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Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat (Pure Pleasure)Laura Nyro's third Columbia effort is easily the equal of her previous two. The overwhelming strength of her songwriting and distinctive arrangements fuel Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat. Her unmistakable style of delivery maintains the continual examination of herself as a performer. The results are uniformly interesting and provocative as she continues to draw upon her love of jazz, folk, and R&B.
Conceptually, this album is as potent as her previous effort, New York Tendaberry, but in a much different way. Rather than hanging together thematically, Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat features two inclusive and distinctive sides of music -- with different musicians and producers for each.
The first five tracks feature Nyro backed by the Swampers from Muscle Shoals, AL, and include the talents of Roger Hawkins (drums), Eddie Hinton (guitar), Dave Hood (bass), Barry Becket (vibraphone), and Jack Jennings (percussion), with Arif Mardin producing. While this pairing might seem initially incongruous, the quintet had been concurrently working with the likes of Dusty Springfield and Cher and had gained a rightful reputation as a consummate backup band.
The final four pieces are steeped in noir more atypical of her previous efforts. The all-star cast of New York City session heavyweights are led by Felix Cavaliere (producer) and features fellow Rascals member Dino Danelli (drums), Ralph McDonald (percussion), Chuck Rainey (bass), Cornell Dupree (guitar), Duane Allman (guitar), and Alice Coltrane (stringed harp), among others.
As with all of Nyro's recordings, at the heart of this effort are her ageless compositions and arrangements. A motif connecting such disparate tunes as the upbeat When I Was A Freeport And You Were The Main Drag to the hauntingly beautiful Christmas In My Soul and Beads Of Sweat is the aching hollowness that came with the disillusionment that Vietnam, Kent State, and racial relations brought upon America in 1970. As she had done with Save The Country some four years earlier, Nyro's cathartic expressionism is captured at its most fervent on this album.
- Laura Nyro (guitar, piano, keyboard, vocal)
- Joe Farrell (woodwinds)
- Felix Cavaliere (organ, keyboards, percussion)
- Duane Allman, Cornell Dupree (guitar)
- Alice Coltrane (harp)
- Barry Beckett (vocal, vibraphone)
- Chuck Rainey, David Hood (bass)
- Dino Danelli, Roger Hawkins (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. Brown Earth
2. When I Was A Freeport And You Were The Main Drag
4. Been On A Train
5. Up On The Roof
6. Upstairs By A Chinese Lamp
7. Map To The Treasure
8. Beads Of Sweat
9. Christmas In My Soul$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
New York TendaberryLimited Edition AAA Pressing
Cut From The Original Stereo Tapes By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound
Includes Original Lyric Booklet
Housed In A Stoughton Old Style Tip-On Jacket.
180-Gram Vinyl Pressed And Plated At RTI
New York Tendaberry is the third album by New York City-born singer, songwriter and pianist Laura Nyro. It was originally released in the autumn of 1969 on Columbia Records, some eighteen months after its predecessor, Eli And The Thirteenth Confession. It was helmed by Nyro, with the assistance of producer and engineer Roy Halee. The cover photograph was taken by David Gahr.1. You Don't Love Me When I Cry
2. Captain For Dark Mornings
3. Tom Cat Goodby
4. Mercy On Broadway
5. Save The Country
6. Gibsom Street
7. Time And Love
8. The Man Who Sends Me Home
9. Sweet Lovin' Baby
10. Captain Saint Lucifer
11. New York Tendaberry$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Until Death Comes (Awaiting Repress)Sweden's Hyvonen is a talented piano-based songwriter in the vein of Laura Nyro with a passionate bite and a voice like an icicle that cuts deep. This debut features a raw home-recording feel not dissimilar to The Stones' Beggar's Banquet, Joni Mitchell's Blue, or Carole King's Tapestry.1. I Drive My Friend
4. You Never Got Me Right
5. Once I Was a Serene Teenaged Child
6. Today, Tuesday
7. Come Another Night
8. N.Y.$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
How I Learned To Write Backwards
Available On Vinyl Again For The First Time In Over A Decade
The Aislers Set occupy an enviable place in the pop pantheon. Brimming with
drunken romanticism, sharp pop sensibilities, and timeless melodies, The Aislers
Set reveled in the history of great pop, spiking their classicist 60s-tinged tunes
with pure post-punk energy and originality of bands like the Fire Engines and
The June Brides. Every song is a meticulously constructed sound world, where the
arrangement and instrumentation sublimely and uncannily bring each tune to
Edgy and baroque, the band's final release How I Learned To Write Backwards
expertly wound together countless strands of pop history with personality and
atmosphere. Using the past as inspiration rather than blueprint, the echoes you
might hear of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound or Laura Nyro's soulful lyricism are
so well-integrated into The Aislers' sound that they're more akin to the spice in
the stew rather than the stock of the soup.
