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    Unknown Pleasures

    Formed in 1977, Joy Division (guitarist Bernard Albrecht, bassist Peter Hook, drummer Stephen Morris, and vocalist Ian Curtis) helped usher in the Post-Punk movement with their haunting melodies and melancholy lyrics. By incorporating synthesizers into their music, they paved the way for an entire generation of bands who would soon follow in their footsteps. The band released two classic albums, 1979's Unknown Pleasures and 1980's Closer as well as several singles, before Curtis' suicide on the eve of their first American tour. Following Curtis' death, Albrecht (now Sumner), Hook, and Morris formed the band New Order, and would continue to record over the next twenty-five years.


    It even looks like something classic, beyond its time or place of origin even as it was a clear product of both - one of Peter Saville's earliest and best designs, a transcription of a signal showing a star going nova, on a black embossed sleeve. If that were all Unknown Pleasures was, it wouldn't be discussed so much, but the ten songs inside, quite simply, are stone-cold landmarks, the whole album a monument to passion, energy, and cathartic despair. The quantum leap from the earliest thrashy singles to Unknown Pleasures can be heard through every note, with Martin Hannett's deservedly famous production - emphasizing space in the most revelatory way since the dawn of dub - as much a hallmark as the music itself. Songs fade in behind furtive noises of motion and activity, glass breaks with the force and clarity of doom, minimal keyboard lines add to an air of looming disaster - something, somehow, seems to wait or lurk beyond the edge of hearing. But even though this is Hannett's album as much as anyone's, the songs and performances are the true key. Sumner redefined heavy metal sludge as chilling feedback fear and explosive energy, Hook's instantly recognizable bass work at once warm and forbidding, Morris' drumming smacking through the speakers above all else. Curtis synthesizes and purifies every last impulse, his voice shot through with the desire first and foremost to connect, only connect - as Candidate plaintively states, I tried to get to you/you treat me like this. Pick any song, the nervous death dance of She's Lost Control, the harrowing call for release New Dawn Fades, all four members in perfect sync, the romance in hell of Shadowplay, Insight and its nervous drive towards some sort of apocalypse. All visceral, all emotional, all theatrical, all perfect - one of the best albums ever.

    1. Disorder
    2. Day Of The Lords
    3. Candidate
    4. Insight
    5. New Dawn Fades
    6. She's Lost Control
    7. Shadowplay
    8. Wilderness
    9. Interzone
    10. I Remember Nothing
    Joy Division
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    Closer

    Ranked 157/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Formed in 1977, Joy Division (guitarist Bernard Albrecht, bassist Peter Hook, drummer Stephen Morris, and vocalist Ian Curtis) helped usher in the Post-Punk movement with their haunting melodies and melancholy lyrics. By incorporating synthesizers into their music, they paved the way for an entire generation of bands who would soon follow in their footsteps. The band released two classic albums, 1979s UNKNOWN PLEASURES and 1980s CLOSER as well as several singles, before Curtis suicide on the eve of their first American tour. Following Curtis death, Albrecht (now Sumner), Hook, and Morris formed the band New Order, and would continue to record over the next twenty-five years.


    If Unknown Pleasures was Joy Division at their most obsessively, carefully focused, ten songs yet of a piece, Closer was the sprawl, the chaotic explosion that went every direction at once. Who knows what the next path would have been had Curtis not chosen his end? But steer away from the rereading of his every lyric after that date, treat Closer as what everyone else thought it was at first simply the next album and Joy Division's power just seems to have grown. Hannett was still producing, but seems to have taken as many chances as the band itself throughout differing mixes, differing atmospheres, new twists and turns define the entirety of Closer, songs suddenly returned in chopped-up, crumpled form, ending on hiss and random notes. Opener Atrocity Exhibition was arguably the most fractured thing the band had yet recorded, Sumner's teethgrinding guitar and Morris' Can-on-speed drumming making for one heck of a strange start. Keyboards also took the fore more so than ever the drowned pianos underpinning Curtis' shadowy moan on The Eternal, the squirrelly lead synth on the energetic but scared-out-of-its-wits Isolation, and above all else Decades, the album ender of album enders. A long, slow crawl down and out, Curtis' portrait of lost youth inevitably applied to himself soon after, its sepulchral string-synths are practically a requiem. Songs like Heart and Soul and especially the jaw-dropping, wrenching Twenty Four Hours, as perfect a demonstration of the tension/release or soft/loud approach as will ever be heard, simply intensify the experience. Joy Division was at the height of their powers on Closer, equaling and arguably bettering the astonishing Unknown Pleasures, that's how accomplished the four members were. Rock, however defined, rarely seems and sounds so important, so vital, and so impossible to resist or ignore as here.

