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  • First Impressions (Pure Pleasure) First Impressions (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    First Impressions (Pure Pleasure)

    For a label that wasn't around long, Strata East achieved the same sort of label recognition that Impulse! or Blue Note managed to build. In other words, you knew what you were getting when you bought a record on the label, even if you didn't know the names on the outside of the cover. This is no exception. Who is Shamek Farrah? Who knows? Who cares? It's the music that's important. This is the standard spiritually intense new jazz one learns to expect from the label, soaked in some Eastern influences but always with its ear to the street. Musicians took their roles as leaders and spokesmen very seriously back then. This very adult statement from a group of very serious men is no exception. However, what might be an average, forgettable session is rescued by the propulsive engine of Milton Suggs' bass. He adds the fire and the drive that keeps things interesting and prevents the music from wandering into a circular spiritual morass. For fans of the sound or the label, this can be heartily recommended.



    Musicians:



    • Shamek Farrah (alto saxophone)

    • Norman Person (trumpet)

    • Sonelius Smith (piano)

    • Milton Suggs (bass)

    • Ron Warwell (drums)

    • Kenny Harper (percussion)

    • Calvert 'Bo' Satter-White (conga)



    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. Meterologicly Tuned
    2. Watch What Happens Now
    3. Umoja Suite
    4. First Impressions
    Shamek Farrah
    $34.99
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  • Black Fire! New Spirit! Black Fire! New Spirit! Quick View

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    Black Fire! New Spirit!

    Soul Jazz Records' new release Black Fire! New Spirits! Explores deep, radical and spiritual jazz in the USA in the period between 1957-75. In the 1960s and into the 1970s, jazz music in the USA was in an almost constant state of revolution, with the music and lives of African-American artists radicalised by the advent of the civil rights movement, Black Power, and a new spiritual awakening. For over 20 years now Soul Jazz Records have been exploring this rich area of deep and spiritual jazz music with an array of albums such as Freedom, Rhythm and Sound, Universal Sounds of America, New Thing, Soul Jazz Love Strata East and more. Soul Jazz Records have also released a steady stream of reissues of lost and classic deep jazz releases over the years from artists such as Art Ensemble of Chicago, Steve Reid, Pharaoh Sanders and others. This new album features groundbreaking and revolutionary artists such as Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, The Last Poets and Yusef Lateef as well as many rare and deep lost tracks from lesser known artists such as Creative Artists Ensemble, Granchan Moncur, Lloyd McNeill, Tyrone Washington and others.
    1. Yusef Lateef - Chang, Chang, Chang
    2. The Last Poets - It's A Trip
    3. Don Cherry - Utopia And Visions
    4. Richard Davis - Dealin'
    5. Archie Shepp And Jeanne Lee - Blase
    6. Harold McKinney And The Creative Profile - In The Moog
    7. Grachan Moncur III And The Jazz Composers Orchestra - Angela's Angel
    8. Creative Arts Ensemble - Flashback Of Time
    9. David Lee Jr - Second Line March
    10. Lloyd McNeill And Marshall Hawkins - The Banjo Lesson
    11. Tyrone Washington - Universal Spiritual Revolt
    12. Pheeroan Ak Laff - Tzaddi Vau (Part 1)
    13. Joe Henderson - Black Narcissus
    14. Doug Hammond - Spaces And Things
    Various Artists
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  • Jazz, Folk Songs, Spirituals, & Blues Jazz, Folk Songs, Spirituals, & Blues Quick View

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    Jazz, Folk Songs, Spirituals, & Blues

    Import


    Recorded on in 1958 in Los Angeles, CA, Jazz, Folk Songs, Spirituals, & Blues is a rare album by the one-man-band and well-known folk musician Jesse Fuller. Although Fuller always played music on the side, becoming a master of the 12-string guitar (between working for the railroads, lumber companies, or the circus), he did not make his first recording until 1955, when he was already 50 years old. Frustrated by his inability to get a band together, Fuller devised a way to play all the instruments himself, constructing a one-man band system that allowed him to sing and accompany himself on the twelve-string guitar, harmonica, kazoo, cymbals & a homemade instrument he called the "fotdella" (played with the big toe of the right foot which hit pedals causing padded hammers to strike against the instrument's six strings). This brilliant and unique album in the blues arena includes Fuller's rendition of traditional blues numbers like "Take This Hammer" and "Linin' Track" as well as his own compositions like "Fingerbuster" and "99 Years".

