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Me'Shell NdegéOcelloPeace Beyond Passion

Label:Run Out Groove – ROGV 130, Maverick – ROGV 130, Warner Records – ROGV 130
Format:
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Deluxe Edition, Reissue, Blue Mixed Vinyl
Country:UK, Europe & US
Released:
Genre:Jazz, Funk / Soul
Style:Neo Soul, Funk

Tracklist

A1The Womb1:26
A2The Way4:58
A3Deuteronomy: Niggerman
Clarinet [Bass]Bennie Maupin
4:01
A4Ecclesiastes: Free My Heart
GuitarAllen Cato
Written-ByTorri Ruffin*
5:22
A5Leviticus: Faggot6:08
B1Mary Magdalene
DrumsDavid Gamson
5:51
B2God Shiva
GuitarDavid Fiuczynski
Written-ByWendy Melvoin
4:06
B3Who Is He And What Is He To You
Written-ByBill Withers, Stan McKinney*
4:49
B4Stay4:30
C1Bittersweet5:17
C2A Tear And A Smile3:49
C3Make Me Wanna Holler8:50
D1The Teaching (Non-LP Bonus Track)3:44
D2Soul Searchin' (I Wanna Know If It's Mine) (Non-LP Bonus Track)6:18
D3Stay (Instrumental Mix)4:35
D4Who Is He And What Is He To You (Instrumental Mix)5:04
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  • Lacquer Cut ByLevi*

Notes

Release from Record Store Day 2021, "First Drop".

This reissue ℗ 2021 & © 1996 Maverick Recording Company, a Warner Music Group company. Manufactured by Rhino Entertainment Company [...]. Marketed by Run Out Groove. Made in the Netherlands.

Hype-sticker on shrink-wrap:
First time on vinyl!
2-LP expanded edition features bonus tracks
Pressed on crystal clear, solid silver and solid blue mixed vinyl
[Run Out Groove logo] [barcode] [cat#]

Marketing info from Record Store Day websites:
Deluxe and expanded 2LP set features 4 non-LP & instrumental bonus tracks making their debut on wax. The 2LP set will be pressed on 140g blue colored vinyl and comes in a deluxe tip-on gatefold jacket. All tracks are previously released.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 081227891916
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): 31475 1A 081227891916 ROGV-130-A BLACK BELT-LEVI
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): 31475 1B 081227891916 ROGV-130-B BLACK BELT-LEVI
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C): 31475 1C 081227891916 ROGV-130-C BLACK BELT-LEVI
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D): 31475 1D 081227891916 ROGV-130-D BLACK BELT-LEVI

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Peace Beyond Passion (CD, Album)Maverick, Reprise Records9 46033-2US1996
Peace Beyond Passion (CD, Album)Maverick, Reprise Records9362-46033-2Europe1996
New Submission
Peace Beyond Passion (Cassette, Album)Maverick4-46033US1996
Peace Beyond Passion (CD, Album)Reprise Records, MaverickWPCR-584Japan1996
New Submission
Peace Beyond Passion (CD, Album, Promo)MaverickPROP153Germany1996
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TowerWorks
The pressing leaves something to be desired: quiet pressing, with significant noise in the right channel.
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head_drummer
I rate not music. I rate the quality of this release. If you have good vinyl system you will hear a lot of noise during whole playback one every side of record.
Very bad pressing now in 2021!
Better buy original cd!
Update: tested some of lps in records - same problem : very noisy and a lot of clicks on side 4.
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veggieta76
My copy sounds excellent, none of the surface noise mentioned in some reviews. And the vinyl itself is beautiful. Run Out Groove did well on this release, imo.
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schimek
Mastering's itself is excellent but quality of cutting and pressing is far from being good.
Surface noise and occasional crackling are standard on the all sides of records.
For example the track 1 of the side 4 has continuous clicking from beginning to the end of the track, every turn.
I have found it is caused by thin line throughout of the track.
As I have purchased 2 copies, I've opened and checked that second copy. To my big surprise exactly same line and clicks appeared on the same track of that second copy! Means that matrix/stampers was already scratched!!!
Unfortunately there's no alternative to buy different vinyl issue at the moment and therefore I have to swallow this lack of production quality. But hope that somebody from the pressing plant will read this thread and will make personal correction in the workind staff.
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brandosoul
Edited 5 months ago
The dense merge of secular and sacred matters has always been a key attribute in Black music. Divided souls like Marvin Gaye brought spiritual concerns and sensuality to the fore of his art, while daredevils like Prince held no prisoners interrogating religion with his relentless brand of sex and funk. Their modern heiress, Meshell Ndegeocello was no stranger to this tradition and delved into it head-on with her 1996 masterpiece, Peace Beyond Passion. A maverick musician with her own singular vision, Ndegeocello expanded on the soulfully heady approach of her acclaimed 1993 debut, Plantation Lullabies, and explored serious topics. With thoughtfully stark tales on homophobia (the album's lead single, "Leviticus: Faggot"), dysfunctional families and abuse ("Makes Me Wanna Holler"), and the oppressive roles of organized religion ("The Way") to man's inhumanity to man ("Ecclesiastes: Free My Heart" and "Deuteronomy: Niggerman"), Ndegeocello struck a nerve with many listeners and further established herself as a fierce, uncompromising artist. But Peace Beyond Passion isn't only tailored toward the dark. Always a master seductress, she turns her sexual and romantic desires for women and men into soul nirvana on the silky "Stay" and "Bittersweet," which boasts intricate, jazz-like improvisation throughout that is testament to how fearless of a musician she is. True to her genre-bending virtuosity, Peace Beyond Passion plays as a fluid tribute to yesteryear soul, jazz fusion, and funk, with some of its legendary giants sprinkling their gifts onto the musical tapestry (guitarist Wah Wah Watson, former Headhunters sideman Bennie Maupin, and keyboard extraordinaire Billy Preston.) A classic for the ages and one of the greatest modern soul albums ever.

