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  • At Last! At Last! Quick View

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    At Last!

    Pressed On Purple Vinyl


    Includes 4 Bonus Tracks Not On Original


    Etta James debut LP originally released in 1960, featuring the classic hit song "At Last". Blues, soul, jazz, R&B and rock vocalist Etta James needs no introduction. An icon from early rock'n'roll's pantheon of divas, she has inspired 5 decades of listeners and fellow artists with her vocal styling. From Janis Joplin to Beyonce, her expressive and guttural style has been imitated but never matched. Jackpot Records is honored to release this momentous record, with the original album artwork and 4 bonus tracks (previously only available on CD).

    1. Anything To Say You're Mine
    2. My Dearest Darling
    2. Trust In Me
    4. Sunday Kind Of Love
    5. Tough Mary
    6. I Just Want To Make Love To You
    7. At Last
    8. All I Could Do Was Cry
    9. Stormy Weather
    10. Girl Of My Dreams
    11. My Heart Cries
    12. Spoonfull
    13. It's A Crying Shame
    14. If I Can't Have You
    Etta James
    $25.99
    Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Rocks The House

    First Time On Vinyl Including Bonus Tracks


    Pressed On Blue Vinyl At Rainbo


    Mastered By Kevin Gray (Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles)


    Best known for the lush 1961 rendition of the ballad ''At Last'' - a slow-dance staple at wedding celebrations everywhere, she is also celebrated for having recorded one of the best live albums of all time, ''Rocks the House.'' Recorded in 1963 at the New Era Club in Nashville, James is captured at her performance peak. The foundation for her reputation as a fiery no-holds-barred performer was firmly established in this recording.


    Blues, soul, jazz, R&B, and rock vocalist Etta James, needs no introduction. An icon from early rock'n'roll's pantheon of divas, she has inspired 5 decades of listeners and fellow artists with her vocal stylings. From Janis Joplin to Beyonce, her expressive and guttural style has been imitated but never quite matched.


    Jackpot Records is honored to release this momentous record on stellar blue vinyl, with the original album artwork and including 3 bonus tracks which have only ever been released previously on CD. Her powerful version of ''Something's Got a Hold on Me'' will shake you. Her impassioned version of ''All I Could Do Is Cry,'' will break you.

    1. Something's Got A Hold On Me
    2. Baby What You Want Me To Do
    3. What'd I Say
    4. Money (That's What I Want)
    5. Seven Day Fool
    6. Sweet Little Angel
    7. Ooh Poo Pah Doo
    8. Woke Up This Morning
    9. Ain't That Lovin' You Baby
    10. All I Could Do Is Cry
    11. I Just Want To Make Love To You
    Etta James
    $24.99
    Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • At Last! At Last! Quick View

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    At Last!

    Ranked 116/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Etta James' debut album, At Last!, originally released in 1961 on Chess subsidiary label, Argo. The album's title track "At Last" and "All I Could Do Was Cry" (co-written by future Motown mogul Berry Gordy) both went to #2 on the R&B charts, while the album itself has gone down in history as one of the great classic albums of early R&B. The 4 bonus tracks are taken from two 1960 singles featuring doo-wop idol Harvey Fuqua of the Moonglows (best known for their 1955 hit "Sincerely"). 180g vinyl pressing with bonus CD.

    1. Anything To Say You're Mine
    2. My Dearest Darling
    2. Trust In Me
    4. Sunday Kind Of Love
    5. Tough Mary
    6. My Heart Cries (bonus track)
    7. Spoonful (bonus track)
    8. I Just Want To Make Love To You
    9. At Last
    10. All I Could Do Was Cry
    11. Stormy Weather
    12. Girl Of My Dreams
    13. It's A Crying Shame (bonus track)
    14. If I Can't Have You (bonus track)
    Etta James
    $37.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
  • Tell Mama Tell Mama Quick View

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    Tell Mama

    Etta James' greatest ever album, and one of the greatest Soul LPs of all time. Contains the hits Tell Mama and Security. Also contains the original version of the blues classic I'd Rather Go Blind. Recorded with the Muscle Shoals session guys at FAME studio. The LP's title song, Tell Mama, as well as Otis Redding's Security became Top 40 hits and Top 20 R&B hits for Etta. It was the B-side of Tell Mama that would become the LP's enduring track, though.
    1. Tell Mama
    2. I'd Rather Go Blind
    3. Watch Dog
    4. Love Of My Man
    5. I'm Gonna Take What He's Got
    6. The Same Rope
    7. Security
    8. Steal Away
    9. My Mother In Law
    0. Don't Lose Your Good Thing
    11. It Hurts Me So Much
    12. Just A Little Bit
    Etta James
    $32.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Sings For Lovers Sings For Lovers Quick View

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    Sings For Lovers

    This is the fourth album by the Soul Queen Etta James and this is her tribute to love and lovers.


    Here, also on CD for the first time ever, this rare gem of a collection of love songs in the soul style, is one of the best records of entertainment music ever made. You cannot believe it was recorded more than 50 years ago so clear and real is its message.

    1. Don't Take Your Love From Me
    2. How Do You Speak To An Angel
    3. Fools Rush In
    4. Don't Blame Me
    5. Someone To Watch Over Me (Ira & George Gershwin)
    6. Again
    7. I Want To Be Loved
    8. It Could Happen To You
    9. These Foolish Things
    10. Prisoner Of Love
    Etta James
    $32.99
    Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
  • Deep In The Night (Pure Pleasure) Deep In The Night (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Deep In The Night (Pure Pleasure)

    Originally released on Warners Brothers to scant acclaim in 1978, this Jerry Wexler-produced masterpiece finds James in astounding voice with a batch of great material to apply her massive interpretive powers to. The band, including the cream of the late-'70s Los Angeles session hot-shots (Cornell Dupree, Jeff Porcaro, Chuck Rainey, Plas Johnson, Jim Horn), lays it down soulful and simple and the result is a modern-day R&B classic. Highlights abound throughout, but special attention must be turned to James' takes on Only Women Bleed and the Eagles' Take It to the Limit.