    1. Take This Hammer
    2. Linin' Track
    3. I'm Going To Meet My Loving Mother
    4. Tiger Rag
    5. Memphis Boogie (Fuller)
    6. Raise A Ruckus
    7. By And By
    8. Fingerbuster (Fuller)
    9. Stagolee
    10. 99 Years (Fuller)
    11. Hesitation Blues
    Jesse Fuller
    $27.99
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  • World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Turiya Alice Coltrane World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Turiya Alice Coltrane Quick View

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    World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Turiya Alice Coltrane

    Alice Coltrane remains a singular figure on the fringe of American music but her appeal is growing. While Coltrane's music is gaining wider acceptance there is an entire era of her recorded output that remains obscure, almost as if by design.


    Her four self-published, devotional albums of the eighties and nineties were recorded during a period in which she had withdrawn from secular life. They were manufactured and distributed in limited quantities amongst her spiritual community. Operating outside of the constraints of the commercial recording industry Coltrane was free of external pressures whether monetary or deadline. She recorded this music totally on her own terms. The resulting compositions synthesized her spiritual and musical outlook into a highly original work that is unique unto herself.


    Available commercially for the first time. Remastered, bucket loads of notes, available in all formats but 8-track. A loving tribute to an amazing woman. 2xLP comes with two booklets of liner notes.

    LP 1
    1. Om Rama
    2. Om Shanti
    3. Rama Rama
    4. Rama Guru
    5. Hari Narayan


    LP 2
    1. Journey To Satchidananda
    2. Er Ra
    3. Keshava Murahara
    4. Krishna Japaye (vinyl only)
    5. Ram Katha (alternate version, solo demo, unreleased, vinyl only)

    Alice Coltrane
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  • World Galaxy World Galaxy Quick View

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    World Galaxy

    Alice Coltrane had become a musical world unto herself by the time she issued World Galaxy, recorded in late 1971. With jazz-rock fusion taking over the mainstream and the terminal avant-garde heading over to Europe, Coltrane stubbornly forged an insistent, ever-evolving brand of spiritual jazz that bore her own signature as much as it did her late husband's influence.
    1. My Favorite Things
    2. Galaxy Around Olodumare

    3. Galaxy In Turiya
    4. Galaxy In Satchidananda

    5. A Love Supreme
    Alice Coltrane
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  • Al Rahman! Cry Of The Floridian Tropic Son (Discontinued) Al Rahman! Cry Of The Floridian Tropic Son (Discontinued) Quick View

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    Al Rahman! Cry Of The Floridian Tropic Son (Discontinued)

    A wonderful mix of spiritual-jazz, soul, and Easter Music.this lost album from Doug Carn, was released just after his Black Jazz period and his separation with Jean Carn in 1977.
    1. Casbah

    2. Tropic Songs
    3. Al Rahman
    4. The Watcher
    5. Eroniffa's Brown Bird

    6. Suratal Ihklas
    7. Balancez Calinda
    Doug Carn
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  • Into Morning Into Morning Quick View

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    Into Morning

    Released in 1976, Into Morning is the debut recording from trumpeter, Charles "Cha Cha" Shaw. Incorporating elements of spiritual free jazz and post-bop, this is a beautiful session from an under-heralded talent who recorded with the likes of John Coltrane, Curtis Mayfield, Rashied Ali, and more. Lovingly reissued on vinyl in an exact replica of the original packaging.
    1. Eternal
    2. K.Z.
    3. Jugetty
    4. Super Silk
    Charles Cha Cha Shaw
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  • Moonflower Moonflower Quick View

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    Moonflower

    Import

    Even though Santana had been famous for his live shows since his performance at Woodstock, this 1977 album was his first live release (be it interspersed with a number of studio recordings). It showcases the best of Santana in the mid-seventies: the Latin infused Blues/Rock, the spiritual Jazz Fusion, the unstoppable energy of Santana on stage. A cover version of the mid-60s song 'She's Not There' by The Zombies was released as a single and it became Santana's first top-40 hit in over five years.

