Madeleine Peyroux – Half The Perfect World (2LP, Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)
Madeleine Peyroux – Half The Perfect World (2LP, Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)
Madeleine Peyroux – Half The Perfect World (2LP, Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)
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Madeleine Peyroux – Half The Perfect World (2LP, Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)
Madeleine Peyroux – Half The Perfect World (2LP, Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)
Madeleine Peyroux – Half The Perfect World (2LP, Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)

Madeleine Peyroux – Half The Perfect World (2LP, Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)

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Vocals – Madeleine Peyroux [click here to see more vinyl featuring Madeleine Peyroux]

Vocals - Kathryn Dawn Lang (B2)

Alto Saxophone – Gary Foster (A2, C3)

Bass – David Piltch

Celesta – Larry Goldings (A3, D1)

Cello – Sam Bass (C1, D1)

Coordinator [Production Coordinator] – Cindi Peters

Cymbal [Additional Cymbals] – Jay Bellerose (A2, C3)

Drums – Jay Bellerose (A1, A3, B1, B3 To C2, D1, D2), Scott Amendola (A2, B2,C3, D3)

Electric Piano [Wurlizter Piano] – Sam Yahel (A1, A3, B3, C2, D2)

Guitar – Dean Parks (A1, A2, B1 To D3), Madeleine Peyroux (A1, A3, B3 To C2, D1, D2)

Guitar [Pedal Steel] – Dean Parks (A1, B3)

Organ [Estey] – Sam Yahel (C1, C3, D1, D3)

Organ [Hammond] – Sam Yahel (A1, A3, B3)

Piano – Sam Yahel (A2, B1, B2, C1, C3, D1, D3)

Trumpet – Till Brönner (B2, D3)

Ukulele – Dean Parks (A1, D2, D3)

Viola – Charith Premawardhana (C2, D1)

Violin – Carla Kihlstedt (C1, D1), Graeme Jennings (C1, D1)

Arranged By [String Quartet] – Mark Orton (C1, D1)

Written by Madeleine Peyroux (A1, B3, C1, D2), Walter Becker (A1), Larry Klein (A1, B3, C1), Hans Bradtke (A2), Henry Mayer (A2), Johnny Mercer (A2), Leonard Cohen (A3, C3), Anjani Thomas (A3, C3), Fred Neil (B1, D2), Joni Mitchell (B2), Jesse Harris (B3, C1, D2), Tom Waits (C2), Serge Gainsbourg (D1), Charlie Chaplin (D3), Geoffrey Parsons (D3), John Turner (D3)


2 LPs, gatefold jacket

Numbered limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Half-speed Mastering

Gain 2™ Ultra Analog

Heavy Press : 200g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press : unspecified

Label : MOFI

Original Label : Universal

Recorded April 2006 at Sage & Sound, Hollywood, CA

Engineered and mixed by Helik Hadar at Market Street Studio

Produced by Larry Klein

Mastered by Bernie Grundman and Rob LoVerde at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab

Originally released in September 2006

Reissued in February 2008



Side A:

  1. I'm All Right
  2. The Summer Wind
  3. Blue Alert

Side B:

  1. Everybody's Talkin'
  2. River
  3. A Little Bit

Side C:

  1. Once In A While
  2. (Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night
  3. Half The Perfect World

Side D:

  1. La Javanaise
  2. California Rain
  3. Smile


      Reviews :

      “Madeleine Peyroux took significantly less time than the eight years between her debut and its follow-up to release her third album, Half the Perfect World, which finds a more mature -- or at least less vulnerable -- singer, one who chooses to express herself with nuance rather than overtness. Often, like in the opening "I'm All Right" -- one of four original songs -- this aversion to unconcealed emotion works well, playing off the swelling Hammond, the swinging rhythm of the acoustic guitar (contrasting nicely with the hook of "It's all right, I've been lonely before"), and the simple drums. But at other times, like in "A Little Bit" -- which is bluesy and more upbeat and practically screams for an outburst, a growl, something -- her hesitancy instead almost comes across as a flaw, as a fear of fully expressing herself. On "Blue Alert," where Anjani's voice was full and seductive, rife with curling smoke rings and lipstick-stained wineglasses, Peyroux seems desolate and flat and she simplifies the situation too much, though she does fare much better on the other Anjani/Leonard Cohen piece and title track of the album. Here, she changes its perspective, mixing the characters together and sounding beautifully fragile, yet at the same time strong and certain, as she sings about her love. The same can be said for her version of the Johnny Mercer-penned "The Summer Wind," which uses a cleaner, less dramatic arrangement to convey the feeling that, though she's thinking about past events with some nostalgia, she's also able to accept the outcome and move forward with her life. This kind of resignation hangs heavy throughout the entire album, making every song she covers seem sadder than the original. Joni Mitchell's "River," sung with k.d. lang, is slow and heart-wrenching (lang's voice, especially, brings a sweet melancholy to it), and Peyroux's version of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" has a kind of dejected resoluteness that makes you wonder if she can even follow the advice she's singing. This subtlety is two-fold, however. It's so prevalent in the music that it's hard to tell if it's hinting at greater depth or if it's really a protective blanket, an affected timidity to prevent exposure. The delicateness of Half the Perfect World is certainly nice, but Peyroux seems to be using it as a device to hide behind instead of an actual expression of feeling, and so while the album is an overall success, it still leaves questions lingering behind the softly clicking hi-hat, the wandering bass, of when the singer's really going to show herself completely.” AllMusic Review by Marisa Brown

      Ultra Analog™ : The GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ Series stems from the use of the Gain 2 system, mastered at half speed from the original master tapes where possible, capturing and uncovering as before undiscovered sonic information.


      Half-speed mastering. In half-speed mastering, the whole process is slowed down to half of the original speed. A typical 33 1/3 rpm record is cut at 16 2/3 rpm. The source material is also slowed down (reducing the pitch in the process) meaning the final record will still sound normal when played back. Slowing the whole process down allows more time, which means the end result sounds better and is more efficient — allowing engineering to minimize the effects of inherent limitations within the vinyl format. The result is a more accurate and more open high-frequency response in the half speed vinyl when compared with a normal speed recording.

      Ratings :

      AllMusic : 3.5 / 5 , Discogs : 4.62 / 5

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