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    Liital

    Senegalese griot Aby Ngana Diop was famous for her taasu, a form of oral poetry spoken to the rhythmic accompaniment of sabar and tama drums. Taasu is typically created and performed by griot women (a class of poets, storytellers and/or musicians), with a lead taasukat (practitioner of taasu) performing her distinct style of heightened, rhythmically declaimed speech in call-and-response with a small chorus of female vocalists. (Taasu is seen by some to be a predecessor to rap.) Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Diop developed a reputation for being one of the most sought-after taasukats in Dakar, performing with her backup singers, dancers and drummers at parties, weddings and baptisms of the Dakar elite, including government officials and dignitaries. Aby Ngana Diop was undisputedly the best taasukat of her generation.


    In 1994, the Dakar diva released her one and only studio cassette recording, Liital, to the Senegalese market. Liital was groundbreaking in the history of Senegalese music because it was the first commercial recording to feature a traditional female taasukat performing to the modern accompaniment of mbalax, Senegal's quintessential pop genre. The combination of Diop and her backup vocalists with their powerful taasu, along with the driving, complex rhythms of the sabar and tama drums, mixed with key elements of mbalax (such as the syncopated, polyphonic marimba sounds played on the Yamaha DX7 keyboard) was something the Senegalese public had never heard before. But it wasn't only because of the fusion of taasu with mbalax; unlike in other mbalax tunes, the musical arrangements on this cassette are instead peculiarly minimalist and almost trance-like, with static harmonies and melodic figures
    playing more of an atmospheric role. The cassette became a huge hit, propelling Diop to a new level of superstardom. It could be heard blasting from taxis and from loudspeakers at house parties, weddings and baptisms for years to come. Liital bridged the gap between the more traditional taasu and the modern mbalax sound, thus appealing to all generations of the Senegalese public - and they simply couldn't get enough of it.


    When Aby Ngana Diop died unexpectedly on July 4, 1997, the country mourned her passing, but continued to celebrate her music. Other artists such as Cheikh Lô, Thio Mbaye and Lamine TourÉ released recordings based on some of Diop's taasu and accompanying drum phrases, paying further tribute to her musical legacy. Although this cassette has caught the attention of some African music aficianados who have stumbled upon it in recent years, it remains largely unknown to the wider world. Hopefully this re-release from Awesome Tapes From Africa will change that.

    1. Dieuleul-Dieuleul
    2. Ndame
    3. Yaye Penda Mbaye
    4. Liital
    5. Sapaly
    6. Ndadje
    Aby Ngana Diop
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  • La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Volume 3 (Awaiting Repress) La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Volume 3 (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Volume 3 (Awaiting Repress)

    Na Hawa Doumbia's La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol 3 marks the first release for new label Awesome Tapes From Africa, a blog and DJ project known worldwide for shedding light on obscure and wonderful musical treasures from the African continent. This early recording, made in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in 1982, captures the dualities inherent in Doumbia's music from early on: a stripped-down, raw backdrop supported by warm sonics; feminist expressions of social issues imparted through stark refrains.
    1. Koro Dia (a Mamaye Drame L'inoubliable)
    2. Kungo Sogoni
    3. Danaya (a Sidi Konate Pour Toujours)
    4. Dan Te Dinye La
    Na Hawa Doumbia
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  • Shaka Bundu Shaka Bundu Quick View

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    Shaka Bundu

    The remarkable story of South
    African singer and dancer Penny
    Penny is t for Hollywood. A
    nearly homeless janitor without
    formal education gets a record
    deal, becomes a multi-platinum
    selling pop star, plays
    stadiums acrossAfrica, then
    builds a career as a popular
    politician for Nelson Mandela's
    African National Congress
    party. Penny Penny's debut
    recording Shaka Bundu,
    recorded in 1994, is the album
    that launched a 34-year-old
    Giyani Kulani Kobane from the
    streets of Johannesburg to the
    national political spotlight.


    After a chance meeting with Tsonga disco producer Joe Shirimani, just six months
    after apartheid was lifted, Penny Penny's Shaka Bundu was released and entered
    the consciousness of the entire country. Penny Penny became an immediate
    sensation, against the expectations of everyone involved. The album went on to
    sell more than 250,000 copies in SouthAfrica and Penny Penny has played to
    thousands on stadium stages from Liberia and Sierra Leone to Namibia and
    Mozambique.


    Using anAtari computer, Korg M1 synthesizer and reel-to-reel tape for vocals,
    Penny and Shirimani cut the entire record in just seven days. The music was
    something new for Tsonga disco. Penny s sound was dominated by slow tempo
    house rhythms rising and falling against his anthemic vocal exultations and steel
    drum synth sounds. Variations on call-and-response singing with a female chorus
    had been a characteristic of Tsonga music for generations and Penny adopted
    and twisted that approach with his rap-like delivery. Penny s husky, playful vocal
    performance is relatively light on lyrics and heavy on vibes. Shirimani
    constructed a signature sound for Penny was a static bass line, the sound of
    which contains the root tones of an organ but with a peculiar richness and
    depth. The producer won't reveal the secret of his trademark sound.


    Amidst all the success of subsequent albums and tours, Penny's passion grew
    into working with the people back in his home province. Eventually, Penny got
    into politics. In 2011, he was elected ward councillor for his region under the
    African National Congress party banner.


    Today, nearly 20 years since Shaka Bundu could be heard blasting from
    speakers across a new SouthAfrica, the music still sounds larger than life and
    worldly.And even today, despite shifting his energies from stadium shows to
    municipal matters, Penny Penny still sports his inimitable top-bun hairstyle.

    1. Shichangani
    2. Shibandza
    3. Ndzihere Bhi
    4. Dance Khomela
    5. Shaka Bundu
    6. Zirimini
    7. Milandu Bhe
    8. Shichangani (Remix)
    Penny Penny
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  • Professor 3 Professor 3 Quick View

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    Professor 3

    Professor Rhythm's 1991 recording Professor 3 is a vivid reflection of urban
    South Africa as apartheid was ending. Thami Mdluli's production
    project had young and old dancing to a sound that sought to unite Blacks
    within Southern Africa. "Our music gave hope to the hopeless," he says.


