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Neil Young Harvest Moon'
Neil Young Greatest HitsAfter all these years we finally get a Greatest Hits which could be thought of more as a sampler of his many Hits even though it comes as a 2 LP
set with a bonus 7 single (Sugar Mountain (mono version) / The Loner). This was cut from complied 30 ips analog master tapes prepared by John Nowland at Neil Young's Redwood Ranch Studios and mastered and cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. After listening tests at the Ranch Neil Young decided that Classic's 180g Super Vinyl Profile was to be used exclusively for this long anticipated release which includes favorites such as Cinnamon Girl, Helpless, Comes A Time, Harvest Moon among others. This LP belongs in every collection - enough said.
Pressed at Pallas1. Down By The River - from Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, 1969
2. Cowgirl In The Sand - from Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, 1969
3. Cinnamon Girl - from Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, 1969
4. Helpless - with Crosby, Stills and Nash, from DÉjà Vu, 1970
5. After The Gold Rush - from After The Goldrush, 1970
6. Only Love Can Break Your Heart - from After The Goldrush, 1970)
7. Southern Man - from After The Goldrush, 1970)
8. Ohio - with Crosby, Stills and Nash, from Four Way Street, 1971
9. The Needle and the Damage Done - from Harvest, 1972
10. Old Man - from Harvest, 1972
11. Heart Of Gold - from Harvest, 1972
12. Like A Hurricane - from American Stars 'n' Bars, 1977
13. Comes A Time - from Comes A Time, 1978
14. Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black) - from Rust Never Sleeps, 1979
15. Rockin' In The Free World - from Freedom, 1989
16. Harvest Moon - from Harvest Moon, 1992$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl + Bonus 7 - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
New Moon Daughter (Pure Pleasure)This is no easy listen ... sparse, complex, often brooding arrangements coupled with Cassandra Wilson's deep, earthy voice and complicated phrasing demand your attention. Waver and you're lost. But ... give this album the listening time & space it deserves and reap the rewards. Unusual, highly atmospheric tracks that combine superb singing and marvellously 'distant' musical backings to weave real magic.
Cassandra Wilson's own excellent, jazz tinged compositions sit alongside a stunning set of ingenious covers from a highly diverse spectrum of composers. Last Train To Clarksville is transformed from a catchy pop song into a stripped-down and genuinely effective jazz vocal work-out. Harvest Moon slows down Neil Young's already wistful ballad to an almost painful level and, in so doing, takes it to an even higher level of gentle reflection. Hank Williams' I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry & U2's Love Is Blindness are transformed into three in the morning jazz club classics.
The vocals and backing to Robert Johnson's 32-20 are simplified to the point where only the essence of the blues is allowed to shine and, Lewis Allan's Strange Fruit becomes as desolate and challenging as it's horrific lyrics.
Clever, very effective and worth the required effort!
- Cassandra Wilson (vocal)
- Graham Haynes (cornet)
- Chris Whitley, Brandon Ross, Kevin Breit (guitar)
- Charlie Burnham (violin)
- Tony Cedras (accordion)
- Gary Breit (organ)
- Lonnie Plaxico (bass)
- Dougie Bowne (drums, percussion)
- Cyro Baptista (percussion)
Recording: 1995 at the Turtle Creek Barn, Bearsville, NY / Sound on Sound, New York City / Beartracks, Suffern, NY / Bearsville Studio B , Bearsville, NY.
Production: Craig Street
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.LP 1
1. Strange Fruit
2. Love Is Blindness
3. Solomon Sang
4. Death Letter
6. Find Him
7. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
1. Last Train to Clarksville
3. A Little Warm Death
5. Harvest Moon
6. 32-20$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now