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  • Lady Day (Pure Pleasure) Lady Day (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Lady Day (Pure Pleasure)

    Excerpt from George Avakian's notes on the album sleeve:



    When planning this album, I had a hellish time trying to choose what I thought were the absolute cream of Billie Holiday. In the course of this wrestling, it struck me that not only were Billie's vocals incredibly perfect, but that I could not remember a single instance of anyone playing a bad solo or even a bad phrase among the hundred or more performances I had to choose from in the golden period of her work. Checking over records (which was almost unnecessary, because I could still remember them almost note for note) was a rather beautiful and somewhat shattering experience. Jazz, a product of so many things - musical evolution, the social scene of a particular time, the economic atmosphere of the moment, what somebody had for breakfast that day - and none of those tings will ever come together again as they did when these records were made.



    Musicians:



    • Billie Holiday (vocal)

    • Ben Webster, Lester Young (tenor saxophone)

    • Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone)

    • Roy Eldridge, Buck Clayton (trumpet)

    • Benny Goodman, Art Shaw (clarinet)

    • John Truehart (guitar)

    • Teddy Wilson (piano)

    • John Kirby (bass)

    • Cozy Cole, Joe Jones (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.



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Miss Brown To You
    2. I Wished On the Moon
    3. What A Little Moonlight Can Do
    4. If You Were Mine
    5. Summertime
    6. Billie's Blues
    7. I Must Have That Man
    8. Foolin' Myself
    9. Easy Living
    10. Me, Myself and I
    11. A Sailboat In the Moonlight
    12. I Cried For You
    Billie Holiday
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Classic Big Band Christmas Album The Classic Big Band Christmas Album Quick View

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    The Classic Big Band Christmas Album

    The Classic Big Band Christmas Album features your favorite holiday songs as performed by Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee, Glenn Miller, Spike Jones, Sammy Kaye and more!
    1. Winter Weather (Mono Recording) - Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman
    2. (Don't Wait Till) The Night Before Christmas (78rpm Version) - Eddy Duchin and His Orchestra
    3. It's Winter Again - Isham Jones & His Orchestra feat. Frank Sylvano
    4. A Wonderful Winter (78rpm Version) - Charlie Spivak & His Orchestra
    5. Winter Wonderland (78rpm Version) - Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra
    6. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (78rpm Version) - Woody Herman & His Orchestra
    7. Snowfall - Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra
    8. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Red Norvo & His Orchestra
    9. Jingle Bells - Glenn Miller & his Orchestra
    10. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (78rpm Version) - Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra
    11. Hello, Mr. Kringle (78rpm Version) - Kay Kyser & His Orchestra
    12. White Christmas (78rpm Version) - Harry James & His Orchestra feat. Marion Morgan
    13. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire) - Les Brown & His Orchestra
    14. I Want You for Christmas - Russ Morgan & His Orchestra
    15. All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) - Spike Jones & His City Slickers
    16. Little Jack Frost Get Lost (78rpm Version) - Frankie Carle with Marjorie Hughes
    17. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? - Charlie Spivak & His Orchestra
    18. Auld Lang Syne (78rpm Version) - Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra
    Various Artists
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  • Grand Stan (Pure Pleasure) Grand Stan (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Grand Stan (Pure Pleasure)

    Mr. Levey worked with Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Darin and many other singers, and with the big bands of Benny Goodman, Woody Herman and Stan Kenton. He was also a ubiquitous presence in Los Angeles recording studios for many years. But he earned his place in jazz history primarily through his work with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, the leading lights of bebop.



    A self-taught drummer who played left-handed even though he was naturally right-handed, Mr. Levey was still a teenager when he began attracting attention for the ease with which he handled the breakneck tempos and tricky accents of the modern style. Working with Gillespie and Parker, he also attracted attention for being one of two white musicians (the pianist Al Haig was the other) in an otherwise all-black group, by no means a common sight in the 1940's.



    Stan Levey was born in Philadelphia on April 5, 1926. The son of a prizefight promoter, he took up boxing about the same time he took up drums, and for a few years pursued both careers. But boxing, at which he was never exceptional, soon lost out to drumming, at which he was.



