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  • Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, An American In Paris (Speakers Corner) Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, An American In Paris (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, An American In Paris (Speakers Corner)

    This fast and furious orchestral work with piano, which begins with what must surely be the most famous clarinet glissando of modern times, was composed with the intention of presenting as many facets as possible of music from the New World in the short space of around 15 minutes. In his Rhapsody In Blue Gershwin wanted to »paint a musical kaleidoscope of America - our enormous melting pot, our typical national traits, our blues, our seething city life«. With this in mind, Leonard Bernstein made a number of recordings of the work and among the many excellent recordings that he made as a conductor or as a soloist, this present version with the Columbia Orchestra, from 1959, is especially of note. Bernstein takes on a double function as conductor and soloist and manoeuvres his way safely and surely through the highly diversified score to create a well-rounded picture filled with hefty orchestral dynamics and finely chiselled solo playing. In Gershwin's freely composed work the soloist and orchestra do not resort to bombastic shock effects or egomaniac keyboard acrobatics, and so this the work can be described as rhapsodic in the very best sense of the word.
    Most fittingly, on the B side there is another freely composed work - the autobiographical sketch entitled An American In Paris. The superb New York musicians paint the impressions of a visitor to the hectic French capital city - that too is the sound of America.


    Musicians:



    • The Columbia Symphony Orchestra

    • New York Philharmonic Orchestra

    • George Gershwin (composer)

    • Leonard Bernstein (conductor)




    Recording: June 1959 and December 1958 at St George Hotel, Brooklyn, New York, by Fred Plaut and Frank Bruno

    Production: John McClure



    About Speakers Corner



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



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



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



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



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



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


    1. Rhapsody In Blue
    2. An American In Paris
    Leonard Bernstein
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    Old Sock

    Old Sock marks the 21st solo studio album for the guitar legend, and is released on the Bushbranch Records label, a branch of Surfdog. This double LP also includes a download card.


    On the heels of a sold-out Crossroads Guitar Festival and the announcement of a major world tour, Eric Clapton announced the release of his 21st studio album and his first album since 2010. The album, Old Sock produced by Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II, Justin Stanley and Simon Climie, features two original songs Every Little Thing and Gotta Get Over. Old Sock is released on Clapton s Bushbranch label, distributed through a collaboration with Surfdog Records in the USA and Canada.


    The album is a collection of some of Clapton's favorite songs spanning from his childhood to present day that highlights his vast appreciation and knowledge of music. From Leadbelly to J.J. Cale; Peter Tosh to George Gershwin; Hank Snow to Gary Moore and Taj Mahal, this record is a celebration of so many who have inspired Clapton s rich musical life. Clapton has always had a remarkable ability to recognize great songs and a gift for knowing how to uniquely interpret them, as he does on Old Sock. The album explores romantic standards of the 30's, reggae, soul, rock, and includes a stand out playful collaboration with Paul McCartney, to create an experience that is quintessential Clapton.


    Clapton assembled a band for the recordings consisting of longtime collaborators Steve Gadd (drums), Willie Weeks (bass) and Chris Stainton (keyboards) along with some surprise guest additions. JJ Cale joins the song Angel for backing vocals and guitar, Chaka Khan joins as backing vocalist for Get On Over, Steve Winwood on the Hammond B3 Organ on Still Got The Blues, Paul McCartney on bass/vocals on All of Me, Jim Keltner on drums for Our Love is Here To Stay.

