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  • The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings (Box Set) The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings (Box Set) Quick View

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    The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings (Box Set)

    For just a few months in 1957, two of the greatest musicians in history - Thelonious Monk (a seasoned master) and John Coltrane (a rising star) - recorded together in a studio. This deluxe 3-LP, 180-gram vinyl box set captures all of those sessions in chronological order. Originally released on CD, this edition features newly remastered audio from the original analog sources. An accompanying booklet offers an insightful essay by the late Orrin Keepnews, who produced the original sessions.
    LP 1
    1. Monk's Mood [False Start]
    2. Monk's Mood
    3. Crepuscule With Nellie [Take 1]
    4. Crepuscule With Nellie [Take 2]

    5. Crepuscule With Nellie [Breakdown]

    6. Blues For Tomorrow [Stereo]
    7. Crepuscule With Nellie [Edit / Retakes 4 & 5]


    LP 2
    1. Crepuscule With Nellie [Retake 6]
    2. Off Minor [Take 4]

    3. Off Minor [Take 5]

    4. Abide With Me [Take 1]

    5. Abide With Me

    6. Epistrophy [Short Version]
    7. Epistrophy

    8. Well, You Needn't [Opening]


    LP 2
    1. Well, You Needn't
    2. Ruby, My Dear

    3. Ruby, My Dear

    4. Nutty

    5. Trinkle, Tinkle

    Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane
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  • Caravan Caravan Quick View

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    Caravan

    Caravan is the legendary jazz album originally released by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in February 1963. It was Blakey's first album for Riverside
    Records and was produced by Orrin Keepnews. The album is described as a slick, fluid, professional set of hard bop at its finest." (BBC)


    The album has been newly reissued on vinyl for all classic jazz and vinyl collectors alike.

    1. Caravan
    2. Sweet N Sour
    3. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
    4. This Is For Albert
    5. Skylark
    6. Thermo
    Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
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  • That's My Story That's My Story Quick View

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    That's My Story

    Import


    Although Orrin Keepnews' Riverside Records was primarily a jazz label, the company dabbled in blues in the 1960s -- and one of the bluesmen who recorded for Riverside was John Lee Hooker. Recorded in 1960, this Keepnews-produced session came at a time when Hooker was signed to Vee-Jay. The last thing Keepnews wanted to do was emulate Hooker's electric-oriented, very amplified Vee-Jay output, which fared well among rock and R&B audiences. Keepnews had an acoustic country blues vision for the bluesman, and That's My Story favors a raw, stripped-down, bare-bones approach -- no electric guitar, no distortion, no singles aimed at rock & rollers. Over the years, Hooker fans have debated the merits of his Riverside albums. Some much prefer him in an electric setting; others applaud the rural vision that Keepnews had for him. But, truth be told, both approaches are equally valid. While many of his electric recordings are stunning, he is also well served by the rawness that Keepnews goes for on That's My Story. From the sobering Gonna Use My Rod (which finds Hooker warning that he will shoot anyone who fools around with his wife) to the gospel-themed One of These Days, Hooker's performances are often compelling. Most of the time, he is joined by two jazz musicians, acoustic bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes, both Cannonball Adderley sidemen at the time. However, the blues giant is unaccompanied on a few selections, including the autobiographical title song and the overtly political Democrat Man (a passionate endorsement of the Democratic Party). While That's My Story falls short of essential, it is a solid, rewarding product of Hooker's association with Keepnews and Riverside Records.

    - Alex Henderson (All Music Guide)

    1. I Need Some Money
    2. Come on and See About Me
    3. I'm Wanderin'
    4. Democrat Man
    5. I Want to Talk About You
    6. Gonna Use My Rod
    7. Wednesday Evening Blues
    8. No More Doggin'
    9. One Of These Days
    10. I Believe I'll Go Back Home
    11. You're Leavin' Me Baby
    12. That's My Story
    John Lee Hooker
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  • Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane Quick View

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    Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane

    Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane is a 1961 album by Thelonious Monk issued on Jazzland Records, a subsidiary of Riverside Records. It consists of material recorded four years earlier when Monk worked extensively with John Coltrane, issued after Coltrane had become a leader and jazz star in his own right.