    Musicians:



    • Etta James (vocal)

    • Plas Johnson, Jim Horn (saxophone)

    • Larry Carlton, Cornell Dupree, Brian Ray (guitar)

    • Keith Johnson (electric piano)

    • Richard Tee (piano)

    • Chuck Rainey (bass)

    • Tom Roady (percussion)

    • Jeff Porcaro (drums)



    Recording: 1978 by Bruce Robb and Joe Chicarelli

    Production: Jerry Wexler



    About Pure Pleasure



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



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



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



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



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



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


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Laying Beside You
    2. Piece Of My Heart
    3. Only Women Bleed
    4. Take It To The Limit
    5. Deep In The Night
    6. Lovesick Blues
    7. Strange Man
    8. Sugar On The Floor
    9. Sweet Touch Of Love
    10. Blind Girl
    Etta James
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Tell Mama Tell Mama Quick View

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    Tell Mama

    "Tell Mama" by Etta James was originally released in 1968 and it put her back in the top 10 with the single "Tell Mama". Produced by Rick Hall at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama this album is a stone cold soul - blues classic from start to finish. Standout tracks include the title track, a cover of Otis Redding's "Security", "I'd Rather Go Blind" and "Don't Lose Your Good Thing". Easily one of the best albums of her long career it is now being reissued on 180 gram vinyl in glorious mono!
    1. Tell Mama
    2. I'd Rather Go Blind
    3. Watch Dog
    4. Love Of My Man
    5. I'm Gonna Take What He's Got
    6. The Same Rope
    7. Security
    8. Steal Away
    9. My Mother In Law
    10. Don't Lose Your Good Thing
    11. It Hurts Me So Much
    12. Just A Little Bit
    Etta James
    $21.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
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    Etta James (Pure Pleasure)

    Etta James, one of the most fabulous and respected figures in the history of R&B music. Here are some of Miss Peaches' legendary pre-Chess recordings including the first session, cut on Thanksgiving Eve 1954, when she was just 16, which yielded "Roll With Me, Henry".



    "Jean Mitchell and her sister Abbysinia came from New Orleans and were Creole-looking people," wrote our subject in her autobiography. " Jean was my age; Abbye was eight or nine years older. Jean and I started singing together. Soon Abbye joined in and, just like that, we became the Creolettes. We were project girls imitating the young rhythm and blues of the time. Mainly, though, we were intrigued with vocal harmony. We developed a tight three-way blend, imitating groups like the Spaniels, the Swallows, the Chords and the Spiders. One afternoon the Creolettes were singing at a record hop when who should show up but Hank Ballard and his superfine Midnighters. We were thrilled. When they heard us sing, they said something encouraging and, man, that's all we needed to hear. When they sang Work With Me, Annie, the place went wild. Next day the song was still on my mind. Answer songs were big back then, and then it occurred to me - why not answer Hank's hit? I liked doing spunky shit. So I wrote Roll With Me, Henry, a pushy little jiveass reply."



    That blockbuster initiation was produced by the fabled Johnny Otis, the hipster also responsible for renaming Ms H and her gal pals Etta James and the Peaches: "The Peaches were pissed because I was getting the glory, but I was even more pissed than the Peaches because Georgia Gibbs came out with her Suzy Creamcheese version. I was happy to have any success, but I was enraged to see Her Nibbs singing the song on the Ed Sullivan Show while I was singing it in some funky dive in Watts." Providing the voice of "Henry" on Etta's original was Richard Berry, who went on to sing on and write many other songs for her, some of which, like Good Rockin' Daddy, also feature back-ups by those fabulous chicks, the Dreamers.



    Not only has Etta James made some wonderful records in her illustrious career , she has also authored the brilliant autobiography Rage To Survive, from which all of the above quotations are borrowed.



    Musicians:



    • Etta James (vocal) & band



    Recorded 1954 - 56, Los Angeles



    About Pure Pleasure



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



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



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



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



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



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




    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Good Rockin' Daddy
    2. Hey Henry
    3. Strange Things
    4. That's All
    5. I'm A Fool
    6. Dance With Me Henry
    7. Do Something Crazy
    8. Women
    9. My One And Only
    10. I Hope Your Satisfied
    Etta James
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Etta James Etta James Quick View

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    Etta James

    After the huge success of the first two albums "At Last!" & "The Second Time Around", Etta James in 1962 suddenly became THE Queen of The Soul Music and this record, originally released on Argo Records, has shored up her fame paving the way to her ascent to the stardom.


    This edition contains 2 bonus tracks taken from the singles of that periods.

    1. Waiting For Charlie To Come Home
    2. Guess Again
    3. A Lover's Mourn
    4. You Can Count On Me
    5. If I Cant Have You
    6. Something's Got A Hold On Me
    7. My Dear
    8. Nobody But You
    9. Let Me Know
    10. Spoonful
    Etta James
    $37.99
    Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Second Time Around The Second Time Around Quick View

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    The Second Time Around

    180 Gram LP With a Bonus CD of The Album!


    Considered by many to be her best album, 1961's The Second Time Around, found Etta James performing a string of pop hits from the 1940s in an attempt to crossover to a wider audience. Songs like 1948's "It's Too Soon To Know" (the first rock & roll song ever), or 1946's "Fool That I Am", were both brought to life again here by James. The album's biggest hit however, was 1929's "Don't Cry Baby", first recorded by the Empress of the Blues, and James' idol, Bessie Smith.

    1. Don't Cry Baby
    2. Fool That I Am
    3. One For My Baby
    4. In My Diary
    5. Seven Day Fool
    6. It's Too Soon To Know
    7. Dream
    8. I'll Dry My Tears
    9. Plum Nuts
    10. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
    Etta James
    $32.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Right Time (Pure Pleasure) The Right Time (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Right Time (Pure Pleasure)

    I first heard Etta James as a young teenager when she had a hit with Tell Mama, a tune that has easily stood the test of time. She recorded this album a quarter-century later and sounded even better.

    For The Right Time she returns to the Muscle Shoals studio where she recorded Tell Mama, this time with producer Jerry Wexler, and it's an outstanding match. She hits nary a forced or false note and is backed with a stellar band that includes saxophonist Hank Crawford, guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Willie Weeks. They plow ahead like a great offensive line blocking for an all-star running back -- one who isn't afraid to lower the shoulder and knock somebody over.

    There's plenty of manufactured emotion on records, but you won't find any of it here. Etta just rocks naturally. It's like sitting next to a seasoned story teller in full command of the narrative. Nothing for you to do but sit back, close your eyes and listen.

    A sign of great singers for me is how they put a stamp on songs that have been done many times. In that regard, Etta makes Love and Happiness and Ninety And A Half Won't Do her own. She tears up The Night Time Is the Right Time with the help of Crawford's sax. Of course she has the blues well covered, my personal favorite being Down Home Blues, and flashes her humorous side with the trash-talking Wet Match. She hits any note she wants without straining and with total conviction.