    1. Further On Down The Road
    2. Angel
    3. Every Little Thing
    4. The Folks Who Live On The Hill
    5. Born To Lose
    6. Till Your Well Runs Dry
    7. All Of Me
    8. Still Got The Blues
    9. Good Night Irene
    10. Gotta Get Over
    11. Your One And Only Man
    12.Our Love Is Here To Stay
    Eric Clapton
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Sarah Vaughan Sings George Gershwin Sarah Vaughan Sings George Gershwin Quick View

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    Sarah Vaughan Sings George Gershwin

    In celebration of its 60th anniversary, a vinyl reissue of a of classic 2LP set, in its original mono mix. Sarah
    Vaughan's impeccable pop-jazz vocals soar over Hal Mooney's arrangements, which bring new life to Gershwin
    standards "Someone To Watch Over Me," "I've Got a Crush On You," "A Foggy Day," "Summertime," "The Man I
    Love," and many more. Sarah Vaughan Sings George Gershwin is one for the ages.
    LP 1
    1. Isn't It A Pity?
    2. Of Thee I Sing
    3. I'll Build A Stairway To Paradise
    4. Someone To Watch Over Me
    5. Bidin My Time
    6. The Man I Love
    7. How Long Has This Been Going On?
    8. My One And Only (What Am I Gonna Do?)
    9. Lorelei
    10. I've Got A Crush On You
    11.Summertime


    LP 2
    1. Aren't You Kinda Glad We Did?
    2. They All Laughed
    3. Looking For A Boy
    4. He Loves And She Loves
    5. My Man's Gone Now
    6. I Won't Say I Will But I Won't Say I Won't
    7. A Foggy Day
    8. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
    9. Things Are Looking Up
    10. Do It Again
    11. Love Walked In

    Sarah Vaughan
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  • Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin Quick View

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    Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin

    11 pop standards penned by America's legendary songwriting duo George and Ira Gershwin.
    Includes two duets: Let's Call The Whole Thing Off with Cyndi Lauper and Embraceable You with Sheryl Crow.
    1. But Not for Me
    2. Somebody Loves Me
    3. Someone to Watch Over Me
    4. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
    5. It Ain't Necessarily So
    6. I Got Rhythm
    7. Love is Here to Stay
    8. They All Laughed
    9. Embraceable You
    10. They Can't Take That Away from Me
    11. Summertime
    Willie Nelson
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  • Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin Quick View

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    Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin

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    We're excited to announce the release of the new Willie Nelson album Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin. The album includes pop standards, penned by America's legendary songwriting duo George and Ira Gershwin.


    As Willie tells it: Ira and George Gershwin were just fantastic writers. They wrote some of the greatest songs ever. The Gershwin songs have been here for many many years. When I was just a small guy, I remember hearing all these great Gershwin songs and they'll be around forever because great music like that just does not go away.


    Among the 11 Gershwin classics recorded by Willie Nelson for his new album are two duets: Let's Call The Whole Thing Off with Cyndi and Embraceable You with Sheryl Crow.

    1. But Not For Me

    2. Somebody Loves Me

    3. Someone To Watch Over Me

    4. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off (Featuring Cyndi Lauper)

    5. It Ain't Necessarily So

    6. I Got Rhythm

    7. Love Is Here To Stay

    8. They All Laughed

    9. Embraceable You (Featuring Sheryl Crow)
    10. They Can't Take That Away From Me

    11. Summertime
    Willie Nelson
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, Concerto (Pre-Order) Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, Concerto (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, Concerto (Pre-Order)

    Release Date: July 6, 2018*


    As a luminary in the worlds of classical music, jazz and show business, AndrÉ Previn is the ideal interpreter of these ground-breaking works by George Gershwin. Previn, here both pianist and conductor, spent eleven years in charge of the London Symphony Orchestra, and his close relationship with its players bears fruit in sumptuous performances that of with a captivating swing.


    *Please note that release dates are subject to change.

    LP 1
    1. Rhapsody in Blue (Excerpt, Opening)
    2. An American in Paris


    LP 2
    1. Concerto in F: I. Allegro
    2. Concerto in F: II. Adagio - Andante con moto
    3. Concerto in F: III. Allegro agitato

    Andre Previn
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  • An American In Paris & Rhapsody In Blue An American In Paris & Rhapsody In Blue Quick View

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    An American In Paris & Rhapsody In Blue

    RCA Living Stereo classical LPs - the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!


