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  • Sweetenings (Pure Pleasure) Sweetenings (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Sweetenings (Pure Pleasure)

    Harry 'Sweets' Edison, a smooth and suave trumpeter, was a cohort of orchestra leader Count Basie, a favourite of bandleader Nelson Riddle, and a noted backup artist for the most prominent vocalists of his time. Edison, with his energetic yet reticent blowing style, bridged a genre gap between the early classic jazz sound of Louis Armstrong and modern bebop modes. Edison, who played equally well in both styles, had a special talent for sustaining his trumpet notes and injecting each single tone with expression and soul never heard before or after.


    The special quality of his trumpet playing earned him the nickname 'Sweets' because of the sweetness of the tones. Likewise his ability to control the tone of his trumpet brought him to the forefront as a session musician, playing accompaniments for the most respected vocalists of his time.


    Edison was a true pioneer of jazz. An old-time homespun boy, born in Columbus, Ohio, he never knew with certainty even the year of his birth. According to his best knowledge, he was born in 1919, although some sources list the date as early as 1915. Edison knew even less about his own father, a Native American of the Hopi (Apache) tribe and a drifter who stayed only a few weeks with Edison's mother before taking to the road and was rarely heard from afterward. Edison spent his early years with an uncle, who was a coal miner and a farmer, in Louisville, Kentucky. It was Edison's uncle who taught the boy to play the pump organ and to play scales on an old cornet. Edison, who also listened to his uncle's records, was especially inspired by the music of Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith.


    Harry Sweets Edison added something special to any date in which he took part, but these 1958 sessions he led for Roulette are especially enjoyable. Joined by either Jimmy Jones or Kenny Drew on piano and Joe Benjamin or John Simmons on bass, along with tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest and drummer Charlie Persip, Edison's trumpet swings effortlessly through a batch of standards and originals.


    The loping blues Centerpiece became a classic jazz composition, recorded by numerous jazz artists, but this was its debut appearance on LP. Jive at Five dates from his years with Count Basie and finds the band sticking to an accompanying role in this swinging but brief arrangement. Edison utilizes a mute in the gently swinging Louisiana, while he showboats just a bit in a brief take of It Happened in Monterey. While this record might have offered a little more variety by giving solo space to some of the talented sidemen present, this long out of print LP is well worth acquiring.



    Musicians:



    • Harry Edison (trumpet)

    • Jimmy Forrest (tenor saxophone)

    • Jimmy Jones (piano)

    • Joe Benjamint (bass)

    • John Simmons (bass)

    • Charlie Persip (drums)



    Recording: November 1958 in New York
    Production: Teddy Reig




    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. Centerpiece
    2. Candy
    3. Jive At Five
    4. Imagination
    5. Louisana
    6. Harriet
    7. It Happened In Monterey
    8. If I Had You
    9. Paradise
    10. Indiana
    11. Pussy Willow
    12. Sweetenings
    Harry Sweets Edison
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Lady Sings The Blues Lady Sings The Blues Quick View

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    Lady Sings The Blues

    Although Billie Holiday's repertoire covered barely more than a dozen pure blues numbers during the course of her long career from 1933 to 1959, music critics always referred to her as the 'Lady [who] sings the blues'. And that hasn't changed to this day. In truth the recordings she made for Columbia in the Thirties and those for Clef/ Verve between 1953 and 1957 were a highly varied mixture of titles from the American songbook and her own compositions.



    Her interpretations were a benchmark against which all aspiring singers were measured. Highly expressive, almost visual ballads went hand in hand with Billie Holiday's life and voice - and only she alone could sing them! Her voice was always embedded in the sound carpet produced by her accompanying musicians: Tony Scott and Paul Quinichette are two names who made their mark on her music in the mid-Fifties, and the rhythm group of Barney Kessel, Kenny Burrell and Chico Hamilton is really first class. The trumpeter Harry 'Sweets' Edison, a long-time friend from the Count Basie Band, sensitively accompanies the singer's mature voice.

