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  • Enigma Enigma Quick View

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    Enigma

    4 previously unreleased performances from the Blue Note vault recorded 1952-1953 presented on a standard black 10'' disc in the same style as Miles' Blue Note 10'' disc from the early 1950's.
    1. Enigma Alternate (Take 1)
    2. Kelo Alternate (Take 1)
    3. Chance It Alternate (Take 3)
    4. Chance It Alternate (Take 4)
    Miles Davis
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  • Chicago/The Blues/Today! (Pure Pleasure) Chicago/The Blues/Today! (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Chicago/The Blues/Today! (Pure Pleasure)

    In early 1966, blues history was made with the issuance of a three-volume set of new recordings produced by blues historian Samuel Charters. This series was known as Chicago/The Blues/Today! and the release sent shock waves through the world of rock & roll. Every artist on the three volumes had recorded before (some, like Otis Rush and Junior Wells, had actually seen small hits on the R&B charts), but these recordings were largely their introduction to a newer -- and predominately white -- album-oriented audience. These recordings have stayed in print and have been reasonably good sellers over the years since their original release, all coming out on compact disc. This new packaging puts all three volumes together, but with no bonus tracks, as no extras were recorded for these sessions.



    A plus in the new packaging, is that it features a nice booklet with detailed, updated notes from Charters, a nice appreciation from Ed Ward, and absolutely eye-boggling session photos taken by Charters' wife, Ann. Even if you still have the original vinyl or CDs, this is one of the times when it would be best to spend the dough and add this one to your collection, because blues records seldom come as important, innovative, or just plain pleasurable to listen to as this set. File under 'essential'.




    Musicians:



    • J.B. Hutto

    • Junior Wells

    • Otis Spann

    • Otis Rush

    • Jimmy Cotton

    • Johnny Shines Blues Band

    • Johnny Young's South Side Blues Band

    • Homesick James

    • and Big Walter Horton's Blues Harp Band with Memphis Charlie Musselwhite




    Recording: 1965 at RCA Studios, Chicago

    Production: Samuel Chartersdeutsch



    Format: 3LPs 33rpm / Box, booklet



    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.



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    LP1
    1. Help Me (A Tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson)
    2. It Hurts Me Too
    3. Messin' with the Kid
    4. Vietcong Blues
    5. All Night Long
    6. Going Ahead
    7. Please Help
    8. Too Much Alcohol
    9. Married Woman Blues
    10. That's the Truth
    11. Marie
    12. Burning Fire
    13. S P Blues
    14. Sometimes I Wonder
    15. Spann's Stomp


    LP2
    1. Cotton Crop Blues
    2. The Blues Keep Falling
    3. Love Me or Leave
    4. Rocket 88
    5. West Helena Blues
    6. Everything's Gonna Turn Out Allright
    7. It's a Mean Old World
    8. I Can't Quit You Baby
    9. Rock
    10. It's My Own Fault
    11. Dust my Broom
    12. Somebody Been Talkin'
    13. Set a Date
    14. So Mean to Me


    LP3
    1. One More Time
    2. Kid Man Blues
    3. My Black Mare
    4. Stealin' Back
    5. I Got Mine In Time
    6. Tighten Up On It
    7. Dynaflow Blues
    8. Black Spider Blues
    9. Layin' Down My Shoes and Clothes
    10. If I Get Lucky
    11. Rockin' My Boogie
    12. Mr. Boweevil
    13. Hey Hey

    Various Artists
    $99.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Blues & Roots Blues & Roots Quick View

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    Blues & Roots

    The 1998 reissue of BLUES & ROOTS contains all the original tracks and liner notes, plus additional tracks and rare photos. Personnel: Charles Mingus (bass); Jackie McLean, John Handy (alto saxophone); Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Jimmy Knepper, Willie Dennis (trombone); Horace Parlan, Mal Waldron (piano); Dannie Richmond (drums). Recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York, New York on February 4, 1959. Originally released on Atlantic (1305). Includes liner notes by Charles Mingus. All tracks have been digitally remastered.Mingus goes to church. A thrilling album of blues and spirituals Mingus style. This 1959 Atlantic recording certainly ranks among his very best. Memorable performances of some of the bassist's most soulful tunes such as Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting and E's Flat Ah's Flat Too. Mingus is joined by an exuberant ensemble including a stellar saxophone section of Jackie McLean, John Handy, Booker Ervin, and Pepper Adams.
    1. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting
    2. Cryin' Blues
    3. Moanin'
    4. Tensions
    5. My Jelly Roll Soul
    6. E's Flat Ah's Flat Too
    7. We Got Blue*