    Lp 1
    1. Dawn / Go Within
    2. Carnaval
    3. Let The Children Play
    4. Jugando
    5. I'll Be Waiting
    6. Zulu
    7. Bahia
    8. Black Magic Woman
    9. Gypsy Queen
    10. Dance Sister Dance (Baila Mi Hermana)
    11. Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)


    LP 2
    1. She's Not There
    2. Flor D'Luna (Moonflower)
    3. Soul Sacrifice
    4. Heads, Hands & Feet (Drum Solo)
    5. El Morocco
    6. Transcendance
    7. Savor
    8. Toussaint L'Overture

    Santana
    $39.99
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  • Boscoe Boscoe Quick View

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    Boscoe

    The private issue answer to Chicago's
    afrocentric giants Earth Wind & Fire,
    The Pharaohs, and the Art Ensemble,
    boasting an unholy conflagration of soul,
    funk, spiritual jazz, African rhythms, and
    the politics of Black Power. Come witness
    the invocation of death, a war for peace
    that black America must fight, Malcolm
    X's violent passing, brains already in the
    grave, God's damning of us all, and a glib
    parody of "The Star Spangled Banner,"
    all delivered by a crawling funk fusion as
    eager to blast us awake with harsh words as
    with insistent horns.
    1. Introduction
    2. Writin' on the Wall
    3. He Keeps You
    4. We Ain't Free
    5. If I Had My Way
    6. I'm What You Need
    7. Money Won't Save You
    8. Now and Den
    Boscoe
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  • They Shall Inherit They Shall Inherit Quick View

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    They Shall Inherit

    Menagerie is the new spiritual jazz project from the prolific Australian producer/songwriter Lance Ferguson, best known for his eclectic and highly acclaimed work under the Lanu and the Bamboos monikers. They Shall Inherit features a guest appearance from the legendary US jazz/funk vibraphonist Roy Ayers, and the album has had early support from the authority on all things leftfield, Gilles Peterson.


    Two musicions featured heavily on They Shall Inherit are Philip Noy and Mark Fitzgibbon. Phil is one of Melbourne's top saxophone technicians and for this album, he reconfigured his horns to match Coltrane's settings. Mark Fitzgibbon's background includes time soaking up London's jazz dance scene in the 80s, playing keys at the legendary Dingwalls sessions hosted by Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge. Also featured is special guest Roy Ayers on vibes.

    1. They Shall Inherit
    2. The Chosen
    3. Jamahlia
    4. Leroy and the Lion
    5. The Quitening
    6. There Will Come Soft Rains
    Menagerie
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  • This Is It This Is It Quick View

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    This Is It

    Psychedelic music all began with the tiniest possible
    bang: a minuscule pressing of a self-produced LP by
    Zen Buddhist scholar Alan Watts. In one cosmic flash
    of inspiration and group improvisation, the next two
    decades of musical innovation was pre-supposed:
    psychedelic rock, spiritual jazz, and even new age. As
    this micro pressing barely made it out of the ashram,
    it was his writings that actually spread his ideas, usually
    through osmosis: he was profoundly influential on
    the beat poets and the subsequent counter-culture.
    He became the forebear of '60s counter-culture's
    spirituality, much as William Burroughs was the
    forebear of its hedonism.


    Released in 1962, This Is It is an imaginative cacophony
    of percussion, non-verbal chanting, and free-flowing
    expression, punctuated occasionally by leisurely passes
    at a terrestrial piano, marimba, or french horn. It is
    at once, experimental, intellectual, and experiential.
    Three years before Ken Kesey's inaugural Acid Test,
    This Is It! constitutes the first transmission for a tunedin
    counterculture of hippies, beats, and psychedelic
    revolutionaries of all stripes.

    1. Love You
    2. Onion Giant
    3. Gagaku-ku
    4. Fingernail Poem
    5. Umdagumsubudu
    6. Metamatic Ritual
    7. The End
    Alan Watts
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  • Soul Message From Dimona Soul Message From Dimona Quick View

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    Soul Message From Dimona

    Following a path blazed in Belize and the Bahamas, The Numero Group finds yet another stop on the soul diaspora tour: Dimona, Israel. Between 1975-1981, a group of American ex-pats took their native sounds of Detroit and Chicago and intermingled them with the messages of the Black Hebrew culture. The results are a heavenly mix of spiritual soul and jazz with an undercurrent of gospel psychedelia. Featuring the Soul Messengers, the Spirit Of Israel, Sons Of The Kingdom, and the Tonistics, Soul Messages From Dimona is the only living document of a thriving community at both the center and fringe of the world.
    Various Artists
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  • Comet, Come To Me Comet, Come To Me Quick View

