PATRICIA BARBER - CAFE BLUE (180G 2LP)Price: $49.99
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Patricia Barber Café Blue on 180g 2LP Set from Premonition
Longtime Audiophile Favorite Cut from the Original Tapes by Legendary Engineer Doug Sax
2011 Pressing Fully Remixed and Remastered, and Pressed at RTI
Singer-Pianist’s Underground Classic 1994 Album Rich in Melody, Moodiness, Minimalist Pop
Patricia Barber's outstanding 1994 release Café 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 comes into her own, interpreting songs from outside the traditional jazz repertoire and debuting a handful of original compositions that reveal her innovative, thoroughly distinctive style.
Audiophiles, of course, needn’t any introduction to Café Blue. Beloved for its transparent, you-are-there sound since its initial release, prized analog editions currently fetch upwards of $150 on the aftermarket. Mobile Fidelity’s long-out-of-print 45RPM 3LP edition and Premonition’s own 180g copies feature a dynamic clarity, vocal truth, and instrumental body that very few records possess. But not even those versions can’t compete with this newly minted 180g 2LP set that should belong on the shelf of every music lover.
Fully remixed and remastered, cut from the original tapes by legendary engineer Doug Sax, and meticulously pressed at RTI, Café Blue now boasts a seemingly limitless frequency range, transient responsiveness, and tonal realism. We’ve heard Barber perform at her home base venue, Chicago’s Green Mill, and witnessing her live doesn’t even sound as good as this extraordinary pressing.
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. Want to turn your listening room into an intimate club populated by one of the most scintillating, creative jazz artists playing today? This is your ticket.
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, Café Blue has never been better. Forget having to shell out up to four times as much for a used copy and secure this new pressing by ordering this 2LP set today!
"I compared this pressing with the MFSL Hybrid SACD, and the difference on "What a Shame" was immediate and dramatic. The heavy reverb that surrounds Barberʼs voice and, to some extent, the other instruments on the earlier disc is much reduced on this LP. Her voice now has just a hint of reverb and sounds more natural, which gives the other instruments more space to breathe. At first I thought I preferred the older mix on "The Thrill Is Gone," but after a few listens I liked the new version much more. It pulls the bass back just enough to let it flow better with the music and gives Barberʼs voice more focus."
--Soundstage/Goodsound.com, June 2011
Patricia Barber Café Blue Track Listing:
1. What a Shame
2. Mourning Grace
3. The Thrill Is Gone
5. Yellow Car III
6. Wood Is a Pleasant Thing To Think About
7. Inch Worm
8. Ode to Billy Joe
9. Too Rich For My Blood
10. A Taste of Honey
12. Manha de Carnaval
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