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  • Together For The First Time Together For The First Time Quick View

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    Together For The First Time

    Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington were (and are) two of the main stems of jazz. Any way you look at it, just about everything that's ever happened in this music leads directly -- or indirectly -- back to them. Both men were born on the cusp of the 19th and 20th centuries, and each became established as a leader during the middle '20s. Although their paths had crossed from time to time over the years, nobody in the entertainment industry had ever managed to get Armstrong and Ellington into a recording studio to make an album together.


    On April 3, 1961, producer Bob Thiele achieved what should be regarded as one of his greatest accomplishments; he organized and supervised a seven-and-a-half-hour session at RCA Victor's Studio One on East 24th Street in Manhattan, using a sextet combining Duke Ellington with Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars. This group included ex-Ellington clarinetist Barney Bigard, ex-Jimmie Lunceford swing-to-bop trombonist Trummy Young, bassist Mort Herbert, and drummer Danny Barcelona. A second session took place during the afternoon of the following day. The music resulting from Thiele's inspired experiment is outstanding and utterly essential. That means everybody ought to hear this album at least once, and many will want to hear it again and again all the way through, for this is one of the most intriguing confluences in all of recorded jazz. - All Music Guide

    1. Together for the First Time: Duke's Place
    2. I'm Just a Lucky So and So
    3. Cotton Tail
    4. Mood Indigo
    5. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
    6. The Beautiful American
    7. Black and Tan Fantasy
    8. Drop Me Off in Harlem
    9. The Mooce
    10. In a Mellowtone
    Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
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  • Porgy & Bess (Speakers Corner) Porgy & Bess (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Porgy & Bess (Speakers Corner)

    The dream of creating an American opera such as Scott Joplin's Treemonisha, written in 1911, inspired George Gershwin a good twenty years later to amazing compositional feats. While Gershwin had brought his musical and musical comedies with great Éclat to Broadway, he wanted his through-composed stage work Porgy And Bess to be regarded as a legitimate opera.



    No matter whether one regards this exceptional work as »American folk opera« (The New York Times) or as a veristic portrayal of African-American life, central to the work is the expressionistic orchestral music that includes (work) songs, spirituals and elements of jazz, and the cast of singers, which, at the insistence of Gershwin, featured African-American singers.



    This stipulation will certainly have suited Verve boss Norman Granz who engaged not only a fresh and lively big band but also a classical string orchestra to support his successful duo of Ella and Louis. Thanks to this superb line-up, the catchy song I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' rolls along sleekly with swing and drive, while Summertime and Bess, You Is My Woman Now wafts away to the sound of heavenly violins. Listening to this music, you couldn't care less about the genre or category, just as long as these two genial musicians perform wonderfully arranged material from the American Song Book. The incomparable nasal twang of Armstrong's solo trumpet seeks out unerringly jazz elements where you would least expect them.



    Musicians:



    • Ella Fitzgerald (vocal)

    • Louis Armstrong (trumpet, vocal)




    Recording: August 1957 in Los Angeles and October 1957 in Chicago

    Production: Norman Granz




    About Speakers Corner



    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, Speakers Corner 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 existant 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 emphasise that Speakers Corner 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 have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    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 - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    LP1
    1. Overture

    2. Summertime
    3. I Wants To Stay Here
    4. My Man's Gone Now
    5. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin
    6. Buzzard Song
    7. Bess, You Is My Woman Now


    LP2
    1. It Ain't Necessarily So

    2. What You Want Wid Bess
    3. A Woman Is A Somtime Thing
    4. Oh, Doctor Jesus
    5. Medley: Here Come De Honey Man / Crab Man / Oh, Dey's So Fresh & Fine
    6. There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
    7. Bess, Oh Where Is My Bess?
    8. Oh Lawd. I, On My Way!

    Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
    $69.99
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  • Classic Album Collection Classic Album Collection Quick View

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    Classic Album Collection

    Import


    3 LP set, all recorded originally in 1956/57

    LP1 - Ella & Louis
    1. Can't We Be Friends
    2. Isn't This A Lovely Day
    3. Moonlight In Vermont
    4. They Can't Take That Away From Me
    5. Under A Blanket Of Blue
    6. Tenderly
    7. A Foggy Day
    8. Stars Fell On Alabama
    9. Cheek To Cheek
    10. The Nearness Of You
    11. April In Paris


    LP2 - Ella & Louis Again
    1. Don't Be That Way
    2. Makin' Whoopee
    3. They All Laughed
    4. Comes Love
    5. Autumn In New York
    6. Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)
    7. Stompin' At The Savoy
    8. I Won't Dance
    9. Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You?


    LP3 - Ella & Louis Again
    1. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
    2. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
    3. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
    4. Willow Weep For Me
    5. I'm Puttin' My Eggs In One Basket
    6. A Fine Romance
    7. Ill Wind
    8. Love Is Here To Stay
    9. I Get A Kick Out Of You
    10. Learnin' The Blues

    Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
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  • The Wildest! The Wildest! Quick View

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    The Wildest!

    The Wildest! is an album by Louis Prima, first released in 1956. It features singer Keely Smith with saxophonist Sam Butera and the Witnesses. It is considered an innovative mixture of early rock and roll, jump blues and jazz as well as eccentric humor.
    1. Medley: Just A Gigolo/I Aint Got Nobody
    2. (Nothings Too Good) For My Baby
    3. The Lip
    4. Body And Soul
    5. Oh Marie
    6. Medley: Basin Street Blues/ When It's Sleepy Time Down South
    7. Jump, Jive And Wail
    8. Buona Sera
    9. Night Train
    10. (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You
    Louis Prima
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  • Ella & Louis Ella & Louis Quick View

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    Ella & Louis

    Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong present Ella & Louis. Features exclusive cover by photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir.
    1. Can't We Be Friends
    2. Isn't This A Lovely Day?
    3. Moonlight In Vermont
    4. They Can't Take That Away From Me
    5. Under A Blanket Of Blue
    6. Tenderly
    7. A Foggy Day
    8. Stars Fell On Alabama
    9. Cheek To Cheek
    10. The Nearness Of You
    11. April In Paris
    Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
    $19.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues Quick View

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    St. Louis Blues

    Included with this deluxe reissue is a striking six-panel booklet complete with rare photos, a 1,600-word essay by Jordan Taylor on the album and a 1,200-word essay by Michael Fremer about the remastering process. This truly is a no-expenses-spared project, resulting in the ultimate version of this title.


    An influential figure in the early 20th century development of blues and popular music as a music scholar and as the composer of numerous popular songs, W.C. Handy has often been called the Father of the Blues. When two of the finest and most popular of mid-20th century musical figures, jazz and popular music icon Nat King Cole and style setting arranger extraordinare Nelson Riddle undertook an album dedicated to the music of W.C. Handy, the results were at once a worthy tribute and transformative. Particularly smooth vocals by Nat King Cole were aptly backed by resourceful orchestrations from Nelson Riddle. From the landmark laments of St. Louis Blues and the loving appreciation of Morning Star on through to the colloquial rag of Joe Turner's Blues, the varied facets of W.C. Handy's songs were given a lastingly freshened interpretation. Along with the contemporary Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy (also available here at Acoustic Sounds), this album is considered by many to be the best anthology of the music of W.C. Handy.


    Using the original first generation 3-track session tapes from Capitol's vaults and all-analogue systems including custom headstacks, 3-track preview heads, console and monitoring chain installed at AcousTech specially for these releases, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman realize the rich beauty of these recordings in this double 45-RPM 180-gram album set. Included with this deluxe reissue is a striking six-panel booklet complete with rare photos, a 1,600-word essay by Jordan Taylor on the album and a 1,200-word essay by Michael Fremer about the remastering process. This truly is a no-expenses-spared project, resulting in the ultimate version of this title and a historic reissue.


    Originally released in 1958.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Where Did Everyone Go?

    Say It Isn't So

    If Love Ain't There

    (Ah, The Apple Trees) When The World Was Young

    Am I Blue?