    Musicians:

    Thelonious Monk - piano

    John Coltrane - tenor saxophone

    Ray Copeland - trumpet on Off Minor and Epistrophy

    Gigi Gryce - alto saxophone on Off Minor and Epistrophy

    Coleman Hawkins - tenor saxophone on Off Minor and Epistrophy

    Wilbur Ware - bass

    Shadow Wilson - drums on Ruby, My Dear, Trinkle, Tinkle, and Nutty

    Art Blakey - drums on Off Minor and Epistrophy

    Ruby, My Dear
    Trinkle, Tinkle
    Off Minor
    Nutty
    Epistrophy
    Functional
    Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane
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  • In Italy In Italy Quick View

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    In Italy

    Featuring standout renditions of Straight, No Chaser, Bemsha Swing, and Rhythm-A-Ning, In Italy captures pianist/composer Thelonious Monk
    flexing his trademark idiosyncratic chops on what would be his final recording for the Riverside label. Cut live in concert while on an extensive European
    tour, this set from 1961 serves as a final reminder of the legendary catalog Monk built while recording for Riverside and hinted at the genius yet to be
    recorded. Accompanied by tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse, bassist John Ore, and drummer Frankie Dunlop, Monk shines here, turning in more of the
    style the set him apart from his peers as an individualistic player capable of consistently expressive, stylistic and sophisticated performances.
    1. Jackie-ing
    2. Epistrophy
    3. Body And Soul
    4. Straight, No Chaser
    5. Bemsha Swing
    6. San Francisco Holiday
    7. Crepuscule With Nellie
    8. Rhythm-A-Ning
    Thelonious Monk
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    Chet Baker In New York

    A uniformly brilliant effort from cool-toned trumpeter Chet Baker in his first ever appearance as a leader for the New York-based label Riverside Records,
    In New York is the epitome of West Coast cool meets East Coast sensibility. Teaming up with pianist Al Haig, tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, bassist
    Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones, Baker's laid-back mastery is on full display throughout this historic session.


    Marked by an uncanny group unity, which gives rise to many outstanding supporting solos, the tracks captured on In New York alternatingly effervesce
    with a California-cool introspection ("Polka Dots And Moonbeams") and percolate with driving intensity ("Hotel 49"). An excellent survey of Baker's style
    and prowess as a leader, Chet Baker In New York is highly recommended as THE album to own for anyone curious about diving in to his illustrious
    catalog.

    1. Fair Weather
    2. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
    3. Hotel 49
    4. Solar
    5. Blue Thoughts
    6. When Lights Are Low
    Chet Baker
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  • Whiskey & Wimmen: John Lee Hooker's Finest Whiskey & Wimmen: John Lee Hooker's Finest Quick View

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    Whiskey & Wimmen: John Lee Hooker's Finest

    2017 marks what would have been John Lee Hooker's 100th birthday. As part of a larger, year-long centennial celebration for the legendary bluesman, this new collection features some of Hooker's most celebrated recordings, from the prime of his career. Spanning his time on Vee-Jay, Stax, Riverside and Specialty Records, the collection includes such favorites as "Boom Boom," "Boogie Chillun'" and "Big Legs, Tight Skirt." New liner notes by music journalist Bill Dahl round out the package.
    1. Boom Boom
    2. Boogie Chillun'
    3. Dimples
    4. I'm In the Mood
    5. I Love You Honey
    6. Whiskey & Wimmen
    7. I Need Some Money
    8. Grinder Man
    9. I'm Going Upstairs
    10. Big Legs, Tight Skirt
    11. No More Doggin'
    12. No Shoes
    13. Crawlin' Kingsnake
    14. Frisco Blues
    15. It Serves Me Right
    16. Time is Marching
    John Lee Hooker
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  • In Orbit In Orbit Quick View