    But all the songs are top-notch. The best advice for anyone reading this is to just pick up the album and discover the old-school glory of Etta James. - Tyler Smith

    Musicians:

    • Etta James (vocal)
    • Lucky Peterson (organ, guitar)
    • Steve Cropper, Doug Bartenfeld (guitar)
    • Hank Crawford (alto saxophone)
    • Jim Horn (bassoon)
    • Gary Armstrong (trumpet)
    • Kirk 'Jelly Roll' Johnson (harmonica)
    • Clayton Ivey (piano)
    • Frank Crawford (synthesizer)
    • David Hood(bass)
    • Steve Ferrone, Roger Hawkins (drums)

    About Pure Pleasure

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

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

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

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

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

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


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. I Sing The Blues
    2. Love And Happiness
    3. Evening Of Love
    4. Wet Match
    5. You're Taking Up Another Man's Place
    6. Give It Up (Duet With Steve Winwood)
    7. Let It Rock
    8. Ninety Nine And A Half (Won't Do)
    9. You've Got Me
    10. Nighttime Is The Right Time
    11. Down Home Blues
    Etta James
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Never A Dull Moment Never A Dull Moment Quick View

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    Never A Dull Moment

    Essentially a harder-rocking reprise of Every Picture Tells a Story, Never a Dull Moment never quite reaches the heights of its predecessor, but it's a wonderful, multi-faceted record in its own right. Opening with the touching, autobiographical rocker True Blue, which finds Rod Stewart trying to come to grips with his newfound stardom but concluding that he'd rather be back home, the record is the last of Stewart's series of epic fusions of hard rock and folk. It's possible to hear Stewart go for superstardom with the hard-rocking kick and fat electric guitars of the album, but the songs still cut to the core. You Wear It Well is a Maggie May rewrite on the surface, but it develops into a touching song about being emotionally inarticulate. Similarly, Lost Paraguayos is funny, driving folk-rock, and it's hard not to be swept away when the Stonesy hard rocker Italian Girls soars into a mandolin-driven coda. The covers -- whether a soulful reading of Jimi Hendrix's Angel, an empathetic version of Dylan's Mama, You Been on My Mind, or a stunning interpretation of Etta James' I'd Rather Go Blind -- are equally effective, making Never a Dull Moment a masterful record.

    - Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music)
    1. True Blue
    2. Lost Paraguayos
    3. Mama You Been on My Mind
    4. Italian Girls
    5. Angel
    6. Interludings
    7. You Wear It Well
    8. I'd Rather Go Blind
    9. Twisting the Night Away
    Rod Stewart
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Okeh Sessions (Pure Pleasure) The Okeh Sessions (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Okeh Sessions (Pure Pleasure)

    Her mountainous stature matching the sheer soulful power of her massive vocal talent, Big Maybelle was one of the premier R&B chanteuses of the '50s. Her deep, gravelly voice was as singular as her recorded output for Okeh and Savoy, which ranged from down-in-the-alley blues to pop-slanted ballads. She appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958, and acquired a large following among lovers of the blues, rhythm and blues, jazz and rock and roll. Near the end of her life she even covered hits by the Beatles and Donovan. Big Maybelle's career was hampered throughout and cut short by a severe drug addiction, but she packed a lot of living into her shortened lifespan. It's worth mentioning how, almost half a century later, the power in her Okeh sessions is still palpable. With her bold, gritty sound, she comes off like nothing so much as a female Howlin' Wolf, and one can't imagine her not being an influence on the full-throttle blues of Etta James, Aretha, Janis Joplin and countless others. So Good to My Baby features typically microphone-distorting belting from the singer, and an appropriately blazing horn section. Gabbin' Blues, her 1952 Okeh debut smash, is a humorous dialogue between Maybelle and gossiping rival Rose Marie McCoy, the tune's co-writer. One of the most stirring cuts here is Ocean Of Tears, a percolating, minor-key tune in which Maybelle bemoans her sorrowful state with an unforgettably cathartic angst. Also impressive, though, are ballads such as You'll Never Know, Ain't No Use, and You'll Be Sorry, which show a pleasant, softer side to Maybelle's craft. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - a song that she took to the top of the R&B charts before Jerry Lee Lewis turned it into a rock & roll anthem -, her 1955 single One Monkey Don't Stop No Show and 1954's I'm Getting 'Long Alright, are also standouts. New York session wizards such as tenor saxophonist Sam 'The Man' Taylor and guitarist Mickey Baker provide great support throughout. The tracks contained on this album showcase one of the greatest blues singers of all time, at her prime.



    Recording: October 1952, June 1953, January and March 1954, March 1955



    About Pure Pleasure



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



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



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



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



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



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



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    LP1
    1. Just Want Your Love
    2. So Good To My Baby
    3. Gabbin' Blues
    4. My Country Man
    5. Rain Down Rain
    6. Way Back Home
    7. Stay Away From My Sam
    8. Jinny Mule
    9. Maybelle's Blues
    10. I've Got A Feeling
    11. You'll Never Know


    LP2
    1. No More Trouble Out of Me
    2. My Big Mistake
    3. Ain't No Use
    4. I'm Gettin' 'Long Alright
    5. You'll Be Sorry
    6. Hair Dressin' Women
    7. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
    8. Don't Leave Poor Me
    9. Ain't To Be Played With
    10. New Kind of Mambo
    11. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

    Big Maybelle
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Christine Perfect (Pure Pleasure)

    In 1976, Sire Records issued the first U.S. release of what had been a mega-import of the Blue Horizon 1970 U.K. release, an album called simply Christine Perfect, the maiden name of Christine McVie. You don't need a crystal ball to tell you the album is classic and tremendous - the big surprise is that it didn't go multi-platinum in the States. There are 12 tracks, and I'd Rather Go Blind went Top Ten in the U.K. It deserved to, but there's more here than the very good reading of the Etta James hit that I'd Rather Go Blind was. When You Say has strings and production that sound hauntingly like a Marianne Faithful track on London or Nico's work on Immediate.




    Musicians:



    • Christine Perfect (keyboards)

    • Rick Hayward, Top Topham, Danny Kirwan (guitar)

    • Martin Dunsford, John McVie, Andy Sylvester (bass)

    • Chris Harding (drums, percussion)




    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.



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    1. Crazy 'Bout You Baby
    2. I'm On My Way
    3. Let Me Go (Leave Me Alone)

    4. Wait And See
    5. Close To Me
    6. I'd Rather Go Blind

    7. When You Say
    8. And That's Saying A Lot

    9. No Road Is The Right Road
    10. For You
    11. I'm Too Far Gone (To Turn Around)
    12. I Want You
    Christine Perfect
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    Florence Welch, an art-school dropout from South London, first gained fame at home with two bombastic singles; Kiss With A Fist and Dog Days Are Over. Not two years after she was discovered while singing Etta James in a club bathroom, she was awarded the 2009 Brit Awards Critics' Choice. She found herself wowing attendee's with her incredible live performance and her now legendary set of pipes.



