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Once In Every LifeMastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio From The Original Analog Master Tape
200-Gram Vinyl Pressed At Quality Record Pressings
Johnny Hartman's next-to-last album (he made a record for Audiophile 12 days later) finds the 57-year-old singer still in prime form. His rich baritone voice is joined by a sextet also including Frank Wess (on tenor and flute), trumpeter Joe Wilder and pianist Billy Taylor.
The ballads range from slow to a brighter medium-tempo pace, and Hartman (particularly on such tunes as Easy Living, Wave and I Could Write a Book) shows that he still had it this late in his career, writes AllMusic. In his film The Bridges of Madison County Clint Eastwood used four tracks from Once in Every Life.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Easy Living
2. It Was Almost Like A Song
4. By Myself
5. For All We Know
6. Will You Still Be Mine
7. Nobody Home
8. I Could Write A Book
9. I See Your Face Before Me$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I Just Dropped By To Say HelloThe second Impulse session for ballad singer Johnny Hartman followed his classic collaboration with John Coltrane. Hartman is heard in peak form throughout these 11 pieces, which include In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, Sleepin' Bee, Stairway to the Stars, & even Charade. Tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet is on five of the songs, guitarists Kenny Burrell & Jim Hall help out on a few tunes, & Hartman is accompanied by pianist Hank Jones, bassist Milt Hinton, & drummer Elvin Jones.1. Charade
2. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
3. Sleepin' Bee
4. Don't You Know I Care
5. Kiss Run
6. If I'm Lucky
7. I Just Dropped By To Say Hello
8. Stairway To The Stars
9. Our Time
10. Don't Call It Love
11. How Sweet It Is To Be In Love$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Throughout John Coltrane's discography there are a handful of decisive and controversial albums that split his listening camp into factions. Generally, these occur in his later-period works such as Om and Ascension, which push into some pretty heady blowing. As a contrast, Ballads is often criticized as too easy and as too much of a compromise between Coltrane and Impulse! (the two had just entered into the first year of label representation). Seen as an answer to critics who found his work complicated with too many notes and too thin a concept, Ballads has even been accused of being a record that Coltrane didn't want to make. These conspiracy theories (and there are more) really just get in the way of enjoying a perfectly fine album of Coltrane doing what he always did -- exploring new avenues and modes in an inexhaustible search for personal and artistic enlightenment. With Ballads he looks into the warmer side of things, a path he would take with both Johnny Hartman (on John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman) and with Duke Ellington (on Duke Ellington and John Coltrane). Here he lays out for McCoy Tyner mostly, and the results positively shimmer at times. He's not aggressive, and he's not outwardly. Instead he's introspective and at times even predictable, but that is precisely Ballads' draw.
-All Music Guide1. Say It (Over And Over Again)
2. You Don't Know What Love Is
3. Too Young To Go Steady
4. All or Nothing At All
5. I Wish I Knew
6. What's New
7. It's Easy To Remember
8. Nancy (With THe Laughing Face)
*Bonus Track$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman1. They Say It's Wonderful
2. Dedicated To You
3. My One And Only Love
4. Lush Life
5. You Are Too Beautiful
6. Autumn Serenade$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
The Voice That IsBallad singer Johnny Hartman's third and final Impulse session has several near-classic performances including My Ship, Waltz for Debby and It Never Entered My Mind, along with several songs from movies or shows such as Sunrise, Sunset. Hartman is in fine form throughout here whether backed by the Hank Jones quartet or accompanied by an octet arranged by pianist Bob Hammer.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. My Ship
2. More I See You, The
3. These Foolish Things
4. Waltz For Debbie
5. It Never Entered My Mind
6. The Day the World Stopped Turning, The
7. A Slow Hot Wind
8. Funny World
9. Joey, Joey, Joey
10. Let Me Love You
11. Sunrise, Sunset$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Little Girl Blue RemixedImport
Perhaps not as well known to the general public, Bethlehem Records earned its place in Jazz history with the release of debut albums from artists like Carmen McRae, Chris Connor, Herbie Mann and Johnny Hartman. Besides that, check those early covers - pure art!
Bethlehem's most famous release is the 1958 debut album by Nina Simone, Little Girl Blue. So when DJ Maestro got the chance to remix this album, he was thrilled. Soon he got the idea to ask some of his favorite producers to collaborate, like Mop Mop, Renegades of Jazz, Gramophonedzie, Fab Samperi, The Reflex and Mees Dierdorp.
