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Satch Plays Fats'
Satch Plays Fats (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)Based upon the artistic and commercial success of "Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy", George Avakian gathered the All Stars into the studio again for a second session to record tunes by Fats Waller. This is also a stunning album: the All Stars, at the top of their form, play great material by a single composer. All Stars vocalist Velma Middleton, (who was often underrated) is especially captivating.
Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller only worked together twice, briefly in 1925 in Erskine Tate's band and four years later in the New York revue Connie's Hot Chocolates. But Waller made an indelible enough impression for Satchmo to record the tribute album Satch Plays Fats: The Music of Fats Waller in 1955 when such ideas were new. If you love Louis Armstrong, buy it. If you love Fats Waller, buy it. If you just love jazz with a swing beat, then this collection is for you. Satchmo gives us an incomparable interpretation of Waller's music that would have made the corpulent keyboard king himself very proud indeed. It is soooo SWEET! You won't be disappointed.
Armstrong infuses these pieces with a style very true to Fats' own, including the humour and wit that Satchmo weaves into the lyrics. The sound is smooth, and the rhythm is HOT! Recording quality is very good, and the selection is impeccable -- some of Waller's greatest hits.
- Louis Armstrong (trumpet, vocal)
- Trummy Young (trombone)
- Barney Bigard (clarinet)
- Billy Kyle (piano)
- Arvell Shaw (bass)
- Barrett Deems (drums)
- Velma Middleton (vocal)
Recording: April & May 1955
Production: George Avakian
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. Honeysuckle Rose
2. Blue Turning Grey Over You
3. I'm Crazy Bout My Baby
4. Squeeze Me
5. Keepin' Out of Mischief
6. All That Meat and No Patatoes
7. I've got a feeling I'm Falling
8. Black and Blue
9. Ain't Misbehavin'
10. (What Did I Do To Be So) Black and Blue
11. I'm Crazy 'Bout my Baby
12. Blue Turning Grey Over You
13. I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling
14. Squeeze Me
15. (What Did I Do To Be So) Black and Blue
16. Ain't Misbehavin'
17. Blue Turning Grey Over You
18. Keepin' Out of Mischief Now
19. Sweet Savannah Sue
20. That Rhythm Man$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now