Charles Mingus~mingus Ah Um~ultra-rare Orig '59 Columbia Six Eye Stereo Lp~mint
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Â· CHARLES MINGUS with BOOKER ERVIN, JOHN HANDY AND OTHERS â€“ MINGUS AH UM â€“ ORIGINAL 1959 COLUMBIA RECORDS STEREO LP CS-8171
Â· ORIGINAL U.S. PRESSING
Â· ORIGINAL RED AND BLACK COLUMBIA 'SIX EYE' STEREO LABEL
Â· DEEP GROOVE PRESSING (ON ONE SIDE ONLY)
Â· EXTREMELY RARE STEREO PRESSING, MANY TIMES RARER THAN MONO
Â· THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.S. PRESSING; THIS IS NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
Â· ORIGINAL, THICK CARDBOARD COVER (AMERICAN STYLE)
Â· CLEAN, WEAR-FREE LABELS
Â· THICK, HEAVY VINYL PRESSING
Â· NO â€œCBSâ€ BANNER ON TOP OF THE LABEL!
Â· MATRIX NUMBER IN TRAIL-OFF VINYL (DEAD WAX) ENDS WITH '-1D/-1K'.Â ON SOME LABELS,Â SUFFIX 'â€“1' DENOTES THE VERY FIRST, ORIGINAL PRESSING)
Â· MACHINE-STAMPED MATRIX NUMBER IN TRAIL-OFF VINYL (DEAD WAX) OF THE RECORD
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Charles Mingus' debut for Columbia, Mingus Ah Um is a stunning summation of the bassist's talents and probably the best reference point for beginners. While there's also a strong case for The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady as his best work overall, it lacks Ah Um's immediate accessibility and brilliantly sculpted individual tunes. Mingus' compositions and arrangements were always extremely focused, assimilating individual spontaneity into a firm consistency of mood, and that approach reaches an ultra-tight zenith on Mingus Ah Um. The band includes longtime Mingus stalwarts already well versed in his music, like saxophonists John Handy, Shafi Hadi, and Booker Ervin; trombonists Jimmy Knepper and Willie Dennis; pianist Horace Parlan; and drummer Dannie Richmond. Their razor-sharp performances tie together what may well be Mingus' greatest, most emotionally varied set of compositions. At least three became instant classics, starting with the irrepressible spiritual exuberance of signature tune "Better Get It in Your Soul," taken in a hard-charging 6/8 and punctuated by joyous gospel shouts. "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" is a slow, graceful elegy for Lester Young, who died not long before the sessions. The sharply contrasting "Fables of Faubus" is a savage mockery of segregationist Arkansas governor Orval Faubus, portrayed musically as a bumbling vaudeville clown (the scathing lyrics, censored by skittish executives, can be heard on Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus). The underrated "Boogie Stop Shuffle" is bursting with aggressive swing, and elsewhere there are tributes to Mingus' most revered influences: "Open Letter to Duke" is inspired by Duke Ellington and "Jelly Roll" is an idiosyncratic yet affectionate nod to jazz's first great composer, Jelly Roll Morton. It simply isn't possible to single out one Mingus album as definitive, but Mingus Ah Um comes the closest.
Â (EXCERPT FROM AN ONLINE REVIEW BY STEVE HUEY, ALL MUSIC GUIDEÂ /ALLMUSIC.COM/)
Well, there you have it, folks.Â By universal acclaim â€“ both critical and popular â€“ hereâ€™s one of top-10 greatest Jazz albums of all time. And on gorgeous ORIGINAL â€œsix-eyeâ€ STEREO DEEP GROOVE pressing,Â no less.Â Eh,â€¦umâ€¦any questions?
(IMPORTANT NOTE: unless otherwise noted, ALL records are graded visually, and NOT play-graded!; weÂ grade records under the strong, diffuse room light or discrete sunlight)
(a) WE GRADE THE VINYL AS STRONG NEAR MINT. The original luster is very much intact, and the vinyl shines and sparkles almost like new.
(b) The record comes in a hi-grade MFSL PVC inner sleeve, which has - apparently with success - shielded the record from the harmful impact of elements over many years!
(c) The record has a "deep groove" (an indent in the label about 1/2-inch from the edge of the label, which on SOME labels is associated with very early or first pressings).
(d) The record is pressed on a beautiful, thick, inflexible vinyl, which was usually used for the first or very early pressings. Usually, the sound on such thick vinyl pressings is full-bodied, vivid, and even dramatic. Do not expect to obtain such a majestic analog sound from a digital recording!
(e) StereoÂ pressing of this title is much rarer, and by far more preferable to its monoÂ counterpart. The mix is more graphic, the sound resolution more precise, and the channel separation (which does not exist on mono version) adds a whole new dimension to the music. Also, the stereo mixes are (by definition) somewhat different than on the mono version. We estimate that mono copies of this album outnumber stereo copiesÂ by a ratio of at least 5:1.
(f) Of course, this is a full-bodied ANALOG recording, and not an inferior, digital recording!!!