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  • The Wildest (Pure Pleasure) The Wildest (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Wildest (Pure Pleasure)

    A tireless showman and an underrated musical talent, Louis Prima swung his way to icon status thanks to an irresistible, infectious sound whose appeal translated across generations. Nominally a swing artist, Prima's distinctive sound also encompassed New Orleans-style jazz, boogie-woogie, jump blues, R&B, early rock & roll, and even the occasional Italian tarantella. Regardless of what form his music took, it swung hard and fast, with a rolling, up-tempo shuffle beat. His greatest period of popularity coincided with his marriage to singer Keely Smith, whose coolly sophisticated vocals and detached stage manner made a perfect counterpoint to Prima's boisterous presence: mugging, clowning, and cavorting around the stage with the boundless enthusiasm of a hyperactive boy. Prima's band during this time was anchored by tenor saxophonist Sam Butera, whose grounding in jump blues and New Orleans R&B was a perfect match.


    • Louis Prima (trumpet, vocal)

    • Keely Smith (vocal)

    • Sam Butera (tenor saxophone)

    • James "Little Red" Blount (trombone)

    • Willie McCumber (piano)

    • Jack Marshall (guitar)

    • Amado Rodrigues (bass)

    • Bobby Morris (drums)

    About Pure Pleasure

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1. Medley: Just A Gigolo/I Aint Got Nobody
    2. (Nothings Too Good) For My Baby
    3. The Lip
    4. Body And Soul
    5. Oh Marie
    6. Medley: Basin Street Blues/ When Its Sleepy Time Down South
    7. Jump, Jive And Wail
    8. Buona Sera
    9. Night Train
    10. (Ill Be Glad When Youre Dead) You Rascal You
    Louis Prima feat. Kelly Smith, Sam Butera, & The Witnesses
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Louie Louie Louie Louie Louie Louie Quick View

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    Louie Louie Louie

    Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is pleased to announce the release of Louie, Louie, Louie, the band's eleventh studio album and a salute to the music of Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and Louis Prima.

    Louie, Louie, Louie reveals the evolution of swing, jazz and popular music through the songs and personalities of these three giants of American culture. With a blend of greatest hits and essential works, the listener is transported from the earliest days of New Orleans jazz and ragtime to the birth of R&B and rock and roll. These remarkable artists revolutionized American music and popular culture and set new standards for what great entertainment and artistic expression could be. Their influence on Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is profound and if you enjoy the band, they are among the chief reasons why.

    1. Dinah
    2. Oh, Marie
    3. Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't My Baby?
    4. Jack, You're Dead!
    5. Whistle Stop
    6. Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
    7. Basin Street Blues
    8. Jump, Jive an' Wail
    9. Knock Me A Kiss
    10. Stuttin' With Some Barbecue
    11. Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days
    12. Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
    13. When The Saints Go Marching In
    Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
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  • Elf: Music From The Motion Picture Elf: Music From The Motion Picture Quick View

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    Elf: Music From The Motion Picture

    1st Time EVER Available On LP!

    RIAA GOLD Certified ELF Soundtrack has scanned over 680K RTD...and continues to scan 50K each Holiday Season, 12 years after it's original
    release. The soundtrack features holiday standards (Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow -Lena Horne and Sleigh Ride - Ella Fitzgerald, & many more), Classic
    tracks (Nothing From Nothing - Billy Preston, Pennies From Heaven - Louis Prima & more), as well as Baby It's Cold Outside - Leon Redbone &
    Zooey Deschanel, which is not available on any other release.

    1. Jingle Bells - Jim Reeves
    2. Baby It's Cold Outside - Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel
    3. Sleigh Ride / Santa Claus Party - Les Baxter Feat. Ferrante & Teicher
    4. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Lena Horne
    5. Sleigh Ride - Ella Fitzgerald
    6. Pennies From Heaven - Louis Prima
    7. Nothing From Nothing - Billy Preston
    8. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Eddy Arnold
    9. Winter Wonderland - Leon Redbone
    10. Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
    11. Christmas Island - Leon Redbone
    12. The Nutcracker Suite - Brian Setzer
    Various Artists
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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