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    Comet, Come To Me

    Meshell returns to the same well of creativity that launched her career. CCTM is Meshell's 11th release, and possibly a culmination of them all - lush, vocal, seeking, wise, collaborative, and driven by the signature bounce and precise pocket of Ndegeocello on bass. Now assured of her place as an authentic musical thinker and an uncompromising artist, she forges on to discover, examine, and explore all that music has to offer her and how she can return the gift.


    Mercurial and masterful, Meshell Ndegeocello has eschewed genre for originality, celebrity for longevity, and musicals trends for musical truths. She has
    lived through the boom and bust of the industry and emerged just as she entered - unequivocally herself. Fans have come to expect the unexpected from
    Meshell, and faithfully followed her on sojourns into soul, spoken word, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, rock, all bound by a lyrical, spiritual search for love, justice,
    respect, resolution, and happiness.

    1. Friends
    2. Tom 2
    3. Good Day Bad
    4. Forget My Name
    5. And Yet It Moves
    6. Comet, Come To Me
    7. Continuous Performance
    8. Shopping For Jazz
    9. Conviction
    10. Folie A Deux
    11. Choices
    12. Modern Time
    13. American Rhapsody
    Meshell Ndegeocello
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  • Undercurrent Undercurrent Quick View

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    Undercurrent

    Undercurrent on Numbered Limited Edition LP from Mobile Fidelity Silver Label


    Introspective, Almost-Hallucinogenic 1962 Album a Pinnacle for Both Jazz Icons


    Guitarist Hall Aids Pianist Evans in Rebounding from Tragedy


    Diverse Set Encompasses Ballads, Waltzes, Hard-Swinging Bop


    Divine Sonics: LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI


    Bill Evans catapulted to the top of the jazz world in June 1961 after reeling off three straight masterpiece sessions at New York's Village Vanguard with his trio. Yet the emotional highs came to a screeching halt shortly thereafter when bassist Scott LaFaro died in a car accident. Devastated, Evans refrained from playing for nearly a year. If not for an inspirational collaboration of tremendous creative outpouring, one wonders what fate may have befallen Evans. Undercurrent, the outcome of two studio sessions with guitarist Jim Hall, is that project.


    Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this Silver Label LP edition bursts forth with brilliant textures, you-are-there realism, and extraordinary tonalities. No other version outside of this analog copy brings you face-to-face with these two jazz giants' sonic communion, a kind of spiritual musical summit on which Evans' deft keyboard touches and Hall's reliably subtle phrasings seamlessly mesh and wonderfully dance, the compositions streaked with natural instrumental decay, full-frequency extensions, and poignant emotionalism that, on this LP, you can feel.


    While Evans managed to sit down for a few one-off takes between LaFaro's passing and these April-May 1962 dates, he largely remained on hiatus and abstained from recording. Whether it owes to the intimate pairing, he and Hall's brotherly chemistry, or the exquisite selection of program material, the results consistently come across as the equivalent of a private meditation-such is the level of introspective depth and quietly shaded interplay throughout. For Evans, the duet clearly functions as therapy, a healing episode in which his partner patiently lays back, shadowing moves and suggesting others, neither musician interested in the spotlight but each striving for (and achieving) transcendent beauty.


    In tackling standards such as Rodgers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine" and the Broadway classic "Darn That Dream," as well as the Hall original "Romain," the pair traverses complex harmonies with the astute elegance of a figure skater. At times, Evans and Hall go for broke on a hard-swinging romps, yet it's their implied melancholy and drifting, softly struck melodic refrains on waltzes and ballads that bestows Undercurrent with a nuanced romanticism and whispered atmosphere befitting the record's title.


    Indeed, even the album's cover-an iconic photograph by Toni Frissell-exhibits the surreal, almost-hallucinogenic properties of the fare contained within.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. My Funny Valentine
    2. I Hear a Rhapsody
    3. Dream Gypsy
    4. Romain
    5. Skating in Central Park
    6. Darn That Dream
    Bill Evans & Jim Hall
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  • Porgy & Bess (Speakers Corner) Porgy & Bess (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Porgy & Bess (Speakers Corner)

    The dream of creating an American opera such as Scott Joplin's Treemonisha, written in 1911, inspired George Gershwin a good twenty years later to amazing compositional feats. While Gershwin had brought his musical and musical comedies with great Éclat to Broadway, he wanted his through-composed stage work Porgy And Bess to be regarded as a legitimate opera.



