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Sonny Meets Hawk! (Pure Pleasure)This is a memorable meeting of a pair of genial giants - Sonny Rollins, who has been called again and again the boss of the modern tenor sax, and Coleman Hawkins, who is the father of jazz saxophone playing.
Each has made enormous contributions to jazz improvisation, beyond the limits of his instrument. The sum total of their work forms the impressive foundation for this once-in-a-lifetime album.
This recording is extraordinary in every sense, and not merely in that it marks the first time (except for a brief on-stage appearance at the 1963 Newport Jazz Festival, which inspired this studio recording) that these great musicians have played together. Each has blended his own strong personality with the other's, yet neither has lost his individuality. Where one reaches into the other's 'bag', it is done with musical logic and respect; always, the goal of a cohesive duet relationship is uppermost in each of their minds. And perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of this album is that neither musician plays safe; each exercises his powerful imagination throughout, running all the risks entailed in daring improvisation - but gaining also the satisfactions inherent in such an approach.
- Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone)
- Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone)
- Paul Bley (piano)
- Henry Grimes (bass)
- Bob Cranshaw (bass)
- Roy McCurdy (drums)
Recording: July 1963 in New York City by Mickey Crofford and Paul Goodman
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. Yesterdays
2. All the Things You Are
4. Just Friends
5. Lover Man
6. At McKie's$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Story of Sonny Boy SlimTo sum up Gary Clark Jr. is more challenging every day. He's a musical universe unto himself, expanding at a nearly immeasurable rate, ever more hard to define - as a mind-blowing guitarist, a dazzling songwriter and engagingly soulful singer. He became the first artist ever recognized by the Recording Academy with Grammy Award nominations in both the rock and R&B categories for the same album in the same year, winning the latter: Best Traditional R&B Performance - Please Come Home (from the album Blak And Blu). Rolling Stone dubbed Clark The King of the Summer Festivals as he captivated audiences from Coachella to Glastonbury, Lollapalooza to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, from Metallica's Orion Festival to Jay-Z's Made in America, and of course his hometown Austin City Limits Festival, where he his band set a daytime attendance record.1. Healing
4. Our Love
6. Hold On
7. Cold Blooded
10. Can t Sleep
13. Down to Ride$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign
Sonny Rollins, Volume 1 is a jazz album by Sonny Rollins, his first effort for the Blue Note label.1. Decision
3. How Are Things In Glocca Morra?
4. Plain Jane
5. Sonnysphere$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
The Sound Of SonnyThe Sound Of Sonny marks a new phase in Sonny Rollins' career. At the time of the album's recording in 1957, the tenor saxophone legend was reaching
the height of his powers, having been proclaimed Down-Beat Magazine Critics' Poll New Star of the tenor saxophone that very same year. Joined by a
variety of accompaniment (Sonny liked to shake it up!), including pianist Sonny Clark, drummer Roy Haynes and bassists Percy Heath and Paul
Chambers, Rollins attains a level of freedom in his soloing and rhythmic interplay that only serves to underscore his melodic brilliance. A landmark
recording in the development of one of Jazz's true giants of the tenor saxophone, The Sound Of Sonny is a canonical smooth bop LP and an underrated
gem in Sonny Rollins' brilliant catalog.1. The Last Time I Saw Paris
2. Just In Time
3. Toot, Toot, Tootsie
4. What Is There To Say
5. Dearly Beloved
6. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
8. It Could Happen To You
9. Mangoes$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-OJC-059xThelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins
Thelonious Monk & Sonny RollinsCollected from three separate recording sessions held between November of 1953 and October of 1954, this Prestige release does indeed feature the pairing of the two jazz giants Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins, but only on three of the album's five tracks. Monk is the mainstay throughout however, presented here in trio, quartet and quintet settings. It is the quintet numbers with Rollins, that both open (The Way You Look Tonight, I Want To Be Happy) and close (Friday the 13th) the album, that shine the brightest though, the distinct nuances of Rollins' tenor wonderfully contrasting Monk's artful piano lines!1. The Way You Look Tonight
2. I Want To Be Happy
5. Friday The 13th$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Best Of Sonny & Cher
Limited Anniversary Edition
Their Original 1967 Gold & Platinum Greatest Hits LP Is Back For The First Time In Decades!
