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  • Shades Of Blue (Awaiting Repress) Shades Of Blue (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Shades Of Blue (Awaiting Repress)


    Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign On 2 LPs


    Shades of Blue is a remix album by DJ Madlib that was released by Blue Note in 2003. Madlib was invited to explore the Blue Note vaults and
    remix/reinterpret the Blue Note classics. Shades Of Blue will be reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign
    spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

    LP 1
    1. Intro
    2. Slim's Return
    3. Distant Land
    4. Mystic Bounce
    5. Stormy
    6. Blue Note Interlude
    7. Please Set Me At Ease
    8. Funky Blue Note
    9. Alfred Lion Interlude


    LP 2
    1. Stepping Into Tomorrow
    2. Andrew Hill Break
    3. Montara
    4. Song For My Father
    5. Footprints
    6. Peace/Dolphin Dance
    7. Outro

    Madlib
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    Smokin' At The Half Note

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    ...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen! Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011


    A Tremendously Important Historic Jazz Record That Pairs Guitar Virtuoso Wes Montgomery With Miles Davis' Rhythm Section - Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb


    This is timeless music that has inspired innumerable jazz guitarists and aficionados. In fact, jazz guitar great Pat Metheny has said, I learned to play listening to Wes Montgomery's Smokin' At The Half Note. Metheny additionally said that the solo on If You Could See Me Now is his favorite of all time.


    This legendary session was recorded at a New York nightclub. It captures Montgomery at the height of his improvisational powers. Many consider it the best performance on record by one of the most inventive guitarists in jazz history.


    Highlights include the Miles Davis opener, No Blues and the following track, Tadd Dameron's If You Could See Me Now. And the album's versions of Unit 7 and Four On Six have helped to establish these songs as jazz standards.


    Wynton Kelly, piano

    Wes Montgomery, guitar

    Paul Chambers, bass

    Jimmy Cobb, drums


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. No Blues
    2. If You Could See Me Now
    3. Unit 7
    4. Four On Six
    5. What's New
    Wynton Kelly Trio
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    Field Notes

    Wil Blades Field Notes features guitarist Jeff Parker of Tortoise and drummer Simon Lott from New Orleans.


    "He is the future to carry on the legend, the legacy of the organ, of the B-3." - Dr. Lonnie Smith


    When Wil Blades sits down at the Hammond B3, count on inspired music to follow. The 34-year old, Chicago-native, Berkeley-based artist is a cornerstone organist of his generation-a modern voice in a lineage that includes giants like Richard "Groove" Holmes, Charles Earland and Brother Jack McDuff.


    Having studied at the feet of the legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith and played alongside the likes of John Lee Hooker, Melvin Sparks and Idris Muhammad, Blades has absorbed the spirit of the masters. His extensive collaborations also reflect the high regard in which he's held by contemporaries, including Stanton Moore, Anders Osborne and Nicholas Payton.
    Having released a critically acclaimed co-led duo album Shimmy with Medeski Martin & Wood drummer Billy Martin in 2012, Blades returns with a deeply soulful and sinuous nine-track effort, Field Notes, on which he's found fronting his own trio featuring Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker and New Orleans' drummer Simon Lott.


    From the recording's outset, it's easy to picture Blades fingers free-flowing across the keys, feet gliding along the bass pedals in a continuous dance. Syncopation drives songs like "Miller's Time" and "Addis" as the trio locks in tight to a relentless groove. But there's also a refined harmonic vision and deep affection for melody on tracks like "(I Can't Stand) The Whole Lott of You" and "Dewey" where Blades' Clavinet adds a fresh sonic dimension to the proceedings. Shades of psychedelia are weaved within "Parks 'N' Wreck," while a tip of the hat to vintage soul jazz balladry informs "Forgetful" and classic pop swing is at the heart of "I Get The Blues When It Rains."


    In its sum, Field Notes is a masterful statement from an artist who's poised to keep the timeless sound of the Hammond B3 organ as vital and compelling today as it's ever been in the history of modern jazz and rock.

    1. Miller's Time
    2. (I Can't Stand) The Whole Lott of You
    3. Chrome
    4. Dewey
    5. Addis
    6. Park N' Wreck
    7. Forgetful
    8. Red Lanterns Are Blue
    10. I Get The Blues When It Rains
    Wil Blades
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  • Stone Blue (Pre-Order) Stone Blue (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Stone Blue (Pre-Order)

    Release Date: June 29, 2018*


    Celebrate 40 Years Of Stone Blue!


    First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Blue Vinyl


    Produced By Eddie Cramer & Foghat


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso From The Bearsville Records Tapes


    Foghat: Dave Peverett, Roger Earl, Rod Price, Craig MacGregor


    First Time Gatefold Cover Art Include Rare Photos & Recollections By Roger Earl (Co-Founder Foghat/ Savoy Brown)


    First Run Of 1000 Albums Includes An Authentic Signed 8 x 10 Photo By Roger Earl & Foghat


    Foghat is truly a worldwide gift to rock music and boogie band enthusiasts everywhere. The nucleus of the band (Dave Peverett, Roger Earl, Tone Stevens) was originally from the British blues powerhouse Savoy Brown, and left to form their own trailblazing band in 1972, and rock music and their millions of fans have never been the same since.


