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  • Jazz Party In Stereo Jazz Party In Stereo Quick View

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    Jazz Party In Stereo

    Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes!


    Numbered Deluxe Laminated Gatefold Jackets! Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!


    Originally released on Columbia Records in 1959, Jazz Party In Stereo contains a formidable gallery of jazz stars including Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Rushing, Johnny Hodges, Clark Terry, Paul Gonsalves, and more!


    The sometimes tender, sometimes shouting blues style of Jimmy Rushing provides nice contrast in one of the most varied and satisfying Ellington recordings ever.


    Features:

    Numbered Deluxe Laminated Double Gatefold Jackets

    Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!

    Audiophile 180 gram, 45rpm Vinyl

    Double LP

    Pressed at RTI


    Musicians:

    Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet

    Ray Nance, trumpet

    Clark Terry, trumpet

    Cat Anderson, trumpet

    Shorty Baker, trumpet

    Andres Ford, trumpet

    Johnny Hodges, saxophone

    Paul Gonzalves, saxophone

    Harry Carney, saxophone

    Jimmy Hamilton, saxophone

    Russell Procope, saxophone

    Britt Woodman, trombone

    Quentin Jackson, trombone

    John Sanders, trombone

    Duke Ellington, piano

    Jimmy Jones, piano

    Jimmy Woode, bass

    Sam Woodyard, drums

    Jimmy Rushing, vocalist

    Morris Goldenberg, percussionist

    George Gaber, percussionist

    Elden C. Bailey, percussionist

    Chauncey Morehouse, percussionist

    Harry Breuer, percussionist

    Robert M. Rosengarden, percussionist

    Walter E. Rosenberger, percussionist

    Bradley Spinney, percussionist

    Milton Schlesinger, percussionist


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    1. Malletoba Spank
    2. Toot Suite:
    Red Garter - Red Shoes - Red Carpet (Part 1)
    Red Carpet (Part 2)
    Red Carpet (Part 3)
    3. Satin Doll
    4. U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group)
    5. All Of Me
    6. Tymperturbably Blue
    7. Fillie Trillie
    8. Hello Little Girl
    Duke Ellington
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  • Jazz Party Jazz Party Quick View

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    Jazz Party


    200-Gram LP


    Mastered By Bernie Grundman From The Original Analog Tape


    Housed In A Tip-On Gatefold Jacket (From Stoughton Printing) For The First Time!


    Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings!


    Ellington Soars To Unmatched Artistic Heights Alongside Impressive Jazz Stars Including Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Hodges And Jimmy Rushing!


    The tremendously detailed audio effect achieved by Columbia's engineers is brought back to life on this 200-gram LP from Analogue Productions. You want Duke and his men at their best, this is it!


    Duke Ellington called his music American Music rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as beyond category. He remains one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music and is widely considered as one of the 20th century's best known African American personalites. He received 13 Grammy Awards and was honored with the French Legion of Honor in 1973. Posthumous recognition of his work include a special award citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board.


    Dizzy's spectacular trumpet blooms here amidst the Ellingtonian aggregate. The sometimes tender, sometimes shouting blues style of Jimmy Rushing provides nice contrast in one of the most varied and satisfying Ellington recordings ever. Originally released on Columbia Records in 1959, Jazz Party In Stereo contains a formidable gallery of jazz stars including Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Rushing, Johnny Hodges, Clark Terry, Paul Gonsalves, and more!


    So what have we done to perfect this brilliant reissue? Mastering by Bernie Grundman from the original analog tape, for starters. Naturally we turned to our own Quality Record Pressings for the finest 200-gram, dead-silent background pressing. Top it off with a Stoughton Printing gatefold tip-on jacket with beautiful full-size inner pictures and you've got an audiophile's dream. A can't miss for your collection!


    This most unusual Duke Ellington record includes two selections featuring nine symphonic percussionists on timpani, vibes, marimbas, and xylophones. Dizzy Gillespie makes a historic appearance with Ellington's orchestra on 'U.M.M.G.' (a meeting that should have been repeated often but sadly never was), Jimmy Rushing (Count Basie's former vocalist) sings 'Hello Little Girl,' and both Johnny Hodges ('All of Me') and Paul Gonsalves ('Ready Go!') have chances to blow. - AllMusic


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    1. Malletoba Spank (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
    2. Red Garter (Toot Suite, Pt. I)
    3. Red Shoes (Toot Suite, Pt. II)
    4. Red Carpet (Toot Suite, Pt. III)
    5. Ready, Go! (Toot Suite, Pt. IV)
    6. U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group)
    7. All of Me
    8. Tymperturbably Blue
    9. Hello Little Girl
    Duke Ellington
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    Party Jail

    Party Jail picks up where Jazz Mind left off with a greater focus on making the listener aware that Ed Schrader's Music Beat are not nut jobs who just play their best guess at punk. They wish to reveal that they are secretly a band that write pop songs, whether you know it or not.
    Ed Schrader's Music Beat
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  • Party Time Party Time Quick View

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    Party Time

    Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions - 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 33 1/3.


    All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at Acoustic Sounds' state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, plated by Gary Salstrom


    Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock


    At the time he recorded this album in 1957, Arnett Cobb was in the process of rebounding from a serious automobile accident that broke both his legs. Cobb's indomitable spirit shines through in these tracks, whether he is calmly preaching on When My Dream Boat Comes Home, grooving down the Lonesome Road, or roaring through the song that is almost as closely associated with him as it is with Illinois Jacquet - Flying Home.


    There are plenty of good blues, too, and pianist Ray Bryant's eloquence in this idiom is well exposed. Ray Barretto's conga adds another flavor to the rhythm section, especially on Cocktails for Two. With Ray Bryant, Wendell Marshall, Arthur Taylor and Ray Barretto.


