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  • Jazzmatazz Jazzmatazz Quick View

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    Jazzmatazz

    Guru's Jazzmafazz, Vol. 1, originally released in 1993, is one of the first albums to combine a live jazz band with hip hop production and rapping. Guru had a vision and brought together a diverse group of jazz cats both old and new school; Lonnie Liston Smith, Branford Marsalis, Ronny Jordan (check out his solo on the track No Time To Play), Donald Byrd and Roy Ayers and vocalists like Carleen Anderson, N'Dea Davenport (of the Brand New Heavies) and French rapper MC Solaar have cooperated on this classic album.


    Jazzmafazz proved to be a highly influential album and a huge commercial success.

    1. Introduction
    2. Loungin'
    3. When You're Near
    4. Transit Ride
    5. No Time To Play
    6. Down The Backstreets
    7. Respectful Dedications
    8. Take A Look (At Yourself)
    9. Trust Me
    10. Slicker Than Most
    11. Le Bien, Le Mal
    12. Sights In The City
    Guru
    $37.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Field Notes

    Wil Blades Field Notes features guitarist Jeff Parker of Tortoise and drummer Simon Lott from New Orleans.


    "He is the future to carry on the legend, the legacy of the organ, of the B-3." - Dr. Lonnie Smith


    When Wil Blades sits down at the Hammond B3, count on inspired music to follow. The 34-year old, Chicago-native, Berkeley-based artist is a cornerstone organist of his generation-a modern voice in a lineage that includes giants like Richard "Groove" Holmes, Charles Earland and Brother Jack McDuff.


    Having studied at the feet of the legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith and played alongside the likes of John Lee Hooker, Melvin Sparks and Idris Muhammad, Blades has absorbed the spirit of the masters. His extensive collaborations also reflect the high regard in which he's held by contemporaries, including Stanton Moore, Anders Osborne and Nicholas Payton.
    Having released a critically acclaimed co-led duo album Shimmy with Medeski Martin & Wood drummer Billy Martin in 2012, Blades returns with a deeply soulful and sinuous nine-track effort, Field Notes, on which he's found fronting his own trio featuring Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker and New Orleans' drummer Simon Lott.


    From the recording's outset, it's easy to picture Blades fingers free-flowing across the keys, feet gliding along the bass pedals in a continuous dance. Syncopation drives songs like "Miller's Time" and "Addis" as the trio locks in tight to a relentless groove. But there's also a refined harmonic vision and deep affection for melody on tracks like "(I Can't Stand) The Whole Lott of You" and "Dewey" where Blades' Clavinet adds a fresh sonic dimension to the proceedings. Shades of psychedelia are weaved within "Parks 'N' Wreck," while a tip of the hat to vintage soul jazz balladry informs "Forgetful" and classic pop swing is at the heart of "I Get The Blues When It Rains."


    In its sum, Field Notes is a masterful statement from an artist who's poised to keep the timeless sound of the Hammond B3 organ as vital and compelling today as it's ever been in the history of modern jazz and rock.

    1. Miller's Time
    2. (I Can't Stand) The Whole Lott of You
    3. Chrome
    4. Dewey
    5. Addis
    6. Park N' Wreck
    7. Forgetful
    8. Red Lanterns Are Blue
    10. I Get The Blues When It Rains
    Wil Blades
    $17.99
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  • Sweet Sister Funk (Pure Pleasure) Sweet Sister Funk (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Sweet Sister Funk (Pure Pleasure)

    From the mid to late 60's the producer Sonny Lester was at the helm of some of the period's most significant jazz music (Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Chick Corea, Duke Ellington's 70th birthday concert) and also some of the genre's biggest hits (mostly from organist Jimmy Mcgriff). With the folding of the Solid State label in 1971 Sonny Lester formed the aptly named Groove Merchant label (named after the tune Jerome Richardson wrote for the Jones-Lewis Orchestra). He then produced some of the periods most notable soul/jazz, jazz/fusion from the likes of McGriff, Richard Groove Holmes, Reuben Wilson, Lonnie Smith to name but a few.



    This gem of an album from Ramon Morris, and one of the hardest to find on Groove Merchant, was recorded during what many people would consider to be the classic period for this particular brand of jazz/funk/soul/fusion. It was recorded not long after he'd spent time with Art Blakey as a Jazz Messenger appearing on his 1972 Prestige album Child's Dance along with Stanley Clarke and Woody Shaw. He then also recorded on the Woody Shaw album, also from 1972, Song Of Songs.



    He now teaches at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.



    Musicians:



    • Ramon Morris (tenor saxophone)

    • Albert Dailey (electric piano)

    • Mickey Bass (bass)

    • Mickey Roker (drums)

    • Cecil Bridgewater (trumpet)

    • Lloyd Davis (guitar)

    • Tony Waters (conga)




    Recording: 1972

    Production: Sonny Lester



    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.