    In 1978, Foghat was now enjoying the benefits of superstardom after years on the road and having consistently successful radio and chart success. Stone Blue was another huge hit for the band and brought them even further success thanks to multiple amount of smash tracks and stellar blues interpretations that have been considered some of their finest material ever.


    Kicking things off with the hard-rockin' Stone Blue, this slide guitar champion truly takes the listener into a classic rock journey complete with all the great twists and turns you would expect from this superstar outfit.


    Check out the stunning blues interpretations of Bo Diddley's classic Chevrolet, the perfect reading of Elmore James' It Hurts Me Too, and of course, the Foghat smash version of Robert Johnson's Sweet Home Chicago.


    Lonesome Dave Peverett continues his winning streak with a handful of newer fare with the powerful Easy Money, complete with an incredible drum workout by his old Savoy Brown bandmate Roger Earl, locking in step with the stunning lead guitar of Rod Price and the great Craig MacGregor on heavy-duty bass.


    These pioneers of the British blues/rock scene carry on with more masterful workouts on hit album tracks like Midnight Madness, High On Love and their inspiring power ballad Stay With Me, making Stone Blue the revered masterpiece that it still is today.


    Friday Music is no stranger to the music of the gold & platinum rockers Foghat, therefore we are so excited to announce our first installment in The Foghat /Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with the 40th Anniversary Edition of their legendary masterpiece Stone Blue.


    The original Bearsville Records Lp is mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Jeff Beck, Johnny Winter, Deep Purple) and will be manufactured for a limited time on stunning translucent blue audiophile vinyl.


    To celebrate four decades of Foghat's Stone Blue, we further enhance this limited anniversary edition with a first time gatefold cover featuring the original artwork elements as well as rare gatefold featuring photos from the band's archives, as well as new commentary from co-founder and drummer Roger Earl.

    *Please note that release dates are subject to change.

    1. Stone Blue
    2. Sweet Home Chicago
    3. Easy Money
    4. Midnight Madness
    5. It Hurts Me Too
    6. High On Love
    7. Chevrolet
    8. Stay With Me
    Foghat
    $32.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Blue Rose (Pure Pleasure) Blue Rose (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Blue Rose (Pure Pleasure)

    One of Rosemary Clooney's best records, and one of Duke's more accessible offerings, combined on one LP. The recorded output of the 1950's didn't get much more satisfying than this. Duke's music was always very sophisticated and this time it's even more obvious with a presence of such a talented singer as Rosemary Clooney. The songs are marvelous and she sounds young, fresh and sexy (ladylike sexy). In Blue Rose, not only are Clooney's vocals outstanding, but the arrangements are some of the prettiest of jazz.



    The band swings simply and sweetly, though still thoroughly in the Duke style. As if to make the point that the band is the 'other' star of this recording, there's one instrumental here - Passion Flower (Johnny Hodges on sax never sounded more sure of himself). Its inclusion in the program, without a vocal from Clooney, is at first bizarre - but seems to make sense within the context of the album.



    The fascinating album notes explain why and how separate tracks for Rosemary Clooney and Duke Ellington's orchestra had to be laid down. One would never realize that singer and orchestra were not together. They are totally in sync. This is not big, belting jazz; this is sophisticated, late night, intimate singing and playing. This is one of the most memorable pairings of a 'popular' singer with a jazz giant; ranking with the first Sinatra-Basie album and the Coltrane-Hartman session.




    Musicians:



    • Rosemary Clooney (vocal)

    • Duke Ellington (piano, arranger)

    • Billy Strayhorn (arranger)

    • Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope (alto saxophone)

    • Clark Terry, Cat Anderson (trumpet)

    • Gordon Jackson (trombone)

    • Jimmy Woode (bass)

    • Sam Woodyard (drums)




    Recording: January and February 1956




    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. Hey Baby
    2. Sophisticated Lady

    3. Me and You
    4. Passion Flower
    5. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
    6. Grievin
    7. Blue Rose
    8. Im Checkin OutGoombye

    9. I Got It Bad
    10. Mood Indigo
    Rosemary Clooney & Duke Ellington
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Desmond Blue (Pure Pleasure) Desmond Blue (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Desmond Blue (Pure Pleasure)

