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  • World's Foremost Blues Singer World's Foremost Blues Singer Quick View

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    World's Foremost Blues Singer

    Legendary blues vocalist/pianist Memphis Slim
    release, with fully restored artwork and
    remastered audio, on 180 gram vinyl!
    1. Lonesome (Blue Blues)
    2. Cold Blooded Woman
    3. One Man's Mad
    4. Good Time Roll Creole
    5. What Is Mare-back
    6. Pigalle Love
    7. Four Walls
    8. It's Been Too Long
    9. Big Bertha
    10. I'm Lost Without You
    11. I'll Just Keep Singing The Blues
    12. True Love
    Memphis Slim
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    USA (Pure Pleasure)

    For the most part, this is a 1961 session wherein the blues raconteur and pianist Memphis Slim runs through a good chunk of his repertoire, the songs that came to mind that afternoon. As such, it's relaxed entertainment, rather than a fixed recording for a larger audience. Which is not to say an audience can't enjoy this music. Slim's piano playing is dynamically rich, delicate at times, and pounding when necessary. His vocals are strong, too, but just as capable of dropping down to just above a whisper to make a point. They just don't make records like this anymore, documents of an artist at work without any attempt to be outside the moment.




    Musicians:



    • Memphis Slim (vocal, piano)

    • Jazz Gillum (vocal, harmonica)

    • Arbee Stidham (vocal, guitar)




    Recording: January 1961 at Nola Penthouse Studios, New York City by Bob d'Orleans

    Production: Nat Hentoff




    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. Born With The Blues
    2. Just Let Me Be
    3. Red Haired Boogie
    4. Blue And Disgusted
    5. New Key To The Highway
    6. Id Take Her To Chicago
    7. Harlem Bound
    8. El Capitan
    9. I Just Landed In Your Town
    10. John Henry
    11. I Believe Ill Settle Down
    12. Bad Luck And Troubles
    13. Late Afternoon Blues
    14. Memphis Slim, U.S.A.
    Memphis Slim
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Willie's Blues Willie's Blues Quick View

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    Willie's Blues

    Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions - 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 33 1/3.


    All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at Acoustic Sounds' state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, plated by Gary Salstrom


    Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock


    Since the early 1950s, Willie Dixon has been the studio kingpin of Chicago blues, having written, produced, and played bass on countless classics by Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Otis Rush, Koko Taylor, and many others. Dixon has always managed to find time away from the studio to work as a performer, slapping his upright bass and singing his own tunes in a highly compelling, conversational baritone. He was working the coffeehouse circuit with pianist Memphis Slim when he cut this, his first album as a leader, in 1959. Besides his unique interpretations of "Nervous" and "Built for Comfort," it includes eight lesser-known compositions from Dixon's prolific pen. It is unlike all other albums by Dixon, as he and Slim are accompanied, not by the usual crew of Chicago blues players, but by a group of New York mainstream jazzmen, including tenor saxophonist Hal Ashby, guitarist Wally Richardson and drummer Gus Johnson.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Nervous
    2. Good Understanding
    3. That's My Baby
    4. Slim's Thing
    5. That's All I Want Baby
    6. Don't You Tell Nobody
    7. Youth To You
    8. Sittin' And Cryin' The Blues
    9. Built For Comfort
    10. I Got A Razor
    11. Go Easy
    12. Move Me
    Willie Dixon & Memphis Slim
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • I Find The Blues Everywhere I Find The Blues Everywhere Quick View

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    I Find The Blues Everywhere

    Import


    RARE Memphis Slim LP, recorded in Paris in 1961, and never reissued on vinyl or CD! Although Slim was an incredible vocalist, here the Memphis bluesman chooses let the piano be his voice, leading the audience through various moods-from the sombre "Bluesnik", to the lively "The Hustler". Without so much as a single drum to keep the beat, Slim's tempo never falters as transitions from one genre to the next, for a dizzying and awe-inspiring performance of which only the very best are capable.

    1. Panic Street
    2. The Hustler
    3. Carried Away
    4. Bluesnik
    5. Back Home
    6. Olympia Boogie
    7. Sonophone Boogie
    8. Blue Slim
    9. Musing
    10. West Side Trot
    11. Hotfan's Delight


    Recorded in Paris on July 7th, 1961

    Memphis Slim
    $32.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
  • Keep It To Ourselves Keep It To Ourselves Quick View

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    Keep It To Ourselves

    Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearant Audio


    An American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, from Mississippi. One of the greatest bluesmen ever. His harp, vocals, and songwriting have never been surpassed. All his records are classics, but this one is truly unique - it's the cream of two rare, acoustic albums cut in Denmark in 1963. Gentle, personal blues with brilliant harmonica, accompanied by only Matt Guitar Murphy and Memphis Slim on piano. Original LP listed on Stereophile's Record 2 Die 4 list.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. The Sky Is Crying
    2. Don't Let Your Right Hand Know
    3. Coming Home To You Baby
    4. The Story of Sonny Boy Williamson
    5. Gettin' Together
    6. Little Girl
    7. I Can't Understand
    8. Slowly Walk Close To Me
    9. I Wonder Do I Have A Friend
    Sonny Boy Williamson
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Willie's Blues Willie's Blues Quick View

