Charles Mingus — Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus

This is one of my favorite Charles Mingus records.  Recorded in two separate sessions with two slightly different groups in 1963, the performances are amazing and it sounds fantastic.  It has reworkings (under different names) of earlier Mingus compositions like “Goodbye Porkpie Hat”, “E’s Flat, Ah’s Flat Too”, “Haitian Fight Song”, and “Better Get It In Your Soul”, which is included here.

I have 2 copies of this LP, one stereo and one mono.  Each are first pressings that sound excellent to me, and it’s interesting to check out the difference between the two.  The mono version is in slightly better condition and is in the pics and audio clip here. (Details: Impulse A-54 mono/red and orange label + van gelder stamp)

Charles Mingus — Better Get Hit In Yo’ Soul

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6 Responses to Charles Mingus — Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus

  1. London Calling says:

    Now this rings my bell, but it must be a little hard to come by as I’ve not yet seen a copy. Perhaps it’s one of those “if you’ve got it, why would you want to sell it?” records. Definitely on my list.

    • vinyltim says:

      I won’t be selling these! I’m very lucky to have found two. Definitely get it if you see it–probably worth tracking down online if you see it for a decent price.

  2. dottorjazz says:

    this is the first of three Mingus on Impulse, and far apart the best.
    I have never liked The black saint and the sinner lady nor Mingus plays piano.
    Charles was a great composer and music organizer: not a pianist.

  3. Robert says:

    And what would you consider a “decent price” for these on vinyl?
    By the way, I like all three on Impulse!

    • vinyltim says:

      Hi Robert. As with all this stuff that’s a tough question, and it changes from day to day.
      I watch this one and it seems to have a big range. I’ve seen original pressings in VG+ or EX range from around $25-50, with NM copies sometimes getting up over $100, and VG copies going for under $25. Hope that helps–thanks for checking out the blog.

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