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  • Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song Book (Box Set) Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song Book (Box Set) Quick View

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    Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song Book (Box Set)

    Box Set Includes Three 180-Gram LPs


    Cut From The Original Mono Tapes By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound


    Pressed And Plated At R.T.I.


    60th anniversary audiophile reissue of Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Songbook, the legendary recording which launched Norman Granz's Verve Records label. The vinyl box set includes three 180-gram LPs cut from the original mono tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, and pressed and plated at RTI.

    1. All Through The Night
    2. Anything Goes
    3. Miss Otis Regrets

    4. Too Darn Hot
    5. In The Still Of The Night
    6. I Get A Kick Out Of You

    7. Do I Love You?
    8. Always True To You In My Fashion
    9. Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love
    10. Just One Of Those Things

    11. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

    12. All Of You

    13. Begin The Beguine

    14. Get Out Of Town

    15. I Am In Love

    16. From This Moment On

    17. I Love Paris
    18. You Do Something To Me

    19. Ridin' High

    20. You'd Be So Easy To Love
    21. It's All Right With Me

    22. Why Can't You Behave?

    23. What Is This Thing Called Love?

    24. You're The Top

    25. Love For Sale
    26. It's De-lovely
    27. Night And Day
    28. Ace In The Hole

    29. So In Love
    30. I've Got You Under My Skin

    31. I Concentrate On You
    32. Don't Fence Me In
    Ella Fitzgerald
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  • Just One Of Those Things Just One Of Those Things Quick View

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    Just One Of Those Things

    Contrasting downbeat ballads with an ironic brassy, upbeat big band attitude, the ironic Cole Porter standard Just One Of Those Things sets the tone for a distinctive, pungent experience of love and disillusionment with a swing. Brilliantly backing the intimately expressive and supremely musical voice of the incomparable Nat King Cole, a big band with no strings smolders, swings, saunters, storms, sighs and sizzles with the arrangements of the distinctive Billy May. Featuring top shelf interpretations of These Foolish Things, Who's Sorry Now? The Party's Over and more, this album is among its era's finest recordings of popular music and its quality, style and spirit remains unexcelled.



    Using the original 3-track session tapes from Capitol's vaults and all-analogue systems including custom headstacks, 3-track preview heads, console and monitoring chain installed at AcousTech specially for these releases, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman realize the stunning beauty of these recordings. A superb track recorded for the album, You'll Never Know, which was omitted due to space constraints, is included in this double 45-RPM 180-gram album set. Included with this deluxe reissue is a striking six-panel booklet complete with rare photos, a 2,200-word essay by Jordan Taylor on the album and a 1,200-word essay by Michael Fremer about the remastering process. This truly is a no-expenses-spared project, resulting in the ultimate version of this title and a historic reissue.


    Originally released in 1957.



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    When Your Lover Has Gone
    A Cottage For Sale
    Whoâs Sorry Now?
    Once In A While
    These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You
    Just For The Fun Of It
    Donât Get Around Much Anymore
    I Understand
    Just One Of Those Things
    The Song Is Ended
    I Should Care
    The Partyâs Over


    Bonus Track:
    Youâll Never Know

    Nat King Cole
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  • Oscar Peterson Plays The Cole Porter Song Book Oscar Peterson Plays The Cole Porter Song Book Quick View

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    Oscar Peterson Plays The Cole Porter Song Book

    Direct Metal Mastering!

    1. In The Still Of The Night 2:53

    2. It s All Right With Me 2:55

    3. Love For Sale 3:30

    4. Just One Of Those Things 2:25

    5. I ve Got You Under My Skin 2:51

    6. Every Time We Say Goodbye 2:21


    1. Night And Day 2:34

    2. Easy To Love 2:38

    3. Why Can t You Behave 3:02

    4. I Love Paris 2:13

    5. I Concentrate On You 3:12

    6. It s De-Lovely 2:28

    7. What Is This Thing Called Love 3:08*

    Oscar Peterson
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  • Nat King Cole & Me (Pre-Order) Nat King Cole & Me (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Nat King Cole & Me (Pre-Order)

    Two-time GRAMMY-winning vocalist Gregory Porter's 3rd Blue Note album, Nat King Cole & Me, is a heartfelt tribute to his idol, the legendary singer, pianist and Capitol recording artist Nat King Cole.


    With the help of 6-time GRAMMY-winning arranger Vince Mendoza, the London Studio Orchestra, a core band featuring pianist Christian Sands, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Ulysses Owens, and special guest trumpeter Terence Blanchard on two tracks, Porter revisits some of Cole s most cherished classics such as Mona Lisa, L-O-V-E, Nature Boy & The Christmas Song.