    * Bonus Track

    Charles Mingus
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  • Kind Of Blue + 2 Bonus Tracks Kind Of Blue + 2 Bonus Tracks Quick View

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    Kind Of Blue + 2 Bonus Tracks

    Ranked 12/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Import

    Remastered


    So much has been said and written about Miles Davis Kind Of Blue, its virtually impossible to summarize all the necessary info to the length of this note. We could simply list some facts (best sold Jazz album ever worldwide). We could try to explain why its the best jazz album ever made, but the music itself will do that to you. As Bill Evans said in the original liner notes for the record, the band did not play through any of these pieces prior to recording. Miles Davis laid out the themes before the tape rolled and the band improvised.


    The end results were fragile and wondrous. Recorded during 2 sessions in 1959, Kind of Blue worked on many different levels and will do so for many years to come. We´re proud to announce a very special version of the most influential (jazz)album ever. We present the orginal album in remastered form plus an extra LP containing 2 tracks that werent available on vinyl before (an alternate take of Flamenco Sketches and a version of On Green Dolphin Street recorded prior to the Kind of Blue sessions, with the legendary line-up of Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb).


    Also, we´ve graced this first-time ever 2LP edition of this musical masterpiece with a gatefold sleeve with additional liner notes.


    180 grams audiophile vinyl

    Remastered Audio

    First-time ever 2LP edition incl. 2 bonustracks

    Gatefold Sleeve incl. additional liner notes

    LP1

    Side A


    1. So What (9:03)
    2. Freddie Freeloader (9:46)
    3. Blue In Green (5:37)


    Side B


    1. All Blues (11:32)
    2. Flamenco Sketches (9:24)


    LP2

    Side A


    1. Flamenco Sketches (ALTERNATE TAKE) (9:24)


    Side B


    1. On Green Dolphin Street (9:48)

    Miles Davis
    $44.99
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  • Undercurrent (Kenny Drew) Undercurrent (Kenny Drew) Quick View

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    Undercurrent (Kenny Drew)

    Cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes


    Pressed 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl LPs by RTI


    Top Quality Gatefold Packaging with Laminated Covers & High Quality Session Photos


    Kenny Drew was an unsung master of bebop. A brilliant pianist who started with the example of Bud Powell and then developed his own sound within the style, in the '50s Drew worked with some of the most important innovators of all time including Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Buddy DeFranco, Dinah Washington and Art Blakey. By 1960 when he recorded Undercurrent, Drew had already led ten albums of his own, mostly with duos and trios. Oddly enough he only had the opportunity to lead two albums in his life for Blue Note, an early effort from 1953 and the classic Undercurrent. Joined in a quintet by the young firebrand trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, the always-stimulating tenor-saxophonist Hank Mobley, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes, the 32-year old pianist shows that he was ready to truly make his mark on the jazz world. All six compositions are his, and in his accompaniment of the passionate horn men and also in his soulful solos, Drew shows that he was one of the major hard bop stylists. This high energy album, which finds Hubbard, Mobley and Drew consistently inspiring each other to come up with heated statements, has many of the pianist's finest compositions including the roaring "Undercurrent," the bluesy "Funk-Cosity," the gospellish "The Pot's On," the well titled "Groovin' The Blues" and the beautiful "Ballade." Kenny Drew, who would move permanently to Europe in 1964 and would not lead another album until 1973, is heard throughout at the peak of his powers, creating his finest recording.


    Features:

    Limited Edition of Only 3500 Copies!

    Remastered from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes!

    Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

    Pressed 180 gram Virgin Vinyl LPs by RTI

    Ultra-Durable, Extra Thick Album Jackets

    Gatefold Album with Session Photos in stunning High Resolution

    Stereo


    Musicians:

    Kenny Drew, piano

    Freddie Hubbard, trumpet

    Hank Mobley, tenor saxophone

    Sam Jones, bass

    Louis Hayes, drums


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    1. Undercurrent
    2. Funk-cosity
    3. Lion's Den
    4. The Pot's On
    5. Groovin' The Blues
    6. Ballade
    Kenny Drew
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Page One Page One Quick View

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    Page One

    Blue Note Reissue




    As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their handsBack home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent meI hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008


    Page One introduced the jazz world to the unusually mature and original young tenor saxophonist, Joe Henderson. Recorda Me and Blue Bossa have become jazz classics for their mix of Brazilian rhythms with Hard Bop muscle.


