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  • Mother's Finest Mother's Finest Quick View

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    Mother's Finest

    Mother's Finest is a pioneering American funk rock band founded in Atlanta, Georgia by the vocal duo of Joyce Baby Jean Kennedy and Glenn Doc Murdock in 1970 when the pair met up with guitarist Gary Moses Mo Moore and bassist Jerry Wyzard Seay.
    1. Fire
    2. Give You All The Love (Inside Of Me)
    3. Niggizz Can't Sang Rock & Roll
    4. My Baby
    5. Fly With Me (Feel The Love)
    6. Dontcha Wanna Love Me
    7. Rain
    Mother's Finest
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  • And His Mother Called Him Bill (Speakers Corner) And His Mother Called Him Bill (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    And His Mother Called Him Bill (Speakers Corner)

    When Billy Strayhorn died of cancer in 1967, Duke Ellington was devastated. His closest friend and arranger had left his life full of music and memories. As a tribute, Ellington and his orchestra almost immediately began recording a tribute to Strayhorn, using the late arranger's own compositions.



    The album features well-known and previously unrecorded Strayhorn tunes that showcase his range, versatility, and, above all, the quality that Ellington admired him most for: his sensitivity to all of the timbral, tonal, and color possibilities an orchestra could bring to a piece of music.



    Full of informality and soulful verve, these recordings feel like they are an afterthought, an unwillingness to completely let go, a eulogy whose final words are questions, elegantly stated and met with only the echo of their last vibrations ringing in an empty room, full of wondering, longing, and helplessness, but above all the point of the questions themselves: "Is this enough?" or "Can there ever be enough to pay an adequate tribute to this man?"
    They are interesting questions, because only five years later we would all be saying the same thing about Ellington. For a man who issued well over 300 albums, this set is among his most profoundly felt and very finest recorded moments.






    Musicians:



    • Duke Ellington (piano)

    • Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington (trumpet)

    • Clark Terry (fluegel horn)

    • Lawrence Brown, Chuck Connors (trombone)

    • Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone)

    • Russell Procope (alto saxophone, clarinet)

    • Jimmy Hamilton (tenor saxophone, clarinet)

    • Paul Gonsalves (tenor saxophone)

    • Aaron Bell (bass)

    • Steve Little (drums)




    Recording: August and September 1967 in RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City, by Ed Begley

    Production: Brad McCuen





    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.



    and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    1. Boo-Dah
    2. U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group)
    3. Blood Count 9

    4. Smada
    5. Rock Skippin' at the Blue Note

    6. Rain Check
    7. Midriff
    8. My Little Brown Book
    9. Lotus Blossom
    10. Snibor
    11. After All
    12. All Day Long
    13. Lotus Blossom
    14. Day Dream
    15. The Intimacy of the Blues
    16. Charpoy
    Duke Ellington
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  • Uncle Meat Uncle Meat Quick View

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    Uncle Meat

    The soundtrack for a film that remained incomplete for over a decade, Uncle Meat is one of the finest albums produced by Zappa and the original Mothers of Invention. Showcasing every facet of the band, Uncle Meat is filled with quirky Zappa instrumentals like the title track and the Dog Breath Variations, rock staples like Cruisin' For Burgers and Mr. Green Genes, and an epic suite of instrumental fervor centered around the jazz-rock forerunner, King Kong.- Andrew Boscardin
    1. Uncle Meat
    2. The Voices Of Cheese
    3. Nine Types Of Industrial Pollution
    4. Zolar Czakl
    5. Dog Breath, In The Year Of The Plague
    6. The Legend Of The Golden Arches
    7. Louie Louie
    8. The Dog Breath Variations
    9. Sleeping In A Jar
    10. Our Bizarre Relationship
    11. The Uncle Meat Variations
    12. Electric Aunt Jemima
    13. Prelude To King Kong
    14. God Bless America
    15. A Pound For A Brown On The Bus
    16. Ian Underwood Whips It Out
    17. Mr. Green Genes
    18. We Can Shoot You
    19. If We'd All Been Living In California...
    20. The Air
    21. Project X
    22. Cruising For Burgers
    23. Tengo Na Minchia Tanta
    24. King Kong Itself
    25. King Kong II
    26. King Kong III
    27. King Kong IV
    28. King Kong V
    29. King Kong VI
    Frank Zappa
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Hot Rats Hot Rats Quick View

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    Hot Rats

    By 1969, after releasing a 'mother lode' of Mothers of Invention classics, leader Frank Zappa was ready to breakthrough other musical barriers that were still holding popular music in a conservative headlock.


    Being one if not the first album to be recorded using 16 tracks (twice the number being used at the time on both sides of the Atlantic), Hot Rats became a leading edge in both modern recording technology and the evolution of jazz/rock-fusion. Mostly instrumental, it features six original compositions; three loose jam pieces, the remainder being tight ensemble arrangements. Some of the finest players around come together in varying combinations, all-the-while showcasing Frank Zappa's guitar virtuosity.


    Among others, Lowell George of Little Feat-fame lends guitar, jazz violinists extraordinaire Don 'Sugarcane' Harris and Jean-Luc Ponty plus fellow Mother Ian Underwood's keyboard and woodwind work, complete the leader's advanced vision. Last but not least, the legendary Captain Beefheart brings his unique pipes to the infamous Willie The Pimp.


