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  • American Epic: The Best of Mississippi John Hurt American Epic: The Best of Mississippi John Hurt Quick View

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    American Epic: The Best of Mississippi John Hurt

    Blues fingerpicking guitarist, singer and sharecropper Mississippi John Hurt was born in the heart of Mississippi Hill Country, along the veiny tributaries of the great American river. His moving renditions of "Frankie" and "Spike Driver Blues" were included in Harry Smith's American Anthology of Folk Music in 1952 and were vitally influential on the Greenwich Village folk music revival of the 1960s as well as John Fahey's development of the American Primitive Guitar genre.

    Single LP with single pocket tip-on jacket with soft touch finish.

    1. Frankie
    2. Ain't No Tellin'
    3. Spike Driver Blues
    4. Avalon Blues
    5. Louis Collins
    6. Candy Man Blues
    7. Stack O' Lee Blues
    8. Praying On The Old Camp Ground
    9. Blue Harvest Blues
    10. Got the Blues Can't be Satisfied
    11. Big Leg Blues
    12. Nobody's Dirty Business
    13. Blessed Be The Name
    Mississippi John Hurt
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Today! (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Today! (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Today! (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)

    The '60s revived the careers of many early bluesmen, but none so dramatically as that of Mississippi John Hurt. Hurt recorded a few brilliant sides in the '20s, then ostensibly disappeared off the face of the Earth until folk musician Tom Hoskins went looking for him in 1963. At the age of 70, Hurt began one of the greatest comebacks in music history. From his first '60s shows until his death in 1966, Hurt was a popular mainstay of the folk-music circuit. TODAY! demonstrates why the audiences loved him so. More a melodic songster than a traditional bluesman, Hurt has a great deal in common with '60s folk musicians - many of whom he inspired. Hurt's dexterous and beautiful finger-picking style provided aspiring folk performers with a template, as did his warm and gentle stage presence. All these elements are amply evident on TODAY!, on which Hurt turns in definitive performances of Pay Day, Louis Collins, Spike Driver's Blues, and Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor. He even takes a rare (and successful) turn at slide guitar on Talking Casey. Like all of Hurt's Vanguard albums, TODAY! is an absolutely essential document of a great American artist.


    • Mississippi John Hurt (vocal, guitar)

    Recording: 1966

    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. Payday
    2. Im Satisfied
    3. Candy Man
    4. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
    5. Talkin Casey
    6. Corrina, Corrina
    7. Coffee Blues
    8. Louis Collins
    9. Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight

    10. If You Dont Want Me Baby
    11. Spike Driver's Blues
    12. Beulah Land
    Mississippi John Hurt
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • 1928 Sessions (Pre-Order) 1928 Sessions (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    1928 Sessions (Pre-Order)

    Across the works of Americana traditionalists like Ry Cooder and John Fahey, earnest folkies like Bruce Cockburn and Gillian Welch, and even blues-fusion weirdos like Beck, the sounds and influence of Mississippi John Hurt can be felt. Among his Delta Blues peers Hurt stood out equally for his gentle and genial demeanor as his distinct style of blues guitar, which heavily emphasized finger-picking and lyrical nuance, and was intended for dancing to. A legend of the genre that might have been condemned to obscurity if not for the folk revival of the 1960s, which introduced a wider audience to him and his songs, which would be covered by the likes of Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Taj Mahal, and others.

    Hurt's most definitive works can be traced back to 1928, when he recorded several singles for Okeh Records, where he would also come into the acquaintance of other blues legends like Blind Lemon Jefferson and Bessie Smith. These recordings would later become signature songs of his, such as Spike Driver Blues, Stack O' Lee Blues and Avalon Blues. The singles were not commercially successful at the time, but attracted greater success decades later, when a younger generation of blues and folk fans would embrace him, allowing him to appear on The Tonight Show, at the Newport Folk Festival, and tour and perform until his death in 1966. The 1928 Sessions, which started it all for Mississippi John, are now compiled here in their entirety.

    1. Got The Blues Can't Be Satisfied
    2. Louis Collins
    3. Blue Harvest Blues

    4. Avalon Blues
    5. Blessed Be The Name
    6. Nobody's Dirty Business
    7. Frankie
    8. Ain't No Tellin'

    9. Big Leg Blues
    10. Stack O' Lee Blues

    11. Praying On The Old Camp Ground
    12. Spike Driver Blues
    13. Candy Man Blues
    Mississippi John Hurt
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  • Celestial Explosion Celestial Explosion Quick View

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    Celestial Explosion

    Don Bikoff released one lone, rare solo album, Celestial Explosion, on Keyboard Records in 1968, now reissued by Tompkins Square. A kid from Oyster Bay, Long Island, Bikoff got his start in Greenwich Village, annoying Dave Van Ronk and playing the folk/blues circuit where he met Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Jesse Fuller and Mississippi John Hurt. In spite of this wide range of influences, Bikoff definitely has his own approach. Don is only 65 years old, and he's still playing strong.
    1. Rindler's Metamorphosis
    2. My Baby's Bass
    3. To Ellen
    4. Riverside Park Blues
    5. Bathing Prohibited In The River
    6. The Ellipses Of Your Mind
    7. Earth (Revisited)
    8. Sonata #7, Opus 11
    9. Today Was No Tomorrow
    10. The Formentera Moors Are Stomping Tonight
    11. Crystal Lakes of Frangipani
    12. Celestial Explosion
    Don Bikoff
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Arkansas (Awaiting Repress) Arkansas (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Arkansas (Awaiting Repress)

    John Oates is one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as an accomplished solo artist. Now, he has teamed up with an amazing group of accomplished and rising stars in the Americana music world to bring his new album, Arkansas, to life.

