Masterpieces By Ellington

Duke Ellington

SKU: AAPJ4418-45

Barcode: 753088441875

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A historic record recorded just four years removed from the dawn of the analogue tape era!

200-gram double LP set remastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analog tapes and cut at 45 RPM!

Recorded on an Ampex 200, using 3M-111 magnetic tape running at 15 inches per second

Gatefold old-style “tip-on” on jacket by Stoughton Printing

Plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings!

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.

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.

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Track Listings

1. Mood Indigo
2. Sophisticated Lady
3. The Tattooed Bride
4. Solitude

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