    Her debut album is co-produced by Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Maximo Park), James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Last Shadow Puppets) and Steve Mackay (PULP, M.I.A), and has already amassed a hefty amount of critical acclaim in the UK. Lungs is made of harps, choirs, drums, quartets, strange electronic wailing, while incorporating countless other instruments and emotions along the way.



    The songs are full of Gothic imagery and fairytale flights of fantasy. Her seven-piece band includes long-term collaborators; Rob Ackroyd (guitar), Chris Hayden (drums), Isabella Summers (keyboards) and Tom Monger (harp). Lungs was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize as one of the 12 best albums to be released in the UK this year.

    1. Dog Days Are Over
    2. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
    3. Im Not Calling You A Liar
    4. Howl
    5. Kiss With A Fist
    6. Girl With One Eye
    7. Drumming Song
    8. Between Two Lungs
    9. Cosmic Love
    10. My Boy Builds Coffins
    11. Hurricane Drunk
    12. Blinding
    Florence And The Machine
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    180 Gram Red Colored Vinyl


    It's been 4 years since the critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, and #1 Billboard Blues album Seesaw was
    released by singer-songwriter Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa. They have reunited for Black Coffee -
    another collection of scorching interpretations of ten soul gems that pair Hart's breathtaking vocals and Joe's
    masterfully expressive playing. Featuring songs made famous by; Ray Charles, Etta James, Lucinda Williams and
    more. 180g red vinyl and contains an exclusive bonus track.

    1. Give it Everything You Got
    2. Damn Your Eyes
    3. Black Coffee
    4. Lullaby Of The Leaves
    5. Why Don't You Do Right
    6. Saved
    7. Sitting On Top Of the World
    8. Joy
    9. Soul On Fire
    10. Come Rain Or Come Shine
    Beth Hart/Joe Bonamassa
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    A native of Muscle Shoals, Alabama - and part of the growing music scene there (Alabama Shakes, Secret Sisters, Civil Wars etc) Twenty-three year old Dylan was practically raised in the legendary Fame Studios where his dad was a regular player, and where people like Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Etta James and countless others recorded.


    Fame's head, Rick Hall, signed Dylan to its publishing arm. Part of the deal was that Dylan got access to the studio, where he recorded both his debut album Paupers Field (2010) and the bulk of the forthcoming follow-up Cast The Same Old Shadow.

    1. Part One: The End
    2. Innocent Sinner
    3. Brother
    4. Diamonds and Pearls
    5. Where Are You Now
    6. Chesapeake Land
    7. The Ties That Bind
    8. Comfort Me
    9. Cast the Same Old Shadow
    10. Lonesome Waltz
    Dylan LeBlanc
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    Hailing from the Bay Area of California, somewhere next to Hammer Time mansion, dwell Shannon and the Clams. A throw back doo wop, rock n roll trio that features Shannon (of Hunx and His Punx) and Cody (aka King Lollipop) on songwriting duty and shared vocals. The Clams have a large following that grows by the day as they tour the planet and bring their child like sense of humor, gorgeous vocals, and true to the game Animal House style garage rock n roll to the dance party. Production is raw, like Hazel Adkins raw, while the songs are sweet like honey poured from an Etta James shaped bottle.
    1. Hey Willy
    2. Rip Van Winkle
    3. Bed Rock
    4. Ozma
    5. Into the River
    6. If I Could Count
    7. Rat House
    8. The Rabbit's Nose
    9. Heads or Tails
    10. Unlearn
    11. Into a Dream
    12. I Know
    Shannon And The Clams
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    Wayne Cochran! The exclamation point is there for a reason. Known as "The White Knight of Soul," Cochran was flamboyant in both voice and attire. Crowned by a swooping white pompadour, he held back nothing on stage. His performance style was very reminiscent of fellow Georgia native Little Richard Penniman. Like Penniman, music led Cochran to his current career as a minister. Anyone who's ever witnessed a fire-and-brimstone southern gospel service can see the connection between gospel's passion and r&b's groove.


    Issued by Chess Records in 1967, Wayne Cochran! captured the outrageous energy of his live show within the album's grooves. This explosive collection of songs proved that Cochran deserved to share the label home of r&b greats like Etta James, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters. Rather than a traditional artist portrait, the front cover features an outline of his white pompadour against a black background. Simple and direct, it stood in stark relief against the sea of day-glo, psychedelic imagery of the day. To put it another way, the cover art clearly conveyed that this album was all killer, no filler.


    The original mono version of this LP is incredibly rare and changes hands for princely sums. However, there is no need to empty the savings account now that Sundazed Music has prepared a righteous reissue, in glorious mono! Sourced from the original analog master tapes, this Sundazed edition is 180gm of concentrated soul. Just add a turntable and watch the party spring to life!

    1. Get Ready
    2. Boom Boom
    3. The Peak Of Love
    4. You Don't Know Like I Know
    5. Some-A' Your Sweet Love
    6. I'm Leaving It Up To You
    7. You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover
    8. Big City Woman
    9. Little Bitty Pretty One
    10. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
    11. Get Down With It
    12. When My Baby Cries
    Wayne Cochran
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    I've been inspired for this record from a very young age, said Eldredge. I dreamt of the day I could record all these classic songs that I've loved since I was a little kid. I recorded those classics in New York City and tried to give a tip of the hat to the ones that came before me - Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ray Charles - by adding that swing and that soul to the best of my ability. When it came to actually recording, I wanted to live in the experience. We hung Christmas lights in the studio in the middle of May and had musicians from the best bands in the world all in the same room - from horns to strings. Everyone was so inspired to make this classic record. I think it really shows in the songs and I can't wait for people to hear that magic we found.


    The album was recorded at the legendary Avatar Studios in New York which has hosted many iconic artists including Bob Dylan, Tony Bennett, Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, Billy Joel, Iggy Pop, Madonna and David Bowie. Produced by Rob Mounsey (Elton John, James Taylor, Idina Menzel, Michael BublÉ) and Jay Newland (Etta James, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton), it will feature many of your favorite Christmas standards, plus an original titled Glow.

