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Patricia Barber - Cafe Blue 180g Vinyl 2LP - direct audio

Patricia Barber - Cafe Blue 180g Vinyl 2LP

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Patricia Barber Cafe Blue 180g Vinyl 2LP

Audiophile Quality 33 1/3 RPM 180g Vinyl 2LP Reissue Remixed from the Original Master Tapes by Jim Anderson at Capitol Studios, Remastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering & Cut by Doug Sax; Pressed at Quality Record Pressings

Patricia Barber's outstanding 1994 release Cafe Blue has won more than 15 awards from major international music institutions. Deemed an "underground classic" by jazz Bible Downbeat magazine, the album contains sparkling, indelible improvisations derived as much from Barber's interest in classical music as from jazz. This is where the internationally renowned singer-pianist truly came into her own, interpreting songs from outside the traditional jazz repertoire and debuting a handful of original compositions that revealed her innovative, thoroughly distinctive style.

Audiophiles, of course, needn't any introduction to Cafe Blue. Beloved for its transparent, you-are-there sound since its initial release, this newly minted double 33 1/3 rpm 180g vinyl LP edition takes the proceedings to another level and belongs in every music lover's collection. Remixed from the original master tapes by Jim Anderson at Capitol Studios, remastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, cut by Doug Sax, and meticulously pressed at Quality Record Pressings, Cafe Blue now boasts a seemingly limitless frequency range, transient responsiveness, and tonal realism.

From the dead-quiet surfaces to Barber's steamy, smoky vocals and crisp finger snaps, from Michael Arnapol's acoustic upright bass to guitarist John McLean's tasteful fills, everything is in the right place here. Not that the reference-quality sonics overshadow the phenomenal performances.

On "Nardis," Barber and her trio transform the song until it becomes a piece that's both sensitive and wildly exotic. Barber's own "What A Shame" and the self-effacing "Too Rich For My Blood" delve into deep emotional waters, the arrangements sophisticated, cool, elegant, and provocative. A masterwork on every level, Cafe Blue has never been better!

"The new mixes maintain the brilliant dynamic range and sonics of the original mixes but Anderson brings the same improvement two decades of maturing brings to a fine wine. Delicious!" - Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering


• Audiophile quality 33 1/3 180g double vinyl LP
• Remixed April 2011 from the original master tapes by Jim Anderson, Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA
• Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME
• Mastered for vinyl by Doug Sax, The Mastering Lab, Ojai, CA
• Pressed at Quality Record Pressings (QRP)
• Heavy full color gatefold jacket

Patricia Barber Cafe Blue Track Listing:


1. What A Shame
2. Mourning Grace
3. A Taste Of Honey
4. Ode To Billie Joe
5. Too Rich For My Blood
6. Mahna De Carnaval


1. Inch Worm
2. Wood Is A Pleasant Thing To Think About
3. Nardis
4. The Thrill Is Gone
5. Romanesque
6. Yellow Car III

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