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CryingDouble LP Cut At 45 RPM
Mastered By Bernie Grundman From The Original Analog Tape
200-Gram LPs Plated And Pressed By Quality Record Pressings
Old-Style Tip-On Heavyweight Gatefold Jacket By Stoughton Printing
"Crying" No. 69 On Rolling Stone's List Of 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time
The second Roy Orbison issued by the Monument label,
Crying was originally released in 1962 and became Orbison's
chart breakthrough, reaching No. 21 on the Billboard chart
and No. 17 in the U.K. The album name comes from the 1961
hit song of the same name that in 2002 was honored with a
Grammy Hall of Fame Award.
By 1962, Roy Orbison had established himself as one the
leading lights out of Nashville. Still, it wasn't until he met
songwriting partner Joe Melson that things began to fall into
place for Roy. He moved to Monument Records in 1960 -
the focus in the studio was centered around exploiting the
quality and range of his voice. Soon Orbison and Melson
penned the hits "Only The Lonely" and "Running Scared."
Orbison had arrived.
The focus on this Analogue Productions reissue of Crying
was extracting the absolute highest-quality sound from the
original analog tape. Mastered by Bernie Grundman at 45
RPM, the four sides of dead-silent 200-gram vinyl pressed
at Quality Record Pressings provide reduced distortion and
High-frequency loss as the wider-spaced grooves let your
stereo cartridge track more accurately. The heavyweight
gatefold tip-on jacket from Stoughton Printing cradles the
LPs in style.
The Orbison-Melson penned title track zoomed to No. 2
on the Billboard charts. "Crying" is a slow-burning lament,
allowing Roy's voice to come shining through, accompanied
by strings, soulful vocals, and a dynamically great vocal
hook. Hear the Analogue Productions difference how great
this familiar tune and its album namesake can sound.
This title is not eligible for discount.LP 1
2. The Great Pretender
3. Love Hurts
4. She Wears My Ring
5. Wedding Day
4. Let's Make A Memory
5. Nite Life
6. Running Scared$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
SantanaNumbered, Limited Edition
Deluxe 45RPM Version Features Extra-Wide Grooves: Richest, Most Dynamic and Realistic Sound of Any Version
Lyrical, Splendorous, Rapturous, Psychedelic, and Bluesy Debut Set a New Musical Standard: Experience This Paradigm the Way the Artist Intended
Ranked #149 on Rolling Stone's List of the Greatest Albums of All Time
Santana's self-titled debut album announces the arrival of a new Guitar God. Made during the legendary bandleader's most fruitful and creative period, the classic 1969 set functions as an accessible entry point into the tangy worlds of Latin music by way of an intoxicating blend of Afro-Cuban percussion, jazzy tempos, exotic leads, bluesy riffs, and psychedelic accents. Befitting such a classic, Mobile Fidelity's 45RPM 2LP version of this epic work presents the music in the richest, most dynamic and realistic sound it's ever enjoyed.
Improving upon the label's critically acclaimed 180g LP pressing, this deluxe 45RPM set is mastered from the original master tapes and overflows with the information, textures, and colors afforded by wider grooves. The result: Spacious, airy, and you-are-there sonics that trump all prior versions. In addition to correcting the imaging, Mobile Fidelity's collectable version captures the full tonal range of Santana's guitar and nuances of his distinctive touch. It all brings you closer to the music and enhances your emotional connection to this stellar album.
Indeed, separation between Carlos Santana's fluid fills, spicy solos, and broiling grooves and pianist Gregg Rolie's soulful Hammond organ runs allows the music to come alive with a newfound freshness and radiance. Songs simmer, with each passage bursting forth with vibrant color. Just like the equally essential follow-up Abraxas, Santana also lays claim to one of the biggest (and unfortunate) production gaffes in music history. Until Mobile Fidelity fixed the error with its 180g LP and 24K Gold releases, Santana had never been heard correctly.
For nearly four decades, copies were produced with the left and right channels reversed, meaning that everything was placed in a backwards manner. This even extended to compilations on which individual songs from Santana were included. Rest assured that, in addition to boasting reference audiophile sonics, this 180g 45RPM 2LP set gets all the specifications exactly right. And with a record of this magnitude, you want everything to be perfect.
Bound by natural chemistry and earthy spirituality, the record's innovative synthesis of myriad styles goes beyond anything that came before-as well as nearly everything that's followed. Playing with the finest band that the iconic guitarist ever had, Santana doesn't water down any exotic roots or simply incorporate mainstream Western styles into a Latin framework. This is a true hybrid, responsible for opening up borders, transcending cultural divides, and, most importantly, exhilarating the senses.
Released weeks before the band blew minds at Woodstock, the groundbreaking record stands alongside Miles Davis' Bitches Brew and Jeff Beck's Beck-Ola as a pillar of rock fusion. Featuring the Top Ten radio smash "Evil Ways" and jam favorite "Soul Sacrifice," it hasn't aged a day. Hear like never before why Rolling Stone says Santana is #149 on its list of the Greatest Albums of All Time.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Waiting
2. Evil Ways
3. Shades Of Time
8. You Just Don't Care
9. Soul Sacrifice$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Masterpieces (45 RPM)
A Historic Record - Recorded Just Four Years Removed From The Dawn Of The Analog Tape Era!
Remastered By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound From The Original Analog Tapes
Recorded On An Ampex 200, Using 3M-111 Magnetic Tape Running At 15 Inches Per Second
Gatefold Old-School Tip-on On Jacket By Stoughton Printing Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings!
Named A 2015 Record To Die For By Stereophile Magazine.
Remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analog tapes, the record was plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings. The depth and space when those rich chromatic harmonies create a wide and well-defined soundscape, the timbre of the orchestra as a whole as well as individual instruments, and the thick, wooden sound of Wendell Marshall's bass are among the aural pleasures provided when you drop a needle on this platter; expect goose bumps. - Music = 5/5; Sonics = 4.5/5 - Jeff Wilson, The Absolute Sound, May-June 2015.