I'm elated that this album has finally been given the vinyl treatment it has deserved since its 1996 release. Hopefully, it sets a precedence and Meshell's other Maverick output gets prioritized soon (I seriously hope Bitter is next.) That being said, I appreciated the unlisted extended mixes on some tracks. "The Womb" and "Bittersweet," in particular, are both longer than they were on the original CD issue. Additionally, the bonus cut, "The Learning" (originally included on the Money Talks soundtrack) has a new mix with live drums. Another observation about this expanded RSD exclusive: this reissue omitted the segues that were on the original CD issue that were meaningful to the album ("The Womb"'s abrupt transition into "The Way" and the concluding bass reverb in "Mary Magdalene" that segues into "God Shiva" are absent. Perhaps they were removed to make room for the longer mixes of many songs, or the original pre-production tapes were used). Admittedly it's not really a culprit, as if you're already a fan of this album and Meshell (as I am), you'll love this reissue.

The only low points about this reissue is the shoddy quality of the album artwork. Both the front and back cover seemed photocopied from the CD inserts and someone increased the contrast of the images. Also, there are no credits or custom inners. It would have been great to see more of Guzman's beautifully edgy photos from the photo sessions since the reissue includes bonus material. Onto the pressing quality, for the most part, it's fine—both of my discs are flat as a pancake, the mixed blue color looks vibrant in person, and the mastering is nice (although I can tell much of it was digitally sourced from the CD master.) Crackle and surface noise is pervasive on several songs, with the worst being on "Make Me Wanna Holler" (third side). I've wet cleaned both discs several times and it lessened the noise a bit. A minor disappointment on such a solid reissue for a modern classic. For what it's worth, I'm happy it's on vinyl 25 years after its initial release.
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sberto1
Got my copy, cleaned it before I stated listening to it, like I do for all my records. But it sounds like crap, you hear more noise than actual music, Probably the worst new album I ever acquired and I buy a lot. Will contact my supplier to get a 2nd copy if it still available. Beware.
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warm_slime71
Incredible sounding masterpiece ! This is a must have if you like the record.
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jymorin88
Sad to hear some sound like crap. I must have found a good one cause it sounds so crisp and the bass bangs!
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MyAuralFixation
Edited 5 months ago
I'm disappointed with the packaging on two fronts. One, most of the artwork was likely scanned from the original CD booklet, with the front cover having a very obvious color halftone effect (but, amazingly, no moiré pattern) and the back cover photo made very blurry to hide any scanning artifacts. Two, where are the lyrics and musician credits? The CD booklet had them all.

Given their previous releases, I expected better from Run Out Groove.
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vinylcdmd
Edited 5 months ago
Classic album - here's hoping for a black vinyl release