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  • Taj Mahal (MONO) (Awaiting Repress) Taj Mahal (MONO) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Taj Mahal (MONO) (Awaiting Repress)

    Taj Mahal's 1967 album debut helped set the table for the joyous marriage of traditional blues and the revolutionary sound of '60s rock 'n' roll. Spotlighting Mahal's gritty vocals, the David Rubinson-produced album features fretboard whiz Ry Cooder along with guitarist Jesse Ed Davis, a player who loudly fused his uncanny sense of melody with a no-nonsense, electrifying delivery. Even better, our Sundazed edition is an exact repro of the ultra-scarce mono version of this landmark longplayer, taken from the pristine Columbia analog masters.

    1. Leaving Trunk
    2. Statesboro Blues
    3. Checkin' Up on My Baby
    4. Everybody's Got to Change Sometime
    5. E Z Rider
    6. Dust My Broom
    7. Diving Duck
    8. Blues
    9. The Celebrated Walkin' Blues
    Taj Mahal
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  • Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)

    One of the most prominent figures in late 20th century blues, singer/multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal played an enormous role in revitalizing and preserving traditional acoustic blues. Born as Henry St. Clair Fredericks in New York on May 17, 1942, he moved after graduating in 1964 to Los Angeles and, after making his name on the local folk-blues scene, formed the Rising Sons with guitarist Ry Cooder. Not content to stay within that realm, Mahal soon broadened his approach, taking a musicologist's interest in a multitude of folk and roots music from around the world.



    The title Recycling the Blues & Other Related Stuff certainly sums up the album quite well -- that's exactly what Taj Mahal has been doing for several years by this point. The first side features laidback in-the-studio work with some nice gospel-inflected back-up from the Pointer Sisters. The second side offers a good look at Mahal's stage show.




    Musicians:



    • Taj Mahal (vocal, guitar, banjo, bass, harmonica, kalimba, conch)

    • Howard Johnson (tuba)

    • The Pointer Sisters (vocal)



    Recording by David Brown and George Engfer

    Production: Taj Mahal



    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. Conch (Introduction)

    2. Kalimba
    3. Bound to Love Me Some

    4. Ricochet
    5. A Free Song
    6. Corinna
    7. Conch Close
    8. Cakewalk into Town
    9. Sweet Home Chicago
    10. Texas Woman Blues

    11. Gitano Negro
    Taj Mahal
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • TajMo TajMo Quick View

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    TajMo

    TajMo marks a timely convergence of the talents of two unique American artists who've already built iconoclastic individual legacies that have extended and expanded blues traditions into adventurous new territory. The collaboration brings out the best in both artists, with the pair merging their distinctive voices, personalities and guitar styles to create vibrant, immediate music that's firmly rooted in tradition yet ruled by a playful sense of adventure. The album features guest appearances by Sheila E., Joe Walsh, Lizz Wright and Bonnie Raitt, who lends her voice to a distinctive cover of John Mayer's anthemic 'Waiting on the World to Change.'
    1. Don't Leave Me Here
    2. She Knows How To Rock Me
    3. All Around The World
    4. Om Sweet Om
    5. Shake Me In Your Arms
    6. That's Who I Am
    7. Diving Duck Blues
    8. Squeeze Box
    9. Ain't Nobody Talkin'
    10. Soul
    11. Waiting On The World To Change
    Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo'
    $21.99
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  • Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff Quick View

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    Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff

    Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes & Pressed at RTI!


    American blues musician Taj Mahal, was born Henry Fredericks in New York in 1942. His music is a mix of blues, Caribbean styles, bluegrass and the music of Hawaii, where he lived for a number of years. Originally released in 1972, Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff contains seven live tracks and four studio recordings.


    Guitar/piano playing rural blues revivalist Taj Mahal was quite a rarity in the late 1960s - a young black man who accurately revived classic country blues for a new generation of listeners. Mahal took an archival interest in folk blues while joining in during the early '60s. On this album, the first seven tracks were recorded live at the Fillmore West and the rest at Columbia's San Francisco studios with backup from the Pointer Sisters. The title Recycling the Blues & Other Related Stuff certainly sums up the album quite well - that's exactly what Taj Mahal has been doing for several years by this point!


