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  • Perpetual Burn: 30th Anniversary Reissue (Awaiting Stock) Perpetual Burn: 30th Anniversary Reissue (Awaiting Stock) Quick View

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    Perpetual Burn: 30th Anniversary Reissue (Awaiting Stock)

    Jason Becker's "Perpetual Burn" Returns To Vinyl In Time To Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Its Release


    Pressed On Hot Pink Colored Vinyl


    Includes Previously Unreleased Material


    Jason Becker's Perpetual Burn celebrates the 30th anniversary of its release with a reissue for all the fans of this masterpiece.


    There is one bonus track which contains two guitar solos left off the original recording of Perpetual Burn.

    1. Altitudes
    2. Perpetual Burn
    3. Mabel's Fatal Fable
    4. Air
    5. Temple of the Absurd
    6. Eleven Blue Egyptians
    7. Dweller in the Cellar
    8. Opus Pocus
    9. Bonus Solos
    Jason Becker
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    Aja

    Ranked 145/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

    Limited Edition


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    Long argued as one of the (if not THE) best rock recording ever and a permanent fixture on many a demo system in the late '70s and '80s, Aja was the culmination of everything Donald Fagen and Walter Becker aspired to accomplish in their storied careers. It was the first album certified platinum (eventually selling more than 5 million copies in the U.S.) by the then-new RIAA sales tracking system. It made Steely Dan superstars. It contained three ubiquitous U.S. Top 40 singles in Peg, Josie and Deacon Blues, though each of the seven tracks are wonderful.


    Steely Dan's meticulously crafted sixth album was Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's stab at becoming mainstream jazz-pop superstars. And thanks to sweet, smart, slippery tracks like Deacon Blues and Peg, they did just that - and won a Grammy for Best Engineered album too.



    1. Black Cow
    2. Aja
    3. Deacon Blues
    4. Peg
    5. Home At Last
    6. I Got The News
    7. Josie
    Steely Dan
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    II

    San Franciscos Pins of Light reside in that murky musical shadow-territory of the nearly unclassifiable. They craft a brutal and intricate mÉlange of metal, punk and prog that isnt quite any of those things. Pins of Lights most progressive moments are more Motörhead than Mothers of Invention; their metal is more Pink Floyd than it is Judas Priest; the elements of punk are a driving fistfight thats entirely the bands own. Singer and bassist Shane Baker, guitarists Jake Palladino and Ravi Durbeej, and drummer Phil Becker come previously (and currently) from such SF institutions as Dead and Gone, Night After Night, Hightower and Triclops (among a slew of others). The groups debut album II was recorded by Kurt Schlegel (Jello Biafra, Melvins, I Am Spoonbender) and Phil Manley (TransAm, The Fucking Champs) at Lucky Cat Recording and mixed by Becker in the bands hometown.
    1. 4112
    2. Losing Sleep
    3. My Revenge
    4. No Way Home
    5. Western Sky
    6. Empire
    7. Sound & Pressure
    8. We Fly Alone
    Pins Of Light
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  • We'll Do It Live (Awaiting Repress) We'll Do It Live (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    We'll Do It Live (Awaiting Repress)

    WE'LL DO IT LIVE is the first album released by The Infamous Stringdusters' own label: High Country Recordings.


    Produced by Drew Becker and the Infamous Stringdusters

    Executive Producer Michael Allenby


    Mixed by Billy Hume at The Zone

    Mastered by Glenn Schick


    Travis Book - Bass and Vocals

    Jesse Cobb - Mandolin

    Andy Falco - Guitar

    Jeremy Garrett - Fiddle and Vocals

    Andy Hall - Dobro and Vocals

    Chris Pandolfi - Banjo and Video


    Drew Becker - Sound

    Brett Angstadt - Lights

    Justin Billcheck - Tour Management


    Recorded Live:

