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Alabama Blues (Pure Pleasure)J. B. Lenoir was one of the outstanding blues artists of all times. His album Alabama Blues is the first recorded document by any blues poet, who included and incorporated very critically the social and political situation of black people living in the U.S.A. in the year of 1965. Thus a musical document was created long before the black communities in the United States became proud of their heritage - their roots. Jimi Hendrix was the first artist who acknowledged that J. B. Lenoir's work, preserved in this album, was a major part of his self-liberation and of finding his own identity. Though the Library of Congress has placed this album in its achives as an important part of American Musical History - comparable to Duke Ellington's Black, Brown and Beige Suite for example - it was never released in the United States, and even in Europe its distribution was poor. Because of this it has become one of the most searched-for collectors' items in music today. Pure Pleasure Records is happy and proud to release this masterpiece of music again.
- J. B. Lenoir (vocal, guitar)
- Willie Dixon (vocal)
- Freddie Below (drums)
Recording: May 1965 in Chicago, Ill.
Production: Horst Lippmann
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. Alabama Blues
2. The Mojo Boogie
3. God's Word
4. The Whale Has Swallowed Me
5. Move This Rope
6. I Feel So Good
7. Alabama March
8. Talk To Your Daughter
9. Mississippi Road
10. Good Advice
12. I Want To Go$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Blues Came Callin'Recorded throughout 2013 and early 2014, the new album features 12 new songs of which 10 are originals. One is written by John Mayall for the occasion, one is a J.B. Lenoir cover. Walter searches his soul on this album and lays it bare allowing new appreciation for life. The blues comes full circle; both as a reflective statement about his life and career, and as an all-penetrating desire to get back on stage and do what he loves most.1. Wastin' Away
2. The World is Goin' Crazy (and so am I)
3. The Bottom of the River
4. Take a Little Time
5. The Whale
7. Mayall's Piano Boogie
8. Born in the City
9. Tight Shoes
10. The Blues Came Callin'
11. Hard Time
12. Nobody Moves Me Like You Do$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Devil You Know (Awaiting Repress)
180 Gram Red Colored Vinyl
His infectious, high-octane mixture of rock, blues and soul has
made Tommy Castro one of blues and roots music's most popular
artists, earning him a great live following and nearly 275,000
career scans since 1996. His most recent studio release, 2009's
Hard Believer, has scanned over 27,000 units.
A two-time winner of the Blues Music Award (the Grammy of the
Blues) for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year, Tommy averages
over 150 dates a year at clubs, theatres and festivals. Shows
in support of The Devil You Know begin in the Northeast in late
January and will take Tommy and The Painkillers throughout the
U.S. Alligator publicity, radio and social media will be advancing
his dates, setting up interviews and features along the way.
Over the years, Tommy Castro has earned continuing raves
from national publications (Playboy, Billboard, Mojo, Guitar
Player, Blues Revue, Living Blues) and regional press around the
country (San Francisco Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, The
Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer).
Hard Believer was a Top 5 add at FMQB Triple A and Alligator
radio promotion will be aggressively working the format while
also promoting the new release to over 600 commercial and
non-commercial blues specialty shows nationwide.
The Devil You Know is the first full-length album to feature Tommy's
stripped-down, fired-up new band, The Painkillers. Songs include
sharp new originals and fresh new versions of songs by J.B.
Lenoir, Andre Williams, Jimmy Hall and Savoy Brown's Chris
Youlden. A lineup of great guest artists includes Marcia Ball, Tab
Benoit, Joe Bonamassa, The Holmes Brothers and Magic Dick.1. The Devil You Know
2. Second Mind
3. I'm Tired
4. Center Of Attention
5. The Whale Have Swallowed Me
6. When I Cross The Mississippi
7. Mojo Hannah
8. Two Steps Forward
9. She Wanted To Give It To Me
10. Keep On Smilin'
111. Medicine Woman$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now