Although they stopped playing and recording together by 2004 due to life
commitments, their reputation has only grown; sporadic reunion shows and
mini-tours have been met with rapturous response. Alas, Suicide Squeeze is
proud to present the 2014 reissue of the seminal album "How I Learned To Write
Backwards" remastered and resequenced by John Greenham at Infrasonic
Sound in Los Angeles, and on vinyl LP again for the first time in over a decade.
The band will play a select set of shows this fall, and Suicide Squeeze and
Slumberland Records will be teaming up to co-release a new album of singles
and rarities to be released in early 2015.1. Catherine Says
2. Emotional Levy
3. Languor in the Balcony
4. Mission Bells
5. Melody Not Malaise
6. The Train
7. Attraction Action Reaction
8. The Train #2
9. Through the Swells
10. Unfinished Paintings
11. Sara's Song$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SlurrupHayes has been making critically acclaimed pop records since 1994, when he released the single "Three-Quarters Blind Eyes" b/w "Found a Little Baby". Considered by many to be a pop classic, it helped to establish him as a songwriter. In 1998, he released More You Becomes You, a spare, stripped-down collection of his intimate tunes. In 2002, he released Fed, a lush, orchestral album. 2009's Bright Penny, an ode to pop music, was released under the name Liam Hayes and Plush.
Although he emerged from the Chicago indie-rock scene, Hayes is often compared with artists such as Jimmy Webb, Brian Wilson, Laura Nyro, Burt Bacharach and Harry Nilsson. Like some of the best folk-pop or soft soul from the 1960's of 1970's there is a timeless quality to his music.
Hayes is not the kind of artist who spends all day interacting on social media. He doesn't reveal a lot in interviews. He's not trying to be cagey or eccentric or elusive, he would just rather keep the focus on his songs. And let's face it, mystique is underrated in this era of over-sharing. Described by Uncut as 'one of the most charismatic and eccentric cult pop craftsmen of the past 20 years', Hayes has a newly completed album right around the corner, to be released worldwide on Fat Possum. While comparably retro, Hayes' newly completed "Slurrup" is leaner and meaner than anything he's done all millennium.1. Slurrup
2. One Way Out
3. Nothing Wrong
4. Get It Right
5. Theme From Mindball
8. Keys To Heaven
9. Long Day
10. Channel 44
12. August Fourteen
13. Fight Magic With Magic$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blood, Sweat & Tears (Awaiting Repress)Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso And Manufactured At R.T.I.
Blood, Sweat & Tears are truly a worldwide gift to rock and jazz fusion enthusiasts everywhere. Over four
decades in the music business and still going strong, their hit albums and top charting singles continue to captivate millions of fans all over the globe.
In 1968, BS&T's lead vocalist Al Kooper left and David Clayton-Thomas entered this stellar group of jazz
and rock musicians, bringing a handful of new songs as they banged out their first major chart single with You've Made Me So Very Happy. The sound was new and exciting, the voice was thrilling, the horns meshed with rock and roll, fusing a brand new vibe, and the Blood, Sweat & Tears LP soared to the number one spot. It also received a Grammy for Album Of The Year in 1969.
This masterpiece smash included enough traction to be called a greatest hits album in its own right. Especially when you get two more hit singles with Spinning Wheel (Grammy Award winner) and Laura Nyro's And When I Die. These radio and fan favorites graced the airwaves on the ever growing FM radio format and helped bolster even further the rest of the BS&T album with follow-up hits like the soulful tour de force of God Bless the Child, Traffic's Smiling Phases and of course Steve Katz's brilliant Sometimes in Winter. All in all, making this self-titled second album one of the most revered in their long-lasting and huge catalog of classic recordings.
Friday Music is no stranger to the music of the legendary Blood, Sweat & Tears, as witnessed by their other
fine recordings already on our label. That is why we are so very proud to announce another fine installment in The Blood, Sweat & Tears/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with their second legendary masterpiece Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Jeff Beck, Yes, Deep Purple) for the first time on audiophile vinyl, the
Blood, Sweat & Tears LP will truly become one of the most important and historical 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
titles in quite some time. We further enhance this limited anniversary edition with the original stunning gatefold cover featuring the original artwork elements. Blood, Sweat & Tears Impeccable first time audiophile stereo vinyl and gatefold cover From your friends at Friday Music.
You've Made Me So Very Happy!1. Variations on a Theme By Eric Satie (1st and 2nd Movements)
2. Smiling Phases
3. Sometimes in Winter
4. More and More
5. And When I Die
6. God Bless the Child
7. Spinning Wheel
8. You've Made Me So Very Happy
9. Blues Part II
10. Variations On A Theme By Eric Satie (1st Movement)$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now