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  • Hi De Hi De Ho (Pure Pleasure) Hi De Hi De Ho (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Hi De Hi De Ho (Pure Pleasure)

    In that wistful, screwball age that was the Thirties, one man, practically single-handed, launched an era of musical nonsense that had the whole nation humming bits of rhythmic fol-de-rol.



    It was Cab Calloway, the 'Hi-De-Ho man' in cream colored tails who gyrated to the point of actually flying while leading his band, and who sang slightly insane ditties (as well as the leading hit songs of the day) in a remarkably rich and resonant baritone. The Cab was one of that group of leaders of the 1930's who, although playing no musical instrument, collected a fine band and a completely personal style.
    In this album, Cab has freshly recorded a dozen of his biggest hits of former years, taking full advantage of the most modern high fidelity recording techniques. In so many ways Cab symbolized that whole era of "The Jumpin' Jive" when people needed something to make you nine feet tall when you're four feet five .




    Musicians:



    • Cab Calloway (voc) & 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. The Hi De Ho Man (That's Me)
    2. I'll Be Around
    3. Summertime
    4. It Ain't Necessarily So
    5. Kickin' the Gong Around
    6. You Rascal You
    7. Minnie the Moocher (The Ho De Ho Song)
    8. I See a Million People (But All I Can See Is You)
    9. St. James Infirmary
    10. Stormy Weather
    11. The Jumpin' Jive
    Cab Calloway
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  • The Cotton Club Soundtrack The Cotton Club Soundtrack Quick View

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    The Cotton Club Soundtrack

    Import


    First 1,000 Copies Pressed On Silver Vinyl


    While director Francis Coppola's potboiling crime drama set against the gloriously tumultuous backdrop of Harlem's famed Cotton Club nightspot of the '20s and '30s didn't quite come together as a cinematic whole, John Barry's efforts at supervising, scoring, and recreating the energetic jive and wail of the era very nearly carry the day. The opportunity was likely a dream come true for the former jazzman turned film scorer; his adaptations of standards by Ellington and Cab Calloway are reverent yet energetic, infused by original music that weaves it into an accessible and rewarding tapestry of time, place, and art. So-so film, great soundtrack. --Jerry McCulley

    1. The Mooche
    2. Cotton Club Stomp #2
    3. Drop Me Off In Harlem
    4. Creole Love Call
    5. Ring Dem Bells
    6. East St. Louis Toodle-O
    7. Truckin'
    8. ILL Wind
    9. Cotton Club Stomp #1
    10. Mood Indigo
    11. Minnie The Moocher
    12. Copper Colored Gal
    13. Dixie Kidnaps Vera
    14. The Depression Hits / Best Beats Sandman
    15. Daybreak Express Medley
    John Barry
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Blues Brothers Original Soundtrack The Blues Brothers Original Soundtrack Quick View

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    The Blues Brothers Original Soundtrack

    Import


    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Original 1980 Soundtrack


    First Pressing Of 2000 Numbered Copies On Blue Vinyl


    Comic actors John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd rightfully get credit for exposing many people to the music of Blues and R&B veterans. The soundtrack to their hugely successful musical comedy Blues Brothers was released on June 20, 1980 as the second album by the Blues Brothers Band, which also toured that year to promote the film.


    The rollicking remake of the Spencer Davis Group's Gimme Some Lovin' was a Billboard Top 20 hit, featuring an arrangement notable for the horn section that replaces Steve Winwood's rumbling organ work. Ray Charles has a good time with Shake a Tail Feather, and he's helped out by Jake and Elwood Blues (Belushi and Aykroyd, respectively). The cover of Solomon Burke's Everybody Needs Somebody to Love is a lot of fun, thanks to the great overall rhythm and Elwood's lightning-fast stage rap, while James Brown and the Reverend James Cleveland Choir provide a blast of gospel music on Old Landmark. Aretha Franklin's Think is explosive, and Cab Calloway's Minnie the Moocher is slyly irresistible.


    The first 2000 copies are numbered and pressed on blue vinyl!

    1. She Caught The Katy
    2. Peter Gunn Theme
    3. Gimme Some Lovin'
    4. Shake Your Tailfeather
    5. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
    6.The Old Landmark
    7. Think
    8. Theme From Rawhide
    9. Minnie The Moocher
    10. Sweet Home Chicago
    11. Jailhouse Rock
    Blues Brothers
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  • The Blues Brothers Original Soundtrack (Colored Vinyl) The Blues Brothers Original Soundtrack (Colored Vinyl) Quick View

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    The Blues Brothers Original Soundtrack (Colored Vinyl)

    Limited Edition 180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Blue Vinyl


    Comic actors John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd rightfully get credit for exposing many people to the music of Blues and R&B veterans. The soundtrack to their hugely successful musical comedy Blues Brothers was released on June 20, 1980 as the second album by the Blues Brothers Band, which also toured that year to promote the film.


