- 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
- Gatefold old-school "tip-on" on jacket by Stoughton Printing
- Plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
- Named a 2015 Record To Die For by Stereophile magazine.
"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." — Music = 5/5; Sonics = 4.5/5 - Jeff Wilson, The Absolute Sound, May-June 2015.
"I chose the CD reissue of this album as one of my R2D4s for 2012, but now from Chad Kassem's Analogue Productions comes this QRP LP, and it's an occasion for popping corks. Released in 1950, this was Ellington's first LP, and he used the new medium to stretch out four of his biggest hits. The arrangements are jaw-droppingly gorgeous and the sound just slightly less so. Recorded by Fred Plaut, who later miked Kind of Blue and other Columbia classics, it has the dynamics, depth, and in-your-face tonal realism of a modern (mono) audiophile thumper. Among the best jazz albums ever." — Fred Kaplan, for Stereophile - "Records To Die For" - February 2015.
Analogue Productions – APJ 4418, Columbia Masterworks – ML 4418
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Mono, 200 Gram, Gatefold
Swing, Big Band