    1. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
    2. Baby, It's Cold Outside (feat. Meghan Trainor)
    3. I'll Be Home For Christmas
    4. The Christmas Song
    5. Glow
    6. White Christmas
    7. Winter Wonderland
    8. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
    9. Silent Night
    10. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
    11. The First Noel
    12. O Holy Night
    Brett Eldredge
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    And they are glorious, beautiful. Sounding a bit like She &
    Him might were they produced by Sufjan Stevens - to create a
    sort of She & She & She & She, they are four alt-pop Brontës
    who beam right into your stereo like a comforting aural torch
    you never need to buy batteries for. - Drowned In Sound


    "Best referenced midway between the Bangles and Go-Gos in
    terms of a girl group approach, there's a kind of slacker
    sensibility at work here, one that never muffles the drive or
    conviction. I was meant for something more, Cottingham
    sings on the final track, aptly entitled Anything and indeed a
    lyric has never sounded so true." - Blurt


    Precociousness always catches its observer off guard; we are
    witness to a stubborn incongruity, a disproportionate relationship
    between limited years and elevated levels of skill, insight, or
    vision. It confounds common experience, and we wonder. When
    Ortolan's debut album Time On A String was released in 2010,
    three quarters of the family foursome were yet under drinking
    age. Along with copious kudos given to the quality of the music
    and the maturity of the songwriting, every single review made
    mention of their age. Wonder indeed.


    What may be the greater marvel though, is when a nascent talent
    starts to grow into itself; when prodigious promise begins to
    deliver something beyond spectacle, when it begins to nourish
    those who are witness to it. Such is the case with Ortolan's latest,
    Covered In Black.


    The pulse at the heart of Ortolan's music has always been
    Stephanie Cottingham's voice, a curious combination of
    innocence, wisdom, and wit (all rare commodities in the greater
    landscape of popular music today). These beguiling qualities
    remain, but here her voice is imbued with a greater richness. The
    bandwidth of color, hue, and shade has widened; the reds are
    redder and the blues are bluer. Even more significant though, is
    Cottingham's development as an interpreter of her own songs.
    Her voice remains a thing to behold, but in the tradition of Kitty
    Wells, Etta James, or Emmylou Harris, she is becoming a
    storyteller. Each note is now is its own scene in a greater drama.
    Each vocal push and lilt tells of loss and love, fear and
    friendship.


    As much as Ortolan is about Stephanie Cottingham's voice and
    songwriting, it is about family, and the picture is incomplete
    without the powerful presence of Jill (keys), Briana (bass), and
    Lara (drums). Floor toms drum and drive, strumming guitars
    strum and strum faster, basses rock and keyboards swirl and
    swoop. Their commitment to one another is palpable, and is as
    important to the music as the notes and rhythms they're playing.


    That their voices also join Stephanie's throughout the record is
    not insignificant. There is an excess of animosity in the world: so
    much time is spent competing, resisting, debating, conflicting,
    arguing. There is something so vital and humane in joining voices
    for once, in unison. One of the simplest and most powerful
    activities of human beings is singing together, and this is a
    central ingredient to Ortolan's music and life. Nothing is
    pretended-it's what they do: voices are raised and raised
    together -- to cry, to question, to pray, to laugh, to celebrate.


    The color black is achieved through the mixing of different
    paints and opposing pigments; as such, black represents the
    presence of color, not the absence of it, and Ortolan's latest is
    covered in it.

    1. Bottle's Broken
    2. Holding This Fire
    3. Votes Are In
    4. Covered In Black
    5. Surprise

    6. Spring
    7. Green Were The Days
    8. You Don't Know
    9. Above The Mountain

    10. Miles
    Ortolan
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    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso


    Manufactured At R.T.I.


    During the 1970s, a new brand of pop music was born - one that was steeped in African and African-American styles - particularly jazz and R&B but appealed to a broader cross-section of the listening public. As founder and leader of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White not only embraced but also helped bring about this evolution of pop, which bridged the gap that has often separated the musical tastes of black and white America. It certainly was successful, as EWF combined high-caliber musicianship, wide-ranging musical genre eclecticism, and '70s multicultural spiritualism. "I wanted to do something that hadn't been done before," Maurice explains. "Although we were basically jazz musicians, we played soul, funk, gospel, blues, jazz, rock and dance music which somehow ended up becoming pop. We were coming out of a decade of experimentation, mind expansion and cosmic awareness. I wanted our music to convey messages of universal love and harmony without force-feeding listeners' spiritual content."Maurice was born December 19, 1941, in Memphis, TN. He was immersed in a rich musical culture that spanned the boundaries between jazz, gospel, R&B, blues and early rock. All of these styles played a role in the development of Maurice's musical identity. At age six, he began singing in his church's gospel choir but soon his interest turned to percussion. He began working gigs as a drummer while still in high school. His first professional performance was with Booker T. Jones, who eventually achieved stardom as Booker T and the MGs.After graduating high school, Maurice moved to the Windy City to continue his musical education at the prestigious Chicago Conservatory Of Music. He continued picking up drumming jobs on the side, which eventually lead to a steady spot as a studio percussionist with the legendary Chicago label, Chess Records. At Chess, Maurice had the privilege of playing with such greats as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Billy Stewart, Willie Dixon, Sonny Stitt and Ramsey Lewis, whose trio he joined in 1967. He spent nearly three years as part of the Ramsey Lewis Trio. "Ramsey helped shape my musical vision beyond just the music," Maurice explains. "I learned about performance and staging." Maurice also learned about the African thumb piano, or Kalimba, an instrument whose sound would become central to much of his work over the years.In 1969, Maurice left the Ramsey Lewis Trio and joined two friends in Chicago, Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead, as a songwriting team composing songs and commercials in the Chicago area. The three friends got a recording contract with Capitol and called themselves the "Salty Peppers," and had a marginal hit in the Mid-western area called "La La Time." That band featured Maurice on vocals, percussion and Kalimba along with keyboardists/vocalists Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead.


    After relocating to Los Angeles and signing a new contract with Warner Bros., Maurice simultaneously made what may have been the smartest move of his young career. He changed the band's name to Earth, Wind & Fire (after the three elements in his astrological chart). The new name also captured Maurice's spiritual approach to music - one that transcended categories and appealed to multiple artistic principals, including composition, musicianship, production, and performance. In addition to White, Flemons and Whitehead, Maurice recruited Michael Beal on guitar, Leslie Drayton, Chester Washington and Alex Thomas on horns, Sherry Scott on vocals, percussionist Phillard Williams and his younger brother Verdine on bass.


    Earth, Wind & Fire recorded two albums for Warner Brothers: the self-titled 1970 album Earth, Wind And Fire and the 1971 album The Need Of Love. A single from this album, "I Think About Lovin' You," provided EWF with their first Top 40 R&B hit. Also in 1971, the group performed the soundtrack to the Melvin Van Peebles film 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song'.


    In 1972, White dissolved the line-up (except he and brother Verdine White) and added Jessica Cleaves (vocals - formerly of the R&B group The Friends of Distinction), Ronnie Laws (flute, saxophone), Roland Bautista (guitar), Larry Dunn (keyboard), Ralph Johnson (percussion) and Philip Bailey (vocals, formerly of Friends & Love). Maurice became disillusioned with Warner Brothers, which had signed the group primarily as a jazz act. Maurice, in contrast, was more interested in combining elements of jazz, rock, and soul into an evolving form of fusion, a truly universal sound.


