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  • I Hear You Knocking (Pure Pleasure) I Hear You Knocking (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    I Hear You Knocking (Pure Pleasure)

    Dave Bartholomew has often been quoted to the effect that Smiley Lewis was a »bad luck singer«, because he never sold more than 100,000 copies of his Imperial singles. In retrospect, Lewis was a lucky man in many respects - he enjoyed stellar support from New Orleans' ace sessioneers at Cosimo's, benefited from top-flight material and production (by Bartholomew), and left behind a legacy of marvelous Crescent City R&B. We're lucky he was there, that's for sure.



    Born with the unwieldy handle of Overton Lemons, Lewis hit the Big Easy in his mid-teens, armed with a big, booming voice and some guitar skills. He played clubs in the French Quarter, often with pianist Tuts Washington (and sometimes billed as 'Smiling' Lewis).



    As the New Orleans R&B sound developed rapidly during the early '50s, so did Lewis. He scored his first national hit in 1952 with The Bells Are Ringing, but enjoyed his biggest sales in 1955 with the exultant I Hear You Knocking (its immortal piano solo courtesy of Huey Smith). Here's where that alleged bad luck rears its head - pop chanteuse Gale Storm swiped his thunder for any pop crossover possibilities with her ludicrous whitewashed cover of the plaintive ballad.




    Musicians:



    • Smiley Lewis (guitar, vocal)




    Recording: At Cosimo's (New Orleans)

    Production: Dave Bartholomew




    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. Bells Are Ringing
    2. Standing on the Corner
    3. Blue Monday
    4. Down the Road
    5. Lost Weekend
    6. Real Gone Lover
    7. Bumpity Bump
    8. I Hear You Knocking
    9. I Can't Believe It
    10. Hey Girl
    11. One Night
    12. Nothing But the Blues
    Smiley Lewis
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Dr. John's Gumbo Dr. John's Gumbo Quick View

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    Dr. John's Gumbo

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    The fifth album by Dr. John, aka the Night Tripper is also heralded as his richest album to date. Dr John's Gumbo was released in 1972 and is in many ways a tribute to his hometown New Orleans. It features excellent interpretations of New Orleans traditionals (Iko Iko, Tipitina, Junko Partner and Stack-O-Lee) and contemporary R&B written or played by the likes of Huey Piano Smith (Blow Wind Blow and Huey Smith Medley) Earl King and Earl Gaines (Big Chief, Let The Good Times Roll and Lonely Lonely Nights). Dr. John delivers a strong set of infectious songs drenched in good vibes and spiced with a pinch of voodoo. His eccentric (stage) appearance added unique colour to his stature as master of the ivories and entertainer pur sang.

    1. Iko Iko
    2. Blow Wind Blow
    3. Big Chief
    4. Somebody Changed The Lock
    5. Mess Around
    6. Let The Good Times Roll
    7. Junko Partner
    8. Stack-A-Lee
    9. Tipitina
    10. Those Lonely Lonely Nights
    11. Huey Smith Medley: High Blood Pressure/Don't You Just Know It/Well I'll Be John Brown
    12. Little Liza Jane
    Dr. John
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Dr. John's Gumbo

    No. 404 On Rolling Stone's List Of 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time!


    200-Gram Vinyl Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio From The Original
    Analog Tapes!


    Deluxe Tip-On Jacket From Stoughton Printing!


    Dr. John's Gumbo is the fifth album by New Orleans singer and
    pianist Dr. John, a tribute to the music of his native city. The album
    is a collection of covers of New Orleans classics, played by
    a major figure in the city's music.


    Dr John's Gumbo was released in 1972 and is in many ways a
    tribute by Dr. John, aka the Night Tripper, to his hometown New
    Orleans. It features excellent interpretations of New Orleans traditionals
    ("Iko Iko", "Tipitina", "Junko Partner" and "Stack-O-Lee")
    and contemporary R&B written or played by the likes of Huey
    Piano Smith ("Blow Wind Blow" and "Huey Smith Medley") Earl
    King and Earl Gaines ("Big Chief", "Let The Good Times Roll" and
    "Lonely Lonely Nights").


    Dr. John delivers a strong set of infectious songs drenched in
    good vibes and spiced with a pinch of voodoo. His eccentric
    (stage) appearance adds unique color to his stature as master of
    the ivories and as an entertainer.


    This great album receives the full Analogue Productions reissue
    treatment here, starting with Kevin Gray's remaster from the original
    analog tapes. Then we back that up with 200-gram plating
    and pressing on super-silent vinyl by our own Quality Record
    Pressings. Finally it's all housed in a tip-on gatefold jacket from
    Stoughton Printing. Deluxe all the way; you'll be ecstatic with
    the results!


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Iko Iko
    2. Blow Wind Blow
    3. Big Chief
    4. Somebody Changed The Lock
    5. Mess Around
    6. Let The Good Times Roll
    7. Junko Partner
    8. Stack-A-Lee
    9. Tipitina
    10. Those Lonely Lonely Nights
    11. Huey Smith Medley (High Blood Pressure / Don't You Just Know It / Well I'll Be John Brown)
    12. Little Liza Jane
    Dr. John
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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