    Mdluli's third instrumental album (which contains some background vocals,
    to be exact), portrays the moment when the dominant mbaqanga
    and American R&B-based bubblegum sounds being produced in Johannesburg
    and other urban centers were transforming into house and hiphop-inspired
    kwaito. The pop of the 80's and all that went with it-from the
    models of synths and drum machines to the lyrical style-gave way to a
    changing melodic emphasis and new, much slower tempi using a completely
    different rhythmic skeleton.


    Upbeat, chipper bubblegum, often with double-time breakdowns and upstroke
    syncopations, faded and the sounds began to more closely resemble
    those of contemporary Black America-where hip-hop was slowing
    down and the bass-lines and melodies were getting moodier, darker in
    general. At the same time house music had briefly reached mainstream
    acceptance in the States and that popularity continued to feed into awareness
    overseas. These two influences blended with the burgeoning house
    music scenes in Johannesburg and Pretoria as Professor Rhythm 3 was
    being produced in March 1991 (the same year apartheid ended). Mdluli
    explains, "We were Influenced by foreign bands and so people updated
    their sound."


    According to Mdluli, the evolving sound was bolstered by widening availability
    of house and rap records from abroad while, most importantly, an
    increasing sense that apartheid might soon be finished was met with a
    new positivity vibe society. "1991, '92, '93 Mandela was released. People
    were upbeat, they were happy, the music was good."


    Professor 3 came out on vinyl as the LP business was dying in South
    Africa and sold around 20,000 copies. It was mainly distributed on tape,
    which sold closer to 100,000. With the help of engineer Fab Rosso, the
    recording features backing vocalists from Mango Groove.


    After making a half-dozen records as Professor Rhythm, Mdluli once
    again shifted his focus musically. By the mid-90's he had veered off
    gospel music-and left playing in bands and started making his own solo
    recordings. His enormous success in the gospel realm in the years since
    is a remarkable story in its own right, but for now we are only dancing.

    1. Uskamosothotsa
    2. Ubohisa Kanna
    3. Via Zimbabwe
    4. Raditaba (Nozindaba)
    5. Professor 3
    6. Zabalaza
    Professor Rhythm
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    Volume 7

    Bola's music aggressively melds sheer force of spirit with a sound not often heard by ears outside the remote Upper East Region of Ghana. His bold fury stems from the kologo-a two-stringed lute with a calabash gourd resonator-and Frafra-language vocals, emitted in raspy bursts. This is some of the most distinct and dynamic music to come out of Ghana since the emergence of hiplife music in the mid-90s. Volume 7, which came out in 2008, is just one entry in a brilliant series of recordings Bola has released.
    1. Burilbunbol Suma
    2. Makamiba
    3. Yine Ntaripaga
    4. Tivona Vonbubo
    5. Yine Mmema
    6. Tigantabame
    7. Hoyenbesa Nini
    8. Abayetidu Ma
    Bola
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  • Volume 5 (Awaiting Repress) Volume 5 (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Volume 5 (Awaiting Repress)

    Remastered from a Cassette Copy Source


    From the late 1960s until the early 1990s, a vibrant music scene in Somalia's capital Mogadishu was teeming with pop and folk musicians exploring the boundaries of regional sensibilities. With inuences spanning several genres of Somali traditional music, often meshed with Western pop, jazz and Middle-Eastern elements, a swirling diversity of sounds were being created, consumed, supported and encouraged.


    Dur-Dur Band emerged during a time when Somalia's distinctive contribution to the creative culture in the Horn of Africa was visible and abundant. Thousands of recordings made at the Somali National Theatre, Radio Mogadishu and other studios, were complemented by the nightclubs at Hotel Juba, Jazeera Hotel and Hotel al-Curuuba, creating a ourishing music scene.


    This recording, which was remastered from a cassette copy source, is a document of Dur-Dur Band after establishing itself as one of the most popular bands in Mogadishu. The challenge of locating a complete long-player from this era is evidenced by the delity of this recording. However, the complex, soulful music penetrates the hiss.


    By 1987 Dur-Dur Band's line-up featured singers Sahra Abukar Dawo, Abdinur Adan Daljir, Mohamed Ahmed Qomal and Abdukadir Mayow Buunis, backed by Abukar Dahir Qasim (guitar), Yusuf Abdi Haji Aleevi (guitar), Ali Dhere (trumpet), Muse Mohamed Araci (saxophone), Abdul Dhegey (saxophone), Eise Dahir Qasim (keyboard), Mohamed Ali Mohamed (bass), Adan Mohamed Ali Handal (drums), Ooyaaye Eise and Ali Bisha (congas) and Mohamed Karma, Dahir Yaree and Murjaan Ramandan (backing vocals). Dur-Dur Band managed to release almost a dozen recordings before emigrating to Ethiopia, Djibouti and America.


    Dur-Dur Band was considered a "private band," not beholden to government pressure to sing about political topics. They practiced a love- and culture-oriented lyricism. Government-sponsored bands like those of the military and the police forces, as well as many of the well-known folk musicians, made songs that were chiey political or patriotic in nature.


    In a country that has been disrupted by civil war, heated clan divisions and security concerns, music and the arts has suffered from stagnation in recent years. Many of the
    best-known musicians left the country. Music became nearly outlawed in Mogadishu in 2010. Incidentally, more than ten years after Volume 5 (1987) was recorded at Radio Mogadishu, the state-run broadcaster was the only station in Somalia to resist the ban on music briey enacted by Al-Shabab.


    Dur-Dur Band is a powerful and illustrative lens through which to appreciate a facet of the incredible sounds in Somalia before the country's stability took a turn. But Somali music of all kinds continues to thrive thanks in part to the diaspora living in cities worldwide. An extensive network of news, music and video websites, along with dozens of voluminous YouTube channels, makes clear an exciting relentlessness among artists. Reports of musicians returning to Mogadishu from years abroad bodes well for the immediate future of music and expression in Somalia.

