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  • Live at the New Penelope Cafe Live at the New Penelope Cafe Quick View

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    Live at the New Penelope Cafe

    Remastered Rare Recording From The Justin Time Essentials Collection

    Deluxe Gatefold Package Includes 180 Gram Vinyl

    Available for the first time on vinyl, "Live At The New Penelope CafÉ", recorded in Montreal in 1967, showcases the famous blues duo in unusually lively form. It's possible that the duo weren't even thinking about the fact that they were being recorded; the result is a record a bit louder and noisier, but also more exciting than most of their other live albums -- the voices mesh together a bit rougher and more honestly than they do on some of their other live releases.

    1. Hooray Hooray (These Women Is Killing Me)
    2. Cornbread, Peas And Black Mollasses
    3. Pack It Up And Go
    4. Sportin' Life
    5. Come On If You're Coming
    6. Born With The Blues
    7. Easy Rider
    8. Hootin' The Blues
    9. Under Your Hood
    Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • O Blues, Where Art Thou? O Blues, Where Art Thou? Quick View

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    O Blues, Where Art Thou?

    Remastered by Steve Hoffman

    Extensive liner notes

    Pressed on 180 Gram Vinyl

    Licensed through AudioFidelity

    Original Classic Blues Recordings from an all star cast of famous Blues musicians.

    Featured Artist:

    John Lee Hooker

    Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins

    Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee

    Bob Gaddy

    Harrison "Peppermint" Nelson

    Andrew "Smokey" Hogg

    Ray Charles

    James Wayne

    L.C. Williams

    Sonny Terry

    Side 1
    1. Key to the Highway - 1952 - Brownie McGhee & His Jook Block Busters
    2. Gonna Boogie - 1953 - John Lee Hooker
    3. Mean Old 'Frisco - 1951 - Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry
    4. I Love You Baby - 1951 - Smokey Hogg
    5. Cryin' Blues - 1950 - Sonny Hootin' Terry & His Night Owls
    6. Junco Partner - 1951 - James Wayne
    7. Goin' Down Slow - 1952 - Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry
    8. Long Way From Texas - 1951 - Sam Lightnin' Hopkins

    Side 2
    1. Bulldog Blues - 1952 - Bob Gaddy & His Alley Cats
    2. Please Tell Me Baby - 1951 - Peppermint Harris
    3. Bad Boy - 1954 - John Lee Hooker
    4. Ease My Worried Mind - 1952 - Brownie McGhee & His Jook Block Busters
    5. So Sorry - 1952 - L.C. Williams
    6. I Found My Baby - 1950 - Ray Charles
    7. New York Boogie - 1951 - Sam Lightnin' Hopkins

    Various Artists
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Highway of Blues Highway of Blues Quick View

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    Highway of Blues

    Collection from King Records' Audio Lab subsidiary, originally released in the early '60s. The first side is Tennessee blues guitarist Stick McGhee (whose Folkways album On the Road with Sonny Terry and J.C. Burris was released in 1959).
    1. Whiskey, Women And Loaded Dice
    2. Sad, Bad, Glad
    3. Head Happy With Wine
    4. Dealin' From The Bottom
    5. Late Last Night
    6. Get Your Mind Out Of The Gutter
    7. Jungle Juice
    8. Nightmare Blues
    9. Moaning Blues
    10. Don't Go Baby
    11. Thinking Blues
    12. Devil's Jump
    John Lee Hooker / Sticks McGhee
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  • Essential East Coast Blues Essential East Coast Blues Quick View

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    Essential East Coast Blues

    Featuring 28 classic blues tracks from artists such as Barbecue Bob, Peg Leg Howell, Sonny Terry, Blind Boy Fuller, Josh White and many more, this 2 LP set is not to be missed by blues fans.
    1. Barbecue Blues- Barbecue Bob
    2. Midnight Rambler- Buddy Moss
    3. New Prison Blues- Peg Leg Howell
    4. Decatur Street 81- Curley Weaver
    5. Lord, Stand By Me- Reverend Gary Davis
    6. Good Feeling Blues- Blind Boy Fuller
    7. Cocaine Blues- Luke Jordan
    8. Worried Man Blues- Sonny Terry
    9. Dupree- Josh White
    10. One Way Gal- William Moore
    11. Worn Out Engine Blues- Blind Boy Fuller
    12. Fairy Blues- Peg Leg Howell
    13. Writin' Paper Blues- Blind Willie McTell
    14. Back Home Blues- Brownie McGhee

    1. We Sure Got Hard Times- Barbecue Bob
    2. Runaway Woman- Sonny Terry
    3. Thousand Woman Blues- Pink Anderson
    4. Runaway Man Blues- Floyd Council
    5. Dough Rolling Papa- Buddy Moss
    6. Oh Lawdy Mama- Curley Weaver
    7. I Want Some Of Your Pie- Sonny Terry And Blind Boy Fuller
    8. Rolling Mill Blues- Peg Leg Howell
    9. You Can Go Home- Reverend Gary Davis
    10. B & O Blues- Bumble Bee Slim
    11. Old Time Blues- Carl Martin
    12. It Must Be Love- Brownie McGhee
    13. No More Blues- Curley Weaver
    14. Goin' Up The Country- Barbecue Bob

