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  • After Midnight After Midnight Quick View

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    After Midnight

    Once Nat King Cole gave up playing piano on a regular basis and instead focused on a series of easy listening vocal albums, jazz fans longed for him to return to his first love. These 1956 studio sessions made up Cole's last jazz-oriented disc, where he played piano and sang on every number, joined by several guest soloists. Cole's vocals are impeccable and swinging, while his piano alternates between providing subdued backgrounds and light solos that don't reveal his true potential on the instrument. Willie Smith's smooth alto sax buoys the singer in the brisk take of Just You, Just Me. Harry Sweets Edison's muted trumpet complements the leader in his interpretation of Sweet Lorraine. Composer Juan Tizol's valve trombone and former Cole sideman Jack Costanzo's bongos add just the right touch to the brisk take of Caravan. Stuff Smith's humorous, unusually understated violin is a nice touch in When I Grow Too Old to Dream. It's hard for any Nat King Cole fan to ignore these important sessions. [The original version of this release featured a dozen tracks, later expanded to 17 in the '80s with the discovery of some unreleased material. Yet another track, the alternate take of You're Looking at Me, was also found and added to reissues beginning in the late '90s.]

    -All Music Guide
    1. Just You, Just Me
    2. Sweet Lorraine
    3. Sometimes I'm Happy
    4. Caravan
    5. It's Only a Paper Moon
    6. You're Looking at Me
    7. I Was A Little Too Loney (And You Were A Little Too Late)
    8. Lonely One
    9. Don't Let It Go to Your Head
    10. I Know That You Know
    11. Blame It on My Youth
    12. When I Grow Too Old to Dream
    13. (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66
    14. Candy*


    *Bonus Track

    Nat King Cole
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  • Fences Fences Quick View

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    Fences

    New Album Produced By John Vanderslice (Spoon, The Mountain Goats, Samantha Crain)


    Mastered By Bernie Grundman (Michael Jackson's Thriller, Dr. Dre's The Chronic, Carole King's Tapestry)


    180-Gram Vinyl Pressed By Quality Record Pressing


    Vinyl Lacquers Were Cut Directly From Analog Tape


    Dear listener,


    Fences is something new for our band Bombadil. It is more than just an album; it is a new path, a reset after several challenging years. The path began in January 2015, when a longtime member of Bombadil unexpectedly left our band. Daniel Michalak and I sat down to discuss our next steps. It was a time for soul searching. A duo of a bassist and drummer did not feel like a band. Moving forward seemed daunting, but we both felt like there was more to say with the band. We wanted to make music. So we began simply by making some. Writing and recording the Still Bombadil EP was fun. A fast and dirty exploration of a creative idea, no room for fiddling, deadline looming. Our last album, Hold On, had not been like that. It had been an ordeal.


    Daniel suggested composing songs using guitar instrumentals our old bandmate Bryan Rahija had written, and of limiting ourselves to a small palette for the next album: guitar, piano, upright bass, harmony vocals. The goal was to make a folk record, something easy to understand, something beautiful. He shared a demo for "Binoculars" and I loved it. It was simple, elegant. We added it to the live set almost immediately. Daniel continued writing, focusing on guitar, harmony, and emotion. The songs inconveniently had no drums (what was I going to play?!). He instead wrote parts for me to sing and we began collaborating on composing tunes with a similar approach. "Fence" was written together at a friends house in Crozet, Virginia to kill time on tour. An old song of mine, "Long Life," was revived and extended. Percussion parts started to show up. Daniel's commitment to songwriting continued to inspire, a new demo was in my inbox almost weekly. Daniel enlisted the help of an old friend and data scientist, Nasir Bhanpuri, to analyze the success of our old catalog of songs and make suggestions to guide our writing and arranging. It was an experiment that pushed us to take the songs further than we might have in the past. In part, we were throwing ideas at the wall to see what would stick, but we were also searching for something new, actively trying to push ourselves to new creative heights.


    We kept the Bombadil ship moving by accepting all shows, searching for more opportunities to play. We found wonderful people to tour in our band. There were good shows. There were bad ones, too. I learned to be a lead singer on the fly and on stage (with the help of an encouraging septuagenarian opera singer). And we kept writing, practicing, and recording. In July 2015, Stacy Harden sent me an email inquiring if we needed a musician. In his audition, he played through songs like he had been in the band all along. He even knew the harmonies. He had grown up a fan of the band, singing along in the car. In October, Stacy and I drove our equipment across the country for a West Coast tour in a four-day sprint and listened to every song the Beatles recorded. His easy-going spirit was infectious, his presence made the band more fun and more inspiring. We had found our man. "What's So Great About You" was the first collaboration between this new trio, and we started to discover what a new version of our band sounded like.


    In January 2016, the three of us left North Carolina for Littleton, Massachusetts to spend several weeks at a friend's farmhouse. We recorded all day long, cooked together, spent our breaks around a roaring wood stove carefully tended to by Daniel. The resulting demo recordings gave us a roadmap to follow. Our label, Ramseur Records, suggested a producer, a departure after self-recording our last three records. John Vanderslice was given the demos and was enthusiastic about the material. He insisted that we listen closely to Paul Simon's first record. He told us the songs needed a sense of danger, that our demos felt like we were being too careful, and that the songs needed more percussion. John is opinionated, talented, and inspirational. And most of all, making the record with him over 12 days in September 2016 at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco was easy. And fun. And fast. We used only analog equipment, recording to tape through high-end vintage equipment. Bryan came to play his guitar parts (which by this point Stacy had learned for live performances of the material). The recordings were all first takes, new ideas were quickly embraced, mistakes were left alone as intention, very little artificial reverb was used but John's concrete echo chamber was used extensively. We hoped to catch lightning in a bottle and I think that we did.