    The project originally began as a tribute to Oates' idol, Mississippi John Hurt. It evolved organically, during a series of Nashville recording sessions, into a unique, retrospective collection drawing from a wide range of Oates' musical influences. Asked about the style and sound of Arkansas, he says, ''it's like Dixieland dipped in bluegrass and salted with Delta blues.''

    1. Anytime
    2. Arkansas
    3. My Creole Belle
    4. Pallet Soft and Low
    5. Miss the Mississippi and You
    6. Stack O Lee
    7. That'll Never Happen No More
    8. Dig Back Deep
    9. Lord Send Me
    10. Spike Driver Blues
    John Oates
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  • Rooster Rag Rooster Rag Quick View

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    Rooster Rag

    Easily one of the hardest working bands in showbiz, the present incarnation of Little Feat is a seven-member powerhouse that ably carries on the group's tradition of deftly blending rock, R&B and blues to create a jammin' blend of Americana that has earned accolades from critics, fellow musicians and fans alike for over four decades.

    Rooster Rag, their new album and first with original material since 2003's Kickin It at the Barn, features 10 brand new songs including four co-writes with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter (Rooster Rag, Way Down Under, Rag Top Down, Salome) plus two blues classics, one from Mississippi John Hurt (Candyman Blues) and one from Willie Dixon (Mellow Down Easy). The result is a compelling album of funkified Little Feat fare guaranteed to please longtime fans while simultaneously attracting new eyes and ears!

    1. Candyman Blues
    2. Rooster Rag
    3. A Church Falling Down
    4. Salome
    5. One Breath At A Time
    6. Just A Fever
    7. Rag Top Down
    8. Way Down Under
    9. Jamaica Will Break Your Heart
    10. Tattooed Girl
    11. The Blues Keep Coming
    12. Mellow Down Easy
    Little Feat
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  • Mama Says I'm Crazy Mama Says I'm Crazy Quick View

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    Mama Says I'm Crazy

    Since no one could copyright Mississippi, two major blues performers, Fred McDowell and John Hurt, adopted the state as part of their name. To confuse matters more, both performers made comebacks during the late '50s/early '60s and both specialized in prewar acoustic blues. While a blues novice might find such similarities confusing, the two men's singing and guitar styles are polar opposites. Whereas Hurt's smooth, deep vocals and Piedmont fingerpicking made him easily accessible to the folk revival crowd, McDowell's soulful vocals and forcefully rhythmic guitar represented something more primitive. In 1967, producer George Mitchell brought together McDowell and harp player Johnny Woods for an off-the-cuff session not unlike what one might have heard at a Como, MS, house party. Interestingly, the two men hadn't played together in eight years, but on songs like Standing at the Backdoor and the title track, one would never guess it. This isn't a polite affair, with one player holding back while the other solos. Instead, McDowell and Woods trade notes, overlap, and rush forward on Long Haired Doney and Shake Em' on Down as though they had an unlimited supply of energy. While McDowell's vocals and slashing guitar propel Goin' Away and I Got a Woman forward, Woods' harp adds pizzazz. Acoustic blues fans will warmly embrace Mama Says I'm Crazy and be thankful that Mitchell went to the trouble required to track down Woods for this earthy set.

    - Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Allmusic

    1. Shake Em' On Down
    2. Goin' Away
    3. Mama Says I'm Crazy
    4. I Got A Woman
    5. Red Cross Store
    6. Going Down To The River
    7. Standing at the Back Door
    8. What's Going to Become of Men
    9. Long Haired Doney
    10. John Henry
    11. I Walked All Night Long
    Fred McDowell
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Some Cold Rainy Day Some Cold Rainy Day Quick View

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    Some Cold Rainy Day

    Eden & John's East River String Band are a contemporary acoustic duo that play country/blues classics from the 1920s and 1930s. The band consists of Eden Brower on ukulele and vocals with John Heneghan on guitar and vocals, including special guest Terry Waldo (legendary ragtime piano player who has recorded and toured with Leon Redbone and Woody Allen).

    The duo try to keep alive the rural music tradition that existed before the Great Depression of the '30s, playing primarily country blues covers including classics by such greats as Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, Lottie Kimbrough and Blind Lemon Jefferson.

