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  • Lady Sings The Blues Lady Sings The Blues Quick View

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    Lady Sings The Blues

    Although Billie Holiday's repertoire covered barely more than a dozen pure blues numbers during the course of her long career from 1933 to 1959, music critics always referred to her as the 'Lady [who] sings the blues'. And that hasn't changed to this day. In truth the recordings she made for Columbia in the Thirties and those for Clef/ Verve between 1953 and 1957 were a highly varied mixture of titles from the American songbook and her own compositions.



    Her interpretations were a benchmark against which all aspiring singers were measured. Highly expressive, almost visual ballads went hand in hand with Billie Holiday's life and voice - and only she alone could sing them! Her voice was always embedded in the sound carpet produced by her accompanying musicians: Tony Scott and Paul Quinichette are two names who made their mark on her music in the mid-Fifties, and the rhythm group of Barney Kessel, Kenny Burrell and Chico Hamilton is really first class. The trumpeter Harry 'Sweets' Edison, a long-time friend from the Count Basie Band, sensitively accompanies the singer's mature voice.

    1. Lady Sings The Blues

    2. Trav'lin' Light

    3. I Must have That Man

    4. Some Other Spring

    5. Strange Fruit

    6. No Good Man

    7. God Bless The Child

    8. Good Morning Heartache

    9. Love Me Or Leave Me

    10. Too Marvelous For Words

    11. Willow Weep For Me

    12. I Thought About You

    Billie Holiday
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Grand Encounter: 2 Degrees East 3 Degrees West (Pure Pleasure) Grand Encounter: 2 Degrees East 3 Degrees West (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Grand Encounter: 2 Degrees East 3 Degrees West (Pure Pleasure)

    Also reissued as 2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West and occasionally listed under tenor saxophonist Bill Perkins' name, this classic session is the ultimate in cool jazz. Perkins' mellow tone matches quite well with the quiet but inwardly passionate playing of pianist John Lewis, guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Percy Heath, and drummer Chico Hamilton. Lewis is featured with the rhythm section on I Can't Get Started, Hall is added for Skylark, and the full group plays three standards plus Lewis' memorable (and atmospheric) 2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West.



    Musicians:



    • John Lewis (piano)

    • Bill Perkins (tenor saxophone)

    • Jim Hall (guitar)

    • Percy Heath (bass)

    • Chico Hamilton (drums)



    Recording: February 1956

    Production: Richard Bock



    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. Love Me Or Leave Me
    2. I Cant Get Started

    3. Easy Living
    4. 2 Degrees East 3 Degrees West
    5. Skylark
    6. Almost Like Being In Love
    John Lewis
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Outward Bound (Discontinued) Outward Bound (Discontinued) Quick View

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    Outward Bound (Discontinued)

    Of this set of 25 albums being doled out over the next year, this is my favorite title of the bunchThis is the place to start for music lovers who would like to explore something a little more avant-garde, but are not feeling comfortable enough to leap straight in at the deep end of the poolHoffman and Gray have spun gold with these tapesLike most of the titles in the Fantasy 45 Series, this new version takes the sound quality up a couple notches from the original. Top recommendation. Dennis D. Davis, Hi-Fi+, Issue 51


    Dolphy had left his native California and come east as part of Chico Hamilton's group, settling in New York in 1960 and becoming part of Charles Mingus's group. This first recording as a leader brought comparisons with Ornette Coleman but the two were really parallel figures in the then-emerging avant-garde. Dolphy did not eschew changes, as Coleman did, but he used them in new ways. This LP was significant not only for his alto saxophone but introduced his individual approach to the flute and, particularly, the bass clarinet.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. G.W.
    2. On Green Dolphin Street
    3. Les
    4. 245
    5. Glad to Be Unhappy
    6. Miss Toni
    Eric Dolphy
    $49.99
    45 RPM 180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Beat Of My Heart (Speakers Corner) The Beat Of My Heart (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    The Beat Of My Heart (Speakers Corner)

    The crooner Tony Bennett fulfilled a lifetime dream with this percussion jazz formation: At last he could go into the studio with the greatest drummers and top-notch jazz musicians and just swing to his heart's content.


    Chico Hamilton, Jo Jones, Art Blakey, Candido and Sabu were responsible for the beat while Kai Winding, Herbie Mann, Nat Adderley and Al Cohn took care of the background among other things, and such great musicians as Milt Hinton and Eddie Safranski and John Pisano tied the whole thing together.


    The 12 numbers, recorded in four sessions, were arranged by pianist Ralph Sharon in a laid-back and diversified manner and allowed Tony Bennett plenty of room to swing along serenely. Should one recommend a particular title? If the answer is yes, then the 'pure' numbers with Chico Hamilton. And the rest? Yes, the good old jazz evergreens - which, however, sound quite new here. Really one could practically recommend all of them!


    To be sure: this is no LP for narrow-minded jazz purists, and certainly not for lovers of the soothing crooner - but why not one for both camps?

    Musicians:



    • Tony Bennett (vocal)

    • Ralph Sharon (piano, arranger, conductor)

    • Kai Winding (trombone)

    • Al Cohn (tenor saxophone)

    • Nat Adderley (trumpet)

    • Herbie Mann (flute)

    • John Pisano (guitar)

    • James Bond, Eddie Safranski (bass)

    • Eddie Costa (vibraphone)

    • Jo Jones, Chico Hamilton, Art Blakey (drums)

    • Sabu (drums, percussion)




    Recording: October 1957 at CBS 30th Street Studio, New York in mono

    Production: Mitch Miller



    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. Let's Begin

    2. Lullaby Of Broadway

    3. Let There Be Love

    4. Love For Sale
    5. Army Air Corps Song
    6. Crazy Rhythm
    7. The Beat Of My Heart

    8. So Beats My Heart For You

    9. Blues In The Night
    10. Lazy Afternoon

    11. Let's Face The Music And Dance

    12. Just One Of Those Things
    Tony Bennett
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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