I chose the CD reissue of this album as one of my R2D4s for 2012, but now from Chad Kassem's Analogue Productions comes this QRP LP, and it's an occasion for popping corks. Released in 1950, this was Ellington's first LP, and he used the new medium to stretch out four of his biggest hits. The arrangements are jaw-droppingly gorgeous and the sound just slightly less so. Recorded by Fred Plaut, who later miked Kind of Blue and other Columbia classics, it has the dynamics, depth, and in-your-face tonal realism of a modern (mono) audiophile thumper. Among the best jazz albums ever. - Fred Kaplan, for Stereophile - Records To Die For - February 2015.
This new re-issue slays my vintage copy in every way. Every dimension of the recording was much better...dynamics, harmonics, frequency response, detail, jump...all just leaped out at me! The recording sounded like it had been made that morning...absolutely fresh-sounding. No veiling. No roll-off. In fact, it's so good that it doesn't matter that this is a mono recording! Listen to it on a great turntable...you'll hear mono that fools you into thinking that it's not mono. Just wait until you hear Yvonne Lanauze sing, Mood Indigo amigos, after a long instrumental build-up...she'll take you there! ... The pressing itself was impeccable: flat, and free of noise, tics and pops...a genuine masterpiece of the pressing-plant arts. The Hyperion OCL, the finest cartridge that I've ever heard, revealed how superbly these grooves were carved! Commendable, reference-grade analog...very, very close to master tape sound. Very damned close! Kissing cousins close! Hell, maybe even closer than that. In fact, I now consider the Analogue Productions re-issue of Masterpieces by Ellington to be one of the very finest Jazz records ever released. (Sorry Miles! Move over, Kind of Blue!). - David W. Robinson, editor-in-chief, Positive Feedback Online.
Most highly recommended (the record is now on the QRP presses). It's one of my 'Records to Die For' in the February 2015 Stereophile. A true classic both musically and sonically and a historical work of art you can now own. - Music = 11/11; Sound = 11/11 - Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com.
This title is not eligible for discount.LP 1
1. Mood Indigo
2. Sophisticated Lady
1. The Tattooed Bride
2. Solitude$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Bob Dylan's Greatest HitsBob Dylan's Greatest Hits on Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram 45RPM 2LP from Mobile Fidelity
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Five-Times Platinum Collection of Dylan's World-Changing Singles Spanning 1963 Through 1966
Experience These Precedent-Setting Songs in the Best Fidelity Possible: Wider Grooves Translate into More Information, Detail
Includes Anthems Such as Blowin' in the Wind, The Times They Are A-Changin', Like A Rolling Stone, and Mr. Tambourine Man
Ten songs that ultimately changed the world. Ten songs pulled from precedent-establishing albums recorded between 1963 and 1966. More than five-million copies sold. In every way, Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits is a fundamental collection for every music lover, and the perfect choice for those seeking an introduction into the legend's vast career. For this is a collection so prized, even the cover photo won a Grammy.
Mastered from the original master tapes on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this restored 45RPM analog version offers listeners of all stripes to hear some of the world's most important music ever recorded in supreme fidelity. While the tracks stem from several different albums, on this release, they share more in common than Bob Dylan-they share rich, sonic traits steeped in astounding dynamics, great balances, tremendous soundstaging, and realistic imaging. Wider grooves mean more information reaches your ears.
Greatest-hits volumes are often hit-and-miss propositions not because of what they contain, but because of what's missing. Filtering the top selections from the six formative, life-altering albums Dylan made between 1963 and 1966 is an arbitrary process but one performed impeccably on this set. Home to his biggest chart successes as well as his most influential songs, Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits is a veritable template for any aspiring singer-songwriter, an American history lesson, and a seminal release for anyone new to his work-as well as for audiences that find some of his deeper cuts an acquired taste.
Every signature facet of Dylan is represented, and done so authoritatively. Serious, protest folk anthems ("Blowin' in the Wind," "The Times Are A-Changin'") sit alongside defiant rock statements ("Positively Fourth Street"), landscape-changing epics ("Like a Rolling Stone"), beautiful blues-inspired odes ("I Want You"), and surrealist dreamscapes ("Subterranean Homesick Blues"). Infused with literary poetry, impassioned emotion, and career-making performances, this material doubles as a definitive account of American culture and society, and functions as a soundtrack to the era's social movements.
Gathered in one place, it's no wonder the songs here gave Dylan what remains the biggest-selling album of his career. Accept nothing less than the best version in existence.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
2. Blowin' In The Wind
3. The Times They Are A-Changin'
4. It Ain't Me, Babe
5. Like A Rolling Stone
6. Mr. Tambourine Man
7. Subterranean Homesick Blues
8. I Want You
9. Positively 4th Street
10. Just Like A Woman$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Second Winter (Speakers Corner)Johnny Winter released the album Second Winter, a passionate and fervent collection of songs, just a few months after his record debut. This legendary band's steadfast commitment to blues is apparent in every single note they play, although tender emotions are all the more discernible in hard, rock'n'roll-like outbursts than ever before. Winter blends his crystal-clear, unmannered guitar playing with the gravelly charm of his raspy voice to produce a compact sound in which both his own compositions and old favourites (Johnny B. Goode) are revived. It is quite clear that the white shooting star is on a par with the giants of blues as far as vocals and guitar playing are concerned.
It is often speculated over as to whether Johnny's new ideas were simply too numerous for a single LP, or whether the producers thought they were not quite sufficient for a double LP. Whatever the answer, the original was released as a three-sided album, with a blank fourth side! In order to fill the album with fiery rock'n'roll, a new production with the 45 rpm versions of Miss Ann, Hustled Down In Texas, and Highway 61 Revisited is now included on the fourth side. It goes without saying that alongside the present double LP Winter's audiophile first release (Columbia CS 9826) is available from Speakers Corner, too.
- Johnny Winter (guitar, mandolin, vocal)
- Edgar Winter (piano, alto saxophone, organ, harpsichord)
- Tommy Shannon, Dennis Collins (bass)
- 'Uncle' John Turner (percussion)
Recording: 1969 by Ed Kollins
Production: Johnny and Edgar Winter
About Speakers Corner
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, Speakers Corner 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 existant 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 emphasise that Speakers Corner 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 have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
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 - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Memory Pain
2. I'm Not Sure
3. The Good Love
4. Slippin' and Slidin'
5. Miss Ann
6. Johnny B. Goode
7. Highway 61 Revisited
8. I Love Everybody
9. Hustled Down in Texas
10. I Hate Everybody
11. Fast Life Rider$69.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Greatest Hits (Patsy Cline)200-gram, 45 RPM Vinyl Pressing by Quality Record Pressings!