    Remastered and cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound


    Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!


    With Rhapsody in Blue, George Gershwin, a popular songwriter, established himself as a serious composer. His American in Paris tells the story of a trip through the streets and cafes of France. A first rate orchestra (The Boston Pops), a distinguished conductor (Arthur Fiedler), and a superb pianist (Earl Wild) combine to make this recording something to be treasured.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Selections:
    Gershwin
    Rhapsody In blue
    An American In Paris
    Arthur Fiedler
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Porgy And Bess Porgy And Bess Quick View

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    Porgy And Bess

    Import


    On their second conceptual album together, Miles Davis and arranger Gil Evans offered up a profound reinterpretation of George Gershwin's famed opera Porgy and Bess. A landmark release in orchestral jazz and arguably the best of their many collaborations, Evans' adaptation of Gershwin's score here is a veritable tour de force and although the outing features strong performances from Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Paul Chambers (bass) and Jimmy Cobb (drums), Davis' poignant trumpet playing is the unequivocal star. Transcendent material like Summertime and I Love You Porgy display the true beauty of Miles Davis and Gil Evans' collective genius, their ability to reach the listener on not only a musical level but an emotional one as well.

    1. The Buzzard Song
    2. Bess, You Is My Woman Now
    3. Gone
    4. Gone, Gone, Gone

    5. Summertime
    6. Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess
    7. Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus)
    8. Fisherman, Strawberry and Devil Crab
    9. My Man's Gone Now
    10. It Ain't Necessarily So
    11. Here Come De Honey Man

    12. I Loves You Porgy
    13. There's A Boat That's Leaving Soon For New York
    Miles Davis
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Porgy And Bess Porgy And Bess Quick View

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    Porgy And Bess

    Mono Pressing!


    Limited Edition, Individually Numbered!


    On their second conceptual album together, Miles Davis and arranger Gil Evans offered up a profound reinterpretation of George Gershwin's famed opera Porgy and Bess. A landmark release in orchestral jazz and arguably the best of their many collaborations, Evans' adaptation of Gershwin's score here is a veritable tour de force and although the outing features strong performances from Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Paul Chambers (bass) and Jimmy Cobb (drums), Davis' poignant trumpet playing is the unequivocal star. Transcendent material like Summertime and I Love You Porgy display the true beauty of Miles Davis and Gil Evans' collective genius, their ability to reach the listener on not only a musical level but an emotional one as well.

    1. The Buzzard Song
    2. Bess, You Is My Woman Now
    3. Gone
    4. Gone, Gone, Gone
    5. Summertime
    6. Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess
    7. Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus)
    8. Fisherman, Strawberry and Devil Crab
    9. My Man's Gone Now
    10. It Ain't Necessarily So
    11. Here Come De Honey Man

    12. I Loves You Porgy
    13. There's A Boat That's Leaving Soon For New York
    Miles Davis
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
  • Smithville Smithville Quick View

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    Smithville

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    Louis Smith was one of the most vital jazz trumpeters of the late 1950s. His beautiful tone, fluent style and exciting solos competed with Lee Morgan and even Miles Davis. Smithville, from 1958, features him at the peak of his powers. Recorded the same year as Smith's heated appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival with Horace Silver, Smithville features the trumpeter interacting with tenor-saxophonist Charlie Rouse and pianist Sonny Clark on some stunning performances. The title cut, a lengthy themeless blues, is full of creative solos, "Wetu" is explosive (with Rouse challenging Smith), and "Embraceable You" contains emotional solos that make the George Gershwin ballad sound brand new. Louis Smith proves to be a masterful player whose solos are full of surprises and honest emotions. Smithville is a gem that all hard bop collectors will cherish.