    To me, Fences represents the journey of the last two years. It is the discovery of a group voice, the willingness to explore collaboration between old friends, and an openness to let new voices into the fold. It is something I am proud to have been a part of and am excited to share with the world. To me, it is an example of the power and positivity of collaboration, of a group of human beings working diligently on a shared vision. If nothing else, I can say that we tried as hard as we possibly could. I can't wait to do it again.


    Thank you for listening,


    James Phillips/Bombadil

    1. What's So Great About You
    2. Not Those Kind of People
    3. Binoculars
    4. Math and Love
    5. Perfect
    6. Fence
    7. Good News Sadie
    8. I Could Make You So Happy
    9. Long Life
    10. Is This Danger
    11. No Snow in the Valley
    Bombadil
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  • This Is Another Life This Is Another Life Quick View

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    This Is Another Life

    Case Studies is the musical project of Jesse Lortz, a prolific Seattle based
    musician. His lyrics wax and wane with truth and bare tales from his life.
    Melodies surface as lines hummed in the in-between times. These easy
    melodies coat the heavy subject matter of suicide, heartbreak, grief and
    regret. As with his previous project, The Dutchess and the Duke, listening to Case Studies feels like taking part in an exploration of sentimental
    landscapes. They appear and fade like dark light lingering on the horizon.
    The meandering verse journeys to seek comfort in loneliness and vulnerability. Through the twisted subconscious, dawn breaks, breathing its
    light on both the joyous and dismal occasions that mark life's milestones,
    each song a continuation of his story, each song a probing examination of
    motivation and consequences.


    This Is Another Life is Lortz's second full-length solo release on Sacred
    Bones. It is the follow-up album to 2011's highly acclaimed The World is
    Just a Shape to Fill the Night. This is Another Life features guest vocals by
    Marissa Nadler on "Villain" and has the same producer and engineer,
    Greg Ashley of the band Gris Gris, as the last album. Ashley also plays
    percussion, organ and adds additional vocals & guitar. Lortz is also helped
    out by Jon Parker (guitar / piano), Oscar Michel (bass), Joe Haener (percussion), Carey Lamprecht (violin) and Shawn Alpay (cello).

    For fans of Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan,
    Townes Van Zand

    1. In a Suit Made of Ash
    2. Passage / Me in the Dark
    3. Everything
    4. Villain
    5. Driving East, and Through Her
    6. House of Silk, House of Stone
    7. You Say to Me, You Never Have to Ask
    8. From Richard Brautigan
    9. A Beast I Have Yet to Find
    10. This is Another Life
    Case Studies
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  • Love Calls (Pure Pleasure) Love Calls (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Love Calls (Pure Pleasure)

    Think of 'Lockjaw' Davis and ten to one you think of Count Basie. Think of Paul Gonsalves and - same thing, you think of Duke Ellington. The top tenors, in other words, of the top big bands; musicians from the top league where the competition is toughest. Yet there is no battle here, no contest, no vying to outdo the other in terms of velocity.


    If you know these two men only by hearsay, you may have reservations about them as balladeers. They both have reputations for derring-do of a different kind. Davis has never hesitated to do battle with the most frenetic performers, with those who would stick at nothing to win, and lost - to him. And Gonsalves was the hero of one of the great nights in jazz history, when he blew twenty-seven romping, stomping choruses on Duke Ellington's Diminuendo And Crescendo In Blue at Newport 1956.


    It is easy for jazzmen to become typed, so that the public demands the repeated display of just one particular facet of his talent. This has happened to the two men showcased in this album, where the other side of their musical personalities is brought into focus. Although they have both developed highly individual styles, their original sources of inspiration were masters of the ballad - Ben Webster in Davis' case, Coleman Hawkins in that of Gonsalves.


    Their different approaches to the ballad make this recording consistently interesting and surprising. Both are soulful, both are rhapsodical. But Davis plays with clear, confident articulation, a buzz in his tone, and a bite in his phraseology. Generally he is the more driving and passionate of the two. The Gonsalves style is, on the other hand, sinuous, insinuating and less direct. His imaginative lyricism is more tender and often melancholy, his tone well-produced and finely rounded.


    The breathy sub-tone, which Gonsalves uses so well, adds a curiously confidential and intimate dimension. It is like the musical equivalent of a whispered aside or a delicate suggestion. But both men alternate very adroitly between the discreet and the bold. Their mutual understanding is, in fact, positively uncanny at times, for they had never previously recorded together, and preparation before the sessions was minimal. In the studio their long term professionalism stood them in good stead, as did that of their accompanists, whose taste and sensitivity contribute so much to the recording's appeal. Never obtrusive, they remain in close, listening support, Hanna and Barksdale being quick to prolong or emphasize the thoughts of the two soloists.


    Musicians:



    • Eddie 'Lockjaw' Harris, Paul Gonsalves (tenor saxophone)

    • Roland Hanna (piano)

    • Everett Barksdale (guitar)

    • Ben Tucker (bass)

    • Grady Tate (drums)



    Recording: 1967 at RCA Victor's Studio B, New York City, by Bernard Keville

    Production: Brad McCuen


    About Pure Pleasure



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



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



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



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



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



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

    1. Love Is Here To Stay
    2. When Sunny Gets Blue
    3. If I Ruled The World
    4. Time After Time
    5. Just Friends
    6. Don't Blame Me
    7. I Should Care
    8. The Man With The Horn
    9. We'll Be Together Again
    10. A Weaver Of Dreams
    11. If I Should Lose You
    Eddie Lockjaw Davis
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  • File Under: Easy Listening (Deluxe Edition) File Under: Easy Listening (Deluxe Edition) Quick View

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    File Under: Easy Listening (Deluxe Edition)

    This vinyl reissue of Sugar's classic 1994 album File Under: Easy Listening from Merge includes a remastered version of the album plus downloads of the full record, B-sides and a complete 1994 live show.