    Someone To Tell It To

    The End Of A Love Affair

    I Keep Goin' Back To Joe's

    Laughing On The Outside (Crying On The Inside)

    No, I Don't Want Her

    Spring Is Here

    That's All There Is


    Bonus tracks:


    A Farewell To Arms

    Happy New Year

    Nat King Cole
    $54.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Louis And The Good Book Louis And The Good Book Quick View

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    Louis And The Good Book

    Import


    An unusual album in the Louis Armstrong canon, this collection of gospel songs, spirituals, homilies, and comic vignettes was the only religious album this determinedly secular musician recorded. Backed by a gospel vocal group led by the celebrated jazz arranger Sy Oliver, Armstrong performs a variety of religious-themed favorites, including Ezekiel Saw De Wheel, Going to Shout All Over God's Heaven, and Didn't it Rain, as well as Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat from GUYS AND DOLLS. There's an affecting version of the traditional spiritual Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, and a particular highlight is the inclusion of two comic sermons by the musician's alter ego, Elder Eatmore.

    1. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
    2. Shadrack

    3. Go Down Moses
    4. Rock My Soul (In The Bossom Of Abraham)
    5. Ezekiel Saw De Wheel
    6. On My Way (Got On My Travelin' Shoes)

    7. Down By The Riverside

    8. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
    9. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child

    10. Jonah And The Whale
    11. Didn't It Rain

    12. This Train
    Louis Armstrong
    $27.99
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  • Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson (Awaiting Repress) Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson (Awaiting Repress)

    Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson present Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson. Features exclusive cover by photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir.
    1. That Old Feeling
    2. Let's Fall In Love
    3. I'll Never Be The Same
    4. Blues In The Night
    5. How Long Has This Been Going On
    6. I Was Doing All Right
    1. What's New
    2. Moon Song
    3. Just One Of Those Things
    4. There's No You
    5. You Go To My Head
    6. Sweet Lorraine
    Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson
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  • Central Time / St. Louis Crawl Central Time / St. Louis Crawl Quick View

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    Central Time / St. Louis Crawl

    Pride of St. Louis Pokey LaFarge pays homage to his home city on this first single Central Time b/w (the non-album B-Side) St. Louis Crawl off his self-titled album. Sitting at the crossroads of early jazz, country blues and western swing, these two homegrown tracks are enough to make any damn yankee, mountain man or California dreamer reconsider their stomping grounds...


    Manufactured by:

    United Record Pressing

    1. Central Time
    2. St. Louis Crawl (non-LP track)
    Pokey LaFarge
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  • The Great Summit (Awaiting Repress) The Great Summit (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    The Great Summit (Awaiting Repress)

    Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington present The Great Summit. Features exclusive cover by photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir.
    1. Duke's Place
    2. I'm Just A Lucky So And So
    3. Cottontail
    4. Mood Indigo
    5. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
    6. The Beautiful American
    7. Black And Tan Fantasy
    8. Drop Me Off In Harlem
    9. The Mooche
    10. In A Mellow Tone
    11. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me (1957 Version)
    Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Plays W.C. Handy Plays W.C. Handy Quick View

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    Plays W.C. Handy

    Louis Armstrong's finest album of the '50s was without a doubt Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy (1954). Its carefree, joyous vibe permeates a record that's filled with frivolous trumpet solos, romping rhythms and Armstrong's signature growl.


    William Christopher Handy is dubbed the Father Of The Blues for his important role in the development of modern music by developing Blues as the popular format of music in the Roaring Twenties. Armstrong and his All-Stars (trombonist Trummy Young, clarinetist Barney Bigard, pianist Billy Kyle, bassist Arvell Shaw, drummer Barrett Deems and singer Velma Middleton) were clearly inspired by this fresh, bluesy repertoire. Absolute classic Jazz album!

    1. St. Louis Blues
    2. Yellow Dog Blues
    3. Loveless Love
    4. Aunt Hagar's Blues
    5. Long Gone (From Bowlin' Green)
    6. The Memphis Blues (Or, Mister Crump)
    7. Beale Street Blues
    8. Ole Miss
    9. Chantez-les Bas (Sing 'Em Low)
    10. Hesitating Blues
    11. Atlanta Blues (Make Me One Pallet On Your Floor)
    Louis Armstrong
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Smithville Smithville Quick View

