Due for online release from www.amplifier.co.nz on 16 May is the digitally remastered single Ain't it a Shame.
Composed by Ruru Karaitiana, and first released in 1949, Ain't it a Shame is a classic jazz number with Karaitiana's trademark sound of the South Pacific.
Kariaitiana's first love was jazz and he's outdone himself with this 100% New Zealand made recording. It should have been another hit for the Williams and Karaitiana duo but issues with the original pressing (which destroyed the master) meant this song only had one release.
Williams' voice is pure velvet and the Ruru Karaitiana Quintette (who recorded Blue Smoke with Williams in 1948) are heard like never before. Each instrument has been carefully picked out and remastered - the band now perfectly supporting 21 year old Williams' voice - with the muffles, scratches and pops of age all but gone.
Ain't it a Shame is the song responsible for starting this project, to bring the music of Pixie Williams to life for a new generation of New Zealanders to enjoy. It is fitting therefore, that it has it's own special time in the spotlight ahead of the release of the full collection.
For the record: The Pixie Williams Collection features all of Williams' digitally remastered recordings. It is due for release in June/July this year.