Patricia Barbers Companion was a record of firsts for Barber and Premonition. First recording of Barbers legendary live show. First release under the Blue Note/Premonition joint imprint, the only such business arrangement in Blue Notes storied history. And first Stereophile RECORDING OF THE MONTH. Designed as a companion to Barbers previous studio recording Modern Cool, the album features several re-invented Modern Cool tracks, some of the best Barber pop covers on record and one ingenius new Barber original.
This issue of Companion was re-mastered for vinyl by the great Doug Sax from the Original Analog Master Mixes and features three sides at 33 1/3 and one side at 45 RPM so that listeners get the full original release plus two bonus tracks and enjoy the opportunity to compare Saxs mastering to that of MoFis 2002 LP version. Without doubt, listeners will be impressed. A stunning recording — an audiophile favorite since its 1999 release — given new life by one of the great mastering engineers of our time.