    Some Cold Rainy Day is by far one of the most enjoyable contemporary recordings of early pre-war blues music I have ever heard. Eden and John stay true to the original arrangements and vocals that these songs had when they were first released. I would call this a MUST-own for fans young and old of blues music and even those who want a modern introduction to the great old music of the 1920s and 1930s. PLEASE NOTE: Crumb not only did the cover for this album; he loves the music on it, too. Crumb collectors know that he does very little commercial work now with his busy schedule and will only illustrate items he himself loves. What better endorsement is there than that? - Ralph Deluca

    1. Ain't No Tellin'
    2. Nobody's Business If I Do
    3. One Dime Blues
    4. Slidin' Delta
    5. Every Day In The Week
    6. Some Cold Rainy Day
    7. Bye Bye Baby Blues
    8. Future Blues
    9. I Had To Give Up Gin
    10. Rolling Log Blues
    11. Crow Jane
    12. Do Dirty Jane
    13. On Our Turpentine Farm
    Eden & John's East River String Band
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Gospel According To Sam The Gospel According To Sam Quick View

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    The Gospel According To Sam

    Sam Langhorn (1933-2007) was known among locals as the best blues guitarist to come out of Oxford, Mississippi, but he somehow eluded the blues mafia who scoured the state looking for talent. The recordings here are the first ever issued by Langhorn, who demonstrates his skills performing traditional gospel in a style remarkably similar to Mississippi John Hurt. He learned guitar from his mother Camilla, who played at sanctified church services, but eventually chose the blues lifestyle.

    The recordings were made around 1963 by two former Ole Miss football stars who befriended Langhorn and simply made the recordings for fun before putting them aside for half a century. Jimmy Hall went on to pursue a career of acting in New York City and L.A., and Robert Khayat a Pro Bowl career with the Washington Redskins then later returning to the University of Mississippi, where he became a celebrated Chancellor.

    1. Introduction
    2. Keep Your Hands On the Plow
    3. Jesus, Won't You Stop by Here
    4. I Shall Not Be Moved
    5. Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
    6. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again
    7. When the Saints Go Marching In
    8. When the Saints Go Marching In
    Sam Langhorn
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Mississippi Blues 1927-1941 (Pre-Order) Mississippi Blues 1927-1941 (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Mississippi Blues 1927-1941 (Pre-Order)

    Since its inception during the late 1960s, Yazoo Records has long been considered the standard-bearer for the rural roots sounds of America. From its ranks came collection after collection of some of the rarest early blues, jazz, country, folk, and gospel artists in music history, re-introducing the world to lost legends like Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Mississippi John Hurt, and many more. Artists whose impact has been felt generations later, and continue to inspire and influence.

    This class of artist can be found all across the 14 tracks of Mississippi Blues, a compilation of country blues music originally released in 1968, and now re-issued here decades later. Featuring tracks recorded between 1927 and 1941, and an artist lineup that is the stuff of legends: Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Son House, Skip James, Mattie Delaney, and so many more.

    1. Harvey Hull - Gang Of Brown Skin Women
    2. Henry Sims - Be True Be True Blues
    3. William Harris - I'm Leavin' Town
    4. Skip James - Special Rider Blues
    5. Skip James - Cypress Grove Blues
    6. Charley Patton - Hang It On The Wall
    7. Geeshie Wiley - Eagles On A Half
    8. Mattie Delaney - Tallahatchie River Blues
    9. John Bird - Billy Goat Blues
    10. Charley Patton - Mean Black Moan
    11. Charley Patton - Pea Vine Blues
    12. Bobby Grant - Nappy Head Blues
    13. Son House - Delta Blues
    14. Robert Johnson - Dead Shrimp Blues
    Various Artists
    Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Hercules Soundtrack Hercules Soundtrack Quick View

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    Hercules Soundtrack

    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    First Pressing Of 2000 Numbered Copies On Clear Blue/Black Vinyl

    Hercules (2014) is a riveting adventure blockbuster directed by Brett Ratner and starring Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock), Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt and more. It is based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars.

    The film was a pleasant surprise to critics. The chief film critic for Variety wrote: ''it's a grandly staged, solidly entertaining, old-fashioned adventure movie that does something no other Hercules movie has quite done before: it cuts the mythical son of Zeus down to human size (or as human as you can get while still being played by Dwayne Johnson)'' and further added that ''[Hercules's] strongest asset is surely Johnson, who continues to foster one of the most affable, guileless screen personas in movies today.''

    The music epic, driving, classic and cool. All of these adjectives were used to describe the music desired by the creative team making Hercules. Composer Fernando Velázquez rose to the occasion and delivered a fantastic score. The recording sessions took place at Air Studios and Abbey Road Studios in London, with Fernando conducting the tremendous London Philharmonic Orchestra.