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    Smithville

    Import


    Louis Smith was one of the most vital jazz trumpeters of the late 1950s. His beautiful tone, fluent style and exciting solos competed with Lee Morgan and even Miles Davis. Smithville, from 1958, features him at the peak of his powers. Recorded the same year as Smith's heated appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival with Horace Silver, Smithville features the trumpeter interacting with tenor-saxophonist Charlie Rouse and pianist Sonny Clark on some stunning performances. The title cut, a lengthy themeless blues, is full of creative solos, "Wetu" is explosive (with Rouse challenging Smith), and "Embraceable You" contains emotional solos that make the George Gershwin ballad sound brand new. Louis Smith proves to be a masterful player whose solos are full of surprises and honest emotions. Smithville is a gem that all hard bop collectors will cherish.

    1. Smithville
    2. Wetu
    3. There Will Never Be Another You
    4. Embraceable You
    5. Later
    6. Au Privave
    7. Baking
    Louis Smith
    $27.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Plays W.C. Handy (Pure Pleasure) Plays W.C. Handy (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Plays W.C. Handy (Pure Pleasure)

    The excellence of Louis' band is so high and so consistent that every man deserves commendation for his part in making this remarkably fine record. Trummy Young particularly should be singled out for his driving solos and for the way he 'boots' Louis in the final ensembles. The way I feel about this record can be summed up in this way: When I die, I want people to say, "That's the guy that if it hadn't been for him and Louis Armstrong and W. C. Handy, there wouldn't have been that great record, Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy."
    (excerpt from the sleeve notes by George Avakian)



    Musicians:



    • Louis Armstrong (trumpet, vocal)

    • Velma Middleton (vocal)

    • Trummy Young (trombone)

    • Barney Bigard (clarinet)

    • Billy Kyle (piano)

    • Arvell Shaw (bass)

    • Barrett Deems (drums)



    Recording: July 1954 by Mason Coppinger
    Production: George Avakian




    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. St Louis Blues
    2. Yellow Dog Blues
    3. Loveless Love
    4. Aunt Hagars Blues
    5. Long Gone (From Bowling Green)
    6. Memphis Blues
    7. Beale Street Blues
    8. Ole Miss Blues
    9. Chantez Les Bas (Sing Em Low)
    10. Hesitating Blues
    11. Atlanta Blues (Make Me One Pallet On Your Floor)

    12. George Avakians Interview With W.C. Handy

    13. Loveless Love (rehearsal sequence)
    14. Hesitating Blues (rehearsal sequence)
    15. Alligator Story
    16. Long Gone (From Bowling Green) (rehearsal sequence)
    Louis Armstrong
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Satch Plays Fats (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Satch Plays Fats (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Satch Plays Fats (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)

    Based upon the artistic and commercial success of "Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy", George Avakian gathered the All Stars into the studio again for a second session to record tunes by Fats Waller. This is also a stunning album: the All Stars, at the top of their form, play great material by a single composer. All Stars vocalist Velma Middleton, (who was often underrated) is especially captivating.



    Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller only worked together twice, briefly in 1925 in Erskine Tate's band and four years later in the New York revue Connie's Hot Chocolates. But Waller made an indelible enough impression for Satchmo to record the tribute album Satch Plays Fats: The Music of Fats Waller in 1955 when such ideas were new. If you love Louis Armstrong, buy it. If you love Fats Waller, buy it. If you just love jazz with a swing beat, then this collection is for you. Satchmo gives us an incomparable interpretation of Waller's music that would have made the corpulent keyboard king himself very proud indeed. It is soooo SWEET! You won't be disappointed.



    Armstrong infuses these pieces with a style very true to Fats' own, including the humour and wit that Satchmo weaves into the lyrics. The sound is smooth, and the rhythm is HOT! Recording quality is very good, and the selection is impeccable -- some of Waller's greatest hits.