    As intended, this album presents alto sax specialist Paul Desmond as never featured before, with the backing of a string orchestra. The record, filled with such beautiful jazz standards as My Funny Valentine, I've Got You Under My Skin, and Body and Soul, is very rich in texture, yet subtle and mellow overall in mood. It's unyielding purpose: to soothe the souls of its listeners. Desmond's style and tone shine with an alluring quality, and the record is filled with melodies that don't fail to stimulate the sophisticated jazz listener. Desmond's melodies are eloquently detailed and charmingly spun in the midst of the string orchestra arranged and conducted by Bob Prince. The legendary Jim Hall is featured as guest guitarist, playing yet another scintillating role and using his classic comping style. Hall is perhaps the most highly respected of all jazz guitarists for his good taste and witty inventiveness. Desmond has always been most familiar to the jazz public for his sweeping scale passages and his seemingly effortless spontaneity during periods of improvisation, although here he is often featured in a more lyrical ballad style on such romantic tunes as My Funny Valentine, Late Lament, and Then I'll Be Tired of You. This album is a highly innovative and meticulously crafted work, reflecting the ongoing success of both Desmond and Hall within the 1960s and the cool jazz period. Both of these musicians spent time working with Dave Brubeck and later lent themselves to many of Antonio Carlos Jobim's bossa nova projects. The arrangements are extraordinary throughout this collection, including the charming Valentine, which begins with a fantastic Elizabethan flavor. The intro sets up the mood to carry Desmond into the first chorus, which then glides into a 20th century style. The tune I Should Care is »a shimmering debt to Ibert and one of the most imaginative blendings you will ever hear of strings, reeds, French horn and harp,« according to the liner notes. The tone of the album: lush, reflective, thought-provoking, and soul-stirring. This work is quite a plus for any listener and especially those who consider themselves avid fans of Paul Desmond.



    Musicians:



    • Paul Desmond (saxophone)

    • Jim Hall (guitar)

    • Bob Prince (arranger, conductor & strings)



    Recording: 1962 at Webster Hall, New York City, by Ray Hall

    Production: George Aviakan



    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve



    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. My Funny Valentine
    2. Desmond Blue
    3. Then I'll Be Tired of You
    4. I've Got You Under My Skin
    5. Late Lament
    6. I Should Care
    7. Like Someone In Love
    8. Ill Wind
    9. Body and Soul
    Paul Desmond
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • 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.



    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
  • Blowin' The Blues Away Blowin' The Blues Away Quick View

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    Blowin' The Blues Away

    A Blue Note essential, Blown' The Blue Away by the Horace Silver Quintet & Trio, is part of the Blue Note 75 anniversary vinyl.


    Everyone's favorite Horace Silver record featured the classic quintet with Blue Mitchell and Junior Cook. The title tune, the beautiful ballad Peace and the soulful Sister Sadie are now standards in the jazz canon. Even given Silver's astonishing track record, this one stands out.


    Horace Silver, piano
    Junior Cook, tenor saxophone
    Louis Hayes, drums
    Billy Mitchell tenor saxophone
    Blue Mitchell, trumpet
    Gene Taylor, bass

    1. Blowin' The Blues Away
    2. The St. Vitus Dance
    3. Break City
    4. Peace
    5. Sister Sadie
    6. The Baghdad Blues
    7. Melancholy Mood
    Horace Silver Quintet
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  • In Paris: The ORTF Recordings In Paris: The ORTF Recordings Quick View

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    In Paris: The ORTF Recordings

    Limited Edition 180 Gram Vinyl Pressing Of 2,000


    Gatefold LP Includes Booklet With Essays, Unpublished Photos, Collector Postcards


    Mastered By The Legendary Engineer Bernie Grundman


    Resonance Records, in partnership with the National Audiovisual Institute (INA) of France, is pleased to announce the release of Larry Young In Paris/The ORTF Recordings. Presenting groundbreaking performances by jazz organist and pianist, Larry Young, these studio and live recordings from 1964 and 1965 made for French Radio and never before issued on record will be released in a limited edition 2-LP set.


    Producer Zev Feldman notes, It's particularly exciting because none of this music has ever been heard before except on its initial broadcast in France five decades ago. I think that's something to celebrate and a call for us all - as we often do with the archival recordings we at Resonance Records uncover - to revisit and discuss this legendary artist's legacy.


    Musicians featured on these recordings include trumpet legend Woody Shaw, tenor saxophonist and bandleader Nathan Davis and drummer Billy Brooks. An international cast of supporting players: French pianist Jack DiÉval tenor saxophonist Jean-Claude Fohrenbach and bassist Jacques B. Hess; Italian drummer Franco Manzecchi, Jamaican trumpet player Sonny Grey and Guadaloupean percussionist Jacky Bamboo round out the personnel. This album marks the first new release of Larry Young music in thirty-eight years.


