Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Such Sweet Thunder (Mono) - AudioSoundMusic
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Such Sweet Thunder (Mono) - AudioSoundMusic
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Such Sweet Thunder (Mono) - AudioSoundMusic
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Such Sweet Thunder (Mono) - AudioSoundMusic
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Such Sweet Thunder (Mono) - AudioSoundMusic
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Such Sweet Thunder (Mono) - AudioSoundMusic
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Such Sweet Thunder (Mono) - AudioSoundMusic
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Such Sweet Thunder (Mono) - AudioSoundMusic
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Such Sweet Thunder (Mono) - AudioSoundMusic
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Such Sweet Thunder (Mono) - AudioSoundMusic

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Such Sweet Thunder (Mono)

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Duke Ellington – Piano [click here to see more vinyl featuring Duke Ellington]

Jimmy Hamilton – Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone

Johnny Hodges – Alto Saxophone

Russell Procope – Clarinet, Alto Saxophone

Paul Gonsalves – Tenor Saxophone

Harry Carney – Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone

Cat Anderson – Trumpet

Clark Terry – Trumpet

Ray Nance – Trumpet

Willie Cook – Trumpet

Quentin Jackson – Trombone

John Sanders – Trombone

Britt Woodman – Trombone

Jimmy Woode – Bass

Sam Woodyard – Drums

Billy Strayhorn – Orchestration

Written by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn

 

1 LP, standard sleeve

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Mono

Studio

Record Press : Pallas

Label : Pure Pleasure

Original Label : Columbia

Recorded August 7, 1956 – May 3, 1957 at Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York

Engineered by Irving Townsend

Produced by Phil Schaap

Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

Originally released in 1957

Reissued in September 2010

 

Tracks:

Side A:

  1. Such Sweet Thunder
  2. Sonnet For Caesar
  3. Sonnet to Hank Cinq
  4. Lady Mac
  5. Sonnet in Search of a Moor
  6. The Telecasters

Side B:

  1. Up and Down, Up and Down (I Will Lead Them Up And Down)
  2. Sonnet for Sister Kate
  3. The Star-Crossed Lovers
  4. Madness In Great Ones
  5. Half the Fun
  6. Circle of Fourths

 

Reviews:

“The 1999 reissue of this album marks a total reconstruction and rethinking of the original LP, and such a complete break from the original album that its story could fill a book. Such Sweet Thunder was originally announced as a stereo and mono release, but only showed up in mono thanks to the technical problems inherent in early stereo in creating a concert-like ambience in which the performance seemed continuous. The reissue presents the original album as it was intended, using alternate takes from the original sessions, plus the stereo masters of the takes used on the original album, all rounded out with a mono outtake or two. The music itself counts among Ellington's most well-realized "concept projects," all inspired by Shakespeare's work and filled with memorable melodies and ample opportunities for solos by Cat Anderson, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, and Quentin Jackson. The Ellington-Strayhorn compositions treat their soloists like actors doing scenes and, in effect, playing parts, even quoting lines after a fashion -- Clark Terry "plays" Puck in "Up and Down, Up and Down (I Will Lead Them Up and Down)," and Johnny Hodges turns in one of the most sensuous performances of his career for "Half the Fun," from Antony and Cleopatra. These moments more than justify the cost of the CD, and the bonus tracks, many of which are different takes and others are simply material that came from the same sessions, more than double the length of the original LP. The extended notes by Phil Schaap deserve some kind of award for detail and clarity.” AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder

“Recorded for two different labels -- specialist Roulette for the Basie LP and music giant Columbia for the Ellington -- at two different times, in stereo for the Basie and mono for the Ellington, the LPs sound remarkably similar. Both present a complete sonic picture instead of emphasizing one aspect. You get the feel of being in an audience listening to these two great bands, a panorama of music in front of you even in mono. No mushy, sloppy, abstract sound here -- just a wide stage with each player performing in his own space but still a part of the whole. Both LPs sound a bit soft at the extremes, but in the midrange they explode with texture and tone, the Basie LP a bit more so than the Ellington.

I don’t have an original of the Ellington LP, but my copy of the Basie tells me that despite the aging of the tapes, Sean Magee did an expert job remastering this music for Pure Pleasure. The pressings are über quiet, the deep, black background enhancing the music's low-level detail and dynamics.” John Crossett, The Audio Beat, December 2010

 

Ratings :

AllMusic : 4.5 / 5 ; Discogs : 4.33 / 5 ; The Audio Beat : 4/5 Music, 4/5 Sound

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