    Soon to become a concert staple and fan favorite thereafter, Peaches En Regalia is truly a modern jazz standard, eventually covered by the likes of Phish and The Dixie Dregs. Also included are Son of Mr. Green Genes, Little Umbrellas, The Gumbo Variations and It Must Be A Camel. Mastered and cut directly from the original analog master tape by Bernie Grundman under the supervision of Gail Zappa.

    1. Peaches en Regalia
    2. Willie the Pimp
    3. Son of Mr. Green Genes
    4. Little Umbrellas
    5. The Gumbo Variations
    6. It Must Be a Camel
    Frank Zappa
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • I, Tonya (Original Soundtrack Album) I, Tonya (Original Soundtrack Album) Quick View

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    I, Tonya (Original Soundtrack Album)

    "I, Tonya" is the upcoming biographical film from Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, The Finest Hours). Starring Margot Robbie and Sebastian Stan, the film follows infamous competitive ice skater Tonya Harding (Robbie) through her formative years as the abused child of a single mother in the '70s to her involvement with Nancy Kerrigan and subsequent media firestorm during the '90s. Part drama, part black comedy, "I, Tonya" is one of the most anticipated films heading into awards season following a successful run on the film festival circuit.


    The soundtrack to "I, Tonya" plays prominently in the film and features songs such as the aptly-titled "Devil Woman" by Cliff Richard as well as tracks by Heart, Fleetwood Mac, and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

    1. Fair to Love Me - By Mark Batson
    2. Devil Woman - By Cliff Richard
    3. Romeo And Juliet - By Dire Straits
    4. Free Your Mind - By En Vogue
    5. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart - By Chris Stills
    6. Tonya Suite - By Peter Nashel
    7. Gloria - By Laura Branigan
    8. Barracuda - By Heart
    9. Goodbye Stranger - By Supertramp
    10. The Chain - By Fleetwood Mac
    11. The Passenger - By Siouxsie & The Banshees
    Various Artists
    $24.99
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    Stage Four (Deluxe)

    Includes A 36-page Hardcover LP Sized Book With Expanded Artwork


    Pressed On 180 Gram Black Vinyl For The Finest Sound Quality


    Also Includes A 4-Piece Sticker Set


    TOUCHÉ AMORÉ, is a Los Angeles based punk band whose earnest and artful approach to song writing, along with relentless touring, fueled their rise to prominence in the hardcore community.


    In 2013 TOUCHÉ AMORÉ crossed into new territory with their beloved release, Is Survived By. The band had reached a high point in notoriety when frontman Jeremy Bolm received news that his mother had been diagnosed with Stage Four cancer. With the band's support, Bolm wanted to go on hiatus to care for his ailing mother. However, as his biggest supporter, she encouraged him to continue on living his dream. So he returned to the road with bandmates- guitarists Nick Steinhardt and Clayton Stevens, bassist Tyler Kirby, and drummer Elliot Babin. In October of 2014 while TOUCHÉ AMORÉ was headlining Fest in Gainesville, FL, the final stop on their tour, Bolm received a call that his mother passed. He went home the next day.


    Now from a band both living its dream and marred by loss comes their new album Stage Four. Triumphant in sound and cathartic in delivery, Stage Four is a powerfully creative leap for TOUCHÉ AMORÉ. The first single is the catchy "Palm Dreams," and it's instantly clear from Bolm's vocals that TOUCHÉ AMORÉ is breaking new ground: the career screamer is actually singing, in a quite capable sing-speak harmony. The final track, the lush, jangly "Skyscraper," featuring haunting guest vocals from Julien Baker, ends the album with an atmospheric departure, both sonically and in spirit.

    1. Flowers And You
    2. New Halloween
    3. Rapture
    4. Displacement
    5. Benediction
    6. Eight Seconds
    7. Palm Dreams
    8. Softer Spoken
    9. Posing Holy
    10. Water Damage
    11. Skyscraper
    Touche Amore
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • La Petite Mort (Awaiting Repress) La Petite Mort (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    La Petite Mort (Awaiting Repress)

    Manchester's finest make a welcome return with 'La Petite Mort', the first new full length James album in six years. Produced by Max Dingel (Killers. Muse, White Lies) and written as ever, by the band, with Tim Booth lyrics, this new disc ranks among their finest in their 30 year career.


    Highlights include the mighty first single 'Moving On', the anthemic 'Curse Curse' and 'Frozen Britain.'


    Max Dingel is the latest in a long line of first class producers the band have worked with including Brian Eno, Gil Norton and Youth.


    From first signing with the infamous Factory Records, to an illustrious career of albums released through Rough Trade, Sire Records and Mercury, James have now agreed an exciting new joint venture label partnership with BMG Chrysalis and Cooking Vinyl.


    'La Petite Mort' was recorded in the wake of Tim Booth losing his mother and best friend in quick succession and understandably many of the songs deal with mortality, hence the album title. However, 'La Petite Mort', is an incredibly uplifting record.


    Since forming in 1982, James are, without doubt, one of Britain's most influential indie bands, enjoying a prestigious career that spans over 30 years. Their classic hits include 'Sit Down', 'She's A Star', 'Laid' and 'Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)' amongst their 20 top 40 UK singles. They have released 12 studio albums and have sold over 12 million albums worldwide.


    James are: Tim Booth (vocals), Jim Glennie (bass), Larry Gott (guitars), Saul Davies (guitar, violin), Mark Hunter (keyboards), David Baynton-Power (drums) and Andy Diagram (trumpet).

