All Analog 180g Vinyl LP! Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series! Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio From Original Master Tape! Produced By Music Matters' Joe Harley! Pressed at RTI!
Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series: "Tone Poet" Joe Harley—co-founder and co-producer of the acclaimed Music Matters audiophile vinyl series—is the producer of this new series of all-analog, mastered-from-the-original-master-tape 180g audiophile vinyl reissues in deluxe gatefold packaging. Mastering was done by Kevin Gray (Cohearent Audio) and vinyl was manufactured at Record Technology Incorporated (RTI). The titles were handpicked by Harley and cover lesser-known Blue Note classics, modern era standouts, and albums from other labels under the Blue Note catalog.
Extreme attention to detail has been paid to getting these right in every conceivable way, from the jacket graphics and printing quality to superior LP mastering (direct from the master tapes) by Kevin Gray to superb 180 gm audiophile LP pressings by Record Technology Inc. Every aspect of these Blue Note/Tone Poet releases is done to the highest possible standard. It means that you will never find a superior version. This is IT.
A singular jazz singer who brings the blues, folk & pop into her music in a strikingly original way, Cassandra Wilson's nine brilliant Blue Note albums earned her wide acclaim, Grammy Awards & a legion of fans. Released in 2003, Glamoured found Wilson working with producer Fabrizio Sotti on 12 songs split between her own compelling originals and artful covers of songs by Sting (“Fragile”), Luther Ingram (“If Loving You Is Wrong”), Bob Dylan (“Lay Lady Lay”), and Willie Nelson (“Crazy”).
"If there is any royalty among jazz vocalists, Wilson is a senior member of that court. With a unique vocal timbre, husky voice and percussive delivery shaped by her influences -- Abbey Lincoln and Betty Carter -- she isn't easily confused with any other jazz artist. No one is as uncompromising, so full of edgy passion while at the same time so intelligent in her choice and arrangement of material... A 2003 Blue Note release, Glamoured is half covers and half Wilson compositions. A small band -- guitar, bass, percussion and in some cases banjo, harmonica and washboard -- accompanies Wilson, who often challenges listeners with more experimentation than they can follow. Not here -- her original compositions are mature and unselfconscious, standing toe to toe with her choice of covers, which are stamped with her unique signature. The resulting performances are edgy but never over the edge, resulting in one of Wilson's best Blue Note albums. Whether it's Percy Sledge's 'If Loving You Is Wrong' or Dylan's 'Lay Lady Lay,' Wilson's interpretations avoid the hackneyed result mailed in by most singers with audiophile cred. This recording was originally released on CD and LP. Mastered at Sterling Sound, the original vinyl was pressed somewhere in the EU (common for LP issues around the turn of the century). It sported regular-weight vinyl and a lightweight jacket, and while it sounded better than the CD, the sound was as light as the packaging. This Tone Poet release, mastered by Kevin Gray and pressed at RTI, is a revelation. The original LP lacked texture, sounding thin and washed out by comparison to the meaty sound of this reissue." - Dennis Davis, The Audio Beat, July 2019, Music 4.5/5, Sound 4.5/5
Features: • All Analog 180g Vinyl • Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series • Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio • Mastered From Original Analog Tape • Reissue supervised by Joe Harley • Pressed at RTI • Deluxe gatefold packaging • Bonus Tracks
Selections: LP 1 Side A: 1. Fragile 2. Sleight Of Time 3. I Want More Side B: 1. If Loving You Is Wrong 2. Lay Lady lay 3. Crazy 4. What Is It? LP 2 Side C: 1. Heaven Knows 2. Honey Bee 3. Broken Drum Side D: 1. On This Train 2. Throw It Away Bonus Tracks: 3. Allow Me 4. Once In A Blue Moon