    LP 1
    1. Son Of Zeus
    2. Pirate's Camp
    3. Hercules
    4. Arrival At Lord Cotys' City
    5. Flashback
    6. Athens
    7. Lord Cotys' Palace
    8. I Will Believe In You
    9. The Lion's Tooth
    10. Bessi's Valley
    11. Bessi-Battle
    12. The Campfire

    LP 2
    1. Training
    2. Centaurs
    3. The Battle
    4. Rhesus Caught
    5. Dungeon & I Am Hercules
    6. Kill Eurystheus
    7. Cotys Brings Out Arius
    8. Final Fight & Tydeus' Death
    9. The Statue Falls
    10. Comrades Stand Together
    11. Alternative Ending
    12. End Titles
    13. Choir Theme

    Fernando Velazquez
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Tenor Madness (Mono) Tenor Madness (Mono) Quick View

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    Tenor Madness (Mono)

    1956's Tenor Madness was officially the recording that established Sonny Rollins as one of jazz's elite tenor saxophonists and it stands alongside Saxophone Collossus as one of his masterworks. The fact that he enlists the talents of Miles Davis' then rhythm section of Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Philly Joe Jones for the date certainly doesn't hurt matters either. John Coltrane, who was also in Davis' group at the time, is notably featured here on the legendary title track, his only recording with Rollins.

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    1. My Reverie
    2. Paul's Pal
    3. The Most Beautiful Girl In the World
    4. When Your Lover Has Gone
    5. Tenor Madness
    Sonny Rollins
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • American Epic: The Soundtrack American Epic: The Soundtrack Quick View

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    American Epic: The Soundtrack

    American Epic: The Soundtrack leads the way for a series of album releases accompanying the Lo-Max/PBS/BBC Arena film project American Epic created by Allison McGourty, Duke Erikson and Directed by Bernard MacMahon.

    American Epic is a journey across time to the birth of modern recording, when music scouts armed with cutting-edge recording technology captured the breadth of American music and discovered the artists that would shape our world.

    The recordings they made of all the ethnic groups of America democratized the nation and gave a voice to everyone. Country singers in the Appalachians, Blues guitarists in the Mississippi Delta, Gospel preachers across the south, Cajun fiddlers in Louisiana, Tejano groups from the Texas Mexico border, Native American drummers in Arizona, and Hawaiian musicians were all recorded. It was the first time America heard itself.

    American Epic: The Soundtrack highlights recordings from the three-part documentary on one 150g LP, including original recordings by The Carter Family, Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and more all restored to unprecedented levels of sonic fidelity.

    1. Gonne Die with My Hammer in My Hand - Williamson Brothers & Curry
    2. On the Road Again - Memphis Jug Band
    3. Frankie - Mississippi John Hurt
    4. Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow - The Carter Family
    5. Mal Hombre - Lydia Mendoza
    6. Peg and Awl - Carolina Tar Heels
    7. Tomi Tomi - Sol K. Bright with The Aloha Serenaders
    8. The Indian Tom Tom - Big Chief Henry's Indian String Band
    9. Cocaine Habit Blues - Hattie Hart & The Memphis Jugband
    10. Up Above My Head - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    11. Down the Dirt Road Blues - Charley Patton
    12. Allons A Lafayette - Joseph Falcon
    13. Stackalee - Frank Hutchison
    14. Waiting for a Train - Jimmie Rodgers
    15. Jole Blon - The Breaux Brothers with Louis Michot
    Various Artists
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  • We're All In This Together We're All In This Together Quick View

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    We're All In This Together

    We're All In This Together features Walter with a different guest on each track, including artists Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sonny Landreth, Robben Ford, Warren Haynes, Eric Gales, Joe Louis Walker, John Mayall and Joe Bonamassa. Gonna Hurt Like Hell (feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd) Ain't Goin' Back (feat. Sonny Landreth) The Other Side Of The Pillow (feat. Charlie Musselwhite) She Listens To The Blackbird Sing (feat. Mike Zito) Mr. Davis (feat. Robben Ford) The Sky Is Crying (feat. Warren Haynes) Somebody Goin' Down (feat. Eric Gales) She Steals My Heart Away (feat. Edgar Winter) Crash And Burn (feat. Joe Louis Walker) Too Much To Carry (feat. John Nemeth) Do You Still See Me At All (feat. Jon Trout) Got Nothin' Left (feat. Randy Bachman) Blues For Jimmy T. (feat John Mayall) We're All In This Together (feat. Joe Bonamassa).
    LP 1
    1. Marie's Introduction
    2. Play The Guitar
    3. Help Me
    4. I'm Back
    5. Say Goodbye To The Blues
    6. Almost Gone

    LP 2
    1. Omaha
    2. Tomorrow Seems So Far Away
    3. Playin' Hideaway
    4. Haunted By The Night
    5. Fly Away
    6. Please Take Me Home

    LP 3
    1. Rock Me Baby
    2. Marie's Mood
    3. Serve Me Right To Suffer
    4. Love That We Once Knew

    Walter Trout
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Richland Woman Blues (Pure Pleasure) Richland Woman Blues (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Richland Woman Blues (Pure Pleasure)

