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  • My Future Is My Past My Future Is My Past Quick View

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    My Future Is My Past

    Walter Wolfman Washington is a soulful musician of rare talent, as
    well as a deep thinker and hip philosopher, and his hometown is New
    Orleans. Walter has cut his teeth for the last 50 years playing everywhere
    from European festivals to bars that Google Maps will never
    find. New Orleans is notorious for its wildness, parades, and celebrations.
    New Orleans is Mardi Gras, but it's also the uptown class of
    Allen Toussaint and hip style and language of Dr. John. Walter has
    always embodied both, but finally we have a set of songs that reflects
    the yin to Walter's bring-the-party yang. This is the record that we all
    have known he has in him. This is the night after that party, or maybe
    just the after party. He's been given free rein to express himself, and
    that's special.


    Producer Ben Ellman has assembled a sympathetic group of musicians
    from keyboardists Jon Cleary and Ivan Neville to a versatile
    rhythm section of bassist James Singleton and drummer Stanton
    Moore. Soul Queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas lends her voice to
    a cut and matches Wolfman note for note. Those two go back a long
    way. Walter played guitar in Irma's band in the late 1960s. Can you
    picture how much fun that might have been? And this is their first
    recording together. His future is his past indeed.

    1. Lost Mind
    2. Even Now
    3. What A Diff'rence A Day Makes
    4. Save Your Love For Me
    5. I Don't Want To Be A Lone Ranger
    6. Steal Away
    7. She's Everything To Me
    8. I Cried My Last Tear
    9. I Just Dropped By To Say Hello
    10. Are You The Lady
    Walter Wolfman Washington
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Gogo Juice (Awaiting Repress)

    "Nothing short of amazing" - Relix Magazine


    "He's the world's best-kept secret" - Bonnie Raitt


    "[Jon Cleary's] genre-bending style is steeped in early traditional New Orleans R&B, soul and funk. " - LA Times


    GoGo Juice is the new album from one of New Orleans' premier musical ambassadors, Jon Cleary. Made in collaboration with multi-Grammy winning producer John Porter (B.B. King, Keb Mo, Ryan Adams, Los Lonely Boys) each of the carefully crafted songs is a delicate balance of the smooth and the rough; instantly memorable hooks over a set of sophisticated and soulful arrangements. The tracks were recorded over several days deep in the bayou country of Louisiana and subsequently honed in his studio in the old Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. A blend of musical intelligence with direct, accessible pop simplicity that draws from tradition and yet is distinctively separate from it, these songs represent the many aspects of Cleary's musical personality as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter.

    1. Pump It Up
    2. Boneyard
    3. Brother I'm Hungry
    4. Get'cha GoGo Juice
    5. Beg Steal or Borrow
    6. Step Into My Life
    7. Bringing Back the Home
    8. 9-5
    9. Love On One Condition
    Jon Cleary
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    The Other Side Of Desire

    In the hands of the eccentric jazz-pop poet Rickie Lee Jones, the phrase the other side of Desire could mean a lot of things. As it happens, it's where the gets her mail; the singer-songwriter has been living quietly in New Orleans for a little over a year. This past fall, she celebrated her 60th birthday with the Lost Bayou Ramblers, at d.b.a.


    The Other Side of Desire is also the title of Jones' first album of original material in more than ten years. Written, recorded and rooted in the city of New Orleans, according to press materials, it was crafted with producers Mark Howard and John Porter, whose resumes are heavy with names like Roxy Music, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and the Smiths. (Porter, who also lived in New Orleans for a time, can count locals like the Honey Island Swamp Band, Jon Cleary and Tommy Malone on his personal roster as well.)


    The album is pure Jones: warm and whimsical, with a keen storyteller's touch. This time around, it's infused with the sounds of New Orleans. Strains of swamp-pop, honky tonk and Cajun waltzes wind through The Other Side of Desire which, the release said, could not have been written without the backdrop of New Orleans; its river, trains, barroom ghosts and sudden bands all playing the same song.


    Alison Fensterstock (The Times-Picayune)

    1. Jimmy Choos
    2. Valtz De Mon Pere (Lovers' Waltz)
    3. J'ai Connais Pas
    4. Blinded By The Hunt
    5. Infinity
    6. I Wasn't Here
    7. Christmas In New Orleans
    8. Haunted
    9. Feet On The Ground
    10. Juliette
    11. Finale (A Spider In The Circus Of The Falling Star)

    Rickie Lee Jones
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  • Suitcase (Pure Pleasure) Suitcase (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Suitcase (Pure Pleasure)

    On Suitcase, his eighth studio release, Keb' Mo' (Kevin Moore) reunites with John Porter, the producer of Moore's critically lauded first album, and the result is a pleasant, midtempo suite of songs dedicated to the emotional baggage everyone carries with them as they plow through increasingly complicated lives in search of peace, love, and some measure of personal redemption. Moore covers this ground with a wink and a grin in his voice, though, and Suitcase emerges as a wry commentary on modern life that still manages to sound bright and positive, beginning with the effervescent, sprung reggae rhythm of the opening track, Your Love, one of the best cuts here. Other highlights include the lovely ballad, Still There for Me, a celebration of the little man and his private victories, I'm a Hero, and the soothing, hopeful shuffle that closes things out, Life Is Beautiful. Moore is generally classified as a blues player, but the truth is, aside from his first album, he has actually done very little true blues material, and it is probably more accurate to call what he does blues-informed, but even that ignores the point that he is probably much closer in tone, theme, and feel to James Taylor than he is to Robert Johnson or any other blues figure. He does turn to the blues here, though, on the title track, Suitcase, and morphs it into a wonderfully engaging song about what people bring into a romantic relationship and what they take away in the end, making full use of the 'emotional baggage' connection inherent in the title. It is Keb' Mo' at his best, drawing on his ability to synthesize roots forms like the blues into completely contemporary commentaries on the struggles, travails, and blind faith in personal redemption that accompanies people as they slog their way daily ever deeper into the 21st century.




    Musicians:



    • Keb' Mo' (guitar, dobro)

    • Fran Banish, Kat Dyson, Greg Leisz (guitar)

    • Michael Finnigan (organ)

    • Reggie McBride (bass)

    • Sergio Gonzalez (drums)

    • Jeff Paris (electric piano, organ)

    • Jon Cleary (piano, organ)

    • Paulinho da Costa (percussion)

    • background vocals and the Texacali Horns




    Recording: at Shangri La Studio, Malibu, and Stu Stu Studio, Los Angeles, by Rik Pekkonen & John Porter

    Production: John Porter



    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. Your Love
    2. The Itch
    3. Eileen
    4. Remain Silent
    5. Still There For Me
    6. Rita
    7. I'm A Hero
    8. Suitcase
    9. Whole 'Nutha Thang
    10. I See Love
    11. I'll Be Your Water
    12. Life Is Beautiful
    Keb' Mo'
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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