    1. Smithville
    2. Wetu
    3. There Will Never Be Another You
    4. Embraceable You
    5. Later
    6. Au Privave
    7. Baking
    Louis Smith
    $27.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Nostalgia (Awaiting Repress) Nostalgia (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Nostalgia (Awaiting Repress)

    Annie Lennox describes Nostalgia as the album she has been waiting her whole life to record. Produced by Lennox and frequent collaborator Mike
    Stevens, the collection features hauntingly beautiful takes on iconic American songs such as "Summertime," "Mood Indigo" and "Strange Fruit." While the
    album pays tribute to some of the greatest artists of the 20th century (Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Billie Holiday), the songs were also chosen for
    their continuing ability to resonate in the 21st century. The Scottish artist has sold 80 million records and won four GRAMMYs, two MTV VMAs, an Oscar
    and a Golden Globe. VH1 named her "The Greatest White Soul Singer Alive" and Rolling Stone counted her as one of "The 100 Greatest Singers of All
    Time."
    1. Memphis In June
    2. Georgia On My Mind
    3. I Put A Spell On You
    4. Summertime
    5. I Cover The Waterfront
    6. Strange Fruit
    7. God Bless The Child
    8. You Belong To Me
    9. September In The Rain
    10. I Can Dream, Can't I?
    11. The Nearness Of You
    12. Mood Indigo
    Annie Lennox
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Passionate Guitars Passionate Guitars Quick View

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    Passionate Guitars

    Musicians:

    Bucky Pizzarelli-guitar

    John Pizzarelli-guitar

    Gene Bertoncini-guitar

    Ray Kennedy-piano

    Butch Miles-drums

    Martin Pizzarelli-double bass


    Bucky Pizzarelli joins his son (and fellow guitarist) John (whose trio includes brother Martin Pizzarelli on bass and pianist Ray Kennedy), plus fellow guitarist Gene Bertoncini and drummer Butch Miles for this swinging session that covers many different styles of jazz, though bossa nova is the flavor of the day. In addition to the usual standards from the genre, Latin-flavored arrangements of cool jazz (Gerry Mulligan's "Line for Lyons"), swing ("I Found a New Baby"), and standards (George and Ira Gershwin's "'S Wonderful") work every bit as well."- Ken Dryden, All Music Guide (4 Stars)

    Besame Mucho
    Triste
    One Note Samba
    Girl from Ipanema
    Line for Lyons
    I Found a New Baby
    Orchids in the Moonlight
    Maybe This Summer
    'S Wonderful
    Day in the Life of a Fool
    Meditation
    Bucky Pizzarelli and John Pizzarelli
    $17.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Best Of Booker T. And The M.G.'s The Best Of Booker T. And The M.G.'s Quick View

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    The Best Of Booker T. And The M.G.'s

    The Original Atlantic Soul Masters 180g Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues..


    As a young teenager growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, Booker T. Jones had the amazing talent to play a number of instruments and he played them well. Mastering them well enough to land him work at the famous Stax Records label as a sideman, while still attending high school. It was during this time he met up with future guitar legend Steve Cropper and drummer great Al Jackson and later formed the Stax wrecking crew known as Booker T. & The M.G.s.


    This amazing quartet, whom later added the amazing Donald Duck Dunn on bass went on to record a treasure trove of funk, soul and rock masterpieces, which have gone on to become some of the greatest sides ever waxed in modern soul history! With chart topping soul rockers like Green Onions, Red Beans And Rice and Hip Hug-Her, the good folks at Atlantic honored this famed quartet with their own greatest hits album, the magnificent The Best Of Booker T. & The M.G.s in 1968. This original album has been out of print for many years, and for several decades in the vinyl format...that is until now.


    Friday Music is proud to offer the original Atlantic Records masterpiece The Best Of Booker T. & The M.G.s for the first time on 180g Audiophile Vinyl. Mastered impeccably from the original Atlantic Records tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray.