    Musicians:



    • Louis Armstrong (trumpet, vocal)

    • Trummy Young (trombone)

    • Barney Bigard (clarinet)

    • Billy Kyle (piano)

    • Arvell Shaw (bass)

    • Barrett Deems (drums)

    • Velma Middleton (vocal)




    Recording: April & May 1955

    Production: George Avakian



    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. Honeysuckle Rose
    2. Blue Turning Grey Over You
    3. I'm Crazy Bout My Baby
    4. Squeeze Me
    5. Keepin' Out of Mischief
    6. All That Meat and No Patatoes
    7. I've got a feeling I'm Falling
    8. Black and Blue
    9. Ain't Misbehavin'
    10. (What Did I Do To Be So) Black and Blue
    11. I'm Crazy 'Bout my Baby
    12. Blue Turning Grey Over You
    13. I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling
    14. Squeeze Me
    15. (What Did I Do To Be So) Black and Blue
    16. Ain't Misbehavin'
    17. Blue Turning Grey Over You
    18. Keepin' Out of Mischief Now
    19. Sweet Savannah Sue
    20. That Rhythm Man
    Louis Armstrong
    $34.99
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  • Basin Street Blues Basin Street Blues Quick View

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    Basin Street Blues

    Recorded Live In 1956 & 1957


    Pressed On 180-Gram Audiophile-Grade Vinyl At Pallas In Germany


    On Vinyl For The First Time Ever


    Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars are captured in rare form during these live recordings from 1956 and 1957, which are finally making their vinyl debut with this 180 gram Pallas pressing. The album features a great collection of tunes which had become staples of Armstrong's live shows, including his perennial opener, "Indiana"; the crowd favorite, "Tiger Rag"; the always joyful, "When The Saints Go Marching In"; and the great title-track, "Basin Street Blues". Satch's frontline band at the time boasted the very distinctive sounds of
    trombonist Trummy Young and clarinetist Ed Hall.

    1. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
    2. Indiana
    3. The Gypsy
    4. Basin Street Blues
    5. Tiger Rag
    6. Struttin' With Some Barbeque
    7. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
    8. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
    9. When The Saints Go Marching In
    Louis Armstrong
    $24.99
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  • Jazz is Back in Grand Rapids Jazz is Back in Grand Rapids Quick View

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    Jazz is Back in Grand Rapids


    Pressed On Two Audiophile Grade LPs At Pallas Group In Germany


    "A Historical Gem... Darn Near Priceless" - Allmusic


    The Entire 1956 Concert, Presented Across Two LPs


    Original Recordings Remastered For Vinyl At Infrasonic Mastering In Los Angeles


    This 1956 concert by Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars is a
    historical gem, which is finally getting its vinyl debut with this
    double LP release. Recorded on March 26, 1956, at the Civic
    Auditorium in Grand Rapids, MI, it affords jazz fans a chance
    to hear what the barnstorming Armstrong's shows were like in
    heartland America. Armstrong's affable presence is pervasive,
    but not always center stage, as each member of the All-Stars
    gets his turn in the course of the revue. The release was
    remastered for vinyl from analog tape and pressed at Pallas
    Group in Germany

    LP 1
    1. Sleepy Time Down South
    2. Back Home Again in Indiana
    3. The Gypsy
    4. Ole Miss
    5. Tin Roof Blues
    6. Bucket's Got A Hole In It
    7. Perdido
    8. Dardanella


    LP 2
    1. How High The Moon
    2. Mack The Knife
    3. Margie
    4. Blues A la Hey Bob-A-Rebob
    5. That's My Desire
    6. Kokomo
    7. When The Saints Go Marching In

    Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars
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  • Real Ambassadors Real Ambassadors Quick View

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    Real Ambassadors

    Import

    1. Everybody's Comin'

    2. Cultural Exchange

    3. Good Reviews
    4. Remember Who You Are

    5. My One Bad Habit

    6. Summer Song
    7. King For A Day
    8. Blow Satchmo
    9. The Real Ambassador


    1. In The Lurch
    2. One Moment Worth Years
    3. They Say I Look Like God

    4. Since Love Had Its Way

    5. Swing Bells

    6. Blow Satchmo

    7. Finale

    Dave Brubeck, Louis Armstrong
    $27.99
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  • Oh My God Oh My God Quick View

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    Oh My God

    His fifth one-hour HBO special, Oh My God will now be available for the first time Double Disc Vinyl. Includes 12 minutes of bonus content
    not included on the current digital audio version.