    No matter whether one regards this exceptional work as »American folk opera« (The New York Times) or as a veristic portrayal of African-American life, central to the work is the expressionistic orchestral music that includes (work) songs, spirituals and elements of jazz, and the cast of singers, which, at the insistence of Gershwin, featured African-American singers.



    This stipulation will certainly have suited Verve boss Norman Granz who engaged not only a fresh and lively big band but also a classical string orchestra to support his successful duo of Ella and Louis. Thanks to this superb line-up, the catchy song I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' rolls along sleekly with swing and drive, while Summertime and Bess, You Is My Woman Now wafts away to the sound of heavenly violins. Listening to this music, you couldn't care less about the genre or category, just as long as these two genial musicians perform wonderfully arranged material from the American Song Book. The incomparable nasal twang of Armstrong's solo trumpet seeks out unerringly jazz elements where you would least expect them.



    Musicians:



    • Ella Fitzgerald (vocal)

    • Louis Armstrong (trumpet, vocal)




    Recording: August 1957 in Los Angeles and October 1957 in Chicago

    Production: Norman Granz




    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.


    LP1
    1. Overture

    2. Summertime
    3. I Wants To Stay Here
    4. My Man's Gone Now
    5. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin
    6. Buzzard Song
    7. Bess, You Is My Woman Now


    LP2
    1. It Ain't Necessarily So

    2. What You Want Wid Bess
    3. A Woman Is A Somtime Thing
    4. Oh, Doctor Jesus
    5. Medley: Here Come De Honey Man / Crab Man / Oh, Dey's So Fresh & Fine
    6. There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
    7. Bess, Oh Where Is My Bess?
    8. Oh Lawd. I, On My Way!

    Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
    $69.99
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  • Blue Spirits Blue Spirits Quick View

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    Blue Spirits


    Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    Hubbard says in the albums original liner notes: I tried to get that dark sound... which characterizes much of the rest of the music in the album. All of the compositions featured in the set are Hubbard's originals. Hubbard intended for the album to be a spiritual one, but not in the religious sense. In a sense that I consider music to be spiritual experience because you can get at your deepest feeling... .

    1. Soul Surge
    2. Blue Spirits
    3. Outer Forces
    4. Cunga Black
    5. Jodo
    Freddie Hubbard
    $19.99
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  • Capra Black (Pure Pleasure) Capra Black (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Capra Black (Pure Pleasure)

    Capra Black remains one of the seminal recordings of jazz's black consciousness movement. A profoundly spiritual effort that channels both the intellectual complexity of the avant-garde as well as the emotional potency of gospel, its focus and assurance belie Billy Harper's inexperience as a leader. Backed by an all-star supporting unit including trombonist Julian Priester and drummer Billy Cobham, Harper's tenor summons the brute force and mystical resolve of John Coltrane but transcends its influences to communicate thoughts and feelings both idiosyncratic and universal. This is music of remarkable corporeal substance that somehow expresses the pure language of the soul.



    Musicians:



    • Billy Harper (saxophone)

    • Dick Griffin, Julian Priester (trombone)

    • Jimmy Owens (trumpet)

    • George Cables (piano)

    • Reggie Workman (bass)

    • Billy Cobham, Elvin Jones, Warren Smith (drums)

    • Barbara Grant, Gene McDaniels, Laveda Johnson, Pat Robinson (vocals)



    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. Capra Black
    2. Sir Galahad
    3. New Breed
    4. Soulfully, I Love You/Black Spiritual Of Love
    5. Cry Of Hunger
    Billy Harper
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Projections Projections Quick View

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    Projections

    Great dance music albums - albums that sound as good on headphones and home speakers as they do on club soundsystems - aren't easily made. In a form whose primary aims have been to move dancefloors and to move on, full lengths that thrill the head, heart and the feet with equal power are few and far between. We believe Romare has made one.


