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Spoon's Life (Pure Pleasure)
A beautifully recorded session of top quality blues performed by masters of their art. On paper it may look like a slightly odd coupling of KC shouter with a Chicago blues band. The results confirm that Jimmy Witherspoon is a blues singer full of passion and throughout this session all the musicians compliment each other admirably. A beautiful slab of music.
- Jimmy Witherspoon (vocal)
- George Smith (harmonica)
- Johnny Dollar, Sammy Lawhorn (guitar)
- Nick Charles (bass)
- Roosevelt "Snake" Shaw (drums)
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. Night Life
2. Help Me
3. Big Boss Man
4. Cold Cold Feeling
5. Worried Life Blues
6. Did You Ever
7. Blues With A Feeling
8. Big Leg Woman
9. Bags Under My Eyes$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
RootsSomehow this 1961 Reprise title seems to have escaped the audiophile must-have list. It's a true hidden classic and an incredibly warm recording. The small combo setting really allows these two heavyweights, Jimmy Witherspoon and Ben Webster ,to shine. The mood is laid-back and down-home. Accompanying musicians include trumpeter Gerald Wilson, pianist Ernie Freeman, bassist Ralph Hamilton and drummer Jim Miller. Roots was recorded at the often underrated or forgotten Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California. The studio, built in 1929, was one of the truly great - and great-sounding - studios of its day with an unbelievable discography of classics to its name.
Includes Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out and I'm Gonna move To the Outskirts of Town.
Jimmy Witherspoon made his first records with Jay McShann's band in 1945. Four years later, he would record under his own name with the McShann band and produced his first hit Ain't Nobody's Business.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water
2. I'm Gonna move To the Outskirts of Town
3. Key To the Highway
4. Did You Ever
5. Confessin' the Blues
6. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
7. Your Red Wagon
8. Rain Is Such a Lonesome Sound
9. Cherry Red
10. It's A Low Down Dirty Shame
11. Just A Dream
12. Please, Mr. Webster$29.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Evenin' BluesPart 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
This relaxed, rather informal August 15, 1963, session is one of Jimmy Witherspoon's rarest and was the only time that the great Arkansas shouter recorded with T-Bone Walker, the Texas-born father of electric blues guitar. In an unusual appearance as a sideman, Walker contributed his trademark brittle-toned solos, obbligatos, and "from the five" intros to a set of tunes that included such standards as "Money's Gettin' Cheaper" (a 'Spoon favorite since he borrowed it from Charles Brown in the late Forties), "How Long Blues," "Good Rockin' Tonight," "Kansas City," and "Don't Let Go." And adding further Texas seasoning was San Antonio saxophonist Clifford Scott, best known for his distinctive solos on "Honky Tonk" and other Bill Doggett hits, who not only played tenor (as the original credits indicate), but blew searing alto on "Grab Me a Freight" and flute on 'Spoon's reading of the haunting title track, a blues ballad previously associated with both Jimmy Rushing and Walker. With Clifford Scott, Bert Kendrix, T-Bone Walker, Clarence Jones and Wayne Robertson.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Money's Gettin' Cheaper
2. Grab Me a Freight
3. Don't Let Go
4. I've Been Treated Wrong
6. Cane River
7. How Long Blues
8. Good Rockin' Tonight
9. Kansas City
10. Drinking Beer$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Feelin' The SpiritThe finest collection of Jimmy Witherspoon's gospel songs, Feelin' the Spirit is an essential addition to any Witherspoon collection. Throughout his career, Witherspoon recorded numerous gospel songs, frequently recording two or three songs for his albums. This set, collecting many of his finest early performances, is frequently revelatory. Witherspoon's voice and style are so distinctive that they make these songs seem new, even on standards such as Amazing Grace and Rock of Ages. Never strictly a gospel artist, all of these recordings show sincerity and, more importantly, depth, both musically and spiritually.
Thomas Ward (All Music Guide)1. Every Time I Feel the Spirit
2. Deep River
3. I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray
4. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
5. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
6. I Want to Be Ready
7. Steal Away to Jesus
8. Oh Mary, Don't You Weep
9. Go Down Moses
10. The Time Has Come$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now