Cafe Blue by Patricia Barber
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180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed
Longtime Audiophile Favorite Cut from the Original Tapes by Legendary Engineer Doug Sax
2011 Pressing Fully Remixed and Remastered, and Pressed at RTI
Singer-Pianists Underground Classic 1994 Album Rich in Melody, Moodiness, Minimalist Pop
Patricia Barber's outstanding 1994 release Café Blue has won more than 15 awards from major international music institutions. Deemed an underground classic by jazz Bible Downbeat magazine, the album contains sparkling, indelible improvisations derived as much from Barber's interest in classical music as from jazz. This is where the internationally renowned singer-pianist comes into her own, interpreting songs from outside the traditional jazz repertoire and debuting a handful of original compositions that reveal her innovative, thoroughly distinctive style.
Audiophiles, of course, neednt any introduction to Café Blue. Beloved for its transparent, you-are-there sound since its initial release, prized analog editions currently fetch upwards of $150 on the aftermarket. Mobile Fidelitys long-out-of-print 45RPM 3LP edition and Premonitions own 180g copies feature a dynamic clarity, vocal truth, and instrumental body that very few records possess. But not even those versions cant compete with this newly minted 180g 2LP set that should belong on the shelf of every music lover.
Fully remixed and remastered, cut from the original tapes by legendary engineer Doug Sax, and meticulously pressed at RTI, Café Blue now boasts a seemingly limitless frequency range, transient responsiveness, and tonal realism. Weve heard Barber perform at her home base venue, Chicagos Green Mill, and witnessing her live doesnt even sounds as good as this extraordinary pressing.
From the dead-quiet surfaces to Barbers steamy, smoky vocals and crisp finger snaps, from Michael Arnapols acoustic upright bass to guitarist John McLeans tasteful fills, everything is in the right place. Want to turn your listening room into an intimate club populated by one of the most scintillating, creative jazz artists playing today? This is your ticket.
Not that the reference-quality sonics overshadow the phenomenal performances. On "Nardis," Barber and her trio transform the song until it becomes a piece thats both sensitive and wildly exotic. Barbers own "What A Shame" and the self-effacing "Too Rich For My Blood" delve into deep emotional waters, the arrangements sophisticated, cool, elegant, and provocative.
A masterwork on every level, Café Blue has never been better. Forget having to shell out up to four times as much for a used copy and secure this new pressing by ordering this 2LP set today!
1. What a Shame
2. Mourning Grace
3. The Thrill Is Gone
5. Yellow Car III
6. Wood Is a Pleasant Thing To Think About
7. Inch Worm
8. Ode to Billy Joe
9. Too Rich For My Blood
10. A Taste of Honey
12. Manha de Carnaval
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180/200 GRAM Vinyl LP
These vinyl records are produced with 180 or 200 grams of high definition premium grade virgin vinyl. This is a higher quality audiophile pressing than the typical vinyl record of 100-120 grams. These limited edition LP's are manufactured with the hi-fi enthusiast in mind. A 180 or 200 gram LP is sometimes also referred to as an audiophile pressing, there is a higher bass response and an even warmer High Fidelity sound. 180 or 200 grams LP's are typically manufactured in limited amounts and are considered collectables, commanding a higher price.
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