    Gatefold vinyl with printed Euro sleeve.


    Through both his solo work and as a frontman for the legendary HÜsker DÜ, Bob Mould pioneered a signature wall of guitar sound and unmistakable vocal style that has imprinted a defining influence on more than one generation. In the three decades encompassing his career thus far, however, Mould saw his greatest success during his stint as lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for iconic early '90s trio Sugar.


    File Under: Easy Listening a.k.a F.U.E.L., the third and final album by this short-lived but brilliant trio, was originally released in September of 1994. Songs like "Your Favorite Thing" have endured as mainstays of Mould's solo performances to this day!


    "When word went around that Bob Mould had a new band, not only a 'band' band (as opposed to hired band to play his solo albums on tour) but also a trio, of course anyone raised from teenhood on punk rock and HÜsker DÜ in particular (like myself) went into high expectation mode. Copper Blue turned out to be a distillation of Bob's pop mode and roaring guitar mode into one tightly wound explosion of sound. There was space enough for the songs to breathe, but a driving urgency & energy in the rhythm section of Barbe & Travis that gives the whole album a barely-harnessed feel. Sonically, on songs like "The Act We Act" (Copper Blue), "JC Auto" (Beaster) & "Gee Angel" (F.U.E.L.) Sugar took HÜsker DÜ's aesthetic widescreen, the center held steady by Bob's focused songwriting. It's kind of incredible what Sugar did within such a small discography; there's no wasted space and the flow of great songs is a surprising, exciting listen 20 years later."- Mac McCaughan of Superchunk & Merge

    1. Gift
    2. Company Book
    3. Your Favorite Thing
    4. What You Want It to Be
    5. Gee Angel
    6. Panama City Motel
    7. Can't Help You Anymore
    8. Granny Cool
    9. Believe What You're Saying
    10. Explode and Make Up
    Sugar
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  • Ballad Of Easy Rider Ballad Of Easy Rider Quick View

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    Ballad Of Easy Rider

    Mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray & Pressed at RTI!




    After a huge number of hit singles, top charting albums, concert tours and international television appearances, The Byrds developed into a very influential band along the lines of The Beatles, The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones. Spearheaded by their founder Roger McGuinn, The Byrds continued to be a major recording entity and delivered over a dozen of the finest classic rock albums in their decade together of making legendary music.



    With the close of the turbulent '60s dawning, The Byrds reunited once again with their original producer Terry Melcher (Mr. Tambourine Man/Turn, Turn, Turn) and delivered the classic Ballad Of Easy Rider. With a whole new audience developing from their college concert tours and the beginning of the powerful FM radio coverage, this masterwork hit the top thirty album charts and brought the band continued acclaim.



    The LP consisted of some of their most memorable songs like the aforementioned hippie anthem Ballad of Easy Rider, which also received tons of exposure thanks to being featured as the title song to the Jack Nicholson/Peter Fonda motion picture Easy Rider. The album also treated the listener to some Byrds favorites like Jesus Is Just Alright, Oil In My Lamp, Fido and a revisit to the Bob Dylan catalog with their hit interpretation of It's All Over Now, Baby Blue.



    Featuring the legendary twelve string guitar and lead vocals of Roger McGuinn, the sorely missed lead guitar and vocals of the late great Clarence White, the powerful drum and vocals of Gene Parsons, and the solid bass and vocals of John York, The Byrds' Ballad Of Easy Rider was an all around hit with underground radio, college campuses and traditional radio and retail audiences. This album is consistently recognized as one of the finest efforts in their deep catalog of hit recordings.



    In an effort to continually offer consummate music lovers with the greatest rock recordings of all time, Friday Music proudly presents for the first time ever on 180g audiophile vinyl, the anniversary edition of The Byrds classic Ballad Of Easy Rider. Impeccably mastered from the original Columbia Records tapes by Joe Reagoso (The Byrds, Elvis Presley, Deep Purple) at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray, Ballad Of Easy Rider also continues the second release in the extensive The Byrds/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series.



    In addition to the brilliant rock and roll classics contained on this stunning release, to celebrate this limited edition album, Friday is also including a first time gatefold cover which features the original artwork from the 1969 release as well as some very rare photos from The Byrds archives at Columbia Records. Also included is a poly lined sleeve to protect your vinyl and a poly bag to keep your album cover in mint condition.

    1. Ballad Of Easy Rider
    2. Fido
    3. Oil In My Lamp
    4. Tulsa County
    5. Jack Tarr The Sailor
    6. Jesus Is Just Alright
    7. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
    8. There Must Be Someone (I Can Turn To)
    9. Gunga Din
    10. Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)
    11. Armstrong, Aldrin And Collins
    The Byrds
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  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents Music To Be Murdered By Alfred Hitchcock Presents Music To Be Murdered By Quick View

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    Alfred Hitchcock Presents Music To Be Murdered By

    When Alfred Hitchcock was at the peak of his popularity, thanks to his TV series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents,
    someone came up with the wonderful idea of Hitch narrating an easy-listening album filled with black humor. Hitch
    provides his usual droll commentary while his musical director, Hollywood veteran Jeff Alexander, conducts creepy
    arrangements.
    1. Music To Be Murdered By
    2. I'll Never Smile Again
    3. I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
    4. After You've Gone
    5. Alfred Hitchcock Television Theme
    6. Suspicion
    7. Body And Soul
    8. Lover Come Back To Me
    9. I'll Walk Alone
    10. The Hour Of Parting
    Various Artists
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  • Please Please Me (Awaiting Repress) Please Please Me (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Please Please Me (Awaiting Repress)

    Ranked 39/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Sourced From the Original Master Tapes!