Now Presented in an Upgraded, Deluxe Tip-On Gatefold Jacket with Patsy's Timeless Classics Spread Across Four Sides!
Cut at Sterling Sound directly from the original master tape. This was a straight transfer, bypassing the console altogether. There was no EQ of any kind. A true direct transfer, using a VMS 80, the most sophisticated lathe. You're hearing the master tape!
In the late 1950s and the '60s, country music was essentially a singles medium. This album, first released in 1967, collects a dozen of Patsy Cline's biggest hits - all of them from the country singles market - including Walkin' After Midnight, Sweet Dreams (Of You), Crazy, and I Fall to Pieces. Producer Owen Bradley surrounds Cline's full-throated, emotionally charged vocals with lush, sophisticated arrangements that set the standard for Nashville's countrypolitan sound. Before Shania Twain found a new (though not necessarily improved) way to combine country and pop in the 1990s, this was the top-selling country album of all time by a female artist.
This title is not eligible for discount.LP 1
1. Walking After Midnight
2. Sweet Dreams
4. I Fall To Pieces
5. So Wrong
7. Back In Baby's Arms
8. She's Got You
9. Faded Love
10. Why Can't He Be You
11. You're Stronger Than Me
12. Leavin' On Your Mind$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM- 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Dire Straits (45 RPM) (Pre-Order)
Dire Straits' Self-Titled 1978 Debut Distinguished By Jazz-Inflected Mix Of Folk, Blues, Country, And Rock: Guitarist Mark Knopfler Displays Uncanny Precision, Intricacy, And Texture
Mastered From The Original Master Tapes And Pressed At RTI For Optimal Sound: Mobile Fidelity 45RPM 2LP Set Engages With Natural Tones, Superb Balances, Reference Imaging, Sterling Clarity
Breakout Dire Straits Album Includes Sultans Of Swing And Down To The Waterline: Band's Shuffles, Boogies, And Ballads Spark With Crispness, Soulfulness, Coolness
Dire Straits' arresting self-titled debut arrived in the midst of punk's reign but couldn't have been further removed from the era's slash-and-burn style. Recorded in West London in February 1978, the band's tasteful, jazz-inflected set embraces folk, blues, and pub rock while also tracing a direct line back to the beat-oriented sound of early rock n' roll. Country and roots accents further distinguish the British quartet's stripped-down music from any 1970s peers, as does the transparent production, which has remained revered among audiophiles the world over - and which has never been better than on this meticulous analog pressing.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP version of Dire Straits features natural tonalities, superb balances, you-are-there imaging, deep-black backgrounds, and pristine clarity. Even if you've heard this album hundreds of times before, you've never experienced it with such lifelike sonics and premium richness. This numbered, limited-edition collector's set immerses you within the smoky, laidback atmospherics of every song. This is how all vinyl should sound.
Crucial to every arrangement, Mark Knopfler's winding guitar lines emerge with supreme transparency and multi-hued textural detail. His intricate playing comes across as if it's being transmitted via his 60s-era Fender Vibrolux amplifier placed right before you. The cleanliness, dimensions, and live feel are that good. His bandmates, too, benefit from the extra groove space afforded by this 45RPM edition. Rhythms skate and swirl; percussive effects resonate with crispness and attack; the leading edges of notes naturally decay.
Dire Straits' strong, well-edited batch of original material further enhances the overall enjoyment and makes the record one whose pleasures go far beyond the organic sonics. Just as Knopfler's narratives pour forth with poetic and surrealist texts, the musical settings - an intoxicating combination of easygoing shuffles, back-hall boogies, and pop-honed ballads - mirror the old-fashioned soulfulness inherent in the classic recordings of the late 50s and early 60s. The lyrics are equally captivating.
Drawing from his time as a youth in Newcastle, Leeds, and London, Knopfler invests tunes with an autobiographical slant and emotional connectivity that become obvious the moment he opens his mouth to sing. Down to the Waterline, Wild West End, and Lions all feature colloquial touches that add to their reach. By extension, In the Gallery functions as a tribute to Leeds sculptor Harry Phillips (father of future Knoplfer collaborator, Steve Phillips) while the record's breakout smash, Sultans of Swing, pays homage to struggling bar bands.
Through it all, Dire Straits performs with a subtle cool and clever poise that no band ever matched. Just how good is the chemistry? Bob Dylan heard the quartet and invited Knopfler and drummer Pick Withers to play on Slow Train Coming. But even Dylan himself didn't hear Dire Straits sound this magnetic back in its original heyday. Now, everyone can.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Down to the Waterline
2. Water of Love
3. Setting Me Up
4. Six Blade Knife
5. Southbound Again
6. Sultans of Swing
7. In the Gallery
8. Wild West End
9. Lions$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
24 Karat HitsThere's a good reason Elvis Presley earned the nickname The King. Arguably the most crucial and undisputably the most identifiable figure in pop history, he released dozens of course-altering singles over the course of his influential career, many of which are scattered on incomplete or inconsistent compilations that cover only a portion of a certain era. But one collection towers above the rest. And this is it. Gathering the singer's 24 greatest tracks in one place, 24 Karat Hits is the definitive Presley anthology in terms of music, sound, and performance. Spanning 1956 ("Heartbreak Hotel") through 1969 ("Suspicious Minds"), the 3LP set is mandatory for every music lover--let alone Presley diehards and record collectors. And now, the long-out-of-print audiophile favorite--it was originally assembled to serve Presley's music in the highest possible fidelity it's always deserved--sounds better than ever. It's as if the Fort Knox of music landed on your doorstep. Amazing.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Heartbreak Hotel
2. Love Me
3. Don't Be Cruel
4. Hound Dog
5. Love Me tender
6. All Shook Up
7. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
8. Jailhouse Rock
9. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
10. A Big Hunk
11. Stuck On You
12. It's Now or Never
13. Are You Lonesome Tonight
15. (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame
16. Little Sister
17. Can't Help Falling In Love
18. Good Luck Charm
19. She's Not You
20. Return To Sender
21. (You're The) Devil In Disguise
22. Crying In The Chapel
23. In The Ghetto
24. Suspicious Minds$74.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Nuthin' Fancy (45 RPM)Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio
200-Gram 45 RPM Vinyl Pressing By Quality Record Pressings!