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    1. When My Dreamboat Comes Home
    2. Lonesome Road
    3. Blues in the Closet
    4. Party Time
    5. Flying Home
    6. The Slow Poke
    7. Cocktails for Two
    Arnett Cobb
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    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Hot Rod Dance Party Hot Rod Dance Party Quick View

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    Hot Rod Dance Party

    Limited Edition


    As one of the busiest and most versatile session guitarists of the 60s, Jerry Cole recorded with a litany of legends, including Phil Spector, the Beach Boys and the Byrds. But to those in the know, hes renowned for his own incredible surf and hot rod instrumentals, which he delivered on a series of vintage albums with his band the Spacemen. Coles modernistic recordings, however, sound completely different from other surf-and-drag releases of the period, with expansive arrangements that often featured elements of jazz and exotica, the better to showcase the guitarists inventive, assertive playing.


    One of Coles best-loved LPs is this amazing 1964 release, which includes contributions from many of the same L.A.-based musicians who played alongside Cole in the now-legendary session ensemble known as the Wrecking Crew. Coles powerful guitar work powers such turbo-charged numbers as Night Rumble, Border Run, Stinger and Hot Rod Queen, which live up to the albums title and then some!


    Sundazed has lovingly remastered this masterful guitar extravaganza from the original analog tapes, carefully reproduced its complete original cover art and pressed it on high-quality 180 gram vinylall the better to keep this party humming!

    1. Night Rumble
    2. Border Run
    3. Mr. Wobble Wheels
    4. Hot Rod Queen
    5. Stinger
    6. Roadster Run
    7. Boss Dance
    8. T. Roadster Rock
    9. Dancing Mags
    10. Driving Little?Deuce
    11. Night Drag
    Jerry Cole & His Spacemen
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  • The Groove Cubed The Groove Cubed Quick View

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    The Groove Cubed

    The Groove Cubed is the new album from Rock Candy Funk Party, a funk and jazz group formed in Los Angeles that features Tal Bergman, Joe Bonamassa, Ron DeJesus and Mike Merritt.
    1. Gothic Orleans
    2. Drunk on Bourbon on Bourbon Street

    3. In The Grooove

    4. Don't Even Try It
    5. Two Guys and Stanley Kubrick Walk Into a Jazz Club
    6. Isle of the Wright Brothers

    7. Mr. Space

    8. I Got the Feelin'

    9. After Hours

    10. This Tune Should Run for President
    11. Mr Funkadamus Returns and He Is MAD

    12. Funk-opotamia

    13. The Token Ballad
    14. Ping Pong
    Rock Candy Funk Party
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  • Prayers On Fire (Colored Vinyl) Prayers On Fire (Colored Vinyl) Quick View

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    Prayers On Fire (Colored Vinyl)

    Limited Edition Of 1,500 On White/Red Swirl Vinyl


    Mastered For Vinyl By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio


    Faithful, Updated Rendering Of Original Jacket And Inner Sleeve


    Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    Prayers on Fire, the debut album from seminal Australian post-punk band The Birthday Party, is an aggressive onslaught of controlled chaos and terror. Nick Cave's dark lyrics are barked and howled over demonic melodies, evoking sounds of jazz, pure destruction, and a bone-chilling sideshow carnival.

    1. Zoo Music Girl
    2. Cry
    3. Capers
    4. Nick the Stripper
    5. Ho-Ho
    6. Figure of Fun
    7. King Ink
    8. A Dead Song
    9. Yard
    10. Dull Day
    11. Just You And Me
    The Birthday Party
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  • Prayers On Fire (200 Gram Vinyl) Prayers On Fire (200 Gram Vinyl) Quick View

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    Prayers On Fire (200 Gram Vinyl)

    Limited Edition Of 1,500 On 200 Gram Vinyl


    Mastered For Vinyl By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio


    Faithful, Updated Rendering Of Original Jacket And Inner Sleeve


    Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    Prayers on Fire, the debut album from seminal Australian post-punk band The Birthday Party, is an aggressive onslaught of controlled chaos and terror. Nick Cave's dark lyrics are barked and howled over demonic melodies, evoking sounds of jazz, pure destruction, and a bone-chilling sideshow carnival.

    1. Zoo Music Girl
    2. Cry
    3. Capers
    4. Nick the Stripper
    5. Ho-Ho
    6. Figure of Fun
    7. King Ink
    8. A Dead Song
    9. Yard
    10. Dull Day
    11. Just You And Me
    The Birthday Party
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    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Live 81-82 Live 81-82 Quick View

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    Live 81-82

    Few bands were as cataclysmic, chaotic, and iconoclastic as Australia's Birthday Party. And while they spawned a few imitators (most notably Bogshead, Scratch Acid, and the short-lived batcave movement), their fractured sound and aura of wickedness were so far removed from the norm of early-'80s rock music that no group even came close to duplicating their murderous persona and manic, driving racket.


    Live 1981-82 collects 17 tracks from concerts in London, Germany, and Greece, and for a band whose music seemed to cling to sanity by the most delicate of threads, these recordings are surprisingly coherent and faithful to the album versions.


    Taking into account the barrage of feedback, the pile-driving bass, and singer Nick Cave's howling, the sound is also quite good (the only exception being the single cut from Greece, a cover of the Stooges Funhouse).


    As for the performances, the band is in excellent form. Cave delivers the songs with conviction and energy, punctuating them with his startling vocabulary of shiver-inducing screams, grunts, snorts, groans, and growls. Considering the schizophrenia that was so much a part of the band's music, Cave's ability to convincingly deliver his gut-wrenching angst is nothing short of remarkable.


