Impex - IMP6021 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - AAA 100% Analogue
Mastered by Bernie Grundman - Pressed at RTI - Limited Edition
AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
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First time in 30 years, a 33rpm 180gm Vinyl Newly remastered by Bernie Grundman on his all-tube cutting system.
Bernie Grundman's mastering from the original analog master tape is designed for the best front end setups. If you hear vocal sibilant mistracking, it's your set up, not the mastering. Well mastered, pressed and packaged in Tip-On jacket with new, more appropriate artwork and an insert that provides individual song credits and a photo of Cohen with Warnes where his resemblance to Howard Stern is positively creepy, this Famous Blue Raincoat from IMPEX is the one to have. Originally released in 1987 on Cypress and later reissued by Private Music and then Classic Records, this IMPEX reissue is the album's fourth and best-sounding version - Sound 9/10 Analogue Planet Michael Fremer
On Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, Jennifer Warnes rearranged and reinterpreted some of Leonard Cohen's greatest songs for a unique album that remains the ultimate tribute to Cohen's music.
Famous Blue Raincoat: Twentieth Anniversary Edition has been re-mastered by Bernie Grundman from Jennifer's own analog master tapes.
FBR is an iconic audiophile record and Jennifer Warnes is by reputation a perfectionist of the first order in just about every facet of her music. This also extends to all matters where reissues and re-masters of her albums are concerned. She is an extremely possessive and hands on artist and I imagine her collaboration with Bernie Grundman was far from straight forward during the re-mastering process. However, the results are spectacular and put simply, Jenny sings Lenny like you’ve never heard it before. This is a sumptuous sounding and beautifully presented FBR now has an improved momentum and a deeper bass, which strengthens the rhythmic sense of Jenny’s delivery as it propels us through these exceptional and well-loved Leonard Cohen songs.The transparency, delineation and overall presentation of her delicious vocals . It prevents any chance of familiarity breeding contempt. HiFi+ - Issue 58 Reuben Parry I I I have been waiting two decades to hear it like this. Jennifer Warnes
TAS Recommended! Rated a 'Best Audiophile Label Recording' in the November 2009 issue of The Absolute Sound!
All-Analog Remastering by Bernie Grundman and authorized by Jennifer Warnes herself! No true audiophile's collection is complete without this album!
In 1987 Jennifer Warnes and Roscoe Beck created an enduring interpretation of some of Leonard Cohen’s finest mid-period songs. The resulting album Famous Blue Raincoat has remained a touchstone of American pop. It’s a recording as beautiful as the songs incisive, painstakingly created by some of the finest musicians and engineers ever assembled. It has rightfully remained immensely popular for afficianados of sound and song-craft. Impex Records has enjoyed a long and rich collaboration with Jennifer Warnes. Now we are proud to release, for the first time in over 30 years, an exclusive 33-rpm all-analog vinyl LP of her groundbreaking classic.
Newly remastered by Bernie Grundman on his all-tube cutting system and personally supervised by Ms. Warnes, Famous Blue Raincoat is ready to be discovered by a new generation of vinyl enthusiasts seeking the purest musical alchemy, and vocal interpretation. Come see how far we’ll go for beauty.
Lyrics By – Leonard Cohen
Producer – Jennifer Warnes
Programmed By – Chuck Barth, Todd Yyega
Written-By – Jennifer Warnes ,Leonard Cohen
Jennifer Warnes Famous Blue Raincoat : The Songs of Leonard Cohen
1. First We Take Manhattan
2. Bird On A Wire
3. Famous Blue Raincoat
4. Joan Of Arc
5. Ain't No Cure For Love
6. Coming Back To You
7. Song Of Bernadette
8. A Singer Must Die
9. Came So Far For Beauty
10. Night Comes On
11. Ballad Of The Runaway Horse
12. If It Be Your Will
13. Joan Of Arc (Live)
Impex Records is the exciting audiophile label from the team that brought you Cisco Music. With more than 20 years experience and 150 titles released, Cisco Music developed many of the techniques used by other labels to make higher quality 180-gram LPs, SACDs and Gold and aluminum CDs.
We brought definitive editions Jennifer Warnes' The Well, The Hunter and Famous Blue Raincoat in multiple formats, including a 45 rpm box set that Absolute Sound magazine declared "defines the state-of-the--art in vinyl playback." Other classic reissues we nurtured to fantastic rebirths include the jazz-rock perfection of Steely Dan's Aja, Joan Baez' Farewell Angelina, NathanMilstein's poetic interpretation of Dvorak's Violin Concerto and four exquisite 45-rpm Three Blind Mice LPs.
Even in our humbler origins we were trusted with the distribution and production of The Super Analogue Disc, the original audiophile 180-gram LPs. King Records recognized, from the very beginning, that Cisco Music brought unflinching passion to the music and unflailing dedication to the process of bringing that music to the most discerning listeners in the world.
Now as Impex Records some of the original Cisco staff (Abey Fonn, Robert Pincus and Robert Sliger), along with Robert Donnelly, will follow and expand our own high standards for a new generation of audiophile products. Analog products will always be cut using analog tapes and analog mastering at the finest mastering facilities like Sterling, Cohearent and Bernie Grundman--just as it should be. Gold CD's will always be cut with high-definition digital or analog tape transfers from original sources. We will introduce America to Sony's revolutionary Blu-Spec CD, which redefines production excellence in 16-bit digital playback.
With a singular vision for making the best records anywhere, Impex Records is poised to expand Cisco Music's peerless legacy well into the 21st century. It's going to be quite a journey and we look forward to your joining us. We have committed ourselves, with every new release, to your complete satisfaction.