    1. Walk Like You
    2. Curse Curse
    3. Moving On
    4. Gone Baby Gone
    5. Frozen Britain
    6. Interrogation
    7. Bitter Virtue
    8. All In My Mind
    9. Quicken the Dead
    10. All I'm Saying
    James
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Best Of Bread (Awaiting Repress) Best Of Bread (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Best Of Bread (Awaiting Repress)

    Masterd by Joe Reagoso from the Original Elektra Records Tapes at Friday Music


    Bread were one of the finest pop rock bands of all time. Led by the unforgettable voice and songs of guitarist/keyboardist David Gates, alongside the vocals and superlative writings of guitarist James Griffin, Bread scored several #1 and Top Five singles and albums, which made them one of the most popular groups of the '70s.


    Supplemented by the super talents of Larry Knechtel, Mike Botts and Robb Royer, Bread recorded such huge smash recordings as their first #1 Make It With You, and more top charters like If, Baby Im A Want You, Diary and Everything I Own.


    Aside from the melodic rock and pop balladry of Bread, the band rocked with the best of them as showcased on Mother Freedom, Truckin and the fuzz guitar driven Let Your Love Flow.


    In 1973, Elektra Records honored the band with their first Greatest Hits album the multi-platinum The Best Of Bread. Now, Friday Music wants you to revisit that moment by announcing the first time ever HQ vinyl release of The Best of Bread. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso from the original Elektra Records tapes at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA, this limited edition album was just waiting for the 180g Audiophile domain.


    To enhance your Bread listening experience, Friday Music has also included a very nice gatefold cover, which hasnt been in circulation since its original release back in 1973.

    1. Make It With You

    2. Everything I Own

    3. Diary

    4. Baby Im-A Want You

    5. It Dont Matter to Me

    6. If

    7. Mother Freedom

    8. Down on My Knees

    9. Too Much Love

    10. Let Your Love Go

    11. Look What Youve Done

    12. Truckin


    Bread
    $31.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Kansas (Colored Vinyl) (Pre-Order) Kansas (Colored Vinyl) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Kansas (Colored Vinyl) (Pre-Order)


    First Time 180 Gram Translucent Gold & Blue Swirl Vinyl


    Mastered Impeccably At Friday Music - Pressed At R.T.I.


    In 1974, superstars Kansas delivered one of the finest prog rock albums of the classic rock era with their debut Kansas. Featuring the line-up of Steve Walsh, Phil Ehart, Kerry Livgren, Robby Steinhardt & Dave Hope, the Lp would become the catalyst to take these rock giants to stages all over the world.


    Their appearance on Rock Concert broke the band wide open, as radio reacted & record stores sold tons of Lps. With hard rockers like Can I Tell You & the blues of J.J. Cale with Bringing It Back, the Kansas Lp could do no wrong.


    Dig deeper and you'll find prog rock champions like Lonely Wind, the artistry of The Pilgrimage & the album closer Death Of Mother Nature Suite.


    Friday Music is no stranger to the classic rock sounds of Kansas, therefore we are pleased to announce another installment in the Kansas/ Friday Music Series with their debut masterpiece Kansas now on Translucent Gold & Blue Swirl Audiophile Vinyl.


    Mastered impeccably by long time fan and friend Joe Reagoso at Friday Music, the album is also pressed at R.T.I. & presented in a striking gatefold cover.

    1. Can I Tell You
    2. Bringing It Back
    3. Lonely Wind
    4. Belexes
    5. Journey From Mariabraun
    6. The Pilgrimage
    7. Apercu
    8. Death Of Mother Nature Suite
    Kansas
    $32.99
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  • Great Jazz Standards (Pure Pleasure) Great Jazz Standards (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Great Jazz Standards (Pure Pleasure)

    Great Jazz Standards was recorded when Evans was red-hot from two successes with Miles Davis, Miles Ahead and Porgy And Bess.
    Evans' signature brass choir is in place - creatively voiced, spaciously arranged, a supple, multi-coloured, sonically surprising counterpoint to a succession of superb soloists. The added bonus, for Evans' projects, is the foregrounding of saxophone and clarinet soloists Steve Lacy and Budd Johnson.
    Lacy and the original swing-to-bop missing link, Johnson, are the ones who will make the hair on your neck curl. Lacy's solos on Monk's Straight No Chaser and John Lewis' Django must be some of the finest pre-free improvisations he recorded, already heading from quirky to out-there. Johnson's clarinet solo on Don Redman's spooky, swing-meets-whole tone classic, Chant Of The Weed, and slow-burning, stirring tenor solo on Evans' La Nevada are some of the finest the all-but-forgotten genius ever recorded. Trumpeter Johnny Coles, has the inevitable misfortune of being compared to Miles Davis and being found to be ... different. Sunny, open and extroverted, he may not be a stylist of Davis' proportions, but he's an enjoyable alternative foil for Evans' arrangements.
    A magnificent but neglected album, and still coming up fresh as daisies.




    Musicians:



    • Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone, clarinet)

    • Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone)

    • Al Block (woodwinds)

    • Johnny Coles, Allen Smith (trumpet)

    • Jimmy Cleveland (trombone)

    • Bill Barber (tuba)

    • Gil Evans (piano)

    • Chuck Wayne (guitar)

    • Dick Carter (bass)

    • Elvin Jones (drums)



    Recording: February 1959

    Production: Richard Bock




    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.



    Gil Evans
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5 Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5 Quick View

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    Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5


    The Elvis Presley/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues!


    Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5!


    First Time Audiophile Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation!


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso And Manufactured At R.T.I.