    1. Mona Lisa
    2. Smile
    3. Nature Boy
    4. L-O-V-E
    5. Quizas, Quizas, Quizas
    6. Miss Otis Regrets
    7. Pick Yourself Up
    8. When Love Was King
    9. The Lonely One
    10. Ballerina
    11. I Wonder Who My Daddy Is
    12. But Beautiful
    13. Sweet Lorraine
    14. For All We Know
    15. The Christmas Song
    Gregory Porter
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  • The Very Best Of Diana Krall The Very Best Of Diana Krall Quick View

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    The Very Best Of Diana Krall

    The Very Best of Diana Krall collects an assortment of hits from the vocalist/pianist from 1996-2006. Krall covers classic tracks from America's songbook both intimately with a three piece band and on a large scale with a full orchestra. Standouts include Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "The Look of Love" written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. This 2LP set is 180-gram vinyl.
    1. 'S Wonderful
    2. Peel Me A Grape
    3. Pick Yourself Up
    4. Frim Fram Sauce
    5. You Go To My Head
    6. Let's Fall In Love
    7. The Look Of Love
    8. East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)
    9. I've Got You Under My Skin
    10. All Or Nothing At All
    11. Only The Lonely
    12. Let's Face The Music And Dance
    13. The Heart Of Saturday Night
    14. Little Girl Blue
    15. Fly Me To The Moon
    Diana Krall
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  • The Bridge The Bridge Quick View

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    The Bridge

    180 Gram LP Mastered from the Original Master Tapes


    This 1962 Record Marks Rollins' Return After Taking a Voluntary Break to Refine His Playing


    How badly did Sonny Rollins want to refine his playing? The saxophonist shocked the world in 1959 and took a break, returning in 1962 with this splendiferous set, named after the Williamsburg Bridge, where he practiced by himself. He's paired here with guitarist Jim Hall, whose communicative lines, along with Rollins' esteemed solos and melancholy patterns, gives The Bridge lofty status. The quartet tackles both originals and standards such as Billie Holiday's God Bless the Child and Cole Porter's You Do Something to Me, turning up aces every time.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, ORG Music's 180 gram LP presents this Bluebird/RCA classic in the finest analog sound it's ever known. Everything from each of Rollins' dip-and-dive patterns to the patter of Ben Riley's drums is heard with extreme detail and range.

    1. Without a Song
    2. Where Are You?
    3. John S.
    4. The Bridge
    5. God Bless the Child
    6. You Do Something to Me
    Sonny Rollins
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  • Don't Smoke In Bed Don't Smoke In Bed Quick View

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    Don't Smoke In Bed

    Multiple Styles Displayed On Holly Cole's 1993 Sophomore Album


    Mastered By Bernie Grundman From The Original Master Tapes


    Plating And 200-Gram Vinyl Pressing By Quality Record Pressings!


    Old-Style Gatefold Tip-On Jacket By Stoughton Printing


    Holly Cole brings her own dimension to the tradition of cabaret, a strong voice that's still capable of nuance, an ear for quirky repertoire, and a light touch that keeps some of these performances floating just at the edge of irony.


    On her second album, 1993's Don't Smoke in Bed, Cole explores varied musical styles, adding pop, blues, country and a French ballad to her standard, low-key jazz. It's a favorite of ours, which is why for this Analogue Productions reissue we've given it the reissue treatment it deserves. Bernie Grundman did the mastering, from the original analog tapes, at his Los Angeles studio, giving this release a spectacular foundation. Plating and pressing on 200-gram heavyweight vinyl was done by Gary Salstrom and crew at Quality Record Pressings, makers of the world's finest-sounding LPs. Lastly, we wrapped up the whole package in a premium gatefold tip-on jacket from Stoughton Printing. There's nothing but aces in this smokin' hot reissue and the quality shines through.


    Holly's delivery of more traditional fare shines on Cole Porter's witty Get Out of Town and Kurt Weill's torchy Je Ne T'aime Pas, while she brings clarity, power, and anthemic passion to the surprising treatment of Johnny Nash's I Can See Clearly Now. She's generally well supported in this intimate set by pianist Aaron Davis and bassist David Piltch, while there's sparing and effective use of strings. There are fine guest spots by tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, on Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday, and David Lindley, whose steel guitar contributes to the strange country music of Don't Let the Teardrops Rust Your Shining Heart.


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    1. I Can See Clearly Now
    2. Don't Let the Teardrops Rust Your Shining Heart
    3. Get Out Of Town
    4. So and So
    5. The Tennessee Waltz
    6. Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday
    7. Blame It On My Youth
    8. Ev'rything I've Got
    9. Je Ne T'Aime Pas
    10. Cry (If you Want To)
    11. Que Sera Sera
    12. Don't Smoke In Bed
    Holly Cole Trio
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    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Soulful Moods Of Marvin Gaye The Soulful Moods Of Marvin Gaye Quick View

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    The Soulful Moods Of Marvin Gaye

    The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye is the debut studio album by Marvin Gaye, originally released in 1961, and the second long-playing album released by Motown.


