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  • Studio One Dub Volume 2 Studio One Dub Volume 2 Quick View

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    Studio One Dub Volume 2

    Studio One Dub 2 is a second collection bringing together some of the finest dubs from the legendary Studio One Records, Kingston, Jamaica. Dub music was the creation of a generation of brilliant recording studio engineers in Jamaica. But although Clement Coxsone Dodd's Studio One is hailed as the greatest of the Jamaican recording labels, and although many talented engineers worked the board at Dodd's Brentford Road studio over the years (including Sylvan Morris, Syd Bucknor, Overton Scientist Brown and Dodd himself), Studio One was never typically known as a centre for dub. This is because for many fans the studio's commercial and stylistic heyday was in the 1960s, prior to the rise of dub as a distinct sub-genre of Jamaican music in the 1970s. By the 1970s, however, dub music was the rage in Jamaica's sound systems. Always the pioneer - and since Sylvan Morris had left the Studio One operation around 1972 - Coxsone supervised the dubs till leaving Jamaica at the end of the decade. This meant that for the most part, for example, the twelve Studio One dub albums released during the 1970s were mixed by Dodd himself, using the moniker Dub Specialist. Throughout the decade, the mixes became more sophisticated and atmospheric. Along with the first volume of Studio One Dub, the cuts here demonstrate that Studio One's contribution to the innovative musical form of dub was substantial, and go straight to the head of listeners who feel that the only centres for dub were studios such as King Tubby's, Lee Perry's Black Ark, Channel One, or Joe Gibbs's. The tracks on this compilation are taken from this period in the 1970s when dub was the cutting-edge of Jamaican music studio production. Most of them are the dub-version flip-sides of rare Jamaican 45s, and none have appeared on CD before. Michael E. Veal, author of Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae (Wesleyan University Press, 2007).
    LP1
    1. Sound Dimension - I'll Be Around

    2. Soundstorm - Dub Rock

    3. Albert And The Gladiators - Watch Out Version

    4. Brentford Reggae Band - Moses Version

    5. Brentford Disco Set - Peace Version
    6. Brentford Disco Set - Natty Ting A Ling PT.2

    7. Marcia Griffiths - Feel Like Jumping PT.2

    8. Drum Bago And The Rebel Group - Reggae Version

    9. St. Ct. And The Gladiators Band - Soul Locks


    LP2
    1. Freddie And Sound Dimension - How Could You Version
    2. Sound Dimension Band - Run Run Version

    3. Holt And Sound Dimension - Any Where Version

    4. Alton And Sound Vendors - Live And Dub
    5. Freddie Mckay - Drunken Sailor Version
    6. Ital Sound - Welding

    7. Dub Specialist - Dar Es Salaam

    8. Dub Specialist - Always Dubbing

    9. Dub Specialist - Mojo Papa

    Various Artists
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  • Soul Jazz Presents: Disco 2 Vol 2 Soul Jazz Presents: Disco 2 Vol 2 Quick View

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    Soul Jazz Presents: Disco 2 Vol 2

    This is a second selection of independent disco records featuring rare and classic tracks originally released in the USA between the halcyon years of 1977 and 1985. This release features only the finest disco, modern soul and boogie and is compiled by Disco Patrick who last year put together for Soul Jazz Records that mighty 'Disco - An Encyclopedia Guide to the Cover Art of Disco Records' 400+ page deluxe book, as well as the first installment of 'Disco - A Fine Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul and Boogie.'
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    1. Everybody's Dancin' - Jahneen
    2. Freestyle - Montego Joe
    3. Africano - Timmy Thomas
    4. Get Down Boy - Paper Doll
    5. I Feel Like Love - Jazz


    LP2
    1. He's Here - Paco and Flaco and Coco
    2. Victorious - Ripple
    3. Moon Ride - Universal Love
    4. Jam On - Panache
    5. Strut On - Otis Brown's Grade A

    Various Artists
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  • Jazz Composers Workshop Jazz Composers Workshop Quick View