    Elvis Aaron Presley was born during the Great Depression into a poor family in Mississippi. They moved to Memphis during the early
    fifties, and as a struggling young truck driver, Elvis cut some demos as a gift for his beloved mother Gladys. These initial songs, of which he
    had only paid a few dollars to record, would become the catalyst that would kick-start the beginnings of a soon to be worldwide superstar
    unlike the world has ever known.


    The folks at RCA Victor knew that this young fellow named Elvis was destined for superstardom. They quickly signed the legend to a
    long-term deal, and his first RCA single Heartbreak Hotel forever etched "The King Of Rock And Roll" trademark to his name. He would eventually become the most successful solo artist of all time!


    From the remainder of the 1960's into the late 1970's, Elvis Presley would release many more hit albums, smash singles and movies
    before his untimely passing in 1977. Ever proving that he was indeed on top of his game, RCA Victor awarded their superstar artist and his fans
    with the King's fifth greatest hits collection Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5.


    Featuring a treasure trove of his most familiar top charting hit singles Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5 went on to achieve gold status and
    become one of his most memorable titles in his huge arsenal of masterful rock and roll albums.


    Thanks to his finest rock smashes like Burning Love, Moody Blue, In the Ghetto and his landmark Memphis session groover Suspicious
    Minds, this collection of Elvis Presley's biggest hits were just what the fans were screaming for, and the entire album was built around the
    framework of his rocking trademark sound. The 1984 album also was another blockbuster for The King truly proving once again that his career
    was unlike any other in music history.


    Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5 also included some of his finest ballads like Kentucky Rain and his monumental NBC TV Comeback Special
    smash If I Can Dream. In total, the album showcases ten important Elvis Presley hit recordings which have truly gone on to become definitive
    classics by any measure of popular music.


    In honor of the Man, the Music, the Legend, the King Of Rock And Roll, Friday Music is very proud and honored to announce the first time
    limited 30th Anniversary Edition 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of the RCA Victor classic Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5.


    As another installment in our exciting Elvis Presley/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, we are pleased to present this
    masterwork in all its stereophonic glory. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and manufactured at R.T.I., Elvis' Gold
    Records Volume 5 will be a much anticipated first time audiophile dream release for Elvis fans everywhere!


    For a limited time only, we are also including a rare first time gatefold artwork presentation including the original 1984 artwork elements
    and rare picture sleeve art in the inside gatefold . As usual, we are also enclosing a poly bag to protect your album cover and poly lined sleeve
    to help keep your Elvis vinyl in mint shape.


    Elvis Presley's Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5 A history making rock album from an historic legend, an original stereophonic first time
    audiophile dream release first time gatefold cover is now an audiophile vinyl dream come true From your friends at Friday Music Stay
    tuned for more Elvis Presley original RCA Record audiophile recordings from Friday Music. If I Can Dream

    1. Suspicious Minds
    2. Kentucky Rain
    3. In the Ghetto
    4. Clean Up Your Own Backyard
    5. If I Can Dream
    6. Burning Love
    7. If You Talk In Your Sleep
    8. For the Heart
    9. Moody Blue
    10. Way Down
    Elvis Presley
    $29.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
  • Walking The Blues (Pure Pleasure) Walking The Blues (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Walking The Blues (Pure Pleasure)

    Walking The Blues is arguably the finest record Otis Spann ever cut, boasting 11 cuts of astounding blues piano. On several numbers, Spann is supported by guitarist Robert Jr. Lockwood and their interaction is sympathetic, warm, and utterly inviting. Spann relies on originals here, from Half Ain't Been Told to Walking the Blues, but he also throws in a few standards (Goin' Down Slow, My Home Is In The Delta) that help draw a fuller portrait of his musicianship. Most importantly, however, is the fact that Walking The Blues simply sounds great -- it's some of the finest blues piano you'll ever hear.



    Musicians:



    • Otis Spann (vocal, piano)

    • Robert Lockwood Jr. (guitar)

    • St. Louis Jimmy (James Oden) (vocal)




    Recording: August 1960 at Fine Recording Studios, New York, by George Piros

    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. It Must Have Been the Devil
    2. Otis' Blues
    3. Goin' Down Slow
    4. Half Ain't Been Told
    5. Monkey Face Blues
    6. This Is the Blues
    7. Can't Stand Your Evil Ways
    8. Come Day, Go Day
    9. Walkin' the Blues
    10. Bad Condition
    11. My Home Is in the Delta
    Otis Spann
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Otis Spann Is The Blues (Pure Pleasure) Otis Spann Is The Blues (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Otis Spann Is The Blues (Pure Pleasure)

    Another absolute gem from Alan Bates's Candid label this must be probably Otis Spann's finest piece of work on wax. He may not have been THE blues, but he was sure close to being THE blues pianist. Spann provided wonderful, imaginative, tasty piano solos and better-than-average vocals, and was arguably the best player whose style was more restrained than animated. Not that he couldn't rock the house, but Spann's forte was making you think as well as making you dance.




    Musicians:



    • Otis Spann (piano, vocal)

    • Robert Lockwood Jr. (guitar, vocal)




    Recording: August 1960 at Fine Recording Studios, New York, USA, by George Piros

    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.



    Otis Spann & Robert Lockwood
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Kansas


    Celebrate 4 Decades Of Kansas With Their Smash Debut Album LP From 1974


    First Time 180 Gram Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation


    Mastered Impeccably At Friday Music & Capitol Mastering- Pressed At R.T.I.