    In the years after the release of this album Marvin Gaye became one of the greatest and most influential singers in the fields of soul and R&B is hardly a matter for discussion. What kind of impression the listening public might have picked up from Soulful Moods, his debut recording project, is another question, as it is certainly an uncharacteristic collection. It starts off with a whole run of standard numbers from the great era of American songwriting before tossing in a couple of trivial numbers from the developing Motown stable, including a Berry Gordy number that compares most unfavorably with the Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart numbers that surround it. Fans of saloon singing may be curious to know how well Gaye fares in this difficult genre, and for the most part these are fine performances considering the versatile range of his voice and the depth of feeling he brought to most of his performances. No, this is not Gaye with a fully developed style, and it is hardly the innovative legend of Let's Get It On or What's Going On but there is nothing he could have been embarrassed about here. The studio musicians come up with nice arrangements of the material, sometimes even with hints of the punch they would bring to his later, chart-topping material.

    1. Masquerade
    2. Funny Valentine
    3. Witchcraft
    4. Easy Living
    5. How Deep The Ocean
    6. Love For Sale
    7. Always
    8. How High The Moon
    9. Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide
    10. Never Let You Go
    11. You Don't Know What Love Is
    Marvin Gaye
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Live At The Sands Live At The Sands Quick View

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    Live At The Sands

    Between 1960 and 1965 (and briefly in 1988), the three singers performed together off and on, and their stage act has been captured in various media. There is film of their performances in 1960 in Las Vegas during the making of Ocean's Eleven, a recording of their show at a nightclub near Chicago in the fall of 1962 legitimately released in 1999 as The Summit: In Concert, and a videotape of a closed-circuit benefit performance from 1965. In September 1963, preparing for another group film, Robin and the Seven Hoods, the three got together during a Martin engagement at the Sands in Las Vegas, and Sinatra had his record label, Reprise, record the proceedings, but ultimately decided against releasing an album at the time. This is that recording, and much of it will sound familiar to anyone who has encountered other Rat Pack shows. In his liner notes, Bill Zehme quotes Bill Miller, Sinatra's accompanist, as saying that maybe 30 percent of the act was ad libbed. Miller added, Usually by Dean, and that sounds right. As usual, Martin begins with comic rewrites of standards, in particular a version of Cole Porter's I Love Paris rendered as I Love Vegas. Sinatra follows with a straight six-song set, and then he and Martin joke it up for a while before giving way to a brief set by Davis. Many of the jokes are repeated from previous performances, but some are new. The key, of course, is the trio's camaraderie, which remains a delight.

    - William Ruhlmann (All Music)
    1. Fanfare and Introduction
    2. Medley: Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes/I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine/I Love Vegas (Paris)
    3. Monologue
    4. June in January
    5. Monologue
    6. Via Veneto
    7. Medley: Volare (Nel Blu, Dipinto Di Blu)/an Evening in Roma
    8. Introduction: Ring-a-Ding Ding
    9. I Only Have Eyes for You
    10. Call Me Irresponsible
    11. My Heart Stood Still
    12. Please Be Kind
    13. I Have Dreamed
    14. Luck Be a Lady
    15. Dialogue
    16. Medley: Marianne/Dance with a Dolly/You Are Too Beautiful/You Made Me Love You/
    Carolina in the Morning/Beautiful Dreamer/Dancing with Tears in My Eyes/Maria/
    Try a Little Tenderness/What Is This Thing Called Love
    17. The Lady Is a Tramp
    18. All the Way (Impressions)
    19. Dialogue
    20. Guys and Dolls
    21. The Oldest Established (Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York)
    22. Introductions
    23. The Oldest Established (Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York)
    24. Closing: Ring-a-Ding Ding
    Frank Sinatra
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Standards

    British soul legend Seal returns with his new album, Standards - combining his unique voice with some of the greatest jazz standards and swing classics ever written. An artist who's been at the top of his game throughout his 30-year career, Seal's 10th studio album breathes life into iconic hits, paying tribute to legends including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nina Simone. It will be released on 10th November through Decca Records/Virgin EMI.


    Seal said: "This is the album I have always wanted to make. I grew up listening to music from the Rat Pack era, so recording these timeless tunes was a lifelong dream. It was a true honor to collaborate with the same musicians who performed with Frank Sinatra and so many of my favorite artists, in the very same studios where the magic was first made - it was one of the greatest days of my recording career."


    Seal's new album brings the glamour of Old Hollywood straight to the present. It is a natural successor to his series of soul records, made a decade ago which sold over 5 million copies around the world. Standards hears Seal's signature, velvety warm vocals bring to life classics made popular by Frank Sinatra (such as 'Luck Be A Lady', 'I've Got You Under My Skin' and 'It Was A Very Good Year'), Ella Fitzgerald ('I'm Beginning to See The Light') and Nina Simone ('I Put A Spell on You'). Elsewhere, there are lush orchestral moments captured on 'Smile' (Charlie Chaplin) and the Cole Porter gem, 'Love For Sale'.