    Best known for that ditty about camels, Maria Muldaur has since established herself as one of the finest folk/country/jazz/blues/gospel interpreters ever to have a Top Five single. After 26 years and 24 solo albums, Muldaur -- inspired by a trip to Memphis' Beale Street -- digs deep into her roots and pays tribute to the classic blues women of the '20s and '30s. Aided by the similarly inclined Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, and Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart, Muldaur breezes through 14 tunes from icons Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie, as well as obscurities from the Reverend Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, and Blind Willie Johnson. Keeping the unplugged accompaniment stripped way down to a single guitar or piano and occasional bass, Muldaur has room to maneuver her evocative vocals that shift from gritty groans to a high-pitched edgy trill. Far from a dry history lesson, these songs are performed with the strength and tenacity of the women who originally sang them. Whether spinning saucy, double entendre lyrics in Me And My Chauffeur Blues (»the way you ride so easy, I can't turn you down«) or longing for her Southern home after moving north during the Depression in Bessie Smith's Far Away Blues, the singer remains invigorated and inspired throughout. By returning to her late-'60s Jim Kweskin Jug Band coffeehouse days, Maria Muldaur has discovered her middle-aged oasis with Richland Woman Blues. And there's not a camel in sight.


    • Maria Muldaur (vocal)

    • Alvin Youngblood Hart (guitar, vocal)

    • Bonnie Raitt, John Sebastian (guitar)

    • David Wilkie (mandocello)

    • Dave Mathews (piano)

    • Roly Salley (bass)

    • Angela Strehli, Tracy Nelson (vocal)

    Recording: 2001 by John Jacob

    Production: John Jacob & Maria Muldaur

    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. The One To Sing The Blues
    2. I'm So Bad (Baby I Don't Care)
    3. No Voices In The Sky
    4. Going To Brazil
    5. Nightmare/Dreamtime
    6. Love Me Forever
    7. Angel City
    8. Make My Day
    9. R.A.M.O.N.E.S.
    10. Shut You Down
    11. 1916
    Maria Muldaur
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Riverman's Daughter Riverman's Daughter Quick View

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    Riverman's Daughter

    The Grahams, the creative union of lifelong romantic partners Alyssa and Doug Graham, combine soulful bluegrass with hints of earthy Americana, adding colors from traditional folk and country blues, into an infectious blend of storytelling that results in songs of love, loss, yearning, and the view from rural American roads less traveled.

    While the duo first met in grade school -- a trait shared by previous musical trail-blazers, from Lennon/McCartney to Jagger/Richards - the Grahams' journey together began when they were teenagers in the shadow of New York City. There, Alyssa, the impassioned troubadour, and Doug, the guitarist extraordinaire, shared a mutual love for the music of the Woodstock era and the adventures of the great outdoors. Over the ensuing years many a campfire lit acoustic jam would include the best of roots renegades like Neil Young, The Band, Gram Parsons, Janis and Emmylou along with more than a few Jerry Garcia and Johnny Cash nuggets. Later, spending much of their time in the secluded Adirondack Mountains at the Graham family fold, Alyssa and Doug learned the time-honored craft of songwriting. Here, their ongoing interests in traditional country, mountain bluegrass and folk legends such as The Carter Family and Mississippi John Hurt would blossom. Hoping to share their stories on a wider stage, the couple eventually settled in New York City, where they performed, collaborated and recorded a variety of acclaimed material before adopting The Grahams moniker.

    While the duo had written music together before, in the summer of 2012 new writing sessions yielded a different approach. Something magical was happening between Alyssa and Doug. A catalyst was born in the new song Riverman's Daughter, a tale of love, loss, and hardship on the river that showcases Alyssa's bountiful voice. Backed by her own rhythm guitar, along with the strong current of Doug's cascading accompaniment on the six string, and traditional vocal harmonies, the track came in a lightning bolt of inspiration. A vision and calling to write more songs of its kind took hold.

    Alyssa and Doug had an idea: What if they put their city lives on hold and, armed with just guitars and backpacks, traveled the 2,500 miles of highways and byways of the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana. Light out for the territory, so to speak, like Huck and Jim. There, the duo could follow the Great River Road (GRR) that parallels the waterway, meet the people, and hear first-hand where European folk music, brought to these shores generations ago, took root alongside rhythms and chants from Africa, and how these polarizing sounds formed the backbone of our 20th Century American musical heritage. And so The Grahams did just that, and in the process created their debut album, Riverman's Daughter. Along the way The Grahams played gigs at the various gin and juke joints that dotted the GRR, and met a colorful cast of characters and genuine music makers with whom the duo shared and exchanged stories through the common bond of song.

    Eventually Alyssa and Doug ended up intentionally isolated on an old houseboat in rural Louisiana where the Mississippi spills into the Atchafalaya swamp. There, The Grahams prolifically stockpiled songs, enjoyed the simplicity of living off the grid, and for a spell, invited onboard friends and musicians including their longtime collaborator Bryan McCann, a wordsmith who aids with lyrical inspiration. Yet perhaps the biggest inspiration on Riverman's Daughter was Doug's own mother, Gigi, the matriarch of the Graham family clan, and a true fan of the duo who had been diagnosed with cancer earlier that year. As her condition worsened, the Grahams packed up their guitars and newly minted collection of songs to become Gigi's angel band, and played by her side until she passed away.