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    In Orbit

    A great Bop album full of firsts and rarities: Thelonious Monk's only Riverside appearance as a sideman; the first of trumpeter Terry's many recordings on flugelhorn; the first of a great many Riverside dates for the great bassist Sam Jones; and the only occasion on which Monk and drummer Philly Joe Jones recorded together. Key tracks are "One Foot in The Gutter", "Argentina" and the only track by Monk, "Let's Cool One".
    1. In Orbit
    2. One Foot in the Gutter
    3. Trust in Me
    4. Let's Cool One
    5. Pea-Eye
    6. Argentina
    7. Moonlight Fiesta
    8. Buck's Business
    9. Very Near Blue
    10. Flugelin' the Blues
    Clark Terry
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  • At Shelly's Manne-Hole At Shelly's Manne-Hole Quick View

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    At Shelly's Manne-Hole

    At Shelly's Manne-Hole (or more completely, Bill Evans Trio at Shelly's Manne-Hole, Hollywood, California) is a live album by American jazz pianist Bill Evans, originally released in 1963 as his last recording for the Riverside label. The trio featured Chuck Israels, who followed Scott LaFaro on bass in autumn 1961, and Larry Bunker on drums, who just joined the reformed trio after Paul Motian had left.
    1. Isn't It Romantic
    2. The Boy Next Door
    3. Wonder Why
    4. Swedish Pastry
    5. Our Love Is Here To Stay
    6. 'Round Midnight
    7. Stella By Starlight
    8. Blues In F
    Bill Evans Trio
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  • Bags Meets Wes Bags Meets Wes Quick View

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    Bags Meets Wes

    When Wes Montgomery made his first amazing impact on the New York jazz scene at the end of the 1950s, a great many established stars actively sought out to record with him. Milt Jackson was one of the few for whom the guitarist felt an equal affinity. For one thing, they shared a strong love for the blues and Wes had learned, through years of playing with his brother Buddy, to value the vibes/guitar sound. To support this memorable meeting of thoroughly compatible jazz masters, Riverside assembled one of the most cohesive recording rhythm sections of its day in Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones and Philly Joe Jones.
    1. S.K.J.
    2. Stablemates
    3. Stairway to the Stars (take 6)
    4. Blue Roz
    5. Sam Sack
    6. Jingles (take 9)
    7. Delilah (take 4)
    Milt Jackson & Wes Montgomery
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  • Kelly Blue Kelly Blue Quick View

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    Kelly Blue

    Recorded for Riverside, this set mostly features the influential pianist Wynton Kelly in a trio with his fellow rhythm-section mates from the Miles Davis bands, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb. Kelly Blue and Keep It Moving add cornetist Nat Adderley, flutist Bobby Jaspar and the tenor of Benny Golson to the band for some variety.


    Kelly was renowned as an accompanist, but as he shows on a set including three of his originals and four familiar standards (including Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise and Willow Weep for Me), he was also a strong bop-based soloist too. A fine example of his talents.


    - Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)

    1. Kelly Blue

    2. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise

    3. Green Dolphin Street

    4. Willow Weep for Me

    5. Keep It Moving

    6. Old Clothes
    Wynton Kelly
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  • Bottom's Up Bottom's Up Quick View

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    Bottom's Up

    Blue Note Reissue



    As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their handsBack home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent meI hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008


    The Three Sounds were part of the trio explosion. Begun in 1956 in Benton Harbor, Michigan as the Four Sounds and consisting of Gene Harris on piano, Andrew Simpkins on bass and Bill Dowdy on drums (the saxophonist was dropped by the time the group moved to Washington, D.C. in 1957), the Sounds eventually migrated to New York City where they were discovered by Lou Donaldson. After a single record for Riverside with Nat Adderley, the Three Sounds signed an exclusive contract with Alfred Lion on Blue Note Records. Over the course of five years, the Sounds released nine LPs and appeared on albums by Lou Donaldson and Stanley Turrentine.