    1. Dur-Dur Band Introduction
    2. Hayeelin
    3. Halelo
    4. Fagfagley
    5. Ilawad Cashaqa
    6. Garsore Waa Ilaah
    7. Aada Fududey Iga Ahow
    8. Tajir Waa Ilaah
    9. Dholey
    10. Amiina Awdaay
    11. Dooyo
    Dur-Dur Band
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  • Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye Quick View

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    Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye

    Hailu Mergia is a one-man band. In 1985, master accordionist and veteran bandleader, arranger and keyboardist released the Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument cassette. In a nostalgic effort to bring back the vintage accordion sound of his youth, Hailu gave Ethiopian music a sonic makeover. He was already celebrated for his work with the groundbreaking Addis Ababa ethio-jazz and funk outfit Walias Band. With imagination and a visionary sense of the self-contained possibilities of modern music, he captured the popular sounds of the past using the modern tools of the day.


    The reissue of this recording brings back a moment when Ethiopian music was
    shifting from acoustic-based performances to recordings using more and more
    synthesized elements. While the resulting sound of that shift has its critics Hailu
    Mergia's initial experiments with switched-on solo instrumentals based on
    Ethiopian folk and popular music captures a singular feeling dripping in
    ambiance and a very human emotional energy

    1. Shemonmuanaye
    2. Sewnetuwa
    3. Laloye
    4. Wegene
    5. Hari Meru Meru
    6. Amrew Demkew
    7. Anchin Alay Alegn
    8. Ambasel
    9. Hebo Lale
    10. Belew Beduby
    11. Shilela
    Hailu Mergia
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  • Tche Belew (Awaiting Repress) Tche Belew (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Tche Belew (Awaiting Repress)

    The acclaimed and highly sought-after LP by Hailu Mergia and
    the Walias, Tche Belew, an album of instrumentals released in
    1977, is perhaps the most seminal recording released in the
    aftermath of the 1974 revolution. The story of the Walias band is
    a critical chapter in Ethiopian popular music, taking place during
    a period of music industry flux and political complexity in the
    country.


    Hailu Mergia, a keyboardist and arranger diligently working the
    nightclub scene in Addis Ababa, formed the Walias in the early
    1970's with a core group of musicians assembled from prior
    working bands. They played Mergia's funk- and soul-informed
    tunes, while cutting 45rpm singles with various vocalists.


    While the Walias performed at top hotels and played the
    presidential palace twice, their relationship with the Derg regime
    was complex, evidenced by the removal of one song from the
    record by government censors.


    Decades later, Hailu Mergia was surprised to see the album
    fetching more than $4,000 at online auctions (it helped that the
    most popular of all Ethiopian tunes "Musicawi Silt" appeared on
    the record). Now everyone has the chance to listen again-or
    for the first time-to this timeless pillar of Ethiopian popular
    music.

    1. Tche Belew
    2. Yemiasleks Fikir
    3. Yikirta Lemminalehu
    4. Musicawi Silt
    5. Lomi Tera-tera
    6. Woghenei
    7. Ibakish Tarekigne
    8. Birtukane
    9. Eti Gual Blenai
    10. Yenuro Tesfa Alegne
    Hailu Mergia and the Wallas
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  • Obaa Sima Obaa Sima Quick View

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    Obaa Sima

    Ata Kak's cassette Obaa Sima fell on deaf ears when it was self-released in Ghana and Canada in 1994. The music on the recording-an amalgam of highlife, Twi-language rap, funk and disco-is presented with the passion of a Prince record and the DIY-bedroom-recording lo-fi charm of early Chicago house music. The astute self-taught song craft and visionary blend of sounds and rhythms has made the album a left-field cult favorite among adventurous listeners worldwide.
    1. Obaa Sima
    2. Moma Yendodo
    3. Adagya
    4. Medofo
    5. Daa Nyinaa
    6. Yemmpa Aba
    7. Bome Nnwom
    Ata Kak
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  • Shakin' All Over! Shakin' All Over! Quick View

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    Shakin' All Over!

    Though they found worldwide fame in 1969, Winnipeg's Guess Who had been scoring scads of hard-rockin' hits in Canada for years, beginning with 1965's ferocious rendition of Shakin' All Over. Now, spurred by the recent unearthing of a bevy of vintage master tapes -and with the help of Guess Who guitarist Randy Bachman-we've gathered 24 of The Guess Who's hardest-hitting, most awesome recordings from '63-'67. With many tracks in true stereo and a handful of cuts that haven't seen daylight for more than 30 years, Shakin' All Over! is the ultimate distillation of the seismic sound of the early Guess Who, and is available on CD and as a double 180 gram vinyl gatefold LP!
    1. Shakin' All Over
    2. Tuff E Nuff
    3. I'd Rather Be Alone
    4. All Right
    5. Baby Feelin'
    6. You Know He Did
    7. Believe Me
    8. Clock On The Wall
    9. It's My Pride
    10. If You Don't Want Me
    11. Baby's Birthday
    12. Made In England
    13. Seven Long Years
    14. Gonna Search*
    15. Stop Teasing Me*
    16. Hey Ho (What You Do To Me)*
    17. One Day*
    18. I Should Have Realized*
    19. Use Your Imagination*
    20. Don't Act So Bad*
    21. As*
    22. Just A Matter Of Time*
    23. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong
    24. Goodnight Goodnight*

    *stereo
    The Guess Who
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  • Wired Wired Quick View

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    Wired

    Now on 45 RPM LP, mastered at Sterling Sound by Ryan Smith from the analog tapes


    Plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings


    Deluxe tip-on gatefold jackets by Stoughton Printing


    Recorded in 1976 with the legendary George Martin as producer (The Beatles), both reprise their magic from Beck's Blow By Blow with an awesome array of jazz-rock-funk fusion, which is often sited as one of this genres finest recordings.


