Ben Harper Pleasure And Pain 180g LP
Highly Collectible 180g Vinyl LP From Cardas!
Re-Mastered From Analog Masters by Bernie Grundman!
This classic Ben Harper album with Tom Freund has been re-mastered from the
analog masters by Bernie Grundman of Bernie Grundman Mastering, and the results
are spectacular. The album was originally recorded March 15, 1992 using a Studer
A-80 tape recorder. George used a pair of Omni differential microphones that he
custom built and fed the sound directly to the Studer tape deck with nothing
else in the signal path.
Ben Harper: "There is a little bit of my parents in my first record. I
remember a day at the shop, I had just written my first true song : Pleasure And
Pain. All the family gathered around me in the workshop and I sang. There was a
very sweet atmosphere in the back shop; a profound joy, a feeling of plenitude.
After that our neighbors used to come to our house and listen to my songs. My
grandparents and my mother wrote poems which I put in music. Everybody on the
block was singing." - Interview by Emmanuel Rivet / www.swer.net - 2000
Tom Freund: "Pleasure and Pain was an intense time. Ben and I really
connected on a lot of levels. Sound and healing, tapping into the sounds around
us. We had a cool duo and band (which consisted of Rosanne Lindley (David's
daughter) and John McKnight who played on Ben's first record). We met in the
college town of Claremont, CA. A mutual friend introduced us, Alleghaney Meadows
- a ceramic artist, said we must meet each other and play together. We had a
powerful jam the first night at The Folk Music Center that Ben's grandparents
owned and Ben worked selling and fixing guitars. Cool as shit store with all
sorts of world instruments on the walls and 'spirits' in the air." - Interview
by Emmanuel Rivet / www.swer.net - 2000
George Cardas: "I recorded Ben on March 15, 1992 - I was setup to record
another performer (Johnny Kallas) who I had been working with for the previous
month. Johnny called and said he had a sore throat and couldn't make it so we
were getting ready to go home for the night when the phone rang - it was Ben. He
said that a friend of his was over at his house, things were really working and
he wanted to come over. I don't think at the time he was planning on a recording
session. About 15 minutes later Ben and Tom came by. They were quite excited
about how well things were going so I sat them down in front of a pair of
microphones and they began to play.
"We went directly from a pair of custom built microphones into a Studer A-80.
There was nothing in the signal path but the two microphones 6 feet of Cardas
cable and the Studer not even a preamp other than the single stage in the
microphones themselves. This was about as direct a setup as I have ever seen.
The recording setup was omni's on 8 inch center placed in front and above Tom
and Ben about 3 feet from Ben's chest. Ben and Tom began to play, sort of
deciding what to play and going for it; all takes were one time only. It took
just over 45 minutes to record the album - it is to this day one of the most
magical musical moments, the kind you dream will happen but never do. It was
obvious that this was the "real deal" so I made a record almost immediately. We
did one run (of) the albums they were awesome so I told Ben to take on to LA and
go shopping — he did and the rest is history. I hope some day Ben decides to
release the original acoustic sessions." - Interview by Emmanuel Rivet /
www.swer.net - 2000
• 180g Vinyl
• Re-mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, CA
1. Whipping Boy
2. Jesus On the Main Line
3. Pay the Man
4. Quarter of a Man
5. Mama's Got a Girl Friend Now
6. Angel From Montgomery
7. Click Yo' Heels
8. You Should Have Come To Me
9. Dust My Broom
10. Sweet Home Chicago
11. Pleasure & Pain
Recorded March 15, 1992 using a Studer A-80 tape recorder.