A historic record — recorded just four years removed from the dawn of the analog tape era!
Remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analog tapes
Recorded originally on an Ampex 200, using 3M-111 magnetic tape running at 15 inches per second
"The best album ever made by Duke Ellington, which is to say, one of the best albums in jazz — is also one of his least known. ... now, a leading audiophile record label, Analogue Productions of Salina, Kansas, has brought it out on pristine vinyl (it’s also, despite its vintage, one of the best-sounding jazz albums ever), and the time has come to take notice. ... the new, remastered Analogue Productions LP, which is to the CD as a high-def television is to a circa-1980 Trinitron. Played on a good sound system, it’s a sonic time machine, hurling you into Columbia’s 30th Street Studio with the Ellington orchestra. Horns sound brassy, drums smack, cymbals sizzle, you hear the air pass through the woodwinds. When saxophones play in harmony, the overtones bloom like a sonic bouquet; when the musicians take a quarter-note pause, you hear them breathe in." — Fred Kaplan, Slate, Dec. 9, 2014
1. Mood Indigo
2. Sophisticated Lady
3. The Tattooed Bride
7. Rock Slippin’ At The Blue Note