AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
Pure Pleasure / Hi - PPAN SHL 32079 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - AAA 100% Analogue
Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering by Kevin Gray
Limited Edition - Pressed at Pallas Germany
Ann Peebles is still with us. PurePleasure keeps her in her prime with magnificent sound. Sound 4.5/5 Audaud
Classic southern soul with sweet Memphis sound. Peebles' voice aches and swoons across these songs backed by a band featuring Howard Grimes on drums, Jack Hale on trombone, Charles Hodges on keyboards, and more!
Perhaps because seven out of the ten songs here were written by Ann (in collaboration with her husband, singer-songwriter Donald Bryant, and seberal others), I Can't Stand the Rain feels like her most personal album. It's quieter, less aggressive than much of Ann's previous work, but no less assured. With her marbelous raw honey voice - so wispy sweet it breaks, then so full and hard it's chilling - she can be both tough and tender, sometimes in the same song. But whether heartbroken or joyous, righteously vengeful or disillusioned, Peebles always has a strength, a personal fire that makes each song glow from deep inside.
I Can’t Stand The Rain by Ann Peebles is a wonderfully sparse yet funky soul record. This fantastic selection is strengthened by the way producer Willie Mitchell chose to use the horns and strings and the cool perfection of the Hi rhythm section. Peebles sings tales from the darker side of love on this southern soul classic.
"This wonderful album, originally released in 1974 on the Memphis-based Hi Records label, deserved a wider audience than it ended up getting at the time. It played to Ann Peebles' great strength, her poised and sultry voice, and surrounded by the sparse, easy funkiness of the trademark Hi rhythm section and producer Willie Mitchell's perfect use of horns and strings, she sings like a resilient but disappointed angel on this impressive set of songs about the darker side of love. Her best song is here, the eccentric but brilliant "I Can't Stand the Rain," along with a marvelous version of Joe Simon's "(You Keep Me) Hangin' On," and perfect readings of a pair of Earl Randle songs, "If We Can't Trust Each Other" and "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down." Peebles sings her heart out, and with those somehow bright-sounding Hi grooves behind her, it all comes together to make a classic album of dark, bouncy, and beautiful Southern soul." - Steve Leggett/AMG
Recorded at Royal Recording Studios, South Lauderdale, Memphis, Tennessee, 1973.
Re-mastered by Kevin Gray.
Produced by Willie Mitchell.
Ann Peebles, vocals
Howard Grimes, drums
Jack Hale, trombone
Charles Hodges, keyboards
Leroy Hodges, bass
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
Wayne Jackson, trumpet
Ed Logan, tenor saxophone
Andrew Love, tenor saxophone
James Mitchell, baritone saxophone
Archie Turner, piano
Rhode, background vocals
Memphis Sanctified Singers, horn section
Sandra Chalmers, background vocals
1. I Can't Stand The Rain
2. Do I Need You
3. Until You Came Into My Life
4. (You Keep Me) Hangin' On
5. Run, Run, Run
1. If We Can't Trust Each Other
2. A Love Vibration
3. You Got To Feed The Fire
4. I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
5. One Way Street
ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES
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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.
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!