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    Blues From The Gutter (Pure Pleasure)

    This is the 1958 masterwork album of Champion Jack Dupree's long and prolific career. Cut in New York with a blasting band that included saxist Pete Brown and guitarist Larry Dale, the Jerry Wexler-produced Atlantic collection provides eloquent testimony to Dupree's eternal place in the New Orleans blues and barrelhouse firmament. There's some decidedly down-in-the-alley subject matter -- Can't Kick the Habit, T.B. Blues, a revival of Junker's Blues -- along with the stomping Nasty Boogie and treatments of the ancient themes Stack-O-Lee and Frankie & Johnny.


    • Champion Jack Dupree (piano, vocal)

    • Pete Brown (alto saxophone)

    • Ennis Lowery (guitar)

    • Wendell Marshall (bass)

    • Willie Jones (drums)

    Recording: 1958 in New York by Tom Dowd
    Production: Jerry Wexler

    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. Strollin'
    2. T.B. Blues
    3. Can't Kick the Habit
    4. Evil Woman
    5. Nasty Boogie
    6. Junker Blues
    7. Bad Blood
    8. Goin' Down Slow
    9. Frankie and Johnny
    10. Stack-O-Lee
    Champion Jack Dupree
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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