Duke Ellington - Masterpieces By Ellington - 45rpm 200g 2LP Mono

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Duke Ellington - Masterpieces By Ellington - 45rpm 200g 2LP Mono
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AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head

Analogue Productions - AAPJ 4418-45 - 200 Gram Virgin Vinyl 

Mastered by  Ryan Smith - Limited Edition - Mono - 45RPM 

AAA 100% Analogue -  Pressed at QRP - Columbia ML 4418 

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 Stereophile Magazine Record to Die For! 
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100 Recommended All-Analog LP Reissues Worth Owning - Michael Fremer  Analogplanet.com
Spread out on two LPs, to accommodate the wider grooves — will leave you breathless. There's more sparkle to Ellington's piano, more wood in Wendell Marshall's bass, more breath and reed and romance in Johnny Hodges' alto sax, more force in Jimmy Hamilton's hard-blown clarinet. Each player in the horn sections sounds more distinct; I hear more of Duke's playing, underneath those sections, too. And soloists — palpable enough in 33 1/3 RPM — are holographic at 45. In short, the 45 lets us hear more of the music, more of the detail, more of the human presence; it transports us more completely back in time." — Fred Kaplan, Stereophile.com, June 17, 2017
Sound 10/10 Music 10/10 one of the best reissues of the century Hi-Fi + Dennis Davis
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. Sound 11/10 Music 11/10 Michael Fremer Stereophile
Also, the musicians and the engineers must have jumped at the possibility of beginning to reflect what the orchestra sounded like in person—and the results are captured exquisitely in the Analogue Productions 200-gram vinyl reissue. Remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analog tapes, the record was plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings. The depth and space when those rich chromatic harmonies create a wide and well-defined soundscape, the timbre of the orchestra as a whole as well as individual instruments, and the thick, wooden sound of Wendell Marshall’s bass are among the aural pleasures provided when you drop a needle on this platter; expect goose bumps. TheAbsoluteSound
"I have recently been obsessed with Masterpieces by Ellington, one of the best records I have ever heard in terms of music and production. I can now see Ellington in full technicolor glory!" — Colleen ‘Cosmo' Murphy, Classic Album Sundays
"Chad Kassem's Analogue Productions, in conjunction with Ryan Smith of Sterling Sound mastering studio have produced an LP that equals and in some way exceeds the sound of a pristine original pressing properly equalized. The perfectly quiet vinyl and exemplary packaging add up to one of the best reissues of the century." Recording = 10/10; Music = 10/10 - Dennis Davis, Hi-Fi +,

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

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.
Starting in 1944-45, advances in magnetic tape recording, revealed as Germany fell to the Allies, spread to the U.S. and Hollywood. Next, Columbia Records introduced the LP record in June 1948 enabling up to 20 minutes of recording time per side. Finally in December 1950, just four short years from the start of the analogue tape recording era, Masterpieces by Ellington was recorded.
Recorded at Columbia's 30th Street Studio on Dec. 19, 1950, The Duke was freed from the then-traditional 78 RPM 3 minutes-and-change recording restrictions and these “uncut concert arrangements” of three of his signature songs, blossomed. You'll hear on this fabulous reissue: “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.” Remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analog tapes. Captivating to be sure.
"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." 
And this is appropriate, because I think that the original 1950 recording is one of the very best Jazz recordings ever done. It's nothing less than a time machine, a place of meditation, a transport to a moment of the greatness of Duke Ellington and his band in its heyday.
So…if you don't yet have the Analogue Productions re-issue of Masterpieces by Ellington, then you have a huge hole in your record collection. Huge. Embarrassing. Period. - Positive Feedback
• Gatefold old-school "tip-on" on jacket by Stoughton Printing
• Tracks presented in 'uncut concert arrangements'
A historic record - recorded just four years removed from the dawn of the analog tape era!
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
1. Mood Indigo
2. Sophisticated Lady
3. The Tattooed Bride
4. Solitude
We use the Original Tapes and work with only the Best Mastering Studios
Plated and Pressed at QRP the world`s Best Pressing Plant on Virgin Vinyl
Meticulous Test Pressing evaluation and Quality Control
Highest Quality Jackets and Rice Paper Inner Sleeves
Less than 1,000 Records per Stamper
Released in Limited Quantities

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