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    LP1
    1. Conch Intro
    2. Kalimba
    3. Bound To Love Me Some
    4. Ricochet
    5. A Free Song (Rise Up Children Shake the Devil Out Of Your Soul)
    6. Corinna
    7. Conch: Close
    8. Cakewalk Into Town


    LP2
    1. Sweet Home Chicago
    2. Texas Woman Blues
    3. Gitano Negro

    Taj Mahal
    $54.99
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  • Atlanta Twelve-String Atlanta Twelve-String Quick View

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    Atlanta Twelve-String

    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Gatefold Sleeve


    Mono


    Blind Willie McTell (May 5, 1898 - August 19, 1959) was a Piedmont blues and ragtime singer and guitarist. He played with a fluid, syncopated fingerstyle guitar technique, common among many exponents of Piedmont blues. Unlike his contemporaries, he came to use twelve-string guitars exclusively. McTell was also an adept slide guitarist, unusual among ragtime bluesmen. His vocal style, a smooth and often laid-back tenor, differed greatly from many of the harsher voices of Delta bluesmen such as Charley Patton.


    McTell's influence extended over a wide variety of artists, including the Allman Brothers Band, who covered his Statesboro Blues, and Bob Dylan, who paid tribute to him in his 1983 song Blind Willie McTell, the refrain of which is And I know no one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell. Other artists influenced by McTell include Taj Mahal, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Ralph McTell, Chris Smither and the White Stripes.

    1. Kill It Kid
    2. The Razor Ball

    3. Little Delia

    4. Broke Down Engine Blues
    5. Dying Crapshooter's Blues

    6. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie

    7. Blues Around Midnight

    8. Last Dime Blues

    9. On The Cooling Board

    10. Motherless Children Have A Hard Time
    11. I Got To Cross The River Jordan
    12. You Got To Die

    13. Ain't It Grand To Live A Christian
    14. Pearly Gates

    15. Soon This Morning
    Blind Willie McTell
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
  • Giant Step / De Ole Folks At Home Giant Step / De Ole Folks At Home Quick View

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    Giant Step / De Ole Folks At Home

    Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home is the third studio album by American Blues artist Taj Mahal. A double album, the first disc (Giant Step) is electric, while the second (De Ole Folks at Home) is acoustic.


    The nine cuts on Giant Step feature support from the instrumental trio of Jessie Ed Davis (guitar/keyboards), Gary Gilmore (bass) and Chuck Blackwell (drums). The arrangements are unique and offer the artist's distinctive approach.


    Those who are searching for an introduction when discovering Taj Mahal's voluminous catalogue are encouraged to consider Giant Step as a highly recommended starting point.

    LP 1 - Giant Step
    1. Ain't Gwine Whistle Dixie
    2. Take A Giant Step
    3. Give Your Woman What She Wants
    4. Good Morning Little School Girl
    5. You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond

    1. Six Days On The Road
    2. Farther On Down The Road
    3. Keep Your Hands Off Her
    4. Bacon Fat


    LP 2 - De Ole Folks At Home

    1. Linin' Track
    2. Country Blues #1
    3. Wild Ox Moan
    4. Light Rain Blues
    5. A Little Soulful Tune

    6. Candy Man
    7. Cluck Old Hen

    1. Colored Aristocracy
    2. Blind Boy Rag

    3. Stagger Lee
    4. Cajun Tune

    5. Fishin' Blues
    6. Annie's Lover

    Taj Mahal
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Richland Woman Blues (Pure Pleasure) Richland Woman Blues (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Richland Woman Blues (Pure Pleasure)

    Best known for that ditty about camels, Maria Muldaur has since established herself as one of the finest folk/country/jazz/blues/gospel interpreters ever to have a Top Five single. After 26 years and 24 solo albums, Muldaur -- inspired by a trip to Memphis' Beale Street -- digs deep into her roots and pays tribute to the classic blues women of the '20s and '30s. Aided by the similarly inclined Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, and Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart, Muldaur breezes through 14 tunes from icons Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie, as well as obscurities from the Reverend Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, and Blind Willie Johnson. Keeping the unplugged accompaniment stripped way down to a single guitar or piano and occasional bass, Muldaur has room to maneuver her evocative vocals that shift from gritty groans to a high-pitched edgy trill. Far from a dry history lesson, these songs are performed with the strength and tenacity of the women who originally sang them. Whether spinning saucy, double entendre lyrics in Me And My Chauffeur Blues (»the way you ride so easy, I can't turn you down«) or longing for her Southern home after moving north during the Depression in Bessie Smith's Far Away Blues, the singer remains invigorated and inspired throughout. By returning to her late-'60s Jim Kweskin Jug Band coffeehouse days, Maria Muldaur has discovered her middle-aged oasis with Richland Woman Blues. And there's not a camel in sight.