    The unmistakable richness of Standards is largely down to Seal's choice to collaborate with the very same, legendary musicians who have performed with Frank Sinatra - Randy Waldman (pianist who toured with Sinatra and Paul Anka), Chuck Berghofer (bass player, who had performed with Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles) and Greg Fields (drummer who also performed with Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder).


    The making of Standards became a real pilgrimage for the Grammy Award-winning artist. The songs were recorded in the famous Capitol Records in Los Angeles (the very studio where Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat "King" Cole and many others have created some of the most treasured music of our time), and United Studios, which was established by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, where the latter recorded It Was A Very Good Year.


    In a career spanning three decades, racking up over 30 million records sales worldwide and a string of Grammy, Brit and Ivor Novello awards along the way, Seal continues to shine as one of the world's brightest music stars. His new album is full of musical gems which glisten when brought to life with his stunning voice.

    1. Luck Be A Lady
    2. Autumn Leaves

    3. I Put A Spell On You

    4. They Can't Take That Away From Me

    5. Anyone Who Knows What Love Is

    6. Love For Sale

    7. My Funny Valentine

    8. I've Got You Under My Skin

    9. Smile

    10. I'm Beginning To See The Light

    11. It Was A Very Good Year
    Seal
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  • A Distortion Of Love A Distortion Of Love Quick View

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    A Distortion Of Love

    A Distortion of Love on Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram LP from Mobile Fidelity


    Acclaimed Pianist/Singer's Oft-Neglected 1992 Sophomore Effort Teems With Poetic Enterprise and Intrepid Originality


    Smooth, Transparent Sonics Worthy of an Intimate Venue: One of Only Two Barber Albums to Never Have Been Reissued-Until Now


    Audiophile Favorite Steams Up Mirrors With Enchanting Melodies, Breathy Vocals, Daring Originality


    Patricia Barber's origins are commonly associated with 1994's CafÉ Blue and the follow-up, 1998's Modern Cool. Both quickly established the singer/pianist as an immediate audiophile favorite whose rare combination of astute instrumental performance, daring originality, poetic enterprise, intrepid vocals, and sculpted production announced her as an artist that both takes immense care in her music as well as in her sound. While largely unknown to many, 1992's diverse A Distortion of Love signaled the beginning of Barber's unfettered creativity.


    Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's numbered, limited-edition 180 gram LP of the Chicagoan's sophomore album features the similar wowing detail and perspective-altering clarity offered on the reissue label's celebrated versions of Mythologies, The Cole Porter Mix, and the now out-of-print and extremely sought-after CafÉ Blue, Modern Cool, Companion, and Nightclub.


    Such is the attention brought to Barber's tastefully reverb-assisted singing, the quartet's stripped-down arrangements, the grand piano's resonance, the background finger snaps, and the astounding transparency of every note and breath uttered in the studio. Smoothness, balance, and neutrality abound. Through and through, this is an audiophile delight.


    While national acclaim wouldn't come to Barber until the mid-90s, it wasn't because she didn't provide notice of her monumental talent and MacArthur Grant-worthy inventiveness. On A Distortion of Love, her individuality manifests on a surprisingly eerie rendition of the standard "Summertime" and subsequent "Subway Station No. 5," a lengthy piece adorned with atmospheric nervousness, tonal shifts, and contrapuntal movements that ultimately lead into a swinging theme.


    Barber, guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel, bassist Marc Johnson, and percussionist Adam Nussbaum achieve like-minded heights on an improvised and clever read of the Temptations' "My Girl." Here, and again especially on the aptly titled "You Stepped Out of a Dream," Barber's textured vocals seemingly float on a jet-black plain, emanating as if her lips and mouth are just feet away, the slap of the acoustic bass and patter of the drums responding in kind to her expressiveness. Whether you're familiar with this album, a longtime Barber fan, or just coming to her for the first time, Mobile Fidelity's pressing of this record will please even the sternest critics of vocal jazz.