    Cut at Abbey Road Studios


    Pressed on 180 gram vinyl


    Once Please Please Me rocketed to number one, The Beatles rushed to deliver a debut album, bashing out Please Please Me in a day. Decades after its release, the album still sounds fresh, precisely because of its intense origins.


    Please Please Me hit the top of the UK album charts in May 1963 and remained there for thirty weeks before being replaced by With The Beatles. This was surprising because the UK album charts at the time tended to be dominated by film soundtracks and easy listening vocalists.


    In 2012, Please Please Me was voted 39th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was ranked first among The Beatles' early albums, and sixth of all of The Beatles' albums, with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Revolver, Rubber Soul, The Beatles (The White Album) and Abbey Road ranked higher.


    Rolling Stone also placed two songs from the album on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time: No. 139, I Saw Her Standing There, and No. 184, Please Please Me. According to Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic, Decades after its release, the album still sounds fresh, the covers are impressive and the originals astonishing.


    A team consisting of some of the best producers and engineers in the recording industry were brought together and would spend 4 long years mixing and mastering with some of the most state of the art recording equipment. Treating these records much like a science experiment, engineers ran extensive tests before copying the analog master tapes over into a digital format using 24-bit/192 kHz resolution, and carefully removing clicks, vocal pops and poor edits. Never altering the original songs themselves, just polishing them up a bit.

    1. I Saw Her Standing There
    2. Misery
    3. Anna (Go To Him)
    4. Chains
    5. Boys
    6. Ask Me Why
    7. Please Please Me
    8. Love Me Do
    9. P.S. I Love You
    10. Baby It's You
    11. Do You Want To Know A Secret
    12. A Taste Of Honey
    13. There's A Place
    14. Twist And Shout
    The Beatles
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    Thanks For Listening

    Thanks for Listening is a collection of new studio recordings, produced by Thomas Bartlett, of ten songs originally written as Songs of the Week on A Prairie Home Companion. Thile manned almost all of the stringed instruments on the album and is joined by guest singers Sarah Jarosz, Gaby Moreno, and Aoife O'Donovan. Right now, with how easy it is to be the talker on social media, how hard it is to maintain focus or give something enough attention to appreciate it, we're in a place where listening is a precious commodity, says Thile. Thanks for Listening is a celebration of people who haven't switched off, despite being given every reason to do so.
    1. I Made This for You
    2. Feedback Loop
    3. Elephant in the Room
    4. Douglas Fir
    5. Thank You, New York
    6. Stanley Ann
    7. Modern Friendship
    8. Falsetto
    9. Balboa
    10. Thanks for Listening
    Chris Thile
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    Chambers

    An album for piano and string quartet, CHAMBERS re-imagines Romantic-era chamber music as today's addictive pop. Gestures from rap, ambient, easy listening and the avant-garde co-exist as always in Chilly Gonzales' musical universe - this time with strings attached!
    1. Prelude To A Feud
    2. Advantage Points
    3. Sweet Burden
    4. Green's Leaves
    5. Freudian Slippers
    6. Solitaire
    7. Odessa
    8. Sample This
    9. The Difference
    10. Cello Gonzales
    11. Switchcraft
    12. Myth Me
    Chilly Gonzales
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Indigos Indigos Quick View

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    Indigos

    Import

    Indigos is a seminal Jazz album by big band superstar Duke Ellington, originally released in 1958. Ellington chose a set of easy listening ballads to be performed by his ace Big Band, putting less emphasis on the uptempo and danceable Swing the group was revered for.


    Behind Ellington on piano, you'll hear a marvelous band including Paul Gonsalves on tenor sax, Shorty Baker on trumpet, Ray Nance on violin, Johnny Hodges on alto sax and Harry Carney on baritone sax, all being put in the solo spotlight on every song of this record.


    This stereo reissue features the mono version of The Sky Fell Down, thus featuring the original 1958 track listing, exactly as it was intended more than half a century ago. A timeless classic!

    1. Solitude
    2. Where Or When
    3. Mood Indigo
    4. Autumn Leaves
    5. The Sky Fell Down
    6. Prelude To A Kiss
    7. Willow Weep For Me
    8. Tenderly
    9. Dancing In The Dark
    Duke Ellington
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Carpenters - Collected

    Import


    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Gatefold Sleeve


    High-Quality PVC Protective Sleeve


    4-Page Booklet With Liner Notes And Photos


    Selection Of Easy Listening Songs, Includes Ticket To Ride, Rainy Days And Mondays, Please Mr. Postman, Yesterday Once More, And Solo Songs: Karen's Still Crazy After All These Years & Richard's Karen's Theme


    The Collected album by the Carpenters brings a beautiful collection from the immense popular soft-pop duo. From their humble beginnings in the late '60s until today, siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter are one of the most successful duos in musical history. With Karen's absolutely perfect vocal delivery and Richard's creative arrangements, they are unstoppable.


    This 2LP set inside a gatefold sleeve brings together their hits, album tracks and more. It delivers the best selection of easy listening songs in a nutshell. Glorious pop nuggets by the Carpenters will melt the heart and uplift the soul, including Close to You, Ticket to Ride, We've Only Just Begun, Superstar, Rainy Days And Mondays, Bless the Beasts And the Children, Hurting Each Other and many more.


    An Easter egg is the track Karen's Theme by Richard Carpenter, who dedicated this song to Karen after her tragical death in 1983.


    Producing a distinctively soft musical style, they became one of the best-selling music artists of all time. During their 14-year career, the Carpenters recorded 11 albums, 31 singles, five television specials, and a short-lived television series.


    The Carpenters had three No. 1 singles and five No. 2 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and fifteen No. 1 hits on the Adult Contemporary chart. In addition, they had twelve top 10 singles. To date, the Carpenters' album and single sales total more than 100 million units.