    This best of album features all of their original hit recordings mentioned above, as well as more killer funk like Mo Onions, Slim Jenkins Place and Soul Dressing. Plus, super soul interpretations of The Rascals Groovin and George Gershwins Summertime.


    They have also included the original rare album cover elements featuring the hip Baron Wolman/Rolling Stone photo and the excellent packaging design of Haig Adishian. This is one collection just made for the audiophile vinyl domain and will be a perfect companion to our recent Atlantic Records soul offerings from Wilson PickettThe Best Of Wilson Pickett and Solomon BurkeThe Best Of Solomon Burke.


    1. Hip Hug-Her

    2. Slim Jenkins Place
    3. Green Onions

    4. Soul Dressing

    5. Jelly Bread

    6. Groovin

    7. Mo Onions

    8. Summertime

    9. Boot-leg

    10. Cant Be Still

    11. Tic-Tac-Toe

    12. Red, Beans And Rice

    Booker T. & The MG's
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  • Porgy & Bess (Speakers Corner) Porgy & Bess (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Porgy & Bess (Speakers Corner)

    The dream of creating an American opera such as Scott Joplin's Treemonisha, written in 1911, inspired George Gershwin a good twenty years later to amazing compositional feats. While Gershwin had brought his musical and musical comedies with great Éclat to Broadway, he wanted his through-composed stage work Porgy And Bess to be regarded as a legitimate opera.



    No matter whether one regards this exceptional work as »American folk opera« (The New York Times) or as a veristic portrayal of African-American life, central to the work is the expressionistic orchestral music that includes (work) songs, spirituals and elements of jazz, and the cast of singers, which, at the insistence of Gershwin, featured African-American singers.



    This stipulation will certainly have suited Verve boss Norman Granz who engaged not only a fresh and lively big band but also a classical string orchestra to support his successful duo of Ella and Louis. Thanks to this superb line-up, the catchy song I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' rolls along sleekly with swing and drive, while Summertime and Bess, You Is My Woman Now wafts away to the sound of heavenly violins. Listening to this music, you couldn't care less about the genre or category, just as long as these two genial musicians perform wonderfully arranged material from the American Song Book. The incomparable nasal twang of Armstrong's solo trumpet seeks out unerringly jazz elements where you would least expect them.



    Musicians:



    • Ella Fitzgerald (vocal)

    • Louis Armstrong (trumpet, vocal)




    Recording: August 1957 in Los Angeles and October 1957 in Chicago

    Production: Norman Granz




    About Speakers Corner



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



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



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



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



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



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


    LP1
    1. Overture

    2. Summertime
    3. I Wants To Stay Here
    4. My Man's Gone Now
    5. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin
    6. Buzzard Song
    7. Bess, You Is My Woman Now


    LP2
    1. It Ain't Necessarily So

    2. What You Want Wid Bess
    3. A Woman Is A Somtime Thing
    4. Oh, Doctor Jesus
    5. Medley: Here Come De Honey Man / Crab Man / Oh, Dey's So Fresh & Fine
    6. There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
    7. Bess, Oh Where Is My Bess?
    8. Oh Lawd. I, On My Way!

    Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
    $69.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Cheap Thrills Cheap Thrills Quick View

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    Cheap Thrills

    Ranked 338/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Quintessential 1968 Record a Potent Mix of Psychedelia, Blues, Folk, and Rock: Janis Joplin Delivers Cathartic Vocal Performance on Major-Label Debut That Includes Powerhouse Piece of My Heart


    Mobile Fidelity 45RPM Vinyl Pressing Touts Superb Spaciousness, Punchiness, Dynamics, and Texture: Cheap Thrills Sounds As Close to Live as Music Gets and Features Robert Crumb Artwork


    In many facets, Big Brother and the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills is the quintessential album to spring from the outcome of the Summer of Love. Best known as Janis Joplin's major-label debut, the 1968 set arrived when the countercultural movement was in full swing and before co-optation, drugs, and violence signaled the fall of the era. Ranked #338 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, it puts a female singer in the prominent position traditionally given to a male and showcases a band pouring a potent cocktail of fiery psychedelic, blues, and folk sounds that informed the unfettered creativity of the San Francisco scene. Produced by John Simon, Cheap Thrills also features one of the most iconic and elaborate album covers in history. Now, thanks to Mobile Fidelity, the instantly identifiable effort also possesses sonics equivalent to its visual and musical status.