    This project came about in 2012 when Resonance Records producer Zev Feldman traveled to France to explore the ORTF (Office of French Radio and Television) archives (the media vaults overseen by the French National Audiovisual Institute (INA) in the hope of finding undiscovered treasures, which he suspected he might find there. Feldman asked INA executives about specific artists and was stunned to learn that the vaults contained recordings documenting some of the greatest American jazz musicians who lived in - or visited - Paris in the 1960's, including Larry Young. Resonance Records presents in this album tapes that had been sitting idly in the vaults for nearly 50 years, scrupulously maintained by INA. Resonance will also be releasing other future projects from the INA vaults. More details to come soon. Producer Feldman states, It's been a thrill of the lifetime working with Christiane Lemire, Laure Audinot and Pascal Rozat at INA France to find this great music and shepherd this release. No question about it, this project represents jazz through diplomacy and the greater good of a mission. These recordings showcase American artists who found their home and voice in Europe at a time when the American landscape wasn't always as supportive. Feldman continues, When we started to explore the vaults of ORTF and search for recordings to release, we had a wish list of various artists we were on the hunt for, but Larry was the one artist whom I personally felt we needed to look extra hard for. I couldn't be more thrilled with what we found and which we are now releasing. I hope we'll all revisit this genius's legacy and appreciate why he mattered so much.


    While in France, Larry Young recorded at the ORTF Studios in Paris (now Maison de Radio France) as a sideman with the Nathan Davis Quartet, the Jazz aux Champs-ÉlysÉes All-Stars and with his own piano trio which included bassist Jacques B. Hess drummer and Franco Manzecchi. Larry Young In Paris/The ORTF Recordings includes selections from the original tapes, which were recorded specifically to be broadcast on French Radio. As noted, the only time these recordings have been shared with the public were on their original broadcasts on two iconic monthly French radio programs: Musique aux Champs-ÉlysÉes, hosted by French musician and producer Jack DiÉval; and Jazz sur scène, hosted by producer and jazz scholar AndrÉ Francis. Shortly after these recordings were made, Larry Young returned to New York to record the classic album Unity, his second album for Blue Note.


    Larry Young died at the tragically young age of 38 in 1978. Larry Young In Paris: The ORTF Recordings is a tribute to his memory and endorsed by the estate of Larry Young. Produced by Zev Feldman with Executive Producers George Klabin and Michael Cuscuna. Sound Restoration by Fran Gala and George Klabin. Mastering by Fran Gala at Resonance Records Studios.

    LP 1
    1. Trane of Thought
    2. Talkin' About J.C.
    3. Mean to Me
    4. La Valse Grise
    5. Discothèque


    LP 2
    1. Luny Tune
    2. Beyond All Limits
    3. Black Nile
    4. Zoltan
    5. Larry's Blues

    Larry Young
    $35.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • T. Bone Blues T. Bone Blues Quick View

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    T. Bone Blues

    T-Bone Walker's masterpiece T-Bone Blues on Atlantic Records is often cited as not only one of his finest achievements, but also one of the blues genre's most important crowned jewels. This 1959 classic showcases the late blues master's legendary handling of the electric guitar and his unequalled ability to powerfully sing some of the most revered classics in modern blues history.


    This definitive classic recording features this multi-talented artist's finest tunes like T-Bone Shuffle, Papa Ain't Salty No More and of course the iconic Stormy Monday Blues. Over the years, many acclaimed artists have gone back to this album for inspiration. Classic blues rockers like Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, B.B. King, John Mayall, The Allman Brothers, Boz Scaggs and Doug Sahm have all interpreted several songs from this classic album. Out of print for over forty years in the vinyl format, Friday Music is thrilled to announce the first time 180g gram audiophile vinyl release of T-Bone Walker's landmark masterpiece T-Bone Blues.


    Impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso (T-Bone Walker/Muddy Waters/Johnny Winter/Boz Scaggs) from the original Atlantic Records monophonic tapes, this audiophile LP truly excites the listener, as each note bent and every vocal laid down by T-Bone Walker are truly captured in this historic recording.


    Friday Music has corrected the original running order of this wonderful blues release, the first time since 1959, as well as used the original artwork elements and the stunning liner notes written by the late Ralph J. Gleason. As always, Friday Music includes a poly bag for the album cover and a poly line sleeve to protect your 180g vinyl album.

    1. Two Bones and a Pick
    2. Mean Old World
    3. T-Bone Shuffle
    4. Stormy Monday Blues (Call It Stormy Monday)
    5. Blues For Marili
    6. T-Bone Blues
    7. Shufflin' the Blues
    8. Evenin'
    9. Play On Little Girl
    10. Blues Rock
    11. Papa Ain't Salty
    T. Bone Walker
    $29.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
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    Belafonte Sings The Blues

    200 Gram LP Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio


    Old-Style Tip-On Heavyweight Jacket By Stoughton Printing


    A favorite off the recommended list by The Absolute Sound magazine, and, as expressed in the liner notes, Harry Belafonte's favorite recording. Belafonte has never before sung on records as he does in this album. He is freer, more earthy, more exultantly identified with his material than ever before. He has always communicated an often ferocious power as well as lyrical sensitivity, but in this collection he achieves a unity of emotional strength in and understanding of his material that marks an important stage in his evolution as an artist.


    Includes classic songs Cotton Fields, God Bless' The Child, Hallelujah I Love Her So. Recorded in New York City in January and March 1958, and in Hollywood, California, in June 1958.