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    Jazz Composers Workshop

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    The Jazz Composers' Workshop album, originally released on Savoy in 1956, is made up of two sessions-recorded on 31 October 1954 (side A and tracks 5 & 6 on side B), and 30 January 1955 (tracks 1-4 on side B)-that were part of Mingus' influential "Jazz Composers' Workshop", a forum intended to give young jazz composers the opportunity to play and record their own compositions. The 1954 session-a sextet line-up featuring Charles Mingus (bass), John La Porta (clarinet & alto sax), Teo Macero (tenor & baritone sax), George Barrow (tenor & baritone sax), Mal Waldron (piano) and Rudy Nichols (drums)-was made up entirely of Mingus originals, with the exception of the 1925 standard "Tea For Two". Mingus' "Body & Soul", found here, did not appear on the original LP. The 1955 date-a quartet session led by pianist Wally Cirillo, and featuring Mingus on bass, tenor-saxophonist Teo Macero, and drummer Kenny Clarke-was actually intended as a showcase for four compositions by Cirillo, and featured one of the first, if not THE first, jazz composition to be based on a 12-tone row, "Transeason".

    1. Purple Heart
    2. Gregarian Chant
    3. Eulogy For Rudy Williams
    4. Tea For Two
    5. Smog L.A.
    6. Level Seven
    7. Transeason
    8. Rose Geranium
    9. Getting Together
    10. Body & Soul
    Charles Mingus
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  • Soul Jazz Presents: Disco Vol 1 Soul Jazz Presents: Disco Vol 1 Quick View

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    Soul Jazz Presents: Disco Vol 1

    The latest release on Soul Jazz Records is a fantastic new album of disco, modern soul and boogie from 1978-82. This album is released to coincide with the massive new 360-page deluxe hardback book Disco - An Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art of Disco, featuring over 2,000 album cover designs as well as over 700 12" sleeves, including sections on roller disco, disco instruction albums and more. There are also interviews and introductions by Tom Moulton, Nicky Siano, Mel Cheren (West End Records), Ken Cayre (Salsoul), Marvin Schlachter (Prelude) and more. This album here is an amazing collection of rare and independent tracks from Disco's halcyon period - 1978 to 1982 - expertly compiled by Disco Patrick, who also compiled the new deluxe book. Blurring the musical lines between disco, modern soul and boogie this double album features many exclusive and hard to find records from the era.Included here are in-demand classics such as The Fantastic Aleems featuring Leroy Burgess, John Gibbs and the US Steel Orchestra, rare Patrick Adams and Peter Brown productions, Jessie G, The Eaton Assassin (a 12" given out free at boxing matches!) and much more!
    1. The Fantastic Aleems Ft. Calebur - Hooked on Your Love (John Morales Mix)
    2. Superfunk - Superfunk
    3. Jessie G - That's Hot
    4. Jupiter Beyond - the River Drive
    5. The Sunburst Band - the Easton Assassin
    6. John Gibbs & the U.s. Steel Orchestra - Trinidad (Special Disco Mix)
    7. Sparkle - Disco Madness
    8. Chain Reaction - Sweet Lady (Dance with Me)
    9. Wayne Ford - Dance to the Beat Freakout
    Various Artists
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  • Soul Jazz Presents: Disco Vol 2 Soul Jazz Presents: Disco Vol 2 Quick View

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    Soul Jazz Presents: Disco Vol 2

    The latest release on Soul Jazz Records is a fantastic new album of disco, modern soul and boogie from 1978-82. This album is released to coincide with the massive new 360-page deluxe hardback book Disco - An Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art of Disco, featuring over 2,000 album cover designs as well as over 700 12" sleeves, including sections on roller disco, disco instruction albums and more. There are also interviews and introductions by Tom Moulton, Nicky Siano, Mel Cheren (West End Records), Ken Cayre (Salsoul), Marvin Schlachter (Prelude) and more. This album here is an amazing collection of rare and independent tracks from Disco's halcyon period - 1978 to 1982 - expertly compiled by Disco Patrick, who also compiled the new deluxe book. Blurring the musical lines between disco, modern soul and boogie this double album features many exclusive and hard to find records from the era.Included here are in-demand classics such as The Fantastic Aleems featuring Leroy Burgess, John Gibbs and the US Steel Orchestra, rare Patrick Adams and Peter Brown productions, Jessie G, The Eaton Assassin (a 12" given out free at boxing matches!) and much more!
    1. Sympho-State - You Know What I Like
    2. The Fantastic Aleems Featuring Corky Hodges - Movin' To The Beat
    3. Something Extra - Sexy Lady
    4. Stwange Poweple - Get Up
    5. Chemistry - Skateboard
    6. Cirt Gill And The Jam-A-Ditty Band - Turn This Disco Out
    7. Sugar Bear Johnson - When Your Jones Come Down
    8. Retta Young - My Man Is On His Way
    9. The Imperials - Fast Freddie The Roller Disco King
    10. Cordial - Wave
    Various Artists
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  • Soul Message Soul Message Quick View