    This time for the eight incredible tracks, Jeff brings back the great Max Middleton on keys and Richard Bailey on drums, as well as new additions and future mainstay keyboardist Jan Hammer and the power drums of Michael Narada Walden, plus bassist Wilbur Bascomb.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Led Boots
    2. Come Dancing
    3. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
    4. Head For Backstage Pass
    5. Blue Wind
    6. Sophie
    7. Play With Me
    8. Love Is Green
    Jeff Beck
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    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • King Of America King Of America Quick View

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    King Of America

    180 Gram Vinyl


    Elvis Costello returned to his folk-rock and pub rock roots with King of America, creating one of his most affecting
    and personal records with the hit single "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and other hugely popular songs such as Brilliant Mistake, American Without Tears, and Indoor Fireworks. Now King Of America is available on 180 gram vinyl remastered from the original master tapes!


    Elvis Costello spent the year prior to recording King of America embarking on a solo tour, usually accompanied by producer/singer-songwriter T-Bone Burnett. The pair's decision to collaborate on Costello's 1986 album came naturally, and the music sounds it-emotional, effortless, literate, seemingly uncomplicated. Credit, however, not only goes to the best batch of Costello originals since 1982's Imperial Bedroom, but to the literally awesome and awe-inspiring cast of musicians Burnett invited to participate.

    1. Brilliant Mistake
    2. Lovable
    3. Our Little Angel
    4. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
    5. Glitter Gulch
    6. Indoor Fireworks
    7. Little Palaces
    8. I'll Wear It Proudly
    9. American Without Tears
    10. Eisenhower Blues
    11. Poisoned Rose
    12. The Big Light
    13. Jack of All Parades
    14. Suit of Lights
    15. Sleep of The Just
    Elvis Costello
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  • Live And In Living Color Live And In Living Color Quick View

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    Live And In Living Color


    First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl! 40th Anniversary Edition!


    Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music & Capitol Mastering, Hollywood, CA


    For over four decades, Tower Of Power have been the one of the premier soul, funk and rock bands of our time. Captivating audiences all over the world, the mighty Bay Area ensemble continues to tour extensively and release great music as proven with their 1976 smash "Live And In Living Color."


    "Live And In Living Color" reigns as one of the most notable live albums in funk history. With six super long jams from the pens of founders Emilio Castillo (alto sax/vocals) and Stephen Kupka (baritone sax/vocals), the Lp did well on the r&b radio formats as well as rock and jazz outlets across the country. Especially with the incredible live version of their top charting smash What Is Hip? which is currently featured in the hit HBO tv show Vinyl.


    Further T.O.P. champions like "Knock Yourself Out", "Down To The Nightclub" and the soulful ballad grooves of You're Still A Young Man" and "Sparkling In The Sand" made this album truly memorable.


    Long time member David Garibaldi kicks out his awesome TOP drum sound on this masterwork, along with the incredible horn attack of Castillo and Kupka, with the late great Mic Gillette. Check out Chester Thompson's thrilling keyboard stylings along side the solid vocal artistry of Hubert Tubbs....truly a winning sound from these Oakland superstars.


    Friday Music is no stranger to the soulful and funk sounds of the legendary superstars Tower Of Power. Therefore it is with much honor to continue our Tower Of Power/Friday Music Original Master Series with their smash concert album "Live And In Living Color." Impeccably mastered from the Warner Bros. tapes by Joe Reagoso (Tower Of Power/The Isley Brothers), we've also included the original Lp cover graphics to further enhance your Tower Of Power experience.


    What Is Hip!!!!

    1. Down To The Nightclub (Bump City)
    2. You're Still A Young Man
    3. What Is Hip?
    4. Sparkling In The Sand
    5. Knock Yourself Out
    Tower Of Power
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  • Surfer Girl (Mono) Surfer Girl (Mono) Quick View

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    Surfer Girl (Mono)

    33 1/3 RPM Mono Mixes Created Under Brian Wilson's Supervision


    Audio Production - Mark Linett


    For Brother Records - Elliott Lott


    Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio, Most From The Original Master Tapes Or Best Sources Available


    Lacquer Plating By Gary Salstrom And 200-Gram Vinyl Pressing By Quality Record Pressings


    To meet the standards of Analogue Productions, our Beach Boys album reissues had a mission to achieve: Present the band's music the way that Brian Wilson - famed co-founder, songwriter and arranger - intended. Mono mixes created under Wilson's supervision were how the surf rockin' California crew rose to fame! And we've got 'em!


    For the early part of the Beach Boys career, all of their singles were mixed and mastered and released only in the mono format - they didn't release a single in stereo until 1968. In those days, hits were made on AM radio in mono. And the mono of those times worked well for Wilson, who suffers from partial deafness. Still, apart from Surfin' Safari, which was mono only, the Beach Boys did turn in stereo masters on all of their early albums up until 1965. The Beach Boys Today! was the first LP for which they only delivered a mono master.


    Bottom line, the mono mixes were where Brian Wilson paid intense attention, and the dedication paid off!


    We've taken 10 of the most classic, best-sounding Beach Boy titles ever and restored them to their mono glory!


    But there's no disputing that the close harmonies and one-of-a-kind rhythms of hits like "Surfer Girl," "In My Room," "Little Deuce Coupe" and more lend themselves naturally to stereo. So we've got your 2-channel needs covered with prime stereo mix versions as well.


    Mastered by Kevin Gray, most from the original master tapes, and plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings, the finest LP pressing facility in the world, these are awesome recordings to experience. And the look of each album befits its sonic superiority! Presented in old school Stoughton tip-on jackets, these time honored favorites shine brighter than the originals!


