Duke Ellington – Yale Concert Sweet Thunder half speed mastered LP

A half speed mastered audiophile pressing of Duke Ellington's 1968 LP Yale Concert, issued by Sweet Thunder records


Offered for sale is a scarce half speed mastered pressing of Duke Ellington’s 1968 LP, Yale Concert, issued in the early 1980s by Sweet Thunder records.

Yale Concert was one of only a handful of titles released by the short-lived Sweet Thunder records in the early 1980s.  Their titles were mastered at half speed and pressed on premium virgin vinyl, much like those of Mobile Fidelity and Nautilus.  As far as we know, the label released fewer than twenty titles during their short time in business.

This LP was recorded live in January, 1968.  AllMusic had this to say about it:

The great Duke Ellington Orchestra was still intact and in its late prime at the time of this performance from 1968. With the death of Billy Strayhorn the year before, Ellington (perhaps sensing his own mortality) accelerated his writing activities, proving that even as he neared 70, he was still at his peak. Other than a Johnny Hodges medley and the theme (“Take the ‘A’ Train”), all of the music on this set was fairly new. Included are showcases for Cootie Williams, Harry Carney, Paul Gonsalves and Cat Anderson, an 11-minute “The Little Purple Flower,” “Swamp Goo” (which gives Russell Procope a chance to play some New orleans-style clarinet) and a jazz version of Yale’s famous “Boola, Boola.”

The copy offered for sale is in M- condition, and aside from a spindle mark on one side, looks unplayed.  The cover has traces of wear at the corners but is otherwise M-.  A nice example of a hard to find LP.

Record Label:
Sweet Thunder
Catalog Number::
Edition 12
Year of Release::
1968 (original LP)
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