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  • Back To The Blues (Pure Pleasure) Back To The Blues (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Back To The Blues (Pure Pleasure)

    Although she was one of the most powerful and moving of the jazz singers, Dinah Washington suffered more than most from unimaginative and erratic backings. Many of her EmArcy recordings, notably those with Clifford Brown or Clark Terry on trumpet, had outstanding performances, but her collections were compromised by unsuitable accompaniment. This set of 12 blues gives a lop-sided picture in that it doesn't include any of her ballad performances. However, the basic big band settings allow the power and verve of her singing to come through, and confirm her as the best of the women singers with blues material. During the 1950s she had been regarded as an R&B performer but arranger and band-leader Fred Norman wrote these fine 1962 jazz settings for her shortly before her death.


    The material is strong and Washington soars and swings, her voice reaching many of the potent climaxes for which she was so highly regarded. The material runs through much of the traditional repertoire--Big Bill Broonzy, Leroy Carr and Lil Green being represented--and there is a nine-minute Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning that is unique in her discography.

    Musicians:



    • Dinah Washington (vocals)
    • Illinois Jacquet, Eddie Chamblee (tenor saxophone)
    • Jack Wilson, Patti Bown (piano)
    • Jimmy Sigler (organ)
    • Everett Barksdale, Billy Butler (guitar)
    • George Duvivier (bass)
    • Jimmy Thomas, Osie Johnson (drums)



    Recording: March - November 1962 at Bell Sound Studios, New York

    Production: Henry Glover


    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. The Blues Ain't Nothin' But A Woman Cryin' For Her Man
    2. Romance In The Dark
    3. You've Been A Good Old Wagon
    4. Let Me Be The First To Know
    5. How Long, How Long Blues
    6. Don't Come Running Back To Me
    7. It's A Mean Old Man's World
    8. Key To The Highway
    9. If I Never Get To Heaven
    10. Duck Before You Drown
    11. No Hard Feelings
    12. Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning
    Dinah Washington
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Dinah Washington At Newport '58 Dinah Washington At Newport '58 Quick View

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    Dinah Washington At Newport '58

    Import


    Recorded Live At The Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, July 6, 1958


    Includes Three Bonus Tracks


    Newport '58 is a live album by vocalist Dinah Washington. It was recorded on July 6, 1958, at the Newport Jazz Festival, Rhode Island, and arranged by Melba Liston. It features Terry Gibbs, Urbie Green and Max Roach amongst others. This vinyl edition also includes three bonus tracks: "No More" and "I've Got You Under My Skin" from the album "Dinah Jams" recorded live in Los Angeles in 1954; "Crazy He Calls Me" is from the same session, but not on the original album.

    1. Lover Come Back To Me
    2. Back Water Blues
    3. Crazy Love
    4. All Of Me
    5. Backstage Blues
    6. Julie And Jake
    7. No More*
    8. I've Got You Under My Skin*
    9. Crazy He Calls Me*


    *Bonus tracks

    Dinah Washington
    $32.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Genius Sings the Blues The Genius Sings the Blues Quick View

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    The Genius Sings the Blues

    Numbered Limited-Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity



    1961 Collection Gathers 12 Must-Have Songs from Charles' Peak Era



    Mobile Fidelity Has Righted the Sonic Wrongs That Plagued Earlier Versions - You Won't Find a Better-Sounding Ray Charles LP



    Genius doesnt even begin to describe the greatness of The Genius Sings the Blues. Comprised of a dozen songs Ray Charles made between 1952 and 1960, the collection was released in 1961 by Atlantic Records to counter the singers migration to rival ABC Paramount. What Atlantic originally underestimated is that the album contained many of Charles greatest works, all unified by their bluesy emotions and stirring arrangements. A classic of the soul and R&B canon, The Genius Sings the Blues is a snapshot of the evolution of timeless American music captured by the pianists indelible rhythmic pace, gospel roots, jazz backgrounds, and Southern-styled accents. And its never sounded so good.



    From the iconic cover art (a photo of Charles taken by legendary photographer Lee Friedlander) to the distinguished music within, everything about the thematic record is iconic. Now, nearly 50 years later, it can be heard in pristine fidelity sourced from the original mono master tapes. Mobile Fidelitys engineers have taken great pains to ensure that every clink of the piano keys, ache of Charles rolling voice, and rush of the backing arrangements sounds better than they have since first being recorded in the studio. This 180g LP simply lays waste to the competition.