Deluxe Gatefold Jacket
The title may say Nuthin' Fancy but don't be deceived! This 200-gram stunner pressed at Quality Record Pressings is nearly peerless as a Southern rock record. Expertly remastered by Kevin Gray, lacquer plating by master technician Gary Salstrom, heavy cardboard gatefold jacket with vibrantly reproduced original artwork. How does it get any better? As the Ultimate-Guitar.com put it: Most hard rock bands would give their left arm for a record that swaggers and hits as hard as Nuthin' Fancy.
Second Helping brought Lynyrd Skynyrd mass success and for the follow-up they offered Nuthin' Fancy. It was a self-deprecating title for a record that may have offered more of the same, at least on the surface, but was still nearly peerless as a Southern rock record. The biggest difference with this record is that the band, through touring, has become heavier and harder, fitting right in with the heavy album rock bands of the mid-'70s. The second notable difference is that Ronnie Van Zant may have been pressed for material, since there are several songs here that are just good generic rockers. But he and Skynyrd prove that what makes a great band great is how they treat generic material, and Skynyrd makes the whole of Nuthin' Fancy feel every bit as convincing as their first two records.
- All Music Guide
This title is not eligible for discount.LP 1
1. Saturday Night Special
2. Cheatin' Woman
3. Railroad Song
4. I'm A Country Boy
1. On The Hunt
2. Am I Losin'
3. Made In The Shade
4. Whiskey Rock-a-Roller$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
This Is Our Music
Pressed On Two 180gram Audiophile-Grade Lps At Pallas Group In Germany
Mastered From Original Analog Tapes At 45rpm By Bernie Grundman
Housed In A Stoughton Case-Wrapped Gatefold Jacket
Ornette Coleman Quartet Features Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, & Ed Blackwell
With two landmark albums already under its belt, the
Ornette Coleman Quartet spent nearly a year out of
the studio before reconvening for This Is Our Music.
The album features Coleman on alto, Don Cherry on
trumpet, Charlie Haden on bass, and Ed Blackwell on
drums. "All in all, This Is Our Music keeps one of the
hottest creative streaks in jazz history going strong"
(AllMusic). This essential edition of Coleman's fifth
album was mastered from original analog tapes at
45RPM by Bernie Grundman, pressed on two 180gram
LPs, and is housed in an old school style Stoughton
case-wrapped gatefold jacket.1. Blues Connotation
2. Beauty Is A Rare Thing
4. Embraceable You
6. Humpty Dumpty
7. Folk Tale$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
HW-16.5 45 RPM Kit
45 RPM Tube
For use with the HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine.$130.00HW-16.5 45 RPM Kit Buy Now
Rhapsodies (45 RPM)Now Cut At 45 RPM By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound
Lacquers Plated By Gary Salstrom And Pressed On 200-Gram Vinyl At Quality Record Pressings!
Deluxe Gatefold Jacket From Stoughton Printing
The exceptional sound of Analogue Productions' 200-gram 45 RPM LPs is now available for this classic double disc release. Maestro Stokowski is at the podium and Bob Simpson is at the 3-track Ampex recorder to capture the Rhapsodies from Liszt, Enesco and Smetana that give this issue its title. This is titanic sound that will sink most speakers and amps for that matter. A must. The original 3-track session tapes were used in mastering for LPs and SACDS.
This title is not eligible for discount.LP 1
1. Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 In C-Sharp Minor
2. Roumanian Rhapsody No.1 In A Op.11
1. The Moldau
2. The Bartered Bride: Ouverture$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Misty (Awaiting Repress)180 Gram 45 RPM Vinyl Double LP Pressed At RTI
Mastered By Tohru Kotetsu
Mastered by Tohru Kotetsu and pressed at RTI, this 45rpm LP will live up to and surpass your most demanding judgments. Misty is one of the most sought-after titles from the acclaimed Three Blind Mice catalog.
Touring with the Micky Curtis Band, Tsuyoshi Yamamoto had the chance to explore several international experiences that he would later use on his 1974 album, Misty, as he worked with this band in France, England, and Switzerland.
The Yamamoto Trio's Misty is a Stoned Cold Killer! A1 Reference Material!!! Misty earned both the Best Engineering Award and Jazz Dick Award of Swing Journal in 1974. Recorded at Aoi Studio, Tokyo, on August 7, 1974. Tsuyoshi Yamamoto is highly musical and his expressions natural, neither overly technical nor serious, his performance is relaxed and melodious.
Tsuyoshi Yamamoto - piano
Isoo Fukui - bass
Tetsujiro Obara - drums
This title is not eligible for discountLP 1
1. Honeysuckle Rose
2. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
3. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
4. Angel Eyes$59.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Shape Of Jazz To ComeRanked #246 on Rolling Stone's List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
Quartet Includes Don Cherry and Charlie Haden
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes on 180 Gram Vinyl
1959's landscape-shifting The Shape of Jazz to Come is true to its title. Switching from tenor to alto sax, Ornette Coleman creates free jazz, a language where chords structures are absent and harmony gives way to improvisational whims. The Atlantic set finds Coleman collaborating with Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Billy Higgins in making a masterful work free of any identifiable chord structures. Nonetheless, melodies remain, as do engrossing repetitions of main themes.
ORG Music brings the breakthrough arrangements and magnificent colors to life in a way no one's experienced since the LP was recorded. Mastered from the original master tapes, this life-changing music has never sounded so alive and dynamic. This is a must.1. Lonely Woman
4. Focus on Sanity
6. Chronology$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Quiet NightsMastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes & Pressed at RTI!
Numbered Limited Edition Copies
2010 Grammy Award Winner for 'Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)' Claus Ogerman, arranger, Track: Quiet Nights
The romantic album combines Brazilian and west coast jazz styles and features three recordings of songs by bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Quiet Nights' reunited Krall with arranger Claus Ogerman for the first time since the multi-platinum 2001 album 'The Look of Love.' The GRAMMY Award winning pianist and vocalist adds Paulinho Da Costa on percussion to her already outstanding quartet of Anthony Wilson (guitar), John Clayton (bass) and Jeff Hamilton (drums).