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    Soul Message

    A successful combination of swinging boogaloo rhythms and sincere, soulful soloing, Soul Message is an enduring good-time record and a true gem in
    organist Richard "Groove" Holmes' illustrious career. Recorded in 1965 at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, this set more than lives up to
    "Groove's" middle name as the combo of Holmes, guitarist Gene Edwards, and drummer Jimmie Smith swing with carefree ease through two originals
    and four jazz standbys, including a smash hit version of "Misty." Jazz fans in search of some seriously swinging organ jazz need look no further than Soul
    Message - now available on vinyl.
    1. Groove's Groove
    2. Daahoud
    3. Misty
    4. Song For My Father
    5. The Things We Did Last Summer
    6. Soul Message
    Richard Groove Holmes
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  • Soul Station Soul Station Quick View

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    Soul Station


    Remastered And Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    Soul Station by tenor saxophonist, Hank Mobley, features Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Mobley's past bandleader, Art Blakey on
    drums. Considered one of Blue Note's finest, this is one of Mobley's best-known albums and it features the standard "Remember" by Irving Berlin.
    Remastered by Bernie Grundman, Soul Station 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. Remember
    2. This I Dig of You
    3. Dig Dis
    4. Split Feelin's
    5. Soul Station
    6. If I Should Lose You
    Hank Mobley
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  • Soul Eyes Soul Eyes Quick View

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    Soul Eyes

    Singer, songwriter and pianist Kandace Springs will release her debut full-length album Soul Eyes on Blue Note Records. Produced by Grammy-winning producer Larry Klein (Lizz Wright, Melody Gardot, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock), the album touches upon soul and pop while channeling her jazz influences as well as her Nashville upbringing. Kandace counts such stylists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones as her heroes, but as evidenced by Soul Eyes, Springs mimics none of them.


    Kandace's journey to discovering her uniqueness didn't happen overnight. In fact, her 2014 self-titled debut EP had a decidedly contemporary R&B/hip-hop bent with production by Pop & Oak (Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Miguel). The EP was incredibly well-received and led to performances on Late Show With David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, as well as appearances at the Afropunk and Bonnaroo festivals.


    Kandace was dubbed a "suave songstress" (Wall Street Journal), "a versatile and vital artist" (Afropunk), and "a vocal force to be reckoned with" (Okayplayer). Essence Magazine named her a New & Next artist and Interview Magazine made her their Music Discovery, writing that while "Hearing the word jazz might revert a listener's thoughts to the music of yesteryear...Up-and-comer Kandace Springs aims to change this notion. The singer, songwriter, and pianist blends elements of soul, jazz, and pop, producing a unique and modern twist on the genre that appeals to young and old listeners alike."


    As amazing an experience as that was, as Kandace got ready to record her album she couldn't shake the feeling that she wasn't yet singing her true self. Conversations with her longtime producers Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers led to soul searching and rethinking her musical direction. Also during this period, Kandace attracted the attention of Prince, who heard her makeover of Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" on the website Okayplayer. The music icon invited her to perform with him at Paisley Park for the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain. "He encouraged me a lot before I recorded this new record, especially during the time in which I was trying to figure out my sound," Kandace says. "He told me that I needed to do what comes naturally to me. He was absolutely right."


    For Soul Eyes, Kandace continued working closely with Rogers and Sturken, but they also recruited Klein to help the singer bring out her distinctive artistic traits. "Larry wanted me to be free in the studio," she recalls. "I've been through a lot of other sessions in which the producer tries to take control of your sound. Larry was just like, 'Go in and play what you feel.' That ultimately led to the best outcome; he captured this record perfectly."


    Klein praises Kandace as a "natural." "In this era, in which flash and hunger for fame is often equated with talent, she's that rare person who sings and plays because that is what she needs to do in life," he says. "When I first heard Kandace, I was sold after hearing one song. Her smoky voice coupled with a sense of phrasing way beyond her years, and her angular way of accompanying herself on piano grabbed me right away."