    A performance at New York's Rockefeller Center introduced EWF to Clive Davis, then President of Columbia Records. Davis loved what he saw and bought their contract from Warner Bros. With Columbia Records, debuting with the 1972 album Last Days And Time, the group slowly began to build a reputation for innovative recordings and exciting, live shows, complete with feats of magic (floating pianos, spinning drum kits, vanishing artists) engineered by Doug Henning and his then-unknown assistant David Copperfield. Their first gold album, Head To The Sky, peaked at number 27 pop in the summer of 1973, yielding a smooth tangy cover of "Evil" and the title track single. The first platinum EWF album, Open Our Eyes, whose title track was a remake of the classic originally recorded by Savoy Records group the Gospel Clefs, included "Mighty Mighty" (number four R&B) and "Kalimba Story" (number six R&B).


    Maurice once again shared a label roster with Ramsey Lewis, whose Columbia debut Sun Goddess, was issued in December 1974. The radio-aired title track was released as a single under the name Ramsey Lewis and Earth, Wind & Fire. It went to number 20 R&B in early 1975. The Sun Goddess album went gold, hitting number 12 pop in early 1975. Maurice had also played on Lewis' other high-charting album, Wade In The Water; the title track single peaked at number three R&B in the summer of 1966.


    The inspiration for "Shining Star" (one of EW&F's most beloved singles) was gleaned from thoughts Maurice had during a walk under the star-filled skies that surrounded the mountains around Caribou Ranch, CO a popular recording site and retreat during the '70s. The track was originally included in the 'That's The Way Of The World' movie that starred Harvey Keitel and was produced by Sig Shore (Superfly). "Shining Star" glittered at number one R&B for two weeks and hit number one pop in early 1975. It was included on their 1975 multi-platinum album That's The Way Of The World that held the number one pop spot for three weeks in Spring 1975 and earned them their first Grammy Award. The title track single made it to number five R&B in summer of 1975. It also yielded the classic ballad "Reasons," an extremely popular radio-aired album track.


    The multi-platinum album Gratitude held the number one pop album spot for three weeks in late 1975. On the album was "Singasong" (gold, number one R&B for two weeks, number five pop), the Skip Scarborough ballad "Can't Hide Love" (number 11 R&B), and the popular radio-aired album tracks "Celebrate," "Gratitude," and the live version of "Reasons." In 1976, Maurice decided he wanted to record a spiritual album. The multi-platinum album Spirit parked at number two pop for two weeks in fall of 1976 and boasted the gold, number one R&B single "Getaway" and "Saturday Nite." Spirit is remembered as one of EWF's best albums and sadly for also being the last project of Producer Charles Stepney. He died May 17, 1976, in Chicago, IL, at the age of 45. Charles was a former Chess Records arranger/producer/session musician/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter and Maurice's main collaborator on his EWF projects. The multi-platinum album All 'N All peaked at number three pop in late 1977, won three Grammy's, and had arrangements by Chicago soul mainstay Tom Tom Washington and Eumir Deodato. The singles were "Serpentine Fire" (number one R&B for seven weeks) and "Fantasy." The group's horn section, the legendary Phenix Horns (Don Myrick on saxophone, Louis Satterfield on trombone, Rahmlee Michael Davis and Michael Harris on trumpets) became an integral part of the Earth, Wind & Fire sound.


    During this time, Maurice produced several artists such as The Emotions (1976's Flowers and 1977's Rejoice which included the number one R&B/pop hit "Best Of My Love") and Deniece Williams (1976's This Is Niecy which included the Top Ten R&B hit "Free"). In the late seventies, in association with Columbia Records, Maurice also launched a record label, ARC.


    The multi-platinum greatest-hits set The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. I included a cover of the Beatles' "Got To Get You Into My Life" went to number one R&B and number nine pop in Summer 1978. The group performed the song in the 1978 Bee Gees/Peter Frampton movie 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'. Another single, "September," made it to number one R&B, number eight pop in early 1978. On the flip side was the enchanting popular radio-aired album track "Love's Holiday" from All 'N All.


    Their live performances were stellar as well. Sellout crowds were spellbound by the band's bombastic performances. Their performances blasted a cosmic wave of peace, love and other happy vibrations to audiences using a combination of eye-popping costumes, lights, pyrotechnics and plain old good music. Sometimes they even threw in magic illusions. Earth, Wind & Fire's message was one of universal harmony, in both musical and cultural senses. "We live in a negative society," Maurice told Newsweek. "Most people can't see beauty and love. I see our music as medicine."


    The multi-platinum album I Am hit number three pop in Summer 1979 on the strength of the million-selling single "Boogie Wonderland" with The Emotions (number two R&B for four weeks, number six pop) and the phenomenal gold ballad "After The Love Has Gone," written by David Foster, Jay Graydon and Bill Champlin that stayed at number two R&B/pop for two weeks. Their Faces album peaked at number ten pop in late 1980 and was boosted to gold by the singles "Let Me Talk" (number eight R&B), "You" (number ten R&B), and "And Love Goes On."


    The million-selling funked-up "Let's Groove," co-written by The Emotions' Wanda Vaughn and her husband Wayne Vaughn, was the track that re-energized EWF's career, parking at number one R&B for eight weeks and number three pop, causing their Raise! album to go platinum (hitting number five pop in late 1981). Their next gold album Powerlight made it to number 12 pop in spring 1983 and included the Top Ten R&B single and Grammy-nominated "Fall In Love With Me." Their 1983 Electric Universe album stalled at number 40 pop, breaking the band's string of gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums.


    In 1983, Maurice decided he and the band needed a break. During this hiatus, Maurice recorded his self-titled solo album Maurice White and produced various artists including Neal Diamond, Barbra Streisand and Jennifer Holliday. Reuniting with the band in 1987, EWF released the album Touch The World and scored yet another number one R&B single, "System of Survival" and embarked on a corresponding nine-month world tour. This was followed by the 1988 release The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. II.


    In 1990 the group released the album Heritage. Two years later, Earth, Wind & Fire released The Eternal Dance; a 55-track boxed set retrospective of the band's entire history. The appearance of such a project after a prolonged period of relative inactivity signaled to many listeners that the band was calling it quits but that did not turn out to be case. In 1993, EWF released the album, Millennium that included the Grammy-nominated "Sunday Morning" and "Spend The Night."


