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Toni Harper's two original albums Toni (1956) and Lady Lonely (1959).
Toni Harper's childhood was made of the magic any aspiring adult artist would kill for: a platinum record, a performance at Carnegie Hall, evenings spent sharing a stage with such performers as Cab Calloway, and invitations to appear on television with Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Milton Berle, and Ed Sullivan. And all of the magic unfolded before she'd turned 12 years old.
The jazz vocalist, who now goes by the name Toni Dunlap, got her big break in 1945 when she went up against a couple hundred other kids at an audition held by choreographer Nick Castle. Harper, who had been a dance student of Maceo Anderson, passed muster as far as her dancing, but when she sang Waitin' for the Train to Come In, she had the audition sewn up on the spot. Castle cast her in his production of Christmas Follies, which was staged at Los Angeles' Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Harper drew enthusiastic reviews and went on to earn a platinum record when she was eight years old with Candy Store Blues.
Harper paired with Herb Jeffries for You're Too Tall 'n' I'm Too Small, the number for which she later paired live with Calloway at Los Angeles' Million Dollar Theatre. Television beckoned the young singer and she was a guest on numerous programs, among them Sullivan's weekly variety show. When she wasn't appearing on television, she was singing at numerous New York hot spots that included the Apollo, the Strand, and the Paramount. At the age of 11, Harper topped it all off by singing at Carnegie Hall.
Like many child stars, Harper's career slowed down as she began to mature. As a teenager, she was too old for the childhood image that had given her a great start, but too young to effectively take on a more adult image. She attended high school in Los Angeles, involving herself in such extracurricular activities as drama, choir, and the glee club. She continued to take professional singing jobs during the school's summer break. Having completed high school in the mid-'50s, and still hampered by her youth, she sang for the teenaged record-buying public. For a young woman of her age, One Hamburger to Go was more acceptable in the public eye than any of the more sophisticated songs that she would record in later years, such as Love for Sale.
The vocalist got her chance to sing the more adult songs when she recorded for Verve. In addition to Love for Sale, Harper recorded such songs as I Could Write a Book and Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered. Backing Harper on her self-titled first recording for Verve were pianist Oscar Peterson, drummer Alvin Stoller, guitarist Herb Ellis, and bassist Ray Brown. The vocalist later signed with RCA Victor, recording for the label for about four years and ending in 1963. Harper quit the business in 1966 after devoting more than 20 years to her singing career.
- Linda Seida (All Music Guide)LP 1 - Toni:
1. Can't We Be Friends
2. I Could Write A Book
3. Gone With The Wind
4. Singin' In The Rain
5. Love For Sale
6. Just A Sittin' And A-Rockin'
7. A Foggy Day
8. You Don't Know Love Is
9. Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered
10. Little Girl Blue
11. You Took Advantage Of Me
12. Like Someone In Love
LP 2 - Lady Lonely:
1. Lady Lonely
2. In The Dark Of The Night
3. He Was A Man
4. My Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
5. The Lack Of Love
6. Blue It Grows
7. I Love The Blues
8. You Taught Me How To Cry
9. The Velvet Hammer
10. The Other Woman
11. Nobody Home But The Blues
12. Busy Blues
13. Love Has Come, Love Has Gone
14. River Weep$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Live In ParisRecorded at the historic Olympia Theatre in Paris in November 2001, this is Diana Krall's first live album. Backed by her quicksilver combo of bassist John Clayton, drummer Jeff Hamilton, and guitarist John Pisano (on some tracks), Krall's jazz heritage comes through loud and clear on this program of standards, ballads, and bossa novas. On Peggy Lee's I Love Being Here with You, Bob Dorough's Devil May Care, and Frank Sinatra's Fly Me to the Moon, Krall's snappy, postbop piano playing shows off her debt to Nat King Cole and Jimmy Rowles.