    Cut at 45RPM and pressed on dead-quiet vinyl at RTI, the iconic audiophile label's analog reissue intensifies the quintet's storied sophomore effort. Due to the wider grooves, this pressing benefits from increased spaciousness, punchiness, energy, pacing, and dynamics. Joplin's hurricane-force singing reverberates with texture, grittiness, and volume. An arresting array of instrumental colors and tones comes on with clearer separation and depth. While previous pressings find the band and Joplin's voice in competition with one another for room, both emerge as distinct entities. Always noted for its rawness, Cheap Thrills sounds as close to live as it gets, an unadulterated portrait of nervy rock n' roll delivered with exuberant enthusiasm and all-out determination. This is music at is most visceral.


    Having drawn national attention for their legendary performance at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967, Big Brother and Joplin faced huge expectations to deliver a studio set that would convey their onstage vibrancy and potency. Cheap Thrills does this and more, becoming one of 1968's most commercially successful releases that remained on the charts the week Joplin announced her separation from the ensemble. Contrary to popular belief, only one of the album's songs, Ball and Chain, was recorded live. Everything else owes to the unhinged, spirit-elevating performances and true collaboration between vocalist and band that manifests itself throughout the record's 37-minute-plus running time. Merging biker-babe ruggedness with wounded-bird poignancy, Joplin's expressive belting, mega-watt moaning, and sensitive crooning take center stage. Yet her bandmates match every step with explosive rhythms, heavy guitar-driven blues, and assertive solos that take inspiration from free-form jazz.


    Indeed, Cheap Thrills still exhilarates not only due to Joplin's almighty singing but because of boundary-shredding arrangements that reflect the period's anything-is-possible mindset. More so than any other musicians Joplin encountered, the members of Big Brother pushed limits on convention via soirees into acid-dipped psychedelia and its orbiting sonic galaxies. Together, they aim and achieve an aural mythos that makes a permanent connection between artist and audience by way of eliminating traditional divisions. Such communal power is evident on the mind-bending version of Big Mama Thornton's Ball and Chain and insistent, sinewy I Need a Man to Love. It's also obvious during quieter moments, whether the tripped-out, twisted, and curvaceous contours of George and Ira Gershwin's Summertime or restrained, throwback acoustic blues of Turtle Blues.


    Yes, Joplin presents - and rallies against - loneliness and desperation in a cathartic language few had heard before or since. What's even more significant is the fearlessness, toughness, synergy, and sexual danger pulsing through every song, including the take-on-all-comers challenge Piece of My Heart, which the collective attacks with career-making ferocity. Like Robert Crumb's daring pop-art illustrations that grace the cover, they simultaneously lure and dare the listener to enter a space where outsiders run free and where outlaws are heard above the mainstream din.


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    1. Combination of the Two
    2. I Need a Man to Love
    3. Summertime
    4. Piece of My Heart
    5. Turtle Blues
    6. Oh, Sweet Mary
    7. Ball and Chain
    Big Brother & The Holding Company feat. Janis Joplin
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    200-Gram Pressing by Quality Record Pressings has a Flat Edge Profile and Deep Groove Label, True to the Original LP, and a Deluxe High-Gloss Tip-on Album Jacket.


    All-Star Musician Lineup of Red Garland, John Coltrane, Donald Byrd, George Joyner and Arthur Taylor. Originally Released in November 1957.


