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    Ao Vivo (Pure Pleasure)

    Marcos Valle celebrates his 50th career anniversary as a songwriter, arranger, instrumentalist and singer with Stacey Kent's sweet American voice. Recorded at Miranda, in Rio de Janeiro, the performances here also have the special participation of Jim Tomlinson on saxophone. Each track on this LP presents an aspect of Marcos Valle's various musical facets, mixing genres and rhythms, placing Pop, Jazz, Bossa Nova, World Music, and MPB music side by side. Stacey Kent, one of the most prominent jazz singers in the world, lends her voice to songs like "Summer Samba (Samba de Vero)", "If You Went Away (Preciso Aprender a Ser Só)", "The Face I Love (Seu Encanto)", "Look Who's Mine (Dia de Vitória)" and many other of Marcos' classics. Highly recommended.


    • Marcos Valle (vocals, piano)

    • Stacey Kent (vocals)

    • JessÉ Sadoc (trumpet, fluegel horn)

    • Marcelo Martins (saxophone, flute)

    • Jim Tomlinson (saxophone)

    • Aldivas Ayres (trombone)

    • Luiz Brasil (guitar)

    • Alberto Continentino (bass)

    • Renato 'Massa' Calmon (drums)

    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 White Puma (Puma Branco)
    2. Look Who's Mine (Dia de Victoria)
    3. The Face I Love (Seu Encanto)
    4. The Answer (A Resposta)
    5. Drift Away
    6. Summer Samba (Samba de Verao)
    7. Gente
    8. Passa por Mim

    1. Batucada Surgiu
    2. La Petite Valse
    3. If You Went Away (Preciso Aprender a Ser So)
    4. Pigmaliao
    5. The Crickets (Os Grilos)
    6. She Told Me, She Told Me (Sonho de Lugar)
    7. My Nightmare

    Marcos Valle & Stacey Kent
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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