Her cool contralto vocals are illuminated by the Orchestre Symphonique Europeen, under the direction of Alan Broadbent, as well as the London Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Claus Ogerman. Krall's deep take on Joni Mitchell's A Case of You is a great choice for an encore, and the album concludes with Billy Joel's Just the Way You Are (a studio track from a film called The Guru), with tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker and bassist Christian McBride. This collection only hints at what Diana Krall has to offer in the future. -Eugene Holley Jr.1. I Love Being Here With You
2. Let's Fall In Love
3. 'Deed I Do
4. The Look Of Love
5. East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)
6. I've Got You Under My Skin
7. Devil May Care
8. Maybe You'll Be There
9. 'S Wonderful
10. Fly Me to the Moon
11. A Case of You
12. Just the Way You Are$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos JobimFrank Sinatra recorded this Bossa Nova album with the master, Carlos Jobim. Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio
Carlos Jobim sees Sinatra performing originals by Jobim, plus three American standards. In celebration of this
classic album's 50th anniversary, the tracks have been remastered and now appears on 180 gram heavyweight
vinyl.1. The Girl from Ipanema
3. Change Partners
4. Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
5. Meditation (Meditaçao)
6. If You Never Come to Me
7. How Insensitive (Insensatez)
8. I Concentrate on You
9. Baubles, Bangles and Beads
10. Once I Loved (O Amor em Paz)$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
At The SandsSinatra at the Sands is a 1966 live album by Frank Sinatra, accompanied by Count Basie and his orchestra, conducted and arranged by Quincy Jones, recorded live at the Copa Room of the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
It was Sinatra's first live album to be commercially released, and contains many definitive readings of the songs that are most readily associated with Sinatra.LP 1
1. Come Fly With Me
2. I've Got A Crush On You
3. I've Got You Under My Skin
4. The Shadow of Your Smile
5. Street of Dreams
6. One For My Baby (And One More For the Road)
7. Fly Me To the Moon
8. One O'Clock Jump
9. The Tea Break (monologue)
10. You Make Me Feel So Young
1. All of Me
2. The September Of My Years
3. Get Me To the Church On Time
4. It Was A Very Good Year
5. Don't Worry 'Bout Me
6. Makin' Whoopee! (instrumental)
7. Where or When
8. Angel Eyes
9. My Kind of Town
10. A Few Last Words (monologue)
11. My Kind of Town (reprise)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Ultimate Sinatra (Awaiting Repress)Ultimate Sinatra's 180-gram 2LP version brims with 24 stellar recordings representing Frank Sinatra's unparalleled,
6 decade-long recording career.
Ultimate Sinatra presents key recordings from the Chairman of the Board's
Columbia, Capitol & Reprise repertoire, together for the first time. Led by "All Or Nothing At All," this collection is
stacked with standouts, including "Come Fly With Me" (1957), "The Way You Look Tonight" (1964), "Theme From
New York, New York" (1979) and many more.LP 1
1. All Or Nothing At All
2. I'll Never Smile Again
3. Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week)
4. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
5. I've Got The World On A String
6. Young At Heart
7. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
8. Learnin' The Blues
9. Love And Marriage
10. I've Got You Under My Skin
12. All The Way
1. Come Fly With Me
2. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
3. The Way You Look Tonight
4. My Kind Of Town
5. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
6. It Was A Very Good Year
7. Strangers In The Night
8. Summer Wind
9. That's Life
10. My Way
11. Theme From New York, New York
12. Put Your Dreams Away$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Duets: 20th Anniversary Edition
Features The Original Duets And Duets II Pressed On 180-gram vinyl And Housed In A Gatefold Jacket
What was referred to as "The Recording Event of the Decade," Frank Sinatra's groundbreaking and highly successful album Duets was originally released in November 1993, bringing together an array of global superstars, including Charles Aznavour, Anita Baker, Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Kenny G, Julio Iglesias, Liza Minnelli, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, and Luther Vandross for an album of standards that included many songs instantly associated with the Chairman of the Board.
The highly successful follow-up, Duets II, was released the following year and included Jimmy Buffett, Neil Diamond, Lena Horne, Chrissie Hynde, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Patti LaBelle, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Luis Miguel, Lorrie Morgan, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Jon Secada, Frank Sinatra Jr., Stevie Wonder & Gladys Knight. Once again, Sinatra enjoyed a multiplatinum Top 10 record on the charts with Duets II at No. 9 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart.
