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  • Criss-Cross (Pure Pleasure) Criss-Cross (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Criss-Cross (Pure Pleasure)

    Criss-Cross - Thelonious Monk's second album for Columbia Records - features some of the finest work that Monk ever did in the studio with his '60s trio and quartet. Whether revisiting pop standards or reinventing Monk's own classic compositions, Monk and Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), John Ore (bass), and Frankie Dunlop (drums) exchange powerful musical ideas, as well as provide potent solos throughout the disc. Fittingly, Hackensack - a frenetic original composition - opens the disc by demonstrating the bandleader's strength in a quartet environment. The solid rhythmic support of the trio unfetters Monk into unleashing endless cascades of percussive inflections and intoxicating chord progressions. The title cut also reflects the ability of the four musicians to maintain melodic intricacies that are at times so exigent it seems cruel that Monk would have expected a musician of any caliber to pull them off. Tea for Two showcases Monk's appreciation for the great stride or 'walking' piano style of James P. Johnson and Willie 'The Lion' Smith. The arrangement here is lighter and features a trio (minus Rouse) to accent rather than banter with Monk's splashes of magnificence throughout. Likewise, Monk's solo on Don't Blame Me is excellent. The extended runs up and down the keyboard can't help but reiterate the tremendous debt of gratitude owed to the original stride pianists of the early 20th century. This is prime Monk for any degree of listener.

    - Lindsay Planer (AMG)

    Musicians:

    • Thelonious Monk (piano)
    • Charlie Rouse (tenor saxophone)
    • John Ore (bass)
    • Frankie Dunlop (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.


    1. Hackensack
    2. Tea For Two
    3. Criss-Cross
    4. Eronel
    5. Rhythm-A-Ning
    6. Don't Blame Me
    7. Think Of One
    8. Crepuscule With Nellie
    Thelonious Monk
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • American Epic: The Best of Mississippi John Hurt American Epic: The Best of Mississippi John Hurt Quick View

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    American Epic: The Best of Mississippi John Hurt

    Blues fingerpicking guitarist, singer and sharecropper Mississippi John Hurt was born in the heart of Mississippi Hill Country, along the veiny tributaries of the great American river. His moving renditions of "Frankie" and "Spike Driver Blues" were included in Harry Smith's American Anthology of Folk Music in 1952 and were vitally influential on the Greenwich Village folk music revival of the 1960s as well as John Fahey's development of the American Primitive Guitar genre.


    Single LP with single pocket tip-on jacket with soft touch finish.

    1. Frankie
    2. Ain't No Tellin'
    3. Spike Driver Blues
    4. Avalon Blues
    5. Louis Collins
    6. Candy Man Blues
    7. Stack O' Lee Blues
    8. Praying On The Old Camp Ground
    9. Blue Harvest Blues
    10. Got the Blues Can't be Satisfied
    11. Big Leg Blues
    12. Nobody's Dirty Business
    13. Blessed Be The Name
    Mississippi John Hurt
    $19.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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