Sonny Rollins – Rollins (2 LPs) – Our Shootout Winner from 2008


[We used to like this record a whole lot more than we do now. Based on what we heard last time we played it, I would not recommend it.]

This Prestige Two-Fer Double LP boasts EXCELLENT SOUND, right up there with some the best sounding copies we’ve played. Three sides out of four sounded surprisingly good, which is three good sides more than the average copy can claim. Oddly enough, the stampers are identical. Sample to sample variation? Fresh off the stamper transparency? Who’s to say? I can’t explain it, but I know a better record when I play one. This copy is clearly more transparent, no pun intended. It’s also been through our extensive cleaning process, which as you can imagine helps the sound immeasurably. 


Side One

St. Thomas
Strode Rode
The Way You Look Tonight

Side Two

Tenor Madness

Side Three

Valse Hot
Count Your Blessings

Side Four

Mambo Bounce
Newk’s Fadeaway
With a Song in My Heart
No More
When Your Lover Has Gone