To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking, multi-platinum selling album, Capitol/UMe releases Frank Sinatra: Sinatra Duets - Twentieth Anniversary, bringing together the original Duets and the follow-up Duets II, newly remastered, and together in one deluxe package.LP 1 (DUETS)
1. The Lady Is A Tramp - duet with Luther Vandross
2. What Now My Love - duet with Aretha Franklin
3. I've Got A Crush On You - duet with Barbra Streisand
4. Summer Wind - duet with Julio Iglesias
5. Come Rain Or Come Shine - duet with Gloria Estefan
6. New York, New York - duet with Tony Bennett
7. They Can't Take That Away From Me - duet with Natalie Cole
8. You Make Me Feel So Young - duet with Charles Aznavour
9. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry/In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning - duet with Carly Simon
10. I've Got The World On A String - duet with Liza Minnelli
11. Witchcraft - duet with Anita Baker
12. I've Got You Under My Skin - duet with Bono
13. All The Way / One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) - duet with Kenny G
LP 2 (DUETS II)
1. For Once In My Life - duet with Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder
2. Come Fly With Me - duet with Luis Miguel
3. Bewitched - duet with Patti LaBelle
4. The Best Is Yet To Come - duet with Jon Secada
5. Moonlight In Vermont - duet with Linda Ronstadt
6. Fly Me To The Moon - duet with Antonio Carlos Jobim
7. Luck Be A Lady - duet with Chrissie Hynde
8. A Foggy Day - duet with Willie Nelson
9. Where Or When - duet with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme
10. Embraceable You - duet with Lena Horne
11. Mack The Knife - duet with Jimmy Buffett
12. How Do You Keep The Music Playing? / My Funny Valentine - duet with Lorrie Morgan
13. My Kind Of Town - duet with Frank Sinatra, Jr.
14. The House I Live In (That's America To Me) - duet with Neil Diamond$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Strangers In The NightNewly Remastered On 180 Gram Vinyl
2015 marks the Frank Sinatra Centennial with active celebrations all year long. Strangers In The Night marked Sinatra's return to the top of the Billboard chart in 1966 with a balance of big band and pop hits.1. Strangers in the Night
2. Summer Wind
3. All or Nothing at All
4. Call Me
5. You're Driving Me Crazy!
6. On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
7. My Baby Just Cares for Me
9. Yes Sir, That's My Baby
10. The Most Beautiful Girl in the World$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sings For Only The Lonely (Bonus Track)Import1. Only the Lonely
2. Angel Eyes
3. What's New?
4. It's a Lonesome Old Town
5. Willow Weep for Me
7. Blues in the Night
8. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry
9. Ebb Tide
10. Spring Is Here
11. Gone With the Wind
12. One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
13. Sleep Warm*
*Bonus Track$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Come Fly With MeSinatra's first collaboration with arranger/conductor Billy May, Come Fly with Me was designed as a musical trip around the world. Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen wrote the title track at Sinatra's request. May would arrange two other Capitol albums for Sinatra, Come Dance with Me! (1958) and Come Swing with Me! (1961).1. Come Fly with Me
2. Around the World
3. Isle of Capri
4. Moonlight in Vermont
5. Autumn in New York
6. On the Road to Mandalay
7. Let's Get Away from It All
8. April in Paris
9. London by Night
11. Blue Hawaii
12. It's Nice to Go Trav'ling$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Point Of No ReturnPoint of No Return on Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram Stereo LP from Mobile Fidelity
Memories of You: Sinatra Waves Farewell to Capitol on Elegantly Dressed Standards Set from 1961
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity 180 Gram LP Captures Gracefulness of Ornate Orchestrations
Sinatra Reunited With Arranger Axel Stordahl, Collaborator That Spearheaded the Voice's Rise in the 1940s
Thematic Songs Address Goodbyes With Profound Sense of Sadness, Longing
Nobody says goodbye like Frank Sinatra. For his final album with Capitol, Ol' Blue Eyes elected to croon an unforgettable selection of farewell songs marked with longing, sadness, and poignancy. To make the occasion even more special, he teamed with arranger Axel Stordahl, the virtuoso that helped launch Sinatra's star at Columbia during the 1940s. The results amount to one of the finest send-off statements in history.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's numbered limited edition 180 gram stereo LP presents the songs as they should be experienced: In rich, lush, front-to-back sound in which the strings soar and literally inhale and exhale. Sinatra's singing, as good as it's ever been during his career, comes across with unfettered transparency and tonal purity. Such is the fidelity, the music turns into aural poetry, rendering completely fluid and tube-amp warm the rushes of strings, words, and structures.
Sinatra fans continually debate which of the artist's albums rank as his best, but there's no doubting the status attached to Point of No Return. Unquestionably the most overlooked effort in the Chairman's Capitol catalog, it defies common expectation that it was made haphazardly to simply fulfill a contractual obligation. Sinatra's presence alone guarantees that isn't the case, yet Stordahl's involvement ensures this 1961 set is something very special indeed.