    While Cave's Manson-meets-Morrison persona drew most of the attention, it was the Birthday Party's ability to swing--hard--that put them over the top. Drummer Phil Calvert is a beacon in the sea of chaos as guitarists Mick Harvey and Roland S. Howard disembowel their guitars, blasting shards of jazz and blues across the horizon. The late bassist Tracy Pew is the real revelation. Rock solid and never missing a beat, Pew emerges as the constant amidst the wreckage, providing the rich base from which these bad seeds sprung.


    Live 1981-81 is a near-perfect document of one of rock's most extreme, creative, and dangerous forces.


    -S. Duda

    1. Junkyard

    2. A Dead Song

    3. The Dim Locator

    4. Zoo - Music - Girl

    5. Nick The Stripper

    6. Blast Off!

    7. Release The Bats

    8. Bully Bones

    9. King Ink

    10. (Sometimes) Pleasure Heads Must Burn

    11. Big - Jesus - Trash - Can

    12. Dead Joe

    13. The Friend Catcher

    14. 6 Gold Blade

    15. Hamlet (Pow, Pow, Pow)

    16. She's Hit

    17. Funhouse
    The Birthday Party
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  • All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller Quick View

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    All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller

    Acclaimed pianist Jason Moran will release All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller, a collaboration with the vocalist Meshell
    Ndegeocello that recasts the music of the legendary jazz entertainer Fats Waller as a modern dance party. The album-which was produced by
    Ndegeocello and Blue Note Records president Don Was-is the ninth in a formidable catalog that Moran has been building on Blue Note since 1999.
    All Rise features Moran hosting a changeable cast of musicians that includes vocalists Ndegeocello and Lisa E. Harris, his longtime trio The Bandwagon
    featuring bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, and a funky horn-inflected ensemble anchored by drummer Charles Haynes that features
    trumpeter Leron Thomas and trombonist Josh Roseman, as well as guest saxophonist Steve Lehman. The album was recorded and mixed by Bob Power,
    known for honing the sound on classic hip hop records by A Tribe Called Quest, Common and The Roots.
    1. Put Your Hands On It
    2. Ain't Misbehavin'
    3. Yacht Club Swing
    4. Lulu's Back In Town
    5. Two Sleepy People
    6. The Joint Is Jumpin'
    7. Honeysuckle Rose
    8. Ain't Nobody's Business
    9. Fats Elegy
    10. Handful Of Keys
    11. Jitterbug Waltz
    12. Sheik Of Araby / I Found a New Baby
    Jason Moran
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  • For True For True Quick View

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    For True

    Since the release of their Grammy-nominated 2010 debut album, Backatown, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue have grown creatively while winning hordes of new fans performing nonstop on five continents. Their new Verve Forecast album, For True, offers substantive proof of their explosive growth, further refining the signature sound Troy Trombone Shorty Andrews has dubbed Supafunkrock.


    The band: Mike Ballard on bass, Pete Murano on guitar, Joey Peebles on drums, Dwayne Williams on percussion, Dan Oestreicher on baritone sax and Tim McFatter on tenor sax, stirs together old-school New Orleans jazz, funk and soul, laced with hard-rock power chords and hip-hop beats, and they've added some tangy new ingredients on For True as they keep pushing the envelope, exploring new musical territory.


    Andrews wrote or co-wrote all 14 tracks on the new album, including collaborating with the legendary Lamont Dozier on Encore, while this time playing as much trumpet as trombone, as well as organ, drums, piano, keys, synth bass and percussion. Indeed, he played every part on the swaying, Latin-tinged Unc. He's also come into his own as a singer, honoring the hallowed legacy of the great soul men of the 1960s and '70s. Like its predecessor, the new album turns on a rare combination of virtuosity and high-energy, party-down intensity.


    Among the special guests are longtime NOLA cohorts like Ivan and Cyril Neville (who bring their trademark sound to Nervis); Galactic's Ben Ellman, reprising his producer's role on Backatown (percussion on opener Buckjump, harmonica on Big 12) and Stanton Moore (drumming on Lagniappe Part 1 and Part 2); bounce rapper 5th Ward Weebie and the Rebirth Brass Band (who team up on Buckjump) and Troy's longtime friend Charles Smith (who adds percussion to the same track).


    The album also bears the fruit of more recent relationships Lenny Kravitz (who plays bass on Roses), has the longest-standing bond with Andrews, discovering the then-teenage prodigy in 2005 and taking him on tour with his band. Kid Rock (whose vocal is featured on Mrs. Orleans) came out to see Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at an outdoor show early this year in NOLA, and a month later Troy joined the star onstage at Jazz Fest.


    Andrews played with Warren Haynes (whose eruptive solo further heats up Encore) at his annual benefit and again at the guitarist's Mahalia Jackson Theatre all-star event during this year's Jazz Fest. Ledisi (who sings on Then There Was You), met Troy at the 2010 Grammys, later came out to see him in New Orleans and was later featured in a segment for the landmark Red Hot + New Orleans at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, for which Andrews served as musical director. His relationship with Jeff Beck (check out his blistering solo on Do to Me) has also blossomed since the guitar legend came to Troy's late-night post-Jazz Fest show at Tipitina's in 2010.