    Earth, Wind & Fire kept recording and in 1996 released Avatar and Greatest Hits Live; followed by 1997's In The Name Of Love; 2002's That's The Way Of The World: Alive In '75; Live In Rio which was recorded during their 1979 "I Am World Tour;" 2003's The Promise, which included the Grammy-nominated "Hold Me" and 2005's Illumination, which included the Grammy-nominated "Show Me The Way."


    In 2000, the nine-piece '70s edition of Earth, Wind & Fire reunited for one night only in honor of their induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. In 2001, Eagle Rock Entertainment released the documentary 'Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Stars', which contains rarely seen historic video footage along with in-depth interviews with the band members.


    Even though Maurice is no longer a part of the touring group, he remains the band's heart and soul from behind the scenes as composer and producer. Maurice reflects, "I wanted to create a library of music that would stand the test of time. 'Cosmic Consciousness' is the key component of our work. Expanding awareness and uplifting spirits is so important in this day. People are looking for more. I hope our music can give them some encouragement and peace."

    LP 1
    1. Introduction

    2. Africano/ Power Medley

    3. Yearnin' Learnin'

    4. Devotion

    5. Sun Goddess
    6. Reasons

    7. Sing A Message To You


    LP 2
    1. Shining Star

    2. New World Symphony
    3. Sunshine

    4. Singasong

    5. Gratitude

    6. Celebrate

    7. Can't Hide Love

    Earth, Wind & Fire
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    Etta James presents At Last!. Features exclusive cover by photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir.
    1. Anything To Say You're Mine
    2. My Dearest Darling
    3. Trust In Me
    4. Sunday Kind Of Love
    5. Tough Mary
    6. I Just Want To Make Love To You
    7. At Last
    8. All I Could Do Was Cry
    9. Stormy Weather
    10. Girl Of My Dreams (Rendered As Boy Of My Dreams)
    Etta James
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    During the 1970s, a new brand of pop music was born - one that was steeped in African and African-American styles - particularly jazz and R&B but appealed to a broader cross-section of the listening public. As founder and leader of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White not only embraced but also helped bring about this evolution of pop, which bridged the gap that has often separated the musical tastes of black and white America. It certainly was successful, as EWF combined high-caliber musicianship, wide-ranging musical genre eclecticism, and '70s multicultural spiritualism. "I wanted to do something that hadn't been done before," Maurice explains. "Although we were basically jazz musicians, we played soul, funk, gospel, blues, jazz, rock and dance music which somehow ended up becoming pop. We were coming out of a decade of experimentation, mind expansion and cosmic awareness. I wanted our music to convey messages of universal love and harmony without force-feeding listeners' spiritual content."Maurice was born December 19, 1941, in Memphis, TN. He was immersed in a rich musical culture that spanned the boundaries between jazz, gospel, R&B, blues and early rock. All of these styles played a role in the development of Maurice's musical identity. At age six, he began singing in his church's gospel choir but soon his interest turned to percussion. He began working gigs as a drummer while still in high school. His first professional performance was with Booker T. Jones, who eventually achieved stardom as Booker T and the MGs.After graduating high school, Maurice moved to the Windy City to continue his musical education at the prestigious Chicago Conservatory Of Music. He continued picking up drumming jobs on the side, which eventually lead to a steady spot as a studio percussionist with the legendary Chicago label, Chess Records. At Chess, Maurice had the privilege of playing with such greats as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Billy Stewart, Willie Dixon, Sonny Stitt and Ramsey Lewis, whose trio he joined in 1967. He spent nearly three years as part of the Ramsey Lewis Trio. "Ramsey helped shape my musical vision beyond just the music," Maurice explains. "I learned about performance and staging." Maurice also learned about the African thumb piano, or Kalimba, an instrument whose sound would become central to much of his work over the years.In 1969, Maurice left the Ramsey Lewis Trio and joined two friends in Chicago, Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead, as a songwriting team composing songs and commercials in the Chicago area. The three friends got a recording contract with Capitol and called themselves the "Salty Peppers," and had a marginal hit in the Midwestern area called "La La Time." That band featured Maurice on vocals, percussion and Kalimba along with keyboardists/vocalists Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead.


    After relocating to Los Angeles and signing a new contract with Warner Bros., Maurice simultaneously made what may have been the smartest move of his young career. He changed the band's name to Earth, Wind & Fire (after the three elements in his astrological chart). The new name also captured Maurice's spiritual approach to music - one that transcended categories and appealed to multiple artistic principals, including composition, musicianship, production, and performance. In addition to White, Flemons and Whitehead, Maurice recruited Michael Beal on guitar, Leslie Drayton, Chester Washington and Alex Thomas on horns, Sherry Scott on vocals, percussionist Phillard Williams and his younger brother Verdine on bass.


    Earth, Wind & Fire recorded two albums for Warner Brothers: the self-titled 1970 album Earth, Wind And Fire and the 1971 album The Need Of Love. A single from this album, "I Think About Lovin' You," provided EWF with their first Top 40 R&B hit. Also in 1971, the group performed the soundtrack to the Melvin Van Peebles film 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song'.


    In 1972, White dissolved the line-up (except he and brother Verdine White) and added Jessica Cleaves (vocals - formerly of the R&B group The Friends of Distinction), Ronnie Laws (flute, saxophone), Roland Bautista (guitar), Larry Dunn (keyboard), Ralph Johnson (percussion) and Philip Bailey (vocals, formerly of Friends & Love). Maurice became disillusioned with Warner Brothers, which had signed the group primarily as a jazz act. Maurice, in contrast, was more interested in combining elements of jazz, rock, and soul into an evolving form of fusion, a truly universal sound.


    A performance at New York's Rockefeller Center introduced EWF to Clive Davis, then President of Columbia Records. Davis loved what he saw and bought their contract from Warner Bros. With Columbia Records, debuting with the 1972 album Last Days And Time, the group slowly began to build a reputation for innovative recordings and exciting, live shows, complete with feats of magic (floating pianos, spinning drum kits, vanishing artists) engineered by Doug Henning and his then-unknown assistant David Copperfield. Their first gold album, Head To The Sky, peaked at number 27 pop in the summer of 1973, yielding a smooth tangy cover of "Evil" and the title track single. The first platinum EWF album, Open Our Eyes, whose title track was a remake of the classic originally recorded by Savoy Records group the Gospel Clefs, included "Mighty Mighty" (number four R&B) and "Kalimba Story" (number six R&B).


    Maurice once again shared a label roster with Ramsey Lewis, whose Columbia debut Sun Goddess, was issued in December 1974. The radio-aired title track was released as a single under the name Ramsey Lewis and Earth, Wind & Fire. It went to number 20 R&B in early 1975. The Sun Goddess album went gold, hitting number 12 pop in early 1975. Maurice had also played on Lewis' other high-charting album, Wade In The Water; the title track single peaked at number three R&B in the summer of 1966.


