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    Death Certificate

    If Ice Cube's debut was a shocking attack that proved the N.W.A legacy would be stronger divided, his sophomore effort was a new kind of superstar pulling off the miraculous, a follow-up that equals its classic predecessor and tops it in some people's books. With a million copies of Death Certificate preordered, Cube was no longer the rock critics' darling. A million people listening was dangerous, especially since he was now slithering his influence into the suburbs. If the black rage didn't get you, the misogyny of I'm gonna do my thing, with your daughter probably would. Here, one of rap's greatest storytellers is able to draw hatred in under a minute with the short and direct Black Korea, an angry protest song concerning Korean grocers that got him dubbed racist and Ice KKKube by some. The track is an extreme representation of how a much sharper and cutting this album is when compared with his debut, and even though the intro announces the full-length is divided into a Death Side and Life Side, both are equally bleak. With the CD format, the two sides are indistinguishable and run over the listener with fast tales of drug dealing, drive-by shootings, and women who go from Ms. Thing to Ms. Gonorrhea. This would be numbing if it weren't for the rapper's amazing lyrics, ground-shaking delivery, and insight like when A Bird in the Hand deals with the irony of selling crap to buy diapers (Gotta serve you food that might give you cancer/Cuz my son doesn't take no for answer). A bit of sweet relief comes with the brightness of the great single Steady Mobbin' and with the nostalgia and slow tempo of Doing Dumb Shit. True to the Game (Ain't that a bitch/They hate to see a young nigga rich) is arguably the quintessential Cube track and if all this weren't enough already, the N.W.A diss No Vaseline hangs off the album like a crowd-pleasing, Brick-sampling encore. Although next year's Predator would be a bigger hit, Death Certificate brings to a close the man's trilogy of perfect albums that began with N.W.A's Compton and explodes into a supernova right here.

    - David Jeffries (All Music)
    1. The Funeral

    2. The Wrong Nigga to Fuck Wit
    3. My Summer Vacation
    4. Steady Mobbin'
    5. Robin Lench
    6. Givin' Up the Nappy Dug Out
    7. Look Who's Burnin'
    8. A Bird in the Hand
    9. Man's Best Friend
    10. Alive on Arrival
    11. Death
    12. The Birth
    13. I Wanna Kill Sam
    14. Horny Lil' Devil
    15. Black Korea
    16. True to the Game
    17. Color Blind
    18. Doing Dumb Shit

    19. Us
    20. No Vaseline
    Ice Cube
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Death Certificate (25th Anniversary Edition) Death Certificate (25th Anniversary Edition) Quick View

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    Death Certificate (25th Anniversary Edition)

    25th Anniversary Edition Opens With Three New Tracks

    When Death Certificate was released in 1991, Cube was coming off a contentious split with N.W.A., an acclaimed solo album Amerikkka's Most Wanted, and an ideological awakening informed by the NOI. An unflinching document of pre-Rodney King riots Los Angeles, Death Certificate takes aim at everything from the LAPD and new jack swing to his former groupmates (No Vaseline), all atop incandescent funk samples from Zapp, P-Funk, and James Brown. Filled with tension, jarring realities, and gallows humor, it's one of the most controversial rap albums ever-and the hardest in Cube's repertoire.

    The Death Side
    1. Only One Me
    2. Good Cop, Bad Cop
    3. Dominate The Weak
    4. The Funeral
    5. The Wrong Nigga To Fuck Wit
    6. My Summer Vacation
    7. Steady Mobbin'
    8. Robin Lench
    9. Givin' Up The Nappy Dug Out
    10. Look Who's Burnin'
    11. A Bird In The Hand
    12. Man's Best Friend
    13. Alive On Arrival
    14. Death

    The Life Side
    15. The Birth
    16. I Wanna Kill Sam
    17. Horny Lil' Devil
    18. Black Korea
    19. True To The Game
    20. Color Blind
    21. Doing Dumb Shit
    22. Us
    23. No Vaseline

    Ice Cube
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • The Great Chicago Concert 1956 (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) The Great Chicago Concert 1956 (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    The Great Chicago Concert 1956 (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)

    There has never been (nor will there ever be again) a musician so beloved all over the world as Louis Armstrong. Artistically, he was not only the single most influential fount and inspiration for every pop-music instrumentalist and singer of his time and thereafter, but he was quite easily the greatest entertainer ever to step on the stage, musical or theatrical. And where Louis was concerned, there was no separation; he was as theatrical as he was musical.

    This album documents just one of his countless concert appearances. It is unique and typical at the same time, for the evening began with a review of '50 years of Jazz' (which also paralled Armstrong's life, for he and jazz were both born at the turn of the century - Louis in 1901, as a baptismal certificate discovered after his death has established, not 1900, as he had always believed), followed by a standard-issue Armstrong All Stars program.

    Although his choice of selections would change slightly from one night to another, and then more so from one year to the next, certain elements remained constant. No matter how often a composition was repeated (he opened every show "Sleepy Time Down South", almost invariably followed by "Indiana"), Louis Armstrong gave his all every performance - no matter how many or few in the audience, and no matter if the decades of nearly non-stop touring had left him exausted on a particular night.


    • Louis Armstrong (trumpet, vocal)

    • Edmond Hall (clarinet, vocal)

    • Trummy Young (trombone, vocal)

    • Billy Kyle (piano)

    • Dale Jones (bass)

    • Barrett Deems (drums)

    • Velma Middleton (vocal)

    Recording: June 1956 live at Medina Temple, Chicago

    Production: George Avakian

    Format: 3LPs 33rpm / Box, booklet

    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. Medley: Flee As A Bird To The Mountain/ Oh, Didn't He Ramble

    2. Medley: Memphis Blues/Frankie And Johnny/Tiger Rag

    3. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
    4. Basin Street Blues
    5. Black And Blue

    6. West End Blues
    7. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

    8. Struttin' With Some Barbecue
    9. When It's Sleepy Time Down South

    10. Medley: Manhattan / When It's Sleepy Time Down South

    11. Indiana
    12. The Gypsy
    13. The Faithful Hussar

    14. Rockin' Chair

    15. Bucket's Got A Hole In It

    16. Perdido
    17. Clarinet Marmalade
    18. Mack The Knife
    19. Medley: Tenderly / You'll Never Walk Alone

    20. Stompin' At The Savoy

    21. Margie
    22. Big Mama's Back In Town
    23. That's My Desire
    24. Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)
    25. When The Saints Go Marching In
    26. The Star Spangled Banner
    Louis Armstrong
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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    Plans is the fifth studio album by Indie Rock band Death Cab for Cutie, originally released August 30, 2005.

    The album spawned three singles: "Soul Meets Body", "Crooked Teeth", and "I Will Follow You into the Dark", with all three songs charting. "I Will Follow You Into The Dark" became Death Cab for Cutie's best-selling single to-date, and gained the band a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals the following year.

    Plans peaked at number four on the Billboard 200, and received platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album at the 48th Grammy Awards in 2006.

    LP 1
    1. Marching Bands of Manhattan
    2. Soul Meets Body
    3. Summer Skin
    4. Different Names for the Same Thing
    5. I Will Follow You into the Dark
    6. Your Heart Is an Empty Room
    7. Someday You Will Be Loved
    8. Crooked Teeth

    LP 2
    1. What Sarah Said
    2. Brothers on a Hotel Bed
    3. Stable Song
    4. Talking Like Turnstiles

    Death Cab For Cutie
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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