    As the liner notes by Nat Hentoff state, there is not much to say about the individual performances that is not entirely clear on hearing them. Truly a classic for discerning audiophiles, Belafonte Sings The Blues was the first Belafonte album recorded in stereo. The sound is incredible, and the dead-silent backgrounds of QRP 200-gram vinyl preserve every exquisite detail! This is one of Belafonte's most satisfying set of performances.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. A Fool For You
    2. Losing Hand
    3. One For My Baby
    4. In The Evenin' Mama
    5. Hallelujah I Love Her So
    6. The Way That I Feel
    7. Cotton Fields
    8. God Bless' The Child
    9. Mary Ann
    10. Sinner's Prayer
    11. Fare Thee Well
    Harry Belafonte
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Briefcase Full Of Blues


    Celebrate The New Year With Their Classic # 1 Mega Platinum Debut Album


    First Time Audiophile Vinyl Release


    Mastered Impeccably From The Authorized & Original1978 Atlantic Records Tapes By Joe "i Got The Blues" Reagoso


    After their phenomenal success on Saturday Night Live and a number of smash comedy movies already in
    their resume, John Belushi and Dan Akroyd dove headfirst into their love of soul, blues and r & b and began
    the Blues Brothers duo, netting them a number one album, top hit singles, a box office smash and acclaim
    from purists and blues lovers from all over with their first LP, Briefcase Full Of Blues.


    Recorded in 1978 at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, the late great John Belushi and Dan
    Akroyd opened a set before comedian and good friend Steve Martin. To the crowd's amazement, the duo
    blasted them a blistering rock 'n' blues performance which was captured on tape for their first album Briefcase
    Full Of Blues. They later appeared on SNL and the rest as they say is history, as this stunt became reality in no
    time and thus began a short lived but amazing piece of rock and blues history.


    Released during the holiday season, the album became a number one smash and netted two smash singles
    with the classic nod to the Stax sound with Sam & Dave's "Soul Man" as well as the '50s doo wop
    classic, "Rubber Biscuit."


    With a stellar musician lineup of classic R & B and traditional blues purists like Steve Cropper and Duck
    Dunn from Booker T. & The M.G.'s, Chess Records sideman to the stars Matt "Guitar " Murphy,
    saxophone champion Tom Scott and a handful of New York City's finest on the reeds, rounded out with Paul
    Shafer on keys, The Blues Brothers were a force to reckon with as their albums would go on to sell in the
    millions making them one of the biggest bands in the late seventies into the eighties.


    With a stunning set list of righteous blues and soulful interpretations, this masterpiece is filled with nonstop classics like the hard boppin' opener Hey Bartender, blues belters like Junior Wells' "Messin' With The
    Kid" and Big Joe Turner's "Flip Flop Fly," plus southern rockers like Delbert McClinton's "'B" Movie Box Car
    Blues."


    In addition to these legendary performances, this unique concert recording yielded more with powerhouses
    like the smash I Don't Know, King Floyd's Groove Me, and the blues thriller Shot Gun Blues.


    Friday Music is no stranger to the blues. Therefore, it is with much honor to announce the first installment
    in our Blues Brothers 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with their brilliant masterwork Briefcase Full Of Blues.


    For the first time ever on 180 Gram Vinyl, this limited edition classic was mastered impeccably and
    faithfully from the original 1978 Atlantic Records tapes by their Atlantic Records label alumni Joe Reagoso
    (John Lee Hooker/ Muddy Waters/Johnny Winter) at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Records in Hollywood,
    CA.


    To enhance your Jake and Elwood experience even further, this stunning limited anniversary edition also
    includes the original album cover art, Miami Mitch Glazer's funny liner notes as well as the 12 brilliant tunes
    you will truly forever enjoy in the audiophile vinyl domain.


    Blues Brothers .Briefcase Full Of Blues The Anniversary Edition, A first time Audiophile Vinyl
    Experience . Authorized and Live ..Exclusively from your friends at Friday Music .


    I'M A SOUL MAN!!!

    1. Opening / I Can't Turn You Loose
    2. Hey Bartender
    3. Messin' With The Kid
    4. Almost
    5. Rubber Biscuit
    6. Shot Gun Blues
    7. Groove Me
    8. I Don't Know
    9. Soul Man
    10. "B" Movie Box Car Blues
    11. Flip, Flop & Fly
    12. Closing / I Can't Turn You Loose
    Blues Brothers
    $31.99
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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
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    Singin' The Blues (Pure Pleasure)

    Singin' The Blues was issued as Crown 5020 in spring 1957 and featured some of B.B. King's best-loved songs up to that point. The LP included four #1 R&B hits: 3 O'Clock Blues and You Know I Love You (1952), Please Love Me (1953) and You Upset Me Baby (1954); four other top ten hits; plus Blind Love from 1953 and covers of Tampa Red's Crying Won't Help You (1955) and Gatemouth Moore's Did You Ever Love A Woman from 1956. To fill out the album, a superior alternate take of Sweet Little Angel was included. As John Broven observes in his notes: In 1957 Singin' The Blues gave the first real indication that B.B. King was destined to be a major star. Absolutely seminal material; his classic hits.