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    Blue Bossa
    La Mesha
    Homestretch
    Recorda Me
    Jinrikisha
    Out of the Night
    Joe Henderson
    $54.99
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  • Paris 1969 Paris 1969 Quick View

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    Paris 1969

    Blue Note Records has announced Thelonious Monk Paris 1969, a fascinating and important late-career document of the legendary jazz pianist and composer in performance with his Quartet at the Salle Pleyel concert hall in Paris, France on December 15, 1969. Beautifully captured on B&W film, the concert also featured a surprise guest appearance from renowned drummer Philly Joe Jones. Also included is a rare on-camera interview with Monk that was conducted by the French bassist Jacques Hess after the concert.


    "The 1969 Paris concert captures the power and the undiminished beauty of Monk's music, reminding us that even as his body aged his musical imagination knew no limits," writes Monk scholar Robin Kelley in his liner notes essay. However, Kelley also illuminates what a peculiar and challenging moment 1969 was for the 52-year-old pianist. Monk hadn't achieved true success until the late-50s with his legendary run at the Five Spot CafÉ in New York City with John Coltrane (a band that was brilliantly captured on the lost recording Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall from 1957 which was discovered and released on Blue Note in 2005). By the early-60s Monk's success had peaked when he signed with Columbia Records and was eventually featured on the cover of TIME Magazine in 1964.


    However, by 1969, in addition to health issues, Monk's success was beginning to wane with the emergence of rock and the resulting jazz fusion movement. His recording contract with Columbia had just come to end after an ill-advised attempt at marketing him to a younger rock audience. That disappointment was followed by the departure of drummer Ben Riley and bassist Larry Gales from his band which left Monk with two chairs to fill on short notice before his European tour.


    Monk eventually found two young musicians - bassist Nate Hygelund and drummer Paris Wright - to fill out the Quartet with his longtime tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse. Luckily the inexperienced rhythm section had some time to gel before hitting the stage in Paris with a lengthy engagement in London followed by stops in Germany and Italy. By the time they reached the Pleyel the band was in fine form, which made for a triumphant return for Monk to the very stage he had made his Parisian debut on in 1954 in front of a hostile audience who felt that Monk was too avant-garde. 15 years later the situation could not have been more different with an enthusiastic audience and the concert being broadcast on television.


    In addition to rollicking Quartet versions of Monk classics such as "I Mean You," "Straight No Chaser," and "Blue Monk," the set also includes three stunning solo piano performances on "Don't Blame Me," "I Love You Sweetheart Of All My Dreams," and "Crepuscule With Nellie." However, an undeniable highlight of the concert was when the veteran drummer Philly Joe Jones who was an expat living in Paris at the time comes from backstage to borrow the sticks from the 17-year-old Wright, providing a palpable spark on Monk's "Nutty."

    1. I Mean You
    2. Ruby My Dear
    3. Straight No Chaser
    4. Bright Mississippi
    5. Light Blue
    6. Epistrophy
    7. Don't Blame Me
    8. I Love You Sweetheart of All My Dreams
    9. Crepuscule With Nellie
    10. Bright Mississippi
    11. Nutty
    12. Blue Monk
    Thelonious Monk
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  • Speak Like A Child Speak Like A Child Quick View

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    Speak Like A Child


    Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    Originally released in 1968, Speak Like a Child is Herbie Hancock's sixth Blue Note album. Featuring Ron Carter on bass, Mickey Roker on drums, Peter Phillips on bass trombone, Jerry Dodgion on alto flute and Thad Jones on flugelhorn. Known for its provocative grace, Speak Like a Child will be reissued as part of the overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

    1. Riot
    2. Speak Like A Child
    3. First Trip
    4. Toys
    5. Goodbye To Childhood
    6. The Sorcerer
    Herbie Hancock
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  • Song For My Father Song For My Father Quick View

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    Song For My Father


    Remastered And Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    Released in 1965, Song For My Father by jazz pianist, Horace Silver, features Carmell Jones on trumpet, Joe Henderson on tenor sax, Teddy Smith on
    bass and Roger Humphries on drums on the tracks "Song For My Father," "The Natives Are Restless Tonight," "Que Pasa" and "The Kicker." "Calcutta
    Cutie" and "Lonely Woman" feature Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Junior Cook on tenor sax, Gene Taylor on bass and Roy Brooks on drums. A hard-bop
    masterpiece, Song For My Father will be reissued on vinyl as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by
    current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