    Musicians:



    • Maria Muldaur (vocal)

    • Alvin Youngblood Hart (guitar, vocal)

    • Bonnie Raitt, John Sebastian (guitar)

    • David Wilkie (mandocello)

    • Dave Mathews (piano)

    • Roly Salley (bass)

    • Angela Strehli, Tracy Nelson (vocal)




    Recording: 2001 by John Jacob

    Production: John Jacob & Maria Muldaur



    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. The One To Sing The Blues
    2. I'm So Bad (Baby I Don't Care)
    3. No Voices In The Sky
    4. Going To Brazil
    5. Nightmare/Dreamtime
    6. Love Me Forever
    7. Angel City
    8. Make My Day
    9. R.A.M.O.N.E.S.
    10. Shut You Down
    11. 1916
    Maria Muldaur
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Mavis Staples I'll Take You There: An All-Star Concert Celebration Mavis Staples I'll Take You There: An All-Star Concert Celebration Quick View

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    Mavis Staples I'll Take You There: An All-Star Concert Celebration

    Mavis Staples: I'll Take You There, An All-Star Concert Celebration captured performances from the historic, one-night event that honored the music of Mavis Staples, one of the most beloved cultural icons of our time.

    This hour-plus LP features 15 once-in-a-lifetime performances from the likes of Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Michael McDonald, Glen Hansard, Aaron Neville, Eric Church, Taj Mahal, Gregg Allman, Bonnie Raitt, Win Butler and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, and Jeff Tweedy. Each artist honors Mavis Staples by singing her classic tunes, culminating in a full ensemble jam session of The Weight.

    Selections from the concert's audio recording include some of Mavis' classics, like I'll Take You There, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, and People Get Ready.

    LP 1
    1. Buddy Miller - Woke Up This Morning (With Jesus on my Mind)
    2. Patty Griffin - Waiting For My Child To Come Home
    3. Emmylou Harris - Far Celestial Shore
    4. Michael McDonald - Freedom Highway
    5. Glen Hansard - People Get Ready
    6. Mavis & Aaron Neville - Respect Yourself
    7. Eric Church - Eyes On The Prize
    8. Taj Mahal - Wade In The Water
    9. Gregg Allman - Have A Little Faith
    10. Mavis & Bonnie Raitt - Turn Me Around


    LP 2
    1. Gregg Allman, Taj Mahal, Aaron Neville, Bonnie Raitt, & Mavis Staples - Will The Circle Be Unbroken
    2. Mavis, Win Butler & RÉgine Chassagne - Slippery People
    3. Mavis & Jeff Tweedy - You Are Not Alone
    4. Mavis Staples - I'll Take You There
    5. Full Ensemble - The Weight

    Various Artists
    $24.99
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  • The Natch'l Blues (Pure Pleasure) The Natch'l Blues (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Natch'l Blues (Pure Pleasure)

    Taj Mahal's second album, recorded in the spring and fall of 1968, opens with more stripped-down Delta-style blues in the manner of his debut, but adds a little more amplification (partly courtesy of Al Kooper on organ) before moving into wholly bigger sound on numbers like She Caught The Katy And Left Me A Mule To Ride and The Cuckoo -- the latter, in particular, features crunchy electric and acoustic guitars and Gary Gilmore playing his bass almost like a lead instrument, like a bluesman's answer to John Entwistle. Most notable, however, may be the two original closing numbers, You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til Your Well Runs Dry) and Ain't That A Lot Of Love, which offer Taj Mahal working in the realm of soul and treading onto Otis Redding territory. This is particularly notable on You Don't Miss Your Water, which achieves the intensity of a gospel performance and comes complete with a Stax/Volt-style horn arrangement by Jesse Ed Davis that sounds more like the real thing than the real thing. Ain't That a Lot of Love, by contrast, is driven by a hard electric guitar sound and a relentless bass part that sounds like a more urgent version of the bassline from the Spencer Davis Group's Gimme Some Lovin'. This LP reissue includes a trio of bonus tracks: a faster-paced rendition of The Cuckoo with a more prominent lead guitar, the slow electric lament New Stranger Blues featuring some good mandolin-style playing on the guitar, and the rocking instrumental Things Are Gonna Work Out Fine, which is a killer showcase for Davis' lead electric guitar and Taj Mahal's virtuosity on the harmonica.