    As recording of the new album began, The Grahams found a true kindred spirit in Grammy-winning producer Malcolm Burn, who brought a magical touch and inspired ideas into the studio. It was Burn's idea to record both Alyssa and Doug's parts live to tape without the assistance of headphones or isolation -- in the way they were written. This process gives the album a natural aura that harkens back to an era when this practice was commonplace. Along the same lines, The Grahams chose to record the album in Nashville, the longtime epicenter of country music. While the album's foundation is simple and acoustic, The Grahams are backed on a few tracks by stellar accompaniment including the Grammy-nominated North Mississippi Allstars. Along with the title song the album is highlighted by the 70's country rock flavored Carrying The Torch, the spirited traditional vibe of The Piney River, and the riveting upbeat barn dance playfulness of Revival Time.

    Ultimately, the album is a winning culmination of The Grahams' long journey into the heart of America, the inspiration they derived from immersion into classic American music, and the natural and honest talent they have for bringing forth a modern musical idiom steeped in tradition.

    1. Revival Time
    2. Riverman's Daughter
    3. Carrying the Torch
    4. You Made Me Love You
    5. Cathedral Pines
    6. If You're in New York
    7. The Piney River
    8. A Good Man
    9. Marnie Hawkins
    10. Heaven Forbid
    11. Lonesome Child
    12. Jericho
    13. Goodbye Babe (B.C.)
    14. Lay Down Delilah
    The Grahams
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    Plain Spoken

    John Cougar Mellencamp is an American rock singer-songwriter and musician. Mellencamp rose to superstardom in the 1980s while honing an almost
    startingly plainspoken writing style that, starting in 1982, yielded a strong of Top 10 singles, including Hurts So Good, Jack & Diane, Crumblin'
    Down, Pink Houses, Lonely Ol' Night, Small Town, R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A., Paper in Fire, and Cherry Bomb.

    To date, John has released 21 studio albums. He has released 10 albums that have all been certified platinum or multi-platinum in the United States, and
    Mellencampe has sold over 40illion albums worldwide throughout his career.

    A Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, John Mellencampe recently signed a historic 'Lifetime' deal with Republic Records. Known as
    The Voice of the Heartland, Mellencamp has touched the hearts and souls of music listeners and influenced American culture with enduring songs. His
    22nd full-length album, Plain Spoken, is a stunningly elegant and soul-searching gem.

    Produced by T Bone Burnett, Mellencamp continues to evolve artistically with Plain Spoken -- the first new music from the artist since 2010's critically
    acclaimed No Better Than This, which debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 and received the honor of being on Rolling Stone's Best Albums of
    2010 list. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has created an important body of work that has earned him both critical respect and an enormous audience.
    An authoritative and eloquent storytellter who speaks to the sensibilities of the nation, Mellencamp is also one of the most successful live concert
    performers in the world. A man with a conscience, he used his visibility and influence to advocate an issue that hit close to home and became one of the
    founding members of Farm Aid, an organization that began in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farm. The Farm Aid concerts have raised
    over $45 million to promote a resilient family farm system of agriculture.

    1. Troubled Man
    2. Sometimes There's God
    3. The Isolation of Mister
    4. The Company of Cowards
    5. Tears In Vain
    6. The Brass Ring
    7. Freedom Of Speech
    8. Blue Charlotte
    9. The Courtesy of Kings
    10. Lawless Times
    John Mellencamp
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    Burn Your Fire For No Witness

    Many of the superlatives describing Angel Olsen refer to how seemingly little it takes for her to
    leave an audience speechless, even spellbound. But Olsen has never been as timid as those
    descriptors imply, and the noisy, fiery hints in her earlier work find a fuller expression on her
    newest LP, Burn Your Fire for No Witness. Here, Olsen sings with full-throated exultation,
    admonition, and bold, expressive melody.Also,with the help of producer John Congleton, her
    music now crackles with a churning,rumbling low end and a brighter energy.

    Angel Olsen began singing as a young girl in St. Louis, where she explored the remarkable
    range of her voice and the places it could take her songwriting. Her self-released debut EP,
    Strange Cacti, belied both that early period of discovery and her Midwestern roots. Cautious
    and homespun on the one hand,the EP transported us to a mystical, unrecognizable world on
    the other, and it garnered extensive praise for its enigmatic beauty.Olsen then went further on
    Half Way Home, her first full-length album (released on Bathetic Records), which mined
    essential themes while showcasing a more developed voice. Olsen dared to be more personal.

    After extensive touring, Olsen eventually settled for a time in Chicago's Logan Square
    neighborhood, where she created a collection of songs grown in a year of heartbreak, travel,
    and transformation. The new songs go on to tell us to leave, or to high-five a lover who is
    lacking, or to dance our way up and out of sorrow. Many of them also remain essentially
    unchanged from their bare beginnings.In leaving them so intact, a more self-assured Olsen is
    opening up to us, allowing us to be in the room with her at the very genesis of these songs,
    when the thread of creation is most vulnerable and least filtered. Our reward for entering this
    room are many head-turning moments and the powerful, unsettling recognition of ourselves
    in the weave of her songs.