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    Besame Mucho
    Angel Eyes
    Time After Time
    Love Walked In
    I Could Write a Book
    Jinne Lou
    Nothing Ever Changes My Love for You
    Falling in Love With Love
    The 3 Sounds
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  • The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (Awaiting Repress) The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (Awaiting Repress)

    Airegin
    D-Natural Blues
    Polka Dots And Moonbeams
    Four On Six
    West Coast Blues
    In Your Own Sweet Way
    Mister Walker
    Gone With The Wind
    Wes Montgomery
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  • Caravan Caravan Quick View

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    Caravan

    Import


    Includes 1 Bonus Track


    By the time that jazz icon/bandleader/percussionist Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers began recording for Riverside in the fall of 1962, Blakey had already been the spiritual center of the group for nearly 15 years. The unprecedented caliber of performers who had already passed through the revolving-door personnel reads like a who's who of 20th century jazz. On Caravan -- his first of several notable sides for the venerable label -- he is joined by a quintet of concurrent and future all-stars. Likewise, it could be argued that each has never again been presented in such a fresh or inspired setting as on these recordings. In order to establish with any authority just how heavy (even for purveyors of hard bop) the players in this band are, they need only to be named: Curtis Fuller (trombone), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Cedar Walton (piano), and Reggie Workman (bass). With Blakey (drums) firmly at the helm, these Jazz Messengers deliver a scintillating synergy that doesn't sacrifice intensity for the sake of cadence. The trademark give-and-take that graces the laid-back and sophisticated pop and jazz standards Skylark and In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning likewise is responsible for the palpable energy brought to the sizeable contributions from Shorter and Hubbard -- which make up half of the album's material. The title and leadoff track liquefies Duke Ellington's original arrangement and ignites it, fueling this extended fiery interpretation. Hubbard's first solo harks back to his own recording of Caravan, which can be heard on the Impulse release Artistry of Freddie Hubbard and was recorded earlier the same year. Coincidentally, that disc also features Curtis Fuller as well as a rare non-Sun Ra-related appearance from John Gilmore (tenor sax). Blow for blow, however, this reading has more than just an edge -- it possesses the entire blade. The melody snakes in and out of Blakey's strident flurry of syncopation. Another highlight is Shorter's interjectory solo, recalling his ability to succeed John Coltrane in Miles Davis' coterie. Among the original compositions, Shorter's upbeat Sweet 'n' Sour stands out as the most cohesive and ensemble-driven, although the singular group dynamic is well applied to the lively This Is for Albert as well. By contrast, Hubbard's Thermo is more angular -- taking full advantage of the musicians' aggressive chops. The 2001 20-bit remaster from Fantasy contains two bonus tracks: take four of Sweet 'n' Sour and take two of Thermo. This release can be considered definitive Blakey, bop, and Jazz Messengers.

    - Lindsay Planer (All Music)

    1. Caravan
    2. Sweet 'n' Sour
    3. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
    4. Sweet 'n' Sour [Alternate Take] *
    5. This Is For Albert
    6. Skylark
    7. Thermo


    *Bonus Track (From The Same Sessions. Not On The Original LP)

    Art Blakey
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    The Hawk Flies High

    Chant
    Juicy Fruit
    Think Deep
    Laura
    Blue Lights
    Sancticity
    Coleman Hawkins
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    Sunday At The Village Vanguard

    Few albums in the history of contemporary American music can be more deserving than this one of the designation Original Jazz Classic. It is the first of two Riverside albums derived from the legendary final appearance of the first Bill Evans trio - taped during the last day of a Village Vanguard engagement, barely ten days before the tragic death of bassist Scott LaFaro. The recordings have long been recognized as capturing the essence of the unique three-way interaction that characterized the trio. This album is further distinguished by its emphasis on the solo work and compositions of the innovative LaFaro.
    1. Gloria's Step
    2. My Man's Gone Now
    3. Solar
    4. Alice in Wonderland
    5. All Of You
    6. Jade Visions
    Bill Evans
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  • Waltz For Debby Waltz For Debby Quick View