    LP 1
    1. Ticket To Ride

    2. (They Long To Be) Close To You
    3. We've Only Just Begun

    4. For All We Know

    5. Rainy Days And Mondays

    6. Superstar

    7. Bless The Beasts And Children

    8. Hurting Each Other

    9. It's Going To Take Some Time

    10. Goodbye To Love

    11. Top Of The World

    12. I Won't Last A Day Without You

    13. Sing

    14. This Masquerade


    LP 2
    1. Yesterday Once More

    2. Jambalaya (On The Bayou)

    3. Please Mr. Postman

    4. Desperado

    5. Only Yesterday

    6. Solitaire

    7. There's A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World)

    8. I Need To Be In Love

    9. Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (The Recognized Anthem Of World Contact Day)
    10. Sweet Sweet Smile

    11. Touch Me When We're Dancing

    12. Karen Carpenter - Still Crazy After All These Years

    13. Richard Carpenter - Karen's Theme

    Carpenters
    $42.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Once Around

    By day, John Stirratt and Pat Sansone are members of rock standard-bearers Wilco, but for over a decade the pair have fronted passion project The Autumn Defense. Once Around is the group's fourth full length album and finds the band's steady, creative ease percolating directly into its music. The album's tracks are plaintive but don't pander and their melodies unfurl effortlessly while also unmistakably setting the hook, not to be easily shaken. Stirratt and Sansone mine '70s AM gold and drape it in their decidedly modern sensibilities, resulting in an album that is fresh yet decidedly familiar. A bit of musical deja vu, Once Around is the thinking man's easy listening.


    The Once Around LP is pressed on 180g vinyl, packaged in a full color gatefold jacket and includes a collectible 11 x 22 poster/lyric sheet featuring an original illustration by Alia Penner.

    1. Back of My Mind
    2. Allow Me
    3. Tell Me What You Want

    4. Huntington Fair

    5. Once Around
    6. The Rift

    7. The Swallows of London Town
    8. Step Easy

    9. Don't Know

    10. Every Day

    11. There Will Always Be A Way
    The Autumn Defense
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    Pictures Of Saint Paul Street

    The songs on "Pictures of Saint Paul Street" are lush & beautiful autopsies of society's underbelly, with stark and brutally honest ruminations on humanity. Songs like "A Sea of Suckers" & "Pursue The Nightlife" pull no punches, while "Jailbirds & Vagabonds" and "Blues For A Pecan Tree" carouse on a more abstract, human (almost romantic) level. By the time you've hit the album's centerpiece; "Bullshit Society", Ashley's songs move from ballads of hopeless misery to rallying anthems for the dispossessed. The people & artists who move further to the fringe as power and greed overtake our planet, a situation all too familiar to Ashley as he was forced to relocate his long-running Creamery Studio from it's long time home due to the rampant gentrification of the Bay Area (the former studio building now houses luxury lofts).

    "Pictures of Saint Paul Street" isn't always an easy listen, but that's the point; the journey to salvation isn't easy or pretty. The protagonist in many of Ashley's songs may be Ashley himself - a true artist willing to admit he's nowhere near perfect, and honest enough to document his sunrises & sunsets no matter if they occur in his own backyard, or on a barroom floor.

    1. A Sea of Suckers
    2. Goodbye Saint Paul Street
    3. Blues For A Pecan Tree
    4. Two Person One Man Band
    5. Bullshit Society
    6. Jailbirds and Vagabonds
    7. Self-Destruction Derby
    8. Medication #9
    9. Pursue the Night Life
    10. Six A.M. at the Black and White
    Greg Ashley
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    Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights (Pre-Order)

    Release Date: May 25, 2018*


    It was a musical cocktail born in a marketing meeting: Two parts easy listening, one part jazz, a healthy dollop of conga drums, a sprinkling of bird calls, and a pinch of textless choir. Serve garnished with an alluring female on the album jacket for best results. Exotica! The soundtrack for a mythical air conditioned Eden, packaged for mid-century, tiki torch-wielding armchair safariers. Be it mosquito-bitten torch singers, landlocked surf quartets, fad-chasing jazz combos, mad genius band leaders, D-list actors, or a middle-aged loner programming bird calls into a Hammond, Exotica was always more concerned with what geography might sound like over who was conducting. Captured across three albums are 48 curious examples of the short-lived genre's reach, each summoning their own sonic visions of Shangri La, bringing their versions of the Pacific, Africa, and the Orient to the hinterlands of America. Technicolor Paradise is where one makes it, after all.

    *Please note that release dates are subject to change.

    LP 1
    1. Blue Oasis - By Chuck Big Guitar Ernest with the Satellite Band
    2. Marooned - By The Sound Breakers
    3. Driftwood - By The Wailers
    4. The Moon of Manakoora - By Lenny & the Thundertones
    5. Midnight In Montevideo - By Biscaynes with Co-Encidentals
    6. Chant of the Jungle - By Red Harrison & His Zodiacs
    7. Jungle Guitar - By The Palatons
    8. Live with the Moon - By Chayns
    9. Cobra (feat. James Mills) - By Bailey's Nervous Kats
    10. Sound of Mecca - By The Blazers
    11. Slave Girl - By The Gems
    12. The Arabian Knight - By Jerry & the Catalinas
    13. Night Walker - By The Jaguars
    14. Blue Castaway - By The Shelltones
    15. Atlantis - By The Blue Bells
    16. Paradise Isle - By Bill & Jean Bradway