    Musicians:



    • Taj Mahal (harmonica, guitar)

    • Jesse Edwin (guitar, piano, arranger)

    • Al Kooper (organ, piano)

    • Gary Gilmore (bass)

    • Chuck Blackwell, Earl Palmer (drums)




    Recording: May & October 1968

    Production: David Rubinson




    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. Good Morning Miss Brown Corinna
    2. I Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Steal My Jellyroll
    3. Going Up To The Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue
    4. Done Changed My Way Of Living
    5. The Cuckoo (alternative version)
    6. She Caught The Katy And Left Me A Mule To Ride
    7. The Cuckoo
    8. You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til Your Well Runs Dry)
    9. A Lot Of Love
    10. New Stranger Blues
    11. Things Are Gonna Work Out Fine
    Taj Mahal
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Hidden Treasures Of Taj Mahal 1969-1973 The Hidden Treasures Of Taj Mahal 1969-1973 Quick View

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    The Hidden Treasures Of Taj Mahal 1969-1973

    180 Gram Vinyl LPs in an Individually Numbered Gatefold Jacket


    Amazing studio demos chronicling the early years of the American bluesman Taj Mahal.

    LP 1 Side 1

    1 Chainey Do 

    2 Sweet Mama Janisse 

    3 Yan-Nah Mama-Loo 

    4 Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day

     

    SIde 2

    1 I Pity The Poor Immigrant 

    2 Jacob's Ladder 

    3 Ain't Gwine Whistle Dixie (Any Mo')

     

    LP 2 Side 1

    1 Sweet Mama Janisse 

    2 You Ain't No Street Walker Mama, Honey But I Do Love The Way You Strut Your Stuff

     

    Side 2

    1 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl 

    2 Shady Grove 

    3 Butter

     
    Taj Mahal
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • The Natch'l Blues The Natch'l Blues Quick View

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    The Natch'l Blues

    Taj Mahal's second album, recorded in the spring and fall of 1968, opens with more stripped-down Delta-style blues in the manner of his debut, but adds a little more amplification (partly courtesy of Al Kooper on organ) before moving into wholly bigger sound on numbers like She Caught The Katy And Left Me A Mule To Ride and The Cuckoo -- the latter, in particular, features crunchy electric and acoustic guitars and Gary Gilmore playing his bass almost like a lead instrument, like a bluesman's answer to John Entwistle. Most notable, however, may be the two original closing numbers, You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til Your Well Runs Dry) and Ain't That A Lot Of Love, which offer Taj Mahal working in the realm of soul and treading onto Otis Redding territory. This is particularly notable on You Don't Miss Your Water, which achieves the intensity of a gospel performance and comes complete with a Stax/Volt-style horn arrangement by Jesse Ed Davis that sounds more like the real thing than the real thing. Ain't That a Lot of Love, by contrast, is driven by a hard electric guitar sound and a relentless bass part that sounds like a more urgent version of the bassline from the Spencer Davis Group's Gimme Some Lovin'. This LP reissue includes a trio of bonus tracks: a faster-paced rendition of The Cuckoo with a more prominent lead guitar, the slow electric lament New Stranger Blues featuring some good mandolin-style playing on the guitar, and the rocking instrumental Things Are Gonna Work Out Fine, which is a killer showcase for Davis' lead electric guitar and Taj Mahal's virtuosity on the harmonica.
    1. Good Morning Miss Brown (Album Version)
    2. Corinna
    3. I Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Steal My Jellyroll (Album Version)
    4. Going up to the Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue
    5. Done Changed My Way of Living
    6. She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride
    7. The Cuckoo (Album Version)
    8. You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til Your Well Runs Dry) (Album Version)
    9. Ain't That a Lot of Love
    Taj Mahal
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Jack Johnson & Friends: Best Of The Kukua Festival Jack Johnson & Friends: Best Of The Kukua Festival Quick View

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    Jack Johnson & Friends: Best Of The Kukua Festival

    Just in time for Earth Day, Brushfire Records will release Jack Johnson and Friends: Best of Kokua Festival. The album features a 13-track compilation of live performances from Jack Johnson's benefit concerts for the Kokua Hawaii Foundation. Proceeds from Jack Johnson and Friends: Best of Kokua Festival will benefit the Kokua Hawaii Foundation.


    Culled from six years of his eco-minded music festival, Jack Johnson and Friends: Best of Kokua Festival, highlights onstage collaborations with legendary musicians like Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Dave Mathews, Ziggy and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and more.


    Johnson and his band team up with more than a dozen guest artists to perform both original works and spirited covers of classic songs. The album features several of Johnson's breezy folk-rock gems, including "Constellations" (with Eddie Vedder), "Mudfootball" (with Ozomatli & G. Love), "Breakdown" (with ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro), and "Better Together" (with Hawaiian singer Paula Fuga).