First Time 180 Gram Vinyl Presentation
Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso From The Original Atco Tapes
The legendary Sonny & Cher set the music world on fire in the sixties and beyond with their superstar brand of classic
rock and pop music. Their music transcended into all boundaries of popular music with their brand of folk-rock, Phil Spector
wall of sound like productions, and 2 and a half minute symphonies to the ears of millions of people who wanted to hear rock
and roll love songs.
Spearheaded both by the multi-talented singer/songwriter and producer.
Sonny Bono and the grace and voice of his trend setting fashion model wife Cher, their debut 45 recording of I Got
You Babe would prove to become a huge catalyst for things to come for these popular hipsters. They would go on to sell
multiple millions of records and albums and have their songs successfully covered by many rock and pop acts over the years
like Mott The Hoople, UB40, Chrissie Hynde and Vanilla Fudge.
With a dazzling number of chart topping singles, a bunch of hit albums, numerous television appearances, a number
one television show, successful concert tours and feature movies, Sonny & Cher's ATCO recordings would take the duo to the
top of all the popular music charts and would become some of the finest top 40 hits of all time.
Even though the great Sonny Bono is no longer with us, their massive radio airplay and an amazing string of hit
records, Sonny & Cher to this day are still revered and loved by their continual growing legion of fans worldwide.
After delivering a plethora of hits in rapid succession for ATCO Records, the label honored this hugely popular
husband and wife team with their incredible greatest hits album simply titled The Best Of Sonny & Cher.
Filled with a treasure trove of chart topping singles and hit album tracks from their smash albums, this incredible 1967
effort awarded these pop/rock legends with one of the finest greatest hits albums ever released.
All your favorites are here, as this 12 track masterpiece is loaded with hit after hit with smash singles like, What Now
My Love, The Beat Goes On, It's The Little Things, and the song that inspired many people during the turbulent 60's, their
number 1 classic I Got You Babe.
As one of the most enduring albums in their massive career catalog, The Best Of Sonny & Cher includes even more
significant hit tracks like Sonny's protest rocker Laugh At Me, the smash sounds of Sing C'est La Vie, Just You, and their
powerful interpretation of the classic Let It Be Me.
All in all, a collection of songs which took the fans by storm, forever associating the title superstars to the Sonny &
Friday Music is pleased to announce for the very first time ever on audiophile vinyl The Best Of Sonny & Cher.
Mastered impeccably from the original ATCO Records tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Records
with Ron McMaster, this amazing classic truly shines in the audiophile vinyl domain.
Welcome back The Best Of Sonny & Cher...an audiophile first time vinyl dream release, only from your friends at
And The Beat Goes On ..1. The Beat Goes On
2. What Now My Love
3. I Got You Babe
4. Little Man
5. Just You
6. Let It Be Me
7. A Beautiful Story
8. It's The Little Things
9. But You're Mine
10. Sing C'est La Vie
11. Laugh At Me
12. Living For You$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary LeadersWhat Would You Do?
Fast Livin' Blues
Saturday Night Fish Fry
Do You Call That A Buddy
I'll Die Happy
Another Get Together
Stop and Go Blues
I Never Get Enough Of You$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Saxophone Colossus (Awaiting Repress)Sonny Rollins presents Saxophone Colossus. Features exclusive cover by photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir.1. St. Thomas
2. You Don't Know What Love Is
3. Strode Rode
5. Blue Seven$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Hit After HitThe sophomore album from San Francisco's Sonny and the Sunsets on Fat Possum Records. Hit After Hit follows-up the band's 2010 debut Tomorrow Is Alright.1. She Plays Yo Yo With My Mind
2. I Wanna Do It
3. Home and Exile
4. Reflections On Youth
5. Girls Beware
6. The Bad Energy From LA Is Killing Me
7. Teen Age Thugs
8. Heart of Sadness
9. Don't Act Dumb
10. Acres of Lust
11. Pretend You Love Me$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CITH-4ME-4811xLightnin' Hopkins with Sonny Terry
Last Night BluesLast Night Blues by Lightnin' Hopkins was originally released in 1961. Joined by harpist Sonny Terry this is a stripped down, soulful release with Sonny delivering instinctive accompaniment to Lightnin's fluid finger picking guitar and gritty vocals. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl on a tip on sleeve with a paper and poly lined inner sleeve.1. Rocky Mountain
2. Got To Move You Baby
3. So Sorry To Leave You
4. Last Night Blues
5. Lightnin's Stroke
6. Hard To Love A Woman
7. Conversation Blues$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-POL-4015xSonny & The Sunsets
Longtime CompanionGold Colored Vinyl
Sonny Smith copes with a painful separation from his wife on this extremely personal country album. Recorded directly to tape in a musty basement smelling of beer and tobacco, Longtime Companion explores love and heartache along the vein of Gene Clark, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Johnny Cash.