    1. Atrocity Exhibition
    2. Isolation
    3. Passover
    4. Colony
    5. A Means To An End
    6. Heart & Soul
    7. Twenty Four Hours
    8. The Eternal
    9. Decades
    Joy Division
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    Joy Division: Box Set

    Released in a Limited Edition of only 3,000 copies worldwide, this 180-Gram virgin vinyl, four-disc JOY DIVISION BOX SET contains new pressings of the band's two seminal studio albums - UNKNOWN PLEASURES ('79) and CLOSER ('80) - and the 1981 two-disc rarities compilation STILL.


    JOY DIVISION: BOX SET allows you to experience these pioneering albums the way they were heard originally - on sonically rich vinyl LPs. The three titles - a total of four LPS - come housed in an elegant cloth-covered box designed by U.K. artist Peter Saville, who created the distinctive artwork and packaging on the original issues of these classic releases. Once the 3,000 copies sell out, the box will not be reproduced.


    Joy Division's 1979 debut UNKNOWN PLEASURES is a landmark album that established the band as principal architects and ultimate icons of the post-punk movement and the U.K. Manchester scene of the late '70s. UNKNOWN PLEASURES' ten classic songs resonate with the atmospheric textures and deep sonic spaces of Martin Hannett's production. Highlights include Insight, Disorder, New Dawn Fades and She's Lost Control. The latter song is the inspiration for the title of the 2007 film Control, the acclaimed Anton Corbijn-directed feature chronicling the life and times of Joy Division's lead singer and principal songwriter, the late Ian Curtis.


    Joy Division's 1980 follow-up CLOSER, another seminal post-punk masterpiece, ranks #157 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. Musically and lyrically driven by the prevailing despair of Ian Curtis - who killed himself only months after the LP was released - CLOSER was also produced by Martin Hannett, who weaves sprawling emotional chaos and shifting atmospheres and textures together into an enormously powerful ten-song tour de force. Stand-outs include Heart And Soul, Isolation, Eternal, Decades and the wrenching Twenty Four Hours.


    The compilation STILL came out in late 1981, over a year after Curtis' death. Comprised of twenty studio outtakes, b-sides, live cuts and other rarities, all the tracks were previously unissued at the time of STILL's original release except for Glass and Dead Souls, both compelling studio recordings from 1978 and 1979, respectively. STILL also presents material from Joy Division's last-ever concert, recorded at Birmingham University in May 1980 including the only time they performed Ceremony live (the song would later become a New Order single). Another track captured at Birmingham is Shadowplay, a selection covered in 2007 by The Killers for the soundtrack for the film Control. Other highlights include a live cover of The Velvet Underground's Sister Ray and a 1979 studio recording of Something Must Break.


    Joy Division formed in Manchester, England in 1977, and had an immense and profound impact on contemporary music in a very brief time together. They recorded only two full-length studio albums, UNKNOWN PLEASURES and CLOSER, prior to lead singer Ian Curtis' 1980 suicide, just before the single Love Will Tear Us Apart became their breakthrough hit. The remaining members - guitarist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris - disbanded Joy Division after Curtis' death, and re-formed as New Order.

    Unknown Pleasures Track Listing:


    1. Disorder
    2. Day Of The Lords
    3. Candidate
    4. Insight
    5. New Dawn Fades
    6. Shes Lost Control
    7. Shadowplay
    8. Wilderness
    9. Interzone
    10. I Remember Nothing


    Closer Track Listing:


    1. Atrocity Exhibition
    2. Isolation
    3. Passover
    4. Colony
    5. A Means To An End
    6. Heart & Soul
    7. Twenty Four Hours
    8. The Eternal
    9. Decades


    Still Track Listing:


    1. Exercise One
    2. Ice Age
    3. The Sound Of Music
    4. Glass
    5. The Only Mistake
    6. Walked In Line
    7. The Kill
    8. Something Must Break
    9. Dead Souls
    10. Sister Ray
    11. Ceremony
    12. Shadow Play
    13. Means To An End
    14. Passover
    15. New Dawn Fades
    16. Transmission
    17. Disorder
    18. Isolation
    19. Decades
    20. Digital

    Joy Division
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    Sarah Vaughan In Hi Fi (Pure Pleasure)

    Most of Sarah Vaughan's Columbia recordings were on the commercial side, but not the memorable selections on this wonderful vinyl reissue. She recorded eight selections in 1950 with an octet that included trumpeter Miles Davis, trombonist Benny Green, the remarkably cool clarinetist Tony Scott and tenorman Budd Johnson. This double LP adds alternate takes to seven of the numbers, none on the original single LP release. This version of Ain't Misbehavin' is a true classic (with memorable eight-bar solos by each of the four horns); Mean To Me and Nice Work If You Can Get It are gems, and the other performances are not far behind. In addition, Vaughan sings two versions of The Nearness Of You in 1949; there is also a previously unknown recording of It's All In The Mind, and three orchestra numbers from 1951 and 1953 wrap up the outstanding reissue. Sassy has rarely sounded better.




    Musicians:



    • Sarah Vaughan (vocal)

    • Stan Webb (bassoon)

    • Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone)

    • Miles Davis (trumpet)

    • Benny Green (trombone)

    • Tony Scott (clarinet)

    • Jimmy Jones (piano)

    • Freddie Green (guitar)

    • J.C. Heard (drums)




    Recording: December 1949, May 1950 and December 1952



    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. East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)
    2. Nice Work If You Can Get It
    3. Pinky
    4. The Nearness Of You
    5. Come Rain Or Come Shine
    6. Mean To Me
    7. It Might As Well Be Spring
    8. Cant Get Out Of this Mood
    9. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year
    10. Ooh, What Cha Doin To Me

    11. Goodnight My Love
    12. Aint Misbehavin
    13. Its All In The Mind
    14. The Nearness Of You (alternate take)
    15. Aint Misbehavin (alternate take)
    16. Goodnight My Love (alternate take)
    17. Cant Get Out Of this Mood (alternate take)
    18. It Might As Well Be Spring (alternate take)
    19. Mean To Me (alternate take)
    20. Come Rain Or Come Shine (alternate take)
    21. East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon) (alternate take)
    Sarah Vaughan
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    Now It's My Turn (Pure Pleasure)

    Arguably the most adventurous female jazz singer of all time, Betty Carter was an idiosyncratic stylist and a restless improviser who pushed the limits of melody and harmony as much as any bebop horn player. The husky-voiced Carter was capable of radical, off-the-cuff re-workings of whatever she sang, abruptly changing tempos and dynamics, or rearranging the lyrics into distinctive, off-the-beat rhythmic patterns. She could solo for 20 minutes, scat at lightning speed, or drive home an emotion with wordless, bluesy moans and sighs. She wasn't quite avant-garde, but she was definitely 'out'. Yet as much as Carter was fascinated by pure, abstract sound, she was also a sensitive lyric interpreter when she chose, a tender and sensual ballad singer sometimes given to suggestive asides. Her wild unpredictability kept her marginalized for much of her career, and she never achieved the renown of peers like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, or Carmen McRae. What was more, her exacting musical standards and assertive independence limited her recorded output somewhat. But Carter stuck around long enough to receive her proper due; her unwillingness to compromise eventually earned her the respect of the wider jazz audience, and many critics regarded her as perhaps the purest jazz singer active in the '80s and '90s.



    Musicians:



    • Betty Carter (vocal)

    • John Hicks (piano)

    • Walter Booker (bass)

    • Unknown (drums)



    Recording: March and June 1976 at Sound Ideas Studio C by Joe Ferla

    Production: Fred Bailin




    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. Music Maestro, Please
    2. Swing Brother Swing
    3. I Was Telling Him About You
    4. Wagon Wheels
    5. New Blues (You Purr)
    6. Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love
    7. Making Dreams Come True

    8. Open the Door
    9. Just Friends
    10. Star Eyes
    11. No More Words
    Betty Carter
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    The Infamous

    The Infamous is the second studio album by the American Hip Hop duo Mobb Deep, released in 1995. The album features guest apperances from Nas, Wu-Tang Clan members, Reakwon and Ghostface Killah. It marked Mobb Deep's transition from a relatively unknown Rap duo to an influential and commercially successful one.


