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    Where Is Love (Pure Pleasure)

    This classic set, originally cut for the Choice label, presents a program of ballads exquisitely interpreted by singer Irene Kral and pianist Alan Broadbent. The tempos are all quite slow, but the emotional yet cool intensity given by Kral and Broadbent means that there are no slow moments. Among the songs given definitive and memorable treatment are Blossom Dearie's I Like You, You're Nice and Bob Dorough's Love Came on Stealthy Fingers, Never Let Me Go, and especially Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most. This is a haunting program, Irene Kral's best; it sticks in one's memory long afterwards and can be considered one of the finest sets of ballads ever recorded. Essential music.


    • Irene Kral (vocal)

    • Alan Broadbent (piano)

    Recording: December 1974 at Wally Heider Studios by Gabby Garcia

    Production: Joe Burnett

    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. I Like You, You're Nice
    2. When I Look In Your Eyes
    3. A Time For Love / Small World
    4. Love Came On Stealthy Fingers
    5. Never Let Me Go
    6. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
    7. Lucky To Be Me / Some Other Time
    8. Where Is Love?
    9. Don't Look Back
    Irene Kral
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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