The chemistry between the old collaborators is immediately evident. Sinatra inhabits every phrase, feeling, and expression conveyed on the dozen standards, achieving an intimate connection with Stordahl's instrumental accents. Akin to the downbeat moods he casts on the immortal In the Wee Small Hours and Only the Lonely, the vocalist keeps calm and cool, yearning and reflecting as if he's strolling a barren downtown after midnight, a man left alone with his thoughts and memories. Somber, wistful, meditative, teary-eyed sentimental-Sinatra paints each song with the emotions they need, nothing more and nothing less.
From regal ("These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)") to nostalgic ("I'll Be Seeing You"), relaxed ("September Song") to dramatic ("When the World Was Young"), Stordahl's treatments blush with natural ease and instinct, setting up Sinatra for countless moments of sublime beauty. Vocal pop aficionados, you don't want to miss this classic.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. (Ah, the Apple Trees) When the World Was Young
2. I'll Remember April
3. September Song
4. A Million Years Ago
5. I'll See You Again
6. There Will Never Be Another You
7. Somewhere Along the Way
8. It's a Blue World
9. These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
10. As Time Goes By
11. I'll Be Seeing You
12. Memories of You$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
James Bond: You Only Live Twice SoundtrackThe James Bond soundtrack to You Only Live Twice once again reunites John Barry with the franchise. He brings
in Nancy Sinatra on the title track.1. You Only Live Twice (Title Song) - Nancy Sinatra
2. Capsule In Space
3. Fight At Kobe Dock - Helga
4. Tanaka's World
5. A Drop In The Ocean
6. The Death Of Aki
7. Mountains And Sunsets
8. The Wedding
9. James Bond - Astronaut?
10. Countdown For Blofeld
11. Bond Averts World War Three
12. You Only Live Twice (End Title) - Nancy Sinatra
13. James Bond In Japan
14. Aki, Tiger And Osato
15. Little Nellie
16. Soviet Capsule
17. Spectre And Village
18. James Bond - Ninja
19. Twice Is The Only Way To Live$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Is That All There Is?Peggy Lee was 49 years old when Capitol Records released Is That All There Is? in 1969. It was her 42nd album, and it had been over 10 years since the singer born Norma Deloris Egstrom, in 1920, had last graced the US Top 40 with her presence; her sultry take on Little Willie John's 'Fever' scaled the upper echelons of the American hit parade in 1958.
But Lee, a country girl with Scandinavian ancestry who hailed from the plains of North Dakota, had more in the tank. The haunting and idiosyncratic 'Is That All There Is?' (inspired by a short story called Disillusionment from German writer Thomas Mann) captured the public imagination when it was released as a single in the States and started climbing the pop charts, where it peaked at No.11. Such was the song's impact that it won Lee a Grammy Award in the category of Best Contemporary Female Vocal Performance in 1970. Its success was a surprise to Capitol, who thought the song was too odd and esoteric to be a hit.
The song opens Lee's album of the same name and, even today, remains a profoundly potent piece of music. It has the ability to simultaneously provoke conflicting emotions, eliciting both laughter and pathos. Combining a spoken narrative with a plaintive refrain sung over a jaunty rhythm, it evokes the Berlin cabaret scene of the 1920s and the spirit of German composer Kurt Weill. The song was penned and produced by noted hitmakers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and it's unlike anything else they wrote: a philosophical rumination that questions the meaning of things.
Arranged and conducted by a young Randy Newman, 'Is That All There Is?' is beautifully delivered by Lee in plangent tones, mixing a droll, ironic humour with a poignant reflection on the absurdity and, indeed, disappointments of life. Despite the song's somber mood and theme of disillusionment, the chorus is gloriously carefree: "Let's keep dancing/Let's break out the booze and have a ball," Lee sings, and she sounds like she means it. (Understandably, the song - which was originally written for, and turned down by, Marlene Dietrich - has inspired many covers over the years, including notable versions by Tony Bennett and PJ Harvey with John Parish.)
Though it was the undoubted cornerstone of Lee's 1969 album, there was much more to enjoy besides the title song. Another Leiber and Stoller composition, 'Whistle For Happiness', is stylistically similar to 'Is That All There Is?' while their 'I'm A Woman' is a swaggering, sassy blues that was first cut by Lee on her 1963 album of the same name and was a minor US chart hit at the time.
Peggy Lee Is Love Story Single Label - 300Elsewhere, Lee deconstructs the Al Jolson-associated 'Me And My Shadow' and imbues it with a languorous sensuality, while the Nancy and Frank Sinatra duet 'Something Stupid' is reconfigured into a breezy bossa nova. Another highlight is her take on Randy Newman's 'Love Story (You And Me)', the opening cut on the singer-songwriter's 1968 debut album for Reprise, which is arranged and conducted by the composer himself. Newman's 'Johnny (Linda)' is also included and has an arrangement that recalls the vaudevillian quirkiness of the album's title track.
