Impulse!

Impulse!

Profile:
1960 The Impulse! label was started as a jazz subsidiary of Am-Par Record Corp. under the direction of Creed Taylor and soon after the label's creation, Bob Thiele.
In the 60s the Canadian versions of the label were manufactured by Sparton Of Canada Ltd. and wear the Sparton Impulse! Records label.
1962 The company names changed to ABC-Paramount Records, Inc. - The Sparton Impulse! Records remains to mention Am-Par Record Corp. after the company name changed.
1967 A new change to ABC Records, Inc. In this period sometimes a second ABC Records brand appears on the label.
1974 Versions on the concentric label design from the 70s commonly displays the ABC Impulse! label brand.
It operated until 1979, though new recordings had stopped by 1977; it survived on with reissues.
1979 ABC was bought by MCA Records and Impulse! shut down along with all of the other ABC-affilated labels.

Impulse is known as The House That Trane Built because of John Coltrane's 1961-67 association with the label.

MCA revived the label mainly as a reissue imprint with a few new releases in the 1980s. It was reactivated as part of MCA-owned GRP with new artist signings including Diana Krall in the 1990s. Following a series of major label buy-outs and mergers, Impulse! is now part of the The Verve Music Group unit of the larger multi-national Universal Music Group where it is currently a reissue-only label.