    Elsewhere on Jack Johnson and Friends: Best of Kokua Festival, Johnson joins his guests for stripped-down renditions of their own songs: Taj Mahal offers his bluesy "Further On Down The Road," Jackson Browne revisits "Take It Easy" with the help of singer/guitarist John Cruz (who also shares his Hawaiian anthem "Island Style"), and the Marley brothers bring the reggae with Ziggy's "Cry, Cry, Cry" and Damian's dancehall banger "Welcome to Jamrock."


    Rounding out the record are an eclectic collection of covers, including Bob Marley's "High Tide or Low Tide" (featuring Ben Harper), Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" (featuring Eddie Vedder) and Jimmy Buffet's "A Pirate Looks at Forty" (featuring Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds). Willie Nelson, meanwhile, delivers a Harper-assisted take on "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," the Fred Rose-penned classic he popularized.


    Held on Earth Day weekend at Honolulu's Waikiki Shell since its inception in 2004, the Kokua Festival serves as both a community-centered celebration of music and environmental awareness and as the major fundraiser for the Kokua Hawaii Foundation (a nonprofit organization founded by Johnson and his wife Kim in 2003 to support environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawaii). Like the festival itself, Jack Johnson and Friends: Best of Kokua Festival spotlights artists who share the Kokua Hawaii Foundation's mission of protecting the planet and cultivating environmental consciousness.

    LP1
    1. Better Together - Jack Johnson with Paula Fuga
    2. Cry, Cry, Cry - Ziggy Marley with Jack Johnson & Paula Fuga
    3. A Pirate Looks At Forty - Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
    4. Mudfootball - Jack Johnson with Ozomatli & G. Love
    5. Constellations - Jack Johnson with Eddie Vedder & Kawika Kahiapo
    6. Take It Easy - Jackson Browne with Jack Johnson & John Cruz
    7. Island Style - John Cruz with Jack Johnson & Jackson Browne


    LP2
    1. Breakdown - Jack Johnson with Jake Shimabukuro
    2. Further On Down The Road - Taj Mahal with Jack Johnson
    3. Welcome To Jamrock - Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley with Jack Johnson & Paula Fuga
    4. High Tide or Low Tide - Ben Harper & Jack Johnson
    5. Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain - Willie Nelson with Jack Johnson & Ben Harper
    6. I Shall Be Released - Jack Johnson, Eddie Vedder, Zach Gill & Friends

    Jack Johnson
    $34.99
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    The Lost Cause Ministrels

    Grayson Capps' fifth studio album, The Lost Cause Minstrels, finds the Mobile, Alabama-based singer/songwriter coming of age. That doesn't mean his oft-unholy tales of the Southern Gothic have lost any of their luster. Quite the contrary, Capps' Tao-tinged philosophical musings revealed inside songs shuddering with spit, stomp and snarl are as potent as ever.


    Look no further than Highway 42, No Definitions and Rock N Roll to hear that Capps cedes no quarter. It's just that this time his bark and his bite is older, wiser and more accepting of the unanswered questions mucking up the universe. Occasionally, even a celebratory mood can prevail like the horn-fueled romp Ol' Slac, an ode to the rebirth of the Mobile, Alabama Mardi Gras, or Coconut Moonshine, a character sketch based on Mr. Jim who inhabits the hallowed roadside barbecue joint in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.


    Two rare but classic American roots numbers are born again here, as well: Taj Mahal's country-blues paen Annie's Lover and Richard Rabbit Brown's jaunty Jane's Alley Blues, (the original recording preserved on Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music). In less metaphorical terms, Capps' real life situation has evolved and it's reflected in the album's spirit.


    Capps co-produced The Lost Cause Minstrels with his longtime partner and revered engineer/producer 12:46:12 AM (Queens of the Stone Age, Dylan Leblanc, Sheryl Crow) and it results in a highly anticipated next chapter from one of the finest Southern troubadours in modern times.

