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Blue Rose (Pure Pleasure)One of Rosemary Clooney's best records, and one of Duke's more accessible offerings, combined on one LP. The recorded output of the 1950's didn't get much more satisfying than this. Duke's music was always very sophisticated and this time it's even more obvious with a presence of such a talented singer as Rosemary Clooney. The songs are marvelous and she sounds young, fresh and sexy (ladylike sexy). In Blue Rose, not only are Clooney's vocals outstanding, but the arrangements are some of the prettiest of jazz.
The band swings simply and sweetly, though still thoroughly in the Duke style. As if to make the point that the band is the 'other' star of this recording, there's one instrumental here - Passion Flower (Johnny Hodges on sax never sounded more sure of himself). Its inclusion in the program, without a vocal from Clooney, is at first bizarre - but seems to make sense within the context of the album.
The fascinating album notes explain why and how separate tracks for Rosemary Clooney and Duke Ellington's orchestra had to be laid down. One would never realize that singer and orchestra were not together. They are totally in sync. This is not big, belting jazz; this is sophisticated, late night, intimate singing and playing. This is one of the most memorable pairings of a 'popular' singer with a jazz giant; ranking with the first Sinatra-Basie album and the Coltrane-Hartman session.
- Rosemary Clooney (vocal)
- Duke Ellington (piano, arranger)
- Billy Strayhorn (arranger)
- Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope (alto saxophone)
- Clark Terry, Cat Anderson (trumpet)
- Gordon Jackson (trombone)
- Jimmy Woode (bass)
- Sam Woodyard (drums)
Recording: January and February 1956
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. Hey Baby
2. Sophisticated Lady
3. Me and You
4. Passion Flower
5. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
7. Blue Rose
8. Im Checkin OutGoombye
9. I Got It Bad
10. Mood Indigo$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
White ChristmasAlthough Rosemary Clooney had a major part in the famous film White Christmas back in 1954, this was her first full Christmas album and it was a big seller when it was originally released late in 1996. Clooney is accompanied here by a huge orchestra conducted and mostly arranged by Peter Matz. Rosemary Clooney is in good voice, and the heartfelt emotions that she expresses on these Yuletide favorites communicate quite well.1. The Christmas Song
2. Let It Snow
3. Joy to the World
4. I'll Be Home for Christmas
5. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
7. Christmas Love Song
8. The First Noel
9. Winter Wonderland
10. Christmas Time Is Here
11. Christmas Mem'ries
12. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
13. The Spirit of Christmas
14. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town / Hey Kris Kringle
15. Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
16. O Little Town of Bethlehem
17. The Christmas Waltz
18. White Christmas
19. Silent Night
20. Sleep Well, Little Children
21. Don't Wait Till the Night Before Christmas$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Melody Ranch ChristmasGene Autry A Melody Ranch Christmas is a special album with a vintage radio show approach. It includes iconic and rare Christmas songs performed live on Gene Autry's popular Melody Ranch radio show by Gene, the Cass County Boys, the Pinafores, the Gene Autry Blue Jeans, Rosemary Clooney, and Carl Cotner's Orchestra. You'll also hear Gene introduce songs, Pat Buttram perform classic comedy, and Johnny Bond thoughtfully reflect on the season.
*Cover art is subject to change.1. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) & Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer Medley
2. White Christmas
3. Christmas Carols By The Old Corral
4. Jingle Bells
5. Cowboy Santa Claus
6. Joy To The World
7. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
8. 'Twas The Night Before Christmas
9. An Old Fashioned Tree
10. Winter Wonderland
11. Christmas Medley: Jingle Bells, Happy Holiday, I'll Be Home For Christmas
12. He's A Chubby Little Fellow
13. Frosty The Snow Man
14. Thirty-Two Feet, Eight Little Tails
15. Did You Ever Hafta Sleep At The Food Of The Bed?
16. He'll Be Comin' Down The Chimney
17. Look Out The Window
18. Where Is My Snow-Man?
19. All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
20. I Wish My Mom Would Marry Santa Claus
21. Sleigh Bells
22. Round, Round The Christmas Tree
23. Silent Night$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now