    With the gripping shock of the new that announces the best records of the genre - from Entroducing through Blue Lines to Ambient Classics - Romare has both a singular style, and great deal to say with it. Projections comes off like Voodoo Ray reworked by DJ Shadow; its drumming littered with infectious swing, its samples illuminating and attention gripping, its atmosphere pronounced and consistent, and its riffs and hooks heavy - and unabashedly joyous.


    The album is a heady mix of homage and fresh approach, a statement from a young artist unafraid to revel in his influences, and confident in his own originality. The songs on Projections are homages to elements of American/African culture in the USA - which Romare studied academically. Taking his name from Romare Bearden, the well-known cut'n'paste artist / collagist, and applying similar techniques to music.


    Rainbow is a homage to gay rights via disco in the 70's, and Work Song to the great American work song tradition. Opener "Nina's Charm" sets out the stall for the album. A tiny, near spoken snippet of Nina Simone's voice is set against a hypnotic synth riff and a dislocated gospel-choir chant. The result is something utterly fresh; a tone setter that worms through the ear and floods the brain in soothing catharsis. "Motherless Child" opens with a shuffling jazz swing, allowing its sample of the African-American spiritual from which it takes its title to shine in full. When a simple, riff-like melody arrives, the song transforms into a sultry, glorious slow-dance workout. "Lover Man's" striking, cut-up synth riff is set up against chiming stabs and slurred chords, a snatched, swing vocal enticing us in to the wonkiest of grooves.


    Romare reimagines the profound cultural impact of the collage technique for a new generation of music listeners. With his signing to Ninja Tune, coming hot on the heels of his excellent 12"s on underground institution Black Acre, and compilation inclusions by Tiga, Bonobo and Brownswood, the stage is set for his debut album. Projections, like the best albums from the dance music world, is informed by scenes and genres but not entirely of them. It's a self-contained universe that rewards much exploration. Most of all, it's excited about the possibilities within music, and vastly exciting itself.

    1. Nina's Charm
    2. Work Song
    3. Motherless Child
    4. Ray's Foot
    5. Roots
    6. Jimmy's Lament
    7. Lover Man
    8. Rainbow
    9. Prison Blues
    10. The Drifter
    11. La Petite Mort
    Romare
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    Paradise & Lunch


    Desert Island-Worthy Paradise and Lunch Will Renew Your Faith in Music: Diverse 1974 Ry Cooder Set Comes on Like a Secret History of Song, Features Exquisite Interplay and Inspirational Harmonies


    Paradise and Lunch Mastered on 180g Vinyl from the Original Master Tapes, Pressed at RTI, and Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity LP Graced With Organic Sound


    Ry Cooder's exceptional Paradise and Lunch takes a popular precept - music as the common denominator across all languages and styles - to extremes few artists have envisioned let alone fulfilled. Considered by many diehards to be the California native's finest hour, the 1974 set unfurls with rarified levels of joyousness, ingenuity, and sophistication. A prime contender for any Desert Island list and an album that repeatedly restores your faith in the inimitable effects experienced upon listening to special performances, Paradise and Lunch is an eternal musicians' musician record - an adventurous, ambitious, soulful leap down roads well-traveled and paths less known.


    Such eclecticism, virtuosity, and ebullience resonate with unmatched verve on Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP reissue. Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, this vinyl LP boasts dead-quiet surfaces, superb transient response, front-to-back soundstaging, and an organic immediacy that heightens the enjoyment, character, and craft of the arrangements. Cooder's inspired guitar playing sounds tremendously lifelike, replete with proper scale, full-bodied tones, and a sense of decay that presents the trail ends of each note. Horns pop with three-dimensional detail and brassy colors. Akin to the contributions of all the all-star participants, Jim Keltner's percussion benefits from added stability and depth. Paradise and Lunch has never been more transparent.


    On the surface a collection of seemingly disparate jazz, blues, spiritual, and roots songs, the diversified album comes across as a secret history of music. It remains a paragon of seamless convergence in which sonic DNA differences reveal shared traits and quilt a fabric united by feeling, reinvention, and elation. Beginning with a recast rendition of a traditional folk number, Tamp 'Em Up Solid, believed to be a close descendant of the group-vocal tune sung by field hands when they stacked bales of cotton, and ending with a stirring stripped-down cover of Arthur Blake's Ditty Wah Ditty - a show-stealing duet sent up with just an acoustic guitar and jazz icon Earl Fatha Hines' spritely walking-the-line piano riffs - Paradise and Lunch charms with exquisite interplay, inspirational harmonies, and innate flair.