    Various Artists
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Last Night Blues Last Night Blues Quick View

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    Last Night Blues

    Last Night Blues by Lightnin' Hopkins was originally released in 1961. Joined by harpist Sonny Terry this is a stripped down, soulful release with Sonny delivering instinctive accompaniment to Lightnin's fluid finger picking guitar and gritty vocals. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl on a tip on sleeve with a paper and poly lined inner sleeve.
    1. Rocky Mountain
    2. Got To Move You Baby
    3. So Sorry To Leave You

    4. Last Night Blues

    5. Lightnin's Stroke

    6. Hard To Love A Woman

    7. Conversation Blues
    Lightnin' Hopkins with Sonny Terry
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
  • Celestial Explosion Celestial Explosion Quick View

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    Celestial Explosion

    Don Bikoff released one lone, rare solo album, Celestial Explosion, on Keyboard Records in 1968, now reissued by Tompkins Square. A kid from Oyster Bay, Long Island, Bikoff got his start in Greenwich Village, annoying Dave Van Ronk and playing the folk/blues circuit where he met Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Jesse Fuller and Mississippi John Hurt. In spite of this wide range of influences, Bikoff definitely has his own approach. Don is only 65 years old, and he's still playing strong.
    1. Rindler's Metamorphosis
    2. My Baby's Bass
    3. To Ellen
    4. Riverside Park Blues
    5. Bathing Prohibited In The River
    6. The Ellipses Of Your Mind
    7. Earth (Revisited)
    8. Sonata #7, Opus 11
    9. Today Was No Tomorrow
    10. The Formentera Moors Are Stomping Tonight
    11. Crystal Lakes of Frangipani
    12. Celestial Explosion
    Don Bikoff
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  • Lightnin' Lightnin' Quick View

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    Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions - 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 33 1/3.

    All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at Acoustic Sounds' state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, plated by Gary Salstrom

    Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock

    "Recorded for Prestige's Bluesville subsidiary in 1960, Lightnin' is among the rewarding acoustic dates Lightnin' Hopkins delivered in the early '60s. The session has an informal, relaxed quality, and this approach serves a 48-year-old Hopkins impressively well on both originals like 'Thinkin' 'Bout an Old Friend' and the familiar 'Katie Mae' and enjoyable interpretations of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee's 'Back to New Orleans' and Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup's 'Mean Old Frisco.' Hopkins' only accompaniment consists of bassist Leonard Gaskin and drummer Belton Evans, both of whom play in an understated fashion and do their part to make this intimate setting successful. From the remorseful 'Come Back Baby' to more lighthearted, fun numbers like 'You Better Watch Yourself' and 'Automobile Blues,' Lightnin' is a lot like being in a small club with Hopkins as he shares his experiences, insights and humor with you." - All Music Guide

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    1. Automobile Blues
    2. You Better Watch Yourself
    3. Mean Old Frisco
    4. Shinin' Moon
    5. Come Back Baby
    6. Thinkin' 'Bout An Old Friend
    7. The Walkin' Blues
    8. Back To New Orleans
    9. Katie Mae
    10. Down There Baby
    Lightnin' Hopkins
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Brilliant Corners Brilliant Corners Quick View

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    Brilliant Corners

    Few composers or improvisers can match the originality of pianist Thelonious Monk. Quirky yet rigorously logical, Monk's playful but always purposeful choice of skewed melodies and interrupted rhythm patterns gave the bebop movement, and jazz in total, a new sound that was totally modern. Although he created a surprisingly limited body of compositions, his impact on the vocabulary and canon of jazz is second to none, including such prolific giants as Duke Ellington. Brilliant Corners is a triumph of both performance and conception: the two small-group sessions, anchored by Monk, drummer Max Roach, and the bass work of either Oscar Pettiford or Paul Chambers, feature superb front-line performances by saxophonists Sonny Rollins and the tragically under-recorded Ernie Henry, as well as trumpeter Clark Terry. The title track, which centers the collection, is one of Monk's most unconventional pieces, skirting whole-tone, chromatic and Lydian scales; a version of Pannonica finds Monk doubling on celeste, while the band stretches out on Bemsha Swing and the blues Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are. - Fred Goodman
    1. Brilliant Corners
    2. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are
    3. Pannonica
    4. I Surrender, Dear
    5. Bemsha Swing
    Thelonious Monk
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    Brilliant Corners