    The eleven songs contained on Soul Eyes are a mix of Kandace's originals and co-writes as well as the jazz classic "Soul Eyes" and songs by Jesse Harris, Shelby Lynne, War, and others. The album features Kandace's playing piano alongside an illustrious cast of musicians that includes trumpeter Terence Blanchard, guitarists Dean Parks and Jesse Harris, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, organist Pete Kuzma, bassist Dan Lutz, percussionist Pete Korpela.

    1. Talk To Me
    2. Soul Eyes feat. Terence Blanchard
    3. Place To Hide
    4. Thought It Would Be Easier
    5. Novocaine Heart
    6. Neither Old Nor Young
    7. Too Good Too Last feat. Terence Blanchard
    8. Fall Guy
    9. The World Is A Ghetto
    Kandace Springs
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  • Soul Junction Soul Junction Quick View

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    Soul Junction

    Though it was recorded in 1957 (on the same day as his All Mornin' Long LP), Soul Junction was not released until 1960 on the Prestige label.
    Featuring the fine tenor work of his fellow Miles Davis Quintet alum, John Coltrane, and the blazing trumpet of Donald Byrd, Soul Junction is one
    of Garland's finest releases as a band leader. The center piece is the 16-minute long title track which features a stunning, mellow and bluesy solo from Red himself.
    1. Soul Junction
    2. Woody'n You
    3. Birk's Works
    4. I've Got It Bad
    5. Hallelujah
    Red Garland Quintet
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  • Lady Soul Lady Soul Quick View

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    Lady Soul

    Ranked 84/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Lady Soul is an album by Aretha Franklin, released in 1968. The album was her second R&B chart-topper, the follow-up to Aretha Arrives and included some of her biggest hit singles, Chain of Fools (#2 Pop), and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (#8 Pop), and (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone (#5 Pop). It eventually sold over a million copies in the United States alone. The album was reissued on Rhino Records in a deluxe edition in 1995.


    Lady Soul peaked at #1, #2 and #3 on Billboard's Black Albums, Pop Albums and Jazz Albums charts respectively. The single Ain't No Way (B-Side of Since You've Been Gone (Sweet, Sweet, Baby)) peaked at #9 on the Black Singles chart, and #16 on the Pop Singles chart.

    1. Chain Of Fools
    2. Money Won't Change You
    3. People Get Ready
    4. Niki Hoeky
    5. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
    6. Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)
    7. Good To Me As I Am To You
    8. Come Back Baby
    9. Groovin'
    10. Ain't No Way
    Aretha Franklin
    $21.99
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  • Soul To Soul (Pure Pleasure) Soul To Soul (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Soul To Soul (Pure Pleasure)

    The acclaimed composer, jazz vocalist, producer, arranger and educator Carmen Lundy believes in honesty and sincerity in music. Her artistic passion has guided her around the world, working with numerous musicians such as Geri Allen, Patrice Rushen, Teri Lynne Carrington and many others. So it should come as no surprise that her fervent new song cycle, titled Soul To Soul, features an array of award-winning musicians that help her realize the next chapter in her critically acclaimed career.


    Soul To Soul is Carmen Lundy's 14th album and features 13 songs, 11 of which Carmen composed and arranged. She plays guitar on all tracks, piano on "Kindred Spirits", the electric Rhodes on "Don't You Know How I Feel", and the drums/percussion on "Sardegna" and also provides backing vocals on "Grace". The Los Angeles-based vocalist opens the program with "Kindred Spirits", a song that explores the concept of 'you reap what you sow' and the way you play the game of life. Next is "Life Is A Song In Me", during which Lundy's lyrics benefit from the synergy of her multi-octave range and vocalese, Rushen's Rhodes solo, Jamison Ross' exemplary drumming and the balanced backing vocals.


    Carmen Lundy continues to find new connections between the jazz elements used by vocalists and instrumentalists on the title track, "Soul To Soul". She adds the stellar accompaniment of trumpeter Randy Brecker, tenor saxophonist Ada Rovatti and piano chops of Patrice Rushen to underline her musical persona and vocal technique. The sound motion inherent in that song has great tone that many people will feel instantly and submit it to their memory and recall abilities. That is what makes a song a hit with people - its sound motion.


    Her great ballad, "When Will They Learn", is absolutely beautiful with its string arrangements for harpist Carol Robbins and the serene brushwork of Jamison Ross. Here Carmen delivers the song in her vocals lower octaves which make this moving song one of the best on the recording. You can hear that she has internalized the music, allowing it to flow in her veins and transferring it directly to the listener.
    Overall, Soul To Soul is among Carmen Lundy's best recordings. She understands that those notes she puts down on paper are important and have their place. But when it comes to delivering those notes, her vocal acumen and virtuosity proves that she has the right balance, the right accompaniments, the right musical formats and the right synergy, artistry and jazz sensibilities to make those inspired notes accessible to her worldwide fans. Check it out.


