Pure Pleasure / Strata East - SES-7431 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
AAA 100% Analogue - Mastered by Ray Staff at Air London
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
Another blinding Strata-East release from Pure Pleasure. A Soul-Jazz-Modal 70’s masterpiece, Harold Vick’s Don’t Hold Back, Jazz simply at its best and extremely sought after. “One of the best-ever Strata East sessions!” - Dusty Groove,.
Do not miss!
Re-mastering by: Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London
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.
"Don't Look Back" is an album led by American saxophonist Harold Vick recorded in 1974 and released in the wake of Harold Vick's recovery from a heart attack, which may partially explain the passion with which he approaches his playing throughout.
One of the best-ever Strata East sessions! The album's a masterfully conceived session by reed player Harold Vick – best known to the world as the funky tenorist from albums by John Patton and Jack McDuff in the 60s, but emerging here as an incredibly sensitive soul jazz player, capable of turning out some incredibly sophisticated and emotional compositions. Vick produced and wrote all the material on the album. A treasure all the way through.
• Re-mastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering
Harold Vick, tenor saxophone (1,3,5) flute (2,4,6), bass clarinet (4), alto flute (6), soprano saxophone (6), bass clarinet (6)
Virgil Jones, trumpet (1,3), flugelhorn, (2)
George Davis, alto flute (1,2,3), guitar (4)
Kiane Zawadi, euphonium (1,2,3)
Joe Bonner, piano (1,2,4,5), tuba (1), Fender Rhodes (3,6), percussion (4)
Sam Jones, bass (1-5)
Billy Hart, drums (1-5), percussion (4)
Jimmy Hopps, percussion (4)
1. Don't Look Back
2. Melody For Bu
3. Senor Zamora
4. Stop And Cop
All selections composed and arranged by Harold Vick
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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.
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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.
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