Lee also embraced the rock music zeitgeist by tackling The Beatles' George Harrison-penned 'Something' and Neil Diamond's gospel-flavoured 'Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show', though she does them in her own inimitable way.
Is That All There Is? dared to be different and showed that, though Peggy Lee was often typecast as a stereotypical jazz chanteuse, she was a much more versatile performer than had hitherto been revealed. Though its title song is an ode to coping with disappointment, that particular emotion is the last thing that you feel when listening to this classic album, which is a life-affirming delight from beginning to end.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
8. Whistle For Happiness
9. Johnny (Linda)
10. Don't Smoke In Bed$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Swing EasySwing Easy! is Frank's second Capitol release and is a companion piece to the Songs For Young Lovers 10" (his
first Capitol release). The two "albums" were later combined into one "2-fer" which is still active today (on CD). It features classic performances of well-known standards including "All Of Me," "Just One Of Those Things," "Get
Happy" and more!1. Just One Of Those Things
2. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself A Letter)
4. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
5. Taking A Chance On Love
6. Jeepers Creepers
7. Get Happy
8. All Of Me$22.9910 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sinatra - Basie: An Historic Musical FirstSinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First (or simply Sinatra-Basie) is a 1962 studio album by Frank Sinatra, arranged by Neal Hefti.
As the title indicates, this was the first recording that Sinatra made with the Count Basie Orchestra.1. Pennies From Heaven
2. Please Be Kind
3. (Love Is) The Tender Trap
4. Looking At The World Thru Rose Coloured Glasses
5. My Kind Of Girl
6. I Only Have Eyes For You
7. Nice Work If You Can Get It
8. Learnin' The Blues
9. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
10. I Won't Dance$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Close To YouClose to You is the eleventh studio album by Frank Sinatra, accompanied by the Hollywood String Quartet. The album was recorded over a period of eight months and five different sessions, and was arranged by Nelson Riddle.1. Close To You
2. P.S. I Love You
3. Love Locked Out
4. Everything Happens To Me
5. It's Easy To Remember
6. Don't Like Goodbyes
7. With Every Breath I Take
8. Blame It On My Youth
9. It Could Happen To You
10. I've Had My Moments
11. I Couldn't Sleep A Wink Last Night
12. The End of a Love Affair$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Man I Love (Pure Pleasure)Around the same time that Peggy Lee decamped her longtime label home, Capitol Records, for what turned out to be a five-year sojourn at Decca Records in 1952, an apparently washed-up Frank Sinatra signed with Capitol. In 1957, when Lee returned to Capitol, Sinatra had re-established himself as a major recording artist. Meanwhile, the recording world had changed with the emergence of the 12-inch LP as an industry standard. The Man I Love, Lee's first recording for Capitol in the format after re-signing, matched her with the company's flagship artist, Sinatra, who was credited as the album's conductor, his name printed on the front cover in the same size as Lee's. A year earlier, Sinatra had conducted his Tone Poems Of Color album for Capitol, and though the singer did not read music and relied on arranger Nelson Riddle, he again proved himself able to make his intentions clear in working with Lee.
The Man I Love is a concept album in the manner pioneered by Sinatra at Capitol, a group of 12 songs chosen to express a single theme. That theme, as the title suggests, is a woman's unwavering devotion to a man, as expressed in songs often composed by gilt-edged songwriters (Gershwin, Arlen, Rodgers, Kern, etc.) and taken from Broadway shows. The result is a superb pairing of singer, conductor, and arranger on an album that re-conceives Lee as a Capitol recording artist in the Sinatra concept album mold.