One thing they all had in common: excitement to work with the original recordings from this iconic album. The result is 14 remixes, each with a unique approach to the original song, and all with a contemporary feel.1. Plain Gold Ring (mop Mop Rework)
2. My Baby Just Cares For Me (the Reflex Edit)
3. Mood Indigo (renegades Of Jazz Remix)
4. Little Girl Blue (maestro Remix)
5. Love Me Or Leave Me (suonho Relove)
6. African Mailman (the Rebel Remix)
7. I Loves You Porgy (mees Dierdorp Remix)
8. My Baby Just Cares For Me (gabriel & Castellon And Maestro Remix)
9. African Mailman (opolopo Remix)
10. Plain Gold Ring (fab Samperi Remix)
11. He Needs Me (gramophonedzie Remix)
12. Love Me Or Leave Me (gabriel & Castellon And Maestro Remix)
13. African Mailman (smoove Remix)
14. Central Park Blues (monte's Midnight Mix)$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Ellington & ColtraneImport
180 Gram Vinyl
Includes Bonus Track
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane is a jazz album by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane recorded on September 26, 1962 and released in February 1963 on Impulse! Records.
For Ellington, it was one of many collaborations with fellow jazz-greats in the early 1960s, including Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Max Roach and Charles Mingus. More unusually, it placed him in a jazz quartet setting (in this case, saxophone, piano, bass and drums), rather than his usual one in a big band.
For Coltrane, it was an opportunity to work with one of jazz's all-time greats. It was one of several albums he recorded in the early 1960s in a more conservative and accessible style, alongside John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman and Ballads. Despite their differences in background, style and age (Ellington was 63 and Coltrane 36 when the tracks were recorded), it has been said that the two interacted seamlessly and subtly, neither one outshining the other.
The quartet was filled out by the bassist and drummer from either of their bands. The tracks they recorded featured Ellington standards (In a Sentimental Mood), new Ellington compositions and a new Coltrane composition (Big Nick).
Coltrane felt very honoured to work with Ellington: I was really honoured to have the opportunity of working with Duke. It was a wonderful experience. He has set standards I haven't caught up with yet. I would have liked to have worked over all those numbers again, but then I guess the performances wouldn't have had the same spontaneity. And they mightn't have been any better!1. In A Sentimental Mood
2. Take The Coltrane
3. Big Nick
5. My Little Brown Book
7. The Feeling Of Jazz
8. I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good*
*Bonus Track$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Instant ReplayCelebrate The Legendary Artist's #1 Record From 1978
Stunning 180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Red Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation
Mastered Impeccably At Friday Music - Pressed At R.T.I.
Featuring: Edgar Winter, Vinnie Vincent (Formerly Of Kiss), G.E. Smith (Hall & Oates / Bob Dylan)
In 1978, mega artist Dan Hartman (Free Ride, I Can Dream About You, Living In America) was sitting on top of the world. After a long
tenure performing with superstars like Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter and The Edgar Winter Group, Dan rewarded his fans once again with
one of the most important club and pop songs of the era with Instant Replay. Featuring the classic line-up of Dan Hartman, Vinnie Vincent
(Kiss), G.E. Smith (Bob Dylan) and former bandmate Edgar Winter, the Instant Replay album rapidly became one of the most definitive albums of his very successful career.
The LP kicks off with the #1 title track Instant Replay and simmers on with the lengthy dance smash Countdown/This Is It. His rock and
funk side continues with even more classics like Double-O-Love and the brilliant Time And Space, making this one of most popular albums
of the time and continues to be heard on radio and in dance halls all over the world.
Friday Music is no stranger to the stunning recordings of Dan Hartman and his affiliations with our other artists Johnny Winter and The Edgar Winter Group. Therefore, it is with much excitement to announce the legendary Dan Hartman masterpiece Instant Replay. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Johnny Winter/Isley Brothers/ Instant Funk) at Friday Music Studios and pressed at RTI, this stunning LP was long overdue for the audiophile vinyl domain.
Dan Hartman would go on later to become one of the top recording artists, composers and record producers of our time. Collaborating
with such diverse artists as Joe Cocker, Stevie Winwood and James Brown, his career ended with his untimely passing in 1994.
