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Pure Pleasure / Flying Dutchman - BDL1-1196 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
AAA 100% Analogue - Mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering London
Pressed at Pallas in Germany - Limited Edition
So then, a classic early insight into the incredible career of this inspiring musician/composer and an album which is highly recommended.UKvibe
Re-mastering by: Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London
Pianist Lonnie Liston Smith began his true professional career with Pharoah Sanders and then moved on to the very electric Miles Davis band before embarking on his own journey -- one that took him deep into the waters of pop music and disco by the late '70s. On Visions of a New World, Smith, accompanied by his working unit the Cosmic Echoes, digs deeper into the soul-jazz vein that he had begun exploring on Expansions and Funk Extraction in 1973 and 1974, respectively. In 1975, Smith was looking for a smoother, more soulful groove than he had displayed previously. Elements of the earlier band are in evidence: Vocalist Donald Smith is still on board, as are Dave Hubbard and Cecil Bridgewater on horns.
Reggie Lucas even helps out on guitar in one or two places, and Ray Armando helps the percussion section. Despite these fiery players, the music here is strictly a late-night seduction/meditation groove. Tracks like the opener, "A Chance for Peace," keep the funk in mid-tempo while rounding off the edges, but "Love Beams" sounds exactly like its name. "Colours of the Rainbow" is a duet between Donald and Lonnie on keyboard and vocals, and "Devika" is the first place where the groove exceeds the mood. Latin rhythms, loosely woven horn lines, funky backbeats, and a slinky melody bring the whole thing up a couple of notches. The only other place the album heats up is on the final two tracks: the second part of the title suite -- when Donald Smith stops singing -- and "Summer Nights," when the concentration is on pure movement and sweaty, shimmering late-night funk.
The follow-up to his classic, Expansions. Considered a jazz funk masterpiece, this is a worthy addition to BGP's series of Flying Dutchman releases. This reissue has been made Lonnie Liston Smith's involvement and the notes are based on new interviews with him. A classic in its own right, it made the Top 20 of Billboard s R&B charts and reached the top of the Jazz charts. Its lead track was also a single, the R&B hit A Chance For Peace (Give Peace A Chance). Lonnie Liston Smith is a respected and well-loved performer who, in a career that has lasted over 50 years, has played in the bands of Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Roland Kirk, Pharoah Sanders and Gato Barbieri. In recent years he has been continually championed by Gilles Peterson on his BBC and Worldwide Radio Shows
Produced by – Bob Thiele, Lonnie Liston Smith
Mixed by – Dave Wittman, Lonnie Liston Smith, Michael Carvin
Recorded in 1975 at Electric Lady Studios
Lonnie Liston Smith keyboards
Angel Allende Bongos, percussion
Lawrence Killian Congas, percussion
Art Gore drums
Wilby Fletcher drums
Greg Maker electric bass
Donald Smith flute
Reggie Lucas guitar
Dave Hubbard horns
Michael Carvin percussion
Donald Smith vocals
A Chance For Peace
Colors of The Rainbow
Visions of A New World (Phase I)
Visions of A New World (Phase II)
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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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