AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
Pure Pleasure / Capitol - PPAN ST120 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering by Sean Magee at Abbey Road
AAA 100% Analogue - Pressed at Pallas in Germany - Limited Edition
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 189/500!
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the February 2010 Issue of Stereophile!
For now, this pair makes for an excellent addition to any psychedelic collection. ToneAudio
"...this is an excellent reissue that will bring good musical cheer and acid flashbacks to aging and not so aging analog loving hippies worldwide." - Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com, Music 8/10, Sound 8/10
Happy Trails is the 1969 release that followed the self-titled Quicksilver Messenger Service debut album.
Happy Trails contains a 25 minute, six-part cover of Bo Diddley's (aka Ellas McDaniel) "Who Do You Love". Side B of the album consists of a suite of music which runs almost continuous beginning with the Bo Diddley tune, Mona. Of course, the band had to end the album with the theme from the Roy Rogers western TV show.
"If you weren't there, this is the next best thing: the definitive live recording of the mid-Sixties San Francisco psychedelic-ballroom experience. Mostly taped at the two Fillmores, in San Francisco and New York, Quicksilver Messenger Service's second album captures twin guitarists, John Cipollina and Gary Duncan, in high, bright flight, making rare magic from a couple of old Bo Diddley numbers ("Mona," "Who Do You Love?"), while the gorgeous, composed intricacies of "Maiden of the Cancer Moon" and the acid-flamenco studio epic "Calvary" prove that psychedelia was not just about tripping out." - www.rollingstone.com
"...this is an excellent reissue that will bring good musical cheer and acid flashbacks to aging and not so aging analog loving hippies worldwide." - Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com, Music 8, Sound 8
TONE staff collector Tom Caselli, always on the alert for additional clean copies of these LPs, notes that early stamper originals are “tough to find that aren’t beat. These were the ultimate party records back in the 60s.” If you can find them, early stamper black label Capitol LP’s are the ones you want. Clean copies fetch about $100 each. UK import pressings can go for twice that amount, and it remains open for debate about whether they sound any better than US versions.
Compared to the later-version Capitol LPs, Pure Pleasure’s reissues sound fantastic and reveal layered sound, not unlike my favorite Dead albums. The sound instantly brings back a 60s jam band vibe, and both records offer tremendous depth and guitar texture. What the albums lack in modern studio trickery, they make up for in spades with soulful performance. The self-titled set possesses a soundstage with more depth than width, with only an occasional drumstick hitting the rim of a snare on the far right or left to remind you that this is, in fact, a stereo recording. Hearing “The Fool” restored to its former glory is worth the price alone.
While barely a year separate the S/T record and Happy Trails, the latter possesses a much bigger and cleaner sound. The sound spreads well beyond the speaker boundaries, and guitars occupy not only a larger space but enjoy greater prominence on the recording. Happy Trails also has stronger dynamic contrast than the first, with instruments convincingly fading into the distance, and much greater low-level detail, revealing more nuances in the guitar playing.
Pure Pleasure has more QMS titles on the way. For now, this pair makes for an excellent addition to any psychedelic collection. ToneAudio
John Cipollina, guitar, vocals
Gary Duncan, guitar, vocals
Greg Elmore, drums
David Freiberg, bass, vocals
1. Who Do You Love - Part 1
2. When You Love
3. Where You Love
4. How You Love
5. Which Do You Love
6. Who Do You Love - Part 2
8. Maiden of the Cancer Moon
10. Happy Trails
Live Portions Recorded at Fillmore East and West. "Calvary" Recorded Live at Golden State Recorders, S.F.; Nov. 19, 1968.
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!