    The rollicking remake of the Spencer Davis Group's Gimme Some Lovin' was a Billboard Top 20 hit, featuring an arrangement notable for the horn section that replaces Steve Winwood's rumbling organ work. Ray Charles has a good time with Shake a Tail Feather, and he's helped out by Jake and Elwood Blues (Belushi and Aykroyd, respectively). The cover of Solomon Burke's Everybody Needs Somebody to Love is a lot of fun, thanks to the great overall rhythm and Elwood's lightning-fast stage rap, while James Brown and the Reverend James Cleveland Choir provide a blast of gospel music on Old Landmark. Aretha Franklin's Think is explosive, and Cab Calloway's Minnie the Moocher is slyly irresistible.


    1. She Caught The Katy
    2. Peter Gunn Theme
    3. Gimme Some Lovin'
    4. Shake Your Tailfeather
    5. Everybody Needs
    6. Somebody To Love
    7. The Old Landmark
    8. Think
    9. Theme From Rawhide
    10. Minnie The Moocher
    11. Sweet Home Chicago
    12. Jailhouse Rock
    Blues Brothers
    $32.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
  • Lost Voice Lost Voice Quick View

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    Lost Voice

    Import


    Toni Harper's two original albums Toni (1956) and Lady Lonely (1959).


    Toni Harper's childhood was made of the magic any aspiring adult artist would kill for: a platinum record, a performance at Carnegie Hall, evenings spent sharing a stage with such performers as Cab Calloway, and invitations to appear on television with Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Milton Berle, and Ed Sullivan. And all of the magic unfolded before she'd turned 12 years old.

    The jazz vocalist, who now goes by the name Toni Dunlap, got her big break in 1945 when she went up against a couple hundred other kids at an audition held by choreographer Nick Castle. Harper, who had been a dance student of Maceo Anderson, passed muster as far as her dancing, but when she sang Waitin' for the Train to Come In, she had the audition sewn up on the spot. Castle cast her in his production of Christmas Follies, which was staged at Los Angeles' Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Harper drew enthusiastic reviews and went on to earn a platinum record when she was eight years old with Candy Store Blues.


    Harper paired with Herb Jeffries for You're Too Tall 'n' I'm Too Small, the number for which she later paired live with Calloway at Los Angeles' Million Dollar Theatre. Television beckoned the young singer and she was a guest on numerous programs, among them Sullivan's weekly variety show. When she wasn't appearing on television, she was singing at numerous New York hot spots that included the Apollo, the Strand, and the Paramount. At the age of 11, Harper topped it all off by singing at Carnegie Hall.


    Like many child stars, Harper's career slowed down as she began to mature. As a teenager, she was too old for the childhood image that had given her a great start, but too young to effectively take on a more adult image. She attended high school in Los Angeles, involving herself in such extracurricular activities as drama, choir, and the glee club. She continued to take professional singing jobs during the school's summer break. Having completed high school in the mid-'50s, and still hampered by her youth, she sang for the teenaged record-buying public. For a young woman of her age, One Hamburger to Go was more acceptable in the public eye than any of the more sophisticated songs that she would record in later years, such as Love for Sale.


    The vocalist got her chance to sing the more adult songs when she recorded for Verve. In addition to Love for Sale, Harper recorded such songs as I Could Write a Book and Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered. Backing Harper on her self-titled first recording for Verve were pianist Oscar Peterson, drummer Alvin Stoller, guitarist Herb Ellis, and bassist Ray Brown. The vocalist later signed with RCA Victor, recording for the label for about four years and ending in 1963. Harper quit the business in 1966 after devoting more than 20 years to her singing career.


    - Linda Seida (All Music Guide)

    LP 1 - Toni:
    1. Can't We Be Friends
    2. I Could Write A Book
    3. Gone With The Wind
    4. Singin' In The Rain
    5. Love For Sale
    6. Just A Sittin' And A-Rockin'
    7. A Foggy Day
    8. You Don't Know Love Is
    9. Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered
    10. Little Girl Blue
    11. You Took Advantage Of Me
    12. Like Someone In Love


    LP 2 - Lady Lonely:
    1. Lady Lonely
    2. In The Dark Of The Night
    3. He Was A Man
    4. My Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
    5. The Lack Of Love
    6. Blue It Grows
    7. I Love The Blues
    8. You Taught Me How To Cry
    9. The Velvet Hammer
    10. The Other Woman
    11. Nobody Home But The Blues
    12. Busy Blues
    13. Love Has Come, Love Has Gone
    14. River Weep

    Toni Harper
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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