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  • Compadres (Speakers Corner) Compadres (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Compadres (Speakers Corner)

    To this day, the typical sound colouring of the Dave Brubeck Quartet is quite distinctive and unmistakable thanks to Paul Desmond's tenor saxophone. But Gerry Mulligan's low-pitched horn and his restrained swing also offers enough appeal to make one want to listen to these somewhat less popular but - for all that - very worthwhile recording by the Quartet.



    The Quartet's concert tour of Mexico's major cities in 1968 was a great success and so Dave Brubeck's recording company had no qualms in making live recordings of the group - complemented by bassist Jack Six and drummer Alan Dawson. Themes from indigenous folk music were skilfully coupled with new compositions with the result that the LP Compadres with its concert excerpts was in great demand and became a top hit.
    This carefully remastered new pressing will certainly contribute to the popularity of Dave Brubeck and Gerry Mulligan long after their demise.



    Musicians:



    • Dave Brubeck (piano)

    • Gerry Mulligan (bassoon)

    • Jack Six (bass)

    • Alan Dawson (drums)




    Recording: 1968 live in Mexico by John Guerriere and Russ Payne

    Production: Teo Macero



    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. Jumping Bean
    2. Adios Mariquita Linda
    3. Indian Song
    4. Tender Woman
    5. Amapola
    6. Lullaby De Mexico
    7. Sapito
    8. Recuerdo
    Dave Brubeck
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band: Outer South Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band: Outer South Quick View

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    Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band: Outer South

    While touring in support of Conor Oberst's self-titled debut, Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band began to write new songs. Each band member shared their compositions and worked them out on the road. Energized by the live performances, and eager to capture the synergy they felt onstage, Oberst took his musical compadres to Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, Texas outside of El Paso. In recording sessions in November and December of '08, The Mystic Valley Band recorded 16 songs, this time they shared the songwriting duties. The result, the sparkling Outer South is the first album credited to Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band and features the fruits of their enticing musical symbiosis. Oberst's songwriting and delivery remain an engaging presence, but the addition of songs by Taylor Hollingsworth, Nik Freitas and Jason Boesel make for a multi-textured and colorful collaboration. Along with Oberst, Boesel, Hollingsworth and Freitas, The Mystic Valley Band includes Macey Taylor and Nathaniel Walcott.
    1. Slowly (oh so slowly)
    2. To All the Lights in the Windows
    3. Big Black Nothing
    4. Air Mattress
    5. Cabbage Town
    6. Ten Women
    7. Difference Is Time
    8. Nikorette
    9. White Shoes
    10. Bloodline
    11. Spoiled
    12. Worldwide
    13. Roosevelt Room
    14. Eagle on a Pole
    15. I Got the Reason #2
    16. Snake Hill
    Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Last Night's Dream (Pure Pleasure) Last Night's Dream (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Last Night's Dream (Pure Pleasure)

    It's no wonder that this album, cut in 1968 with British blues maven Mike Vernon at the helm, works so well. When you team a rejuvenated Shines with his longtime compadres Horton, Spann, bassist Willie Dixon, and drummer Clifton James, a little blues history was bound to be made.



    Johnny Shines is the ultimate Delta bluesman, combining the classic styles he learned as a youth into a very personal style, fluent, creative and forcefully talented as both a singer and guitarist - Jim DeKoester



    He rates amongst the most important and individualistic blues stylists of the post-war years - Pete Welding



    A forceful explosive blues singer whose strong, vibrato laden voice possesses a range and sensitivity which is rivalled by few other bluesmen - Peter Guralnick




    Musicians:



    • Johnny Shines (vocal, guitar)

    • Otis Spann (piano)

    • Big Walter Horton (harmonica)

    • Willie Dixon (bass)

    • Clifton James (drums)




    Recording: June 1968 in Chicago by Malcolm Chisholm

    Production: Mike Vernon



    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. Solid Gold
    2. From Dark 'Til Dawn
    3. I Will Be Kind to You
    4. Last Night's Dream
    5. Baby Don't You Think I Know

    6. Pipeline Blues
    7. I Don't Know
    8. Black Panther
    9. I Had a Good Home
    10. Mean Fisherman
    Johnny Shines
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Salutations Salutations Quick View

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    Salutations

    Conor Oberst will release a new album, Salutations, on Nonesuch Records.