    1. Song For My Father
    2. The Natives Are Restless Tonight
    3. Calcutta Cutie
    4. Que Pasa
    5. The Kicker
    6. Lonely Woman
    Horace Silver Quintet
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  • Kind Of Blue (Mono) Kind Of Blue (Mono) Quick View

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    Kind Of Blue (Mono)

    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Mono


    Listed as one of the four most influential Jazz albums that happened to be released in 1959 (Dave Brubeck - Time Out & Charles Mingus - Ah Um among them), so much has been said and written about Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue, it's virtually impossible to summarize all the necessary info to the length of this page. We could simply list some facts (best sold Jazz album ever worldwide). We could try to explain why it's the best Jazz album ever made, but the music itself will do that to you.


    As Bill Evans said in the original liner notes for the record, the band did not play through any of these pieces prior to recording. Miles Davis laid out the themes before the tape rolled and the band improvised. The end results were fragile and wondrous. Recorded during 2 sessions in 1959, Kind of Blue worked on many different levels and will do so for many years to come.

    1. So What
    2. Freddie Freeloader
    3. Blue In Green
    4. All Blues
    5. Flamenco Sketches
    Miles Davis
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
  • Conquistador! Conquistador! Quick View

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    Conquistador!


    Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    For the second of Cecil Taylor's two Blue Note albums (following Unit Structures), the innovative pianist utilized a sextet comprised of trumpeter Bill Dixon, altoist Jimmy Lyons, both Henry Grimes and Alan Silva on basses and drummer Andrew Cyrille. During the two lengthy pieces, Lyons' passionate solos contrast with Dixon's quieter ruminations while the music in general is unremittingly intense. Both of the Taylor Blue Notes are quite historic and near-classics but, despite this important documentation, Cecil Taylor (other than a pair of Paris concerts) would not appear on records again until 1973.

    - Scott Yanow (All Music)

    1. Conquistador
    2. With (Exit)
    Cecil Taylor
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  • Enjoy The View Enjoy The View Quick View

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    Enjoy The View

    NEA Jazz Master Bobby Hutcherson makes his triumphant return to Blue Note Records, where the virtuoso vibraphonist started his career in the early
    '60s, with the superb album, Enjoy the View. The vibrant session is produced by Blue Note president Don Was and will be released as a
    significant event in the label's 75th anniversary yearlong celebration. Recorded by an all-star collective of saxophonist David Sanborn and organist Joey
    DeFrancesco, and featuring drummer Billy Hart, the Hutcherson-sparked group plays seven original compositions that range from cool, gentle grooves to
    fiery outbursts of exuberance.
    1. Delia
    2. Don Is
    3. Hey Harold
    4. Little Flower
    5. Montara
    6. Teddy
    7. You
    Hutcherson/Sanborn/DeFrancesco
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  • The Opener The Opener Quick View

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    The Opener


    Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    The Opener is trombonist Curtis Fuller's first album for Blue Note and it is a thoroughly impressive affair. Working with a quintet featuring tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, pianist Bobby Timmons, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Art Taylor, Fuller runs through a set of three standards -- A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening, Here's to My Lady, Soon -- two originals and an Oscar Pettiford-penned calypso. The six songs give Fuller a chance to display his warm, fluid style in all of its variations. A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening illustrates that he can be seductive and lyrical on ballads, while the brassy Hugore and hard-swinging Lizzy's Bounce shows that he can play hard without getting sloppy. His backing musicians are equally impressive; in particular, Mobley's robust playing steals the show. In all, The Opener, along with his three earlier sessions for Prestige and New Jazz, establishes Fuller as one of the most distinctive and original hard bop trombonists of the late '50s.


    - Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music Guide)

    1. A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
    2. Hugore
    3. Oscalypso
    4. Here's To My Lady
    5. Lizzy's Bounce
    6. Soon
    Curtis Fuller
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  • Elmo Hope Volume 2 Elmo Hope Volume 2 Quick View

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    Elmo Hope Volume 2

    Volume 2 features Elmo Hope on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Volume 2 is comprised of six, hard bop tracks.
    1. Crazy
    2. Abdullah
    3. Chips
    4. Later For You
    5. Low Tide
    6. Maybe So
    Elmo Hope
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  • Mode For Joe Mode For Joe Quick View

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    Mode For Joe


    Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    Mode For Joe is the fifth studio album by jazz saxophonist Joe Henderson. Released in 1966, this is Henderson's last Blue Note studio album as a leader.
    Mode For Joe will be reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records
    President, Don Was.