    Two superb piano trio albums of covers had set the stage for Monk the composer to re-emerge with horns, and the pianist responded with BRILLIANT CORNERS, one of his greatest recordings, featuring three classic new tunes and two formidable studio bands. The Sonny Rollins featured on BRILLIANT CORNERS is a far more imposing presence than the young acolyte of previous Monk sessions--just witness the title tune. With its multiple themes, quirky intervallic leaps, idiomatic rhythmic changes and tricky transitions in tempo, it is one of Monk's masterpieces--a miniature symphony. So daunting were its technical challenges, that the final ending was edited on from another take. Rollins begins his solo with swaggering composure, boldly paraphrasing Monk's vinegary intervals and trademark trills, before navigating the swift rapids of the double-time chorus with deft syncopations. Monk plies dissonance upon dissonance in his first chorus, playing rhythmic tag with Max Roach on the out chorus. Ernie Henry's slip-sliding bluesiness is followed by a brilliant rhythmic edifice from Roach, who maintains melodic coherence at a drowsy tempo, then explodes into the final chorus.Elsewhere, Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are is a soulful, easygoing blues, and Monk's solo is a compendium of pithy rhythmic devices, bent notes and calculated melodic abstractions, played with enormous relaxation and swing. He concludes with heckling big-band figures that form the basis for Rollins' expressive rhythmic testimonies. Monk employs the bell-like timbre of a celeste to stunning effect on Pannonica, one of his loveliest melodies and improvisations. And in closing, Bemsha Swing is a hard-swinging, conversational performance, with fine contributions from trumpeter Clark Terry, bassist Paul Chambers and Roach on drums and timpani.
    1. Brilliant Corners
    2. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are
    3. Pannonica
    4. I Surrender Dear
    5. Bemsha Swing
    6. Pannonica (Thelonious Monk)(Alt. Take)*

    *Bonus Track

    Thelonious Monk
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Masterpieces (Pure Pleasure)

    When Ellington went into the studio in 1950 to record the longer tracks on this LP, his orchestra was a bridge between its late-1940's configuration (the 5-man trumpet section) and its mid-1950's personnel. The sax section had settled into the form it would have for most of the ensuing two decades (old-timers Hodges and Carney and newcomers Procope, Hamilton and Gonsalves); the trombone section had long-timer Lawrence Brown as well as Tyree Glenn and newcomer Quentin Jackson; and the drummer was still Sonny Greer, who had anchored the rhythm section since the beginning.

    The arrangements and orchestrations all bear the hallmarks of Ellington's collaboration with Billy Strayhorn in the late 1940's: they are lush, symphonic, impressionistic, and densely (and adventurously) harmonic. Mood Indigo, in particular, is a 15-minute tone-poem with shifting colors and key relationships as Ellington and Strayhorn bring the melody through a wide variety of guises, from Glenn's wah-wah trombone solo to Shorty Baker's lyrical waltz to orchestral and piano passages which do homage to the influence which Ravel and Stravinsky had on both of them.

    The Tattooed Bride is the only new piece from the original Masterpieces by Ellington LP, and it is a beauty. The others of the original tracks -- Sophistocated Lady and Solitude -- are not laid out as inventively in their harmonics or structure. Of the group, Solitude is perhaps the weakest, but this is a relative term. Ellington would go on to pen many more extended, symphonic works, but none would have quite the multicolored, impressionistic tone-pallate that these do. And Strayhorn's presence would not be as pronounced in those future works as it is here: the orchestration and harmonies in particular bear his mark. These are masterpieces indeed: great works of art by two of our greatest composers/orchestrators, and played by one of the greatest orchestras in Afro-American music. - Andrew R. Weiss


    • Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn (piano)
    • Cat Anderson, Clark Terry, Ray Nance (trumpet)
    • Quentin Jackson (trombone)
    • Johnny Hodges (reeds)
    • Mercer Ellington (french horn)
    • Russell Procope (clarinet, reeds)
    • Wendell Marshall (bass)
    • Louie Bellson (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. Mood Indigo
    2. Sophisticated Lady
    3. The Tattooed Bride
    4. Solitude
    Duke Ellington
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Sonny Is King (Out Of Stock) Sonny Is King (Out Of Stock) Quick View


    Sonny Is King (Out Of Stock)

    Although their styles were regions apart and theyd never performed together previously, Georgia harmonica ace Sonny Terry and Texas guitar titan Lightnin Hopkins fit like foot in sock when producer Kenneth S. Goldstein paired them at Rudy Van Gelders studio on October 26, 1960. As LeRoi Jones observed in the original album notes, There is a meeting of ways, where the light and the sad seem to come together simply as blues. Selections six through 10 were recorded the following year, and Terry was back in the more familiar company of another great guitarist, his longtime partner Brownie McGhee.

    Terry was a remarkable mouth harp player, and these performances are first rateWhat makes this a truly stand out record is the fine sound, which just jumps out of the speakers. Although this is a stereo recording with rather hard left and right separation (especially on the McGhee songs), that anomaly distracts little from the performance. Recording = 7/10; Music = 8/10 Dennis Davis, Hi-Fi+, Issue 43

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    One Monkey Don't Stop The Show
    Changed The Lock On My Door
    Tater Pie
    She's So Sweet
    Diggin' My Potatoes
    Sonny's Coming
    Ida Mae
    Callin' My Mama
    Bad Luck
    Blues From The Bottom
    Sonny Terry
    45 RPM 180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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