Patricia Barber - Cafe Blue - 180g 2LP

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Patricia Barber - Cafe Blue - 180g 2LP
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Premonition  - 90760-1 -180 Gram Virgin Vinyl 

Mastered by Bob Ludwig - Cut for Vinyl by Doug Sax

Limited Edition - Pressed at QRP 

Stereophile Magazine Record to Die For! 

The Absolute Sound Super Disc List     TAS Harry Pearson Super LP List

"Top ten albums all time by a female jazz vocalist!" — CD Review

"(The Capitol Studios remix is) a dramatic improvement of what has long been regarded as a sonic masterpiece. It is a compelling reason to revisit this work with fresh ears." — Stereophile

Audiophiles, of course, needn’t any introduction to Café Blue. Beloved for its transparent, you-are-there sound since its initial release, prized analog editions currently fetch upwards of $150 on the aftermarket. Mobile Fidelity’s long-out-of-print 45RPM 3LP edition and Premonition’s own 180g copies feature a dynamic clarity, vocal truth, and instrumental body that very few records possess.

But not even those versions can’t match  this newly minted 180g 2LP set that should belong on the shelf of every music lover. 

Cafe Blue is Back! Remixed from the Original Master Tapes at by Jim Anderson at Capitol Studios

"A dramatic improvement of what has long been regarded a sonic masterpiece. It is a compelling reason to revisit this work with fresh ears." - Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times, Stereophile


barber's first for Premonition, this one introduced her powerful quartet of the time featuring John McLean on guitar and Mark Walker on drums.

This might be the classic Barber album in that it blends pop covers, jazz standards, and original material in a thoroughly unique and interesting way.

That was not the norm in 1994 as it would be years later. This one also features Barber's first attempt at setting poetry to music with "Mourning Grace," a haunting Maya Angelou work. --

"The artistry of Patricia Barber is tied to the superlative technology of this vinyl pressing. Re-mixed at Capitol Records with a Neve 8068 console, EMT plates and a live reverberation chamber, the texture of the sound quality is rich. Barber’s alto is captured vibrantly in its broad depth and soaring upper register. The echoes and fades of the guitar are robust, and the precision of the drums (cymbals, sticks) and percussion (bongo, handclap) is exceptional. There is fluidity in all of the bass tones. Sparse arrangements sound full and multi-dimensional. The HQ-180 pressing is pristine without any pops or hisses. Gatefold jackets and high-gloss packaging add to the luster. The liner notes describe the re-mastering process from engineer, Jim Anderson (who worked on the original recording) and others. Café Blue on audiophile vinyl is as dazzling as SACD or 45rpm analog technology." - Audiophile Audition,


Patricia Barber, piano, vocal;

Michael Arnopol, bass;

John McLean, guitars;

and Mark Walker, drums, percussion, body parts.

1. What A Shame 5:24 -

2. Mourning Grace 6:59 -

3. The Thrill Is Gone 4:40 -

4. Romanesque 4:27 -

5. Yellow Car ]]] 5:08 -

6. Wood Is A Pleasant Thing To Think About :57 -

7. Inch Worm 5:03 -

8. Ode To Billy Joe 5:20 -

9. Too Rich For My Blood 8:00 -

10. A Taste Of Honey 4:28 -

11. Nardis 9:03 -

12. Manha de Carnaval 3:21




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