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Analogue Productions / Columbia

Duke Ellington - Masterpieces by Ellington | 200g LP Mono

$60.00

Analogue Productions / Columbia

Duke Ellington - Masterpieces by Ellington | 200g LP Mono

$60.00

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A TAV Essential Listening Album.

Masterpieces By Ellington shines from an astonishingly brief period of history that gave the recording industry two of its greatest achievements — the introduction of magnetic tape recording and the 33 1/3 LP, or long-playing record.

Four years. That's all it took to go from the discovery by Americans, of German advancements in the field of sound recording, to the marketing of tape decks in the U.S. by the Ampex company, to Columbia's unveiling of its 12” LP, and the first long-playing record to be sold to consumers.

The four selections contained here catapulted the Maestro Ellington into the LP era, as the great composer/arranger/pianist and his matchless orchestra took full advantage of the possibilities afforded by magnetic tape recording and the still-new 33 1/3 RPM LP to, for the first time, capture uncut concert arrangements of their signature songs.

Suddenly, for the first time in his career, Ellington was able to forgo the 3 minutes-and-change restrictions afforded by the short running time of the 78 RPM disc. He and his band rose to the occasion with extended (11-minute plus) 'uncut concert arrangements' of three of his signature songs — “Mood Indigo,” “Sophisticated Lady,” with evocative vocals by Yvonne Lanauze, as well as “Solitude.” Masterpieces was also notable for the debut of the full-bodied, surprise-laden “The Tattooed Bride,” and for the swansongs of three Ellintonian giants of longstanding: drummer Sonny Greer, trombonist Lawrence Brown and alto saxist Johnny Hodges (the latter two would eventually return to the fold).

This album wouldn't have been possible without a chain of events starting at the end of World War II. Recorded in December 1950, just five years after Germany fell to the Allies, revealing the Germans' advances in magnetic tape recording, Ellington's master work holds its wonder still today and the recording quality hands-down betters the sound of many modern-day albums.

Masterpieces is a revelation and a throwback to a golden recording age. So much history and so much luck combined make this album truly special. - Acoustic Sounds

  • 2015 Stereophile Magazine Record to Die For
  • Michael Fremer Rated 11/11 Music, 11/11 Sound in his December 2014 reviews on analogplanet.com

"Most highly recommended. It's one of my "Records to Die For" in the February 2015 Stereophile. You won't have to die to get a copy. $30 will do and it's well worth the money. A true classic both musically and sonically and a historical work of art you can now own." -Michael Fremer, analogplanet.com, Music 11/11, Sound 11/11

Tracklist:

A1        Mood Indigo

A2        Sophisticated Lady

B1        The Tattooed Bride

B2        Solitude

 

 

About Duke Ellington:

"Duke Ellington called his music "American Music" rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as "beyond category. He remains one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music and is widely considered as one of the twentieth century's best known African American personalites. As both a composer and a band leader, Ellington's reputation has increased since his death, with thematic repackagings of his signature music often becoming best-sellers. Posthumous recognition of his work include a special award citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board.

Simply put, Ellington transcends boundaries and fills the world with a treasure trove of music that renews itself through every generation of fans and music-lovers. His legacy continues to live onand will endure for generations to come. Winton Marsalis said it best when he said "His music sounds like America." Because of the unmatched artistic heights to which he soared, no one deserved the phrase “beyond category” more than Ellington, for it aptly describes his life as well. He was most certainly one of a kind that maintained a llifestyle with universal appeal which transcended countless boundaries.

Duke Ellington is best remembered for the over 3000 songs that he composed during his lifetime. His best known titles include; "It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing", "Sophisticated Lady", "Mood Indigo", “Solitude", "In a Mellotone", and "Satin Doll". The most amazing part about Ellington was the most creative while he was on the road. It was during this time when he wrote his most famous piece, "Mood Indigo"which brought him world wide fame.

Duke Ellington's popular compositions set the bar for generations of brilliant jazz, pop, theatre and soundtrack composers to come. While these compositions guarantee his greatness, whatmakes Duke an iconoclastic genius, and an unparalleled visionary, what has granted him immortality are his extended suites. From 1943's Black, Brown and Beige to 1972's The Uwis Suite, Duke used the suite format to give his jazz songs a far more empowering meaning, resonance and purpose: to exalt, mythologize and re-contextualize the African-American experience on a grand scale."" - DukeEllington.com

 

Features of this vinyl reissue:

  • 200g Vinyl
  • Plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings
  • Remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analog tapes
  • Gatefold old-school "tip-on" on jacket by Stoughton Printing
  • Tracks presented in 'uncut concert arrangements'
  • Presented in Original Mono

 

 

Item description:        

Artist:

Duke Ellington

Title:

Masterpieces by Ellington (200g LP Mono)

Label:

Analogue Productions / Columbia

Format:

Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Mono, 200 Gram, Gatefold

Pressing:

US

Release Date:

2014 (Reissue) | 1951 (Original)

Genre:

Jazz

Style:

Swing, Big Band

Catalog No:

APJ 4418

Condition:

New