    1. Buckjump
    2. Encore
    3. For True

    4. Do To Me
    5. Lagniappe (Part 1)
    6. The Craziest Thing
    7. Dumaine St.
    8. Mrs. Orleans
    9. Nervis
    10. Roses
    11. Big 12
    12. Unc
    13. Then There Was You
    14. Lagniappe (Part 2)
    Trombone Shorty
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  • Shackles Gift Shackles Gift Quick View

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    Shackles Gift

    Zun Zun Egui formed in Bristol in late 2008 - Mauritian guitarist and singer Kushal Gaya met and started making music with Japanese keyboard player Yoshino Shigihara after they had both moved to the UK and a core group of musicians soon formed around them. A love for experimentation, free jazz, fusion, DIY culture, throwing parties and playing wild shows was the glue that bonded the outfit together. After an early clutch of raw and experimental EPs, they focused their song-writing talents and mastery of many styles to create a recognisable Zun Zun Egui sound which included tropicalia, punk funk, Afrobeat, Ethio jazz and no wave. All of these varied disciplines were marshalled to produce their first album "Katang" which was widely hailed as one of the most exciting debuts of 2011. Even for a band as exploratory and talented as ZZE though, the step up in terms of songwriting and inspiration since "Katang" is astounding and it is clear that Shackles' Gift looks like being one of the most unique and thrilling records that will be released in 2015.


    Produced by Andrew Hung of Fuck Buttons, "Shackles' Gift" is the album that Zun Zun Egui have always threatened to deliver and we always believed they would. Opening with 'Rigid Man', it hits the listener with bone-shaking tropical funk. Future single 'African Tree' strolls past on a marching band rhythm, complete with an arena-sized chorus and Kyuss-heavy stoner rock guitars. 'Ruby' is like imperial period Depeche Mode discovering the delights of industrial dancehall reggae, while 'I Want You To Know' is an absolute funk/noise rock monster, sounding like Steve Albini recording Queens Of The Stone Age jamming on 'Kashmir'. 'Soul Scratch' is a very British take on a very Mauritian form of music called seggae, which combines the African island folk music known as sega with reggae, but imbuing it with an adrenalised urban uptightness. The album concludes with 'City Thunder' an elemental, dubbed out and dread take on post rock and disco.


    Frontman Kushal says that first and foremost "Shackles' Gift" is a British rock record made by a British group but admits that the first sparks of its creation started flying when ZZE visited Mauritius in March 2013. The African island nation, which lies 700 miles east of Madagascar, deep in the Indian Ocean, invited the band to give a concert as part of their Independence Day celebrations. The island's dynamic history has led to a multi-lingual, multi-cultural modern nation which has influenced Zun Zun Egui in more ways than one. Not only has Mauritian music been one of the (many) primary ingredients of their sound and inspired Kushal's multi-lingual approach to singing (the island has 12 main languages) but the diversity of the country acts as a metaphor for the diversity of the group itself.

    1. Rigid Man
    2. African Tree
    3. Ruby
    4. I Want You To Know
    5. Soul Scratch
    6. Tickle The Line
    7. The Sweetest Part Of Life
    8. Late Bloomer
    9. City Thunder
    Zun Zun Egui
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    Unpredictable

    Released in 1977, Unpredictable was the third album that the Chuck Jackson/Marvin Yancy team produced for her. Most of the songs were written by Jackson/Yancy, including the major hits I'm Catching Hell (a confessional ballad) and I've Got Love on My Mind. However, Cole does some writing herself, contributing Your Eyes and the quiet storm item Peaceful Living -- and the exuberant feel-good anthem Party Lights was written by keyboardist Tennyson Stephens. Without question, Jackson and Yancy get high marks for being consistent. They saw to it that 1975's Inseparable and 1976's Natalie were excellent, and they also make sure that Unpredictable is a highly rewarding addition to Cole's catalog.


    - Alex Henderson

    1. This Heart
    2. Still In Love
    3. Party Lights
    4. I've Got Love On My Mind
    5. Unpredictable You
    6. Peaceful Living
    7. Be Mine Tonight
    8. I Can't Breakaway
    9. Your Eyes
    10. I'm Catching Hell
    Natalie Cole
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  • Higher! Higher! Quick View

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    Higher!

    77-Track, 8 LP Overview And Rarities Box Set


    180-gram Audiophile Vinyl Pressed At RTI


    17 Previously Unreleased Tracks


    Includes Mono Single Mixes, Live Recordings, Studio Outtakes, Rare Instrumentals And More!


    Deluxe 12 x 12-inch Packaging


    104-Page Book With Extensive Liner Notes, Track-By-Track Annotations, And Timeline Of Sly's Life And Career


    Stunning Rare And Unseen Photographs, Posters, Picture Sleeves, Single Labels, Ticket Stubs, Recording Documents, Vintage Advertisements And Other Memorabilia


    All through the brilliant highs and the murky lows of the late '60s and early '70s, Sly & The Family Stone had the globe dancing to the music. The creativity of the mixed-race, mixed-gender, and mixed-genre band shines in this new 77-track, 8 LP box set. This incredible collection showcases the classic hits not just in stereo format, but in the good ol' mono mixes which went missing long ago with the transistor radio, and in unheard early versions, and concert performances.


    Also included are gems from Sly Stewarts' pre-Family Stone period, studio outtakes, and potent instrumentals from this archetype of jam bands. With 17 previously unreleased tracks, it's a lot more music than you knew was there - all remastered to hit the pinnacle of sound on 180-gram audiophile vinyl.


    This powerful music is accompanied by a stunningly colorful and evocatively detailed 104-page, 12-inch book of rare photographs, posters, picture sleeves, recording documents, vintage ads, and other memorabilia, along with extensive liner notes by Jeff Kaliss (author of Sly's only authorized biography), track-by-track annotations, and a detailed timeline of Sly and The Family's life and career.


    The legacy of Sly & The Family Stone persists through four decades of movie and TV soundtracks, commercials, radio playlists, and parties worldwide, and influenced countless makers of rock, funk, jazz, and hip-hop. Here's a chance to take it Higher!