    One of the cornerstones of the New York hardcore movement, The Infamous is Mobb Deep's masterpiece, a relentlessly bleak song cycle that's been hailed by hardcore Rap fans as one of the most realistic gangsta albums ever recorded.


    This is hard, underground Hip Hop that demands to be met on its own terms, with few melodic hooks to draw the listener in. Similarly, there's little pleasure or relief offered in the picture of the streets Mobb Deep paint here. They inhabit a war zone where crime and paranoia hang constantly in the air.


    The product of an uncommon artistic vision, The Infamous stands as an all-time gangsta/hardcore classic.

    1. The Start Of Your Ending (41st Side)
    2. [the Infamous Prelude]
    3. Survival Of The Fittest
    4. Eye For A Eye (your Beef Is Mines)
    5. [just Step Prelude]
    6. Give Up The Goods (just Step)
    7. Temperature's Rising
    8. Up North Trip
    9. Trife Life
    10. Q.u.-hectic
    11. Right Back At You

    12. [the Grave Prelude]
    13. Cradle To The Grave
    14. Drink Away The Pain (situations)
    15. Shook Ones Pt. Ii
    16. Party Over
    Mobb Deep
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    Technicolor Skull


    One-Sided, Bloodred 180 Gram 12 Vinyl LP Limited To 666 Copies


    Technicolor Skull is an experiment in light and sound, exploring the psychic impact of a magick ritual in the context of an improvised performance. With Brian Butler on guitar and electronic instruments, and Kenneth Anger on theremin, their collaboration is a performance contained inside a ritual of unknown origin, tapping into occult stories that extend musical language into initiation. Hidden messages escape through gesture and light, manifesting as a one-time-only event.


    Technicolor Skull performed their first West Coast appearance at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles on November 19, 2011, as part of the opening reception for Kenneth Anger: ICONS. This exhibition will showcase the films, books, and artwork of one of the most original and enigmatic filmmakers of post-war American cinema.


    Kenneth Anger was born in Santa Monica, California. His most iconic works include the classic Fireworks (1947), Eaux D'Artifice (1953), Rabbit?s Moon (1950-1973), Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954-66), Scorpio Rising (1964), Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969) and Lucifer Rising (1970-81). His work has been featured at the Whitney Biennial 2006, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Centre, New York in 2009 and the Athens Biennial 2009. He lives and works in Los Angeles. Brian Butler is an artist and musician living in Los Angeles. He has been included in: Projections curated By Aaron Rose at Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles; Bright Morning Star curated by Natxo Checa at Galeria ZÉ dos Bois, Lisbon, Portugal; Onedreamrush at Today's Art Museum, Beijing; and The 2nd Athens Biennale. His films have screened at the Tate Modern and the Cannes Film Festival. As a musician, he has recorded and or performed music with artists such as VON LMO, Rozz Williams (Christian Death), and Moving Units.

    1. Technicolor Skull
    Technicolor Skull
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  • Screaming For Vengeance (Awaiting Repress) (On Sale) Screaming For Vengeance (Awaiting Repress) (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Screaming For Vengeance (Awaiting Repress) (On Sale)

    Screaming for Vengeance on Numbered Limited Edition LP from Mobile Fidelity Silver Label


    Double-Platinum 1982 Blockbuster Remains Judas Priest's Most Commercially Successful LP


    Includes Electric Eye, Screaming for Vengeance, You've Got Another Thing Comin'


    Dual Magnesium-Burn Guitars, Leather-Tough Percussion, Molten-Hot Melodies Help Form Triangular Equilibrium of Speed, Accessibility, and Attitude


    Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI


    You've got another thing comin'! Distinguished by dual magnesium-burn guitars, leather-tough percussion, molten-hot melodies, and the unmistakable piercing falsetto of operatic vocalist, Screaming for Vengeance became the soundtrack to millions of music lovers' lives in the early 1980s as Judas Priest continued to lay waste to its contemporaries' softer, cheesier hard-rock styles. An effort on which precision-based speed, mainstream accessibility, and resilient attitude meet in triangular equilibrium, the 1982 set remains the British metal legends' top-selling record.


    Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this Silver Series numbered limited edition LP shows off the grand intersection of daring adventure and commercial purpose achieved via ironclad production values and entrenched grooves. The latter particularly benefit from this analog pressing, as the group never overlooks the importance of rhythm and pace even when stoking tempos to engine-combusting levels. Leagues ahead of the sonics gracing its peers' albums from the time, the sense of balance, separation, and realism is on par with that of big-budget rock creations.


    Staked by the breakout "You've Got Another Thing Comin'," which burns white-hot with foot-pounding riffs, prize-fighting percussion, and singer Rob Halford's gun-for-hire blare, Screaming for Vengeance clutches hold of the jugular and doesn't let go. A return to the band's gritty, purist roots, the record revisits the themes of darkness, menace, and the unknown firmly established on the pioneering Stained Class and Killing Machine. Along with those albums, and British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance is the template for the catchy albeit uncompromisingly heavy crossover success Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax enjoyed years later.


    With the one-two opening tandem of the instrumental "The Hellion" and stomping "Electric Eye," overseen by Halford as if he's embodying the persona of a wicked James Bond villain, Priest sounds utterly futuristic and terrifying, the instruments seemingly on a swivel and the sawed-off tones flooding the guitar solos with intimidation. A classic head-out-to-the highway anthem ("Riding on the Wind"), a racing proto-thrash banger ("Screaming for Vengeance"), and a scorching exorcism ("Devil's Child") function as the metal-hued bolts that hold the foundations of this Top 20-charting benchmark in place.


    Perhaps more so here than on any other record, Priest spit-shines hooks and collusive six-string harmonic leads to perfection, giving listeners ying-yang doses of pain and pleasure, sweet and bitter. Songs at once invite sing-a-longs and fist-pumping responses. Screaming for Vengeance marked the last time Priest would sound this heavy in the 80s. No wonder it was voted the 12th best metal album of all time in Martin Popoff's definitive book of the same name.


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1. The Hellion
    2. Electric Eye
    3. Riding on the Wind
    4. Bloodstone
    5. (Take These) Chains
    6. Pain and Pleasure
    7. Screaming for Vengeance
    8. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
    9. Fever
    10. Devil's Child
    Judas Priest
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    Still

    Joy Division rapidly evolved from their initial punk rock influences to develop a sound and style that made them one of the pioneers of the post-punk movement of the late 1970s. Their self-released 1978 debut EP, An Ideal for Living, drew the attention of the Manchester television personality Tony Wilson. Joy Division's debut album,Unknown Pleasures, was released in 1979 on Wilson's independent record label Factory Records, and drew critical acclaim from the British press. Despite the band's growing success, vocalist Ian Curtis was beset with depression and personal difficulties, including a dissolving marriage and his diagnosis of epilepsy. Curtis found it increasingly difficult to perform at live concerts, and often had seizures during performances.
    1. Exercise One
    2. Ice Age
    3. The Sound Of Music
    4. Glass
    5. The Only Mistake
    6. Walked In Line
    7. The Kill
    8. Something Must Break
    9. Dead Souls
    10. Sister Ray
    11. Ceremony
    12. Shadowplay
    13. A Means To An End
    14. Passover
    15. New Dawn Fades
    16. Twenty Four Hours
    17. Transmission
    18. Disorder
    19. Isolation
    20. Decades
    21. Digital
    Joy Division
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    Substance

    Joy Division rapidly evolved from their initial punk rock influences to develop a sound and style that made them one of the pioneers of the post-punk movement of the late 1970s. Their self-released 1978 debut EP, An Ideal for Living, drew the attention of the Manchester television personality Tony Wilson. Joy Division's debut album,Unknown Pleasures, was released in 1979 on Wilson's independent record label Factory Records, and drew critical acclaim from the British press. Despite the band's growing success, vocalist Ian Curtis was beset with depression and personal difficulties, including a dissolving marriage and his diagnosis of epilepsy. Curtis found it increasingly difficult to perform at live concerts, and often had seizures during performances.
    LP 1
    1. Warsaw (2010 Remastered Version)
    2. Leaders Of Men (2010 Remastered Version)
    3. Digital (2010 Remastered Version)
    4. Autosuggestion (2010 Remastered Version)
    5. Transmission (2010 Remastered Version)
    6. She's Lost Control (2010 Remastered Version)
    7. Incubation (2010 Remastered Version)
    8. Dead Souls (2010 Remastered Version)
    9. Atmosphere (2010 Remastered Version)
    10. Love Will Tear Us Apart (2010 Remastered Version)


