Ella & Louis -1956 Verve Mono LP

Written by on 06/04/2012 in Must-have Music - No comments

I was recently given a demonstration on one of Cape Town’s top high-end systems of this 1956 studio album by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong accompanied by the Oscar Petersen trio in it’s originally released 1956 vinyl LP form. This mono record was the artists’ first collaboration for the Verve label having previously recorded for Decca in the 1940’s.

The record we listened to was not in the greatest condition having survived approximately fifty five years of life on Earth, but to say I was still blown away is probably an understatement. The experience cemented itself into my permanent memory as one of those unforgettable audiophile high lights.

This year the 2012 re-mastered versions of this and other Verve label recordings from that pre-sixties era are being recognized by non-audiophile music lovers for it’s astounding sound. People who visit my listening room are just as impressed and some have even gone out and purchased the remastered CD not having been fans of this genre before.

Legendary Mastering ace, George Marino’s words after having worked with the original master tapes: “This is why I’m in this business” George passed away last week after having lost the battle to cancer.

This album is an absolute must-have for audiophiles and music lovers alike.

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