Krall co-produced the album with Tommy LiPuma, the tenth time they have worked together, and returned to Capital Studios in Hollywood with Al Schmitt engineering and mixing.
'Quiet Nights' is Krall's 12th album and her first full length studio release since 2006's 'From This Moment On.'
Accompanied by her quartet and orchestra, Diana turns her sensual vocals and consummate piano skills to The Boy from Ipanema, Walk On By, and other classic tunes.
Numbered, Limited Edition
Audiophile 180g Vinyl
Pressed at RTI
Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes
Diana Krall, vocals, piano
Anthony Wilson, guitar
John Clayton, bass
Jeff Hamilton, drums
Paulinho Da Costa, percussion
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Where Or When
2. Too Marvelous For Words
3. I've Grown Accustomed To His Face
4. The Boy From Ipanema
5. Walk On By
6. You're My Thrill
7. Este Seu Olhar
8. So Nice
9. Quiet Nights
10. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hoodoo Man BluesOne of the all-time great urban blues records and the best-seller in the famed Delmark catalog. Hoodoo Man Blues is so full of bravado and snap it'll make you feel tough just listening to it. Not all of the Delmark titles were recorded very well, but this one certainly was. And at 45 RPM, this now stands as the undisputed definitive version. Hoodoo Man Blues, which features Buddy Guy on guitar, is not only Junior Wells' first LP appearance, it's damn near the first LP by a Chicago blues band. Chess and a few other labels had reissued 45s by Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Elmore James, etc., but virtually no one had tried to capture the Chicago blues sound free of the limitations of juke box/airplay promotion. Hoodoo Man Blues went a long way in the popularization of real Chicago blues and of Junior Wells.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Snatch It Back and Hold It
2. Ships On the Ocean
3. Good Morning Little School Girl
4. Hound Dog
5. In The Wee Hours of the Morning
6. Hay Lawdy Mama
7. Hooddoo Man Blues
8. Early in the Morning
9. We're Ready
10. Do You Love Me, Baby
11. Chiltin Con Carne
12. Yonders Wall$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
VolunteersJefferson Airplane Volunteers on Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP from Mobile Fidelity
Seminal 1969 Album Steeped in Revolution, Vitality, Protest: The Aural Equivalent of a Demonstration March, Jefferson Airplane's Uncompromising Volunteers Rooted in Belief Music Can Change World
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Wider, Deeper Grooves on 180g 45RPM 2LP Set Yield Superior Transparency, Rich Nuances, and Engaging Dynamics on Set Ranked #370 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
Defiant, Assured, Cohesive Songs Filled With Driving Psychedelia, Rustic Country, and Crunchy Acid-Rock: Guest Musicians Include Jerry Garcia, Stephen Stills, and David Crosby
Awash in controversy and loaded with revolutionary protest, Jefferson Airplane's Volunteers stands as the last album made by the group's classic lineup and brings insurgent closure to the peace-and-love era. The potent 1969 record confronts war, politics, greed, and environmental ruin in head-on fashion matched by few peers. Steeped in the belief people and music could transform the world, it steers the band in community-minded and county-rock directions, and features charged playing by guest luminaries such as Jerry Garcia, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, and Nicky Hopkins. Volunteers also benefits from being one of the first 16-track recordings. And now, the historic set can be heard in the fidelity the artists and producers intended.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP set of Volunteers teems with soul-affirming energy, dynamics, immediacy, and standout textures. The wider and deeper grooves translate into finer pacing, enhanced information retrieval, and superior transparency. Soundstages stretch far and extend back, with instrumental separation giving all of the musicians their own place in the mix. As a result, subtle albeit important details - Hopkins' rollicking piano, guitarist Norma Kaukonen's biting tones, Garcia's deft pedal-steel work - emerge in three-dimensional fashion amidst a musical canvas that manages to be both edgy and produced, raw and revealing. Jefferson Airplane has never sounded more vital.
Much had changed in America - and within Jefferson Airplane - in just the two short years since the release of the San Francisco collective's breakthrough smash Surrealistic Pillow. The countercultural movement had darkened, government involvement in Vietnam escalated, and regard for human rights fallen. Retreating from the excessive experimentalism that graced its prior two LPs, the Airplane responded to the social circumstances with defiant, assured, and cohesive songs shot through with driving psychedelia, crunchy acid-rock, and rustic country. From start to finish, it's the aural equivalent of a demonstration march.
Having drawn attention for the inclusion of profanities in multiple tunes, the Top 20 LP also ran up against the nonprofit Volunteers of America after the sextet wanted to title the record Volunteers of Amerika in order to express further dissatisfaction with the country. While Grace Slick and Co. gave into the charity's desires to switch the name, there's nothing compromising about Volunteers. Kaukonen's leads cut searing swaths through urgent fare like Eskimo Blue Day and anthemic We Can Be Together, which boldly speaks out against convention and in favor of chaos and anarchy.
Indeed, in organizing a pseudo summit of many of the counterculture's leading musical figures to participate on Volunteers, the Airplane treats the album as an orchestrated stance against the establishment. Stills and Crosby assist in rocking the boat on a turbulent cover of Wooden Ships lined with Slick and Marty Balin's overlapping lead vocals. Hopkins gooses the call-to-arms title track with frisky boogie-woogie lines. Garcia lends The Farm a suitable rustic vibe, and on his final appearance with the Airplane, drummer Spencer Dryden helms the pastoral sing-a-long A Song for All Seasons.
Ranked #370 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Volunteers remains a cultural and musical touchstone.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. We Can Be Together
2. Good Shepherd
3. The Farm
4. Hey Fredrick
5. Turn My Life Down
6. Wooden Ships
7. Eskimo Blue Day
8. A Song for All Seasons
10. Volunteers$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Pearl (Awaiting Repress)
1971's Pearl Showcases Janis Joplin at Her Peak: Chart-Topping Record Includes Hits Me and Bobby McGee, Mercedes Benz, and Get It While You Can
Mastered From the Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity 45RPM Pressing is Definitive-Sounding Analog Version of Masterpiece Ranked #135 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
Joplin Displays Balance of Impeccable Timing, Devastating Vulnerability, and Raw Emotion: Full Tilt Boogie Band, Producer Paul Rothchild Complete Album Steeped in Soul and Loaded With Spirit
Janis Joplin wouldn't be denied on Pearl. The powerhouse vocalist had kicked her addictions, teamed with a stupendous band, and partnered with a producer that knew how to best showcase her voice on record. She came to the sessions with an armload of astonishing songs, and a burst of creative energy that mirrored her rejuvenated emotional state and undeniable spirit. You can hear it on every note of the 1971 record. Ranked #135 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, Pearl sold more than four million copies and stands as the first female rock superstar's definitive studio work. Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP presents the lasting artwork like never before.