In honor of the late artist and this amazing album, we are presenting Instant Replay for the first time on translucent RED Vinyl with a limited edition gatefold cover. We believe this wonderful new audiophile release of Instant Replay will become one of the most anticipated dance and classic rock/pop releases of the year!
Countdown!1. Instant Replay
2. Countdown / This Is It
4. Chocolate Box
5. Love Is A Natural
6. Time & Space$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
They Only Come Out At NightMastered from the Original Epic Records Tapes by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray
Edgar Winter, the multi-talented superstar brother of blues rock legend Johnny Winter, has been a fixture on the rock music scene now for several decades. While launching his own successful career with his solo albums and Edgar Winters White Trash, the natural progression for this man was to develop his own supergroup which would become the platinum and gold selling The Edgar Winter Group.
Releasing their first album in 1973, They Only Come Out At Night was an overnight success, thanks to the mind altering studio jam Frankenstein which has since become one of classic rocks finest moments. This instrumental smash featured the stunning keyboard of Edgar Winter, the incredible guitar of resident shredder Ronnie Montrose, the thumping bass of the late great Dan Hartman and of course the solid percussive hits of Chuck Ruff.
The album went onto receive more attention from radio programmers across the globe as even further hit songs would rapidly develop including the blues rocker Undercover Man, the country rock feel of Round & Round and of course another top charter with the summer Top 40 Rock driving sounds of Dan Hartmans Free Ride. The Rick Derringer produced album would go on to stay on the charts for a long time and receive multiple platinum status in a very short time. Truly, one of classic rocks finest albums ever recorded!
Now for the first time ever on audiophile vinyl, Friday Music announces the first installment of their Edgar Winter 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with his platinum plus album They Only Come Out At Night. This first time audiophile vinyl release is mastered from the original Epic Records tapes by Joe Reagoso (Johnny Winter/Alice Cooper/Boston) at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray and pressed at RTI.
For this special release, the limited edition album comes in the original gatefold album cover, which features the photography of Francesco Scavullo and Norman Seeff and artwork design of John Berg. To keep your album in impeccable condition, they are also including a poly lined sleeve to protect your vinyl investment as well as a poly bag for the classic album cover art.1. Hangin Around
2. When It Comes
3. Alta Mira
4. Free Ride
5. Undercover Man
6. Round & Round
7. Rock N Roll Boogie Woogie Blues
9. We All Had A Real Good Time
10. Frankenstein$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Blue Rose (Pure Pleasure)One of Rosemary Clooney's best records, and one of Duke's more accessible offerings, combined on one LP. The recorded output of the 1950's didn't get much more satisfying than this. Duke's music was always very sophisticated and this time it's even more obvious with a presence of such a talented singer as Rosemary Clooney. The songs are marvelous and she sounds young, fresh and sexy (ladylike sexy). In Blue Rose, not only are Clooney's vocals outstanding, but the arrangements are some of the prettiest of jazz.
The band swings simply and sweetly, though still thoroughly in the Duke style. As if to make the point that the band is the 'other' star of this recording, there's one instrumental here - Passion Flower (Johnny Hodges on sax never sounded more sure of himself). Its inclusion in the program, without a vocal from Clooney, is at first bizarre - but seems to make sense within the context of the album.
The fascinating album notes explain why and how separate tracks for Rosemary Clooney and Duke Ellington's orchestra had to be laid down. One would never realize that singer and orchestra were not together. They are totally in sync. This is not big, belting jazz; this is sophisticated, late night, intimate singing and playing. This is one of the most memorable pairings of a 'popular' singer with a jazz giant; ranking with the first Sinatra-Basie album and the Coltrane-Hartman session.
- Rosemary Clooney (vocal)
- Duke Ellington (piano, arranger)
- Billy Strayhorn (arranger)
- Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope (alto saxophone)
- Clark Terry, Cat Anderson (trumpet)
- Gordon Jackson (trombone)
- Jimmy Woode (bass)
- Sam Woodyard (drums)
Recording: January and February 1956
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. Hey Baby
2. Sophisticated Lady
3. Me and You
4. Passion Flower
5. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
7. Blue Rose
8. Im Checkin OutGoombye
9. I Got It Bad
10. Mood Indigo$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now