Patricia Barber - Cafe Blue (2LP, 33RPM) - AudioSoundMusic
Patricia Barber - Cafe Blue (2LP, 33RPM) - AudioSoundMusic
Patricia Barber - Cafe Blue (2LP, 33RPM) - AudioSoundMusic
Patricia Barber - Cafe Blue (2LP, 33RPM) - AudioSoundMusic

Patricia Barber - Cafe Blue (2LP, 33RPM)

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Piano, Vocals – Patricia Barber [click here to see more vinyl featuring Patricia Barber]

Bass – Michael Arnopol

Drums, Percussion – Mark Walker

Guitar – John McLean

2 LPs, gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g High-Quality Audiophile Vinyl

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Quality Record Pressings

Label : Premonition Records

Original Label : Premonition Records

Engineered by Jim Anderson

Remastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering

Executive Producer Michael Friedman

Produced by Patricia Barber

Remixed in April 2011 from the original master tapes by Jim Anderson at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA.

Originally released in 1994

Reissued in December 2014



Side A :

  1. What A Shame
  2. Mourning Grace
  3. A Taste Of Honey

Side B : 

  1. Ode To Billie Joe
  2. Too Rich For My Blood
  3. Mahna De Carnaval

    Side C :

    1. Inch Worm
    2. Wood Is A Pleasant Thing To Think About
    3. Nardis

    Side D :

    1. The Thrill Is Gone
    2. Romanesque
    3. Yellow Car III


    Awards :

    TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Informal

    Stereophile Records to Die For - 2016


    Reviews :

    "It's set in a dark, atmospheric musical space that recording engineer Jim Anderson captured perfectly, bathing Barber's sultry voice in a mysterious shroud of reverb created not by artificial means as was common at the time, but by establishing an improvised chamber under some stairs at CRC (Chicago Recording Company) where the record was produced. In fact, it's an even more impressive musical feat all these years later, particularly the backing trio that dazzles with audacious improvisations and lock-step communication even as it clears space for Barber's vocals and meshes effortlessly with her expressive piano. It's jazz of course but John McLean's guitar work brings it into a rock space, while the A&R work that covers everything from 'Ode to Billy Joe' to 'The Thrill is Gone' and Miles' 'Nardis' defies genre-fication." Michael Fremer, Analog Planet

    "Cafe Blue has seduced everyone for whom I have ever played it--jazz people, rock people, Medicare people, even computer people. Some call from record stores, sounding slightly desperate: 'That album you played for me the other night! What was her name again?' If you have a voice that's a dark pure whisper straight up from the soul, and if you've lived it yourself, you can sing to people of their innermost anxieties and they will not only love it, they will need it." - Thomas Conrad, Stereophile.

    « Patricia Barber, who is both a fine keyboardist and an atmospheric singer, contributes roughly half of the material to her Premonition debut. Her dark voice and the generally esoteric program takes awhile to get used to (listeners will have to be patient), but after two or three listens, this thought-provoking and rather moody set becomes more accessible. The music ranges stylewise from sophisticated pop sensitivities to the avant-garde and even touches of minimalism, while not fitting securely into any category. Barber gives a new slant to "The Thrill Is Gone," "Ode to Billy Joe," and even "A Taste of Honey," and her vocals are all quite haunting and contemporary. An added plus to this unusual music is adventurous guitarist John McLean. » AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow


    Ratings :

    AllMusic : 4 / 5 , Discogs : 4,7 / 5 , Michael Fremer : Music 9/11, Sound 8/11

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