    The album is a companion piece to 2016's lauded Ruminations. When Oberst wrote and recorded the songs on Ruminations, entirely solo-with just voice, piano, guitar and harmonica-he intended to ultimately record them with a full band. In the midst of putting together that band-upstate New York's The Felice Brothers plus the legendary drummer Jim Keltner (Neil Young, Jackson Browne, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and many more)-the passionate responses Oberst was getting to those first solo recordings, from friends and colleagues, encouraged him to release the songs as-is, in their original sparse form, as his seventh solo album: Ruminations, which was released in October 2016. The Sunday Times of London called it the rawest album yet from the forever troubled one-time voice of a generation and political and very, very personal, saying Oberst is one of the best songwriters around.


    Meanwhile, Oberst simultaneously moved ahead with his plans to record with the band, heading to the famed Shangri-la Studios in Malibu to record Salutations-co-produced with Keltner and engineered by long-time musical compadre Andy LeMaster. Guest contributions come courtesy of Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M Ward, Gillian Welch, Gus Seyffert, Pearl Charles, Nathaniel Walcott, and Jonathan Wilson.


    Salutations includes full-band versions of the ten songs from Ruminations, plus seven additional songs, some from an additional session at Five Star Studios in Echo Park in fall 2016.


    Oberst says of the Salutations sessions: Jim was really the captain of the ship and the spiritual leader of the project. We leaned heavy on his fifty-plus years of musical insight to get us to where we needed to be. He brought such depth and dignity to the proceedings that made everyone else involved rise to the occasion. It was a true stroke of luck that he got involved when he did.

    LP 1
    1. Too Late to Fixate
    2. Gossamer Thin
    3. Overdue
    4. Afterthought
    5. Next Of Kin
    6. Napalm
    7. Mamah Borthwick (A Sketch)
    8. Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out


    LP 2
    1. Barbary Coast (Later)
    2. Tachycardia
    3. Empty Hotel by the Sea
    4. Anytime Soon
    5. Counting Sheep
    6. Rain Follows the Plow
    7. You All Loved Him Once
    8. A Little Uncanny
    9. Salutations

    Conor Oberst
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  • Mama Earth Mama Earth Quick View

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    Mama Earth

    The all-star Mama Earth lineup of Joss Stone (vocals), Nitin Sawhney (guitar), Jonathan Joseph (drums), Étienne M'BappÉ (bass/guitar) and Jonathan Shorten (keyboards) will release their debut EP Mama Earth via Mascot/Provogue.


    The project started when British soul singer Joss Stone and her former musical director Jonathan Joseph hit on the Mama Earth concept of an album driven by the dynamic rhythms of Africa. A band was assembled from all corners of the music world. Jonathan's compadre Étienne M'BappÉ, the dazzling Cameroon-born multi-instrumentalist whose rÉsumÉ spans from John McLaughlin to Robben Ford; Jonathan Shorten, who had produced much of Stone's studio catalogue between penning some of the biggest hits for acts including Gabrielle and (again) Joss Stone. Finally, there was Nitin Sawhney: the genre-slipping wildcard and one-man musical tidal wave whose collaborations take in Sting, Paul McCartney, and the London Symphony Orchestra.


    The 5 musicians convened at Stone's house, where the musical squad didn't take long to feel each other out. Music was spontaneously written on the spot, without any preparation. In the meantime, Stone purposefully kept her own creative process separate from the four musicians. I left them to do their own thing with the music in the studio, she reflects, while I was cooking dinner in the kitchen. I deliberately didn't have any input in the music, because I didn't want to affect it - or it'd all come out hip-hop and R&B! Then they'd come across into the house, give me the track and I'd sit in the kitchen writing lyrics and melodies with my mum. So it was, like, 'You guys do you, and I'll do me - then we'll put it together'. And that's the way it worked. I also went down to the river on my own with a pen and paper and write in the grass by the river. Which was a good way to do it, actually, The whole project is about Mother Nature. It's supposed to be from her perspective.


    Just ten days after they came together - and following a powerful co-production from all five band members - the Mama Earth sessions were over. And yet, you sense that the story of this fascinating band is only just beginning. Impulsive, dynamic and sometimes downright dangerous, this is an album unlike anything else in the five musicians' respective CVs, unprecedented in the clinical modern music scene - and sure to make waves upon its release. I guess this album is essentially how I think of music, considers Sawhney. It was all about being open to the moment. I think that's really what I loved about this project. To me, Mama Earth is what music should be about, really...

    1. Mama Earth
    2. Interlude 1
    3. Waterfall
    4. Interlude 2
    5. Spring
    6. Interlude 3
    7. What Would She Say?
    8. Interlude 4
    9. Entanglement
    10. Interlude 5
    11. Breathe
    Project Mama Earth & Joss Stone
    $15.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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