    In 1974, superstars Kansas delivered one of the finest progressive rock albums of the classic
    rock era with their debut and self titled smash Kansas. Featuring the stunning line-up of Steve
    Walsh on keys and lead vocals, Phil Ehart on drums, Kerry Livgren playing the lead guitar, Robby
    Steinhardt on violin and lead vocals and Dave Hope on bass, the Kansas album would soon become
    the catalyst to take these rock giants to stages all over the world.


    Their first appearance on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert blew the album and the band wide
    open, as radio stations were getting calls to play their music and retail stores began to sell tons of
    albums. With hard rockers like Can I Tell You, and the brilliant interpretation of J.J. Cale's Bringing
    It Back, the Kansas album could do no wrong.


    Dig deeper into the grooves, and there you find prog rock champions like the beautiful
    Lonely Wind, the artistry of The Pilgrimage and of course the album closer anthem Death Of Mother
    Nature Suite. These tunes and the aformetioned rockers would become the heart and soul of the
    band and bring them future superstar acclaim afforded to only a few.


    Friday Music is no stranger to the stunning recordings of Kansas. Therefore it is with much
    excitement to announce another installment in the Kansas/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
    Series with their legendary debut masterpiece Kansas. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at
    Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering and pressed at RTI, this stunning LP was long overdue
    for the audiophile vinyl domain.


    In honor of Kansas 40th Year Anniversary, we are offering for a very limited time a first
    time gatefold cover, featuring the original graphics, lyrics and of course the five star mastering you
    would expect from Friday Music. We believe this masterful new audiophile release of Kansas will
    become one of the most anticipated prog-rock releases of the new year!

    1. Can I Tell You
    2. Bringing It Back
    3. Lonely Wind
    4. Belexes
    5. Journey From Mariabraun
    6. The Pilgrimage
    7. Apercu
    8. Death Of Mother Nature Suite
    Kansas
    $29.99
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    Lies & Wishes

    Edward David Anderson is an artist as ancient as he is modern. In a time when the music business desperately flails about, grasping at any new trend that will save its sinking ship, he exists far beyond its confines. Best known for his work with the revered Midwestern rock band Backyard Tire Fire who released a string of acclaimed albums in the previous decade, Anderson returns to the national stage with his highly anticipated solo debut, Lies & Wishes. Produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, it finds Anderson creating his own mythology through a collection of songs that embrace vulnerability, while remaining grounded in his working class roots. Anderson sings, I'm the son of a plumber, from a God fearing mother. The lyric says much about where his story begins as an artist. He was born and raised just west of Chicago and lives a simple life, spending winters in an RV alongside the Gulf of Mexico in lower Alabama. Anderson's an American songwriter on an existential quest who seeks and who searches through song.


    I feel like every experience, every mile, every interaction, every tune, sort of got me to where I am at this moment, Anderson recounts while shedding light on the over-arching theme that ties together the 10-track collection. The songs on the record are confessional by nature. They are songs about loss and love and living and hope. Halfway through my life, it's an honest look in the mirror.


    Anderson's journey over the last five years and his response to the challenges he faced is what sets the lifers apart from those that concede the artistic pursuit. The dissolution of Backyard Tire in 2011 was the first obstacle to overcome. The band had built a devout cult following around the U.S., counting Cracker, Reverend Horton Heat and Clutch among their fans, all of whom took BTF on the road exposing them to a wider audience. It was around this time that Steve Berlin of Los Lobos was first drawn to Anderson's songwriting.


    "Backyard Tire Fire opened a show for us and I remember being backstage and listening to their music and I was like, 'Wow, that song sounds really familiar. Whose cover is that? It's a classic tune,'" says Berlin. "It turns out that they were all Ed's originals. They just had that instantly memorable quality to them. So, I introduced myself at the show and we became buddies and then collaborators. Ed's music is so evocative, so well written. I honestly think he is as talented as anyone in the songwriting world and it is important that he be heard."


    Anderson adds: I was just starting to get back on the road again after Tire Fire split, touring with my friend Johnny Hickman and I got inspired to get back in the studio. I had these songs and had something pretty interesting to say based on the experiences I just went through. I knew if I could get Steve Berlin involved, who is an old friend that I've worked with in the past, it could be something special."


    It was just prior to this that Anderson's mother passed away, while the previous winter his wife lost her mother, both to extended illnesses. It was a defining moment for the 40-year old artist and culminated in a torrent of songwriting. Indeed, songs like Lies & Wishes Lost & Found and Chain Reaction delve deep into the human condition, asking difficult questions of both himself and his loved ones.


    "A lot of the subject matter on this record came from reflecting on these painful experiences" says Anderson. After losing my mom, I decided I've got to make a record and dedicate it to her and make a statement here on my own.


    Musically speaking, the core of Lies & Wishes is built around refined melodies, acoustic guitars and sparse arrangements, yet Berlin's production colors the tracks with squalls of electric guitar, affected vocals, drum loops and assorted analog keyboard flourishes. It should also be noted that fans of Anderson's vintage rock and roll songwriting from his Backyard Tire Fire days will find plenty to love on tunes like "Nothing Lasts Forever," "Taking It Out On You" and "The Next Melody," which deliver the big hooks and classic refrains on which he so effortlessly hangs his hat.


    This is where we find Edward David Anderson today. His heart's on his sleeve and it's that of an artist. Nobody ever said it was going to be easy, but as the songs on Lies & Wishes bare out, when the muse calls, he will be there to answer.


    I needed to make this album, he concludes. I feel like it's undoubtedly my finest work to date, the beginning of the next chapter for me.

