Charles Mingus ‎– Mingus Ah Um

Columbia ‎– CL 1370
Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono


A1 Better Git It In Your Soul 7:23
A2 Goodbye Pork Pie Hat 4:46
A3 Boogie Stop Shuffle 3:41
A4 Self-Portrait In Three Colors 3:10
A5 Open Letter To Duke 4:56
B1 Bird Calls 3:12
B2 Fables Of Faubus 8:13
B3 Pussy Cat Dues 6:27
B4 Jelly Roll 4:01

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Recorded at 30th Street Studio, NYC.
May 5, 1959 (A1, B1-B4) / May 12, 1959 (A2-A5).
Red and black label with "six-eye" logos.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1): XLP47456-1B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2): XLP47457-1B

Other Versions (5 of 144) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CS 8171 Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um(LP, Album, RE, TP, 180) Classic Records, Columbia CS 8171 US 1996 Sell This Version
B 07556 L Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um(LP, Album, Mono) Philips B 07556 L Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
487729 Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um(LP, Album, RE, RM) Columbia 487729 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CS 8171 Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um(LP, Album) Columbia CS 8171 US 1961 Sell This Version
CS 8171 Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um(LP, Album, RE) Columbia CS 8171 US 2006 Sell This Version


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May 22, 2019
Referencing Mingus Ah Um ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM) Legacy CK 65512 US 1999 (matrix DIDP-095450 G3 1A 01):
There are definitely some sonic flaws on this pressing. On "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" and several other tracks there is clearly audible 60/120/180 Hz hum. It's probably more noticeable on headphones, which is how I usually listen, and perhaps most intrusive on "Self-Portrait In Three Colors". Now, I know "authenticity" is supposed to be important on remastered reissues of classics (and it is a great album), but come on. Nobody involved in the making of this record ever WANTED the hum to be in there and be distracting-- which it is-- and it's easy to remove with parametric EQ.
There's worse, though. For example, again on "Pork Pie Hat", the right-channel saxophone during the opening and closing ensemble melody statements is plagued with a VERY distracting buzzing/crackling distortion. It's bad from the start up to the 50-second mark, but from 3:38 to the end it's just HORRIFIC. (LIsten at 4:12- 4:15-- yeeesh!) Does this buzzing result from (A) miking the horn way too close, (B) some kind of digital remastering screwup, or (C), heaven forbid, mastering those sections from a worn vinyl copy? One would hope (C) is the least likely source, although it does SOUND like that.
I see most of the reviewers here are listening to vinyl, so: Does anyone know if the vintage LP pressings contain that same crackle/buzz? (I've located about six frequencies to kill in EQ to reduce the noise, but totally removing it might be impossible.)


May 3, 2018
I've got the MOV version and it sounds very good to my ears. Lots of clean details and not much noise to speak of. Great album.


March 22, 2018
The vinyl version from Jazz at 33 1/3 seems excellent. Really nice pressing. I have no idea where they mastered from though. Cover looks like the original artwork. Label is Columbia (three eye?). I see it is released under license to De Agostini.


December 22, 2015
I learned about jazz from listening to a borrowed Weather Report Heavy Weather album and a borrowed Pat Metheny Watercolors album decades ago. I still think both albums are great. From those two albums I listened to just about every type of jazz album I could get my hands on and in the process got to know a fair bit about the genre. Most of the stuff I've listened to over years was pretty interesting. Charles Mingus had a lengthy career that saw him as one of the premier double bass players in jazz for decades. This album is a hard one to listen to even if you are familiar with the idiosyncrasies of modern jazz. Its very lengthy even for a jazz album for its time period-1959-which can be hard on listeners. I found myself growing tired of it near the end. At 13 tracks in length it comes in at over 70 minutes long-or about 20 minutes longer than most peoples tolerance level for a pure jazz album-or for any kind of an album for that matter. If someone is new to jazz I wouldn't recommend that this be the album they try listening to first. I would only recommend this album for people who have already listened to a fair bit of jazz. Personally I think that a Miles Davis album is the better jazz listening experience.