    Surfer Girl, the Beach Boys' third album for Capitol Records, was the first produced by Brian Wilson on his own (the previous two, Surfin Safari and Surfin Usa (Mono & Stereo Remasters), were co-produced by the late Capitol A&R man, Nik Venet). This album was The Boys' first really great effort; there's not a bad track in the lot, including the title song, Catch A Wave, In My Room, Hawaii, Our Car Club, Little Deuce Coupe, Your Summer Dream, and more.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Surfer Girl
    2. Catch A Wave
    3. The Surfer Moon
    4. South Bay Surfer
    5. The Rocking Surfer
    6. Little Deuce Coupe
    7. In My Room
    8. Hawaii
    9. Surfer's Rule
    10. Our Car Club
    11. Your Summer Dream
    12. Boogie Woodie
    Beach Boys
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  • All Summer Long (Mono) All Summer Long (Mono) Quick View

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    All Summer Long (Mono)

    33 1/3 RPM Mono Mixes Created Under Brian Wilson's Supervision


    Audio Production - Mark Linett


    For Brother Records - Elliott Lott


    Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio, Most From The Original Master Tapes Or Best Sources Available


    Lacquer Plating By Gary Salstrom And 200-Gram Vinyl Pressing By Quality Record Pressings


    To meet the standards of Analogue Productions, our Beach Boys album reissues had a mission to achieve: Present the band's music the way that Brian Wilson - famed co-founder, songwriter and arranger - intended. Mono mixes created under Wilson's supervision were how the surf rockin' California crew rose to fame! And we've got 'em!


    For the early part of the Beach Boys career, all of their singles were mixed and mastered and released only in the mono format - they didn't release a single in stereo until 1968. In those days, hits were made on AM radio in mono. And the mono of those times worked well for Wilson, who suffers from partial deafness. Still, apart from Surfin' Safari, which was mono only, the Beach Boys did turn in stereo masters on all of their early albums up until 1965. The Beach Boys Today! was the first LP for which they only delivered a mono master.


    Bottom line, the mono mixes were where Brian Wilson paid intense attention, and the dedication paid off!


    We've taken 10 of the most classic, best-sounding Beach Boy titles ever and restored them to their mono glory!


    But there's no disputing that the close harmonies and one-of-a-kind rhythms of hits like "Surfer Girl," "In My Room," "Little Deuce Coupe" and more lend themselves naturally to stereo. So we've got your 2-channel needs covered with prime stereo mix versions as well.


    Mastered by Kevin Gray, most from the original master tapes, and plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings, the finest LP pressing facility in the world, these are awesome recordings to experience. And the look of each album befits its sonic superiority! Presented in old school Stoughton tip-on jackets, these time honored favorites shine brighter than the originals!


    All Summer Long was notable not only for racheting up the Beach Boys' standards and essentially bidding farewell to the surf songs that inspired both their name and reputation, but also for going toe-to-toe with one of rock's most explosive phenomena - Beatlemania - and coming away victorious, with the single 'I Get Around' soaring to No. 1 in the spring of 1964. Essentially another loose concept record (revolving around the innocent hedonistic pursuits of an idyllic SoCal summer) that takes its cue from the effervescent title track, it also documents Brian's restless creativity pushing the band toward its performing peak. - Amazon.com


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. I Get Around
    2. All Summer Long
    3. Hushabye
    4. Little Honda
    5. We'll Run Away
    6. Carl's Big Chance
    7. Wendy
    8. Do You Remember?
    9. Girls On The Beach
    10. Drive-In
    11. Our Favorite Recording Sessions
    12. Don't Back Down
    Beach Boys
    $34.99
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    Pet Sounds

    Stereo Edition Of Pet Sounds, Released On Vinyl For The First Time!


    Stereo Mix Produced By Mark Linett Under The Supervision Of Brian Wilson / Mixed By Mark Linett


    Audio Production - Mark Linett


    For Brother Records - Elliott Lott


    Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio, Most From The Original Master Tapes Or Best Sources Available


    Lacquer Plating By Gary Salstrom And 200-Gram Vinyl Pressing By Quality Record Pressings!


    It was Pet Sounds that blew me out of the water I love the album so much. I've just bought my kids each a copy of it for their education in life. I figure no one is educated musically 'til they've heard that album. - Paul McCartney


    All of us, Ginger (Baker), Jack (Bruce), and I consider Pet Sounds to be one of the greatest pop LPs to ever be released. It encompasses everything that's ever knocked me out and rolled it all into one. - Eric Clapton


    A musical legacy that began in Hawthorne, California and went on to conquer the world. Analogue Productions presents the ultimate pressings of 14 essential Beach Boys albums! Mastered by Kevin Gray, most from the original master tapes, and plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings, the finest LP pressing facility in the world, these are awesome recordings to experience. And the look of each album befits its sonic superiority! Presented in old school Stoughton tip-on jackets, these time honored favorites shine brighter than the originals!


    For the early part of the Beach Boys' career, all of their singles were mixed and mastered and released only in the mono format - they didn't release a single in stereo until 1968. In those days, hits were made on AM radio in mono. And the mono of those times worked well for Brian Wilson - famed co-founder, songwriter and arranger - who suffers from partial deafness. Still, apart from Surfin' Safari, which was mono only, the Beach Boys did turn in stereo masters on all of their early albums up until 1965.


    All of the newer stereo mixes on these remastered albums (The Beach Boys Today!, Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), The Beach Boys' Party, Pet Sounds and Smiley Smile) were all done by Mark Linett on behalf of the Beach Boys.


    Pet Sounds is famous for its use of multiple layers of unorthodox instrumentation as well as other cutting edge audio techniques for its time. It's considered the best Beach Boys album, and one of the best of the 1960s. The group here reached a whole new level in terms of both composition and production, layering tracks upon tracks of vocals and instruments to create a richly symphonic sound.


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    1. Wouldn't It Be Nice
    2. You Still Believe Me
    3. That's Not Me
    4. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
    5. I'm Waiting For The Day
    6. Let's Go Away For Awhile
    7. Sloop John B
    8. God Only Knows
    9. I Know There's An Answer
    10. Here Today
    11. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
    12. Pet Sounds
    13. Caroline No
    Beach Boys
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    Sunflower

    33 1/3 RPM Stereo Only


    Stereo Mixes Produced By Mark Linett And Alan Boyd / Mixed By Mark Linett


    Audio Production - Mark Linett


    For Brother Records - Elliott Lott


    Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio, Most From The Original Master Tapes Or Best Sources Available


    Lacquer Plating By Gary Salstrom And 200-gram Vinyl Pressing By Quality Record Pressings!