    Musicians:



    • B. B. King (guitar, vocal)

    • The Maxwell Davis Orchestra



    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. Please Love Me
    2. You Upset Me Baby
    3. Every Day I Have the Blues
    4. Bad Luck
    5. 3 O'clock Blues
    6. Blind Love
    7. Woke Up This Morning
    8. You Know I Love You
    9. Sweet Little Angel
    10. Ten Long Hears
    11. Did You Ever Love A Woman
    12. Crying Won't Help You
    B.B. King
    $34.99
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    Cool Cat Blues (Pure Pleasure)

    At last! ... British blues legend Georgie Fame finally has his Magnum Opus committed to the stuff we all love.



    Contained within is a collection of Blues, Jazz and R&B standards mixed with some originals. This musicians' musician is backed by a world class band including Steve Gadd, Robben Ford, Richard Tee, Will Lee, Ralph MacDonald, Hugh McCracken and an uber horn section. Fame's classy, economic Hammond and great voice inspires superb duets with Bozz Scaggs and Richard Tee. Van Morrison, Fame's erstwhile boss, joins him on Moondance and one of his heroes, Jon Hendricks, aids him to fly through Little Pony. There is a slowed down, super sexy Yeah,Yeah and a blistering take on Willie Dixon's I Love The Life I Live. If you like Brother Ray, Mose Allison, Hoagy Carmichael, Van the Man, Peggy Lee and Lambert, Hendricks & Ross then you'll love this.



    On an audiophile note, this studio album from 1990 was recorded 'live' with most tracks done in one or two takes, no overdubs and entirely in the analogue domain. A great album, beautifully recorded, finally done justice on two slabs of 180g by Pure Pleasure.




    Musicians:



    • Georgie Fame (vocal, piano, organ)

    • Van Morrison (vocal)

    • Bob Malach (saxophone)

    • Richard Tee (piano, organ)

    • Michael Weiss (piano)

    • Ben Sidran (vocal, tambourine)

    • Robben Ford (guitar)

    • Dennis Irwin, Will Lee (bass)

    • Steve Gadd (drums)

    • Ralph MacDonald (percussion)




    Recording: 1990 at Skyline Studios, New York City, by James Farber

    Production: Ben Sidran




    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. Cool Cat Blues
    2. Every Knock Is a Boost
    3. Moondance
    4. It Should Have Been Me
    5. Yeah Yeah
    6. I Love the Life I Live, I Live the Life I Love
    7. Big Brother
    8. Georgia on My Mind
    9. Cat's Eyes
    10. You Came a Long Way from St. Louis
    11. Survival
    12. Little Pony
    13. Rocking Chair
    Georgie Fame
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • A Man And The Blues (Pre-Order) A Man And The Blues (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    A Man And The Blues (Pre-Order)

    Release Date: June 29, 2018*


    Anniversary Edition Remastered From The Original Analog Tapes By Ron Mcmaster At Capitol Mastering


    Pressed On Audiophile-Quality, 180-Gram Vinyl


    Housed In An Old-School Style, Tip-On Jacket


    2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Buddy Guy's influential second album, A Man and the Blues. Guy's legendary electric guitar licks and passionate vocals are on display in this recording, with a tight backing band that includes the great Otis Spann on piano and a snappy sax trio. Featuring a handful of original tracks, a surprising and highly original rendition of "Mary Had a Little Lamb", plus classics like "Money (That's What I Want)", this album bridges Chicago blues with R&B. Remastered from the original analog tapes by Capitol Mastering's Ron McMaster, this special anniversary edition of the album is pressed on 180-gram vinyl and housed in an old-school-style, tip-on jacket.


    *Please note that release dates are subject to change.

    1. A Man And The Blues
    2. I Can't Quit The Blues
    3. Money - That's What I Want
    4. One Room Country Shack
    5. Mary Had A Little Lamb
    6. Just Playing My Axe
    7. Sweet Little Angel
    8. Worry, Worry
    9. Jam On A Monday Morning
    Buddy Guy
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    Cool Struttin'


    Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    Cool Struttin' is jazz pianist, Sonny Clark's most soulful and classic, Blue Note album. The recording features Jackie McLean on alto sax, Art Farmer on
    trumpet, Philly Joe Jones on drums and Paul Chambers on bass. Originally released in 1958, Cool Struttin' will be re-released as part of the overall Blue
    Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

    1. Cool Struttin'
    2. Blue Minor
    3. Sippin' At Bells
    4. Deep Night
    Sonny Clark
    $19.99
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    Point Of Departure