Mastered from the original master tapes, cut at 45RPM, and pressed on dead-quiet vinyl at RTI, the iconic audiophile label's analog reissue takes Joplin and Co.'s stupendous performances to newly transcendent levels. Boasting a fidelity that further magnifies the singer's passion and producer Paul A. Rothchild's clear production, this pressing benefits from increased spaciousness, dynamics, and openness afforded by the wider grooves. Joplin's husky, strong, and penetrating singing has never sounded so vibrant or made deeper connections. Warm, organic, and free of any artificial ceilings, this version lets you step into Sunset Sound Recorders with the performers, such is the degree of realism and authenticity. Indeed, few, if any words, describe Joplin better than authentic, and her spirit comes to life on this 2LP set in positively transcendent fashion. Like its headliner, this pressing leaves it all on the floor.
While Joplin's electrifying vocal prowess is universally lauded - she's recognized as the greatest white female blues singer the world has ever seen - her mix of compassion, confidence, and charm play as large a role in attracting listeners and keeping them ensnared more than four decades after her tragic death. And on Pearl, she burrows into deeper stylistic veins, teasing out sides of her persona and craft she'd never previously displayed. Her signature desperation, sadness, and vulnerability remain - the harrowing, lonely wail that begins her soul-ravishing take on Jerry Ragovoy's Cry Baby, underlined with a Wall of Sound-like piano accompaniment, could only come from a person severely scarred by loss and disappointment - yet Joplin also reveals a sense of humor and beatnik innocence that helped propel the album to the top of the charts for nine straight weeks.
Playfully introduced as a song of great social and political import, the acapella Mercedes Benz reflects Joplin's throaty timbre as well as her enhanced, sunnier mood. Similarly, her definitive read of Kris Kristofferson's Me and Bobby McGee signals a laidback demeanor and a move into country strains, with the delivery as natural, carefree, and loving as any in the rock canon. As she does throughout the record, Joplin invests her all in the narrative so that there's no line between the performer and the song. She makes everything on Pearl feel autobiographical, and by extension, gut-wrenchingly honest, and devastatingly intimate. Joplin achieved these feats often during her brief career, yet there are differences on Pearl, chiefly among them her balance of impeccable timing and raw emotion. Heart-aching anthems such as A Woman Left Lonely offer both grit and control, subtlety and attack, resulting in cathartic releases distinguished with originality, personality, and instinctual passion.
Pearl remains Joplin's finest hour, with credit also owed to the Full Tilt Boogie Band - the only group she ever considered to be her own - as well as the Doors alum that sat behind the boards. Joplin and Rothchild both admitted to sharing a common bond and understanding, with the latter inheriting the role of teacher and Joplin, a willing student ready to discover how she could use her voice in new, more expressive ways. The fruits of the pair's labors fill Pearl, be it the guardedly optimistic Get It While You Can or assertive, fleet-footed Move Over.
Experienced in the new light brought to fore by this definitive Mobile Fidelity analog edition, Joplin's swan song is no longer about a masterpiece that its creator never lived to see finished. Rather, it's about a once-in-a-lifetime vocalist realizing mammoth potential and wringing passion out of every note. It's not a tragedy, but a triumph. Get it while you can.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Move Over
2. Cry Baby
3. A Woman Left Lonely
4. Half Moon
5. Buried Alive In The Blues
6. My Baby
7. Me And Bobby McGee
8. Mercedes Benz
9. Trust Me
10. Get It While You Can$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Nirvana - Greatest Hits (45RPM) (Awaiting Repress)45 RPM 200 Gram Vinyl Double Album
First Time On Vinyl In The U.S.
Includes ''You Know You're Right
Nirvana is a best-of compilation album by the American grunge band Nirvana. Nirvana was the third Nirvana album to be released following the death of singer/ guitarist Kurt Cobain in April 1994, and the first to feature studio material. The first track on the album is You Know You're Right. The only song to appear from Nirvana's 1989 debut album Bleach is About a Girl.1. You Know You're Right
2. About A Girl
3. Been A Son
5. Smells Like Teen Spirit
6. Come As You Are
8. In Bloom
9. Heart-Shaped Box
10. Pennyroyal Tea
11. Rape Me
13. All Apologies
14. The Man Who Sold The World$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Mastered By Doug Sax And Robert Hadley
Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings
Tip-On Gatefold Jacket By Stoughton Printing
One of the most successful albums of Linda Ronstadt's career, Simple Dreams spent five successive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart in late 1977, displacing Fleetwood Mac's Rumours at No. 1 after 29 record-breaking weeks in the pole position. It also knocked Elvis Presley out of No. 1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart after The King held the gridlock for 15 consecutive weeks after his death in August. It won the Grammy Award for Best Recording Package (in addition to several other high profile Grammy nominations).
Simple Dreams was Ronstadt's fifth consecutive million-selling platinum album and sold more than 3½ million copies in less than a year in the United States alone - a record for a female artist. Simply put, Ronstadt just couldn't lose. Simple Dreams continued a creative streak that found the singer turning out album after album of incredible material at an astonishing one-per-year rate until she finally began to come back down to earth in the early 1980s.
Now hear Simple Dreams as never before. Remastered by the late, great Doug Sax at the Mastering Lab, together with Robert Hadley, and pressed on 45 RPM super-silent 200-gram vinyl by Quality Record Pressings, this revered recording truly is a sonic treasure. And it comes in a Stoughton Printing tip-on gatefold jacket with meticulously reproduced original artwork. Stunning.
Featuring an expanded palette of styles and cutting-edge narratives, Simple Dreams may go down in history as Ronstadt's greatest work. Considering the achievements: Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female; Five consecutive weeks as the No. 1 record on the Billboard Album Chart, Two Top 10 singles.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. It's So Easy
3. Simple Man, Simple Dream
4. Sorrow Lives Here
5. I Never Will Marry
6. Blue Bayou
7. Poor Poor Pitiful Me
8. Maybe I'm Right
9. Tumbling Dice
10. Old Paint$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Yes Album (Box Set)
The Yes/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues!