    April 29, 2011 - Charlottesville, VA - The Jefferson Theater

    May 4, 2011 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground

    May 6, 2011 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

    May 7, 2011 - Falls Church, VA - The State Theater

    1. Fork In The Road
    2. The Hitchhiker
    3. Long Lonesome Day
    4. Gettin' Down The Road
    5. Get It While You Can
    6. Masquerade
    7. Ain't No Way Of Knowing
    8. Well, Well
    9. How Far I'd Fall For You
    10. All The Same
    11. No More To Leave You Behind
    12. Echoes Of Goodbye
    13. Keep On Truckin'
    The Infamous Stringdusters
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    Daktari

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    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Music From The Hit TV Show


    A Score Focused On Percussion And African Sound


    Cut in the birth pangs of electric fusion and afro-funk, West Coast drummer Shelly Manne's brilliant score for the popular '60's TV series Daktari still stands as a global fusion landmark.


    Daktari is an album by drummer Shelly Manne recorded in 1967 featuring music from Daktari. The heavy use of the marimba with various percussion instruments serves the score well and makes it a huge success.


    On the album, Mike Wofford plays a tack piano to evoke an African sound, and Manne is joined by percussionists Emil Richards, Larry Bunker, Frank Carlson, and Victor Feldman. According to the record liner notes, Manne and fellow percussionists play ankle and wrist jingles, Thai mouth organs, angklungs, ocarinas, vibraphones, tympani, and different kinds of marimbas.


    Steely Dan guitarist Walter Becker was a fan of the album's 'vaguely African' music, sounding like it came from Hollywood session players rather than actual Africans. In the late 1990s, Becker modelled a percussion sequence after this style on the song Two Against Nature released on the Steely Dan album of the same name.

    1. Daktari
    2. Out On A Limb
    3. Clarence
    4. Africa
    5. Stay With Me
    6. Elephantime
    7. Wameru
    8. Toto
    9. Galloping Giraffes
    10. Judy Judy
    11. Ivan
    12. Rhino Trot
    Shelly Manne
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    Inferno (Awaiting Repress)

    Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman will release Inferno, his first solo album of original material in four years, via Prosthetic Records. The album was recorded primarily in Los Angeles with engineer Chris Rakestraw (DANZIG, CHILDREN OF BODOM) and mixed by Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH) - features what Friedman recently told Guitar World is the most intense writing and playing I can do. The album also includes notable guest appearances by several artists influenced by Friedman, including flamenco/metal acoustic guitar duo RODRIGO Y GABRIELA, CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Alexi Laiho, SKYHARBOR mastermind Keshav Dhar and REVOCATION guitar whiz David Davidson, as well as Friedman's first songwriting collaboration with Jason Becker since the pair played together in CACOPHONY, the pioneering duo of guitar mayhem.


    In addition, Inferno breaks all genre rules and creates new ones with an exhilarating and musically daring mash-up with Jørgen Munkeby of the acclaimed blackjazz act SHINING, as well as two tracks featuring vocals by rock guru Danko Jones. Overall, Inferno is by fa Friedman's most thrilling and adventurous effort to date.


    - Blabbermouth

    1. Inferno
    2. Resin
    3. Wicked Panacea (feat. Rodrigo y Gabriela)
    4. Steroidhead (feat. Keshav Dhar)
    5. I Can't Relax (feat. Danko Jones)
    6. Meat Hook (feat. Jørgen Munkeby)
    7. Hyper Doom
    8. Sociopaths (feat. David Davidson)
    9. Lycanthrope (feat. Alexi Laiho & Danko Jones)
    10. Undertow
    11. Horrors (co-written by Jason Becker)
    12. Inferno (reprise)

    Marty Friedman
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  • Beast Epic Beast Epic Quick View

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    Beast Epic

    I can whine about it all but I won't.
    -Samuel E. Beam

    The first Iron & Wine song that I ever remember hearing was Dead Man's Will, originally featured on the Yeti 1 compilation CD. Its hushed eloquence and unadorned beauty lent it a sort of soft power*,a triumph of instinct over overstatement. That was in 2001.

