AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
Pure Pleasure / Hi - SHL 32062 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl -
AAA 100% Analogue Mastered By Ray Staff at Air Studios London
Pressed at Pallas
I just picked up the Pure Pleasure reissue of Call Me, new, and it sounds fantastic. I have an original London Records pressing of this This is a definite improvement so will be selling my London pressing. LPReview
Remarkable, Sultry Vocals! Green is Highly Energetic and Intensely Expressive!
After the shaky start of "Green Is Blues", Al Green and producer Willie Mitchell established their classic sound with Green's second album, "Gets Next to You". The main difference is in the rhythm section. Abandoning the gritty syncopations of deep Southern soul, the Hi Rhythm Section plays it slow and seductive, working a sultry, steady pulse that Green exploits with his remarkable voice. Alternating between Sam Cooke's croon and Otis Redding's shout, Green develops his own distinctive style, and "Gets Next To You" only touches the surface of its depth. Although the album is filled with wonderful moments, few are as astonishing as Green and Mitchell's reinterpretation of the Temptations' "I Can't Get Next to You", which turns the original inside out.
Al Green was the first great soul singer of the '70s and arguably the last great Southern soul singer. With his seductive singles for Hi Records in the early '70s, Green bridged the gap between deep soul and smooth Philadelphia soul. He incorporated elements of gospel, interjecting his performances with wild moans and wails, but his records were stylish, boasting immaculate productions that rolled along with a tight beat, sexy backing vocals, and lush strings. The distinctive Hi Records sound that the vocalist and producer Willie Mitchell developed made Al Green the most popular and influential soul singer of the early 1970s, influencing not only his contemporaries, but also veterans like Marvin Gaye.
Born April 13, 1946 in Forest City, Arkansas, Al Green began singing in his family's gospel group. His distinctive vocal talent and extraordinary ability to master pop, R&B, and gospel genres has enabled him to become an international superstar. Green is Hi Records' most awarded singer and songwriter. In a phenomenal career spanning more than thirty years, Green has charted six #1 hits and been inducted into the prestigious Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
The follow up to Green Is Blues, Gets Next To You is the definitive masterpiece by the Mitchell-Green LTD. Improving on the characterization of the trademark HI sound, Willie Mitchell's decision to switch from the gritty syncopations of deep Southern soul to a slower and more seductive base supports an Al Green probably at his best. There are no false steps here, since every single track on the album is a pillar of the genre, from the opening massive cover version of the Temptations' "I Can't Get Next To You", which is reinvented with a lethal dose of irresistible groove, to the perfect 1-2 pitch of "Tired Of Being Alone" followed by "I'm A Ram." If you are a romantic, this is your absolute soundtrack!
"With the release of the album Al Green Gets Next To You, the music of Hi Records is brought to wholesome fruition. Green, simply, is one of the most highly energetic and intensely expressive... singers around, with a master's ability (notably, Charles and Redding) to subordinate lyrics to the urgent rhythmic primacy of their sounds, while suffusing them with their corresponding emotional feeling." - Aaron Fuchs, Rolling Stone
Recorded in 1971 at Royal Recording Studios, South Lauderdale, Memphis, Tennessee
Al Green, vocals
Wayne Jackson, trumpet
Ed Logan, tenor sax
James Mitchell, baritone sax
Jack Hale, trombone
Al Jackson, drums
Leroy Hodges, bass
Charles Hodges, keyboards
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
1. I Can't Get Next To You
2. Are You Lonely For Me Baby
3. God Is Standing By
4. Tired Of Being Alone
5. I'm A Ram
1. Drivin' Wheel
2. Light My Fire
3. You Say It
4. Right Now Right Now
5. All Because
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!