- Peggy Lee (vocal)
- Nelson Roddle (arranger)
- Frank Sinatra (conductor)
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. The Man I Love
2. Please Be Kind
3. Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe
4. (Just One Way to Say) I Love You
5. That's All
6. Something Wonderful
7. He's My Guy
8. Then I'll Be Tired of You
9. My Heart Stood Still
10. If I Should Lose You
11. There Is No Greater Love
12. The Folks Who Live on the Hill$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Moonlight SinatraThis 1965 album was another one of Sinatra's 'theme' albums, and a beautiful one at that. With Neslon Riddle's excellent arrangements, Moonlight Sinatra (get it?) features 10 beautifully performed songs that have the word 'moon' in their title ('Moonlight Becomes You', 'Moonlight Serenade', 'Oh, You Crazy Moon', etc). This is Sinatra as laid back and comfortable as possible, enjoying the romantic spirit of the songs.1. Moonlight Becomes You
2. Moon Song
3. Moonlight Serenade
4. Reaching For The Moon
5. I Wished On The Moon
6. Oh, You Crazy Moon
7. Moon Got In My Eyes
8. Moonlight Mood
9. Moon Love
10. Moon Was Yellow$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
This Time I'm Swingin'
Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity
Legendary Crooner Backed by Orchestra Conducted by Nelson Riddle
1960 Capitol Album of Then-Recent and Classic Standards Arguably Martin's Most Timeless Set: MoFi Edition Includes Bonus Track Ain't That a Kick in the Head
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: No Martin Album Sounds Like This
Dean Martin was always at his best when he sounded effortless, when the singing required no exertion-just the same amount of investment required to order a martini. Confident, refined, breezy, and easygoing, this 1960 Capitol album epitomizes the crooner's charm. In pairing with arranger and Frank Sinatra right-hand-man Nelson Riddle, Martin strikes all the right notes on this collection of then-recent and retro standards.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP gets inside the core being of Martin's impeccably smooth, relaxed singing by presenting every phrase, dip, and inflection with lifelike realism. The LP does similar wonders for Riddle's backing orchestra. Horns teem with punch and midrange; rhythms possess incredible pacing; strings saunter and float. No Martin album has ever sounded like this. Mobile Fidelity also secured the rights to a bonus track, Ain't That a Kick in the Head, left off the album and released as a single in order to promote the movie Ocean's Eleven.
While Martin enjoyed his biggest commercial success at Reprise, the aptly titled This Time I'm Swingin' is considered by many critics and vocal-pop fans to be his finest studio hour. He approaches each song with supreme confidence and debonair control, never overreaching his limits or breaking a sweat. Here, he more than lives up to his nickname: The King of Cool. Charismatic, assured, and note-perfect, the album belongs alongside any of the period sets cut by his pal and once-and-future labelmate Sinatra. No wonder that his most recognized hit, the aforementioned and included "Ain't That a Kick in the Head," was actually cut at these sessions.
Riddle's expert ordering of the charts and direction of horns, strings, and piano equates to jazz and swing genius. Brass blows hard and strong during breaks, calm down for verses during which slinky 88s and swaying strings join the dance, and then rise up, the mix elegantly performed and irresistibly catchy. If you're not snapping your fingers and instantly transported to a swank nightclub within the first few passages of the opening "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me," check your system's setup.
Yet Martin is the real star. Hearing him handle such classics as the devotional "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," upbeat "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You," hopeful "Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)," bluesy "You're Mean to Me," and clever "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" with such aplomb-and now, in such ravishing detail-will remind you why you love music, and why nothing of this ilk will likely ever be made again.
Martin convincingly conveys the mood each song demands, but a sense of optimism, playfulness, and feel-good romance pervade this stylish effort. If you are a fan of real singing and emotional crooning, you cannot live without this analog edition. A veritable gem.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
2. True Love
3. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You
4. On the Street Where You Live
6. (It Will Have to Do) Until the Real Thing Comes Along
7. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
8. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
9. Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)
10. Mean to Me
11. Heaven Can Wait
12. Just In Time
13. Ain't That a Kick in the Head$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live At The Sands: Before FrankSwinging Hard and Heavy With Orchestral Support, Live Big-Band Album Recorded During the Count's Warm-Up Sets for Sinatra in Early 1966 in Vegas
Incredible Sound: Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Reissue Improves Upon Renowned Dynamics, Presence, Crispness, and Balances
Long Out-of-Print, Seminal Classic is Perfect Complement to Sinatra's Live at the Sands
Count Basie and Frank Sinatra had the perfect arrangement at the Sands. Before the Chairman hit the stage in Vegas, Count Basie and his big band warmed up the already enthusiastic crowd with a brief set of their own. A dynamite entertainer, the legendary leader causes hearts to race, hips to shake, and fingers to snap with high-energy readings of his trademark swing music, taken to feverish heights by both his first-rate orchestra and the incredibly swank setting. Fortunately, the finest of Basie and Co.'s introductory performances from the historic 1966 dates have been preserved here and serve as a seminal complement to Sinatra's iconic Live at the Sands.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's analog version of Live at the Sands (Before Frank) gives you a dead-center, eighth-row seat at the famed Sin City club. You'll just need to supply your own table and cocktail. Renowned for its sonic clarity, transparency, crispness, and punch, the record is now tremendously enhanced, with improved tonality, a deeper soundstage, correct balances, and lifelike presence. Each horn occupies its own space, and Basie's transfixing piano-a focal point throughout-resonates with gorgeous detail and impeccable pacing. The collective's energy almost demands to be measured with an SPL meter.