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    Waltz For Debby

    Recorded live at The Village Vanguard in New York on June 25, 1961, this was the fourth album by the Bill Evans Trio, composed of pianist Bill Evans, bassist Scott LaFaro, and drummer Paul Motian. Scott LaFaro was one of the supreme jazz bassists, a virtuoso player whose playing changed the very conception of his instrument. This album unfortunately also represents one of LaFaro's last performances, recorded just days before his tragic death at the age of 25 by automobile accident. Interestingly the album also contains tracks that Evans had recorded prior to working with LaFaro, so that this recording provides a very accurate index of the bassist's great contribution to the trio.
    My Foolish Heart
    Waltz For Debby
    Detour Ahead
    My Romance
    Some Other Time
    Milestones
    Bill Evans Trio
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    Explorations

    Explorations is an album by jazz musician Bill Evans originally released on Riverside label in 1961. The album won the Billboard Jazz Critics Best Piano LP poll for 1961. Explorations was the second album Evans recorded with his trio of Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums. Evans considered it one of his favorites from this period.
    1. Israel
    2. Haunted Heart
    3. Beautiful Love
    4. Elsa
    5. Nardis
    6. How Deep Is The Ocean
    7. Wish I Knew
    8. Sweet And Lovely
    Bill Evans Trio
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  • Monk's Music Monk's Music Quick View

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    Monk's Music


    Special Vinyl Reissue


    This Is One Of Monk's Pivotal Recordings And Is An Essential Addition To All Jazz Collections.


    Monk's Music is often cited as one of the focal points of Thelonious Monk's six-year affiliation (1955-1961) with the Riverside label. Although the original
    disc clocked in at slightly over 30 minutes, packed into that half hour are not only the introduction of a few of Monk's signature compositions, but also
    some amazing interactions from the assembled ensemble. Joining Thelonious Monk (piano) during these two recording sessions are Ray Copeland
    (trumpet), Gigi Gryce (alto sax), Coleman Hawkins (tenor sax), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Wilbur Ware (bass), and Art Blakey (drums).
    This special vinyl re-issue of Monk's classic album is not to be missed!


    Thelonious Monk: the legendary jazz pianist and composer, considered one of the giants of American music.

    1. Abide With Me
    2. Well You Needn't
    3. Ruby My Dear
    4. Off Minor
    5. Epistrophy
    6. Crepuscule With Nellie
    Thelonious Monk
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    Way Out West (Awaiting Repress)

    Mastered off the original 2-track tape recorded with a tube AKG-C12 microphone on a tube Ampex 350 machine. Features Ray Brown on bass and Shelly Manne on drums. Over his long and distinguished career, Sonny Rollins has made many dozens of albums. Among those recorded during the fifties, Prestige's Movin' Out and Colossus, Blue Note's A Night at the Village Vanguard, Riverside's The Sound of Sonny, and Way Out West on Contemporary qualify as all-time Rollins classics.


    The session for Way Out West, Rollins' first ever in California, was called for 3 a.m. to accommodate everyone's busy schedules. Sonny, who could never be accused of overstatement, announced after four hours of recording: I'm hot now.


    Mastered by Doug Sax.