    LP 2
    1. No Love Lost (2010 Remastered Version)
    2. Failures (2010 Remastered Version)
    3. Glass (2010 Remastered Version)
    4. From Safety To Where (2010 Remastered Version)
    5. Novelty (2010 Remastered Version)
    6. Komakino (2010 Remastered Version)
    7. As You Said (2010 Remastered Version)
    8. These Days (2010 Remastered Version)
    9. Love Will Tear Us Apart (Pennine Version) [2010 Remastered Version]

    Joy Division
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    First Light's Freeze

    A dark, mutant-country sound infused with strands of free-jazz and a late-70's Nashville big-radio strut hijacked by post-punk unravelers. The result is a beautiful mix of somber reflection, destination-unknown travelogue, and subversive anti-war boogie. Freeze confronts the mythology of war and friendship; the close proximity of things painful and pleasurable, and the complications of this as a paradigm for the world. Castanets suggest artistic geography as transcontinental as Merle Haggard, Albert Ayler, Television, and Richard and Mimi Farina.
    1. (The Waves Are Rolling Beneath Your Skin)
    2. Into the Night
    3. A Song Is Not The Song Of The World
    4. Good Friend, Yr Hunger
    5. (We Drew Uncertain Breath)
    6. Bells Aloud
    7. First Light's Freeze
    8. Evidence (A Mask Of Horizon, Distortion Of Form)
    9. No Voice Was Raised
    10. (Migration Concentric)
    11. All That I Know To Have Changed In You
    12. Dancing With Someone (Privilege Of Everything)
    13. Reflecting In The Angles
    Castanets
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    The Boy Next Door (Pure Pleasure) (On Sale)

    Ms Kent's album, The Boy Next Door, is a heartfelt and reverent tribute to her musical heroes, which include legendary crooners Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, octogenarian jazz master Dave Brubeck and Manhattan cabaret doyen Bobby Short. The stylish jazz chanteuse's repertoire also finds her working outside the Great American Songbook for the first time, with contributions from latter-day pop songwriters Burt Bacharach, Paul Simon and Carole King. Ms Kent puts her own indelible stamp on each number as she weaves her magic on a delectable collection of pop-jazz standards that encompass infatuation, seduction, love, loss and reminiscence.



    Ms Kent receives impeccable support from her sleek, urbane jazz quintet, whose rhythmic fluency is further enhanced by the tasteful, literate arrangements. Newton and Tomlinson, both accomplished musicians in their own right, also display hitherto unknown musical talents as they join Curtis Schwartz to provide tongue-in-cheek backing vocals for Ms Kent's deliciously bouncy rendition of Ooh-Shoo-Be-Doo-Bee.




    Musicians:



    • Stacey Kent (vocal)

    • Jim Tomlinson (vocal, saxophone)

    • Colin Oxley (guitar)

    • David Newton (piano, keyboards, vocal)

    • Dave Chamberlain (bass)

    • Matt Home (drum)

    • Curtis Schwartz (backing vocal)




    Recording: February 2003 at Curtis Schwartz Studios in Ardingly, UK, by Curtis Schwartz

    Production: Jim Tomlinson




    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 Best Is Yet To Come

    2. The Boy Next Door

    3. The Trolley Song

    4. Say It Isn't So
    5. Too Darn Hot

    6. Makin' Whoopee

    7. What The World Needs Now Is Love

    8. You've Got A Friend

    9. I Got It Bad
    10. Ooh-Shoo-Be-Doo-Bee
    11. People Will Say We're In Love

    12. 'Tis Autumn

    13. All I Do Is Dream Of You

    14. I Get Along Without You Very Well

    15. You're The Top
    16. Bookends
    Stacey Kent
    $44.99 $31.49 Save $13.50 (30%)
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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