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    Willie's Blues

    From the early '50s, Willie Dixon has been the studio kingpin of Chicago blues, having written, produced, and played bass on countless classics by Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Otis Rush, and others. Dixon has always managed to find time away from the studio to work as a performer, slapping his upright bass and singing his own tunes in a compelling, conversational baritone. He was working the coffeehouse circuit with pianist Memphis Slim when he cut this, his first album as a leader, in 1959.
    1. Nervous
    2. Good Understanding
    3. That's My Baby
    4. Slim's Thing
    5. That's All I Want Baby
    6. Don't You Tell Nobody
    7. Youth To You
    1. Sittin' And Cryin' The Blues
    2. Built For Comfort
    3. I Got A Razor
    4. Go Easy
    5. Move Me
    Willie Dixon
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Policy Policy Quick View

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    Policy

    Will Butler has been a member of the band Arcade Fire for over 10 years.
    This is his first release under his own name.


    Policy is American music-in the tradition of the Violent Femmes, The
    Breeders, The Modern Lovers, Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson, The Magnetic
    Fields, Ghostface Killah. And John Lennon (I know, but it counts).
    Music where the holy fool runs afoul of the casual world.


    Policy was recorded in one week in Jimi Hendrix's old living room
    (upstairs at Electric Lady Studios). Jeremy Gara played drums; other
    musicians contributed woodwinds and backing vocals. Most everything else
    was played by Will.


    The song structures are traditional; the arrangements are clean. The music is
    experimental only in that it attacks consistency as a requirement for sincerity.
    The songs are angry, loving, joking, tired, honest, idiotic. They clash against
    each other but also fit and work together-as if a blind watchmaker made a
    Frankenstein watch that came alive and told extremely accurate time while
    having conflicting feelings about its creator. No, about creation itself. But
    then the watch makes friends with a talking rat, and they go on hilarious
    adventures until it turns out that the rat was dead the whole time. With a
    really good credits song-I mean, the whole soundtrack is excellent. You
    should check it out.


    Yours truly,

    Memphis Slim

    Blues Musician

    1. Take My Side
    2. Anna
    3. Finish What I Started
    4. Son of God
    5. Something's Coming
    6. What I Want
    7. Sing to Me
    8. Witness
    Will Butler
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  • The Best Of Booker T. And The M.G.'s The Best Of Booker T. And The M.G.'s Quick View

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    The Best Of Booker T. And The M.G.'s

    The Original Atlantic Soul Masters 180g Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues..


    As a young teenager growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, Booker T. Jones had the amazing talent to play a number of instruments and he played them well. Mastering them well enough to land him work at the famous Stax Records label as a sideman, while still attending high school. It was during this time he met up with future guitar legend Steve Cropper and drummer great Al Jackson and later formed the Stax wrecking crew known as Booker T. & The M.G.s.


    This amazing quartet, whom later added the amazing Donald Duck Dunn on bass went on to record a treasure trove of funk, soul and rock masterpieces, which have gone on to become some of the greatest sides ever waxed in modern soul history! With chart topping soul rockers like Green Onions, Red Beans And Rice and Hip Hug-Her, the good folks at Atlantic honored this famed quartet with their own greatest hits album, the magnificent The Best Of Booker T. & The M.G.s in 1968. This original album has been out of print for many years, and for several decades in the vinyl format...that is until now.


    Friday Music is proud to offer the original Atlantic Records masterpiece The Best Of Booker T. & The M.G.s for the first time on 180g Audiophile Vinyl. Mastered impeccably from the original Atlantic Records tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray.


    This best of album features all of their original hit recordings mentioned above, as well as more killer funk like Mo Onions, Slim Jenkins Place and Soul Dressing. Plus, super soul interpretations of The Rascals Groovin and George Gershwins Summertime.


    They have also included the original rare album cover elements featuring the hip Baron Wolman/Rolling Stone photo and the excellent packaging design of Haig Adishian. This is one collection just made for the audiophile vinyl domain and will be a perfect companion to our recent Atlantic Records soul offerings from Wilson PickettThe Best Of Wilson Pickett and Solomon BurkeThe Best Of Solomon Burke.


    1. Hip Hug-Her

    2. Slim Jenkins Place
    3. Green Onions

    4. Soul Dressing

    5. Jelly Bread

    6. Groovin

    7. Mo Onions

    8. Summertime

    9. Boot-leg

    10. Cant Be Still

    11. Tic-Tac-Toe

    12. Red, Beans And Rice

    Booker T. & The MG's
    $31.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
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