    Way Out West is a piano-less trio - another va-va-vivid Roy DuNann production - with Rollins spinning quirky geometric patterns through odd standards like 'I'm an Old Cow Hand.' - Fred Kaplan, The Absolute Sound, December 2005 (included in Kaplan's Best-Sounding Jazz LPs)


    1. I'm An Old Cowhand

    2. Solitude

    3. Come, Gone

    4. Wagon Wheels

    5. There Is No Greater Love

    6. Way Out West





    Sonny Rollins
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    Empathy

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    ...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen! Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011


    This album came about through a fortuitous convergence of circumstances. Shelly Manne & His Men were appearing at New York's Village Vanguard, sharing the bill with the Bill Evans Trio. Getting Riverside's permission to let the pianist participate, Creed Taylor set up a session at Rudy Van Gelder's studio with Evans and Manne sharing top billing. Manne's bass player, Monty Budwig, made up the trio. This was a busman's holiday for Evans, who was freed from the musical parameters he had set for his then-current trio. The result is that his playing seemed lighter, freer, and more relaxed than it had for a while. The album kicks off with a jaunty version of Irving Berlin's The Washington Twist from the unsuccessful Mr. President with Budwig sharing the honors with Evans as much as Manne. Manne spends most of his time driving Evans into more diminished and sharper playing than was usually Evans' wont. Another relatively unfamiliar Berlin work, Let's Go Back to the Waltz, gives full reign to Evans' lyricism. The longest tune on the set is an audacious, almost lampooned version of With a Song in My Heart with light chordal phrasing that pretty much characterized much of the tone coming from this session.


    Recorded in 1962.


    Bill Evans, piano

    Shelly Manne, drums

    Monty Budwig, bass


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    1. The Washington Twist
    2. Danny Boy
    3. Let's Go Back To Te Waltz
    4. With A Song In My Heart
    5. Goodbye
    6. I Believe In You
    Shelly Manne & Bill Evans
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    Texas Flood (Pure Pleasure)

    It's hard to overestimate the impact Stevie Ray Vaughan's debut, Texas Flood, had upon its release in 1983. At that point, blues was no longer hip, the way it was in the '60s. Texas Flood changed all that, climbing into the Top 40 and spending over half a year on the charts, which was practically unheard of for a blues recording. Vaughan became a genuine star and, in doing so, sparked a revitalization of the blues. This was a monumental impact, but his critics claimed that, no matter how prodigious Vaughan's instrumental talents were, he didn't forge a distinctive voice; instead, he wore his influences on his sleeve, whether it was Albert King's pinched yet muscular soloing or Larry Davis' emotive singing. There's a certain element of truth in that, but that was sort of the point of Texas Flood. Vaughan didn't hide his influences; he celebrated them, pumping fresh blood into a familiar genre.



    When Vaughan and Double Trouble cut the album over the course of three days in 1982, he had already played his set lists countless times; he knew how to turn this material inside out or goose it up for maximum impact. The album is paced like a club show, kicking off with Vaughan's two best self-penned songs, Love Struck Baby and Pride and Joy, then settling into a pair of covers, the slow-burning title track and an exciting reading of Howlin' Wolf's Tell Me, before building to the climax of Dirty Pool and I'm Crying. Vaughan caps the entire thing with Lenny, a lyrical, jazzy tribute to his wife.




    Musicians:



    • Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan (g, voc)

    • Tommy Shannon (b)

    • Chris "Whipper" Layton (dr)




    Recording: November 1982 at Down Town Studios, Los Angeles, and Riverside Sound, Austin (Texas) by Richard Mullen / September 1983 at The Palace, Hollywood, California

    Production: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Richard Mullen & Double Troubledeutsch



    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 Struck Baby
    2. Pride And Joy
    3. Texas Flood
    4. Tell Me
    5. Testify
    6. Rude Mood
    7. Mary Had A Little Lamb
    8. Dirty Pool
    9. Im Cryin
    10. Lenny


    Bonus Tracks:
    11. SRV Speaks
    12. Tin Pan Alley (AKA Roughest Place In Town)
    13. Testify (live)
    14. Mary Had A Little Lamb (live)
    15. Wham! (live)

    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    $44.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Centipede Hz Centipede Hz Quick View

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    Centipede Hz

    Centipede Hz was co-produced by Animal Collective and Ben H. Allen III and recorded at Sonic Ranch studios in Tornillo TX (outside of El Paso) by Ben H. Allen III and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta, GA by Ben H. Allen III.



