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  • Quicksilver Messenger Service (Pure Pleasure) Quicksilver Messenger Service (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Quicksilver Messenger Service (Pure Pleasure)

    Quicksilver Messenger Service's debut effort was a little more restrained and folky than some listeners had expected, given their reputation for stretching out in concert. While some prefer the mostly live Happy Trails, this self-titled collection is inarguably their strongest set of studio material, with the accent on melodic folk-rock. Highlights include their cover of folksinger Hamilton Camp's Pride of Man, probably their best studio track; Light Your Windows, probably the group's best original composition; and founding member Dino Valenti's Dino's Song (Valenti himself was in jail when the album was recorded). Gold And Silver is their best instrumental jam, and the 12-minute The Fool reflects some of the best and worst traits of the psychedelic era.



    Musicians:



    • John Cipollina, Gary Duncan (guitar, vocal)

    • David Frieberg (bass, vocal)

    • Greg Elmore (drums, percussion)




    Production: Nick Gravenites, Harvey Brooks & Pete Welding



    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. Pride Of Man
    2. Light Your Windows
    3. Dino's Song
    4. Gold And Silver
    5. It's Been Too Long
    6. The Fool
    Quicksilver Messenger Service
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Mourning In The Morning Mourning In The Morning Quick View

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    Mourning In The Morning

    For Mourning In The Morning, his 1969 album debut on Atlantic Records, southpaw blues guitar legend Otis Rush journeyed from his Chicago home to Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabamaa burg best known for seminal soul platters. Backed by a horn-powered band that included a young Duane Allman on rhythm guitar, Otis slashing axe and anguished vocals glowed on the tortured Youre Killing My Love, remakes of his Cobra Records classics My Love Will Never Die and It Takes Time, and a stunning revival of B.B. Kings Gamblers Blues. Half the set consisted of new compositions from producers Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites, and Rushs mile-wide string bending on a shimmering instrumental version of Aretha Franklins Baby I Love You is utterly breathtaking.

    1. Me
    2. Working Man
    3. You're Killing My Love
    4. Feel So Bad
    5. Gambler's Blues
    6. Baby, I Love You
    7. My Old Lady
    8. My Love Will Never Die
    9. Reap What You Sow
    10. It Takes Time
    11. Can't Wait No Longer
    Otis Rush
    $24.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Right Place Wrong Time (Pure Pleasure) Right Place Wrong Time (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Right Place Wrong Time (Pure Pleasure)

    This recording session was not released until five years after it was done. One can imagine the tapes practically smoldering in their cases, the music is so hot. Sorry, there is nothing 'wrong' about this blues album at all. Otis Rush was a great blues expander, a man whose guitar playing was in every molecule pure blues. On his solos on this album he strips the idea of the blues down to very simple gestures (i.e., a bent string, but bent in such a subtle way that the seasoned blues listener will be surprised). As a performer he opens up the blues form with his chord progressions and use of horn sections, the latter instrumentation again added in a wonderfully spare manner, bringing to mind a master painter working certain parts of a canvas in order to bring in more light. Blues fans who get tired of the same old song structures, riff, and rhythms should be delighted with most of Rush's output, and this one is among his best. Sometimes all he does to make a song sound unlike any blues one has ever heard is just a small thing -- a chord moving up when one expects it go down, for example. The production is particularly skilled, and the fact that Capitol Records turned this session down after originally producing it can only be reasonably accepted when combined with other decisions this label has made, such as turning down the Doors because singer Jim Morrison had »no charisma«. This record doesn't mess around at all. The first track takes off like the man they fire out of a cannon at the end of a circus, a perceived climax swaggeringly representing just the beginning, after all. Some of the finest tracks are the ones that go longer than five minutes, allowing the players room to stretch. And that means more of Rush's great guitar playing, of course. For the final track he leaves the blues behind completely for a moving cover version of Rainy Night in Georgia by Tony Joe White.


    Musicians:



    • Otis Rush (vocal, guitar)

    • Doug Killmer, John Kahn (bass)

    • Hart McNee (alto saxophone)

    • John Wilmeth (trumpet)

    • Ron Stallings (tenor saxophone)

    • Fred Burton (guitar)

    • Mark Naftalin (piano)

    • Ira Kamin (organ)

    • Bob Jones (drums)




    Recording: February 1971 at Wally Heider's Studio, San Francisco

    Production: Nick Gravenites and Otis Rush



    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. Tore Up
    2. Right Place, Wrong Time
    3. Easy Go
    4. Three Times A Fool
    5. Rainy Night In Georgia
    6. Natural Ball
    7. I Wonder Why
    8. Your Turn To Cry
    9. Lonely Man
    10. Take A Look Behind
    Otis Rush
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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