    At no point do the experimentations sound forced, artificial, or retro. Cooder transforms what initially appear to be obscurities into coherent, approachable songs that could have been recorded yesterday - or decades ago. In his world, a marvelous reggae-spiced and R&B-driven rendition of Bobby Womack's It's All Over Now coexists with a sanctified, harmony-based march through the gospel hymn Jesus on the Mainline anchored by restrained Dixieland accents and tolling bells. Another standard, albeit more modern, Burt Bacharach's Mexican Divorce strolls across dusty plains via gently clopping beats, shimmering Spanish motifs, and sympathetic support vocals.


    Cooder also turns up the electricity a smidge for his idea of Bobby Miller's If Walls Could Talk, a melodic snapshot of doo-wop shot through with reverb-drenched grooves. He rains funky vibes, chicken-scratch slide guitar, and churchgoing lessons down on a top-to-bottom remake of Blind Willie McTell's Married Man's a Fool, the revision evocative of the imagination, proficiency, and blending that help make Paradise and Lunch an absolute must-own album - and now, an audiophile choice for those wished-for Desert Island trips.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Tamp 'Em Up Solid
    2. Tattler
    3. Married Man's a Fool
    4. Jesus on the Mainline
    5. It's All Over Now
    6. Fool for a Cigarette/Feelin' Good
    7. If Walls Could Talk
    8. Mexican Divorce
    9. Ditty Wah Ditty
    Ry Cooder
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    Louis And The Good Book

    Import


    An unusual album in the Louis Armstrong canon, this collection of gospel songs, spirituals, homilies, and comic vignettes was the only religious album this determinedly secular musician recorded. Backed by a gospel vocal group led by the celebrated jazz arranger Sy Oliver, Armstrong performs a variety of religious-themed favorites, including Ezekiel Saw De Wheel, Going to Shout All Over God's Heaven, and Didn't it Rain, as well as Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat from GUYS AND DOLLS. There's an affecting version of the traditional spiritual Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, and a particular highlight is the inclusion of two comic sermons by the musician's alter ego, Elder Eatmore.

    1. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
    2. Shadrack

    3. Go Down Moses
    4. Rock My Soul (In The Bossom Of Abraham)
    5. Ezekiel Saw De Wheel
    6. On My Way (Got On My Travelin' Shoes)

    7. Down By The Riverside

    8. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
    9. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child

    10. Jonah And The Whale
    11. Didn't It Rain

    12. This Train
    Louis Armstrong
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    Pastel Blues

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    Nina Simone is hands down one of the best Blues singers of the 20th century and only artists the likes of Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith had the power to lay a soul bare like she could! This is no better exemplified than on Pastel Blues' stripped-down album opener Be My Husband, which was later covered famously by Jeff Buckley. Also featured on this beloved 1965 Philips Records release are dazzling interpretations of songs directly related to the aforementioned songstresses including Nobody Knows When You're Down And Out, originally sung by Smith and Holiday's signature song Strange Fruit, not to mention the traditional spiritual Sinnerman, which remains one of Simone's most popular recordings. At long last, Pastel Blues is back on vinyl courtesy of this Music On Vinyl 180g audiophile reissue!

    1. Be My Husband
    2. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
    3. End Of The Line
    4. Trouble In Mind
    5. Tell Me More And More And Then Some
    6. Chilly Winds Don't Blow
    7. Ain't No Use
    8. Strange Fruit
    9. Sinnerman
    Nina Simone
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    Emergency Ward

    Import

    Remastered


    Emergency Ward! (1972) is Nina Simone's statement on the Vietnam War, and by dealing with matters more spiritual than political, this album aptly reflect the events of the day.


    The entire first side consists of a 18-minute medley of George Harrison's My Sweet Lord and a poem by David Nelson called Today Is a Killer, set to music by Simone. This is a very strong, gospel-like performance, sometimes resembling the Capitols' Cool Jerk with a call-and-response vocal arrangement - one of Simone's finest moments. It was performed together with the Bethany Baptist Church Junior Choir of South Jamaica, New York.