    1. A Shade Of Jade
    2. Mode For Joe
    3. Black
    4. Caribbean Fire Dance
    5. Granted
    6. Free Wheelin'
    Joe Henderson
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  • Four & More Four & More Quick View

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    Four & More

    Exhilarating and Immediate: Live Set Documents One of Davis Final Excursions With a Program of Standards


    Hear the Interior of Philharmonic Hall at New Yorks Lincoln Center Come Alive: Mobile Fidelitys Fastidious Reissue Illuminates Venue Acoustics, Musicians Phrasings


    Whirlwind Uptempo Pace Prodded by Tenor Saxophonist George Coleman and Drummer Tony Williams


    Sketches of Spain, Kind of Blue, Milestones, Round About Midnight, and In a Silent Way Also Available from Mobile Fidelity


    Given his gargantuan recorded output, Miles Davis seldom abandoned a conceptual vision in the studio, particularly after the turn of the 1960s. Which makes a live document such as Four & More all the more valuable for the manner in which it portrays the legendary trumpeter removed from thematic demands and interior confines, and instead letting loose onstage with a program of stellar material that hed soon abandon in favor of experimentalism.


    Part of Mobile Fidelitys Miles Davis catalog restoration series, Four & More engages with electrifying speed and palpable punch, the effort now claiming vastly improved imaging, deeper soundstaging, and startling clarity. Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, this unsurpassed analog edition teems with the urgency demonstrated by Davis and his band notes flooding the listener with an attack only possible from sound featuring full frequency extension, tremendous spacing, and you-are-there immediacy.


    Recorded on February 12, 1964 in Philharmonic Hall at New Yorks Lincoln Center, Four & More bookends My Funny Valentine. Whereas the latter spotlights ballads, this thrilling souvenir is all about quick tempos, rushing solos, left-hook rhythms, and hard-bop grooves. Drawing largely on mid- and late-1950s material, Davis accompanied by bassist Ron Carter, drummer Tony Williams, saxophonist George Coleman, and pianist Herbie Hancock approaches standards such as So What, Seven Steps to Heaven, and Four with biting tenacity and furious passion, the individual themes racing by as the collective barges in to take rapid, punctuation-asserting solos.


    Few, if any, live Davis performances match the hurricane-generating intensity and dynamic aggressiveness captured here. One reason for the vigor? Davis waived he and his musicians fees for the concert, taking place under the auspices of a political benefit, a decision that angered some of his sidemen. Whatever the cause, Hancock swings, Coleman flexes muscles, Carter bows instructive passages, and the 19-year-old phenom Williams throws down with breathtaking agility. Amidst the melodic tangents and galloping exchanges, the quintet retains gripping control, with eight-bar dialogues between the instrumentalists and positive vamps supplying cues and endings.


    At last, these historic recordings are afforded the breathing room and acoustic perspective they've always deserved. For listeners that may be unfamiliar with this title, prepare to be blown away literally and figuratively. Aficionados know what to expect on the music front, but Mobile Fidelitys 180g LP reissue ratchets up the thrills by several levels. Don't miss this gem.


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    1. So What
    2. Walkin
    3. Joshua
    4. Go-Go
    5. Four
    6. Seven Steps to Heaven
    7. There Is No Greater Love
    8. Go-Go
    Miles Davis
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • A Night At Birdland, Vol. 1 A Night At Birdland, Vol. 1 Quick View

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    A Night At Birdland, Vol. 1

    Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary LP Reissue Campaign


    A Night at Birdland Vol. 1 is a 1954 release by jazz artist Art Blakey, and a quintet which featured Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Horace Silver and Curly Russell.

    1. Split Kick (with Announcement by Pee Wee Marquette)
    2. Once In A While
    3. Quicksilver
    4. A Night In Tunisia
    5. Mayreh
    Art Blakey
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    Night Dreamer

    Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    Tenor-saxophonist Wayne Shorter's Blue Note debut found him well prepared to enter the big time. With an impressive quintet that includes trumpeter Lee Morgan, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Elvin Jones, Shorter performed a well-rounded program consisting of five of his originals, plus an adaptation of an Oriental Folk Song. Whether it be the brooding title cut, the Coltranish ballad Virgo or the jams on Black Nile and Charcoal Blues this is a memorable set of high-quality and still fresh music.