Sonny dives into his self-described "sea of darkness" with a wide range of intimate lyrics, pedal steel, and acoustic guitars. After just one listen, it's clear no other genre could so eloquently frame Sonny's heartbreaking internal monologue more than the old time country music he grew up with. 180g gold vinyl LP.1. I Was Born
2. Dried Blood
3. Children of the Beehive
4. Pretend You Love Me
5. Year of the Cock
6. Rhinestone Sunset
7. I See the Void
8. Sea of Darkness
9. My Mind Messed Up
10. Longtime Companion$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Plus FourA 150 gram vinyl reissue of the famed jazz album by Sonny Rollins, released in 1956 on Prestige Records. On this album Rollins plays with the Clifford
Brown/Max Roach Quintet, of which he was a member at the time. The album was the last full recording including pianist Richie Powell and trumpeter
Clifford Brown, as both died in a car accident three months later.
-Sonny Rollins - tenor saxophone
-Clifford Brown - trumpet
-Max Roach - drums
-Richie Powell - piano
-George Morrow - bass1. Valse Hot
2. Kiss and Run
3. I Feel a Song Coming On
4. Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
5. Pent-Up House$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Cool Struttin' (Discontinued)Recorded in 1958, this legendary date with the still-undersung Sonny Clark in the leader's chair also featured a young Jackie McLean on alto (playing with a smoother tone than he had before or ever did again), trumpeter Art Farmer, and the legendary rhythm section of bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones, both from the Miles Davis band.1. Cool Struttin
2. Blue Minor
3. Sippin At Bells
4. Deep Night$15.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Newk's TimeNewk's Time is an album by Sonny Rollins. It was his third album for Blue Note Records, recorded in 1957 and released in 1958. The title of the album is a reference to Rollins' nickname Newk, which is apparently based on his resemblance to Donald Newcombe, a Major League Baseball pitcher who shared the same nickname.1. Tune Up
2. Asiatic Raes
3. Wonderful! Wonderful!
4. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
5. Blues For Philly Joe$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Tenor MadnessBy the time this LP was released, Sonny Rollins already had such albums under his name as Worktime (OJCCD-007-2) and Sonny Rollins Plus 4 (OJCCD-243-2), in addition to his sideman exploits with the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet. Tenor Madness, in which he was joined by the rhythm section from the Miles Davis Quintet, further substantiated and underlined his rapidly rising stature. The material is an effective mixture of Rollins' playing attitudes with an intriguing original, Paul's Pal, and the mining of unusual material such as My Reverie and The Most Beautiful Girl in the World. And, of course, there is the celebrated title track featuring the two titans to emerge in the '50s, Rollins and his guest, visiting in the studio that day, John Coltrane.1. Tenor Madness
2. When Your Lover Has Gone
3. Paul's Pal
4. My Reverie
5. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Live At Sun StudiosRockabilly Hall of Fame inductee and founding member of The Pacers, Sonny Burgess, performs live in the studios that Elvis built, Sun Studios!
Burgess and his band, which includes many of the original studio players who literally invented rock 'n' roll music at Sun Studios, roar through
timeless classics such as Bill Haley's "Rock Around The Clock" plus "Let The Good Times Roll," "Brown Eyed Girl" and so much more!1. Rock Around The Clock
2. Fannie Mae
3. Got You On My Mind
4. Good Luck Charm
5. Worried Mind Blues
6. Let The Good Times Roll
7. Lonesome Me
8. Cotton Eyed Joe
9. Faded Love
10. Big River
11. Only Make Believe
12. Break Up
13. Brown Eyed Girl
14. Odessa$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign
Cool Struttin' is jazz pianist, Sonny Clark's most soulful and classic, Blue Note album. The recording features Jackie McLean on alto sax, Art Farmer on
trumpet, Philly Joe Jones on drums and Paul Chambers on bass. Originally released in 1958, Cool Struttin' will be re-released as part of the overall Blue
Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.1. Cool Struttin'
2. Blue Minor
3. Sippin' At Bells
4. Deep Night$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Saxophone ColossusSaxophone Colossus is a studio album by American jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins. It was recorded on June 22, 1956, with producers Bob Weinstock and Rudy Van Gelder at the latter's studio in Hackensack, New Jersey. Rollins led a quartet on the album that included pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Max Roach. Saxophone Colossus was released later that year by Prestige Records to critical success and helped establish Rollins as a prominent jazz artist.1. Saint Thomas
2. You Don´t Know What Love Is
3. Strode Rode
5. Blue 7$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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
3. Come, Gone
4. Wagon Wheels
5. There Is No Greater Love
6. Way Out West
$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Tomorrow Is AlrightLimited Edition Of 500 Copies
Pressed On 180-Gram Reflex Blue Colored Vinyl
Tomorrow is Alright is a vinyl reissue of the debut Sonny & The Sunsets album. Previously out of print, this limited run of 500 copies features 180-Gram Reflex Blue colored vinyl.
