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AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
Impex IMP6034-45 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - AAA 100% Analogue
5,000 Numbered Limited Edition - Mastered by Kevin Gray
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1STEP Process 180g 45rpm Double LP Pressed on VR900-Supreme Vinyl!
Cut From Original Analog Work Masters by Kevin Gray at CoHearent Audio!
Strictly Limited To 5000 Pressings!
Do we need another cafe blue After listening to the original and all subsequent reissues, the answer is clearly “yes” Sound 10/10 Analogue planet
Stop moaning. Yes, this has been 'audiophiled' as often as Breakfast In America or The Allmans' Live At Fillmore East, but the reasons are clear: the music and the sound warrant it. This time, however, Barber's master work has been given One-Step treatment and it's now a must-have purchase. The pressings are superb, the sound is visceral and real, and you'll swoon over the cloth slipcase and high-quality sleeve. While I defer to Ella, Julie or Doris for jazz and standards, I'm warming to Barber because it's easy to hear why this 27-year-old set, half-originals and half-covers, continues to seduce. Her 'Ode To Billy Joe' will give you the chills. Impex has raised the bar but do not delay as it's limited to 5000 copies. KK Hifi News
Patricia Barber has always been an artist's artist, harnessing a restless imagination and an intellectualized curiosity to create visionary jazz that breaks boundaries and reorders perceptions. She serves the chase: the unexpected musical note. The irreplaceable word. The irregular beating heart of jazz. And Café Blue is the album that best personifies her genius. Spare, turbulent, quirky, and slyly humorous, there is no other jazz masterwork quite like it.
For the first collaboration with this musical vanguard, Impex's 1STEP is exclusively cut from original analog work masters and cut by Kevin Gray at CoHearent Audio. The stunning fidelity, breathtaking dynamics and startling spacial realism surpass every other edition of this breakthrough album.
The 1STEP Process:
The Impex 1STEP process relies on short, tightly-controlled runs that require a new lacquer after each 500 pressings. This unforgiving format has the lacquer skipping the regular father-mother process, going right to a single convert and then pressing. Though this dramatically increases mastering and production costs, it also assures each run is more consistent from disc to disc, with less noise, clearer details and deeper bass.
Reducing production complexity to just a single "convert" disc between the lacquer and the press greatly improves groove integrity, diminishes non-fill anomalies and increases signal integrity from the master tape to your system.
Two 180-gram 45-rpm LPs, pressed on VR900-SUPREME VINYL, and a deluxe booklet are packaged in a heavy-duty 3-sleeve jacket. The jacket is then placed in a cloth-bound slip case that protects your investment and brings a cool retro-modern look to your shelvlves. Strictly limited to 5,000 pressssings!
Strictly limited to 5000 pressings
45rpm 180 Gram Vinyl
Pressed on VR900-Supreme Vinyl
Exclusively cut from the original analog work masters
Cut by Kevin Gray at CoHearent Audio
Packaged in a heavy-duty 3-sleeve jacket
Cool retro-modern cloth-bound slip case
Patricia Barber piano, vocals
John McLean guitars
Michael Arnopol bass
Mark Walker drums, percussion, body parts
What A Shame
A Taste Of Honey
Ode To Billie Joe
Too Rich For My Blood
Mahna De Carnaval
Wood Is A Pleasant Thing To Think About
The Thrill Is Gone
Yellow Car III