    Point Of Departure is not only one of the greatest jazz recordings of 1964, but of all time. The stellar lineup (Eric Dolphy, Kenny Dorham, Joe Henderson, Richard Davis and a teen aged Tony Williams) was given a set of challenging compositions by the brilliant pianist and composer Andrew Hill. This group created the album known as Point of Departure, an acknowledged modern day classic and one of Blue Notes most extraordinary recordings. Andrew Hill was a quiet revolutionary, but he was every bit as original in his conception as Thelonious Monk. Hill extended, twisted and turned hard bop into his own very fresh and personal music. Like Eric Dolphy, Hill spawned few imitators. His conception was so pure, and so unique, both as a player and as an arranger-composer that nearly a half century later, Point Of Departure remains a brilliant touchstone of modern jazz.
    1.Refuge
    2.New Monastery

    3.Spectrum

    4.Flight 19

    5.Dedication
    Andrew Hill
    $19.99
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  • Moody Blues: Collected Moody Blues: Collected Quick View

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    Moody Blues: Collected

    Import


    4 Page Booklet With Liner Notes And Photos

    Solid Selection Of Songs By The Band's Career, Including Go Now, Nights In White Satin, Never Comes The Day, Gypsy, I Never Thought I'd Live To Be A Hundred, I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock 'n Roll Band) And Many More

    The Moody Blues formed in the early 1960s in Erdington, Birmingham, England. Ray Thomas, John Lodge, and Michael Pinder had been members of El Riot & the Rebels. They disbanded when Lodge went to college and Pinder joined the army. The pair recruited guitarist/vocalist Denny Laine, band manager-turned drummer Graeme Edge, and bassist Clint Warwick. The five appeared as the Moody Blues for the first time in Birmingham in 1964.

    It was the single, Go Now (released later that year), which launched their career. The single became a huge hit in the U.K. and landed the number 1 spot in the charts. The band soon realised that their style of R&B-derived rock and pop was not working for them and decided to develop an original new style, featuring the symphonic sounds of the mellotron and Ray Thomas' flute.

    Assigned to make a rock and roll version of Antonin Dvorák's New World Symphony, Moody Blues insisted that they be given artistic freedom and be left without supervision. The result was Days of Future Passed (1967), which combined the band's tracks with orchestral interludes arranged and conducted by Peter Knight. The album plus two singles, Nights in White Satin and Tuesday Afternoon, became substantial hits.

    Their follow-up album was In Search of the Lost Chord (1968). The album was again a big success with hits as Ride My See-Saw and Voices in the Sky. Their next album On a Threshold of a Dream (1969) featured the sensitive ballad Never Comes a Day and was their first number 1 album in the U.K.

    The band's music continued to become more complex and symphonic, resulting in 1969's To Our Children's Children's Children, a concept album. It closes with the fan-favorite Watching and Waiting. To Our Children's Children's Children was also the first release of the group's own founded label, Threshold Records.

    Released in 1981, Long Distance Voyager was a success, reaching number 1 on Billboard and top 5 in the U.K. The album featured the hit, The Voice, written by Hayward.

    The remaining Moody Blues trio continues to tour and to this day the Moody Blues are one of classic rock's most enduring institutions, with world-wide sales of nearly 80 million albums and a following that continues to support the band. COLLECTED by Moody Blues is a careful selection of the distinctive sound of the band, presenting the different periods the band has gone through.

    LP 1
    1. Go Now
    2. Boulevard De La Madeleine
    3. Nights In White Satin
    4. Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)
    5. Voices In The Sky
    6. Dr. Livingstone, I Presume
    7. Ride My See-saw
    8. Legend Of A Mind
    9. Never Comes The Day
    10. Dear Diary
    11. Gypsy (Of A Strange And Distant Time)

    12. Watching And Waiting
    13. I Never Thought I'd Live To Be A Hundred


    LP 2
    1. Candle Of Life
    2. Melancholy Man
    3. Question
    4. The Story In Your Eyes
    5. Isn't Life Strange
    6. I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock 'n Roll Band)
    7. Emily's Song
    8. King And Queen
    9. Had To Fall In Love
    10. Driftwood
    11. The Voice

    Moody Blues
    $42.99
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  • Chicago/The Blues/Today! (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Chicago/The Blues/Today! (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Chicago/The Blues/Today! (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)

    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.



    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
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    Blues: The Dark Paintings of Mark Rothko


    Pressed On Pristine 150 Gram Vinyl By Quality Record Pressing In An Edition Of 800


    "Blues: The 'Dark Paintings' of Mark Rothko" is one of Loren Connors'
    most cherished and sought after albums. Originally released in a handmade
    edition of around 300 copies on Connors' own St. Joan label in
    January 1990 under the name Guitar Roberts -- this album has been
    unavailable in any form until now.


    At the time of its release, Connors was still an inscrutable guitarist
    whose matchless and alien rendering of the blues was just gaining recognition
    despite more than two dozen solo and collaborative releases
    since 1978. Connors' classic, song-based "In Pittsburgh" had only been
    available for three months when "Blues" welcomed the new decade. It
    would be the first of four solo albums issued by Connors that year and
    distilled the blues form into bleak, minimalist lines and tone; a compound
    of influences spanning Louisiana guitarist Robert Pete Johnson
    to painter Mark Rothko.


