AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
Pure Pleasure / Blue Horizon 7-63212 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
AAA 100% Analogue - Mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering London
Pressed at Pallas in Germany - Limted Edition
Sound 9/10 Music 9/10 Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the June 2005 Issue of Stereophile!
Stereophile -This is one of the best engineered recordings I've ever listened to and converts a raunchy, soulfull blues session into something that is almost a sacred listening experience
I just got Pure Pleasure's reissue of Last Night's Dream (PP 7-63212), a Johnny Shines LP I've wowed show crowds with for years. My American Blue Horizon edition is good, but this Pallas pressing, cut by Ray Staff from the original analog tape, is much, much better. Recorded in Chicago at famous Ter-Mar Studios
It's no wonder that this album, cut in 1968 with British blues maven Mike Vernon at the helm, works so well. When you team a rejuvenated Shines with his longtime compadres Horton, Spann, bassist Willie Dixon, and drummer Clifton James, a little blues history was bound to be made.
Another wonderful production from Mike Vernon and released on his Blue Horizon label. Engineered and recorded in 1968 by Malcolm Chisholm at the Chess Records Ter-Mar studios in Chicago, the same studio where the audiophile classic Muddy Waters - Folk Singer was recorded. Johnny Shines is at the height of his skills and is joined by the cream of the Chicago blues musicians of the day - guys like Otis Spann on piano, Big Walter Horton on harp, Willie Dixon on bass and Clifton James on drums. Killer sound!
"Johnny Shines is the ultimate Delta bluesman, combining the classic styles he learned as a youth into a very personal style, fluent, creative and forcefully talented as both a singer and guitarist." - Jim DeKoester
"A forceful explosive blues singer whose strong, vibrato laden voice possesses a range and sensitivity which is rivaled by few other bluesmen." - Peter Guralnick
Now, thanks to UK based Pure Pleasure, this album has been reissued with the original surreal black Medusa cover, and more importantly, mastered from the original analog tape and pressed at Pallas in Germany.
Probably recorded to 4 track, the mixes mostly feature Shines's guitar hard left, the rhythm section of Dixon on acoustic bass and James on the right, and Shines's vocals dead center. “Shakey” Horton's harmonic is placed midway between Shines's voice and the rhythm section.
The intimate recording is warm, round and direct. It's all about texture and touch. Play it at an appropriate level (not too loud), and you're there. The sides are short, but the pleasures of this little known gem, long lasting. Recommended. 9/10 Michael Fremmer
Johnny Shines, vocals, guitar
Walter 'Shakey' Horton, harmonica
Willie Dixon, bass
Clifton Jones, drums
Otis Spann, piano (Track 6)
1. Solid Gold
2. From Dark 'Til Dawn
3. I Will Be Kind to You
4. Last Night's Dream
5. Baby Don't You Think I Know
6. Pipeline Blues
7. I Don't Know
8. Black Panther
9. I Had a Good Home
10. Mean Fisherman
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
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!