    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. First Come, First Serve
    2. Wijinia
    3. Sweet Sister Funk

    4. Sweat
    5. Don't Ask Me
    6. Lord Sideways
    7. People Make the World Go Round
    Ramon Morris
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Jazz Dispensary: Astral Travelin' Jazz Dispensary: Astral Travelin' Quick View

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    Jazz Dispensary: Astral Travelin'

    This is music to get lost in; both densely textural but with a loosely flowing groove and features tunes performed by legendary players
    Lonnie Liston Smith, Pharoah Sanders, Gary Bartz NTU Troop, and many more equally mind-expanding sonic
    voyagers.
    1. Charles Earland - Leaving This Planet
    2. Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes - Expansions
    3. Pharoah Sanders - Astral Traveling
    4. Jack DeJohnette - Epilog
    5. Gary Bartz NTU Troop - Celestial Blues
    6. Flora Purim - Open Your Eyes You Can Fly
    7. Johnny Lytle - Tawhid
    Various Artists
    $24.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Day Breaks Day Breaks Quick View

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    Day Breaks

    Day Breaks is Norah's sixth solo album and a kindred spirit to her breakout debut Come Away With Me. It finds her returning to the piano and her roots. The album features jazz luminaries including saxophonist Wayne Shorter, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and drummer Brian Blade on a 12-song set that presents 9 new originals alongside covers of songs by Horace Silver, Duke Ellington and Neil Young.
    1. Burn
    2. Tragedy
    3. Flipside
    4. It's A Wonderful Time For Love
    5. And Then There Was You
    6. Don't Be Denied
    7. Day Breaks
    8. Peace
    9. Once I Had A Laugh
    10. Sleeping Wild
    11. Carry On
    12. Fleurette Africane (African Flower)
    Norah Jones
    $22.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Jazzmatazz Volume 1 Jazzmatazz Volume 1 Quick View

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    Jazzmatazz Volume 1

    Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 is a jazz rap album from Guru, one half of the duo, Gang Star. This album is one of the first albums to combine a live jazz band with hip hop production and rapping. Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 brought together a diverse group of jazz cats both old-school and new, including Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd, Lonnie Liston Smith, Ronny Jordan, and Courtney Pine. Continuing with its Respect The Classics campaign, UMe will be reissuing this classic album back on standard weigh vinyl.
    1. Introduction
    2. Loungin'
    3. When You're Near
    4. Transit Ride
    5. No Time To Play
    6. Down The Backstreets
    7. Respectful Dedications
    8. Take A Look (At Yourself)
    9. Trust Me
    10. Slicker Than Most
    11. Le Bien, Le Mal
    12. Sights In The City
    Guru
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Big Fun Big Fun Quick View

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    Big Fun

    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Gatefold Sleeve


    Featuring Herbie Hancock, John Mclaughlin, Lonnie Listen Smith, Chick Corea, Wayyne Shorter, Joe Zawinul And Many Others


    Originally released in 1974, Big Fun presents music from three different phases of Miles Davis's early-seventies electric period.


    Sides one and four (Great Expectations and Lonely Fire) were recorded three months after the Bitches Brew sessions and incorporate sitar, tambura, tabla, and other Indian instruments. They also mark the first time since the beginning of Miles Davis's electric period that he played his trumpet with the Harmon mute which had been one of his hallmarks, making it sound much like the sitar. This contributed to creating a very clear and lean sound, highlighting both the high and low registers, as opposed to the busier sound of Bitches Brew which placed more emphasis on the middle and low registers.


    Ife was recorded after the 1972 On the Corner sessions, and the framework is similar to tracks from that record. It has a drum and electric bass groove and a plethora of musicians improvising individually and in combinations over variations on the hypnotic bassline.


    Recorded in March 1970, Go Ahead John is an outtake from Davis's Jack Johnson sessions. The recording is a riff and groove-based, with a relatively sparser line-up of Steve Grossman on soprano saxophone, Dave Holland on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and John McLaughlin on guitar with wah-wah pedal.

    LP 1
    1. Great Expectations
    2. Ife


    LP 2
    1. Go Ahead John

    2. Lonely Fire

    Miles Davis
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Portraits In Blues Volume 3 (Pure Pleasure) Portraits In Blues Volume 3 (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Portraits In Blues Volume 3 (Pure Pleasure)

    In October 1963, Spann toured Europe as part of that year's American Folk Blues Festival and recorded some superb solo, contemplative blues in a broken, husky voice for Storyville Records in Copenhagen.




    Musicians:



    • Otis Spann (piano, vocal)

    • Lonnie Johnson (guitar)

    • Little Willie Smith (drums)



    Recording: October 1963 in Copenhagen, Denmark



    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.