    Musicians:



    • Carmen Lundy (vocal, keyboard, guitar, drums, percussion)

    • Bennie Maupin (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone)

    • Randy Brecker (trumpet, fluegel horn)

    • Patrice Rushen (keyboard)

    • Carol Robbins (harp)

    • Simphiwe Dana (vocals)

    • Darryl Hall (bass)

    • Mayra Casales (conga, percussion)

    • Jamison Ross (drums, percussion)



    Recording: 2014 at Firehouse Recording Studios, Pasadena (CA), by Don Murray
    Production: Elisabeth Oei & Carmen Lundy


    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. Kindred Spirits
    2. Life Is a Song in Me
    3. Soul to Soul
    4. When Will They Learn
    5. Daybreak
    6. Between Darkness and Dawn
    7. Grace
    8. Grateful, Pt. 1
    9. Grateful, Pt. 2
    10. Everything I Need
    11. Don't You Know How I Feel
    12. Sardegna
    13. What's Your Story, Morning Glory
    Carmen Lundy
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • 20 Jazz Funk Greats 20 Jazz Funk Greats Quick View

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    20 Jazz Funk Greats

    Pressed On Limited Edition Green Colored Vinyl


    Mute are delighted to announce a limited edition green LP reissue
    of 20 Jazz Funk Greats, the landmark 1979 album from industrial
    music pioneers Throbbing Gristle.


    The impetus for the record apparently came about from Genesis
    P-Orridge's mum's request that the band record something
    "nice". The tame cover photo shows the nattily dressed band -
    white disco jacket, comfy slacks, mini-skirt - stood amid flowers
    on a clifftop. The chosen scene of natural beauty was Beachy
    Head, a notorious suicide spot.


    20 Jazz Funk Greats' cheerful breaching of lounge jazz and
    disco contains some of the band's prettiest moments on songs
    like the breathy "Hot on the Heels of Love". Similarly "Tanith"
    and "Exotica" are gentle interludes in which TG's usual jagged
    punctuations are kept to a minimum. You could be fooled into
    thinking this was indeed easy-listening industrial.


    Pitchfork wrote that "20 Jazz Funk Greats finds the band waking
    up from D.O.A's dark night of the soul and feeling curiously
    frisky. Snacking on not only the titular funk and jazz, the band
    also takes touristic zig zags through exotica, rock and disco",
    ultimately describing it as a "kitsch detour toward mutant disco".
    Uncut Magazine wrote that "musically, it turned away from the
    precipice; not exactly jazz and funk, but sublimating TG's noise
    elements within electronic rhythms and proto-exotica." Dusted
    Magazine described the album as "a deliberate attempt to toy
    with the ideas behind marketing strategy and the purpose of
    musical genres."


    Pitchfork ranked 20 Jazz Funk Greats at number 91 in its list of
    the 100 greatest albums of the 1970s. UK magazine Fact named
    it the best album of the 1970s, writing that "This album is a
    rupture. It's an open crack into the unpronounceable dimensions
    into which tumble important streams of 20th century pop, art
    and underground culture, to seethe around each other, mingling,
    festering, sprouting new and unpredictable forms which in turn
    would ooze out to infest vast sections of what comes after."

    1. 20 Jazz Funk Greats
    2. Beachy Head
    3. Still Walking
    4. Tanith
    5. Convincing People
    6. Exotica
    7. Hot On The Heels Of Love
    8. Persuasion
    9. Walkabout
    10. What A Day
    11. Six Six Sixties
    Throbbing Gristle
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  • The Jazz Messengers (Pure Pleasure) The Jazz Messengers (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Jazz Messengers (Pure Pleasure)

    The very first edition of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers was unfortunately short-lived, and as excellent as they were collectively, it was the beginning of a trend for the members of this group to come and go. Unbeknown to Blakey at the time, he would become a champion for bringing talent from the high minor leagues to full-blown jazz-star status, starting with this band featuring Detroit trumpeter Donald Byrd, East coast tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, and pianist Horace Silver, a jazz legend ever after. It's evident that although there is much cohesion in the group, Byrd's star was on the rise the fastest, and he would leave in a short period, replaced briefly by Clifford Brown, then Kenny Dorham. What is most remarkable in this first recording for the band is how several of these selections have become classic hard bop vehicles, revered and replayed by thousands of bands over time worldwide. Nica's Dream is the best known of them all, typical of the calypso beats Blakey favored at the time, with a singsong, hummable melody led by Byrd that is pure soul personified, and drenched in unrequited blues.