    Centipede Hz is the tenth full length Animal Collective album following the widely celebrated Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009) and also the first since Strawberry Jam (2007) to feature all four original band members: Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist and Deakin. As the album's opening bars of drum crashes and radio interference on "Moonjock" immediately make clear, having returned as a four piece, Animal Collective have made their most widescreen and fully realized music to date.


    Once touring for Merriweather Post Pavilion was concluded at the end of 2009, Animal Collective released their visual album Oddsac on DVD. The film was also screened internationally at theaters and film festivals. The band created Transverse Temporal Gyrus, an installation for the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and subsequently released a 12" single of the performance and launched a website to distribute music from the event. The period between Merriweather Post Pavilion and Centipede Hz also saw the release of two solo albums: Avey Tare's Down There (2010) and Panda Bear's Tomboy (2011).


    Regrouping as a four piece with original member Deakin once more in the band, Animal Collective reconvened in their native Baltimore in January-March of 2011 to write material for Centipede Hz with a further session later in the year. Rather than swapping ideas over the internet and file-sharing Animal Collective were, for the first time in many years, exchanging ideas in the same room by playing live instruments.


    As a result Panda Bear returned to playing a sit-down drum kit for the first time since Here Comes The Indian (2003) and Geologist began playing live keyboards again. Along with using some of the samplers and sequencers with which they had previously been writing, the sound of Centipede Hz draws on the dynamics and energy of Animal Collective playing together as a band. The return of Deakin is at its most marked in "Wide Eyed," a song that he wrote, featuring his first ever lead-vocal performance and whose title captures the mood of Centipede Hz perfectly.


    Part of the inspiration for Centipede Hz included the band's memories of growing up listening to station announcements and commercials on the radio and imagining the after life of radio signals from the past, forgotten transmissions that are now lost in space and broadcasting music from other planets for other life forms. This is reflected in the sound of Centipede Hz, which features the white noise of radio interference and buried frequencies overlaid with the band's peerless melodic sensibilities and compositional methods. The result is a panoramic set of songs that shimmer with the confidence and wonder of Animal Collective's unique inner logic and the luminous warmth of their sound world.


    Animal Collective: Avey Tare (vocals, synthesizers, piano, guitar, sampler, sequencer, percussion); Panda Bear (vocals, drums, sampler, percussion); Deakin (vocals, baritone guitar, sampler, percussion); Geologist (sampler, synthesizers, piano, percussion) with: Dave Scher (Beachwood Sparks, All Night Radio) lap steel guitar on "Today's Supernatural," "New Town Burnout," "Pulleys," and "Gotham," and melodica on "Rosie Oh" and Riverside Middle School Choir, which sings on "Father Time" and "New Town Burnout."


    1. Moonjock
    2. Today's Supernatural
    3. Rosie Oh
    4. Applesauce
    5. Wide Eyed
    6. Father Time
    7. New Town Burnout
    8. Monkey Riches
    9. Mercury Man
    10. Pulleys
    11. Amanita
    Animal Collective
    $21.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • America America Quick View

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    America

    In 1971, Americas self-titled debut rocketed to the top of the charts with four incredible singles that kept the album all over rock and pop radio for years Their career has lasted over three decades and it all started with the song A Horse With No Name followed up with I Need You, Sandman and Riverside. The album went on to go multi-platinum and has long been considered their finest album.


    Friday Music proudly preserves this classic as a remastered pristine 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release complete with the original graphics, a poly lined record sleeve and album cover sleeve. Remastered with all of the sonic resonance that you have come to expect from Friday Music and Joe Reagoso (Deep Purple, David Lee Roth, Johnny Winter, The Doobie Brothers.)

    1. Riverside
    2. Sandman
    3. Three Roses
    4. Children
    5. A Horse With No Name
    6. Here
    7. I Need You
    8. Rainy Day
    9. Never Found The Time
    10. Clarice
    11. Donkey Jaw

    12. Pigeon Song
    America
    $31.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
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