    LP 2
    1. Enchantment - By The Melody Mates
    2. Nature Boy (feat. The Voice of Love) - By Don Reed
    3. Tumba - By The Baton of Andre Brummer
    4. Silent Island - By Darla Hood
    5. Lotus Land - By Martha Raye with Phil Moore Orchestra
    6. Nightengale of Paradise - By Baha'i Victory Chorus
    7. Isle of Love - By Carmen
    8. Forever Walks a Drifte - By The Monzas
    9. Voodoo Drums - By Akim
    10. Voodoo Kiss - By Don Sargent & his Buddies
    11. Captured - By Joan Joyce Trio
    12. Tobago - By Pony Sherrell
    13. Enchantress - By Jerry Warren & the Valids
    14. Polynesian Paradise - By The Centuries
    15. My House of Grass - By The Potted Palm
    16. Enchantment - By The Castiles


    LP 3
    1. Quiet Village - By Five Glow Tones
    2. Silent Island - By Modesto Duran & Orchestra
    3. Tam-bu Theme - By Ross Anderson Chorus & Orchestra
    4. Caravan - By Bobby Christian
    5. Arabian Rhythm - By Bruce Norman Quintet
    6. Hari's Harem - By The Slaves
    7. Similou - By Arnie Derksen & ChisÉ
    8. Caribbean Cruise (feat. Nicky Roberts) - By Three Bars
    9. Chant of the Moon - By Robert Drasnin
    10. Moon Mist - By Blue Jeans
    11. The Enchanting Melody - By Artie Barsamian
    12. Jazz in Port Said - By Eddie Kochak & Hakki Obidia
    13. Tanganyika - By Gene Sikora & the Irrationals
    14. Dark Continent - By Bobby Paris
    15. Locura (Madness) - By Chico Jose
    16. Lost Island - By Clyde Derby

    Various Artists
    $49.99
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    Darkness On The Edge Of Town

    Ranked 150/500 On Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time


    Mastered By Bob Ludwig Working Under The Supervision Of Springsteen & Engineer Toby Scott


    Coming three years and one extended court battle after Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town was highly anticipated. Some attributed the album's embattled tone to Bruce Springsteen's legal troubles, but it carried on from Born to Run, in which Springsteen had first begun to view his colorful cast of characters as losers. On Darkness, he began to see them as the working class: his characters, some of whom he inhabited and sang for in the first person, had little and were in danger of losing even that. Their only hope for redemption lay in working harder, and their only escape lay in driving. Springsteen presented these hard truths in hard rock settings, the tracks paced by powerful drumming and searing guitar solos. Though not as heavily produced as Born to Run, Darkness was given a full-bodied sound; Springsteen's stories were becoming less heroic, but his musical style remained grand; the sound, and the conviction in his singing, added weight to songs like Racing in the Street and the title track, transforming the pathetic into the tragic. But despite the rock & roll fervor, Darkness was no easy listen, and it served notice that Springsteen was already willing to risk his popularity for his principles.


    -William Ruhlmann (All Music)

    1. Badlands
    2. Adam Raised A Cain
    3. Something In The Night
    4. Candy's Room
    5. Racing In The Street
    6. The Promised Land
    7. Factory
    8. Streets Of Fire
    9. Prove It All Night
    10. Darkness On The Edge Of Town
    Bruce Springsteen
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    Manassas

    Between 1970 and 1972, Stephen Stills was busy playing with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young and working on a series of solo albums. In addition to all this activity he led the super group that appears on this stunning release. Manassas finds Stills and company (Chris Hillman, Dallas Taylor and Al Perkins among others) at the intersection of rock, folk, country and blues. Distinctive styles are noticeable song by song, yet it is the strength and credibility of the mixture that makes Manassas such a great overall experience. The first fourth of the album focuses on '60s rock with Afro-Cuban overtones, followed by a batch of country and bluegrass-oriented material. The folk-rock track It Doesn't Matter kicks off the third section and the final section wraps the set up with the rootsy groove of Blues Man, a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Manassas is a rich and varied collection that is as sophisticated and complex as it is earthy and easy to listen to.
    1. Song Of Love
    2. Crazies
    3. Cuban Bluegrass
    4. Jet Set
    5. Anyway
    6. Both Of Us (Bound To Lose)
    7. Fallen Eagle
    8. Jesus Gave Love Away For Free
    9. Colorado
    10. So Begins The Task
    11. Hide It So Deep
    12. Don't Look At My Shadow
    13. It Doesn't Matter
    14. Johnny's Garden
    15. Bound To Fall
    16. How Far
    17. Move Around
    18. Love Gangster
    19. What To Do
    20. Right Now
    21. Treasure
    22. Blues Man
    Stephen Stills
    $39.99
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  • Merry Christmas (Awaiting Repress) Merry Christmas (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Merry Christmas (Awaiting Repress)


    The Johnny Mathis/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Begins!


    The Classic Top Charting 1959 Christmas Album


    First Time Audiophile Red Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso And Manufactured At R.T.I.


    Johnny Mathis is a musical phenomenon with a legendary musical career breaking
    wide open in the mid-fifties. Recording a plethora of hit recordings in pop, soul, adult,
    jazz and even country genres, he shared his vocal talents for millions of fans with his
    records, concerts and top rated television shows for over five decades.


    With 1959's Merry Christmas LP, Johnny created one of the most successful holiday
    top charting hit albums of all time, with this stunning masterpiece. The LP features his
    stellar interpretations of both popular and inspirational favorites like definitive hit versions of Winter Wonderland and Sleigh Ride, plus impressive readings of The First Noel,
    Silver Bells and O Holy Night.


    The 1959 holiday masterpiece finds the artist at the top of his game. Arranged
    and orchestrated by easy listening giant Percy Faith, Merry Christmas is filled with beautifully arranged classics like Johnny's hit versions of I'll Be Home for Christmas, Blue
    Christmas and the wonderful Silent Night, Holy Night.