    The inspiration for "Shining Star" (one of EW&F's most beloved singles) was gleaned from thoughts Maurice had during a walk under the star-filled skies that surrounded the mountains around Caribou Ranch, CO a popular recording site and retreat during the '70s. The track was originally included in the 'That's The Way Of The World' movie that starred Harvey Keitel and was produced by Sig Shore (Superfly). "Shining Star" glittered at number one R&B for two weeks and hit number one pop in early 1975. It was included on their 1975 multi-platinum album That's The Way Of The World that held the number one pop spot for three weeks in Spring 1975 and earned them their first Grammy Award. The title track single made it to number five R&B in summer of 1975. It also yielded the classic ballad "Reasons," an extremely popular radio-aired album track.


    The multi-platinum album Gratitude held the number one pop album spot for three weeks in late 1975. On the album was "Singasong" (gold, number one R&B for two weeks, number five pop), the Skip Scarborough ballad "Can't Hide Love" (number 11 R&B), and the popular radio-aired album tracks "Celebrate," "Gratitude," and the live version of "Reasons." In 1976, Maurice decided he wanted to record a spiritual album. The multi-platinum album Spirit parked at number two pop for two weeks in fall of 1976 and boasted the gold, number one R&B single "Getaway" and "Saturday Nite." Spirit is remembered as one of EWF's best albums and sadly for also being the last project of Producer Charles Stepney. He died May 17, 1976, in Chicago, IL, at the age of 45. Charles was a former Chess Records arranger/producer/session musician/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter and Maurice's main collaborator on his EWF projects. The multi-platinum album All 'N All peaked at number three pop in late 1977, won three Grammy's, and had arrangements by Chicago soul mainstay Tom Tom Washington and Eumir Deodato. The singles were "Serpentine Fire" (number one R&B for seven weeks) and "Fantasy." The group's horn section, the legendary Phenix Horns (Don Myrick on saxophone, Louis Satterfield on trombone, Rahmlee Michael Davis and Michael Harris on trumpets) became an integral part of the Earth, Wind & Fire sound.


    During this time, Maurice produced several artists such as The Emotions (1976's Flowers and 1977's Rejoice which included the number one R&B/pop hit "Best Of My Love") and Deniece Williams (1976's This Is Niecy which included the Top Ten R&B hit "Free"). In the late seventies, in association with Columbia Records, Maurice also launched a record label, ARC.


    The multi-platinum greatest-hits set The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. I included a cover of the Beatles' "Got To Get You Into My Life" went to number one R&B and number nine pop in Summer 1978. The group performed the song in the 1978 Bee Gees/Peter Frampton movie 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'. Another single, "September," made it to number one R&B, number eight pop in early 1978. On the flip side was the enchanting popular radio-aired album track "Love's Holiday" from All 'N All.


    Their live performances were stellar as well. Sellout crowds were spellbound by the band's bombastic performances. Their performances blasted a cosmic wave of peace, love and other happy vibrations to audiences using a combination of eye-popping costumes, lights, pyrotechnics and plain old good music. Sometimes they even threw in magic illusions. Earth, Wind & Fire's message was one of universal harmony, in both musical and cultural senses. "We live in a negative society," Maurice told Newsweek. "Most people can't see beauty and love. I see our music as medicine."


    The multi-platinum album I Am hit number three pop in Summer 1979 on the strength of the million-selling single "Boogie Wonderland" with The Emotions (number two R&B for four weeks, number six pop) and the phenomenal gold ballad "After The Love Has Gone," written by David Foster, Jay Graydon and Bill Champlin that stayed at number two R&B/pop for two weeks. Their Faces album peaked at number ten pop in late 1980 and was boosted to gold by the singles "Let Me Talk" (number eight R&B), "You" (number ten R&B), and "And Love Goes On."


    The million-selling funked-up "Let's Groove," co-written by The Emotions' Wanda Vaughn and her husband Wayne Vaughn, was the track that re-energized EWF's career, parking at number one R&B for eight weeks and number three pop, causing their Raise! album to go platinum (hitting number five pop in late 1981). Their next gold album Powerlight made it to number 12 pop in spring 1983 and included the Top Ten R&B single and Grammy-nominated "Fall In Love With Me." Their 1983 Electric Universe album stalled at number 40 pop, breaking the band's string of gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums.


    In 1983, Maurice decided he and the band needed a break. During this hiatus, Maurice recorded his self-titled solo album Maurice White and produced various artists including Neal Diamond, Barbra Streisand and Jennifer Holliday. Reuniting with the band in 1987, EWF released the album Touch The World and scored yet another number one R&B single, "System of Survival" and embarked on a corresponding nine-month world tour. This was followed by the 1988 release The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. II.


    In 1990 the group released the album Heritage. Two years later, Earth, Wind & Fire released The Eternal Dance; a 55-track boxed set retrospective of the band's entire history. The appearance of such a project after a prolonged period of relative inactivity signaled to many listeners that the band was calling it quits but that did not turn out to be case. In 1993, EWF released the album, Millennium that included the Grammy-nominated "Sunday Morning" and "Spend The Night."


    Earth, Wind & Fire kept recording and in 1996 released Avatar and Greatest Hits Live; followed by 1997's In The Name Of Love; 2002's That's The Way Of The World: Alive In '75; Live In Rio which was recorded during their 1979 "I Am World Tour;" 2003's The Promise, which included the Grammy-nominated "Hold Me" and 2005's Illumination, which included the Grammy-nominated "Show Me The Way."


    In 2000, the nine-piece '70s edition of Earth, Wind & Fire reunited for one night only in honor of their induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. In 2001, Eagle Rock Entertainment released the documentary 'Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Stars', which contains rarely seen historic video footage along with in-depth interviews with the band members.


    Even though Maurice is no longer a part of the touring group, he remains the band's heart and soul from behind the scenes as composer and producer. Maurice reflects, "I wanted to create a library of music that would stand the test of time. 'Cosmic Consciousness' is the key component of our work. Expanding awareness and uplifting spirits is so important in this day. People are looking for more. I hope our music can give them some encouragement and peace."

    LP 1
    1. Shining Star

    2. That's The Way Of The World
    3. September

    4. Can't Hide Love

    5. Got To Get You Into My Life
    6. Sing A Song

    7. Gratitude

    8. Serpentine Fire

    9. Fantasy


    LP 2
    1. Kalimba Story
    2. Mighty Mighty

    3. Reasons

    4. Saturday Nite

    5. Let's Groove

    6. Boogie Wonderland ( with The Emotions)
    7. After The Love Has Gone

    8. Getaway

    Earth, Wind & Fire
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