Look out for these great releases from Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong coming on August 11th at Barnes & Noble. These exclusive color vinyl pressings are limited to 1,000 copies each. Both releases will be widely available on black vinyl later this year.
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – Volume 1: 1943
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra recorded multiple albums worth of material for this World Broadcasting Series between 1943 and 1945. The songs on this compilation include the best of two volumes which were originally released by Circle Records in 1985. All of the material was recorded on November 8 and 9 of 1943. The album was remastered by Infrasonic Mastering and pressed on audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany. The Barnes & Noble exclusive edition comes on 180gram red color vinyl.
Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars – Jazz is Back in Grand Rapids
This 1956 concert by Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars is a historical gem, which is finally getting its vinyl debut with this double LP release. Recorded on March 26, 1956, at the Civic Auditorium in Grand Rapids, MI, it affords jazz fans a chance to hear what the barnstorming Armstrong’s shows were like in heartland America. Armstrong’s affable presence is pervasive, but not always center stage, as each member of the All-Stars gets his turn in the course of the revue. The release was remastered for vinyl from analog tape at Infrasonic Mastering and pressed at Pallas Group in Germany on 180gram vinyl. The Barnes & Noble exclusive edition comes on two purple and clear swirl color LPs.