    Musicians:



    • Donald Byrd (trumpet)

    • Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone)

    • Horace Silver (piano)

    • Doug Watkins (bass)

    • Art Blakey (drums)




    Recording: April and May 1956 by Tony Janick at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City

    Production: George Avakiandeutsch




    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.



    Side A
    1. Infra-Rae

    2. Nica's Dream

    3. It's You or No One


    Side B
    4. Ecaroh

    5. Carol's Interlude

    6. The End of a Love Affair

    7. Hank's Symphony



    Side C
    8. Weird-O*
    9. Ill Wind*
    10. Late Show*


    Side D
    11. Deciphering The Message*
    12. Carol's Interlude


    *Bonus tracks not on original LP.

    Art Blakey
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    Fillet Of Soul

    Released during the height of Stax Records' prominence, 1972's Fillet of Soul compiled the brightest stars and biggest hits to emerge from the Memphis soul powerhouse. A fantastic collection for fans of "The Memphis Sound," Fillet of Soul includes such funky favorites as "Never Can Say Goodbye" by Isaac Hayes, "I'll Take You There" by the Staple Singers, Johnnie Taylor's "I Don't Wanna Lose You" and the Bar-Kays' "Son of Shaft." Can ya dig it?
    1. Isaac Hayes: Never Can Say Goodbye
    2. The Staple Singers: Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom)
    3. The Dramatics: Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
    4. Mel & Tim: Starting All Over Again
    5. The Bar-Kays: Son of Shaft
    6. Frederick Knight: I've Been Lonely for So Long
    7. Isaac Hayes: The Look of Love
    8. The Staple Singers: I'll Take You There
    9. Johnnie Taylor: I Don't Wanna Lose You
    10. Rufus Thomas: The Breakdown (Part 1)
    11. Mavis Staples: Since I Fell for You
    12. Little Milton: If That Ain't a Reason (For Your Woman to Leave You)
    Various Artists
    $21.99
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    Body & Soul


    Recorded At Copenhagen's Legendary Jazzhus Montmartre In 1967


    Pressed On 180 Gram Audiophile-Grade Vinyl At Pallas In Germany


    Previously Out Of Press For Almost Three Decades


    Tenor-saxophonist Dexter Gordon was in peak form
    when recording at Copenhagen's Legendary Jazzhus
    Montmartre in 1967. A portion of that recording would
    later become Body & Soul, an album originally released
    by Black Lion Records, which has been out of press
    on vinyl for almost three decades. Now, just shy of fifty
    years after the performance was recorded, the album
    finally receives the audiophile treatment it deserves with
    this 180gram vinyl reissue, pressed at Pallas in Germany

    1. Like Someone In Love
    2. There Will Never Be Another You
    3. Body And Soul
    4. Blues Walk
    Dexter Gordon
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    The Soul Sessions

    The Soul Sessions is the debut studio album by English singer and songwriter Joss Stone, originally released on September 16th, 2003, by S-Curve Records. The album consists of cover versions of soul songs from the 1960s and 1970s, in addition to a cover of The White Stripes' 2001 song Fell in Love with a Girl. In 2004, The Soul Sessions was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize and was nominated for a MOBO Award for Best Album
    1. The Chokin' Kind
    2. Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin' On Me)
    3. Fell In Love With A Boy
    4. Victim Of A Foolish Heart
    5. Dirty Man
    6. Some Kind Of Wonderful
    7. I've Fallen In Love With You
    8. I Had A Dream
    9. All The King's Horses
    10. For The Love Of You (Parts 1 & 2)
    Joss Stone
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    Soul Brothers (Awaiting Repress)


    Features Alto Sax Performances By Ray Charles, And Milt Jackson's Only Recording On Guitar


    Mastered From The Original Master Tapes By Bernie Grundman


    Press On 180gram Audiophile-grade Vinyl At Pallas In Germany


    The rare opportunity to hear Milt Jackson step out
    from behind his familiar vibraphones to play piano,
    and partner Ray Charles, in addition to manning the
    88s, blow on the alto saxophone for two numbers,
    shouldn't be missed. Particularly on this LP, which
    portrays the 1957 collaboration within a huge, naturally
    vibrant soundstage. Mastered from the original master
    tapes and press on 180 gram vinyl, this edition lays
    bare the relaxed, bluesy, often-boppish jazz on display
    from these two giants. With stellar support, the two
    headliners treat this affair as a backroom woodshedding
    session.