    For this reissue, the audio has been restored to Connors' specifications
    of how these seven instrumentals were originally intended to sound.
    Cover art is an untitled 1969 Rothko work -- one of the paintings that
    influenced Connors to record this album. The original LP art and liner
    notes are replicated as a full-color inner sleeve. New liner notes by music
    historian Byron Coley chart Connors development and Rothko's effect
    on the music. Pressed on pristine 150 gram vinyl by Quality Record
    Pressing in an edition of 800.

    1. Blues No. 1
    2. Blues No. 2
    3. Blues No. 3
    4. Blues No. 4
    5. Blues No. 5
    6. Blues No. 6
    7. Blues No. 7
    Loren Connors
    $18.99
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    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, An American In Paris (Speakers Corner)

    This fast and furious orchestral work with piano, which begins with what must surely be the most famous clarinet glissando of modern times, was composed with the intention of presenting as many facets as possible of music from the New World in the short space of around 15 minutes. In his Rhapsody In Blue Gershwin wanted to »paint a musical kaleidoscope of America - our enormous melting pot, our typical national traits, our blues, our seething city life«. With this in mind, Leonard Bernstein made a number of recordings of the work and among the many excellent recordings that he made as a conductor or as a soloist, this present version with the Columbia Orchestra, from 1959, is especially of note. Bernstein takes on a double function as conductor and soloist and manoeuvres his way safely and surely through the highly diversified score to create a well-rounded picture filled with hefty orchestral dynamics and finely chiselled solo playing. In Gershwin's freely composed work the soloist and orchestra do not resort to bombastic shock effects or egomaniac keyboard acrobatics, and so this the work can be described as rhapsodic in the very best sense of the word.
    Most fittingly, on the B side there is another freely composed work - the autobiographical sketch entitled An American In Paris. The superb New York musicians paint the impressions of a visitor to the hectic French capital city - that too is the sound of America.


    Musicians:



    • The Columbia Symphony Orchestra

    • New York Philharmonic Orchestra

    • George Gershwin (composer)

    • Leonard Bernstein (conductor)




    Recording: June 1959 and December 1958 at St George Hotel, Brooklyn, New York, by Fred Plaut and Frank Bruno

    Production: John McClure



    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. Rhapsody In Blue
    2. An American In Paris
    Leonard Bernstein
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Portrait Of Sheila

    During the Blue Note 75th anniversary celebration the label released 100 essential Blue Note LPs and asked New York Times readers what titles they'd like to see make the list. This album is one of five new reissues that were hand-selected by Blue Note President, Don Was, based on New York Times reader recommendations.


    Sheila Jordan's debut recording was one of the very few vocal records made for Blue Note during Alfred Lion's reign. Accompanied by the subtle guitarist Barry Galbraith, bassist Steve Swallow, and drummer Denzil Best, Jordan sounds quite distinctive, cool-toned, and adventurous during her classic date. Her interpretations of Oscar Brown, Jr.'s Hum Drum Blues and 11 standards (including Falling in Love With Love, Dat Dere, Baltimore Oriole, and I'm a Fool to Want You) are both swinging and haunting. Possibly because of her originality, Sheila Jordan would not record again for over a dozen years, making this highly recommended set quite historic.

    - Scott Yanow (All Music)

    1. Falling In Love With Love
    2. If You Could See Me Now
    3. Am I Blue
    4. Dat Dere
    5. When The World Was Young
    6. Let's Face The Music And Dance
    7. Laugh, Clown, Laugh
    8. Who Can I Turn To
    9. Baltimore Oriole
    10. I'm A Fool To Want You
    11. Hum Drum Blues
    12. Willow Weep For Me
    Sheila Jordan
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller

    Acclaimed pianist Jason Moran will release All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller, a collaboration with the vocalist Meshell
    Ndegeocello that recasts the music of the legendary jazz entertainer Fats Waller as a modern dance party. The album-which was produced by
    Ndegeocello and Blue Note Records president Don Was-is the ninth in a formidable catalog that Moran has been building on Blue Note since 1999.
    All Rise features Moran hosting a changeable cast of musicians that includes vocalists Ndegeocello and Lisa E. Harris, his longtime trio The Bandwagon
    featuring bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, and a funky horn-inflected ensemble anchored by drummer Charles Haynes that features
    trumpeter Leron Thomas and trombonist Josh Roseman, as well as guest saxophonist Steve Lehman. The album was recorded and mixed by Bob Power,
    known for honing the sound on classic hip hop records by A Tribe Called Quest, Common and The Roots.
    1. Put Your Hands On It
    2. Ain't Misbehavin'
    3. Yacht Club Swing
    4. Lulu's Back In Town
    5. Two Sleepy People
    6. The Joint Is Jumpin'
    7. Honeysuckle Rose
    8. Ain't Nobody's Business
    9. Fats Elegy
    10. Handful Of Keys
    11. Jitterbug Waltz
    12. Sheik Of Araby / I Found a New Baby
    Jason Moran
    $19.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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