Sonny Rollins – Sound of Sonny – Reviewed in 2007

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Sound of Sonny

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Riverside White and Blue original 2 Mic Label Mono LP. Side one sounds like a typical old Riverside jazz record, but side two sounds EXCELLENT! I don’t know when I’ve heard an early Sonny Rollins record sound better. His horn is really full-bodied and dynamic and has amazing IMMEDIACY on some tracks. It makes side one sound sick in comparison.

The surfaces for old jazz records are always the problem. This one plays M– to EX++ and has some groove damage in the inner grooves — nothing too serious, but it’s definitely there. We played all the marks and only a few of them repeat, and not for long. I’ve never seen a clean quiet copy of a record like this in my life. I’m sure they exist, but I don’t come across them, at any price. 

TRACK LISTING

1. The Last Time I Saw Paris
2. Just in Time
3. Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye
4. What Is There to Say?
5. Dearly Beloved
6. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
7. Cutie
8. It Could Happen to You
9. Mangos
10. Funky Hotel Blues