    This act of meaning-making recurs as a theme throughout the album, as the sublimating
    response to the power of negativity.In the song,Stars,for example,Olsen wishes to"have the
    voice of everything" and in a moment of hatefulness and hurt realizes that the strength of fury
    results in the power she had been seeking all along. Thankfully for us, Olsen has decided to
    channel a lot of this new found power into the ethereal, hypnotic performances of her new and
    revealing songs,sharing with us the full grace and beauty of her transformative moments.

    -Matthew Didier

    1. Unfucktheworld
    2. Forgiven/Forgotten
    3. Hi-Five
    4. White Fire
    5. High & Wild
    6. Lights Out
    7. Stars
    8. Iota
    9. Dance Slow Decades
    10. Enemy
    11. Windows
    Angel Olsen
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    Gasoline Alley

    Numbered Limited Edition LP

    Rod the Mods 1970 Landmark Set Tone for All Folk-Rock Albums That Followed

    Evocative, Low-Key, and Rustic: Gasoline Alley Finds Stewart At His Peak

    Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI: LP Has Never Sounded More Organic, Warm, or Transparent

    Backed By Fellow Faces Ron Wood, Ronnie Lane, Ian MacLagan, Kenny Jones

    Stewarts Equally Iconic Every Picture Tells A Story Also Available on LP from Silver Label

    No matter what era or phase of Rod Stewart you prefer, nearly everyone is unanimous in choosing the artists early 1970s output as his very finest. Proof comes courtesy of Gasoline Alley. A 1970 record that literally set the template for all folk-rock efforts that followed, the critically acclaimed album has been cited as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and remains a blueprint for evocative vocals, low-key presentation, and incredible interpretation.

    Barely removed from his debut, Stewart comes into his own on Gasoline Alley, essentially a largely unplugged record on which the singer surrounds himself with a transcendent blend of acoustic guitars, mandolin, fiddle, piano, and understated percussion and channels the music with a gritty, rock n roll attitude. The results? Tough, organic, warm, swaggering, and unfettered songs that bow to country, rockabilly, blues, and folk influences all the while managing to belong to their own genre. Its just one of the reasons why Gasoline Alley remains a study in distinctive excellence.

    Another is due to Stewarts passionate singing. Sensitive, understated, wistful, and raggedly worn, he inhabits the role of a journeyman that inhabits the narratives on standard-bearing covers of Bob Dylans Only a Hobo, Elton Johns Country Comforts, and the R&B shuffle Cut Across Shorty. He conveys a bevy of complex emotionssadness, regret, optimism, sorrow, loss, humor, yearningwith a poignancy that suggests every song here is disarmingly personal. Of course, having a band sympathetic to his desires and directions, and one that claims the talent of players such as guitarist Ronnie Wood and organist Ian MacLagan, doesnt hurt matters.

    Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI (America's best record plant), this numbered limited edition LP allows Gasoline Alley to come across with unrivaled warmth, organic tones, and transparent presence. The signature acoustic-electric blend of rock, blues, soul, and country crackles with energy; midrange and highs are vastly improved, affording listeners a clearer image of the Faces dynamic contributions and chemistry. And Stewarts vocals take place right in your room. Wait until you hear the inflections and contrasts.

    Dont hesitate on this all-time rock and folk classic.

    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Gasoline Alley
    2. It's All Over Now
    3. Only A Hobo
    4. My Way Of Giving
    5. Country Comforts
    6. Cut Across Shorty
    7. Lady Day
    8. Jo's Lament
    9. You're My Girl (I Don't Want To Discuss It)
    Rod Stewart
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    The Door

    Available On Vinyl For The First Time

    Few musicians can captivate with just their voice and guitar, but Keb' Mo' pulls it off on his fifth release The Door. It's as if DNA from Robert Johnson and James Taylor fused inside this singer-songwriter, simply known as Kevin Moore when he played guitar with Papa John Creach back in the '70s.

    At 49 years old, Keb' Mo' has paid his dues. More importantly, he 's a compelling singer, a versatile stringman, and a fine songwriter. He's also one of the few best-selling artists today whose music genuinely deserves a big audience.

    Keb'Mo' has a knack for advancing the pure Blues formula into uncharted territories. Take his remake of the Elmore James' classic "It Hurts Me Too." It's nearly impossible to make a synthesizer work in a Blues context, but Keb' Mo' finds a way on this track. On gentle numbers like "Anyway" and sophisticated compositions such as the jazzy "It's All Coming Back," Keb' Mo' also extends himself well beyond the Blues.

    1. The Door
    2. Loola Loo
    3. It Hurts Me Too
    4. Come On Back
    5. Stand Up (And Be Strong)
    6. Anyway
    7. Don't You Know
    8. It's All Coming Back
    9. Gimme What You Got
    10. Mommy Can I Come Home
    11. Change
    12. The Beginning
    Keb' Mo'
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    Bossa Nova and Blues

    This Sundazed Mono Edition Reproduces The Original Artwork And Presents The Original 12-Song LP On 180 Gram Vinyl Mastered From The Original Analog Reels And Pressed At Record Technology Inc.

