Genre: Jazz
Label: Pure Pleasure
Format: 33RPM,
Size: 12"


Cassandra Wilson Blue Light 'Til Dawn 180g 2LP

Cassandra Wilson

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Michael Fremer's 100 Recommended All-Analog LP Reissues Worth Owning - Rated 39/100!

Audio Beat Rated 4.5/5 Music, 4.5/5 Sound!

Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the May 2012 Issue of Stereophile!

Re-mastering by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios! Pressed on Limited Edition 180g Vinyl! Pressed at Pallas in Germany!

Cassandra Wilson started out as a jazz singer, doing gigs with several innovative bands (including Brooklyn's experimental M-Base collective) and at the same time recording typical jazz-singer let-me-entertain-you stuff — "Night and Day" and "Blue Skies" and shooby dooby dooby. Eventually the Mississippi-born New York–based vocalist, who reigned among the elite jazz singers of the 1980s, became restless, and began to look beyond torch songs for inspiration. So she looked outside of jazz for inspiration. In interviews, she's recalled how she began seeking new challenges for her voice, a mighty instrument blessed with husky overtones and an alluringly smoky woodish hue. She began to integrate gospel and blues and pop songs into her performances, eventually assimilating them into music that blurs genre distinctions entirely. Blue Light 'til Dawn is the first album to capture that shift. It features wondrously spare, molasses-slow versions of Robert Johnson ("Come On in My Kitchen," "Hellhound on My Trail"), Philly soul (Thom Bell and Linda Creed's "Children of the Night,"), pop (Van Morrison's "Tupelo Honey"), and torch song ("You Don't Know What Love Is").

Working with a small group of inventive New York jazzers, emphasizing hand drums and percussion over trap set, Wilson cultivates the opposite of dazzle — hers is an inviting, shadow-filled sound that calls from a lonesome bayou. Atmosphere dictates everything that happens on these tracks, and helps knit together pieces from disparate ends of popular music. It also guides Wilson's vocals: Her sullen "Hellhound" wanders far from typical blues woe, yet winds up an apt, weary summation of it all the same. Blue Light became an adult contemporary hit and set Wilson on the course she's pursued since. The records are all engrossing and shaped by extremely sensitive musicianship but Blue Light has something more — the renegade energy of one who, having taken a flying leap, is just discovering a new mode of expression. - Courtesy of 1000 Recordings Before You Die

"This Pure Pleasure two-record set was not the first vinyl issue of this album, but it was certainly worth the wait. While I have no quibbles about the sound of the CD, these LPs improve on it meaningful ways. Wilson's voice is stunningly real, her presence anchoring each tune within the delicate soundscape that the recording captures so ably. Midrange density and treble filigree combine with a strong bass underpinning, guitars and percussion launch dynamically into digital territory, yet it is the small shifts in volume differentiating the touch of the musicians on their instruments that give the sonic picture its completeness. If you are used to the CD, these LPs will give you both a different and better window on the music, and they cost far less than a first-edition LP. As is usual for Pure Pleasure, the Pallas pressing is top notch, both in terms of its lack of surface noise and bottom-of-the-groove whoosh." - Marc Mickelson,, Music 4.5./5, Sound 4.5/5

"The British audiophile label Pure Pleasure has given Wilson’s album the royal audiophile LP treatment with re-mastering by Blue Note’s Ron McMaster, done at Capitol Studios. The CD release has been languorously stretched out over two LPs with none of the sides exceeding fifteen minutes. Right off with the Side A initial track, “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” you immediately hear the improvement in acoustics. Cassandra’s smoky, sultry phrasing matched to the steel string guitar’s tone, and Charlie Burnham’s violin set a mood that grabs your attention and tells you something special is happening here. Wilson’s delivery is impeccable and heartfelt. The soundstage is wide and crystal clear." - Jeff Krow,, 4.5 Stars!!

"The sonics are superb, from the three-dimensional imaging and soundstaging to the ultra-transparency and rich atmospherics, this double LP set has it all. But more importantly, the production, the playing, the arranging and especially the sultry Wilson's vocalizing are transfixing." - Michael Fremer, analogplanet, Music 9/11, Sound 9/11

• Limited Edition 180g Vinyl
• Audiophile Remastering
• Pressed at Pallas in Germany
• Gatefold Jacket
• Stereo
• Original on the Capitol Records Label
• Re-mastering by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios
• Recorded at Sear Sound Studios Produced by Craig Street

Cassandra Wilson, vocals
Brandon Ross, guitars
Charlie Burnham, violin, mandocello
Kenny Davis, bass
Tony Cedras, accordion
Lance Carter, drums, percussion
Kevin Johnson, snare, percussion, loose change
Vinx, percussion, voices
Olu Dara, cornet
Don Byron, clarinet
Bill McClellan, drums, percussion
Jeff Haynes, percussion
Cyro Baptista, percussion
Gib Wharton, pedal steel guitar
Lonnie Plaxico, bass
Chris Whitley, National resophonic guitar

LP1 - Side A:

1 You Don’t Know What Love Is
2. Come On In My Kitchen
3. Tell Me You’ll Wait For Me
LP1 - Side B:
1. Children Of The Night
2. Hellhound On My Trail
3. Black Crow
LP2 - Side C:
1 Sankofa
2. Estrellas
3. Redbone
4. Tupelo Honey
LP2 - Side D:
1. Blue Light ‘Til Dawn
2. I Can’t Stand The Rain

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