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    1. Summertime
    2. Subway Station No. 5
    3. You Stepped Out of a Dream
    4. Parts Parallels
    5. Or Not To Be
    6. Yellow Car
    7. Yet Another In a Long Series of Yellow Cars
    8. I Never Went Away
    9. My Girl
    10. Be Myself
    Patricia Barber
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Lovely And Alive (Speakers Corner) Lovely And Alive (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Lovely And Alive (Speakers Corner)

    Singing actors and actresses do not always cut a good figure on the silver screen; play-acting singers, however, are all the better when they draw attention to themselves with great vocals. As did Lena Horne in the days of the black-and-white film, who, with her sultry, versatile voice, was constantly employed by Hollywood. Although she occasionally ventured into the world of jazz, and made music with Teddy Wilson and Benny Carter, she never forayed into the wide world of improvisation. Her musical home was in the American Songbook, which she approached with a natural and entertaining manner. A good example of this is the first number here - the Cole Porter classic I Concentrate On You, which swings along to the perfectly recorded big-band sound of the Marty Paich Orchestra. A surprise element is the extensive palette of vocal sound-colouring with which the diva enhances her voice to achieve the drama of a Shirley Bassey or the dusky depths of a Dinah Washington. Each and every number on this Grammy-worthy album has been thought out in great detail and guarantees sophisticated entertainment, and a hint of West Coast jazz is perceptible when Jack Sheldon treats us to the sound of his warm and dark trumpet solos.



    Recording: 1962

    Production: Dick Peirce



    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. I Concentrate On You
    2. I Get The Blues When It Rains
    3. I've Grown Accustomed To His Face
    4. I Got Rhythm
    5. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
    6. I Want To Be Happy
    7. I Surrender, Dear
    8. I Found A New Baby
    9. I Understand
    10. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Head
    11. I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares For Me)
    12. I Only Have Eyes For You
    Lena Horne
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Great American Songbook (Pure Pleasure) The Great American Songbook (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Great American Songbook (Pure Pleasure)

    This is a gem of an album and one of my favorites by McRae. It was recorded live for Atlantic Records at Donte's Club in Los Angeles on November 6, 1971, and released the following year.


    What I love is not only the choice of songs but the sound quality and the performance itself. The set not only contains established standards by Ellington, Cole Porter and the other greats, but some new (at the time) material. Including Burt Bacharach's They Long To Be Close To You in the set was a wise decision in my opinion. It deserves to be a standard. Of course, there is the obligatory Billie Holiday song that McRae would include in all of her performances. On this album it's I Cried For You, which was one of Billie's first recordings in 1936.


    The sound quality is superb. The engineer managed to capture not only the energy from the live performance, but the richness of the ensemble backing McRae. Indeed, the musicians backing her are perfect for the material: Jimmy Rowles on piano (who wrote the Ballad of Thelonious Monk), Joe Pass on guitar, Chuck Domanico on bass and Chuck Flores on drums.


    If you love hearing some of the best songs from the Great American Songbook performed by a master this album will delight you. There is a cohesiveness to the album that earns kudos from the production team as well as the performers. Interestingly McRae and her ensemble performed 32 songs the night that this was recorded. One can only speculate as to why a volume 2 wasn't released. Regardless, this is - in my opinion - some of McRae's best live material. - Mike Tarrani


    Musicians:



    • Carmen McRae (vocal, piano)

    • Joe Pass (guitar)

    • Jimmy Rowles (piano)

    • Chuck Domanico (bass)

    • Chuck Flores (drums)



    Recording: November 1971 live at Donte's, Los Angeles CA., by Ray Thompson

    Production: Jack Rael




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    LP 1
    1. Satin Doll
    2. At Long Last Love
    3. If The Moon Turns Green
    4. Day By Day
    5. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
    6. I Only Have Eyes For You
    7. Medley: Easy Living / Days Of Wine & Roses / It's Impossible
    8. Sunday


    LP 2
    1. A Song For You
    2. I Cried For You Now It's Your Turn To Cry Over Me - Introduction
    3. Behind The Face - Introduction
    4. The Ballad Of Thelonious Monk
    5. There's No Such Thing As Love
    6.They Long To Be Close To You
    7. Three Little Words
    8. Mr. Ugly
    9. It's Like Reaching For The Moon
    10. I Thought About You

    Carmen McRae
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    I Left My Heart In San Francisco

    Can there really be a definitive album from a singer whose voice is one of the most immediately recognized and internationally cherished, and whose command of songs is akin to the manner in which an able-bodied masseuse handles delicate muscle tissues? If so, then I Left My Heart In San Francisco is that record, the 1962 effort a turning point for the great Tony Bennett and an all-time pop standard. Winner of two Grammy Awards, the record contains Bennetts signature track as well as eleven other indelible classics.



    Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelitys numbered limited-edition 180g LP presents Bennett in the finest sound hes ever enjoyed. Amazingly, this landmark recording has lavished in the vaults over the years and longed for the restoration that meticulous engineering can bring. Gone is the veiled haze that hung over the orchestrations, artificial ceiling that held back the highs, and cloudiness that obscured the entire range of Bennetts vocals. Previously unheard levels of warmth, expressiveness, and detailing are just some of the hallmarks of this terrific audiophile delight.



    At the time of the albums sessions, Bennett found himself caught between the need to sing thin uptempo numbers in order to appease the marketplace and the desire to move beyond the jazzier material he tackled in the late 50s. Unwilling to compromise his will to sing ballads and swing, Bennett, along with producer Ernest Altschuler and arranger/pianist Ralph Sharon, found the perfect combination on I Left My Heart In San Francisco, replete with expansive orchestration, period echo, anthemic ballads, and lush pop arrangements that still leave plenty of room for intimacy and delicacy.