    Side two consists of the Lennie BleecherJeremy Wind song Poppies and George Harrison's Isn't It A Pity. Tracks 1 and 4 were recorded november 18, 1971 at Fort Dix, and tracks 2-3 were recorded at the RCA Studio in New York City.

    1. My Sweet Lord
    2. Today Is A Killer
    3. Poppies
    4. Isn't It A Pity
    Nina Simone
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    Amazing Grace

    Amazing Grace is the fifth album by the British rock band Spiritualized, so named to indicate its considerable gospel influence. After working with free-jazz collective Spring Heel Jack on one of their albums and tour, frontman Jason Pierce was inspired to make a record with the same principles. His approach meant that the rest of Spiritualized was given the songs on the same day as they were recorded, meaning the record (including orchestral overdubs) was completed in 3 weeks. This is a huge difference compared to its predecessor, Let It Come Down, which took four years to record.
    1. This Little Life of Mine
    2. She Kissed Me (It Felt Like A Hit)
    3. Hold On
    4. Oh Baby
    5. Never Goin' Back
    6. The Power and the Glory
    7. Lord Let It Rain On Me
    8. The Ballad of Richie Lee
    9. Cheapster
    10. Rated X
    11. Lay It Down Slow
    Spiritualized
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    Offering: Live At Temple University


    Deluxe 2-LP, Limited-Edition, 180-Gram Vinyl Pressed On 12 LP's At 33-1/3 RPM By Record Technology Incorporated (R.T.I.)


    Hand-Numbered Gatefold By Stoughton Press


    Vibrant Four Panel Insert With Liner Notes By Ashley Kahn


    Special Collector Postcards With Photos By Frank Kofsky


    Mastered By Bernie Grundman


    Offering: Live At Temple University documents a legendary concert by John Coltrane at Temple University in his hometown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
    on November 11, 1966, six weeks after his fortieth birthday and nine months before his untimely death. Offering incorporates a look that is contiguous with the graphic identity of Impulse! Records, Coltrane's exclusive label from 1961
    until the end of his life. This is the first officially sanctioned release of an undiscovered, complete Coltrane performance since 2005. It captures Coltrane in
    exemplary form, navigating the language he had developed during the last phase of his musical path with passion and pellucid logic. Operating at
    equivalent levels of invention and energy are three members of his working quintet of one year's standing his wife, Alice Coltrane, on piano; Pharoah
    Sanders on reeds and flute; and Rashied Ali on drums.


    Offering is emblematic of the efflorescent energies and radical ideas that Coltrane himself had much to do with bringing forth during the seven years after
    1960, when he left the employ of Miles Davis to pursue his vision as a leader. There are versions of Coltrane's 1960 hits "Naima" and "My Favorite
    Things," a transformational reworking of the 1964 ballad "Crescent," a spirit-raising rendering of "Leo," which he had recorded on several previous
    occasions during 1966, and the hymnal "Offering," which he would record on a February 15, 1967 studio session that Impulse! would release during the
    '90s as Spiritual Offering.


    On Offering, Resonance Records achieves the highest possible audio quality, using direct transfers of original master reels from a location recording by
    Temple's WRTI-FM, remastered at 96kHz/24 bit, that were tracked down by Coltrane scholar Yasuhiro Fujioka.
    The immense life-force that animates the proceedings on this November 1966 evening in Philadelphia belies the declining state of Coltrane's health. It is
    still difficult to grasp and to accept that he was firmly in the grip of the liver cancer that would still his voice on July 17, 1967. As co-producer Ashley Kahn
    states in his liner notes, "Coltrane was pointing the way forward for generations of players to come, pushing the music to exhilarating, spiritual heights that
    caught most by surprise. In 1966, that wasn't what jazz performances were about not yet."


    Recorded November 11, 1966

    Mitten Hall, Temple University

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


    Featured Artists:

    John Coltrane - soprano & tenor saxophones, flute & vocals

    Pharoah Sanders - tenor saxophone & piccolo

    Alice Coltrane - piano

    Sonny Johnson - bass

    Rashied Ali - drums


    Additional musicians include:

    Steve Knoblauch, Arnold Joyner alto saxophone

    Umar Ali, Algie DeWitt, Robert Kenyatta percussion

    1. Naima
    2. Crescent
    3. Leo
    4. Offering
    5. My Favorite Things
    John Coltrane
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