    1. Lies & Wishes
    2. Lost & Found
    3. Son Of A Plumber
    4. Pins & Needles
    5. Taking It Out On You
    6. I Missed You
    7. Nothing Lasts Forever
    8. Chain Reaction
    9. Fires
    10. The Next Melody
    Edward David Anderson
    $16.99
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    Felix Beloy: Baila Mi Son (Pure Pleasure)

    Rich and rhythmic, sparkling and seductive, Felix Baloy's voice marks him as one of Cuba's very finest soneros. This magnificent performance showcases a true artist at the peak of his profession, backed by the thrilling arrangements of Juan de Marcos and the peerless Afro Cuban All Stars.



    Felix Baloy has been singing for more than 40 years which means he has waited a long time to make his first solo album. One of Cuba's outstanding soneros with a unique timbre, the opportunity came about after he met Tumi Music founder Mo Fini in Havana in 1995 when Baloy sang on the label's splendid four CD set Las Leyendas de la Musica Cubana as part of the Cuban All Stars with Orquesta Amèrica.



    There's an absolute joy about this record, and Baloy proves himself worthy of all the praise that's been heaped on him in Cuba, as capable of gliding through the cha cha of Van a Bailar el Cha Cha Cha, with its prim strings, as the rawer bolero of El Mal de la Hipocresia. The arrangements frame his voice wonderfully, too, as on the rich bolero cha of Los Es Todo Tu Amor, with its glistening flute solo. Baloy does himself proud, and Gonzalez gives him a band to remember behind him, some crystal clear production, and songs any singer would love to sing. Nigh on perfect.



    Musicians:



    • Juan de Marcos Gonzalez (director)

    • Felix Baloy (vocal)

    • Teresa Garcia Caturla (vocal)

    • Javier Zalba (bassoon)

    • Yanko Pizaco (trumpet)

    • Daniel "El Gordo" Ramos (trumpet)

    • Alberto "Molote" Munoz (trombone)

    • Antonio Sesma (trombone)

    • David Alfaro (piano)

    • Ricardo Munoz (bass)

    • Rolando "El Nino" Salgado (percussion)



    Recording: 2000 in ICAIC Studios and DM Ahora Studios, Havana, Cuba, by Alain Martinez de la Torre

    Production: Juan de Marcos Gonzalez




    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.



    and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    1. Baila mi son
    2. Mami te Gusto
    3. Yo Soy el del sentimiento
    4. DespuÉs de esta noche
    5. El mal de la hipocresía
    6. Ven a bailer cha cha cha
    7. Cada vez que te veo
    8. Lo es todo to amor
    9. El son de Baloy
    10. Misericordia, no aguanto
    Afro-Cuban All Stars
    $34.99
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    Color Changes (Pure Pleasure)

    Possessor of the happiest sound in jazz, flÜgelhornist Clark Terry always plays music that is exuberant, swinging, and fun. A brilliant (and very distinctive) soloist, he gained early experience playing trumpet in the viable St. Louis jazz scene of the early '40s (where he was an inspiration for Miles Davis) and, after performing in a Navy band during World War II, he gained a strong reputation playing with the big band of Charlie Barnet (1947-1948), the orchestra and small groups of Count Basie (1948-1951), and particularly with Duke Ellington (1951-1959). Terry, a versatile swing/bop soloist who started specializing on flÜgelhorn in the mid-'50s, had many features with Ellington (including Perdido) and started leading his own record dates during that era. He recorded regularly in the 1960s including a classic set with the Oscar Peterson Trio and several dates with the quintet he co-led with valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer.



    This is one of flÜgelhornist Clark Terry's finest albums. Terry had complete control over the music and, rather than have the usual jam session, he utilized an octet and arrangements by Yusef Lateef, Budd Johnson, and Al Cohn. The lineup of musicians lives up to its potential, and the charts make good use of the sounds of these very individual stylists. The material, which consists of originals by Terry, Duke Jordan, Lateef, and Bob Wilber, is both rare and fresh, and the interpretations always swing.




    Musicians:



    • Clark Terry (trumpet, fluegel horn)

    • Jimmy Knepper (trombone)

    • Julius Watkins (french horn)

    • Yusef Lateef (tenor saxophone, flute; english horn, oboe)

    • Seldon Powell (tenor saxophone, flute)

    • Tommy Flanagan, Budd Johnson (piano)

    • Joe Benjamin (bass)

    • Ed Shaughnessy (drums)




    Recording: November 1960 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.



    and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    1. Blue Waltz (la Valse Bleue)
    2. Brother Terry
    3. Flutin and Fluglin

    4. No Problem
    5. La Rive Gauche
    6. Nahstye Blues
    7. Chat Qui Peche (A Cat That Fishes)
    Clark Terry
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Duke Ellington's 70th Birthday Concert (Pure Pleasure)

    This double LP ranks as one of Duke Ellington's finest recordings of his final decade. The live performance gives listeners a good idea as to just how Duke's ensemble sounded in concert, and it serves as both a retrospective and a display of the strengths of Ellington's mighty band. Among the many highlights are definitive renditions of Rockin' in Rhythm and Take the 'A' Train (the latter has some wonderful Cootie Williams trumpet), a few features for altoist Johnny Hodges, a tenor battle on In Triplicate, a few guest spots for organist Wild Bill Davis, and a 16-and-a-half-minute, nine-song medley that really works well. The most memorable chorus of all is an incredible high-note display by Cat Anderson on Satin Doll that is arguably his most miraculous solo ever; each note he hits is virtually impossible to play on the trumpet, and is in tune, too. This gem is essential for all serious jazz collections.