    One of the Three Kings of blues guitar along with B.B. and Albert, Texas-born Freddy (Freddie) King influenced everyone from Eric Clapton and Peter Green in the UK to Jerry Garcia and Stevie Ray Vaughan in the States. But even his staying up all night playing poker with Grand Funk wasn't enough to prevent his seminal King/Federal albums from staying out of print on vinyl for decades - until Sundazed came to the rescue. The reissue campaign that began with meticulously mastered editions of King classics Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King, Freddy King Gives You a Bonanza of Instrumentals, and Freddy King Goes Surfin' continues with his rare 1963 offering, Bossa Nova and Blues. In the tradition of his surfing album, which wasn't really surf, Bossa Nova and Blues had no bossa nova - but the advertising was at least half true, and hey, there were two cuts that had "bossa nova" in the title. Though King was best known for blues instrumentals, "Bossa Nova Blues" and "The Bossa Nova Watusi Twist" (dig the dance craze threesome) were actually the only two instrumentals on an album otherwise dedicated to bluesy ballads. But of course, Freddie made it work - churning out bonafide classics like the karmic "Someday, After A While (You'll Be Sorry)" (later covered by John Mayall and the Blues Breakers on A Hard Road, also reissued on Sundazed mono LP), the emotive "The Welfare (Turns Its Back on You)," the soulful "It Hurts to Be In Love," and the more uptempo, New Orleans-flavored "You're Barkin' Up the Wrong Tree."

    1. (I'd Love To) Make Love To You
    2. You're Barkin' Up The Wrong Tree
    3. Look Ma, I'm Cryin'
    4. It Hurts To Be In Love
    5. You Walked In
    6. The Bossa Nova Watusi Twist
    7. Is My Baby Mad At Me
    8. Someday, After A While (You'll Be Sorry)
    9. One Hundred Years
    10. Bossa Nova Blues
    11. The Welfare (Turns Its Back on You)
    12. Walk Down That Aisle (Honey Chile)
    Freddy King
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    The push-and-pull that drives Gallant's music is like a pendulum swinging back and forth between genres and influences. His combination of muscular vocal acrobatics and sonic unpredictability has attracted universal tastemaker praise and a growing fan base. Complex championed the Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter as The R&B game changer, LA Times claimed, Precise writing of Frank Ocean, big vocal runs of Sam Smith, and NME predicted, the voice that will redefine R&B, while Entertainment Weekly, The Fader, Billboard, and more have shown support. Sir Elton John summed it up best saying, Gallant is gonna be huge.

    Gallant has been on this pursuit since junior high. Growing up in Columbia, MD, he began tinkering on his computer and making songs after school inspired by everything from nineties R&B to classic jazz and blues. Rather than write in a journal, the music collated his feelings and emotions. He'd rarely share it with friends though. While attending NYU, he enrolled in summer school, so he could graduate early. Post-graduation and countless hours of meticulous practice later, he was finally ready to share his songs to the world at large.

    His first online release If It Hurts would establish him in the blogosphere, while 2014's Zebra EP landed him on Spotify's viral charts and at the top of HypeM. Signing to Mind of a Genius in 2015 and relocating to L.A., he dove into creating what would become Ology with co-producers such as Stint. The first single Weight In Gold enjoyed its world premiere on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio show as the introductory entry in the coveted World's First segment. In less than six months, it accumulated over 6.5 million Spotify streams.
    As Gallant continues on his search, he leaves a message on the path. If people can hear I'm not doing this to feed any ego or serve someone else, that's all I want, he leaves off. I'm trying to create a photo album I can look back on to see where I've overcome challenges. I'm using music as a means of self-discovery. If my songs help somebody do the same thing or realize art can help us improve ourselves, I'd be honored.

    LP 1
    1. First
    2. Talking to Myself
    3. Shotgun
    4. Bourbon
    5. Bone + Tissue
    6. Oh, Universe
    7. Weight in Gold
    8. Episode
    9. Miyazaki
    10. Counting
    11. Percogesic

    LP 2
    1. Jupiter
    2. Open Up
    3. Skipping Stones (feat. JhenÉ Aiko)
    4. Chandra
    5. Last
    6. Weight in Gold (Brasstracks Remix)

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    Candy Man Blues (Out of Stock)

    180 Gram Blue Vinyl Albums From Original Blues Artists

    Remastered with printed inner bags and sleevenotes

    Thirteen tracks from the 1928 sessions from the folk-blues legend, including "Candy Man Blues", "Stack O'Lee Blues" and "Louis Collins".

    1. Frankie
    2. Louis Collins
    3. Nobody's Dirty Business
    4. Aint' No Tellin'
    5. Stack O' Lee
    6. Avalon Blues
    7. Big Leg Blues
    8. Praying On The Old Camp Ground
    9. Candy Man Blues
    10. Blessed Be Thy Name
    11. Blue Harvest Blues
    12. Spike Driver Blues
    13. Got The Blues (Can't Be Satisfied
    Mississippi John Hurt
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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