45th Anniversary Limited Edition!
Stunning Gatefold Cover & Box Set Presentation!
Mastered Impeccably From The Original Atlantic Records Tapes By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios
And Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA
After four decades of recording a staggering catalog of top charting albums, a plethora of successful
worldwide tours and basically the original architects of the prog-rock genre, the makings of their superstar reign
began during the recording sessions for masterpiece The Yes Album.
With an ever interesting line-up of world class musicianship, this highly regarded chapter of Yes consisted
of Jon Anderson (vocals), Chris Squire (bass/vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), Tony Kaye (keyboards) and the
introduction of Steve Howe (guitars/vocals), The Yes Album truly stands as absolutely one of the finest and most
revered rock albums of all time.
Yes fans continue to praise The Yes Album as a truly inspiring masterwork. This important piece of music
consists of six amazing Yes workouts such as the definitive album opener Yours Is No Disgrace, the hard rocking
Starship Trooper, and the brilliant I've Seen All Good People which featured the massive hit single Your Move.
From this moment on, there was no looking back for this superstar quintet.
Yes enthusiasts were superlatively rewarded with even more progressive rock favorites as the brilliant
acoustic driven guitar work of Steve Howe's Clap, Chris Squire and Jon Anderson's superb Perpetual Change
and the jazz-rock fusion of A Venture truly made The Yes Album one of the finest albums of the classic rock era.
As we continue our exclusive and extensive Yes 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, Friday Music is very
honored to announce their 1971 masterpiece The Yes Album. Issued for the first time on 2 LP 180 gram 45 rpm
audiophile vinyl, this exceptional work is now mastered impeccably from the original Atlantic Records tapes by
Joe Reagoso (Close to the Edge, Drama, Tales From Topographic Oceans, 90125, Relayer).
To celebrate the 45th Anniversary of this amazing album, this limited edition masterpiece is housed in a
beautiful box set and features a stunning gatefold cover inside, which includes the historic photography of Phil
Franks and Jon Goodchild's cover design.
So, let us celebrate the audiophile dream recording from Yes with the exclusive Friday Music Deluxe 45 rpm
2 LP Box Set presentation of their masterwork The Yes Album exclusively from your friends at Friday Music.
Look for more Yes 45th Anniversary releases this year from Friday Music as we continue to celebrate the wonderful
music of our incredible superstar act. I've Seen All Good People!LP 1
1. Yours Is No Disgrace
3. Starship Trooper
a. Life Seeker
1. I've Seen All Good People
a. Your Move
b. All Good People
2. A Venture
3. Perpetual Change$59.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM Box Set - 2 LPs Buy Now
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (Mono)Ranked 97/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan Marks the Beginning of a Cultural Sea Change: 1963 Set Transformed Songwriting, Folk, and Pop
Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram Mono 45 RPM Vinyl 2LP
Wider Grooves for The Ultimate Sonic Quality: Strictly Limited to 3,000 Copies, Mobile Fidelity's Mono 45RPM Vinyl Pressing Teems With Directness and Sound Dylan Originally Intended
Records Ambitious Poetry, Melodies, and Moral Conviction Transformed Songwriting, Folk, and Pop
Includes Masters of War, Blowin' in the Wind, and A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall
Originally experienced by everyone in direct, attention-getting mono sound, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan is the album the ignited sea changes in pop culture, music, songwriting, poetry, and the social consciousness. It's the creation of a 22-year-old visionary still years away from casting a jaundiced eye to the media. It's the sound of change, the feeling of ground shifting beneath one's feet, and the entrance of an entirely new way of thinking. It's the effective beginning of what's arguably the boldest career in music history, the yawning vortex into the complex mind, supernatural wordplay, and folk techniques of a vocalist/guitarist whose name is forever associated with transformation.
Mobile Fidelity is humbled to have the privilege of mastering the iconic LP from the original master tapes, presenting it in its original take-notice mono sound, and pressing it on 45RPM LPs at RTI. Strictly limited to 3,000 copies, the end result is the finest, most transparent mono analog edition of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan ever produced. Never before has the resonance of his nylon guitar strings, fingerpicked notes, shivering harmonica fills, or plainspoken timbre possessed such directness, clarity, openness, body, or realism.
As the preferred mix at the time of the recording, the mono version presents Dylan as he and his producers originally intended. More intimate, focused, and direct than its stereo counterpart, the mono edition places Dylan's vocals in the heart of the musical action and as one with the accompaniment. It paints listeners an incredibly accurate portrait of the attention-getting, concrete mass of sound that features no artificial panning and straight-ahead immersion into the music. With the advantage of wider and deeper grooves, the 45RPM pressing affords the opportunity to detect more information and lavish in extra richness. Whether it's the exaggerated nasal accents employed on Down the Highway or the decay of each strummed line on the entirely acoustic album, previously concealed details, microdynamics, and ambient cues surface - enhancing the listeners' experience and taking them inside Columbia's Studio A.
Exponentially surpassing the potential he demonstrated on his debut, Dylan became a mirror of the concerns, issues, and feelings confronting the nation. Writing and singing with penetrating honesty, observational wit, moral conviction, and scathing emotion, he digs into the madness of war (Masters of War, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall), hypocrisy of segregation (Oxford Town), urgency of civil rights and freedom (Blowin' in the Wind), and multiple angles of unrequited love (Girl From the North Country, Don't Think Twice It's All Right) with a literate astuteness and depth that, nearly 50 years later, still leave audiences slack-jawed. Satire, absurdist humor, and traditional blues also pepper the album, which rests upon graceful melodies and sparse, poignant patterns.
Viewed as protest songs, love songs, folk songs, or talking blues songs, the material on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan remains amongst the most astonishing and imaginative ever committed to tape. It deserves - as much as you deserve - a fidelity that makes as closely intimate as possible the music's connection with you. You deserve this mono edition.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Blowin in the Wind
2. Girl From the North Country
3. Masters of War
4. Down the Highway
5. Bob Dylans Blues
6. A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall
7. Dont Think Twice, Its All Right
8. Bob Dylans Dream
9. Oxford Town
10. Talking World War III Blues
11. Corrina, Corrina
12. Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance
13. I Shall Be Free$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Stereo '57: Essential Elvis Vol. 2Double LP set cut at 45 RPM and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!
