Pure Pleasure / Epic - PPAN 77621 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl -
Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering London
AAA 100% Analogue - 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
Pure Pleasure Records and their superior technology make this reissue special. Moore’s voice is captured in warm and pure tones. The sound mix is precise and clear. Layers of horns and keyboards never overlap with the guitars (which sound phenomenal). Audiophile Audition
For his eighth studio release, Suitcase (2006), Delta Blues artist Keb' Mo' (Kevin Moore) reunited with John Porter, the talented producer behind his acclaimed self-titled debut album. Vibrant opening track "Your Love" and the soothing, hopeful closing track "Life Is Beautiful" make graceful bookends for this soulful, mid-tempo 12-song set which is anchored by relaxed acoustic arrangements and a breezy mood.
On Suitcase, his eighth studio release, Keb' Mo' (Kevin Moore) reunites with John Porter, the producer of Moore's critically lauded first album, and the result is a pleasant, midtempo suite of songs dedicated to the emotional baggage everyone carries with them as they plow through increasingly complicated lives in search of peace, love, and some measure of personal redemption. Moore covers this ground with a wink and a grin in his voice, though, and Suitcase emerges as a wry commentary on modern life that still manages to sound bright and positive
This 180g gatefold vinyl version was remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst, Hall, London.
Pure Pleasure Records and their superior technology make this reissue special. Moore’s voice is captured in warm and pure tones. The sound mix is precise and clear. Layers of horns and keyboards never overlap with the guitars (which sound phenomenal).
Keb'Mo reunites with producer John Porter for Suitcase, his eighth studio release.
"On Suitcase, his eighth studio release, Keb' Mo' (Kevin Moore) reunites with John Porter, the producer of Moore's critically lauded first album, and the result is a pleasant, midtempo suite of songs dedicated to the emotional baggage everyone carries with them as they plow through increasingly complicated lives in search of peace, love, and some measure of personal redemption. Moore covers this ground with a wink and a grin in his voice, though, and Suitcase emerges as a wry commentary on modern life that still manages to sound bright and positive, beginning with the effervescent, sprung reggae rhythm of the opening track, "Your Love," one of the best cuts here. Other highlights include the lovely ballad, "Still There for Me," a celebration of the little man and his private victories, "I'm a Hero," and the soothing, hopeful shuffle that closes things out, "Life Is Beautiful." Moore is generally classified as a blues player, but the truth is, aside from his first album, he has actually done very little true blues material, and it is probably more accurate to call what he does blues-informed, but even that ignores the point that he is probably much closer in tone, theme, and feel to James Taylor than he is to Robert Johnson or any other blues figure.
He does turn to the blues here, though, on the title track, "Suitcase," and morphs it into a wonderfully engaging song about what people bring into a romantic relationship and what they take away in the end, making full use of the "emotional baggage" connection inherent in the title. It is Keb' Mo' at his best, drawing on his ability to synthesize roots forms like the blues into completely contemporary commentaries on the struggles, travails, and blind faith in personal redemption that accompanies people as they slog their way daily ever deeper into the 21st century." - AMG
Personnel: Keb’ Mo- Electric Guitar & National Steel Guitar, Steel Dobro, Pogreba Resonator Guitar Fran Banish - Electric Guitar, Volume Swells Guitar, Michael Finnigan - Hammond B3, Reggie McBride - Bass /Sergio Gonzalez – Drums /Kat Dyson - Leslie Guitar / Jeff Paris - Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Mandolin / Jon Cleary - Piano & Hammond B3 /Paulinho da Costa - Percussion / Sir Harry Bowens, Sweetpea Atkinson, Vince Bonham, James Ingram & Vida Simon -
Background Vocals / Greg Leisz – Pedal Steel Guitar And the Texacali Horns: Darrell Leonard – Trumpet/Trombonium / Joe Sublett - Tenor Saxophone / Terry Wollman - Electric Baritone Guitar.
Paul Oscher – Harp /Steve Ferrone – Drums /Greg Tardy – Clarinet /John Porter – Mandolin Solo
"Based upon the diversity of music, quality of product and their extraordinary rate of progress, Pure Pleasure Records is our re-issue record company of the year."
Keb' Mo' Suitcase
1. Your Love
2. The Itch
4. Remain Silent
5. Still There For Me
7. I'm A Hero
9. Whole 'Nutha Thang
10. I See Love
11. I'll Be Your Water
12. Life Is Beautiful
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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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