Label: Premonition Records – 90763-1 – 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
Mastered by Bob Ludwig – Cut by Doug Sax – Limited Edition – Pressed at RTI
Stereophile Magazine Record to Die For!
In terms of quality and stupendous packaging, Premonition Records continues to outdo almost everyone in the deluxe-reissue game. The heft of Nightclub’s glossy jacket is impressive. Pressed a RTI in Camarillo, California, the 180gm LPs are opulent and sonically rich with exquisite detail in the higher frequencies, a wide, transparent soundstage, and a convincing rumble in the bass end. –Robert Baird, Stereophile, October 2012,
A Sonic Spectacular Made Even Better! Remastered from the Original Master Tapes by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering
Vinyl Mastering by Doug Sax and 180g 2LP Pressed at RTI LP Production
Supervised by Jim Anderson and Michael Friedman (Original Production Team). Includes Extra. Track “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”!
Highlights include her stunning version of “Yesterdays,” the rarely recorded vocal version of “Invitation,” and an achingly beautiful take on “So In Love” from the songbook of Barber’s songwriting idol, Cole Porter. A multiple Stereophile Record To Die For (R2D4)
Recorded by Jim Anderson, Nightclub is the American popular songbook given new life by one of the most expressive voices in contemporary music. “Premonition Records has re-mastered this audiophile vinyl and spread out the grooves with great detail.
Barber’s deep-voiced tones and elocution are rendered flawlessly. Every instrumental nuance is captured with vibrancy. Subtle aspects like a drum brush are clear in the mix. The high-gloss album cover is top notch. Nightclub is laudable as great jazz, and as an audiophile recording.” – Robbie Gerson, audaud.com, 4.5/5 Stars!! “
An extraordinary recording by an extraordinary artist.” – Stereophile
“Throaty, come hither vocals and coolly incisive piano. Barber’s hushed, sensuous version of ‘Bye Bye Blackird’ hasn’t been bettered since Miles Davis last took the old standby out for a spin.” – Time Magazine “Top 100 Albums To Take With You On A Desert Island”
Chicago native and classically trained pianist Patricia Barber’s sixth album is a collection of downtempo standards, perfect for a rainy day. Taking on classics like “Autumn Leaves,” “I Fall in Love Too Easily,” “Bye Bye Blackbird,” or even “Alfie” is always a risk, but her confident vocals and interpretations eradicate any doubt that she is a master. Her production is spare, allowing her to sing with such melancholy it’s almost eerie. Not many performers can relay such harrowing feeling without over-emoting, but Barber makes it seem effortless. Nightclub is an appropriate title; listening to these love songs is like being in a smoky room, courted by a lounge singer. This is a classy, solid effort.