Captured in late January and early February 1966, Live at the Sands (Before Frank) contains most of Basie's signature pieces delivered with an enthusiasm, style, and brassiness that exceed that gracing nearly any of the Count's studio efforts. His band is stacked to the nines, with tenor saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, saxophonist/flautist Eric Dixon, and drummer "Sonny" Payne among the prized cast. The Sands dates marked the first time in years that these players, as well as trombonist Al Grey, gathered onstage together.
Encouraged by Basie, the instrumentalists engage in a series of call-and-response passages and standout solos, not the least of which is Davis' turn on a white-hot "Jumpin' at the Woodside" and he and Dixon's exchanges on "This Could Be the Start of Something Big." No slouch, Basie approaches "Makin' Whoopee" with graceful playfulness, and oversees the assortment of uptempo swing numbers and mellow ballads with astute melodicism. A sublime version of the Don Gibson country standard "I Can't Stop Loving You," arranged by Quincy Jones, can almost be considered a bonus.
No, it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. And Basie and his mates have plenty of it on this superb outing. Big-band jazz seldom enjoyed such levels of rhythmic precision, expert charts, or unfettered joy. Unbelievably, this gem has been out of print for years, with original copies both on vinyl and CD commanding steep prices. Mobile Fidelity's reissue restores not only the sonics but the record's place in jazz history.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Introduction
3. I Can't Stop Loving You
4. I Needs to Be Bee'd With
5. Flight of the Foo Birds
6. Satin Doll
7. Makin' Whoopee!
8. Corner Pocket
9. One O'Clock Jump
10. Hello Little Girl
11. Whirly Bird
12. Blues for Ilene
13. This Could Be the Start of Something Big
14. Jumpin' at the Woodside$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Christmas PartyChristmas Party is the new holiday album from She & Him, the duo comprised of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. Christmas Party is the follow up to their wildly popular A Very She And Him Christmas, and this new collection features guest appearances by Jenny Lewis, The Chapin Sisters and Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley.
Christmas Party is replete with holiday favorites - including classics like Darlene Love and Phil Spector's Marshmallow World, Bing Crosby's Mele Kalikimaka and Chuck Berry's Run Run Rudolph. But, Ward and Deschanel also may introduce listeners to the more obscure tracks such as folk-singer Vashti Bunyon's Coldest Night of the Year and the lesser know Sinatra track Christmas Memories. Pop favorites such as Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You and The Chipmunks Christmas Don't Be Late round out the celebration. Throughout the album is She & Him's signature stripped down take on production.
It was the positive experience they had recording their first Christmas record, A Very She & Him Christmas, in 2011 that brought M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel back for another round of holiday cheer. Much like their first Christmas record, She & Him bring an organic and minimalistic approach to their holiday covers. Highly produced classics get stripped down to their most fundamental elements, a style perfectly aligned with their vision. You won't find any accompanying orchestra or full-piece brass bands on Christmas Party. Instead, She & Him rely on friends and family to lend a simple and authentic holiday vibe to this album, one where the guest list speaks for itself.
