Saturday, 2 November 2013


I hope the following item goes to a good home: the master tape for the 1973 album collaboration between Duke Ellington and Teresa Brewer. How do these things get into the public domain? It really should be in The Smithsonian!

This auction is for an original 15ips two track stereo master/safety master tape of the collaboration between Duke Ellington & Teresa Brewer. It was originally released on Flying Dutchman but the master was purchased from them by Columbia for release in 1983 on vinyl album (PC 37340) & CD (CK 37340). This was Ellington's last studio album. The Allmusic review awarded the album 4½ stars. IT IS A GREAT ALBUM!

The tape is recorded on PROPERLY dehydrated (baked) Ampex 406 recording tape and plays great with no sticking or shedding. It comes on the reel and in the box shown. There is a full tone set at the head of the reel including an extra 1kHz tone so this MIGHT be a Dolby "A" tape. It played great on my equipment without being decoded however. There is leader at the head & tail of the reel plus leader between the tone set/program start and between sides. Please note that there are 2 engineer splices in the reel. The splices pass through fine and can NOT be audibly heard. The tape comes with the data sheet copy as shown. The data sheet is very hard to read. 

Song listing is:
Side 1:
It Don't Mean A Thing
I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues
Satin Doll
Mood Indigo
Don't Get Around Much Any More
Beginning To See The Light

Side 2:
Rug Cutter
I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good
Tulip Or Turnip
Kinda Lonesome Out Tonight
Poco Mucho

You can follow the progress of the auction here.

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