    1. Coconut Moonshine

    2. Highway 42
    3. John The Dagger
    4. Yes You Are
    5. Jane's Alley Blues
    6. Yes You Are
    7. Annie's Lover
    8. Ol' Slac
    9. Paris France
    10. No Definitions
    11. Rock N Roll

    Grayson Capps
    $18.99
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    Friends (Pure Pleasure)

    Friends is the accurate and revealing title for New York bluesman Eric Bibb's tenth album since 1997. The cuts here feature rootsy folk and blues collaborations with different 'friends' in differing small group settings. The set starts with a killer acoustic slide duet between Bibb and Guy Davis on the nugget 99 ½ Won't Do. The contrast between Davis' sweet and smoky delivery and Bibb's husky wail - akin to Blind Willie Johnson's in places - offers a double-sided dimension in interpretation for the listener, as well. Elsewhere, Charlie Musselwhite gives a killer snaky harmonica performance on Six O' Clock Blues. Taj Mahal makes two appearances; one in a duet on Goin' Down Slow, and one in a trio with Bibb and Malian guitarist Djelimady Tounkara on a medley of the traditional Kulanjan and Bibb's own Sebastian's Tune. Speaking of Mali, and Mahal, Bibb also covers the elder bluesman's classic Lovin' in My Baby's Eyes, with the great kora player Mamadou Diabate that rivals the original. There's also a gorgeous version of Guy and Susanna Clark's The Cape, with guitarist Martin Simpson, Bibb's moving For You with Ruthie Foster, and Tain't No Such Thing, a bright new folk song written and sung with legendary folksinger Odetta. Mohan Veena ace Harry Manx performs with Bibb on the high lonesome, droning blues of Needed Time, and with Kristina Olsen on her If I Stayed. The set closes with the tender Dance Me to the End of Love, (an original, not the Leonard Cohen tune) with the Lovin' Spoonful Jerry Yester playing piano. Given that most records of this type are mixed bags at best, with 'star-studded' collabs serving to muck up or water down rather than enhance performances, Friends is an anomaly. There is nothing that's obvious or overblown here, everything is subtly shaded, and the performers serve the songs and not themselves. The listener gets no sense of back-patting or self-congratulation, only the great pleasure of hearing this music in a revealing, emotionally honest way. Bravo.



    Musicians:



    • Eric Bibb (arranger, guitar, vocal)

    • Odetta (vocal)

    • Ruthie Foster (vocal)

    • Guy Davis (arranger, harpsichord, vocal, guitar)

    • Taj Mahal (guitar, vocal, banjo)

    • Charlie Musselwhite (harpsichord)

    • Mamadou Diabate (kora)

    • Martin Simpson (guitar)

    • Michael Jerome Browne (fiddle, vocal, guitar, mandolin)





    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve



    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. 99 1/2 Won't Do
    2. Six O'Clock Blues
    3. Goin' Down Slow
    4. Lovin' In My Baby's Eyes
    5. For You
    6. The Cape
    7. 'Tain't Such A Much
    8. Needed Time
    9. If I Stayed
    10. Connected
    11. Ribbons And Bows
    12. Just Look Up
    13. Cowgirl Queen
    14. Kulanjan/Sebastian's Tune
    15. Dance Me To The End Of Love
    Eric Bibb
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Blues People


    Gatefold 180 Gram 2 LP With 4 Bonus Tracks!


    The concept of 'Blues People' came to Eric Bibb when he was at the Blues Foundation Awards in Memphis. It inspired him to create a collection of songs about change and hope in collaboration with friends like Taj Mahal, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Ruthie Foster (who he has been touring with), Michael Jerome Browne, Harrison Kennedy and many others. Eric Bibb is one of the highest profile international roots musicians, winning Acoustic Artist of the Year at the Blues Music Awards and having been nominated for a Grammy.

    LP 1
    1. Silver Spoon
    2. Driftin' Door To Door
    3. God's Mojo
    4. Turner Station
    5. Pink Dream Cadillac
    6. Chocolate Man
    7. Rosewood
    8. I Heard The Angels Singin'
    9. Dream Catchers


    LP 2
    1. Chain Reaction
    2. Needed Time
    3. Out Walkin'
    4. Remember The Ones
    5. Home
    6. Where Do We Go
    7. Alright Now*
    8. As I Travel On*
    9. Nickel And A Nail*
    10. New Years Prayer*


    * bonus track

    Eric Bibb
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    Just Like You

    Available On Vinyl For The First Time


    Featuring Bonnie Raitt & Jackson Browne


    Just Like You is the third album by three-time American Grammy Award-winning blues musician Keb' Mo' (born Kevin Moore). Keb'Mo' has been described as a living link to the seminal Delta blues that travelled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America. His post-modern Blues style is influenced by many eras and genres, including Folk, Rock, Jazz and Pop.


    Originally released in 1996, the album features guest artists Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt, both on the title track Just Like You. Unlike the first album, Just Like You features a more Blues-Pop to Blues Rock feel and more of its tracks feature a full band. The album was produced by John Porter (Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Taj Mahal, a.o.).