    Theres little left to say about the timeless title track, amidst the most definitive songs ever recorded. Similarly, the closing The Best Is Yet to Come ranks equally high, with Bennetts rendition coming a full two years before Frank Sinatras version. Its no wonder why The Voice deemed Bennett his favorite singer. The proof is everywhere, whether on the brassy Rules of the Road, big-band bossa nova send-up of Cole Porters Love for Sale, tender Have I Told You Lately?, or the white-gloves treatment of the Broadway tune Once Upon a Time. Bennetts charismatic personality and refined singing ring true throughout, his burnished baritone as clear as spring water.



    Now, hear this triumphant performance as if Bennett is singing to you on a private stage. Witness every breath, and experience the thrill of the singer holding a note for what seems like eternity on I'm Always Chasing Rainbows without flinching. Seldom, if ever, has a vocalists singing sounded so effortlessly natural and innate. Mobile Fidelitys 180g LP is simply unmatched in terms of sonics, spaciousness, and sensation.



    One of the five-best vocal albums ever made. Order your collectors copy today!


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    1. I Left My Heart in San Francisco
    2. Once Upon a Time
    3. Tender Is the Night
    4. Smile
    5. Love for Sale
    6. Taking a Chance on Love
    7. Candy Kisses
    8. Have I Told You Lately?
    9. Rules of the Road
    10. Marry Young
    11. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
    12. The Best Is Yet to Come
    Tony Bennett
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Imperial Bedroom

    Ranked 166/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Universally Hailed 1982 Pop Masterpiece Pairs Costello and Co. With Beatles Engineer Geoff Emerick


    Record Topped Village Voices Pazz & Jop Critics Poll In Year of Its Original Release


    Lavish Instrumentation, Involved Arrangements, and Piano-Based Melodies Frame Ambitious Songs That Address Domestic Malaise While Coming Off as Upbeat


    Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Imperial Bedroom Joins Mobile Fidelitys Pristine LP Reissues of Costellos My Aim Is True, This Years Model, Armed Forces, Get Happy!!, and Almost Blue


    Recorded with famed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, Imperial Bedroom stands as Elvis Costello and the Attractions most highly decorated traditional pop album. Boasting sumptuous arrangements, large-scale instrumentation, ambitious layers, Tin Pan Alley melodies, and orchestrated devices, the 1982 record is a testament to studio creativity and ornate production. Amidst the lavish settings beats the heart of Costellos biting, brutal lyrics that confront domestic malaise and sober emotional reflection. Its little wonder the intelligent effort took top honors in the Village Voices Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.


    Not that audiences back in the day ever had the privilege of hearing Imperial Bedroom at its maximum potential. Now they can. Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelitys numbered limited edition 180g LP opens up the soundstages, expands the depth, and brings the genius of the grand arrangements into clear focus. In particular, the sound of the piano will have you believe that the 88s are situated right in your room, and never before has Emericks crafty sonic precision been so readily apparent. This is a huge-sounding record that demands full frequency extension and astute separation. Mobile Fidelitys reissue delivers on all fronts. You need to hear this!


    Ranked in 2005 by Rolling Stone at #166 on the magazines prestigious list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Imperial Bedroom overflows with contagious pop, savvy torch, cabaret, chamber, and jazz-influenced fare. If its details you seek, then look no further. With Emerick's assistance, each tune is distinguished with painstaking sonic accents, blended rhythms, counterpoint bass lines, dazzling passages, and inventive motifs. Accordions, tremolo guitars, organs, harpsichords, marimbas, horns, and an assortment of other instruments help color the subtly dark canvases. A 40-piece orchestra graces the gorgeous And In Every Home.


    Originally intended to be a stripped-down affair, Imperial Bedroom reflects Costello's migration to composing on piano as well as his listening tastes at the time: Billie Holliday, Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Debussy. Intricate, expansive, and complex without ever sounding inaccessible, the record includes the now-classic Man Out of Time, Beyond Belief, and Almost Blue, the latter a ballad that Chet Baker included in his live sets until he passed away. In another stroke of brilliance, Costello used the record as an opportunity to address the melancholic changes in both his own personal situation as well as that of England, the songs functioning as smart, sometimes satirical dialogues on issues such as disenchantment, identity, and relationships.


    Still considered by many the finest record released in 1982, don't pass up this extraordinary-sounding reissue.