    Musicians:



    • Duke Ellington (piano)

    • Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope (saxophone)

    • Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington (trumpet)

    • Lawrence Brown (trombone)

    • Wild Bill Davis (organ)

    • Victor Gaskin (bass)

    • Rufus "Speedy" Jones (drums)




    Recording: November 1969 live by Bob Auger

    Production: Noel Walker



    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve



    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.



    and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    Side one:


    Rockin In Rhythm
    B.P.
    Take The A Train

    Tootie For Cootie


    Side Two:


    4:30 Blues
    El Gato
    Black Butterfly

    Things Aint What They Used To Be

    Laying On Mellow


    Side Three:


    Satin Doll
    Azure
    In Triplicate

    Perdido
    Fifi



    Side Four:


    Medley:
    Prelude To A Kiss

    Im Just A Lucky So And So

    I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
    Do Nothin Til You Hear From Me
    Just Squeeze Me
    Dont Get Around Much Anymore

    Mood Indigo
    Sophisticated Lady

    Caravan
    Black Swan
    Final Ellington Speech

    Duke Ellington
    $49.99
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    Get Back Home In The USA (Pure Pleasure)

    Recorded when Hooker was well into his '60s 'comeback', Get Back Home features the bluesman in a solo performance (a mode that best reveals the subtleties of his work). The session was recorded in France, and Hooker must have been feeling a bit homesick, as the first song is Get Back Home In The USA, where he describes in detail, over his trademark boogie rhythm, his return to his homeland and the joy he knows he will feel. After this momentary ray of sunshine, though, things soon return to more familiar climes, with the bleakness of the slow blues T.B. Is Killing Me and the unbridled despair of When My First Wife Left Me. Hooker recorded this tune many times over the years, but this is one of the finest versions, plumbing the depths of shame and regret. Hooker's raw, biting guitar work is at its best here. Even the umpteenth recording of the Hooker chestnut Boogie Chillen is invested with uncommon verve. With the addition of six powerful bonus cuts, Get Back Home is both an excellent introduction into the sultry, menacing world of Hooker and a vital addition to the collections of his hardcore fans.



    Musicians:



    • John Lee Hooker (vocal, guitar)



    Format: 2LPs 33rpm



    Recording: November 1969 at Monestier-Lemay Studio, Pau, France

    Production: Jacques Morgantini




    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. Get Back Home In The USA
    2. TB Is Killing Me
    3. Cold Chills
    4. I Had A Dream Last Night

    5. Love Affair
    6. Little Rain
    7. When My First Wife Left Me
    8. Big Boss Lady
    9. Back To Your Mother
    10. Boogie Chillen
    11. Sitting Here Thinking
    12. I Wanna Ramble
    13. Hi-Heel Sneakers
    14. Im So Worried Baby
    15. Im Going Upstairs
    16. Crazy Bout You
    John Lee Hooker
    $49.99
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    In New York (Pure Pleasure)

    Lightnin' Hopkins was one of the most over-recorded artists in the blues genre. The recordings here were made at a pivotal moment in his career. In 1960, at 48 years old, he was no longer a star in the black community, but was becoming a folk legend. His deeply personal music not only reflected the experiences of his community but touched a universal nerve. Chris Strachwitz, who often recorded Hopkins, has called his records »brief audio snapshots of one of the great folk poets to emerge from the African-American experience in Texas.« When he died in 1982 he had recorded well over 600 'audio snapshots'. From his prolific output this Candid session ranks amongst his finest and most intimate work.




    Musicians:



    • Lightnin' Hopkins (vocal, guitar, piano)




    Recording: November 1960 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. Take It Easy
    2. Mighty Crazy
    3. Your Own Fault, Baby, To Treat Me The Way You Do
    4. Ive Had My Fun If I Dont Get Well No More
    5. The Trouble Blues
    6. Lightnins Piano Boogie

    7. Wonder Why
    8. Mister Charlie

    9. Black Cat
    Lightin' Hopkins
    $34.99
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    The Biggest Thing Since Colossus (Pure Pleasure)

    During the sixties, there was the British blues boom, containing many blues bands, one of the finest being Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. In January of 1969 Fleetwood Mac were at Chess Studios, Chicago, jamming with the likes of Willie Dixon, S.P.Leary, Honeyboy Edwards, J.T.Brown and longtime Muddy Waters pianist Otis Spann. The end result of those sessions was the classic double album "Blues Jam At Chess".
    The rapport between the Mac and Otis Spann was such that they recorded another whole album together, " Colossus".



    Otis Spann is his usual emotive and exciting self, feeling totally relaxed alongside his regular drummer, S.P.Leary. This coupled with Peter Green's guitar playing, which is probably at it's peak on these recordings, makes for a blues album of substance.
    "The Biggest Thing Since Colossus" is probably one of the most underrated blues albums. Long out of print on vinyl and now re-mastered from the original 1/4-inch tapes this album is a must buy for all.




