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Patricia Barber - Cafe Blue

 (Limited Edition 1STEP + Book)





Product No.:
AIMX 6035-45
UPC: 856276002268

45 RPM Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2
Note: 180 Gram

45 RPM

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180 Gram Vinyl Record

180-gram 45 RPM 1-Step plating process, double LP pressed on VR900-Supreme Vinyl

Cut from original analog work masters by Kevin Gray at CoHearent Audio

Deluxe packaging in a cloth covered slipcase with new booklet

Strictly limited to 5,000 pressings worldwide

Patricia Barber has always been an artist's artist, harnessing a restless imagination and an intellectualized curiosity to create visionary jazz that breaks boundaries and reorders perceptions. She serves the chase: the unexpected musical note. The irreplaceable word. The irregular beating heart of jazz.

And Café Blue is the album that best personifies her genius. Spare, turbulent, quirky, and slyly humorous, there is no other jazz masterwork quite like it.

For the first collaboration with this musical vanguard, Impex's 1STEP is exclusively cut from original analog work masters and cut by Kevin Gray at CoHearent Audio. The stunning fidelity, breathtaking dynamics and startling spacial realism surpass every other edition of this breakthrough album.

The 1STEP Process:
The Impex 1STEP process relies on short, tightly-controlled runs that require a new lacquer after each 500 pressings. This unforgiving format has the lacquer skipping the regular father-mother process, going right to a single convert and then pressing. Though this dramatically increases mastering and production costs, it also assures each run is more consistent from disc to disc, with less noise, clearer details and deeper bass.

Reducing production complexity to just a single "convert" disc between the lacquer and the press greatly improves groove integrity, diminishes non-fill anomalies and increases signal integrity from the master tape to your system.

Two 180-gram 45 RPM LPs, pressed on VR900-Supreme vinyl, and a deluxe booklet are packaged in a heavy-duty 3-sleeve jacket. The jacket is then placed in a cloth-bound slip case that protects your investment and brings a cool retro-modern look to your shelves. Strictly limited to 5,000 pressssings!

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
7. Inch Worm
8. Wood Is A Pleasant Thing To Think About
9. Nardis
10. The Thrill Is Gone
11. Romanesque
12. Yellow Car III

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 3 person(s) rated this product.

Worth the Price

posted on 10/01/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: DCBRN
I am happy with this record. I can be very picky, and this record brings forth the thrill of fine two-channel audio. A quiet pressing, with air and space around the sounds allowing great definition, crystalline highs without being brittle, smooth lows reaching deep, and magical midrange — tastefully mastered. In a word: finesse. I have a few different ‘high-end’ pressings from various artists and companies, this one is the standard.


posted on 03/19/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ray.
Outstanding pressing.


posted on 12/23/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: Kris
I've not heard another pressing of Cafe Blue, but this one sounds ABSURDLY good. The detail, clarity, and sound stage made my jaw drop. Furthermore, the packaging is stupendous! I love the hard cardboard, tip-on jacket and the fancy cloth slipcase. This entire package is just an absolute treat for a record enthusiast.

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