In the years between the two holiday records, She & Him released Vol. 3, an album of original songs, and kept their affection for covers alive with Classics, a compilation of covers of their favorite standards. Throughout these intervening years and albums, Zooey and Ward gradually culled a new collection of holiday songs to re-interpret, tucking them away like a stack of presents growing under a tree. As Christmas Party comes to a close, the listener can take solace in knowing the door on this gathering is never fully shut. The sing-alongs, the happy accidents, the quiet moments with loved ones - they're all waiting for you whenever you wish to immerse yourself in the splendor of the season. As Ward himself says, Music is one of the purest ways into Christmas.1. All I Want for Christmas Is You
2. Let It Snow
3. Must Be Santa
4. Happy Holiday
5. Mele Kalikimaka
6. Christmas Memories
7. Run Run Rudolph
8. Winter Wonderland
9. The Coldest Night of the Year
10. A Marshmallow World
11. The Man with the Bag
12. Christmas Don't Be Late$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In The Wee Small Hours (Awaiting Repress)Expanding on the concept of Songs for Young Lovers!, In the Wee Small Hours was a collection of ballads arranged by Nelson Riddle. The first 12 album recorded by Sinatra, Wee Small Hours was more focused and concentrated than his two earlier concept records. It's a blue, melancholy album, built around a spare rhythm section featuring a rhythm guitar, celesta, and Bill Miller's piano, with gently aching strings added every once and a while. Within that melancholy mood is one of Sinatra's most jazz-oriented performances -- he restructures the melody and Miller's playing is bold throughout the record. Where Songs for Young Lovers! emphasized the romantic aspects of the songs, Sinatra sounds like a lonely, broken man on In the Wee Small Hours. Beginning with the newly written title song, the singer goes through a series of standards that are lonely and desolate. In many ways, the album is a personal reflection of the heartbreak of his doomed love affair with actress Ava Gardner, and the standards that he sings form their own story when collected together. Sinatra's voice had deepened and worn to the point where his delivery seems ravished and heartfelt, as if he were living the songs.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music)1. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
2. Mood Indigo
3. Glad to Be Unhappy
4. I Get Along Without You Very Well
5. Deep in a Dream
6. I See Your Face Before Me
7. Can't We Be Friends?
8. When Your Lover Has Gone
9. What Is This Thing Called Love?
10. Last Night When We Were Young
11. I'll Be Around
12. Ill Wind
13. It Never Entered My Mind
14. Dancing on the Ceiling
15. I'll Never Be the Same
16. This Love of Mine$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Ultimate ChristmasRanked 306/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Ultimate Christmas is the essential Frank Sinatra holiday collection, showcasing 20 classics from Sinatra's Capitol and Reprise catalogs such as 'White Christmas,' 'Silent Night,' 'Jingle Bells' and 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.' The collection also honors the Sinatra family tradition of Frank being joined by his children Nancy, Tina and Frank Jr. on selected tracks.1. White Christmas
2. The Christmas Waltz
3. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
4. Jingle Bells
5. The First Noel
6. Mistletoe And Holly
7. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
8. I'll Be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dreams)
9. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
10. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
11. An Old Fashioned Christmas (feat. Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians)
12. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day (feat. Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians)
13. The Little Drummer Boy (feat. Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians)
14. Whatever Happened To Christmas? (feat. The Jimmy Joyce Singers And Orchestra)
15. The Twelve Days Of Christmas (feat. Frank Sinatra Junior & Nancy Sinatra & Christina Sinatra & The Jimmy Joyce Singers And Orchestra)
16. The Bells Of Christmas (Greensleeves) (feat. Frank Sinatra Junior & Nancy Sinatra & Christina Sinatra & The Jimmy Joyce Singers And Orchestra)
17. I Wouldn't Trade Christmas (feat. Frank Sinatra Junior & Nancy Sinatra & Christina Sinatra & The Jimmy Joyce Singers And Orchestra)
18. A Baby Just Like You
19. Christmas Memories
20. Silent Night$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Come Swing With Me!2015 marks the Frank Sinatra Centennial with active celebrations all year long. Recorded in 1961 and arranged by Billy May, this was Sinatra's final swing session for Capitol Records.1. Day By Day
2. Sentimental Journey
3. Almost Like Being In Love
4. Five Minutes More
5. American Beauty Rose
6. Yes Indeed!
7. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
8. Don't Take Your Love From Me
9. That Old Black Magic
11. Paper Doll
12. I've Heard That Song Before$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Songs For Swingin' Lovers (Bonus Track)Import
Ranked 306/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Songs for Swingin' Lovers! is the tenth studio album recorded by the American singer Frank Sinatra for Capitol Records, it was arranged by Nelson Riddle and released in March 1956.
It took an alternative tack after In the Wee Small Hours (1954), recording existing pop standards in a hipper, jazzier fashion, revealing an overall exuberance in the vein of Songs for Young Lovers and Swing Easy!. The original cover had Sinatra facing away from the young couple, but in 1957 Capitol altered the cover with a new image of Sinatra facing the couple.
The album was the first ever number one album in the UK.1. You Make Me Feel So Young
2. It Happened In Monterey
3. You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
4. You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
5. Too Marvelous For Words
6. Old Devil Moon
7. Pennies From Heaven
8. Love Is Here To Stay
9. I've Got You Under My Skin
10. I Thought About You
11. We'll Be Together Again
12. Makin' Whoopie
13. Swingin' Down The Lane
14. Anything Goes
15. How About You?
*Bonus Track$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now