    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Good Morning, Mr. Blues
    2. Love, Love, Love
    3. Riverside Blues
    4. Must Have Been the Devil
    5. Jelly Roll Baker
    6. Trouble in Mind Side
    7. Worried Life Blues
    8. T. B. Blues
    9. Spann's Boogie
    10. Don't You Know
    11. Goin' Down Slow
    Otis Spann
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Sky Is Crying (45 RPM) The Sky Is Crying (45 RPM) Quick View

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    The Sky Is Crying (45 RPM)

    200-Gram Vinyl Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    All-Analog Mastering By Ryan K. Smith At Sterling Sound From The Original Tapes


    Deluxe Tip-On Gatefold Jacket From Stoughton Printing


    "The new remastering sounds amazing. Better than it ever did. I'm happy and pleasantly surprised."


    -Chris "Whipper" Layton, Double Trouble drummer


    "This is visceral, hair-raising stuff."


    -Andy Aledort, senior editor of Guitar World


    "These recordings have never sounded this good, and likely will never sound better. Layers seem to have been stripped away, and the music seems to have been set free. Vaughan's guitar has new bite and edge...sonically, all questions have now been answered..."


    -Robert Baird, Stereophile


    The Sky Is Crying was released after SRV's 1990 helicopter crash that took his life. The posthumously assembled 10-track outtakes collection actually proves to be one of Vaughan's most consistent albums, rivaling In Step as the best outside of the Greatest Hits collection. These songs were recorded in sessions spanning from 1984's Couldn't Stand the Weather to 1989's In Step and were left off of the LPs for whatever reason (or, in the case of Soul to Soul's "Empty Arms," a different version was used).


    What makes the record work is its eclectic diversity - Vaughan plays slide guitar on "Boot Hill" and acoustic on "Life By The Drop"; he smokes on the slow blues of "May I Have a Talk With You" and the title track just as much as on the up-tempo Lonnie Mack cover, "Wham"; and he shows the jazzy side of his playing on Hendrix's "Little Wing" and Kenny Burrell's "Chitlins Con Carne."


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    LP 1
    1. Boot Hill
    2. The Sky Is Crying
    3. Empty Arms
    4. Little Wing
    5. Wham


    LP 2
    1. May I Have A Talk With You
    2. Close To You
    3. Chitlins Con Carne
    4. So Excited
    5. Life By The Drop

    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    $54.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Spiral (Out Of Stock) Spiral (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Spiral (Out Of Stock)

    Lonnie Smith is internationally known as one of the premier jazz keyboardists in the history of the idiom and a pace-setting proponent of the Hammond B3 organ. With Spiral, the Doctor is back doing his funky jazz thing, this time with his touring trio of Jonathon Kreisberg and Jamire Williams. The tight group performs a collection of standard jazz tunes in a a not so standard way.
    1. Mellow Mood
    2. I've Never Been In Love Before
    3. Frame For The Blues
    4. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
    5. Sweet & Lovely
    6. Spiral
    7. Beehive
    8. Sukiyaki
    Lonnie Smith
    $16.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
  • Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo (Out Of Stock) Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo (Out Of Stock)

    12 track spiritual, deep jazz LP from Parisian producer Onra and friend - fellow producer, composer and arranger - Buddy
    Sativa. Combining as the Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo this LP may be a surprise to followers of Onra, while Buddy Sativa
    will be known to some via his own 2011 jazz leaning LP Deus Ex Machina on Favorite Records. There they collaborated
    on their first jazz track - Indica. Pleased with the results they carried on, keeping it simple and adhering to
    straightforward play-more-jazz stylings they have crafted this LP over sessions sandwiched between their assorted
    commitments over the last two years. Opening the LP Universe is Love, a shout to Lonnie Liston Smith, is the first track
    they created under the new no-rules-spontaneity rules. The rest of the LP was created in a similar vein - a drum pattern
    for tempo or a bassline for tone and layering instrumentation repeatedly on top. Mistakes allowed and encouraged!
    Spoken word from Brooklyn poet Aja Monet on The Time is Now, otherwise it's an instrumental trip.
    So Yatha Bhuta - as it really is, insight, a mix of experience and spontaneity, a LP not created for release, more a
    liberating, therapeutic break from their other oft constraining aliases.
    Jazz because they like it and not for the sake of it, a chance meeting with the late Mati Klarwein's son at an exhibition in
    Dublin, led to the icing on the cake as the record is beautifully housed by the artists Conceptual Tree painting. The LP
    will be out in April on vinyl and download preceded by a limited 7 inch.
    Side A
    1 Universe is Love
    2 UFO Paradise
    3 Dark Karma
    4 360
    5 The Muse Inside
    6 Endangered Species


    Side B
    7 Honey, Hash, Rose
    8 The Garden of Heavenly Delights
    9 The Time Is Now
    10 Cos(X)
    11 Untitled (Afrojazz)
    12 Wandering, Wondering

    Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo
    $23.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
  • The Sky Is Crying (200 Gram Vinyl) (Out Of Stock) The Sky Is Crying (200 Gram Vinyl) (Out Of Stock) Quick View

    $39.99
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    The Sky Is Crying (200 Gram Vinyl) (Out Of Stock)

    200-Gram Vinyl Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    All-Analog Mastering By Ryan K. Smith At Sterling Sound From The Original Tapes


    Deluxe Tip-On Gatefold Jacket From Stoughton Printing


    "The new remastering sounds amazing. Better than it ever did. I'm happy and pleasantly surprised."


