Café Blue (2-LP 180 Gram Vinyl) Original recording remastered
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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 sounds 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.
Record to Die For. --Stereophile
Top Customer Reviews
I use this disc exclusively (specifically track 11) to demonstrate a true high-end audio experience to friends and family who still think "bits is bits". Each and every single one of the 20 or so demonstrations I've performed so far have yielded two very specific, unequivocal responses: 1) "Wow, that was unbelievable!" and 2) "Who *WAS* that artist?!"
Because of this album, I now have everything she's ever made, and will continue to purchase everything she makes until one of us dies!
To me, Cafe Blue is Patricia Barber's best album, bar none, followed closely by "Modern Cool" and "A Distortion of Love".
Chances are good you already own this CD. But before you debate shelling out the added do-re-me for the SACD version, please consider:
It's like hearing this CD for the first time. Come to think of it, it's like hearing a CD for the first time.
I had all but given up on Patricia Barber's music until I took a chance and bought her newest disk "Companion". What a wonderful live recording! Patricia captured at her best. I was hooked and could hardly get to amazon.com fast enough to buy "Cafe Blue"! The Patricia Barber experience just keeps getting better! This production is very polished, in stark contrast to the club grittiness of "Companion". Patricia's voice is at once refined, supple, seductive and pouty, garnished by her richly textured compositions brilliantly executed by her three piece band. Patricia has artfully woven an ecclectic mix of compositions into a recording that plays with your emotions, then leaves you shaking your head in wonderment at disk end. The soulful opening track "What A Shame" will have you lamenting a love lost before you know it. But Patricia doesn't let you languish long as she moves you quickly into the freneticly paced "Mourning Grace", a piece with lyrics penned by Maya Angelou and featuring Brazillian influenced music from Patricia. This lady is full of surprises, and so is this disc (did I mention the angelic "Romanesque"?). "Cafe Blue" has earned a permanent position in my CD changer, and Patricia a place in my heart.
Patricia's sultry/seductive voice keeps you glued to the music. Hearing her live here at Chicago (HIFI 99) was one of the greatest audio treats I've had for years!!!
Grab this CD!
Miss Barber is of that caliber. Her arrangements are scintillating; her voice quality is unique, and the intellectualism and passion she brings to her music are frankly superb. Long may she grace us with her STYLE...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Patricia Barber is amazing. Her playing, which is stellar, is matched by her singing. Opening song, 'WHAT A SHAME' is a perfect start to a fine album of interesting transitions. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patrick Champagne
One fine recording! Her voice kind of lulls me to sleep.Her interpretations of classics are not for me but can appreciate them.Published 6 months ago by roj2
Hard to imagine the improvement this is over the CD - impeccable.Published 12 months ago by soundguy
Very well produced and recorded album, with most of the tunes very enjoyable. Ode to Billy Jo is an amazing new interpretation of the old (60's?) tune. Read morePublished 13 months ago by P. Rickart
Maybe 3 and a half stars. Barber is an acquired taste, but for whatever reason I find this record more accessible than most of her work.Published 17 months ago by Bill Stevenson
one of the best performance and recordings at all times,superb!Published 19 months ago by Quat Truong