    1. How Long Blues
    2. Cosmic Ray
    3. The Genius After Hours
    4. Charlesville
    5. Bags of Blues
    6. 'Deed I Do
    7. Blue Funk
    Milt Jackson & Ray Charles
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    Silk & Soul

    Import

    Recorded in New York in 1967, Silk & Soul is Nina Simone's second album for RCA.
    And despite arrangements that don't always best suit her voice, this album does contain classics 'I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free', which would become a Civil Rights anthem, 'It Be's That Way Sometimes', written by her brother Sam Waymon, and 'The Turning Point', a song that seems to be about a child making a new friend, but turns out to question the origins of racism.


    Ms Simone also takes on Dusty Springfield by covering 'The Look Of Love', which was originally featured in the 1966 James Bond spoof Casino Royale and is greatly inspired by Mozart in the fugue-like 'Consummation'.

    It Be's That Way Sometime
    The Look of Love
    Go to Hell
    Love o' Love
    Cherish
    I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
    Turn Me On
    Turning Point
    Some Say
    Consummation
    Nina Simone
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    Soul Junction (Awaiting Repress)

    Import


    Though it was recorded in 1957 (on the same day as his All Mornin' Long LP), Soul Junction was not released until 1960 on the Prestige label.
    Featuring the fine tenor work of his fellow Miles Davis Quintet alum, John Coltrane, and the blazing trumpet of Donald Byrd, Soul Junction is one
    of Garland's finest releases as a band leader. The center piece is the 16-minute long title track which features a stunning, mellow and bluesy solo from Red himself. Yet another jazz classic reissued on LP by Doxy.

    1. Soul Junction
    2. Woody'n You
    3. Birk's Works
    4. I've Got It Bad
    5. Hallelujah
    Red Garland Quintet
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    Body & Soul: Legendary Ladies of Jazz

    Import


    When it comes to vocal jazz, the ladies win. "Body and Soul" features great jazz standards sung by some of the best-known and most influential female jazz vocalists in history. Ella, Billie, Nina, Dinah, Sarah: these performers are so beloved that their first names are enough. This album presents signature recordings by these legendary ladies.

    1. Ella Fitzgerald - Mack The Knife
    2. Billie Holiday - Body And Soul

    3. Nina Simone - I Loves You, Porgy
    4. Dinah Washington - All Of Me
    5. Sarah Vaughan - Misty
    6. Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares For Me
    7. Ella Fitzgerald - Bewitched
    8. Sarah Vaughan - Lullaby Of Birdland
    9. Billie Holiday - Lover Man
    10. Dinah Washington -What A Diff'rence A Day Makes
    Various Artists
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    Stone Soul (Speakers Corner)

    With all the exultation about the reconciliation between the capitalistic USA and the socialistic island state of Cuba, it is easy to oversee that the musical fusion between the two countries took place decades ago. Afro Cuban jazz, in which the interpretation and rhythms of swing and bebop are united with all imaginable rhythms from Brazil and the Caribbean, was label enough to describe a peaceful yet exciting and revolutionary music.


    At first glance it appears that in his album Stone Soul the Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamaria just took a handful of popular songs from pop and soul and 'translated' them into his own musical language. So far so good: but the enthusiasm and joy with which the band performs is anything but ordinary. Once the threshold for a potent Latin combo has been overcome with meaty winds (See Saw), Sonny Fortune on the alto sax storms ahead along rhythm & blues tracks and breaks out with hectic cleft licks on his own headstrong path. Incited by crisp percussion, one can experience how traditional music is combined with a musician's own ideas to create completely new music.