    Some groups have existed only in the recording studio but have produced music of lasting value.

    This quintet, under pianist Red Garland's leadership, actually did play some gigs around New York in the fall of 1957, but even if it hadn't, the rapport in the studio would still have been powerful. Beginning with the association of Garland and sax master John Coltrane in the Miles Davis Quintet and continuing with Arthur Taylor's trio connection with Garland, and trumpeter Donald Byrd's having worked with all of them in one form or another, there was enough of a common spirit in the musical attitudes of all the participants. The title blues spans an entire side; the overleaf is shared by Gershwin's They Can't Take That Away from Me and Dameron's Our Delight.


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    1. All Mornin' Long
    2. They Can't Take That Away From Me
    3. Our Delight
    Red Garland Quintet
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    Double LP Stereo Edition, Limited to 496 Copies


    180 Gram Reissue, Heavy Stock Jacket


    The legacy of analysis, discussion and even controversy that for nearly a century has continued to envelop the music of George Gershwin, with its eclecticism and its amphibious nature, its mixture of classical and jazz, highbrow and lowbrow, is now re-presented and perhaps cleared up here once and for all before our eyes. An orchestra that's not merely classical, but crowned with classical glory, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, one of the oldest orchestras in the world, has made this recording of Gershwin played by Stefano Bollani, a pianist with a superb jazz background, and conducted by Riccardo Chailly - a champion of 20th Century composers.


    The performance of the Concerto is the finest I have ever heard. Gershwin may have doffed his hat to Rachmaninov, Puccini and Ravel at various junctures in the score but this, as Chailly and jazz pianist Stefano Bollani are intent on reminding us, is an American Jazz Age concerto. Inhibitions are left backstage and, while all parties are alive to the smallest detail, there is an irreverence and spontaneity which capture the spirit of the work like no other. Applause, too, for the atmospheric solo trumpet (and the fourth horn's sforzandos!) in the slow movement. Catfish Row, Gershwin's own five-movement orchestral suite from Porgy and Bess (not to be confused with Robert Russell Bennett's Symphonic Suite), provides a bridge and welcome contrast between the Rhapsody and the Concerto, containing as it does some of Gershwin's darkest music.


    Rhapsody in Blue opens the disc. It's a cracking account that inhabits the same world as the Concerto and is played in GrofÉ's original jazz-band version, from which the piece always benefits. Here again, Bollani's exuberance and panache are infectious - until he can't resist rewriting bars 243-75 and, more bizarrely, improvising the 26 bars after 12 minutes, 24 seconds in, in a style reminiscent of Bill Evans. If such anachronisms as Schnabel's cadenzas to Mozart's piano concertos don't bother you, then neither will Bollani's interpolations.... That said, there is no denying the merits of this fabulous disc superbly engineered by Philip Siney - and with the best cover shot of the year. - Gramophone, January 2010

    1. Rhapsody In Blue
    2. Catfish Row - Symphonic Suite
    -Catfish Row
    -Porgy Sings
    -Fugue
    -Hurricane
    3. Good Mornin' Sistuh!
    4. Concerto In F For Piano And Orchestra - Allegro
    5. Adagio - Andante Con Moto
    6. Allegro Agitato
    7. Rialto Ripples
    George Gershwin
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    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    Small jazz groups brought out the best in Billie Holiday - especially groups as good as the one heard on this classic 1957 recording. Ben Webster, Harry Sweets Edison and the other members of this stellar ensemble were not just gifted soloists but sensitive accompanists as well. Lady Day was rarely more ably supported than she was on this program of sturdy standards, including three gems by the Gershwin brothers -and she rarely sounded more luminous.


    Originally released in 1957.


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    1. Body and Soul
    2. They Can't Take That Away from Me
    3. Darn That Dream
    4. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
    5. Comes Love
    6. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You
    7. Embraceable You
    8. Moonlight in Vermont
    Billie Holiday
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