    Night Dreamer
    Oriental Folk Song
    Virgo
    Black Nile
    Charcoal Blues
    Armageddon
    Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Reginald Workman
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  • Little Girl Blue (Pure Pleasure) Little Girl Blue (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Little Girl Blue (Pure Pleasure)

    Little Girl Blue, released in 1957, was Nina Simone's first recording, originally issued on the Bethlehem label. Backed by bassist Jimmy Bond and Albert 'Tootie' Heath, it showcases her ballad voice as one of mystery and sensuality and showcases her up-tempo jazz style with authority and an enigmatic down-home feel that is nonetheless elegant. The album also introduced a fine jazz pianist. Simone was a solid improviser who never strayed far from the blues. Check the opener, her reading of Duke Ellington's Mood Indigo, which finger-pops and swings while keeping the phrasing deep-blue. It is contrasted immediately with one of the -- if not the -- definitive reads of Willard Robison's steamy leave-your-lover ballad Don't Smoke in Bed. The title track, written by Rodgers & Hart, features Good King Wenceslas as a classical prelude to one of the most beautiful pop ballads ever written. It is followed immediately by the funky swing in Love Me or Leave Me with a smoking little piano solo in the bridge where Bach meets Horace Silver and Bobby Timmons.


    It's also interesting to note that while this was her first recording, the record's grooves evidence an artist who arrives fully formed; many of the traits Simone displayed throughout her career as not only a vocalist and pianist but as an arranger are put on first notice here. My Baby Just Cares for Me has a stride shuffle that is extrapolated on in the piano break. Her instrumental and improvising skills are put to good use on Tadd Dameron's Good Bait, which is transformed into something classical from its original bebop intent. You'll Never Walk Alone feels more like some regal gospel song than the Rodgers & Hammerstein show tune it was. Of course, one of Simone's signature tunes was her version of I Loves You, Porgy, which appears here for the first time and was released as a single. Her own Central Park Blues is one of the finest jazz tunes here.



    Musicians:



    • Nina Simone (piano, vocal)

    • Jimmy Bond (bass)

    • Albert "Tootie" Heath (drums)



    Recording: 1957



    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. Mood Indigo
    2. Don't Smoke In Bed
    3. He Needs Me
    4. Little Girl Blue
    5. Love Me Or Leave Me
    6. My baby Just Cares For Me
    7. Good Bait
    8. Plain Gold Ring
    9. You'll Never Walk Alone
    10. I Loves You Porgy
    11. Central Park Blues
    Nina Simone
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The King's Blues Box The King's Blues Box Quick View

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    The King's Blues Box

    Silver Foil Stamped Deluxe Box Set With Red, White & Blue Colored Vinyl


    Lavish Full Color Booklet Of Photos And Liner Notes


    4 Collectible Postcards


    Celebrate the life and career of blues music's most exalted royalty, American legend B.B. King, with this gorgeous 3LP box set on red, white & blue colored vinyl!


    Features live and studio performances dating back to B.B.'s earliest recordings in the 1950s on through to his most well-known and best-loved classics such as "The Thrill Is Gone", "Every Day I Have The Blues, "Payin 'The Cost To Be The Boss", "Guess Who" and many more!

    LP 1
    1. B.B. Boogie
    2. Walkin' and Cryin'
    3. A New Way of Driving
    4. Please Love Me
    5. Every Day I Have the Blues
    6. Mr. Pawnbroker
    7. From The Bottom
    8. You've Done Lost Your Good Thing Now
    9. It's My Own Fault
    10. Catfish Blues (A/K/A Fishin' After Me)
    11. The Letter
    12. Servant's Prayer


    LP 2

    1. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
    2. Save a Seat for Me
    3. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
    4. Jesus Gave Me Water
    5. I Never Heard a Man
    6. Army of the Lord
    7. The Thrill Is Gone (Live)
    8. Every Day I Have the Blues (Live)
    9. How Blue Can You Get? (Live)
    10. Caldonia (Live)
    11. Please Love Me (Live)
    12. Sweet Sixteen (Live)


