Duke Ellington Masterpieces by Ellington 200g 45rpm 2LP (Mono)
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200g 45 RPM Vinyl Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
Mastered For 45 RPM From Original Analog Master Tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling
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A historic record - recorded just four years removed from the dawn of the
analog tape era!
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
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.
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.
In 1950, two years into the LP era and the transition from disc to magnetic tape
recording, Columbia Records got Duke Ellington and his orchestra into the studio
to cut a long-playing record. The Columbia 30th Street Studio opened in 1949 and
Masterpieces was one of the first recordings done in the studio!
December 19, 1950. Masterpieces by Ellington recorded at Columbia's 30th Street
Studio. Released in 1951. Recording engineers Fred Plaut and Harold Chapman.
Recorded on an Ampex 200, using 3M-111 magnetic tape running at 15 inches per
The Columbia 30th Street Studio (CBS 30th Street Studio) nicknamed "The Church"
was considered by some to be the best-sounding room in its time and others
consider it to have been the greatest recording studio in history.
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.
"Even in this august company, 'The Tattooed Bride' is a swinging virtuoso
piece that, as everyone present must have known, couldn't possibly have been
captured in this manner in any era before this session — this was also one of
the last sessions to feature the classic Ellington lineup with Johnny Hodges,
Lawrence Brown, and Sonny Greer, before their exodus altered the band's sound,
and so it's a doubly precious piece (as is the whole album), among the last
written specifically for this lineup." -Bruce Eder, allmusic.com
• 45rpm 200g Vinyl
• Double LP
• Pressed at QRP
• Mastered from original analog tapes
• Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
• Gatefold old-school 'tip-on' jacket by Stoughton
Duke Ellington, piano
Billy Strayhorn, piano
Russel Procope, saxophone
Paul Gonzalves, saxophone
Johnny Hodges, saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton, saxophone
Nelson Williams, trumpet
Andrew Ford, trumpet
Harold Baker, trumpet
Ray Nance, trumpet
William Anderson, trumpet
Quentin Jackson, trombone
Lawrence Brown, trombone
Tyree Glenn, trombone
Mercer Ellington, horn
Sonny Greer, drums
Wendell Marshall, bass
1. Mood Indigo
2. Sophisticated Lady
3. The Tattooed Bride