Audiophile demand has prompted Blind Pig Records to begin issuing high-quality, 180-gram virgin vinyl LPs.
The San Francisco-based independent American roots music label will issue a select number of titles this year, most likely three at a time, under its new Master Vinyl Series, officials said.
The first three titles — The Lost Tapes by Muddy Waters, Drinkin’ TNT ’n’ Smokin’ Dynamite by Buddy Guy and Junior Wells and Painkiller by Tommy Castro — will drop May 6 in limited-edition pressings.
“This is in response to the growing audiophile market for high-quality LPs,” said Blind Pig Records President Edward Chmelewski. “And for those of us who fondly remember listening to LPs in the ’60s and ’70s, it’s a lot of fun to return to that format. For one, it’s great to have the larger artwork canvas afforded by the LP packaging, and the warmth and depth of the sound quality on these new versions is amazing. And it’s kind of cool to come full circle back to the LP, the only format we were selling when we started the label in 1977.”
Waters’ release consists of live recordings from 1971 and features the blues icon in performances with his legendary band members — Pinetop Perkins, George “Harmonica” Smith, Sammy Lawhorn, Pee Wee Madison, Calvin “Fuzz” Jones and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith.
The Guy and Wells album was recorded live in 1974 at the Montreux Jazz Festival; Rolling Stone Bill Wyman backed them on bass.
Castro’s Painkiller is his latest studio masterpiece. It was voted Album of the Year 2007 by the readers of Blueswax magazine. It is the first vinyl release in Castro’s 17-year career.
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