Pure Pleasure / Candid CJS9993 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - AAA 100% Analogue
Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering 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
Ms Kent's album, "The Boy Next Door", is a heartfelt and reverent tribute to her musical heroes, which include legendary crooners Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, octogenarian jazz master Dave Brubeck and Manhattan cabaret doyen Bobby Short. The stylish jazz chanteuse's repertoire also finds her working outside the Great American Songbook for the first time, with contributions from latter-day pop songwriters Burt Bacharach, Paul Simon and Carole King. Ms Kent puts her own indelible stamp on each number as she weaves her magic on a delectable collection of pop-jazz standards that encompass infatuation, seduction, love, loss and reminiscence.
Ms Kent receives impeccable support from her sleek, urbane jazz quintet, whose rhythmic fluency is further enhanced by the tasteful, literate arrangements. Newton and Tomlinson, both accomplished musicians in their own right, also display hitherto unknown musical talents as they join Curtis Schwartz to provide tongue-in-cheek backing vocals for Ms Kent's deliciously bouncy rendition of "Ooh-Shoo-Be-Doo-Bee".
At 16 tracks you certainly get your money's worth from this album, and there are no interruptions from long or inaccessible instrumental solos. If that's how you like your jazz, you'll love The Boy Next Door. Ms Kent's stepping out beyond the Great American songbook and there's no stopping her now. Go, Stacey! - BBC Music
Stacy has always been about romantic ballads and standards. While this recording pre-dates my fave, the 2009, Dreamsville and is less lush and full in comparison. Even with the tinniest bit of occasional sibilance in the recording, for those of you committed to the unprocessed clarity of an acoustic recording, this recording works at every level.
Everyone on the recording (from her hugely talented husband, Jim Tomlinson, to David Newton) maintains that same precise, delicate support that characterizes all of her work. No pointless soloing, nothing drawn out past its absolute need.
"Que reste-t-il de nos amours?;" brings that whole sun-washed Gilberto thing back in spades. Yummy. Even the completely silly "Ooh-Shoo-Be-Doo-Bee" is touched sufficiently with her wry sensibility, that you know this is just for fun, and fun it is.
Ok, so my "issues" with Carole King and Jams Taylor, kinda make me skip over "You've Got a Friend," but hey, we all have our idiosyncrasies.
I could say that I recommend this disc, unreservedly, but that would be redundant; I recommend all of her discs. How many artists can you personally say that about? And she just gets better as you move through time to listen to her ever more recent releases. -Positive Feedback
- Stacey Kent (vocal)
- Jim Tomlinson (vocal, saxophone)
- Colin Oxley (guitar)
- David Newton (piano, keyboards, vocal)
- Dave Chamberlain (bass)
- Matt Home (drum)
- Curtis Schwartz (backing vocal)
Recording: February 2003 at Curtis Schwartz Studios in Ardingly, UK, by Curtis Schwartz
Production: Jim Tomlinson
1. The Best Is Yet To Come
2. The Boy Next Door
3. The Trolley Song
4. Say It Isn't So
5. Too Darn Hot
6. Makin' Whoopee
7. What The World Needs Now Is Love
8. You've Got A Friend
9. I Got It Bad
11. People Will Say We're In Love
12. 'Tis Autumn
13. All I Do Is Dream Of You
14. I Get Along Without You Very Well
15. You're The Top
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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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Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering
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