgarden). The band also brought in David Bendeth (A Day To Remember, Paramore) to add to the all-star production line-up and mix the album.
Writing Sempiternal was a completely different process, comments Sykes. We worked from a computer, laying down ideas and riffs and working on them tirelessly until we had what we wanted. For the first time, Sempiternal sees a new member appearing on the record, Jordan Fish, who takes on keyboard duties on the record as well as during live performances. Bringing Jordan into the mix changed things completely; he opened up so many more possibilities.
Sykes goes on to say, The lyrical theme is everything. My head was a lot clearer when writing this time and it allowed me to write from a different perspective. It's the best stuff I've ever written in my opinion. It's very dramatic, quite blunt, and at times sarcastic, but the biggest part of it - is how it is combined with the music to bring the listener vivid imagery and emotion. I think we really managed to pull that off.
Sempiternal is an embracing ride through soaring vocals, supercharged melodies and what can only be described as spine tingling metal anthems. After the critical and commercial success of their previous albums, There Is A Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let's Keep It A Secret (2010) and their breakout success Suicide Season (2008), Bring Me The Horizon plan to take heavy music to the next level, incorporating the most dynamic elements of hard music to create the most exhilarating album of the year.1. Can You Feel My Heart
2. The House Of Wolves
3. Empire (Let Them Sing)
5. Go To Hell, For Heaven's Sake
6. Shadow Moses
7. And The Snakes Start To Sing
8. Seen It All Before
10. Crooked Young
11. Hospitals For Souls$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now