    LP 1
    1. I Just Learned How To Swim* (by Sly Stewart)
    2. Scat Swim* (by Sly Stewart)
    3. Buttermilk (Part 1)* (by Sly)
    4. Dance All Night* (by Sly and Freddie)
    5. Temptation Walk* (Part 1) (by Sly)
    6. I Ain't Got Nobody (For Real)
    7. I Can't Turn You Loose
    8. Higher* (single master)
    9. Underdog* (single master)
    10. Bad Risk* (single master)
    11. Let Me Hear It From You* (single master)
    12. Advice*
    13. If This Room Could Talk*


    LP 2
    1. I Cannot Make It*
    2. Trip To Your Heart*
    3. I Hate To Love Her*
    4. Silent Communication previously unissued
    5. I Get High On You (version one) previously unissued
    6. I Remember previously unissued
    7. My Woman's Head (instrumental) previously unissued
    8. What's That Got To Do With Me previously unissued
    9. Fortune And Fame previously unissued
    10. What Would I Do


    LP 3
    1. Only One Way Out Of This Mess
    2. I Know What You Came To Say previously unissued
    3. Dance To The Music* (single master)
    4. Ride The Rhythm
    5. Color Me True
    6. Are You Ready
    7. Don't Burn Baby
    8. We Love All
    9. Danse A La Musique* (by The French Fries)
    10. Small Fries* (by The French Fries)
    11. Chicken* (single master)


    LP 4
    1. Into My Own Thing
    2. Life* (single master)
    3. Love City* previously unissued mix
    4. M'lady* (single master)
    5. Dynamite! (featuring Johnny Robinson on vocals) previously unissued
    6. Undercat (instrumental) previously unissued
    7. Everyday People* (single master)
    8. Sing A Simple Song* (single master)
    9. I Get High On You (version two) previously unissued
    10. Wonderful World Of Color (instrumental) previously unissued
    11. Pressure


    LP 5
    1. I Want To Take You Higher* (single master)
    2. Seven More Days
    3. Feathers (instrumental) previously unissued
    4. Somebody's Watching You
    5. Sex Machine
    6. Hot Fun In The Summertime* (single master)
    7. Everybody Is A Star* (single master)


    LP 6
    1. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)* (single master)
    2. Stand! (Live)
    3. You Can Make It If You Try (Live)
    5. Dance To The Music (Live) previously unissued
    6. Medle: Music Lover / I Want To Take You Higher / Music Lover (Live) previously unissued
    7. Luv N' Haight (single master)
    8. Family Affair


    LP 7
    1. Brave & Strong* (single master)
    2. Runnin' Away* (single master)
    3. (You Caught Me) Smilin' (single master)
    4. Spaced Cowboy
    5. You're The One (Live)* previously unissued
    6. In Time
    7. If You Want Me To Stay (single master)
    8. Frisky* (single master)
    9. Skin I'm In


    LP 8
    1. If It Were Left Up To Me* (single master)
    2. Time For Livin'* (single master)
    3. Can't Strain My Brain (single master)
    4. Loose Booty
    5. Le Lo Li (single master) (by Sly Stone)
    6. Crossword Puzzle (single master) (by Sly Stone)
    7. Family Again
    8. Hoboken (by Sly Stone)
    9. High (by Sly Stone) previously unissued


    * Mono

    Sly & The Family Stone
    $199.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 8 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Just One Of Those Things

    Contrasting downbeat ballads with an ironic brassy, upbeat big-band attitude, the brilliant and expressive work of vocalist Nat King Cole and arranger Billy May on display here is one for the ages. 1957's Just One Of Those Things is a classic collection that perfectly captures the inherent experience of love and disillusionment. On par with Frank Sinatra's period albums, the set swings effortlessly and lightly, as Cole brings a fine, unhurried touch to uptempo standards and jazz-based pop material. Featuring top shelf interpretations of These Foolish Things, Who's Sorry Now? The Party's Over and more, this album is among its era's finest recordings of popular music, replete with a quality, style and spirit that remain touchstones for any vocal pop outing.
    1. When your Lover Has Gone
    2. A Cottage For Sale
    3. Who's Sorry Now?
    4. Once in a While
    5. These Foolish Things Remind Me of You
    6. Just for the Fun of It
    7. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
    8. I Understand
    9. Just One of Those Things
    10. The Song is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On)
    11. I Should Care
    12. The Party's Over
    Nat King Cole
    $27.99
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    Get Thy Bearings

    Robert Walter performs all his own stunts. For 20 years, the San Diego native has been pulling drawbars and pushing the limits of the Hammond B3 organ. As a founding member of the Greyboy Allstars, he helped usher in the funk-jazz renaissance of the early '90s and has continued to keep one hand comping chords in the instrument's funky past, while the other explores ever-new melodic terrain. On June 25, his long-standing project, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, returns with, Get Thy Bearings, via The Royal Potato Family. It was a recent move from New Orleans to Los Angeles that jump-started the 20th Congress who hadn't recorded a studio album in ten years. The nine-track effort presents Walter's organ, piano, Rhodes and synthesizer driving an all-star line-up rounded out by guitarist/bassist Elgin Park, drummer Aaron Redfield, sax players Karl Denson and Cochemea Gastelum, and percussionist Chuck Prada.


