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Blues Vinyl Records
Today! (Pure Pleasure)Clear, crisp modern recordings of the spooky, mysterious style of Blues Skip James developed early last century. His guitar playing is perfect. His high haunting voice floats and then holds and makes the hair on the back of your neck crawl. His piano playing is unpredictable yet concise. His unique style, which recorded earlier in his life (1930) sounded almost archaic (positively so), now sounds strangely modern due to the increased fidelity of the magnetic tape used for the recording. An unusual and original talent, Skip James was one of the best.
- Skip James (vocal, guitar, piano)
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.Hard Time Killin Floor Blues
Washington D.C. Hospital Center Blues
Special Rider Blues
How Long Blues
All Night Long
Cypress Grove Blues
Look Down the Road
I'm So Glad
$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Devil Got My WomanBlues fans will absolutely love this Limited Edition 12 vinyl LP compilation of vintage recordings from Delta blues legend Skip James!
1. Devil Got My Woman
2. Cypress Grove Blues
3. Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues
4. Drunken Spree
5. Cherry Ball Blues
6. Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader
7. Illinois Blues
8. How Long Buck
9. 22-20 Blues
10. If You Haven't Any Hay, Get On Down The Road
11. Be Ready When He Comes
12. I'm So Glad
13. Jenny Jenny$18.99Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Greatest of the Delta Blues SingersAfter Skip James was rediscovered in the early '60s he went on to record an amazing body of material. These 1964 recordings by Dick Spottswood are some of the best. They initially came out on Melodian which was later sold to Biograph who reissued them. Some of these recordings have been featured on other Skip James records, but Greatest Of The Delta Blues Singers and its beautiful cover drawing of the blues legend is one of the rarest. This 180g vinyl reissue from Sutro Park also includes two bonus tracks that were rarely recorded by James in "Motherless and Fatherless" and "Skip's Worried Blues."1. Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
2. Sick Bed Blues
3. Washington HC Hospital Center Blues
4. Devil Got My Woman
5. Skip's Worried Blues
6. Illinois Blues
7. I Don't Want A Woman To Stay Up All Night Long
8. Cherry Ball Blues
9. All Night Long
10. Motherless & Fatherless
$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now