    1. Lady Sings The Blues

    2. Trav'lin' Light

    3. I Must have That Man

    4. Some Other Spring

    5. Strange Fruit

    6. No Good Man

    7. God Bless The Child

    8. Good Morning Heartache

    9. Love Me Or Leave Me

    10. Too Marvelous For Words

    11. Willow Weep For Me

    12. I Thought About You

    Billie Holiday
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Earl Meets Harry (Pure Pleasure) Earl Meets Harry (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Earl Meets Harry (Pure Pleasure)

    Leave it to European labels like Black & Blue to come up with inspired pairings of musicians who American labels never seem to get around to considering. This 1978 meeting between pianist Earl Hines and trumpeter Harry 'Sweets' Edison is a match of masters, covering tunes they had likely performed hundreds of times in their respective careers. Everything seems to gel in the opening track, a strident take of I Cover the Waterfront, with plenty of trills by Hines in support of Edison's brilliant open horn. Edison adds a mute for an exquisite, deliberate take of Just Squeeze Me and a sauntering But Not for Me. Hines' dancing tenths come to the forefront in their romp through Just You, Just Me".
    There is nothing like two veterans at the top of their game joining forces for a record date.



    Musicians:



    • Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet)

    • Earl Hines (piano)



    Recording: April 1978 at Studio Sinus , Berne (Switzerland), by Peter J. Mac Taggart

    Production: Johnnie's/Alberto Tognetti




    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. I Cover the waterfront

    2. Just squeeze me
    3. But not for me
    4. Just you just me
    5. Mean to me
    6. I surrender dear
    7. The one I love belongs to somebody else
    Harry Sweets Edison & Earl Hines
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Manny Albam And The Jazz Greats Of Our Time Volume 1 Manny Albam And The Jazz Greats Of Our Time Volume 1 Quick View

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    Manny Albam And The Jazz Greats Of Our Time Volume 1

    In mid-1957, composer and arranger Manny Albam produced two albums under the title Manny Albam and the Jazz Greats of Our Time, each of which reunited spectacular jazz stars. The first volume, presented here, included the likes of Art Farmer, Gerry Mulligan, Bob Brookmeyer, Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn and Hank Jones. The second volume presented Richie Kamuca, Jack Sheldon, Bill Holman, Conte Candoli, Charlie Mariano, Herb Geller, Lou Levy, and Harry Sweets Edison.
    1. Blues From Neither Coast
    2. Latined Fracture
    3. Poor Dr. Millmoss
    4. Minor Matters
    5. My Sweetie Went Away (He Didn't Say Where, When Or Why)(Roy Turk - Lou Handman)
    6. All Too Soon (Duke Ellington - Carl Sigman)
    7. See Here, Miss Bromley
    Manny Albam
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • After Midnight - Bonus Tracks After Midnight - Bonus Tracks Quick View

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    After Midnight - Bonus Tracks

    In this felicitous blending of Nat King Cole's supreme talents as jazz pianist and vocalist with small combos featuring fellow jazz alumni, classic pop and jazz met in a wildly successful brew. A combination of new and familiar songs are featured, including fresh recordings of classic hits like Route 66. Musicians include Harry Sweets Edison, Juan Tizol, Lee Young, Stuff Smith and Willie Smith augmenting his famous Trio. In addition to the full original album, five additional tracks and one alternate take from the original sessions are included in this release. Mellow, classy, focused and vibrant, After Midnight was a hit and an instant classic upon its release in 1956 and remains a gem to treasure today.


    Mastered fully analogue from the original first-generation full-track monaural session tapes by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray to 45-RPM 180-gram vinyl, the exemplary recording is presented in appropriately exquisite sound quality.


    Recorded in 1956.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Just You, Just Me
    Sweet Lorraine
    Sometimes Im Happy
    Caravan
    Its Only A Paper Moon
    Youre Looking At Me
    Lonely One
    Dont Let It Go To Your Head
    I Know That You Know
    Blame It On My Youth
    When I Grow Too Old To Dream
    (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66


    Bonus tracks, songs left off original LP:


    Candy
    What Is There To Say?
    I Was A Little Too Lonely
    You Can Depend On Me
    Two Loves Have I
    Just You, Just Me, Take 2
    It's Only a Paper Moon, Take 3

    Nat King Cole
    $74.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Side By Side Side By Side Quick View

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    Side By Side

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    ...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen! Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011


    When Norman Granz signed Johnny Hodges to a recording contract in 1951, it was a prelude to Hodges' leaving the Duke Ellington orchestra to lead his own small band. Four years later Hodges was back in the Ellington fold, but he continued to record for Granz under his own name. Side By Side, recorded in 1958 and 1959, is a throwback to the small-group sessions Ellington recorded with Hodges and other members of his orchestra in the Thirties, but with a couple of important differences: the absence of Ellington himself on several cuts (with Billy Strayhorn taking over on piano), and the presence of such notable non-Ellingtonians as drummer Jo Jones and trumpeters Roy Eldridge and Harry Sweets Edison.