    A Three Time Emmy-winner and longtime HBO favorite takes the stage for his fourth stand-up comedy special. In "Oh My God", he discusses such
    topics as the food chain, animals, divorce, strange anecdotes, broken mortality, murder and mortality. "Oh My God" also won an Emmy last year for
    outstanding writing for a variety special.

    1. Intro
    2. The Old Lady And The Dog
    3. My Daughter Likes Fish
    4. The Food Chain
    5. Courtyard Confrontation
    6. Getting What 'Old' Is
    7. Putting On Socks
    8. If You're Older You're Smarter
    9. Getting Older Makes My Life Better
    10. Everybody Has Their Time
    11. Dating Takes Courage
    12. First Date
    13. Tits
    14. Divorce
    15. Videoing Your Kids
    16. Life Is A Good Deal
    17. Behind The Wheel
    18. If Murder Was Legal
    19. Of Course, But Maybe
    20. Outro
    Louis C.K.
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    The Great Reunion

    Originally released as a second volume of recordings by Roulette Records from a 1961 summit between two jazz icons, after hearing this collaboration you'll wish they had recorded ten volumes. And wit the musical talent and knowledge between them, they could have!


    Using Armstrong's regulars plus Ellington at the piano (who performs exceptionally well, comping understatedly behind the vocals), the duo romps through seven of the Duke's most famous and popular compositions. And when Satchmo decides to blow, he leaves the Dixie clich? at home and shapes his solos perfectly into the tasteful arrangements.


    With Trummy Young on trombone and Barney Bigard on clarinet plus a rhythm section of Mort Herbert on bass and Danny Barcelona on drums, these recordings are a once-in-a-lifetime dream summit meeting that thank God producer Bob Thiele was brilliantly astute enough to arrange and capture on tape.

    1. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
    2. Solitude
    3. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
    4. I'm Beginning To See The Light
    5. Just Squeeze Me
    6. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) and Azalea
    Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
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  • The Great Chicago Concert 1956 (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) The Great Chicago Concert 1956 (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    The Great Chicago Concert 1956 (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)

    There has never been (nor will there ever be again) a musician so beloved all over the world as Louis Armstrong. Artistically, he was not only the single most influential fount and inspiration for every pop-music instrumentalist and singer of his time and thereafter, but he was quite easily the greatest entertainer ever to step on the stage, musical or theatrical. And where Louis was concerned, there was no separation; he was as theatrical as he was musical.



    This album documents just one of his countless concert appearances. It is unique and typical at the same time, for the evening began with a review of '50 years of Jazz' (which also paralled Armstrong's life, for he and jazz were both born at the turn of the century - Louis in 1901, as a baptismal certificate discovered after his death has established, not 1900, as he had always believed), followed by a standard-issue Armstrong All Stars program.



    Although his choice of selections would change slightly from one night to another, and then more so from one year to the next, certain elements remained constant. No matter how often a composition was repeated (he opened every show "Sleepy Time Down South", almost invariably followed by "Indiana"), Louis Armstrong gave his all every performance - no matter how many or few in the audience, and no matter if the decades of nearly non-stop touring had left him exausted on a particular night.



    Musicians:



    • Louis Armstrong (trumpet, vocal)

    • Edmond Hall (clarinet, vocal)

    • Trummy Young (trombone, vocal)

    • Billy Kyle (piano)

    • Dale Jones (bass)

    • Barrett Deems (drums)

    • Velma Middleton (vocal)



    Recording: June 1956 live at Medina Temple, Chicago

    Production: George Avakian



    Format: 3LPs 33rpm / Box, booklet



    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. Medley: Flee As A Bird To The Mountain/ Oh, Didn't He Ramble

    2. Medley: Memphis Blues/Frankie And Johnny/Tiger Rag

    3. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
    4. Basin Street Blues
    5. Black And Blue

    6. West End Blues
    7. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

    8. Struttin' With Some Barbecue
    9. When It's Sleepy Time Down South

    10. Medley: Manhattan / When It's Sleepy Time Down South

    11. Indiana
    12. The Gypsy
    13. The Faithful Hussar

    14. Rockin' Chair

    15. Bucket's Got A Hole In It

    16. Perdido
    17. Clarinet Marmalade
    18. Mack The Knife
    19. Medley: Tenderly / You'll Never Walk Alone

    20. Stompin' At The Savoy

    21. Margie
    22. Big Mama's Back In Town
    23. That's My Desire
    24. Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)
    25. When The Saints Go Marching In
    26. The Star Spangled Banner
    Louis Armstrong
    $89.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • The Wildest (Pure Pleasure) The Wildest (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Wildest (Pure Pleasure)