Mastered at Sterling Sound
The discovery of these 2-track masters comprising Stereo '57 - The Essential Elvis Volume 2, is nothing short of a miracle, and this 200-gram pressing cut at 45 RPM from Quality Record Pressings sounds so astonishing, your jaw will hit the floor!
From the moment Elvis began working with a new song, sound engineer Thorne Norgar had the 15 ips mono tape machine rolling simultaneously with a 2-track protection copy. The machines weren't switched to pause until Elvis was satisfied with the take.
A couple of years before the advent of the stereo LP in mid-1958, major record companies were experimenting with stereophonic recordings, often refered to then as binaural. Studios were using the new Ampex 2-track tape recorders for other purposes, such as for recording session back-ups. But few Elvis fans know how close history came to permanently losing these precious audio glimpses of a young Elvis engrossed in the creative process.
Founded in 1933, Radio Recorders of Los Angeles was the preeminent recording studio of its day, and its director of recording, long-time engineer Thorne Nogar, engineered all of the Elvis sessions from 1955 to 1961. Some of popular music's greatest hits: Jailhouse Rock, All Shook Up, Loving You, and Teddy Bear, are just a few of the blockbusters that Nogar oversaw Elvis record at the studios, located at 7000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Elvis would be right in the center of everything, at every recording session, Nogar would later recall. Like with the Jordanaires when he sang, we would set it up with a unidirectional mike, so he would be standing right in front of them, facing them, and they would have their own directional microphone and they would be singing to one another.
The 2-tracks from which this record was pressed could not have sounded better, and there was no one more careful, more experienced and technically skilled to record these historic sessions than Nogar, says Acoustic Sounds' founder and CEO Chad Kassem.
Yet one day years later when Thorne was cleaning out his tapes closet, remarkably, he set these 2-track backup tapes aside, intending to dispose of them. Noted producer Bones Howe had worked for Nogar as a tape operator at Radio Recorders, and thanks to him the tapes were saved from a final resting place in the trash can. Bones took the tapes home with him. He'd put them safely away in a bank vault.
These 2-tracks have erase clearly written on the master log sheets. They're from a January 1957 session at which Presley produced material for two EPs and the film Loving You soundtrack. They're the only known ones surviving from the pre-stereo era.
RCA's Essential Elvis series was a vehicle for the release of Presley's alternate takes. On this double LP set, listeners hear Presley at work, refining band arrangements and working through the nuances of his vocal performance. The LP reveals the Jordanaires voices' sparkling with a natural lifelike sound that's both sonically rich and detailed.
The Jordanaires, a vocal quartet originally formed as a gospel group in 1948, gained fame largely for being Elvis' background singers, both in live appearances and recordings, from 1956 to 1972. If discovering these rare, almost lost recorded treasures weren't enough, the sound reproduction puts this release over the top! When the Jordanaires sing Peace in the Valley, you'll swear you're hearing a melody sent from heaven. An audiophile's prayer come true!
There are a number of first and second takes, during which Presley and his backing musicians make tentative passes at the material. As the record progresses, arrangements take shape and Presley, growing more confident that a keeper take is imminent, sings with more enthusiasm. Throughout, Presley is heard directing the proceedings and demonstrating a lot of aw shucks charm in the process, goofing with band members and laughing through his and others', flubs.
Like other reissues pressed by QRP, this magnificent 200-gram LP is notable for its absolutely silent background. The vocal harmonies are tingle-inducing, life-sized and utterly natural.
For serious Elvis fans and anyone else interested in the creative process, Volume 2 meets the first definition of essential as well as the second: it's indispensable stuff.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. I Beg Of You (Take 1)
2. Is It So Strange (Take 1)
3. Have I Told You Lately That I Love (Take 2)
4. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) (Takes 1,2,3)
5. Blueberry Hill (Take 2)
6. Mean Woman Blues (Take 14)
7. There'll Be Peace In The Valley (Takes 2,3)
8. Have I Told You Lately I Love You (Take 6)
9. Blueberry Hill (Take 7)
10. That's When Your Heartaches Begin (Takes 4,5,6)
11. Is It So Strange (Takes 7,11)
12. I Beg Of You (Takes 6,8)
13. There'll Be Peace In The Valley (Take 7)
14. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (Takes 12,13)
15. I Beg Of You (Take 12)$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ACSO-APO-4579xStevie Ray Vaughan
In Step (45 RPM)200-Gram Vinyl Pressed At Quality Record Pressings
All-Analog Mastering By Ryan K. Smith At Sterling Sound From The Original Tapes
Deluxe Tip-On Gatefold Jacket From Stoughton Printing
On 1989's In Step, Vaughan found his own songwriting voice, blending blues, soul, and rock in unique ways, and writing with startling emotional honesty. Yes, there are a few covers, all well chosen, but the heart of the album rests in the songs he cowrote with Doyle Bramhall, the man who penned the Soul to Soul highlight "Change It." Fueled by a desire to make up for lost time and delight in his reawakened commitment to life and sobriety, Vaughan turned in what many consider his greatest artistic statement, an album ensconced in sweat, soul, determination, and not an ounce of filler.
"Travis Walk" offers a heady rush of flat-picking, "The House is Rockin'" is full-tilt roots-boogie, "Let Me Love You Baby" and "Leave My Girl Alone" are sweet blues epiphanies, and the nine-minute instrumental "Riviera Paradise" is a truly soulful mix of blues and jazz. By now, just a year before his untimely death, Vaughan had also tamed his bawling voice into a rich instrument. In short, this 1989 session is Vaughan at his artistic peak.
In Step remains one of the five greatest blues records of the past quarter century. There's not a link in this chain that wasn't absolute first-rate. The absolute best that money can buy. We're passionate about the blues AND Stevie Ray and the passion shows up here in spades.
This title is not eligible for discount.LP 1
1. The House Is Rockin'
4. Let Me Love You Baby
5. Leave My Girl Alone
6. Travis Walk
1. Wall Of Denial
3. Love Me Darlin'
4. Riviera Paradise$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now