    Musicians:



    • Otis Spann (vocal, piano)

    • Peter Green (guitar)

    • Danny Kirwen (guitar)

    • John McVie (bass)

    • S. P. Leary (drums)




    Recording: January 1969 at Tempo Sound Studios, New York City



    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. My Love Depends on You
    2. Walkin'
    3. It Was a Big Thing
    4. Temperature Is Rising (100. 2 F)
    5. Dig You
    6. No More Doggin'
    7. Ain't Nobody's Business
    8. She Needs Some Loving

    9. I Need Some Air
    10. Someday Baby
    Otis Spann
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Is That All There Is? (Pure Pleasure)

    When Peggy Lee became well-known in the 1940s, swing and jazz-influenced pop dominated the musical landscape. In the 1960s, however, it was a whole new world in popular music. The British Invasion and Motown - not big bands - were mainstream, and to the Baby Boomer youths of the 1960s, Lee was part of 'our parents' music'. But the singer had a major hit with 1969's Is That All There Is?, one of the best-selling albums of her career. While this isn't a rock album per se - Lee's foundation was still jazz-influenced pop - it acknowledges pop-rock tastes of the 1960s without being unfaithful to her history. Everything on this LP is a gem, and that includes a moody remake of Lee's 1940s hit Don't Smoke in Bed as well as classic arrangements of George Harrison's Something, Neil Diamond's Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show, Leiber & Stoller's I'm a Woman, and Randy Newman's Love Story. The LP's centerpiece, however, is Newman's hit arrangement of Leiber & Stoller's title song, which was covered by P.J. Harvey in the 1990s. Influenced by German cabaret, this half-spoken, half-sung treasure is as hauntingly soulful as it is maudlin. The song's outlook is far from optimistic; essentially, it's saying that we might as well grab our moments of pleasure and enjoyment where we can find them because ultimately, life is nothing more than a meaningless series of disappointments. But there's nothing disappointing about Is That All There Is?, an LP that is most certainly among Lee's finest accomplishments.



    Musicians:



    • Peggy Lee (vocal), and orchestra





    Recording: November 1962, January / February / April / October 1969 at Capitol Tower, Hollywood, CA

    Production: Lieber & Stoller / Phil Wright / David Cavanaugh




    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. Is That All There Is?
    2. Love Story
    3. Me and My Shadow
    4. My Old Flame
    5. I'm a Woman
    6. Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show

    7. Something
    8. Whistle for Happiness

    9. Johnny (Linda)
    10. Don't Smoke in Bed
    Peggy Lee
    $34.99
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    Where Is Love (Pure Pleasure)

    This classic set, originally cut for the Choice label, presents a program of ballads exquisitely interpreted by singer Irene Kral and pianist Alan Broadbent. The tempos are all quite slow, but the emotional yet cool intensity given by Kral and Broadbent means that there are no slow moments. Among the songs given definitive and memorable treatment are Blossom Dearie's I Like You, You're Nice and Bob Dorough's Love Came on Stealthy Fingers, Never Let Me Go, and especially Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most. This is a haunting program, Irene Kral's best; it sticks in one's memory long afterwards and can be considered one of the finest sets of ballads ever recorded. Essential music.



    Musicians:



    • Irene Kral (vocal)

    • Alan Broadbent (piano)



    Recording: December 1974 at Wally Heider Studios by Gabby Garcia

    Production: Joe Burnett




    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. I Like You, You're Nice
    2. When I Look In Your Eyes
    3. A Time For Love / Small World
    4. Love Came On Stealthy Fingers
    5. Never Let Me Go
    6. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
    7. Lucky To Be Me / Some Other Time
    8. Where Is Love?
    9. Don't Look Back
    Irene Kral
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Any Day Now (Pure Pleasure)

    The material - many of the Dylan classics - is unsurpassable. Her voice is at its zenith, young, supple - neither undisciplined (as in her 1st records) nor the later, low vibrato warble. There is none of the self-conscious and silly Dylan vocal imitation found in Baez's later recording. Where Dylan's own singing is wonderfully raw and rough, Baez is clear and pure. Both are great for me, but very, very different from each other. These lovely renditions are like no one else's. Just pure Joan in her finest voice.



    She is backed here by several of the very best of '70s Nashville session musicians (pickers). Some folks think of Nashville sidemen as inevitably bound up with Country Music. While this is not counter-country, it fits much more into folk - as the names Dylan and Baez rightly connote.



    One Too Many Mornings is too often overlooked among Dylan's compositions, and this is among the best renditions I've heard. The full-length, unhurried treatment Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowland is spell-binding and satisfying. Perhaps my favorite, though, is the subtle and poignant Spanish Boots of Spanish Leather. Dylan's lyrical genius is fully manifest, in his gorgeous melody and Joan Baez's a wonderful performance.
    For many of us who listened both then and recently, this pristine work inevitably reminds us how much has aged in the decades since this earlier era - also recaptured so vividly in Dylan's own Chronicles. These are timely works, both for reminiscence and to introduce newbies to the non-acid experiences that stirred an earlier generation. But regardless of any social import, this is simply beautiful poetry and music.



    Musicians:



    • Joan Baez (guitar, vocal)

    • Fred Carter (mandolin)

    • Hargus 'Pig' Robbins (keyboards)

    • Stephen Stills, Pete Drake, Harold Rugg (guitar)

    • Tommy Jackson, Johnny Gimble (violin)




    Recording: 1968 by Selby Cofeen

    Production: Maynard Solomon



    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve



    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. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
    2. North Country Blues
    3. You Ain't Going Nowhere
    4. Drifter's Escape
    5. I Pity the Poor Immigrant

    6. Tears of Rage
    7. Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
    8. Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word
    9. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine

    10. The Walls of Redwing
    11. Dear Landlord
    12. One Too Many Mornings
    13. I Shall Be Released
    14. Boots of Spanish Leather
    15. Walkin' Down the Line

    16. Restless Farewell
    Joan Baez
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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