Pure Pleasure - PPAN SD18134 -180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - AAA 100% Analogue
Audiophile Mastering by Ray Staff at Air London - Atlantic SD 18134
Limited Edition - Pressed at Pallas Germany
AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
Pure Pleasure’s re-mastered vinyl of The Show Must Go On is a real treat! The sound quality is excellent and the stereo mix is even and balanced. The primary focus and centering is on the fluid vocals of Dees. Both the mellifluous textures and occasional gravelly tonality are intact. The rhythm section levels are understated and the flute, keyboards and strings are low-keyed and complementary - Audiophile Audition
Re-mastering by: Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London
One of the best 70s SOUL LPs – killer soul from start to finish.
Sam Dees is one of the best under-rated soul artists & singer/songwriters of the 70’s, he recorded for SSS, Chess, Atlantic & Polydor.
“The Show Must Go On” is one of the forgotten pearls in soul music.
Only a few people seem to know or own this album which is only available on vinyl. If you should come across this remarkable record containing deep and well-arranged soul, buy it.
The best R&B songwriter and soul singer that most people have never heard of, Sam Dees has written songs for countless artists, including Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, George Benson, the Temptations, Teddy Pendergrass, Millie Jackson, Jackie Wilson, the Manhattans, Regina Belle, KC & the Sunshine Band, Willie Clayton, and many others. He's also a pretty fine singer, having recorded for the Chess, Atlantic, Polydor, and SSS labels, and he had a nice string of his own hits in the 1970s.
His 1975 Atlantic album The Show Must Go On has long been regarded by Southern soul aficionados as one of the best of the genre. Sounding a bit like a deeper-voiced Curtis Mayfield (in both style and theme), Dees sings with assurance, wisdom, passion, and a whole lot of soul here. Songs like "Child of the Streets", "Troubled Child," & "What's It Gonna Be," share Mayfield's commitment to social commentary, and Dees knows his way around a love song, too. It's absolutely essential.
• Re-mastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering
Sam Dees, vocals, keyboards
Glen Woods, guitar
David Camon, bass
Sherman 'Fats' Carson - drums
1. Child of The Streets
2. The Show Must Go On
3. Come Back Strong
4. Just Out of My Reach
5. Claim Jumpin'
1. Troubled Child
2. What's It Gonna Be
3. Worn Out Broken Heart
4. Good Guys
5. So Tied Up
Arranged by Sam Dees & Randy Richards – A1, B1, B2, / Ronnie Harris – A4 & B5 / Skip Lane – A2, A3, B3 & B4
Horn arrangement on A5 by Aaron Varnell
Produced by Sam Dees
Recorded at Sound Of Birmingham & New London Recording Studios Birmingham, Alabama
Pure Pleasure Records
The Restoration of the Art of Sound
180g Vinyl Mastered From The Best Available Sources
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.
There really is nothing quite like it. It’s the touch, the feel, you have to stop and stare, the cover, the real thing, even the smell.
Its tangible, you can feel it, see it, study it, muse/dream over it, it’s real, someone has spent hours and hours over its construction and presentation. Pure Pleasure Records is just that, Pure Pleasure and that is what it has set out to be.
The music and the physical record. Something to keep, treasure, admire and above all enjoy.Of course with vinyl it’s not just a record, it’s the cover, the sleeve notes, you are holding a unique package, produced by craftsmen.
Pure Pleasure Records bring you vinyl albums of quality Jazz - Blues - R+B - Soul - Funk, remastered by some of the best engineers in the world and pressed on 180 gram audiophile vinyl at what is probably the best pressing plant in Europe
Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering - Plated and Pressed at Pallas in Germany on 180 Gram Virgin Vnyl - Released in Limited Quantities
60 Years Pallas
Audiophile Vinyl - Made in Germany For over 60 years the family business in the third generation of the special personal service and quality "Made by Pallas" is known worldwide. Our custom PVC formulation produces consistently high pressing quality with the lowest surface noise in the industry. Our PVC complies with 2015 European environmental standards and does not contain toxic materials such as Lead, Cadmium or Toluene. Our vinyl is both audiophile and eco-grade!