    A musical legacy that began in Hawthorne, California and went on to conquer the world. Analogue Productions presents the ultimate pressings of 14 essential Beach Boys albums! Mastered by Kevin Gray, most from the original master tapes, and plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings, the finest LP pressing facility in the world, these are awesome recordings to experience. And the look of each album befits its sonic superiority! Presented in old school Stoughton tip-on jackets, these time honored favorites shine brighter than the originals!


    Sunflower is considered by most fans - and some of the Beach Boys themselves - to be their finest work after Pet Sounds. More so than any other Beach Boys album, it's a true group collaboration, with Carl Wilson overseeing the production and mixdowns. Brian Wilson himself was very involved in the creation of this album, which includes one of his most enduring compositions, This Whole World, as well as an expansion of a fragment from the Smile sessions, Cool Cool Water, featuring some of the band's most intricate and playful interlocking vocal parts. Sunflower is also the home of some of Dennis Wilson's most enduring work, including the uptempo album opener Slip On Through, and the classic Beach Boys ballad Forever.


    Sunflower, originally titled Add Some Music (after the group's initial single for Warners, Add Some Music To Your Day, which failed to garner enough airplay to become a hit), underwent several lineup revisions before its eventual release in the late summer of 1970. The album, hailed by the U.K. music press as The Beach Boys' Sgt. Pepper, failed to sell, despite glowing reviews and wide acclaim for its rich sonic texture (due in no small part to the efforts of Beach Boys' engineer Stephen Desper, a noted pioneer in quadrophonic and surround sound technologies).


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    1. Slip On Through
    2. The Whole World Add Some Music To Your Day
    3. Deirdre
    4. Got To Know The Woman
    5. It's About Time
    6. Tears In The Morning
    7. All I Wanna Do
    8. Forever
    9. Our Sweet Love
    10. At My Window
    11. Cool, Cool Water
    Beach Boys
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    Surf's Up

    33 1/3 RPM Stereo Only


    Stereo Mixes Produced By Mark Linett And Alan Boyd / Mixed By Mark Linett


    Audio Production - Mark Linett


    For Brother Records - Elliott Lott


    Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio, Most From The Original Master Tapes Or Best Sources Available


    Lacquer Plating By Gary Salstrom And 200-gram Vinyl Pressing By Quality Record Pressings!


    A musical legacy that began in Hawthorne, California and went on to conquer the world. Analogue Productions presents the ultimate pressings of 14 essential Beach Boys albums! Mastered by Kevin Gray, most from the original master tapes, and plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings, the finest LP pressing facility in the world, these are awesome recordings to experience. And the look of each album befits its sonic superiority! Presented in old school Stoughton tip-on jackets, these time honored favorites shine brighter than the originals!


    Worth noting on Surf's Up is Stephen Desper's engineering work - the entire album was mixed to a center channel quad matrix that he was developing at the time.


    Surf's Up hit the Top 30 on its first release, reaching No. 29 on the Billboard LP charts - the highest chart placement the group had had since 1967. At the time of its release, Surf's Up was hailed by many as a comeback for The Beach Boys, who were beginning to attract raves for their live performances, including highly acclaimed sets at New York's legendary Carnegie Hall.


    Carl Wilson makes solid contributions on Surf's Up with Long Promised Road and Feel Flows, and the album also features stellar tracks by Al Jardine and Mike Love, as well as Bruce Johnston's most enduring composition, the gently nostalgic Disney Girls (1957), but the album's twin jewels are both from Brian Wilson - Til I Die and the title track - one of the centerpieces of the then-unreleased Smile (cowritten by lyricist Van Dyke Parks and here given that album's Child Is Father to the Man as a glorious coda.)


    Surf's Up track A Day in the Life of a Tree is the first in a series of Brian's songs that close the album. It's simultaneously one of Brian Wilson's most deeply touching and unusual compositions; he is the narrator and object of the song (though not the vocalist; co-writer Jack Rieley lends a hand), lamenting his long life amid the pollution and grime of a city park while the somber tones of a pipe organ build atmosphere. Til I Die, isn't the love song the title suggests; it's a haunting, fatalistic piece of pop surrealism that appeared to signal Brian's retirement from active life.


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    1. Don't Go Near The Water
    2. Long Promised Road
    3. Take A Load Off Your Feet
    4. Disney Girls
    5. Student Demonstration Time
    6. Feel Flows
    7. Lookin' At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song)
    8. A Day In The Life Of A Tree
    9. 'Til I Die
    10. Surf's Up
    Beach Boys
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    Tyranny And Mutation (Speakers Corner)

    Let's look back nostalgically to the days when influential DJs presented their precious wares on the radio, which were lapped up by listeners and music pirates alike. That progressive, perhaps psycho, rockers such as the Blue Öyster Cult led a somewhat niche existence makes one all the more eager to listen to the truly awesome discs recorded by this group in their early days. An important start was made with the re-release of BÖC's Secret Treaties (Columbia KC 32858), which is now followed by Tyranny And Mutation - another great disc. Although the band offers a mix of slightly subdued, milder pieces, the opening number The Red & The Black makes it fully clear that we are in for a dizzy roller-coaster ride here. Subsequently the Black side with its straightforward guitar riffs is mixed together with a complex melody and results in an amazingly colourful sound (O.D.'d On Life Itself), it is refreshingly naive, full of feisty complicated rock (Baby Ice Dog), and soars to celestial heights in Wings Wetted Down with its polyphonic male voices.


    After the death of 'Lemmy' Kilmister in 2015, we can now enjoy only one group with a heavy-metal Umlaut in its name. But who wants to wait around until some radio DJ puts this great chunk of meaty rock'n'roll on the turntable?

