Pure Pleasure / Roulette - PPAN SR52060 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
AAA 100% Analogue - Pressed at Pallas Germany - Limited Edition
Mastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering London - Roulette SR52060
AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
Fans of Sarah Vaughan are in for a treat with this magnificently remastered gem recorded with sublime arrangements by Jimmy Jones. - Audiophileaudition
Hi-Fi News "Album Of Choice" March 2015 ...Sarah Vaughan: Divine One Sound 91% Ken Kessler
Many years ago I gave up trying to create a pecking order of great vocalists - Ella vs Dinah vs Peggy, etc - because Sarah Vaughan always tipped the balance with LPs like this masterpiece recorded in 1960. from her brief span with Roulette, it's simply exquisite: a small group arranged by jimmy jones, with Harry 'Sweets' Edison on trumpet, Jones on piano...the trumpet playing, for example, on 'What Do you See In Her?' shows interplay that makes this the kind of set that defines intimate jazz vocals. She concentrates here on quiet, moody ballads, but there are moments like' Jump For Joy' that swing like nothing else.
"Pure Pleasure's pressings have been kicked up a notch too". Ken Kessler
Recorded just after Sarah Vaughan joined the Roulette label in 1960, The Divine One found her in exactly the right circumstances to suit her excellent talents.
Arranged by Jimmy Jones, who also sits in on piano, the setting was a small group that included one strong voice to accentuate hers -- and no less a strong and clear voice than trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison (the perfect accompaniment for Vaughan). The Divine One is mostly a ballads collection, and it includes a few songs that were new to her repertoire -- good choices like "Have You Met Miss Jones?" (aka "Old Jones"), "When Your Lover Has Gone," "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams," and "Jump for Joy."
One great left-field choice is "Ain't No Use," the R&B song taken as a slow torch song that Big Maybelle had first recorded (Nina Simone didn't record it until several years later). Roulette would soon push Vaughan in many different directions -- releasing over a dozen LPs in just a few short years -- but this small-group date is a gem..
No rational person will often find him or herself in a situation of being able to say that something or somebody is the best. One quickly learns in life that in a richly competitive world—particularly one as subject to subjective evaluation as the world of the arts—it is dangerous, even stupid, to say that something is without equal and, of course, having said it, one is almost always immediately challenged. Any evaluation — except perhaps in certain sciences where facts are truly incontrovertible — any evaluation is bound to be relative rather than absolute, is bound to be conditioned by taste, by social and educational backgrounds, by a host of formative and conditioning factors. And yet, although I know all that, I still am tempted to say and will now dare to say that Sarah Vaughan is quite simply the greatest vocal artist of our century.
This LP has been re-issued by the audiophile reissue English label PurePleasure, and has been remastered by their ace engineer, Ray Staff, at Air Mastering in London. It’s a labor of love as it demonstrates “Sassy” in prime form in 1960, as being the only singer comparable to Ella Fitzgerald for the title of “queen of jazz vocal supremacy.”
Arranged By – Jimmy Jones )
Photography By – Arnold Meyers
Producer – Teddy Reig
Remastered By – Ray Staff
Trumpet – Harry "Sweets" Edison *
1. Have You Met Miss Jones?
2. Ain't No Use
3. Everytime I See You
4. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
5. Gloomy Sunday
6. What Do You See In Her
1. Jump For Joy
2. When Your Lover Has Gone
3. I'm Gonna Laugh You Out Of My Life
4. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
5. Somebody Else's Dream
6. Trouble Is A Man
Recorded October 1960
Produced & arranged by Jimmy Jones
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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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