    In 1997, Just Like You won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. This is the first ever vinyl issue of this classic album!

    1. That's Not Love
    2. Perpetual Blues Machine
    3. More Than One Way Home
    4. I'm On Your Side
    5. Just Like You
    6. You Can Love Yourself
    7. Dangerous Mood
    8. The Action
    9. Hand It Over
    10. Standin' At The Station
    11. Momma, Where's My Daddy
    12. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
    13. Lullaby Baby Blues
    Keb' Mo'
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    The Natch'l Blues

    Taj Mahal 's breathtaking second album, originally released in 1968, showcased a band featuring Al Kooper and Jesse Ed Davis while introducing a generation to deep Blues classics like Corinna, She Caught the Katy (and Left Me a Mule to Ride), and The Cuckoo.
    1. Good Morning Miss Brown
    2. Corinna
    3. I Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Steal My Jellyroll
    4. Going Up To The Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue
    5. Done Changed My Way Of Living
    6. She Caught The Katy And Left Me A Mule To Ride
    7. The Cuckoo
    8. You Don't Miss Your Water ('til Your Well Runs Dry)
    9. Ain't That A Lot Of Love
    Taj Mahal
    $34.99
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    The Rising Sons

    Featuring Taj Mahal, Ry Cooder, Jesse Lee Kincaid, Kevin Kelley, and Gary Marker, the Rising Sons added an earthy dose of rural country blues to the fast-evolving rock scene of the mid-'60s. Though this Los Angeles-based group led a storied existence between 1964-1966 and were well-known for their live performances -admirers included Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mark Lindsay, and David Crosby -their debut album, produced by Terry Melcher of Byrds fame, languished unissued in the Columbia vaults.


    To set matters right, we've rounded up a dozen long-lost Rising Sons tracks and dressed them up in a pair of pristine, previously unpublished full color photos to present the Rising Sons' self-titled debut LP as it might have looked and sounded had it appeared in 1966!

    1. Statesboro Blues
    2. Take A Giant Step
    3. 2:10 Train
    4. If the River Was Whiskey (Divin' Duck Blues)
    5. 11th Street Overcrossing

    6. Candy Man
    7. .44 Blues
    8. The Devil's Got My Woman
    9. By And By (Poor Me)
    10. Walkin' Down The Line
    11. Let The Good Times Roll

    12. I Got A Little
    The Rising Sons
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    The Road To Escondido


    The 2-LP Set Is Pressed At R.T.I. On 180-gram High-Performance Vinyl


    After years of admiring each other's
    musical masterworks, guitar great J.J.
    Cale and three-time Rock and Roll Hall
    of Famer, 16-time Grammy®winner Eric
    Claptonhave teamed up for the first
    time to create an original album together, The Road To Escondido. The resulting hybrid sound defies being labeled,
    but instead finds influence across the
    spectrum of blues, rock, country and
    folk. The songs are warm and rich, with
    deep flowing rhythms, yet use an economy of words to express much.


    In a true collaboration,
    Cale (whose songs "After Midnight" and "Cocaine"
    Clapton had previously covered) and Clapton jointly
    produced and recorded the album, each playing and
    singing on the tracks. Cale wrote 11 of the songs,
    Clapton wrote "Three Little Girls," John Mayer
    wrote "Hard To Thrill" and the duo cover the blues
    classic "Sporting Life Blues." Among the numerous
    guest artists are Mayer, Taj Mahal, Derek Trucks,
    Doyle Bramhall II, Albert Lee, and the late Billy
    Preston, who donated his classic keyboard talents
    throughout the album.

    LP 1
    1. Danger
    2. Heads In Georgia
    3. Missing Person
    4. When This War Is Over
    5. Sporting Life Blues
    6. Dead End Road
    7. It's Easy


    LP 2
    1. Hard To Thrill
    2. Anyway The Wind Blows
    3. Three Little Girls
    4. Don't Cry Sister
    5. Last Will And Testament
    6. Who Am I Telling You?
    7. Ride The River

    J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton
    $36.99
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    Lovejoy

    1971's Lovejoy was Albert King's most fully realized attempt to bridge the divide between blues and rock. Although recorded a long way from King's home in Lovejoy, Illinois, the singer and guitarist delivered blistering renditions of numbers like the Rolling Stones' Honky Tonk Women, Taj Mahal's She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride, and producer Don Nix's Going Back to Iuka. Available on vinyl for the first time in over 25 years!
    1. Honky Tonk Woman
    2. Bay Area Blues
    3. Corina Corina
    4. She Caught The Katy & Left A Mule To Ride
    5. For The Love Of A Woman
    6. Lovejoy, Ill.
    7. Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven
    8. Going Back To luka
    9. Like A Road Leading Home
    Albert King
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    The Hot Spot