    Originally released in 1959.


    Duke Ellington, piano

    Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone

    Lawrence Brown, trombone

    Harry Sweets Edison, trumpet

    Roy Eldridge, trumpet

    Al Hall, bass

    Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone

    Jo Jones, drums

    Wendell Marshall, bass

    Les Spann, flute, guitar

    Billy Strayhorn, piano

    Ben Webster, tenor saxophone


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Stompy Jones
    2. Just Squeeze Me
    3. Big Shoe
    4. Going Up
    5. Just a Memory
    6. Let's Fall in Love
    7. Ruint
    8. Bend One
    9. You Need to Rock
    Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges
    $49.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • After Midnight After Midnight Quick View

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    After Midnight

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

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


    *Bonus Track

    Nat King Cole
    $27.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Divine One (Pure Pleasure) The Divine One (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Divine One (Pure Pleasure)

    Recorded just after Sarah Vaughan joined the Roulette label in 1960, The Divine One found her in exactly the right circumstances to suit her excellent talents. Arranged by Jimmy Jones, who also sits in on piano, the setting was a small group that included one strong voice to accentuate hers -- and no less a strong and clear voice than trumpeter Harry Sweets Edison (the perfect accompaniment for Vaughan). The Divine One is mostly a ballads collection, and it includes a few songs that were new to her repertoire -- good choices like Have You Met Miss Jones? (aka Old Jones), When Your Lover Has Gone, Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams, and Jump for Joy. One great left-field choice is Ain't No Use, the R&B song taken as a slow torch song that Big Maybelle had first recorded (Nina Simone didn't record it until several years later). Roulette would soon push Vaughan in many different directions -- releasing over a dozen LPs in just a few short years -- but this small-group date is a gem.




    Recording: October 1960

    Production: Jimmy Jones



    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. Have You Met Miss Jones?
    2. Ain't No Use
    3. Everytime I See You
    4. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
    5. Gloomy Sunday
    6. What Do You See In Her
    7. Jump For Joy
    8. When Your Lover Has Gone
    9. I'm Gonna Laugh You Out Of My Life
    10. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
    11. Somebody Else's Dream
    12. Trouble Is A Man
    Sarah Vaughan
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • After Midnight (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) After Midnight (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    After Midnight (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)

    Nat 'King' Cole's music is the perfect combination of romantic charm and musical invention. Cole is renowned for his big production numbers and pop hits such as Stardust, but he was also an accomplished and unique jazz pianist and excelled in a small-group setting. After Midnight's album cover states that this is a 'trio' release. However, Cole is actually paired up with his trio plus five guest soloists (saxophone, trombone, trumpet, percussion, and violin). The dubious credits don't matter much though. This is precious music and, without a doubt, one of Cole's best records. Included here are wonderful and intimate renditions of Cole favorites Sweet Lorraine, (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66, and many others. Trombonist Juan Tizol performs a beautiful version of his Afro-Cuban tune Caravan, and Cole and violinist Stuff Smith trade some hot licks on the up-tempo I Know That You Know. For anybody looking to understand the depth and breadth of Cole's jazz roots, this disc is an excellent point of departure.




    Musicians:



    • Nat 'King' Cole (piano, vocal)

    • Willie Smith (alto saxophone)

    • Harry 'Sweets' Edison (trumpet)

    • Juan Tizol (trombone)

    • John Collins (guitar)

    • Charlie Harris (bass)

    • Stuff Smith (violin)

    • Lee Young (drums)

    • Jack Costanza (conga, bongo)




    Recording: August and September 1956 at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California

    Production: Lee Gillettedeutsch



    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. Just You, Just Me
    2. Sweet Lorraine
    3. Sometimes I'm Happy
    4. Caravan
    5. It's Only a Paper Moon
    6. You're Looking at Me

    7. The Lonely One
    8. Don't Let it Go to Your Head
    9. I Know That You Know
    10. Blame it on my Youth
    11. When I Grow too Old to Dream
    12. Route 66

    13. I Was a Little too Lonely (and You Were a Little too Late)
    14. Your Can Depend on Me
    15. What is There to Say
    16. Two Loves Have I
    17. andy
    18. You're Looking at Me (alternate take)
    Nat King Cole
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Body And Soul (45 RPM) (Out Of Stock) Body And Soul (45 RPM) (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Body And Soul (45 RPM) (Out Of Stock)

    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.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    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
    $49.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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