    Musicians:



    • Eric Bloom (guitar, keyboards, vocal)

    • Allen Lanier (keyboards, guitar)

    • Donald 'Buck Dharma' Roeser (guitar, vocal)

    • Joe Bouchard (bass, vocal, keyboards)

    • Albert Bouchard (drums, vocal)



    Recording: 1972 at Columbia Studios, New York City, by Tim Geelan

    Production: Murray Krugman and Sandy Pearlman




    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. The Red & The Black
    2. O.D.'d On Life Itself
    3. Hot Rails To Hell
    4. 7 Screaming Diz-Busters
    5. Baby Ice Dog
    6. Wings Wetted Down
    7. Teen Archer
    8. Mistress Of The Salmon Salt (Quicklime Girl)
    Blue Oyster Cult
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    Smiley Smile

    Stereo Edition Of Smiley Smile, Released On Vinyl For The First Time!


    Smiley Smile Stereo Mix Created Between 2005 And 2012 Using The First Generation Basic Tracking Session Multitracks, Synced With The Overdubs That Were Later Added On Second And Third Generation Masters, To Create The First True Stereo Mixes


    Stereo Mixes Produced By Mark Linett And Alan Boyd / Mixed By Mark Linett


    Audio Production - Mark Linett


    For Brother Records - Elliott Lott


    Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio, Most From The Original Master Tapes Or Best Sources Available


    Lacquer Plating By Gary Salstrom And 200-gram Vinyl Pressing By Quality Record Pressings!


    A musical legacy that began in Hawthorne, California and went on to conquer the world. Analogue Productions presents the ultimate pressings of 14 essential Beach Boys albums! Mastered by Kevin Gray, most from the original master tapes, and plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings, the finest LP pressing facility in the world, these are awesome recordings to experience. And the look of each album befits its sonic superiority! Presented in old school Stoughton tip-on jackets, these time honored favorites shine brighter than the originals!


    First mixed and released in stereo for the first time in 2012. These stereo mixes were created using the first generation basic tracking session multitracks, synced with the overdubs that were later added on second and third generation masters, to create the first true stereo mixes. The exception is Good Vibrations, which is a computer-generated stereo mix by Derry Fitzgerald. A remix in stereo wasn't possible because the original multi-track tape has never been located. The stereo mixes for Today!, Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), Beach Boys' Party! and Smiley Smile were produced and mixed by Mark Linett, and co-produced by Alan Boyd.


    All of the newer stereo mixes on these remastered albums (The Beach Boys Today!, Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), The Beach Boys' Party, Pet Sounds and Smiley Smile) were all done by Mark Linett on behalf of the Beach Boys.


    After the much-discussed, uncompleted Smile project - which was supposed to take the innovations of Pet Sounds to even grander heights - collapsed, the Beach Boys released Smiley Smile in its place. (To clarify much confusion: Smiley Smile is an entirely different piece of work than Smile would have been, although some material that ended up on Smiley Smile would have most likely been used on Smile. Also, much of Smiley Smile was in fact recorded after the Smile sessions had ceased.), writes AllMusic.com


    For fans expecting something along the lines of Sgt. Pepper (and there were many of them), Smiley Smile was a major disappointment, replacing psychedelic experimentation with spare, eccentric miniatures. Heard now, outside of such unrealistic expectations, it's a rather nifty, if rather slight, effort that's avant garde in the extreme. 'Wind Chimes,' 'Wonderful,' 'Vegetables,' and much of the rest is low-key psychedelic quirkiness, with abundant fine harmonies and unusual arrangements. The standouts, nonetheless, were two recent hit singles in which Brian Wilson's ambitions were still intact: The inscrutable mini-opera 'Heroes and Villains,' and the number one hit 'Good Vibrations,' one of the few occasions where the group managed to be recklessly experimental and massively commercial at the same time. - AllMusic.com


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Heroes And Villains
    2. Vegetables
    3. Fall Breaks Back To Winter (W. Woodpecker Symphony)
    4. She's Goin' Bald
    5. Little Pad
    6. Good Vibrations
    7. With Me Tonight
    8. Wind Chimes
    9. Getting' Hungry
    10. Wonderful
    11. Whistle In
    Beach Boys
    $34.99
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    The Reiner Sound

    RCA Living Stereo classical LPs - the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!


    Remastered and cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound


    Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!


    Grade: A+. As good as this record has ever sounded. Liquidly beautiful string and wind tone, very deep and powerful bass (although the orchestra occasionally overloads the mics or mic preamps, as it does on the original RCA pressings), sensational dynamics on both the Ravel Rapsodie and the Rachmaninoff Isle of the Dead (with some of the lifelike ease you usually only hear on reel-to-reel tape), and astonishing preservation of inner detail (some of which I haven't heard before this clearly on vinyl or digital). - Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound.com, June 11, 2013


    Yet another giant of the Living Stereo series. The Isle Of The Dead is a truly awesome orchestral spectacular with dynamic peaks that will stun most listeners. Also included is the equally stirring version of Rhapsodie Espagnole.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)


    Rapsodie Espagnole
    Pavan for a Dead Princess


    Sergey Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)


    Isle of the Dead, Op. 29

    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Turkey

    In bowling's hallowed alleys, a strike is the minor miracle of all ten pins falling at once. Back-to-back strikes make a double. Do it a third time and you've got yourself a turkey. History will decide which sports metaphor to apply to Mike Krol's first two records, I Hate Jazz (2011) and Trust Fund (2013). But as needle meets groove on Turkey-Krol's first record for Merge-there is no ambiguity. A shiny black ball tumbles past the suburban strip malls of a polyestered Wisconsin and veers precariously close to an East Coast gutter before gathering momentum in a physics-defying sprint for the Pacific. California is where the headpin falls-the right velocity, the perfect geometry, the bowler's intent beautifully realized in a noisy moment of awesome destruction. Mike Krol got his bike stolen and his heart broken. He bailed on graphic-design-as-career. He kept playing drums and guitars, and he kept writing songs about the stuff he hated and the stuff he loved. Leaving Milwaukee for Los Angeles, he took a few years' worth of wrong turns. But when he showed up at a studio in Sacramento in March 2014, he had his affairs in order. Plug the vocal mic into a guitar amp. Plug the guitar into an overheating box of vacuum tubes. Put the computer in the closet. Roll the tape.
    1. Suburban Wasteland
    2. Neighborhood Watch
    3. Left Out (ATTN: SoCal Garage Rockers)
    4. Save the Date
    5. This Is The News
    6. La La La
    7. Cactuses
    8. Less Than Together
    9. Piano Shit
    Mike Krol
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    Joan Baez (Pure Pleasure)