    In 2017, Beast Epic, Iron & Wine's fourth album of new material for Sub Pop and it's sixth overall, recasts soft power as a series of vignettes, observations and regular old songs that redeem through joy and a certain expectation of grace.

    Even the instant classic, Bitter Truth, with a lyric as pained and direct as any I've heard from Iron & Wine, is leavened with background vocals recalling The Jordanaires. Sam Beam has called Beast Epic his most personal album to date. It is the first Iron &Wine album that he's produced since The Creek Drank The Cradle,though the results are vastly different. This album brims with surprise flourishes, classic touches and an appealing confidence that is evident on songs like Call It Dreaming.

    After a decade and a half of prodigious expression and exploration,recording as both Iron & Wine and eponymously, Sam Beam confessed that he has finally figured out how to make records. He hadme fooled all along.

    Beast Epic will be available worldwide through Sub Pop Records. It's my favorite Iron & Wine album by a mile.

    - Jonathan Poneman

    Iron & Wine's Beast Epic was written and produced by Sam Beam,and recorded and engineered by Tom Schick at the Loft in Chicago inJuly 2016 and January 2017. The musicians who played on Beast Epic include longtime Iron & Wine collaborators Robert Burger (keys),Joe Adamik (percussion), and Jim Becker (guitar, banjo, violin,mandolin), along with bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing and Fiona Apple), and Chicagoan Teddy Rankin Parker (cello). Beast Epic was mastered by Richard Dodd in Nashville, Tennessee.

    *The term soft power was cribbed from author and Harvard professor Joseph Nye, but used in a different context.

    1. Claim Your Ghost
    2. Thomas County Law
    3. Bitter Truth
    4. Song in Stone
    5. Summer Clouds
    6. Call It Dreaming
    7. About A Bruise
    8. Last Nigh
    9. Right for Sky
    10. The Truest Stars We Know
    11. Our Light Miles
    Iron And Wine
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  • Beast Epic (Deluxe) Beast Epic (Deluxe) Quick View

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    Beast Epic (Deluxe)

    Deluxe 2x Vinyl Edition Features 5 Bonus Tracks

    I can whine about it all but I won't.
    -Samuel E. Beam

    The first Iron & Wine song that I ever remember hearing was Dead Man's Will, originally featured on the Yeti 1 compilation CD. Its hushed eloquence and unadorned beauty lent it a sort of soft power*,a triumph of instinct over overstatement. That was in 2001.

    In 2017, Beast Epic, Iron & Wine's fourth album of new material for Sub Pop and it's sixth overall, recasts soft power as a series of vignettes, observations and regular old songs that redeem through joy and a certain expectation of grace.

    Even the instant classic, Bitter Truth, with a lyric as pained and direct as any I've heard from Iron & Wine, is leavened with background vocals recalling The Jordanaires. Sam Beam has called Beast Epic his most personal album to date. It is the first Iron &Wine album that he's produced since The Creek Drank The Cradle,though the results are vastly different. This album brims with surprise flourishes, classic touches and an appealing confidence that is evident on songs like Call It Dreaming.

    After a decade and a half of prodigious expression and exploration,recording as both Iron & Wine and eponymously, Sam Beam confessed that he has finally figured out how to make records. He had me fooled all along.

    Beast Epic will be available worldwide through Sub Pop Records. It's my favorite Iron & Wine album by a mile.

    - Jonathan Poneman

    Iron & Wine's Beast Epic was written and produced by Sam Beam,and recorded and engineered by Tom Schick at the Loft in Chicago in July 2016 and January 2017. The musicians who played on Beast Epic include longtime Iron & Wine collaborators Robert Burger (keys),Joe Adamik (percussion), and Jim Becker (guitar, banjo, violin,mandolin), along with bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing and Fiona Apple), and Chicagoan Teddy Rankin Parker (cello). Beast Epic was mastered by Richard Dodd in Nashville, Tennessee.

    *The term soft power was cribbed from author and Harvard professor Joseph Nye, but used in a different context.