    -Chris "Whipper" Layton, Double Trouble drummer


    "This is visceral, hair-raising stuff."


    -Andy Aledort, senior editor of Guitar World


    "These recordings have never sounded this good, and likely will never sound better. Layers seem to have been stripped away, and the music seems to have been set free. Vaughan's guitar has new bite and edge...sonically, all questions have now been answered..."


    -Robert Baird, Stereophile


    The Sky Is Crying was released after SRV's 1990 helicopter crash that took his life. The posthumously assembled 10-track outtakes collection actually proves to be one of Vaughan's most consistent albums, rivaling In Step as the best outside of the Greatest Hits collection. These songs were recorded in sessions spanning from 1984's Couldn't Stand the Weather to 1989's In Step and were left off of the LPs for whatever reason (or, in the case of Soul to Soul's "Empty Arms," a different version was used).


    What makes the record work is its eclectic diversity - Vaughan plays slide guitar on "Boot Hill" and acoustic on "Life By The Drop"; he smokes on the slow blues of "May I Have a Talk With You" and the title track just as much as on the up-tempo Lonnie Mack cover, "Wham"; and he shows the jazzy side of his playing on Hendrix's "Little Wing" and Kenny Burrell's "Chitlins Con Carne."


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Boot Hill
    2. The Sky Is Crying
    3. Empty Arms
    4. Little Wing
    5. Wham
    6. May I Have A Talk With You
    7. Close To You
    8. Chitlins Con Carne
    9. So Excited
    10. Life By The Drop
    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    $39.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
  • In The Beginning (200 Gram Vinyl) (Out Of Stock) In The Beginning (200 Gram Vinyl) (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    In The Beginning (200 Gram Vinyl) (Out Of Stock)


    Mastered From The Original Tapes By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound


    200-Gram Pressing By Quality Record Pressings


    With his astonishingly accomplished guitar playing, Stevie Ray Vaughan ignited the blues revival of the '80s. Vaughan drew equally from bluesmen like Albert King, Otis Rush and Hubert Sumlin and rock 'n' roll players like Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack, as well as the stray jazz guitarist like Kenny Burrell, developing a uniquely eclectic and fiery style that sounded like no other guitarist, regardless of genre.


    Before the Montreaux Jazz Festival, before Bowie's Let's Dance album, before Texas Flood, before the Grammys, before the cocaine and alcohol abuse, before the redemption of sobriety, before the joyful In Step and Family Style ..... before August 27, 1990..... before the all-star tributes, before The Legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan......


    There was an unknown, hardworking 24-year-old gunslinger named Little Stevie Vaughan, learning his craft the hard way in the trenches of the Austin Texas clubs, trying his darndest to get out of the shadow of his famous older brother Jimmie.


    It wouldn't be long.


    Anyone lucky enough to have been in the audience at this early live show, on April Fools Day in 1980, could have told you that. Young Stevie Vaughan (he had yet to become Stevie Ray) blasted the hometown crowd with a style that was already very well-formed. With Chris Layton on drums and bassist Jackie Newhouse (Tommy Shannon would join up a year later), his basic sound was already in place, albeit still in need of some polishing.


    Taken from the surviving two-track master, Vaughan's guitar is raw and in your face every note of the way. His takes on Freddie King's In the Open and the lengthy Tin Pan Alley are the real highlights here.


    As we did with our vaunted box set reissues, Texas Hurricane, again Analogue Productions is bringing you the finest-sounding Stevie Ray Vaughan collections ever preserved on 200-gram vinyl. Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound cut the lacquers for the LPs using the ultimate VMS 80 cutting lathe. Gary Salstrom handled the plating and the vinyl was pressed of course at Quality Record Pressings.


    There's not a link in this chain that wasn't absolute first-rate. The absolute best that money can buy. We're passionate about the blues AND Stevie Ray and the passion shows up here in spades.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. In The Open
    2. Slide Thing
    3. They Call Me Guitar Hurricane
    4. All Your Love (I Miss Loving)
    5. Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place in Town)
    6. Love Struck Baby
    7. Tell Me
    8. Shake for Me
    9. Live Another Day
    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    $39.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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