    At the time of its release, Joan Baez's debut album was something of a revelation. The folk music revival was beginning to gather steam, stoked on the popular side by artists such as the Kingston Trio and the Easy Riders, as well as up-and-coming ensembles such as the Highwaymen, and on the more intense and serious side by the Weavers. The female singers on the scene were mostly old-time, veteran activist types like Ronnie Gilbert and Malvina Reynolds, who was in her sixties. And then along comes this album, by a 19-year-old who looked more like the kind of co-ed every mother dreamt her son would come home with, displaying a voice from heaven, a soprano so pure and beguiling that the mere act of listening to her - forget what she was singing - was a pleasure. Baez's first album, made up primarily of traditional songs (including a startling version of House of the Rising Sun), was beguiling enough to woo even conservative-leaning listeners. Accompanied by the Weavers' Fred Hellerman and a pair of session singers, Baez gives a fine account of the most reserved and least confrontational aspects of the folk revival, presenting a brace of traditional songs (most notably East Virginia and Mary Hamilton) with an urgency and sincerity that makes the listener feel as though they were being sung for the first time, and opening with a song that was to become her signature piece for many years, Silver Dagger. The recording was notable at the time for its purity of sound, and Baez's voice soars with an awesome purity of Fare Thee Well, House of the Rising Sun, and All My Trials, and the guitar accompaniment on Wildwood Flower, among other tracks, comes through with richness and clarity.




    Musicians:



    • Joan Baez (vocal, guitar)

    • Fred Hellerman (guitar)




    Production: Maynard Solomon



    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.



    Silver Dagger
    East Virginia

    Fare Thee Well
    House Of The Rising Sun

    All My Trials
    Wildwood Flower
    Donna Donna
    John Riley
    Rake And Rambling Boy

    Little Moses
    Mary Hamilton
    Henry Martin
    El Preso Numero Nueve
    Joan Baez
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    Shut Down Vol 2 (Mono)

    33 1/3 RPM Mono Mixes Created Under Brian Wilson's Supervision


    Audio Production - Mark Linett


    For Brother Records - Elliott Lott


    Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio, Most From The Original Master Tapes Or Best Sources Available


    Lacquer Plating By Gary Salstrom And 200-Gram Vinyl Pressing By Quality Record Pressings


    To meet the standards of Analogue Productions, our Beach Boys album reissues had a mission to achieve: Present the band's music the way that Brian Wilson - famed co-founder, songwriter and arranger - intended. Mono mixes created under Wilson's supervision were how the surf rockin' California crew rose to fame! And we've got 'em!


    For the early part of the Beach Boys career, all of their singles were mixed and mastered and released only in the mono format - they didn't release a single in stereo until 1968. In those days, hits were made on AM radio in mono. And the mono of those times worked well for Wilson, who suffers from partial deafness. Still, apart from Surfin' Safari, which was mono only, the Beach Boys did turn in stereo masters on all of their early albums up until 1965. The Beach Boys Today! was the first LP for which they only delivered a mono master.


    The stereo editions of Surfin' USA, Surfer Girl, Little Deuce Coupe, Shut Down Vol. 2, All Summer Long, Beach Boys Christmas Album and Beach Boys Concert were all mixed in stereo by their own preferred engineer, Chuck Britz, ostensibly under the group's supervision.


    Brian may or may not have been present for those mixing sessions - evidence suggests that he trusted Chuck's skills enough to let him prepare those mixes on his own - but the group held onto their multitrack tapes and delivered stereo masters to Capitol, rather than allowing Capitol to prepare their own stereo versions. Later, when Brian was only delivering mono masters, Capitol would prepare the Duophonic pseudo stereo editions for the stereo market, says Alan Boyd, producer and Beach Boys' archivist.


    All of the newer stereo mixes on these remastered albums (The Beach Boys Today!, Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), The Beach Boys' Party, Pet Sounds and Smiley Smile) were all done by Mark Linett on behalf of the Beach Boys.


    Still, bottom line, the mono mixes were where Brian Wilson paid intense attention, and the dedication paid off!


    We've taken 10 of the most classic, best-sounding Beach Boy titles ever and restored them to their mono glory!


    But there's no disputing that the close harmonies and one-of-a-kind rhythms of hits like "Surfer Girl," "In My Room," "Little Deuce Coupe" and more lend themselves naturally to stereo. So we've got your 2-channel needs covered with prime stereo mix versions as well.


    Mastered by Kevin Gray, most from the original master tapes, and plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings, the finest LP pressing facility in the world, these are awesome recordings to experience. And the look of each album befits its sonic superiority! Presented in old school Stoughton tip-on jackets, these time honored favorites shine brighter than the originals!


    The first Shut Down was a hugely successful Capitol Records Various Artists compilation LP that had included a pair of Beach Boys tracks. Whereas their previous album Little Deuce Coupe had been a full-on car themed concept album, the Beach Boys' Shut Down Volume 2 was pretty much evenly split between songs with car themes and various high school and summertime-themed tunes. The album sought to further the Beach Boys beyond its ironic sea-and-sun fetish (none but Dennis Wilson ever surfed) into the burgeoning hot-rod subculture. ... the high points remain nothing short of spectacular, including the Mike Love-propelled 'Fun, Fun, Fun,' Wilson's knowing nod to Phil Spector, 'Don't Worry Baby,' and the (hit) 'The Warmth of the Sun.' - Amazon.com


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Fun, Fun, Fun
    2. Don't Worry Baby
    3. In The Parkin' Lot
    4. "Cassius" Love Vs "Sonny" Wilson
    5. The Warmth Of The Sun
    6. This Car Is Mine
    7. Why Do Fools Fall In Love
    8. Pom, Pom Play Girl
    9. Keep An Eye On Summer
    10. Shut Down, Part II
    11. Louie, Louie
    12. Denny's Drums
    Beach Boys
    $34.99
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