    Musicians:



    • Mongo Santamaria (conga,bongo)
    • Sonny Fortune (alto saxophone)
    • Hadley Caliman, Hubert Laws (tenor saxophone)
    • Art Kaplan (bassoon)
    • Louis Gasca (trumpet)
    • Rodgers Grant (piano)
    • William Allen (bass)
    • Steve Berrios (timpani)
    • Bernard Purdie (drums)
    • Julito Collazo, Osualdo Martinez (percussion)


    Recording: 1969 by Fred Catero

    Production: David Rubinson

    About Speakers Corner



    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, Speakers Corner 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 existant 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 emphasise that Speakers Corner 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 have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    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 - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    1. See-Saw
    2. Son-Of-A-Preacher Man

    3. Love Child
    4. Where Are We
    5. Hitchcock Railway

    6. Stoned Soul Picnic
    7. Who's Making Love
    8. The Now Generation
    9. Little Green Apples
    10. Cloud Nine
    Mongo Santamaria
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    The Wonderful World Of Jazz (Pure Pleasure)

    There is nothing hurried about this disc. That said, the music is focused and will stretch your mind. Lewis employed masterful melodic improvisers here: Paul Gonsalves, Eric Dolphy, Jim Hall among others. Listen to Body And Soul as it builds powerfully and the soloists explore every possible melodic theme, where the quiet power of these master musicians is almost too much to take. Listen to I Remember Clifford where the players are essentially the MJQ with Jim Hall replacing Milt Jackson. This set swings, but oh-so-elegantly. Just like Mr. Lewis. - S.C.Berry


    Whether you're an old-time jazz afficionado or new to the genre, this album is essential. In my opinion, Lewis' lovely solo on Body & Soul makes his version virtually definitive - 15 minutes of bliss. The rest of the album, particularly Afternoon In Paris, is at the same level. Wonderful is the perfect title for this record. - E Barrios

    Musicians:



    • John Lewis (piano)

    • Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone)

    • James Rivers (bassoon)

    • Paul Gonsalves (tenor saxophone)

    • Herb Pomeroy (trumpet)

    • Gunther Schuller (french horn)

    • Jim Hall (guitar)

    • George Duvivier (bass)

    • Connie Kay (drums)



    Recording: July and September 1960

    Production: Nesuhi Ertegun & Tom Dowd



    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. Body And Soul
    2. I Should Care
    3. Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West
    4. Afternoon In Paris
    5. I Remember Clifford
    John Lewis
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    Mecca & The Soul Brother

    Mecca And The Soul Brother from 1992 is considered by fans and critics as one of the finest hip hop albums of the early 90s. Songs like Lots of Lovin, They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.), Anger In The Nation and It It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right have everything; funky basslines, solid production, convincing lyrics and lots of soul. Producer Pete Rock built his beats from obscure R&B, funk and jazz records and CL Smooth added his sometimes philosophical raps.


    Guest rappers on the album include Grand Puba (of Brand Nubian), Heavy D, Rob-O, Grap & Dida, and it reached #7 in the US R&B/Hip-hop charts and #43 in the US album charts.


    Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth stopped working together in 1995 after finishing their follow-up album The Main Ingredient. Rumor has it that the duo will be reuniting for a brand new album.

    LP 1
    1. Return Of The Mecca
    2. For Pete's Sake
    3. Ghettos Of The Mind
    4. Lots Of Lovin
    5. Act Like You Know

    6. Straighten It Out
    7. Soul Brother #1
    8. Wig Out
    9. Anger In The Nation
    10. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)


    LP 2
    1. On And On
    2. It's Like That
    3. Can't Front On Me
    4. The Creator (Remix) Bonus Track
    5. Mecca And The Soul Brother (Remix) Bonus Track
    6. The Basement (Featuring Heavy D., Rob-o, Grap & Dida)
    7. If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right
    8. Skinz (Featuring Grand Puba)

    Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
    $42.99
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    High Priestess Of Soul (Awaiting Repress)

    High Priestess of Soul is the last album Simone released under Philips Records. The songs are accompanied by a large band directed by Hal Mooney. The album contains popular songs, such as Don't You Pay Them No Mind and African American gospel and folk related songs written by Simone herself, such as Take Me to the Water and Come Ye. After this album title, Nina Simone was sometimes referred to as the high priestess of soul.
    1. Don't You Pay Them No Mind
    2. I'm Gonna Leave You
    3. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
    4. Keeper Of The Flame
    5. The Gal From Joe's
    6. Take Me To The Water
    7. I'm Going Back Home
    8. I Hold No Grudge
    9. Come Ye
    10. He Ain't Comin' Home No More
    11. Work Song
    12. I Love My Baby
    Nina Simone
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