    1. Claim Your Ghost
    2. Thomas County Law
    3. Bitter Truth
    4. Song in Stone
    5. Summer Clouds
    6. Call It Dreaming
    7. About A Bruise
    8. Last Nigh
    9. Right for Sky
    10. The Truest Stars We Know
    11. Our Light Miles
    12. Hearts Walk Anywhere*
    13. Kicking the Old Rain*
    14. About a Bruise (demo)*
    15. Claim a Ghost (demo)*
    16. Summer Clouds (demo)*


    *Bonus track on deluxe edition only

    Iron And Wine
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  • 10CC 10CC Quick View

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    10CC

    Import


    Red Vinyl


    In 1972 few groups could have had their single nominated as Tony Blackburn's hit-pick while simultaneously being championed by underground DJ John Peel, Manchester pop quartet 10CC did just that. 10CC's music has always been able to be taken on a number of levels, and even though this was the glam era they felt a greater affinity with Americans Steely Dan. Their clever lyrics certainly put them in the Becker-Fagen bracket. The highlights of this long-player are still very much present and correct, so enjoy a return to those glorious vinyl days...

    1. Johnny, Don't Do It
    2. Sand In My Face
    3. Donna
    4. The Dean And I
    5. Headline Hustler
    6. Speed Kills
    7. Rubber Bullets
    8. The Hospital Song
    9. Ships Don't Disappear (Do They?)
    10. Fresh Air For My Mama
    10CC
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  • Afternoon In Rio Afternoon In Rio Quick View

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    Afternoon In Rio

    This is the newest project, born in Rio De Janeiro. Ersahin has already presented the Brazilian version of his Nublu Jazz Festival, and this disc probably reflects the urban electronica advances of São Paulo in equal measure. There are supremely individual vocals from Nina Becker, Thalma de Freitas, China and Junio Barreto. Also involved are Kenny Wollesen and Alberto Continentino on the rhythm sections, and the massively influential (and innovative) producer/instrumentalist Kassin and guitarists Catatau and Muzak. As if this wasn't sufficiently impressive, there are the rappers Rodrigo and Lourdes de Luz from Mamelo Soundsystem. Acidic guitars contrast with dreamy vocals and tumbling drums. This is an organic funk with resonant basslines, harmonised saxophone and skittering drums. It's a swirling brew of vocals, vibes and stinging guitar parts. The sound of an experimenting Brazil that remains in touch with its pop, rock, bossa and samba roots.
    1. Meus Amigos
    2. Ondas
    3. Voce E Tudo
    4. Ninguem Sabe
    5. Rio Underground
    6. Deixa
    7. Copa
    8. De Nada
    9. Mood do Kassin
    10. Afternoon in Rio
    11. Saideira
    Ilhan Ersahin
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    EUSA

    Yann Tiersen has announced details of a brand new album, EUSA.

    The new album, recorded at Abbey Road, is Tiersen's first ever album of solo piano music, and follows 2014's album release, (Infinity).Location is important to everything Yann Tiersen does, and here,Tiersen has taken his connection with the land one step further. The collection of 10 solo piano pieces form a musical map of Tiersen's home island Ushant ('Eusa' in the local Breton language) which is positioned in the Celtic sea between Brittany and Cornwall.

    Between each piece we hear the sounds of the island, and Tiersen's improvisations that are all titled 'Hent'. Hent translates from Breton to English as Path and with each one Tiersen leads the listener across the island landscape to a new location.

    His full immersion into the rustic way of life and his admiration for desolate, sparsely-inhabited landscapes all seem a far cry from the cutesy postcard image of Montmartre and the soundtrack for the filmAmÉlie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001), that some might best recognize Tiersen from. In fact this album sees a return to a more stripped back production last seen on the collaborative soundtrack for Good Bye Lenin! (Wolfgang Becker, 2003).