    Previous editions of The Genius Sings the Blues, including a remastered digital edition from Rhino, suffered from varying levels, distracting static and noise, and inconsistent vocal balances. Mobile Fidelity has gone back to the original mono master tapes to correct these problems, giving music lovers what is now unquestionably the best-sounding Charles album to stem from his peak era. And these performances are simply on fire.



    Whether inhabiting the sadness in Night Time (Is the Right Time) or personifying the loss of Hard Times, Charles invests each song with supreme emotion and undeniable conviction that makes the lyrics ring true and the blues resonate with cathartic pathos. Uptempo country blues numbers (Im Movin On, Early in the Mornin) balance the mournful slow fare, and again prove Charles a master composer, interpreter, and musician who could make any style his own. The Genius Sings the Blues also speaks to legendary jazz pianist Billy Taylors initial impressions of Charles upon hearing him in a way in which few other Charles recordings do.



    Taylor recalled: While playing through some new music for a projected Ruth Brown record date, I was asked to listen to an original song played and sung by a young composer and pianist from Seattle, Washington. I can still remember how surprised I was to hear this kind of music from a Northwesterner. He reminded me of Charles Brown, another pianist-singer who was very popular in the Forties, but he had a very personal sound and there was something different about his rhythmic approach. In his handling of melody he seemed to be using devices similar to those used by Dinah Washington and a small group of popular singers who allowed their gospel singing backgrounds to influence their interpretation of popular songs... I was intrigued by the emotional quality projected by both his piano playing and his unusual voice and was not surprised when Ahmet Erteg√ún said that he wanted to let the young musician record some of his own material. He communicates just like the old blues singers, Ahmet said.



    Indeed, that innate blues aesthetic dominates this collection, as does Charles distinctive rhythmic mannerisms. Finally, hear them as theyve always been intended to be experienced.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1.Early in the Mornin'
    2.Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
    3.The Midnight Hour
    4.(Night Time Is) the Right Time
    5.Feelin' Sad
    6.Ray's Blues
    7.I'm Movin' On
    8.I Believe to My Soul
    9.Nobody Cares
    10.Mr. Charles' Blues
    11.Some Day Baby
    12.I Wonder Who
    Ray Charles
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Mellow Mama Mellow Mama Quick View

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    Mellow Mama

    Import

    1. Mellow Mama Blues
    2. All Or Nothing Blues
    3. Rich Man's Blues
    4. Chewin' Mama Blues
    5. Blues For A Day
    6. Wise Woman Blues
    7. My Voot Is Really Vout
    8. Pasific Coast Blues
    9. Beggin' Mama Blues
    10. Walking Blues
    11. No Voot No Boot
    12. My Lovin' Papa
    Dinah Washington
    $30.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Divine Miss Dinah Washington The Divine Miss Dinah Washington Quick View

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    The Divine Miss Dinah Washington

    Part of the vinyl Verve collections, the Dinah Washington boxed set contains a selection of each artist's best-loved
    albums on 180g vinyl in sleeves that replicate the original artwork. Dinah Washington was an American singer and
    pianist, who has been cited as the most popular black female recording artist of the '50s.
    Dinah Washington
    $124.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 5 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Unforgettable: A Tribute To Dinah Washington (Speakers Corner) Unforgettable: A Tribute To Dinah Washington (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Unforgettable: A Tribute To Dinah Washington (Speakers Corner)

    These recordings were made before Aretha Franklin was honoured with such names as 'Lady Soul' or 'Soul Sister No. 1'. That the young, talented singer already possessed one of the most outstanding voices was confirmed by the great Dinah Washington who stated concisely but decisively: The girl has got soul.



    The present tribute album was recorded just a few months after Washington's death and presents her most important and successful numbers, sung by her 23-year-old successor, who obviously feels quite comfortable when treading in the great singer's footsteps. In Unforgettable, a laid-back number with a string background, Aretha captivates the listener with her ever-changing vocal colouring and gospel-like ballad feeling. In the second number, Cold, Cold Heart, there is already evidence of a shimmering, subliminal blues nuance which is shot through with pointed harp phrases and the 'sucking' sound of the Hammond organ. While an old-fashioned bluesy style supported by a powerful bigband is characteristic of Evil Gal Blues, unconventional arrangements using obbligato trombone (Don't Say You're Sorry Again) are also found in this fascinating and highly varied line-up of numbers. Now, more than 40 years after its release, this album pays tribute to two unforgettable interpreters of black music.



