Patricia Barber’s 6th studio album is a fascinating collection of classic cover songs shaped in her inimitable downtempo intimacy into startlingly affective journeys through the human condition. Working with her band of the time (bassist Michael Arnopol and drummer Adam Cruz, augmented by star turns from guitarist Charlie Hunter, bassist Marc Johnson, and drummer Adam Nussbaum), Barber creates an atmosphere of austere trepidation that allows her long-time engineer Jim Anderson to hang her haunted vocals directly over top. Like all great jazz albums, Nightclub puts the highlighted artist front and center while carving out plenty of space for the supporting players to give emphatic support.
Impex’s 1STEP process provides the perfect showcase for Anderson’s peerless audio immersions. Nightclub was originally digitally recorded on a Sony 3348 multi-track and mixed through a Neve analog console to both digital and analog mix-down masters. Bernie Grundman used the analog mix-down tapes to assemble a new analog cutting master exclusively for our 1STEP. Coupled with the incredibly detailed VR-900 vinyl formula, there is instrument detailing to spare, a Mariana Trench noise floor, and incredibly-focused low end. There is simply no better way to enjoy Barber’s cool renditions of timeless classics than this one (including the exclusive, never-before-released bonus track “Wild Is the Wind”). Limited to 7,500 pressings, so preorder now before this Club closes for good.
The 1STEP Process:
The Impex 1STEP process relies on short, tightly controlled runs that require a new lacquer after each run of 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 slipcase that protects your investment and brings a cool retro-modern look to your shelves.
Mastered by Bernie Grundman from Premonition Records’ original analog master tapes
Two 1STEP 45-rpm LPs pressed on VR-900 super vinyl for incredible detailing, an epic soundstage, and near-silent surfaces
Exclusive ultra-luxe Impex 1STEP packaging featuring a beautiful 12-page booklet within a three-sleeve Monster Pack jacket and a color-matched slipcase
Never-Before-Released studio session track “Wild Is the Wind”
Limited to 7,500 pressings
Bye Bye Blackbird
Just for the Thrill
You Don’t Know Me
All or Nothing At All
So In Love
A Man and a Woman
I Fall In Love Too Easily
Wild is the Wind (Exclusive Bonus Track)