    A tireless showman and an underrated musical talent, Louis Prima swung his way to icon status thanks to an irresistible, infectious sound whose appeal translated across generations. Nominally a swing artist, Prima's distinctive sound also encompassed New Orleans-style jazz, boogie-woogie, jump blues, R&B, early rock & roll, and even the occasional Italian tarantella. Regardless of what form his music took, it swung hard and fast, with a rolling, up-tempo shuffle beat. His greatest period of popularity coincided with his marriage to singer Keely Smith, whose coolly sophisticated vocals and detached stage manner made a perfect counterpoint to Prima's boisterous presence: mugging, clowning, and cavorting around the stage with the boundless enthusiasm of a hyperactive boy. Prima's band during this time was anchored by tenor saxophonist Sam Butera, whose grounding in jump blues and New Orleans R&B was a perfect match.



    Musicians:



    • Louis Prima (trumpet, vocal)

    • Keely Smith (vocal)

    • Sam Butera (tenor saxophone)

    • James "Little Red" Blount (trombone)

    • Willie McCumber (piano)

    • Jack Marshall (guitar)

    • Amado Rodrigues (bass)

    • Bobby Morris (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. Medley: Just A Gigolo/I Aint Got Nobody
    2. (Nothings Too Good) For My Baby
    3. The Lip
    4. Body And Soul
    5. Oh Marie
    6. Medley: Basin Street Blues/ When Its Sleepy Time Down South
    7. Jump, Jive And Wail
    8. Buona Sera
    9. Night Train
    10. (Ill Be Glad When Youre Dead) You Rascal You
    Louis Prima feat. Kelly Smith, Sam Butera, & The Witnesses
    $34.99
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    The Herdsmen Play Paris

    The Herdsmen feature Dick Collins (trumpet), Ralph Burns/Henri Renaud (piano), Bill Perkins/Dick Hafer/Jerry Coker (tenor sax), Cy Touff (bass trumpet), Jimmy Gourley (guitar), Red Kelly/Jean-Marie Ingrand (bass) and Chuck Flores/Jean Louis Viale (drums).
    1. So What Can Be New
    2. Just 40 Bars
    3. Palm Cafe
    4. Pot Luck
    5. The Gypsy
    6. Wetback On The Left Bank
    7. Embarkation
    8. Thanks For You
    The Herdsmen
    $21.99
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    Louie Louie Louie

    Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is pleased to announce the release of Louie, Louie, Louie, the band's eleventh studio album and a salute to the music of Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and Louis Prima.


    Louie, Louie, Louie reveals the evolution of swing, jazz and popular music through the songs and personalities of these three giants of American culture. With a blend of greatest hits and essential works, the listener is transported from the earliest days of New Orleans jazz and ragtime to the birth of R&B and rock and roll. These remarkable artists revolutionized American music and popular culture and set new standards for what great entertainment and artistic expression could be. Their influence on Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is profound and if you enjoy the band, they are among the chief reasons why.

    1. Dinah
    2. Oh, Marie
    3. Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't My Baby?
    4. Jack, You're Dead!
    5. Whistle Stop
    6. Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
    7. Basin Street Blues
    8. Jump, Jive an' Wail
    9. Knock Me A Kiss
    10. Stuttin' With Some Barbecue
    11. Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days
    12. Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
    13. When The Saints Go Marching In
    Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
    $19.99
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    The Artistry Of Freddie Hubbard

    Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard leads a particularly talented sextet (with trombonist Curtis Fuller, a rare outing away from Sun Ra for tenor-saxophonist John Gilmore, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Art Davis and drummer Louis Hayes) on three of his originals and strong versions of Summertime and Caravan.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Caravan
    2. Bob's Place
    3. Happy Times
    4. Summertime
    5. The 7th Day
    Freddie Hubbard
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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