    Get Thy Bearings is drenched in the vintage old school soul, funk and jazz vibe of Walter's heroes like Big John Patton, but it also reflects his recent work scoring films. There's a conceptual depth to the songwriting that draws on elements of narrative and character development, lending a cinematic color to the proceedings. The tracks range from the Sly Stone-style soul vamp of Little Business to the heavy gospel of Crux. Dog Party might as well be the theme song to a cartoon of the same name, while Don't Chin the Dog shifts from delicate shuffle to horn-drenched boogaloo. Things get eerie on Up From the Skies, a Jimi Hendrix cover rendered nearly unrecognizable in washes of electric Miles. Similarly, the album's title track is a shrewd reworking of the 1968 Donovan tune Walter first discovered on compilation of sample-friendly breakbeats, full of fuzz guitar and a mercurial organ solo.

    1. Hunk
    2. Little Business
    3. Get Thy Bearings
    4. Foxhunting
    5. Dog Party
    6. Inversion Layer
    7. Crux
    8. Don't Chin The Dog
    9. Up From The Skies
    Robert Walter's 20Th Congress
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    Just One Of Those Things

    Contrasting downbeat ballads with an ironic brassy, upbeat big band attitude, the ironic Cole Porter standard Just One Of Those Things sets the tone for a distinctive, pungent experience of love and disillusionment with a swing. Brilliantly backing the intimately expressive and supremely musical voice of the incomparable Nat King Cole, a big band with no strings smolders, swings, saunters, storms, sighs and sizzles with the arrangements of the distinctive Billy May. Featuring top shelf interpretations of These Foolish Things, Who's Sorry Now? The Party's Over and more, this album is among its era's finest recordings of popular music and its quality, style and spirit remains unexcelled.



    Using the original 3-track session tapes from Capitol's vaults and all-analogue systems including custom headstacks, 3-track preview heads, console and monitoring chain installed at AcousTech specially for these releases, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman realize the stunning beauty of these recordings. A superb track recorded for the album, You'll Never Know, which was omitted due to space constraints, is included in this double 45-RPM 180-gram album set. Included with this deluxe reissue is a striking six-panel booklet complete with rare photos, a 2,200-word essay by Jordan Taylor on the album and a 1,200-word essay by Michael Fremer about the remastering process. This truly is a no-expenses-spared project, resulting in the ultimate version of this title and a historic reissue.


    Originally released in 1957.



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    When Your Lover Has Gone
    A Cottage For Sale
    Whoâs Sorry Now?
    Once In A While
    These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You
    Just For The Fun Of It
    Donât Get Around Much Anymore
    I Understand
    Just One Of Those Things
    The Song Is Ended
    I Should Care
    The Partyâs Over


    Bonus Track:
    Youâll Never Know

    Nat King Cole
    $54.99
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    Peru Boom

    This bass heavy and potent collection features the key Peruvian producers and DJs that have helped build Lima's reputation as 'jewel in the crown' of South America's rave & party scenes. Tropical bass artists like Dengue Dengue Dengue, DJ Chakruna, Animal Chuki and Deltatron have long been guided by the roots of chicha and Peruvian cumbia. This sees them reshape and digitally render the original sounds fashioning new cuts inspired by dubstep, techno, trap, grime, house and electronica all aimed squarely at the dancefloor. Detroit has techno, Chicago has house, and Peru's DJs and producers consider Lima as the home of Tropical Bass. Following hot on the heels of the 1960's jazz and '70s funk of Peru Bravo and Peru Maravilloso, this marks a new departure for the label, bringing things bang up to date with the latest electronic sounds. Martin Morales, co-founder of Tiger's Milk Records first took inspiration for the project at a life changing rave in Lima 3 years ago thrown by Dengue Dengue Dengue.
    LP 1
    1. Animal Chuki - Luto

    2. Deltatron - Ego Trip
    3. Dengue Dengue Dengue - Como Bailar Cumbia
    4. Pirana Sound System - Naranja Limones
    5. Chakruna - Cumbia Achorada
    6. Rolovo - Outropical (Version B)
    7. Tribilin Sound - El Carmen

    8. Qechuaboi - Iseecumbiapeopleagain
    LP 2
    1. Pe Garcia - Subete A La Noche
    2. Tribilin Sound - Underground Cumbia
    3. Deltatron - El Que Abandona No Tiene Premio
    4. Chakruna - Sonido Chichero (ft. Chapilitta)
    5. Elegante & La Imperial - Tardes
    6. Tribilin Sound - Negroide
    7. Los Chapillacs - Marcha Del Chullachaqui (Deltatron Remix)
    8. Tribilin Sound - Eduardo Y Hank
    Various Artists
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    Dream Weaver (Pure Pleasure)

    The first studio date of the Charles Lloyd Quartet, with Keith Jarrett, Cecil McBee, and Jack DeJohnette, was recorded and released just a few days before the band took both the European and American festival circuits by storm. First came Europe, which was just getting the disc as the band was tearing up its stages. While the live dates are now the stuff of legend, it's easy to overlook the recordings, but to do so would be a mistake. Dream Weaver is a fully realized project by a band -- a real band -- in which each member has a unique part of the whole to contribute.


    Jarrett's unusual piano style fits musically with Lloyd's lyricism in a way that it shouldn't. Jarrett was even then an iconoclast, playing harmonic figures from the inside out and relying on counterpoint to create new spaces, not fill them in. (Just listen to Autumn Sequence, where his solos and his backing harmonics are equally strident and inventive as Lloyd's Eastern explorations of mood and mode.) And then there's the rhythm section of McBee and DeJohnette, whose modal inventions on the intervals make the Dream Weaver suite an exercise in open time, allowing all players to wander around inside it and take what they want out. The set closes with a group party jam on Sombrero Sam, with Lloyd and Jarrett trading eights on a Cuban variation on a fantasia. There were no records like this one by new groups in 1966.