    1. Hent I
    2. Pern
    3. Hent II
    4. Porz Goret
    5. Lok Gweltz
    6. Hent III
    7. Penn ar Roc'h
    8. Hent IV
    9. Kereon
    10. Hent V
    11. Yuzin
    12. Roc'h ar Vugale
    13. Hent VI
    14. Penn ar Lann
    15. Hent VII
    16. Enez Nein
    17. Kadoran
    18. Hent VIII
    Yann Tiersen
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    Endgame

    After emerging in 2011 via a rapid-fire series of groundbreaking EPs, Brooklyn-based producer Ital (Daniel Martin-McCormick) surprised followers by releasing his debut album "Hive Mind" on Planet Mu in February 2012. The record immediately struck a chord with both critics and fans for its fascinating use of house rhythms to bolster fractured, alien landscapes with a surprisingly tender emotional power. Seemingly unconcerned with dance music orthodoxy and informed by years in the noise-punk underground, his compositions came out of left field, constructed on primitive software with bizarre, culture jamming samples. Dance music in New York was re-emerging after a period of stagnation, and Ital was among the first of a younger wave of producers to invigorate it with a dose of visceral vitality.


    Since then, he's remained at the forefront with a remarkable EP for esteemed label Workshop, a collaboration with Hieroglyphic Being and a pair of excellent EPs on his own Lovers Rock imprint. Now Ital has returned to Planet Mu for "Endgame", his most singular and hypnotic work to date.Vertigo-inducing, nuanced and highly evocative, "Endgame" is a delirious pleasure to dive into. The album's textures often explore inviting spaces, only to bring the listener "somewhere uncomfortable, perceiving constant chaos and collapse in the periphery of your vision," as Daniel describes. This is especially evident on the haunting title track, its dizzying reverb lingering while the bottom drops out, leaving the listener suddenly on the edge of a cliff they weren't even aware of, and the glacial shift in "Beacon" from warm, bubbling chords to disconcerting stillness. Meanwhile, throttling techno tracks like Whispers In The Dark & White II burst with undeniably seductive dancefloor energy, each jagged edge and oozing melody uniquely formed. One of his goals from the start was "to keep things liquid. The music had to come from that natural, unforced space." Inspired by recent excursions into psychedelics, "apocalyptic" strains of minimalist composition, and his sense of "eerily ubiquitous post-globalization culture-leveling," "Endgame" is a techno album that teems with ideas. Recorded with a select arsenal of hardware, mixed with M Geddes Gengras at his LA studio and mastered by acclaimed engineer Rashad Becker, the final result is a shimmering blend of his swirling, effects-laden live sets with a deeper, more penetrating emotional and melodic clarity. "Endgame" sees Ital unlocking his own sound and pushing himself to new depths sonically and technically, a figurehead for a strong international community as well as a truly visionary artist in his own right.

    LP1
    1. Relaxer
    2. Endgame
    3. Whispers In The Dark
    4. Coagulate
    5. Dancing
    6. Concussion


    LP2
    1. Beacon
    2. White II
    3. Black Dust
    4. Oche

    Ital
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    The World Is Real (Awaiting Repress)

    LAKE's comprehensive pop vision has always been anchored in an honest mournfulness, a sensitivity to nature, and the vulnerability of life. These mark
    LAKE's more down tempo, contemplative grooves, which are given their fullest voice yet on The World Is Real, LAKE's fourth album for K and sixth overall.
    It follows 2008's Oh, the Places We'll Go, 2009's Let's Build A Roof, and 2011's Giving & Receiving, and was similarly recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio at K headquarters in their hometown of Olympia, Washington.


    The songwriting partnership of Ashley Eriksson and Eli Moore is the locus of LAKE's creative engine, but the additional members are as integral and
    longstanding. They are the diversely talented Andrew Dorsett, Markly Morisson, and Lindsay Schief. The creative sound that surrounds LAKE is storied in collaboration, sonic adventure and an allegiance to exploring the limits of crafting pop songs. They have toured, recorded and allied with some of the most pioneering figures in contemporary independent music: R. Stevie Moore, Chris Cohen, Karl Blau, and Phil Elverum's Mt. Eerie, for example.


