Pure Pleasure / CTI - PPAN CTI 6011 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl -
AAA 100% Analogue - Pressed at Pallas in Germany - Limited Edition
Pure Analogue Mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering London - CTI 6011
AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
As ever Pure Pleasure has done an excellent job of the mastering and pressing of this album, one that does full justice to Rudy van Gelder's original recording as well as the artistry of the musicians at work. - TheEar Review
Once again Ray Staff has done an excellent job remastering the heady studio mix. The album cover from photographer Pete Turner was a perfect choice to add to the atmospheric music found on the album. Highly recommended! - Audiophile Audition
Each instrument has its own acoustic space in which to shine -- with Burrell’s guitar leading the way. The Pallas-pressed LP is flat and dead quiet. Kenny Burrell has recorded many fine albums over the course of his long career. I have many of them in my collection. God Bless The Child is among his best. It features an accomplished musical professional in an edition from a reissue label known for top quality, This is an album to acquire in a hurry, play, and treasure for years to come - The Audio Beat
Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, April, May 1971
"Kenny Burrell's guitar artistry is well-documented in his years with Oscar Peterson and on his first dates as a leader on the Blue Note label, but God Bless the Child, his only date for CTI in 1971, is an under-heard masterpiece in his catalogue. Burrell's band for the set includes bassist Ron Carter, percussionist Ray Barretto, Richard Wyands on piano, flutist Hubert Laws, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, and drummer Billy Cobham. CTI's house arranger, Don Sebesky, assembled and conducted the strings in a manner that stands strangely and beautifully apart from his other work on the label.
"Sebesky understood Burrell's understated approach to playing guitar. Burrell didn't belong with the fusioneers, but he could groove better than any of them. Sebesky built a moody, atmospheric soundscape behind him, one that was as impressionistic as it was illuminating of a player who could dig in and chop it up — as he does on his own composition 'Love Is the Answer' and 'Do What You Gotta Do' — and stroke it smooth and mellow as on the title track, the truly sublime 'Be Yourself,' and Thad Jones' 'A Child Is Born.' This is Burrell at his level best as a player to be sure, but also as a composer and as a bandleader. Magnificent." —
Made from the Original Analogue Mastertapes
Only The Best Mastering Studios Worldwide
Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering - AAA 100% Analogue
180g High Quality Virgin Vinyl Presed & Plated at Pallas in Germany
Faithful reproduction of Original artwork and labels
Limited Edition - All licences and mechanical Rights Paid
Produced, engineered & mastered by: Creed Taylor
Recorded at Van Gelder Studios,
April, May 1971
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Ron Carter, Bass
Billie Cobham, drums
Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
Hubert Laws, flute
Hugh Lawson, piano & electric piano
Richard Wyands, piano
Ray Barretto, Airto Moreira, percussion
Seymour Barab, Charles McCracken, George Ricci Lucien Schmit & Alan Shulman.
Produced by Creed Taylor
Arranged by Don Sebesky
1. Be yourself
2. Love Is The Answer
3. Do What You Gotta Do
4. A Child Is Born
5. God Bless The Child
Pure Pleasure Records
The Restoration of the Art of Sound
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.
There really is nothing quite like it. It’s the touch, the feel, you have to stop and stare, the cover, the real thing, even the smell.
Its tangible, you can feel it, see it, study it, muse/dream over it, it’s real, someone has spent hours and hours over its construction and presentation. Pure Pleasure Records is just that, Pure Pleasure and that is what it has set out to be.
The music and the physical record. Something to keep, treasure, admire and above all enjoy.Of course with vinyl it’s not just a record, it’s the cover, the sleeve notes, you are holding a unique package, produced by craftsmen.
Pure Pleasure Records bring you vinyl albums of quality Jazz - Blues - R+B - Soul - Funk, remastered by some of the best engineers in the world and pressed on 180 gram audiophile vinyl at what is probably the best pressing plant in Europe
Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering
Plated and Pressed at Pallas in Germany on 180 Gram Virgin Vnyl
Released in Limited Quantities
Audiophile Vinyl - Made in Germany For over 60 years the family business in the third generation of the special personal service and quality "Made by Pallas" is known worldwide. Our custom PVC formulation produces consistently high pressing quality with the lowest surface noise in the industry. Our PVC complies with 2015 European environmental standards and does not contain toxic materials such as Lead, Cadmium or Toluene. Our vinyl is both audiophile and eco-grade!