    Musicians:



    • Charles Lloyd (tenor saxophone, flute)
    • Keith Jarrett (piano)
    • Cecil McBee (bass)
    • Jack DeJohnette (drums)


    Recording: March 1966 by Phil Iehle

    Production: George Avakian & Arif Mardin

    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.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Autumn Sequence
    1. Autumn Prelude
    2. Autumn Leaves
    3. Autumn Echo
    Dream Weaver
    4.Meditation
    5.Dervish Dance
    -
    6. Bird Flight
    7. Love Ship
    8. Sombrero Sam
    Charles Lloyd
    $34.99
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    Universal Togetherness Band

    Between 1979 and 1982, The Universal Togetherness
    Band tracked unearthly portions of their sprawling
    songbook for bewildered students in Columbia
    College's audio engineering program. Storming the
    gates of Chicago's premier recording studios, the
    erudite party band explored permutations of soul,
    jazz-fusion, new wave, and disco with little regard
    for studio rates or the availability of magnetic tape.
    Universal Togetherness Band captures the brightest,
    never-before-heard moments from this visionary
    group's 5-semester recording bender.


    Universal Togetherness Band: The
    attractive gatefold LP edition boasts magnificent
    reproductions of never-before-seen images from
    the archives of Chicago photographer Steven E.
    Gross. Meticulously mixed from the original multi-track
    sessions by Sean Marquand (Phenomenal Handclap
    Band), Universal Togetherness Band is presented
    in peak fidelity.

    1. Ain't Gonna Cry
    2. Real Thrill
    3. Try Try Try
    4. My Sentiment
    5. Once In a Lifetime
    6. Taken By Love
    7. Call For Love
    8. I Want You
    Universal Togetherness Band
    $25.99
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    Follow The Rainbow (Speakers Corner)

    The fusion movement has a lot in common with a tropical storm: it rages fiercely in its early phases but becomes less wild later on, yet still blows a gale. In the eye of the storm that tore its path through the various musical styles and genres as from 1960 is George Duke, who entered into creative and stormy partnerships with such artists as Frank Zappa, Miles Davis and Jean-Luc Ponty. The rainbow colours with which Duke chose to tint this album are taken less from the paintpots of fusion jazz and rock, and rather more from the black, natural colours of rhythm and blues. Next to a relaxed love groove (Say That You Will) we find a polyphonic vocal number with solos (Sunrise), which conjures up the nostalgic atmosphere of Motown, now on the decline. Then there is snappy funk in all manner of variations, such as Party Down, which swings trendily along but then comes over unfiltered and dry as a bone.
    In Follow The Rainbow, genial musicianship, expert arrangements and a special feeling for resonance amalgamate to create a tightly-knit sound which is ever fresh and easy-going.



    Musicians:



    • George Duke (vocal, keyboard)

    • Larry Williams (tenor saxophone, flute)

    • Eric Culver (trombone)

    • Charles Icarus Johnson (guitar)

    • Byron Miller (bass)

    • Leon 'Ndugu' Chandler (drums)

    • Sheila Escovedo (percussion, vocal)

    • Napoleon Murphy Brock (vocal)




    Recording: 1979 at Westlake Recording, Los Angeles, by Kerry McNabb and Electric Lady Studios, New York, by Dave Palmer

    Production: George Duke





    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.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Party Down
    2. Say That You Will
    3. Funkin' For The Thrill
    4. Sunrise
    5. Festival
    6. I Am For Real (May The Funk Be With You)
    7. Straight From The Heart
    8. Corine
    9. Pluck
    10. Follow The Rainbow
    George Duke
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Always On My Mind Always On My Mind Quick View

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    Always On My Mind

    180 Gram Blue Colored Vinyl


    Produced By Chips Moman + Bobby Emmons


    First Time Audiophile Blue Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation


    Mastered Impeccablty By Joe Reagoso - Manufactured At R.T.I.


    Willie Nelson is a musical phenomenon and an American icon. His
    legendary musical career began in the 50's, followed with a plethora
    of hit songs written for the likes of Ray Price, Patsy Cline and Roy
    Orbison, and then his own six decade long recording career in the
    country, rock, pop, adult, and even jazz genres, sharing his legendary
    vocal, guitar and songwriting persona for millions of fans worldwide.


    With 1982's Always On My Mind Lp, Willie Nelson created one of the
    most successful top charting hit albums of all time. The Lp features
    Willie's stellar vocal and guitar interpretations on the definitive outlaw
    version of Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade Of Pale (featuring Waylon
    Jennings), his melancholy #1 title track Always On My Mind, plus an
    incredible reading of Aretha Franklin's Do Right Woman, Do Right
    Man.


    Alongside great versions of tunes like Bridge Over Trouble Water
    by Simon & Garfunkel, you also get some masterful Willie Nelson
    originals like the LP closer The Party's Over. All in all, making Always
    On My Mind the legendary album it is and always will be.


    This fine album has been out of print for decades on vinyl, and it
    is our honor to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
    presentation of Always On My Mind by the legendary Willie Nelson
    on Friday Music. This limited edition audiophile masterpiece is now
    impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso and also for a very limited
    time is pressed by R.T.I. on translucent Blue Vinyl, and features from
    the original LP artwork not seen in years, in a first time gatefold
    presentation.


    You Were Always On My Mind ..