    Lead track Do You Recall? offers wide and subtle nods to working-class 80's classics like Mellencamp's Jack & Diane, or Hornsby's The Way It Is. Featuring drum machine and nostalgic guitar riffs, the lead and group vocals float through droning synths like wind to a bounded world.


    Dog in the Desert one of the album's centerpieces, was initially inspired by the text-works of conceptual artist, Richard Long, and his "art made by walking in landscapes" (richardlong.org). Eriksson's voice, and the dark plodding instrumentation of the song, take Long's images and shape them into a meditation on abandonment, loss and reconciliation with nature.


    Tellingly, the earthbound bass groove on Dog in the Desert is a quotation of Steely Dan's Black Cow. It is not the only song to directly live sample Fagen and Becker: Perfect Fit mashes up the chordal rhythms of Peg to excellent effect.
    It's clear that LAKE enjoys to boldly tread and rework the classics in this way, most notably in Mark Morrison's first personal LAKE offering Takin' My Time, a direct reference to the Isley Brothers song "Caravan of Love." This smooth R&B pop seducer - a wild crowd favorite at LAKE's local Olympia outings - is a bit of an aside from The World Is Real's more meditative core.


    Other highlights on The World Is Real: Bury the House takes its 60's styled psychedelic setting for a playful, self-deprecating riff on LAKE's own new age-y ideals: Bury the house / under the garden / make an attempt to go outside. Composure and "I Wish For You" have the pop attributes of Pet Sounds and Smile era Beach Boys - faintly forlorn, but still warm and sweet. And the community oriented compassion exhibited by LAKE's members is beautifully summarized in the opening lines of album closer Reconcile: How do we exist under the sun
    but not in bliss? / What could have been? / Act on it.


    Lovers of hybrid pop will hear the bright whirring electronic keys that notably set McCartney II apart from the rest of Paul's catalog, as well as the bittersweet organ and keyboard influence of Yo La Tengo, and the minimalist funk of Talking Heads on
    this record. However, precise comparison is difficult: The World is Real avoids easy genre comparisons. An album full of the articulation of discontent and loss, LAKE captures these emotions in tandem with the pop music joys they have so expertly reigned in for many years.

    1. Do You Recall?
    2. Bury The House
    3. Combat Culture
    4. Composure
    5. Go Back
    6. Dog In The Desert
    7. Perfect Fit
    8. Takin' My Time
    9. I Wish For You
    10. In The Stubborn Eyes Of A Demon
    11. Reconcile
    Lake
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    Drumming (Pure Pleasure)

    Simply put, Drumming is, along with some of Philip Glass' Einstein On The Beach, one of the most fascinating pieces of first-generation minimalism. The version recorded for Elektra/Nonesuch in 1987 ranks among Reich's masterpieces. The 60-minute continuous work features one basic rhythm pattern. Throughout four segued movements it is multiplied, played in canon on various percussion instruments. Part I is for four pairs of tuned bongo drums; Part II for three marimbas (played by nine players) and two singers mimicking the sound of marimbas; Part III for three glockenspiels, piccolo, and whistling (played by Reich himself); Part IV for all previous instruments, including voices. Transitions between movements are gradual, the whole piece being built on accumulation and reduction. When it is time to go to the next movement, players are slowly removed, quarter-notes replaced by rests, in order to make room for the new instruments. The piece almost comes to a complete halt at the end of Part III, keeping only the most basic pulse before the whole process starts over, building up to the finale. There is a sense of happiness and lightness irradiating from Drumming. It is a perfect example of the paradox of the simple and the complex, the easy and the challenging underlying minimalist music. Both cerebral and vitally tribal or ritualistic, this album is a must-have.

    Musicians:

    • Bob Becker, Ben Harms, Gary Kvistad, Steve Reich, Gary Schall, Glen Velez, Thad Wheeler (tuned drums, marimbas, glockenspiele)
    • Pamela Wood Ambush, Jay Clayton (voc)
    • Steve Reich (whistling)
    • Mort Silver (flute)

    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. Part I
    2. Part II
    3. Part III
    4. Part IV
    Steve Reich
    $37.99
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