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    1. Beyond Belief
    2. Tears Before Bedtime
    3. Shabby Doll
    4. The Long Honeymoon
    5. Man Out of Time
    6. Almost Blue
    7. ...And in Every Home
    8. The Loved Ones
    9. Human Hands
    10. Kid About It
    11. Little Savage
    12. Boy with a Problem
    13. Pidgin English
    14. You Little Fool
    15. Town Cryer
    Elvis Costello
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    I Like Men! (Pure Pleasure) (Out Of Stock)

    Great songs and intimate moments with Peggy Lee in this extremely enjoyable album. Released in 1959, I Like Men is one of Peggy Lee's most fun albums. With hits from Gus Kahn, Eubie Blake and Cole Porter.



    Peggy Lee at her best!




    Musicians:



    • Peggy Lee (vocal)

    • Jack Marshall (arranger, conductor)

    • Benny Carter (alto saxophone)

    • Pete Candoli (trumpet)

    • Frank Rosolino (trombone)

    • Jimmy Rowles (piano)

    • Barney Kessel (guitar)

    • Shelly Manne (drums)



    Recording: October 1958 Capitol Tower, Los Angeles

    Production: David Cavanaugh




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.




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    1. Charley,My Boy
    2. Good For Nothin' Joe
    3. I Love To Love
    4. When A Woman Loves A Man
    5. I Like Men!
    6. I'm Just Wild About Harry
    7. My Man
    8. Bill
    9. So In Love
    10. Jim
    11. It's Nice To Have A Man Around The House
    12. Oh Johnny,Oh Johnny, Oh!
    Peggy Lee
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
  • Loving You (Out Of Stock) Loving You (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Loving You (Out Of Stock)

    Elvis Aaron Presley was born during the great depression into a poor family in Mississippi. They moved to Memphis during the early '50s, and as a struggling young truck driver, he cut some demos at Sun Studios as a gift for his beloved mother Gladys. These initial songs, of which he had only paid a few dollars to record, would become the catalyst that would kick-start the beginnings of a soon to be worldwide superstar unlike the world has ever known.


    Elvis had the unmatchable skill of combining his vocals to resemble both R&B and country. This with the persona and choreography of a Hollywood movie star on stage, the young Elvis Presley was soon touring, and over the year achieved a number of regional hit singles, electrifying audiences into frenzies wherever he performed.


    The folks at RCA Victor knew that this young fellow named Elvis was destined for superstardom. They quickly bought out his contract and signed the legend to a long term deal, and his first RCA single Heartbreak Hotel forever etched "The King Of Rock And Roll" trademark to his name.


    In 1957 after two chart topping albums and a bevy of #1 singles, more incredible fame followed as the Loving You movie starring Elvis Presley became a box office smash. The soundtrack album also was a blockbuster as it topped the charts for over two months, making this his third smash #1 album. Loving You truly proved once again that his career was unlike any other in music history.


    Filled with more hits than a jukebox, the Loving You album takes off with two smashes in a row, the classic rocker Mean Woman Blues and the chart topping single (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear. More soundtrack treasures follow with the beautiful ballad Loving You and the rockin' Party, which truly made the album a treasure trove of hits that seem like a Greatest Hits collection. The album also features a nice helping of solid interpretations of Elvis' own favorites like the Fats Domino classic Blueberry Hill and the timeless Cole Porter hit True Love. In total, the album showcases twelve important Elvis Presley recordings which have truly gone on to become international classics.


    In honor of the man, the music, the legend, the King Of Rock And Roll, Friday Music is very proud and honored to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of the RCA Victor classic Loving You by Elvis Presley. As a second installment in their exciting Elvis Presley 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, they are very pleased to present this masterwork in all its high fidelity glory. Mastered impeccably from the original monophonic RCA Victor Records tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray and manufactured at R.T.I., this edition of Loving You will be a much anticipated audiophile dream release for Elvis fans everywhere!


    For this exclusive presentation, Friday is also including the first time ever gatefold artwork which includes the groundbreaking original LP cover elements as well as more rare visuals from this historic Elvis Presley movie and platinum plus soundtrack. Also enclosed is a poly bag to protect your album cover and poly lined inner sleeve to help keep your Elvis vinyl in mint shape. An audiophile vinyl dream come true!

    1. Mean Woman Blues
    2. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
    3. Loving You
    4. Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do!
    5. Lonesome Cowboy
    6. Hot Dog
    7. Party
    8. Blueberry Hill
    9. True Love
    10. Don't Leave Me Now
    11. Have I Told You Lately That
    12. I Love You
    13. I Need You So
    Elvis Presley
    $29.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Temporarily out of stock
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    Sunday at The Village Vanguard (Out Of Stock)


    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes With Mobile Fidelity's One-Step Process: Sunday at the Village Vanguard UD1S 45RPM Box Set the Ultimate Analog Version of Bill Evans' 1961 Jazz Staple


    Deluxe Packaging Includes Opulent Box, Special Jackets and Unique Bonus Artwork: No Expense Spared, Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies


    Gorgeous Romanticism, Seamless Chemistry, Group Interplay, and Symbiotic Trio Performances Forever Changed Jazz: Evans' Live Masterwork Boasts Brilliant Sound, Lyrical Pianism, Magical Feel


    The gorgeous romanticism of Bill Evans' Sunday at the Village Vanguard cannot be overstated. Neither can the iconic record's place in history - nor what it signifies to generations upon generations of listeners hypnotized by the consummate playing, resplendent compositions, and seamless chemistry. Originally released in1961, the live set remains the gold standard for symbiotic trio performance, empathy, and communication. Because of Orrin Keepnews' brilliant recording, it also survives as one of the best-sounding jazz albums extant - a fact confirmed by its appearance on multiple reissues over the past few decades. But it's never sounded better than this.


    Evans' masterwork reaches three-dimensional sonic and emotional heights never before attained by analog recordings on this opulent Mobile Fidelity UD1S box set complete with special jackets and a unique insert. Strictly numbered to 3000 copies, this ultra-hi-fi audiophile edition literally and figuratively brings you closer to the music of this Riverside staple that, along with the complementary Waltz for Debby, transformed Evans into a legend and became a blueprint for how jazz trios should work together. You'll enjoy deep-black backgrounds, pointillistic details, and staggering dynamics. Experienced via UD1S, Sunday at the Village Vanguard places Evans and his esteemed colleagues in your listening room. Every note, breath, and movement captured by the microphones are reproduced with exquisite accuracy and wowing clarity.


    The deluxe packaging and gorgeous presentation of this Sunday at the Village Vanguard pressing befit its extremely select status. Housed in an opulent box, this UD1S edition contains special jackets and unique bonus artwork that further illuminate the splendor of the recording. No expense has been spared. Aurally and visually, this Sunday at the Village Vanguard is a curatorial artifact meant to be preserved, poured over, touched, and examined. It is made for discerning listeners that prize sound and creativity, and who desire to fully immerse themselves in the music - and everything involved with the album, from the graphics to the textures.


    Recorded just ten days before bassist Scott LaFaro perished in a car accident, Sunday at the Village Vanguard changed the way jazz trios were perceived by audiences and musicians alike. Up until Evans, LaFaro, and drummer Paul Motian proved otherwise, a trio configuration meant two sidemen served as rhythmic support to spotlight the virtuosity of a headline performer or primary soloist. Here, the three instrumentalists operate in complete unison and achieve supreme democratic balance. Expressing their intent via shared conversations, they alight on sublime pieces flush with thematic discovery, improvisational dialog, and raw feeling.


    A quest for discovery informs the music as well as the playing. Evans' lyrical pianism met at every turn by LaFaro's chorded responses and harmonic counterpoints. Indeed, Sunday at the Village Vanguard remains LaFaro's standout moment, his soloing helping shape the melodies and striking a keen equilibrium between modality and traditionalism. Joining poignant renditions of Miles Davis, Cole Porter, and Gershwin numbers, two LaFaro originals - Jade Visions and the opening Gloria's Step - further demonstrate his genius. They furnish the album a supernatural aura that matches the jovial mood of the musicians. It's impossible to think this album could be improved in any way. Particularly now that this UD1S pressing brings the Village Vanguard into your room. Prepare to witness history. Again and again.


    More About Mobile Fidelity UltraDisc One-Step and Why It Is Superior:

    Instead of utilizing the industry-standard three-step lacquer process, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab's new UltraDisc One-Step (UD1S) uses only one step, bypassing two processes of generational loss. While three-step processing is designed for optimum yield and efficiency, UD1S is created for the ultimate in sound quality. Just as Mobile Fidelity pioneered the UHQR (Ultra High-Quality Record) with JVC in the 1980s, UD1S again represents another state-of-the-art advance in the record-manufacturing process. MFSL engineers begin with the original master tapes and meticulously cut a set of lacquers. These lacquers are used to create a very fragile, pristine UD1S stamper called a convert. Delicate converts are then formed into the actual record stampers, producing a final product that literally and figuratively brings you closer to the music. By skipping the additional steps of pulling another positive and an additional negative, as done in the three-step process used in standard pressings, UD1S produces a final LP with the lowest noise floor possible today. The removal of the additional two steps of generational loss in the plating process reveals tremendous amounts of extra musical detail and dynamics, which are otherwise lost due to the standard copying process. The exclusive nature of these very limited pressings guarantees that every UD1S pressing serves as an immaculate replica of the lacquer sourced directly from the original master tape. Every conceivable aspect of vinyl production is optimized to produce the most perfect record album available today.


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    1. Gloria's Step
    2. My Man's Gone Now
    3. Solar
    4. Alice in Wonderland
    5. All of You
    6. Jade Visions
    Bill Evans Trio
    $99.99
    Vinyl LP UltraDisc One-Step 45 RPM Box Set - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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