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Give Me The Night (Pure Pleasure)This is the peak of George Benson's courtship of the mass market -- a superbly crafted and performed pop album with a large supporting cast -- and wouldn't you know that Quincy Jones, the master catalyst, is the producer. Q's regular team, including the prolific songwriter Rod Temperton and the brilliant engineer Bruce Swedien, is in control, and Benson's voice, caught beautifully in the rich, floating sound, had never before been put to such versatile use. On Moody's Mood, Benson really exercises his vocalese chops and proves that he is technically as fluid as just about any jazz vocalist, and he become a credible rival to Al Jarreau on the joyous title track. Benson's guitar now plays a subsidiary role -- only two of the ten tracks are instrumentals -- but Q has him play terrific fills behind the vocals and in the gaps, and the engineering gives his tone a variety of striking, new, full-sounding timbres. The instrumentals themselves are marvelous: Off Broadway is driving and danceable, and Ivan Lins' Dinorah, Dinorah grows increasingly seductive with each play. Benson should have worked with Jones from this point on, but this would be their only album together.
- George Benson (vocal, guitar)
- Lee Ritenour (guitar)
- Herbie Hancock (electric piano, synthesizer)
- Kim Hutchcroft (saxophone, flute)
- Jerry Hey (trumpet)
- Abraham Laboriel (bass)
- Paulinho Da Costa (percussion)
- Carlos Vega (drums)
Recording: 1980 by Bruce Swedien
Production: Quincy Jones
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. Love X Love
2. Off Broadway
3. Moody's Mood
4. Give Me The Night
5. What's On Your Mind
6. Dinorah, Dinorah
7. Love Dance
8. Star Of A Story (x)
9. Midnight Love Affair
10. Turn Out The Lamplight$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Breakin' Away is a great follow-up of Soul crooner Al Jarreau to his previous album This Time. The album was released on in 1981 andbecame the standard bearer of the L.A. Pop and R&B sound. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA.
Breakin' Away assumes its own identity with brilliant results. Closer To Your Love comes off as a tougher, more confident version of the songs from the previous album. Easy with its gorgeous and subtle Latin flourishes has Jarreau's purposeful delivery coming off oddly poignant in its joy and beauty. The hit We're in This Love Together is on the album, just as the bittersweet My Old Friend. Jarreau brings new life to Teach Me Tonight and it has a sweeping, dreamy arrangement. But the album of course contains the biggest hit of all, Roof Garden, with Al's inimitable vocal delivery.
The album was created with an amazing producer/artist chemistry, and top-level players like George Duke, David Foster, Dean Parks, and Steve Gadd can be heard on this record.1. Closer To Your Love
2. My Old Friend
3. We're In This Love Together
5. Our Love
6. Breakin' Away
7. Roof Garden
8. Blue Rondo A La Turk
9. Teach Me Tonight$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Do The Right ThingThe soundtrack for director Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing is a window into the classics hip-hop/R&B scene circa 1989. Peppered with new jack era slabs of wax from the likes of Public Enemy (the iconic Fight the Power), summer party staples from E.U. (Party Hearty) and Teddy Riley (My Fantasy), and deep slow jams from Perri and Al Jarreau, it's the perfect background for a hot night in the city, and like the film itself, it's both frivolous and foreboding.1. Fight the Power
2. My Fantasy
3. Party Hearty
4. Can't Stand It
5. Why Don't We Try?
6. Feel So Good
7. Don't Shoot Me
8. Hard to Say
9. Prove to Me
10. Never Explain Love
11. Tu y Yo/We Love [Jingle]$24.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Fast Livin' BluesJon Hendricks helped to originate vocalese, which is an art form of adding lyrics to existing instrumentals and replacing instruments with vocalists. He is also considered to be one of the best scat performers. Jazz critic and historian Leonard Feather called him the "Poet Laureate of Jazz". Al Jarreau has called him "pound-for-pound the best jazz singer on the planet - maybe that's ever been".After his service in the Army during World War II, Hendricks attended the University of Toledo as a pre-law major. Just as he was about to enter the graduate law program, his G.I. benefits ran out, which forced him to choose a different career path. Recalling that Charlie Parker had encouraged him to come to New York two years earlier to look him up, Hendricks took him up on his offer and moved there and began his singing career. In 1968, he moved his family to London, England to further his solo career and so his five children could receive a better education.Musicians:
- Jon Hendricks, vocals
- Pony Poindexter, soprano & tenor sax
- Billy Mitchell, tenor sax
- Joe Newman, trumpet
- Al Grey, trombone
- Gildo Mahones, piano
- Stu Martin, drums
- Numbered Deluxe Laminated Double Gatefold Jackets
- Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!
- Audiophile 180g, 45rpm Vinyl
- Double LP
- Pressed at RTI
- Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes!
This title is not eligible for discount.1. What Would You Do?
2. Fast Livin' Blues
3. Saturday Night Fish Fry
4. Do You Call That A Buddy
5. I'll Die Happy
6. Another Get Together
7. Good Old Lady
8. Contemporary Blues
9. Stop and Go Blues
10. I Never Get Enough Of You$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now