    1. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
    2. Always on My Mind
    3. A Whiter Shade of Pale
    4. Let It Be Me
    5. Staring Each Other Down
    6. Bridge over Troubled Water
    7. Old Fords and a Natural Stone
    8. Permanently Lonely
    9. Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning
    10. The Party's Over
    Willie Nelson
    $31.99
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    Watermelon, Chicken & Grits

    Like their moniker suggests, the six-man hip-hop group known as Nappy Roots are raw and untamed, yet deeply connected to the musical past. The Kentucky-based collective (Big V, Ron Clutch, Fishscales, R. Prophet, B. Stille, and Skinny DeVille) first made a name for themselves with their two independently released collections - 1998's COUNTRY FRIED CESS and and 1999's NO COMB, NO BRUSH, NO FADE, NO PERM - as well as with live shows alongside such hip-hop stars as Digital Underground, Youngbloods, Jim Crowes, 112, Cashmoney Millionaire, 8 Ball, Ruffryders, MJG, Sole, and Twista. In addition, the group scored with their version of Riches To Rags (Mmmkay), which was featured on Atlantic's 1999 release, MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY THE MOTION PICTURE - SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER & UNCUT.


    Now, with their long-awaited Atlantic Records debut, WATERMELON, CHICKEN, AND GRITZ, Nappy Roots are ready to spread their unique sound and vision from coast to coast. The group's organically funky hip-hop stylings blend serious lyrical science and Dirty South grooves, notably on tracks like the ruminating Life's A Risk and the block-rockin' party anthem, Ballin On A Budget. Produced by such esteemed hip-hop studio whizes as Carlos Broady (The Notorious B.I.G., Lil' Kim, Black Rob, India.Aire), Mike City (Sunshine Anderson, Bilal), the Trackboyz (Abyss), Jazze Pha (Ludacris, Too $hort), and Troy Johnson (Ray-J, Lil' Mo), WATERMELON, CHICKEN, AND GRITZ is likely to propel Nappy Roots to the forefront of modern hip-hop and beyond.


    Certified Gold by the RIAA. (4/02)

    1. Intro
    2. Hustla
    3. Set It Out
    4. Country Boyz
    5. Ballin' on a Budget
    6. Awnaw
    7. Headz Up
    8. Slums
    9. Po' Folks
    10. Start It Over
    11. Blowin' Trees
    12. Sholiz
    13. Life's a Bitch
    14. My Ride
    15. One Forty
    16. Dime, Quarter, Nickel, Penny
    17. Kentucky Mud
    18. The Lounge
    19. Ho Down
    20. Headz Up [Refried]
    Nappy Roots
    $29.99
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    What's Going On (Pure Pleasure)

    In 2006, exactly a year after Katrina, in the aftermath of a vicious natural disaster that displayed the incompetence of the Crescent City's infrastructure, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Government, they addressed the tragedy in the only way they know how, by re-creating the same kind of bewilderment and anger that Marvin Gaye felt and witnessed in 1971 by issuing their own take on Gaye's classic album What's Goin' On. This is a question that is proved all the more poignant given the efforts of an entire region trying not only to rebuild homes and businesses, but trying to preserve a culture as this recording was released. The Dirty Dozen recruit a number of vocalists to help out on the hinge tunes. The samples of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's voice in the aftermath of the hurricane usher in the brass slip-sliding along the dark funky overtones of Gaye's signature tune. Guitarists Doug Bossi and Ben Keeler dig into the groove, as does drummer Terence Higgins and keyboardist/producer Anthony Marinelli, as Chuck D raps the refrain in the context of modern history, the disaster, and the ineptitude and even hostility of a government who wages war and ignores domestic problems. It's a news report from the front lines as the horns cut the melody, the harmony, and the deep, steamy funk groove. What's Happening Brother, closes the funk from the inside, turning the groove back in on itself not only playing the rage, but echoing it in the grain of Bettye LaVette's vocal, which dares to spit out the truth with questions and observations in the pain of a first person narrative. The airy arrangement of Flyin' High (In the Friendly Sky) is nearly mournful, nostalgic for a more innocent time, but is all the more poignant for that longing. The deep tribal drums Mardi Gras Indian-style, with the skronky saxophones, tight guitar groove, and screaming narrative in Save The Children give way to the smoothness of Gaye's melody. It's a bewildered tune, sad with undercurrents of rage. Ivan Neville's arrangement for God Is Love is a stunner, full of deeply imaginative hues and colors and gospel grooves. G. Love helps out on Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology), where the musicality in Gaye's vocal disappears but is supercharged in the horn charts, and Love's vocal sounds confused, displaced, out of time against the instruments. Right On is both militant and celebratory. It's got the funk, but it's also got gospel, rock, and deep soul blaring from the trombones and the repetitive riff in the rest of the brass section. Guru from Gang Starr cuts out from the moody, spectral introduction of Inner City Blues, when Higgins drums play counter to Kirk Joseph's deep blues sousaphone on the bassline. Frustration is everywhere and the horns point fingers to this truth which Guru lays out: that today is the same and perhaps even more so than it was in Gaye's time. The desolation in Gaye's lyric isn't lost but it is fleshed out over the chart so that they are merely the ghosts from the past preaching and exhorting in this new generation. Never has party music sounded so poignant, so utterly damning and hopeful and unbowed. This is the next step in the Homecoming that was a funeral for a friend; this is the aftermath, the sound of angry resurrection coming out with the sun, one where the revolution may be televised but bursts out of the edges in the screen and makes itself known by the medium understood by the people who have to live its realization. With killer grooves that take no prisoners, What's Goin' On is the most fitting tribute yet to Gaye, because not only does it prove the timelessness of the music itself, it echoes that what is indeed goin' on (Gaye's dedication to Detroit as its decline became a reality with no onlookers interested in doing anything) is even more true today than it was in 1971.



    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.



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. What's Going On feat. Chuck D
    2. What's Happening Brother feat. Bettye Lavette
    3. Flying High (In the Friendly Skies)
    4. Save the Children
    5. God is Love feat. Ivan Neville
    6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
    7. Right On
    8. Wholy Holy
    9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
    The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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