    Musicians:



    • Aretha Franklin (piano, vocals)

    • Buddy Lucas (harmonica, tenor saxophone)

    • Ernie Royal (trumpet)

    • Bob Asher

    • Teddy Charles (vibraphone)

    • Ernie Hayes (organ, piano)

    • Paul Griffin (organ)

    • George Duvivier (bass)

    • Gary Chester (drums)




    Recording: August 1964 in New York

    Production: Robert Mersey




    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. Unforgettable
    2. Cold, Cold Heart
    3. What a Diff'rence a Day Made
    4. Drinking Again
    5. Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning
    6. Evil Gal Blues
    7. Don't Say You're Sorry Again
    8. This Bitter Earth
    9. If I Should Lose You
    10. Soulville
    Aretha Franklin
    $44.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 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.

    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
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl - Sealed Buy Now
  • Son Of A Preacher Man (Pure Pleasure) Son Of A Preacher Man (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Son Of A Preacher Man (Pure Pleasure)

    Nancy Wilson, one of the most stylish and sultry singers in jazz. Here we have an exciting mix of influences from the music of Nat King Cole, the romanticism of Billy Eckstine, the emotional delivery of Dinah Washington and the genius of Little Jimmy Scott.



    Nancy Wilson signed with Capitol Records in 1959, and recorded 37 albums over a period of 20 years, a period in which many of her album sales were second only to the Beatles, surpassing even Sinatra, Peggy Lee, the Beach Boys and Nat King Cole.



    This exhilarating album features the legendary bassist Chuck Rainey on this previously hard to find gem of an album. Produced by David Cavanaugh and with musical arrangements from Jimmy Jones, Phil Wright and Joe Parnello. Of Jimmy Jones, Nancy Wilson says one of the greatest arrangers there ever was. Very sparse, nothing overdone.



    Musicians:



    • Nancy Wilson (vocal)

    • Jimmy Jones (piano, arranger, conductor)

    • Phil Wright, Joe Parnello (arranger, conductor)

    • Chuck Rainey (bass)




    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. Son of a Preacher Man
    2. By the Time I Get to Phoenix
    3. Mr. Walker It's All Over
    4. I Made You This Way
    5. Almost Persuaded
    6. Got It Together
    7. Make the World Go Away
    8. Husbands and Wives
    9. Little Green Apples
    10. Trouble in Mind
    Nancy Wilson
    $34.99
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  • But Beautiful (Pure Pleasure) But Beautiful (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    But Beautiful (Pure Pleasure)

    A highly successful and respected jazz and soul singer, Nancy Wilson bridges the gap between the classic pop vocal era of Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald and the belting R&B divas of today. Though Nancy Wilson has always cited the emotionally naked, androgynous vocal style of Jimmy Scott as her primary influence, her voice carries definite echoes of Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan. Yet Wilson also has always had a strong feeling for post-Sam Cooke soul and the tartness of her delivery carries more than an echo of the sometimes-icy Lena Horne. Young and heart-stoppingly beautiful, Wilson was discovered singing in a N.Y.C. jazz club in the late 1950s by Cannonball Adderley, who told his management at Capitol Records that they needed to scoop her up before another label did. Wilson was immediately signed and started recording for Capitol, the premier vocal label of the 1950s and '60s.




    Musicians:



    • Nancy Wilson (vocal)

    • Hank Jones (piano)

    • Gino Bertachini (guitar)

    • Ron Carter (bass)

    • Grady Tate (drums)




    Recording: November 1969 in New York City

    Production: David Cavanaughdeutsch




    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. Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
    2. Oh! Look At Me Now
    3. Glad To Be Unhappy
    4. Do It Again
    5. But Beautiful
    6. Easy Living
    7. Prelude To A Kiss
    8. I Thought About You
    9. For Heaven's Sake
    10. Supper Time
    11. I'll Walk Alone
    12. Darn That Dream
    13. In A Sentimental
    Nancy Wilson
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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