"The Sunsets, featuring members of Thee Oh Sees, the Fresh & Onlys, and Citay, plus Sub Pop's Kelley Stoltz largely stay in the background, providing sparse but carefully considered instrumentation. Citay's Tahlia Harbour is the lone exception, although even she's used sparingly; her deadpan counterpoints to Sonny's stoney spaceman
in "Planet of Women" or rationale-spouting youngster in "Lovin' on an Older Gal" are impeccably timed, a fitting geewhiz to Sonny's endless aw-shucks. The production's crisp
and roomy, allowing each word to linger, each note its own space.
'Tomorrow Is Alright' feels like the work of a songwriter comfortable with himself and his limitations. So many bands put in a lot of work trying to make themselves sound
older than their years; with their quiet confidence and no shortage of killer material, the Sunsets make it seem almost too easy." - Pitchfork (8.0 review)1. Too Young to Burn
2. Death Cream
3. Strange Love
4. Planet of Women
5. The Houris
7. Bad Vibes & Evil Thoughts
9. Love Among Social Animals
10. Lovin' on an Older Gal$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live In The Studios Of Columbia University's WKCRImport
Transparent Yellow Colored Vinyl
An absolutely electric performance from Sonny and Linda Sharrock with their group The Savages, recorded for NYC radio station WKCR on March 21, 1974. Sonny's guitar playing on this set is a revelation and Linda's wordless vocals complement it perfectly. Groove based experimental jazz at its absolute finest. Limited edition of 500 copies on transparent yellow vinyl.1. Intro
2. Sweet Butterfingers
3. 1953 Blue Boogie Children
6. End Of The Rainbow
7. Gary's Step
8. Apollo$32.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Jazz U.S.A (Discontinued)One of Sonny Criss' classic albums for Imperial, 1956's Jazz U.S.A. is a brilliant collection of impeccably recorded L.A. bop from the '50s. Criss had a tone like nobody else on the alto and he's at the height of his powers here, settling into an amazing groove with a sense of power, confidence and sophistication. Features Criss on alto sax, Kenny Drew on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, Bill Woodson on bass and Chuck Thompson on drums. Tracks include West Coast Blues, Criss Cross, Ham's Blues and Blue Friday among others.1. Willow Weep for Me
2. These Foolish Things
3. Blue Firday
5. More than You Know
6. Easy Living
7. Alabamy Bound
8. Something's Gotta Give
9. West Coast Blues
11. Ham's Blues
12. Sweet Georgia Brown$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The music on this 1962 LP has been reissued many times, including in the Bluebird series. Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins' first recording after ending a surprising three-year retirement found the great saxophonist sounding very similar to how he had played in 1959, although he would soon start investigating freer forms. In a pianoless quartet with guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Ben Riley, Rollins explores four standards (including Without a Song and God Bless the Child) plus two fiery originals (highlighted by the title cut). The interplay between Rollins and Hall is consistently impressive, making this LP a near-classic and a very successful comeback.
- All Music Guide1. Without a Song
2. Where Are You?
3. John S.
4. The Bridge
5. God Bless the Child
6. You Do Something to Me$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Night at the Village Vanguard
Remastered And Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign
A Night At The Village Vangaurd was recorded in 1957 by jazz great Sonny Rollins. The album features Rollins on tenor sax, Wilbur Ware on bass, Elvin
Jones on drums, Donald Bailey on bass and Pete La Roca on drums. Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering this album will be
reissued on vinyl as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don
Was.1. Old Devil Moon
2. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
3. Striver's Row
4. Sonnymoon For Two
5. A Night In Tunisia
6. I Can't Get Started$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now