    LP 3
    1. I Got Some Help (I Don't Really Need) [A/K/A Outside Help] [Live]
    2. Payin' the Cost to Be the Boss (Live)
    3. That Evil Child (Live)
    4. Guess Who (Live)
    5. Why I Sing the Blues (Live)
    6. You Know I Love You (Live)
    7. Sweet Little Angel (Live)
    8. All Over Again (Live)

    B.B. King
    $64.99
    Colored Vinyl LP Box Set - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Somethin' Else (Stereo) Somethin' Else (Stereo) Quick View

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    Somethin' Else (Stereo)

    Blue Note Reissue



    As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their handsBack home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent meI hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008


    One of the best known record dates in the history of modern jazz, the chemistry among Adderley, Miles Davis, Hank Jones, Sam Jones and Art Blakey is amazing. Their reworkings of Autumn Leaves and Love For Sale are masterpieces. Miles' title tune and Nat Adderley's One For Daddy-O are classics.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Autumn Leaves
    Love For Sale
    Somethin' Else
    One For Daddy-O
    Dancing In the Dark
    Cannonball Adderley
    $54.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Midnight Special Midnight Special Quick View

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    Midnight Special

    Midnight Special is a perfect complement to Back at the Chicken Shack, which was recorded the same day. Organist Jimmy Smith, tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, and guitarist Kenny Burrell always make for a potent team, and with drummer Donald Bailey completing the group, the quartet digs soulfully into such numbers as the groovin' Midnight Special, Jumpin' the Blues, and One O'Clock Jump. Highly recommended.


    A Blue Note essential, Midnight Special by jazz organist Jimmy Smith is part of the Blue Note 75 anniversary vinyl reissue campaign - featuring 100 titles. Key to the initiative is high quality audio at affordable prices. Album features performances recorded in 1960.

    1. Midnight Special
    2. A Subtle One
    3. Jumpin' The Blues
    4. Why Was I Born?
    5. One O'Clock Jump
    Jimmy Smith
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Idle Moments Idle Moments Quick View

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    Idle Moments

    Blue Note Reissue


    As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their handsBack home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent meI hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008


    Time is suspended on these haunting, extended tunes by this brilliant guitarist with the aid of an all-star cast. Unique in Green's discography for its relaxed, lengthy performances and almost dream-like lyricism, this Blue Note classic could well be called Ballads for the Ages.



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Idle Moments
    Jean De Fleur
    Jean De Fleur (Alternate Version)
    Django
    Django (Alternate Version)
    Nomad
    Grant Green
    $54.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Second Winter (Speakers Corner) Second Winter (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Second Winter (Speakers Corner)

    Johnny Winter released the album Second Winter, a passionate and fervent collection of songs, just a few months after his record debut. This legendary band's steadfast commitment to blues is apparent in every single note they play, although tender emotions are all the more discernible in hard, rock'n'roll-like outbursts than ever before. Winter blends his crystal-clear, unmannered guitar playing with the gravelly charm of his raspy voice to produce a compact sound in which both his own compositions and old favourites (Johnny B. Goode) are revived. It is quite clear that the white shooting star is on a par with the giants of blues as far as vocals and guitar playing are concerned.
    It is often speculated over as to whether Johnny's new ideas were simply too numerous for a single LP, or whether the producers thought they were not quite sufficient for a double LP. Whatever the answer, the original was released as a three-sided album, with a blank fourth side! In order to fill the album with fiery rock'n'roll, a new production with the 45 rpm versions of Miss Ann, Hustled Down In Texas, and Highway 61 Revisited is now included on the fourth side. It goes without saying that alongside the present double LP Winter's audiophile first release (Columbia CS 9826) is available from Speakers Corner, too.



    Musicians:



    • Johnny Winter (guitar, mandolin, vocal)

    • Edgar Winter (piano, alto saxophone, organ, harpsichord)

    • Tommy Shannon, Dennis Collins (bass)

    • 'Uncle' John Turner (percussion)



    Recording: 1969 by Ed Kollins

    Production: Johnny and Edgar Winter




    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.




    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Memory Pain
    2. I'm Not Sure
    3. The Good Love
    4. Slippin' and Slidin'
    5. Miss Ann
    6. Johnny B. Goode
    7. Highway 61 Revisited
    8. I Love Everybody
    9. Hustled Down in Texas
    10. I Hate Everybody
    11. Fast Life Rider
    Johnny Winter
    $69.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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