    This fine album has been out of print for decades on vinyl, and it is our honor to
    announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl presentation of Merry Christmas by
    the legendary Johnny Mathis on Friday Music. This limited edition audiophile masterpiece is now impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso and also for a very limited time is
    pressed by R.T.I. on translucent Red Vinyl for the holidays and features the original LP
    artwork not seen in years, in a first time gatefold presentation.


    Walking In A Winter Wonderland

    1. Winter Wonderland
    2. The Christmas Song
    3. Sleigh Ride
    4. Blue Christmas
    5. I'll Be Home for Christmas
    6. White Christmas
    7. O Holy Night
    8. What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
    9. The First Noel
    10. Silver Bells
    11. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
    12. Silent Night, Holy Night
    Johnny Mathis
    $29.99
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    Deep Time

    Deep Time (YellowFever) are from Austin TX, a bewitching pop duo, comprised of Jennifer Moore on organ, electric guitar and vocal microphone, and Adam Jones on drums; who are as infectious and delightful as this time demands.


    Moore, once the torchbearer for girl-group legends The Carrots is something altogether unusual in the modern age; a singer with those endangered qualities: personality, style, and an arresting delivery. Jones is the jazzy 'batterista,' as musical and dynamic a drummer as you will see on the scene today. Once upon a time, creatures such as these roamed the earth in the dozens; now they are as rare as the barely glimpsed yeti.


    But it's not just their personality that recommends them, it's the tunes. Just listen to the new-wave polka-soul-serenading madness of Gold Rush, the toe-tapping Italo-mutation of Sgt Sierra, the easy-listening doom-incantation of Gilligan, every song on the record is a bon-a-fide catastrophe for the forces of predictability and boredom.

    1. Bermuda Triangle
    2. Sgt. Sierra
    3. Coleman
    4. Clouds
    5. Homebody
    6. Gilligan
    7. Gold Rush
    8. Marathon
    9. Horse
    Deep Time
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    Our Version Of Events (2016 Reissue)

    Debut studio album by Emeli Sande. By the time Our Version of Events hit shelves, SandÉ had already been a
    number one-selling singer and songwriter, and had her work covered by names such as Tinchy Stryder, Alesha
    Dixon, and Susan Boyle. Many call the 24-year old starlet a jack-of-all-trades, and after listening to her first full-length
    debut, it's easy to understand why. Reissued 2 LP 180g vinyl.
    LP 1
    1. Heaven
    2. My Kind Of Love
    3. Where I Sleep
    4. Mountains
    5. Clown
    6. Daddy
    7. Maybe
    8. Suitcase
    9. Breaking The Law
    10. Next To Me


    LP 2
    1. River
    2. Lifetime
    3. Hope
    4. Read All About It, Pt. III
    5. Wonder
    6. Breaking The Law
    7. Easier In Bed
    8. Beneath Your Beautiful
    9. Imagine

    Emeli Sande
    $34.99
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    Beauty & Ruin

    "It's a song cycle. A narrative. It's nobody's story but my own I ran so
    fast from my past that I caught up with myself. This album is
    acknowledging that and dealing with every year getting a little tougher."


    Bob Mould's new album Beauty & Ruin is a twelve-track journey of loss,
    reflection, conciliation, and coming through the other side. It may very well
    be the most epic emotional roller coaster ever pressed into 36 minutes.


    Well into his fourth decade as a singer-songwriter, Mould is as relevant,
    ferocious, and poignant as he has ever been. Much of Beauty & Ruin deals
    with the passing of Mould's father in October 2012, Bob's struggle to come
    to terms with it, himself, and his own identity and legacy, and repercussions
    of all of the above on his ongoing relationships in the land of the living.
    Beauty & Ruin is a challenging work of raw beauty-and may well be Bob
    Mould's finest work since his 1989 solo debut, Workbook.


    Bob Mould's journey as singer-songwriter, guitarist, author, DJ, and all-around
    MVP began in 1979 with the formation of HÜsker DÜ. In 1988, Mould began
    the first part of a solo career producing the aforementioned Workbook and the
    heavy Black Sheets of Rain. In 1992, Bob gave the world Sugar, a reimagined
    power trio that toured the globe and produced two albums and an EP: Copper
    Blue, Beaster, and File Under: Easy Listening. From these releases came a cache
    of songs-"Helpless," "Hoover Dam," "If I Can't Change Your Mind,"
    "Your Favorite Thing"-that remain staples of Bob's live shows to this day.


    In fall 2012, Bob gave the world Silver Age, his debut album for Merge
    Records and the first to feature current bandmates Jason Narducy and Jon
    Wurster. The subsequent touring covered four continents, ending in October
    2013 in South America. Beauty & Ruin is in large part the sound of this band,
    on the road relentlessly, congealing into the tightest unit to surround Bob
    in his storied career. Two days after returning from South America, the trio
    reconvened in Chicago to begin the recording of Beauty & Ruin. The
    October 2013 session at Steve Albini's famed studio complex Electrical Audio
    consisted of nine days of band tracking and five days of layering guitars. The
    following month, Bob returned to Different Fur Studios in his hometown of
    San Francisco to finish lyrics for six songs, add vocals, and mix the album.


    Beauty & Ruin is a product of a survivor who refuses to give up, thrives
    through his work, and subsequently embraces the many changes around and
    within himself. Bob smartly declares the album as "yet another bonus round,
    and I am very grateful."

    1. Low Season
    2. Little Glass Pill
    3. I Don't Know You Anymore
    4. Kid With Crooked Face
    5. Nemeses Are Laughing
    6. The War
    7. Forgiveness
    8. Hey Mr. Grey
    9. Fire in the City
    10. Tomorrow Morning
    11. Let the Beauty Be
    12. Fix It
    Bob Mould
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    Giant Steps (Mono Remaster)

    Mono Remaster


    History will undoubtedly enshrine this disc as a watershed the likes of which may never truly be appreciated. Giant Steps bore the double-edged sword of furthering the cause of the music as well as delivering it to an increasingly mainstream audience.