    An amalgamation of swampy blues, jazz and rock - all mixed and recorded in a sparse, bloomy and eerie sort of way. This recording is just so damn fine, so airy and warm. And the musician's aboard on this Dennis Hopper film are a who's who, including Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker, Taj Mahal, Roy Rodgers, Earl Palmer and Tim Drummond. This has long been a highly sought after and collectible record among audiophiles. A true demonstration disc.


    Originally released in 1990.


    Miles Davis, trumpet

    Tim Drummond, bass

    Bradford Ellis, keyboards

    John Lee Hooker, guitar, vocals

    Taj Mahal, guitar, vocals

    Earl Palmer, drums

    Roy Rodgers, slide guitar

    1. Coming to Town
    2. Empty Bank
    3. Harry's Philosophy
    4. Dolly's Arrival
    5. Harry and Dolly
    6. Sawmill
    7. Bank Robbery
    8. Moanin'
    9. Gloria's Story
    10. Harry Sets up Sutton
    11. Murder
    12. Blackmail
    13. End Credit
    Various Artists
    $54.99
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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
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    Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon

    During spring of 2007, Devendra Banhart and his band took up residence and built a studio in a house in Topanga Canyon. Topanga is located in the Santa Monica mountains and is bound on one side by the Pacific Ocean. Neil Young once lived there while recording After the Gold Rush and the area has also been home to Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, Joni Mitchell, Mick Fleetwood and members of the Doors. Those ghosts inhabit the sound and vibe of these recording sessions.


    Everyone wants to say that an artistsÆ new album is the best thing theyÆve ever done, but this is truly the case here. The whole ôfreak folkö tag is gone and in its place is a classic, gorgeous rock album. There are songs that are fragile and solipsistic, ones with a pronounced Tropicalia influence, and ones that are wildly electric and epic.


    ôAn old-fashioned psychedelic folk opusàhis strongest music since 2004Æs Ni±o Rojo, if not his best ever.ö - Rolling Stone


    ôUnflinchingly imaginative and thoroughly charming, except maybe more so. One of the few new singer-songwriters whose every work is more highly anticipated than the last.ö - Harp

    Side A:
    1. Cristobal
    2. So Long Old Bean
    3. Samba Vexillographica
    4. Seahorse
    Side B
    1. Bad Girl
    2. Seaside
    3. Shabop Shalom
    4. Tonada Yanomaminista
    Side C
    1. Rosa
    2. Saved
    3. Lover
    4. Carmencita
    Side D:
    1. The Other Woman
    2. Freely
    3. I Remember
    4. My Dearest Friend
    Devendra Banhart
    $26.99
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    Trigger Hippy

    Trigger Hippy is a rock band with jam & R&B elements formed by Black Crowes drummer and co-founder Steve Gorman. Multi-platinum recording artist
    Joan Osborne - of the Tope 5 single "One Of Us." Also spent time singing for The Dead. Singer-guitarist-keyboardist Jackie Greene who joined The Black
    Crowes in later years and also spent time with Phil Lesh & Friends, Gov't Mule, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Susan Tedeschi as well as a host of others. Award-winning session players Tom Bukovac (Guitarist) and Nick Govrik (Bassist.)


    You can see this as a 'player's band', explains co-founder Steve Gorman, who also co-founded The Black Crowes, but it really is a band, in the true
    sense of that word. Vocals are shared by multi-platinum singer Joan Osborne and veteran recording artist Jackie Greene. Rounding out the band are
    lead guitarist Tom Bukovac and bassist Nick Govrik, who wrote many of the band's songs.


    The Nashville-based quintet's debut album on Rounder Records draws on the strengths of all five, both individually and collectively, and showcases
    influences and inspiration from Memphis soul to rock, country and blues. One can sense The Band here, and Little Feat, some Led Zeppelin, and a tent
    revival; a full palette. Gorman rightly calls it a rock band that can jam.

    1. Turpentine
    2. Rise Up Singing
    3. Cave Hill Cemetery
    4. Pretty Mess
    5. Pocahontas
    6. Tennessee Mud
    7. Heartache On The Line
    8. Dry County
    9. Nothing New
    10. Ain't Persuaded Yet
    11. Adelaide
    Trigger Hippy
    $24.99
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