    His work with Gillespie and Parker in 1945, when bebop was new and controversial, won him the admiration of his peers but not much of a living. Greater success came a few years later when he began working with big bands.



    In 1954, after two years with Kenton, he settled in Los Angeles, where he spent five years with the Lighthouse All-Stars, the group in residence at a popular local nightclub. He was also in great demand for studio work, recording with many of the best-known musicians in jazz and playing on hit records like Peggy Lee's Fever. In addition, his drumming was heard on the soundtracks of hundreds of movies and television shows, including five Disney documentaries for which he wrote the music.



    Musicians:



    • Conte Candoli (trumpet)

    • Frank Rosolino (trombone)

    • Richie Kamuca (tenor saxophone)

    • Sonny Clark (piano)

    • Leroy Vinnegar (bass)

    • Stan Levey (drums)



    Recording: August 1955 in New York City



    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.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Yesterdays
    2. Angel Cake
    3. Why Do I Love You
    4. Grand Stan
    5. Hit That Thing
    6. Blues At Sunrise
    7. A Gal In Calico
    8. Tiny's Tune
    Stan Levey
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • 20th Century Women (Music From The Motion Picture) 20th Century Women (Music From The Motion Picture) Quick View

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    20th Century Women (Music From The Motion Picture)

    Director Mike Mills first made his mark on the silver screen with the Academy Award-winning film Beginners, but his back catalog is also filled with a number of music videos, including those for songs by Everything But The Girl ("Temperamental"), Moby ("Run On"), Air ("All I Need"), Mansun ("Legacy"), Pulp ("Party Hard"), and Air ("Sexy Boy"). His appreciation of music also extends to the soundtracks of his films, and with 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, his latest cinematic endeavor, he's managed to put together one of the most musically diverse compilations in recent memory.


    This is not praise derived from a desire to play up new product. This is simply the reality of the situation. How else to describe a compilation which sandwiches "Basin Street Blues," by Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five between tracks by Talking Heads and The Raincoats? We're talking about a musical landscape which finds Fred Astaire, Benny Goodman, and Rudy Vallee rubbing elbows with Siouxsie and the Banshees, Devo, and the Buzzcocks. It shouldn't work, and yet somehow it does.

    1. "Don't Worry About The Government" - Talking Heads
    2. "Fairytale In The Supermarket" - The Raincoats
    3. "Media Blitz" - Germs
    4. "Cheree" - Suicide
    5. "D.J." - David Bowie
    6. "Gut Feeling/(Slap Your Mammy)" - Devo
    7. "The Big Country" - Talking Heads
    8. "Basin Street Blues" - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five
    9. "This Heart Of Mine" - Fred Astaire
    10. "In A Sentimental Mood" - Benny Goodman And His Orchestra
    11. "After Hours On Dream Street" - Sandy Williams
    12. "As Time Goes By" - Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees
    13. "Why Can't I Touch It?" -The Buzzcocks
    Various Artists
    $21.99
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    Moondog

    He was born Louis Hardin, but the world knew him as Moondog-and his avant-garde compositions influenced a generation of minimalist composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Now, Moondog, The Viking of 6th Avenue's seminal 1969 album recorded with producer James William Guercio, will be reissued vinyl, its first pressing in over a decade. Featuring original symphonic and classically-inspired works (including material dedicated to Charlie Parker and Benny Goodman), Moondog is an album that must be heard to be believed.
    1. Theme
    2. Stamping Ground
    3. Symphonique #3 (Ode to Venus)
    4. Symphonique #6 (Good For Goodie)
    1. Minisym #1; I - Allegro
    2. Minisym #1; II - Andante adagio
    3. Minisym #1; III - Vivace
    4. Lament I, Bird's Lament
    5. Witch of Endor; I - Dance
    6. Witch of Endor; II - Trio; A. Adagio (The Prophesy)
    7. Witch of Endor; II - Trio; B. Andante (The Battle)
    8. Witch of Endor; II. Trio; C. Agitato (Saul's Death)
    9. Witch of Endor; III - Dance (Reprise)
    10. Symphonique #1 (Portrait of a Monarch)
    Moondog
    $19.99
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