    Although this was John Coltrane's debut for Atlantic, he was concurrently performing and recording with Miles Davis. Within the space of less than three weeks, Coltrane would complete his work with Davis and company on another genre-defining disc, Kind of Blue, before commencing his efforts on this one.


    Coltrane (tenor sax) is flanked by essentially two different trios. Recording commenced in early May of 1959 with a pair of sessions that featured Tommy Flanagan (piano) and Art Taylor (drums), as well as Paul Chambers -- who was the only band member other than Coltrane to have performed on every date. When recording resumed in December of that year, Wynton Kelly (piano) and Jimmy Cobb (drums) were instated -- replicating the lineup featured on Kind of Blue, sans Miles Davis of course.


    At the heart of these recordings, however, is the laser-beam focus of Coltrane's tenor solos. All seven pieces issued on the original Giant Steps are likewise Coltrane compositions. He was, in essence, beginning to rewrite the jazz canon with material that would be centered on solos -- the 180-degree antithesis of the art form up to that point. These arrangements would create a place for the solo to become infinitely more compelling. This would culminate in a frenetic performance style that noted jazz journalist Ira Gitler accurately dubbed sheets of sound. Coltrane's polytonal torrents extricate the amicable and otherwise cordial solos that had begun decaying the very exigency of the genre -- turning it into the equivalent of easy listening.


    He wastes no time as the disc's title track immediately indicates a progression from which there would be no looking back. Line upon line of highly cerebral improvisation snake between the melody and solos, practically fusing the two. The resolute intensity of Countdown does more to modernize jazz in 141 seconds than many artists do in their entire careers. Tellingly, the contrasting and ultimately pastoral Naima was the last tune to be recorded, and is the only track on the original long-player to feature the Kind of Blue quartet. What is lost in tempo is more than recouped in intrinsic melodic beauty.


    - Lindsay Planer (AllMusic.com)

    1. Giant Steps (Mono Version)
    2. Cousin Mary (Mono Version)
    3. Countdown (Mono Version)
    4. Spiral (Mono Version)
    5. Syeeda's Song Flute (Mono Version)
    6. Naima (Mono Version)
    7. Mr. P.C. (Mono Version)
    John Coltrane
    $21.99
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  • Klipsch Amplifier KA-1000-THX Klipsch Amplifier KA-1000-THX Quick View

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    Klipsch Amplifier KA-1000-THX



    1,000-Watt THX Ultra2 Certified Subwoofer Amplifier

    The KA-1000-THX subwoofer amplifier is the powerful driving force behind the new Klipsch THX® Ultra2 system. This model offers rock-solid dependability under the most demanding conditions and makes it easy for listeners to experience all the power, detail and emotion of their favorite music and films.


    This full-featured Class D amplifier, which can be conveniently located near the rest of the installation's electronics, has a built-in, defeatable, low-pass crossover and level control, boundary-gain compensation switch, completely variable phase control, and an auto power function. This high-performance amplifier has a massive toroidal power supply that can easily deliver 1000-watts into a 4-ohm load. It is also able to support two high-performance subwoofers and has a left and right RCA pass-through.


    Finished in black with a machined aluminum front panel and knobs, the KA-1000-THX uses professional style NL2 Speakon® outputs for the high current transfer of power to the subwoofer.


    The KA-1000-THX delivers a combination of versatility, reliability and sound quality that is unrivaled.


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    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Klipsch
    $1,499.00
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    New Moon Daughter (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)

    This is no easy listen ... sparse, complex, often brooding arrangements coupled with Cassandra Wilson's deep, earthy voice and complicated phrasing demand your attention. Waver and you're lost. But ... give this album the listening time & space it deserves and reap the rewards. Unusual, highly atmospheric tracks that combine superb singing and marvellously 'distant' musical backings to weave real magic.


    Cassandra Wilson's own excellent, jazz tinged compositions sit alongside a stunning set of ingenious covers from a highly diverse spectrum of composers. Last Train To Clarksville is transformed from a catchy pop song into a stripped-down and genuinely effective jazz vocal work-out. Harvest Moon slows down Neil Young's already wistful ballad to an almost painful level and, in so doing, takes it to an even higher level of gentle reflection. Hank Williams' I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry & U2's Love Is Blindness are transformed into three in the morning jazz club classics.
    The vocals and backing to Robert Johnson's 32-20 are simplified to the point where only the essence of the blues is allowed to shine and, Lewis Allan's Strange Fruit becomes as desolate and challenging as it's horrific lyrics.


    Clever, very effective and worth the required effort!

    Musicians:



    • Cassandra Wilson (vocal)

    • Graham Haynes (cornet)

    • Chris Whitley, Brandon Ross, Kevin Breit (guitar)

    • Charlie Burnham (violin)

    • Tony Cedras (accordion)

    • Gary Breit (organ)

    • Lonnie Plaxico (bass)

    • Dougie Bowne (drums, percussion)

    • Cyro Baptista (percussion)



    Recording: 1995 at the Turtle Creek Barn, Bearsville, NY / Sound on Sound, New York City / Beartracks, Suffern, NY / Bearsville Studio B , Bearsville, NY.

    Production: Craig Street




    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.

    LP 1

    1. Strange Fruit

    2. Love Is Blindness

    3. Solomon Sang

    4. Death Letter

    5. Skylark

    6. Find Him
    7. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry


    LP 2

    1. Last Train to Clarksville
    2. Until
    3. A Little Warm Death
    4. Memphis
    5. Harvest Moon
    6. 32-20

    Cassandra Wilson
    $49.99
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