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Sites:
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1 C 052-90 384 Bob Thiele / Gabor Szabo Bob Thiele / Gabor Szabo - Intercontinental Jazz(LP, Album) Columbia 1 C 052-90 384 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1C 052-90 806 Various The Definitive Jazz Scene Volume 1(LP, Comp) Columbia, Impulse! 1C 052-90 806 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
2 IMP 446 John Coltrane The Other Village Vanguard Tapes(2xLP, Album, Gat) Impulse! 2 IMP 446 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
3C064 92484 Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra (Album) 3C064 92484 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
3c 064-92920 John Coltrane / Archie Shepp John Coltrane / Archie Shepp - New Thing At Newport(LP, Album, Gat) Impulse!, ABC Records 3c 064-92920 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
3C 064 95721 Max Roach Percussion Bitter Sweet(LP, Album, Gat) Impulse! 3C 064 95721 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
3C 064 - 95769 John Coltrane Impressions(LP, Album, Gat) Impulse!, Impulse!, ABC Records, ABC Records 3C 064 - 95769 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
3c 064-95770 The John Coltrane Quartette* Coltrane(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Impulse!, ABC Records 3c 064-95770 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
3C 064-96047 Gato Barbieri Chapter Three: Viva Emiliano Zapata(LP, Album) Impulse!, ABC Records 3C 064-96047 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
3C 064-96079 John Coltrane Interstellar Space(LP, Album) Impulse! 3C 064-96079 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
3C 064-96321 John Coltrane Quartet* Ballads(LP, Album, RE) Impulse! 3C 064-96321 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
3C 064-96322 John Coltrane Ascention(LP, Album, Gat) Impulse!, ABC Records, Impulse!, ABC Records 3C 064-96322 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
3C 064 96333 McCoy Tyner Today And Tomorrow(LP, Album) Impulse! 3C 064 96333 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
3C 064-96335 Dewey Redman Coincide(LP, Album) Impulse! 3C 064-96335 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
3C 164-96422/3 John Coltrane Concert In Japan(2xLP, Album, Gat) Impulse!, ABC Records 3C 164-96422/3 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
7S-LP LP A-88 Elvin Jones Dear John C.(7", Album, see) Impulse! 7S-LP LP A-88 US 1965 Sell This Version
32XD-570 John Coltrane Quartet* Ballads(CD, Album, RM) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-570 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-571 John Coltrane Quartet* Crescent(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-571 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-572 The John Coltrane Quartet Coltrane(CD, Album, RE) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-572 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-575 John Coltrane Transition(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-575 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-576 John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman - John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman(CD, Album, RE, RM) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-576 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-577 John Coltrane Ascension(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-577 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-578 The John Coltrane Quartet The John Coltrane Quartet Plays(CD, Album, RE) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-578 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-581 John Coltrane Meditations(CD, Album, RE) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-581 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-582 Coltrane* "Live" At The Village Vanguard(CD, Album, RM) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-582 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-583 John Coltrane Impressions(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-583 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-584 John Coltrane Ascension(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-584 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-585 John Coltrane Selflessness(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-585 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-586 John Coltrane Sun Ship(CD, Album, RE) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-586 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-587 Duke Ellington & John Coltrane Duke Ellington & John Coltrane - Duke Ellington & John Coltrane(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-587 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-588 Coltrane* Live At Birdland(CD, Album, RE, RM) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-588 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-589 The John Coltrane Quartet Africa / Brass(CD, Album, RE, RM) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-589 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-592 John Coltrane Om(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-592 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-595 John Coltrane A Love Supreme(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-595 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-596 John Coltrane Kulu Sé Mama(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-596 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-597 John Coltrane Expression(CD, Album, RE, RM) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-597 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-598 John Coltrane Live At The Village Vanguard Again!(CD, Album, RE, RM) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-598 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-599 John Coltrane The Africa Brass Sessions, Vol. 2(CD, Album, RM) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-599 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-600 John Coltrane The Mastery Of John Coltrane / Vol. III Jupiter Variation(CD, Album) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-600 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-603 Keith Jarrett Death And The Flower(CD, Album) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-603 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-604 Keith Jarrett Treasure Island(CD, Album, RE) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-604 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-605 Keith Jarrett Byablue(CD, Album) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-605 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-606 Keith Jarrett Mysteries(CD, Album, RE) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-606 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-607 Sonny Rollins On Impulse!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-607 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-608 Sonny Rollins Original Music From The Score "Alfie"(CD, Album) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-608 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-609 McCoy Tyner Nights Of Ballads & Blues(CD, Album, RE) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-609 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-610 McCoy Tyner Trio With Roy Haynes And Henry Grimes McCoy Tyner Trio With Roy Haynes And Henry Grimes - Reaching Fourth(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-610 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-611 The Gil Evans Orchestra* Out Of The Cool(CD, Album, RE, RM) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-611 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-612 The Gil Evans Orchestra* Into The Hot(CD, Album, RE) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-612 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-613 Johnny Hartman I Just Dropped By To Say Hello(CD, Album, RE) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-613 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-614 Count Basie And The Kansas City 7* Count Basie And The Kansas City 7(CD, Album, RE) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-614 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-615 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers(CD, Album, RE) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-615 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-616 Elvin Jones And Richard Davis (2) Elvin Jones And Richard Davis (2) - Heavy Sounds(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-616 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-617 Oliver Nelson The Blues And The Abstract Truth(CD, Album, RE) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-617 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-618 Oliver Nelson More Blues And The Abstract Truth(CD, Album) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-618 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-619 Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-619 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-620 J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding - The Great Kai & J. J.(CD, Album) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-620 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-621 Albert Ayler In Greenwich Village(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-621 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-622 Charlie Mingus* The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady = 黒い聖者と罪ある女(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-622 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-623 Archie Shepp Four For Trane(CD, Album, RE, RM) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-623 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-624 Quincy Jones And His Orchestra The Quintessence(CD, Album, RM) MCA Records, Impulse! 32XD-624 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
43P2-0011 John Coltrane A Love Supreme(CD, Album, Gol) Impulse! 43P2-0011 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
43P2-0012 John Coltrane Quartet* Ballads(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 43P2-0012 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
43XD-2009 John Coltrane From The Original Master Tapes(CD, Comp) Impulse! 43XD-2009 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
45-IMP-242 John Lee Hooker Money / Bottle Up And Go(7", Single) Impulse! 45-IMP-242 US 1966 Sell This Version
45-IMP-250 Gary McFarland Winter Samba(7") Impulse! 45-IMP-250 US 1966 Sell This Version
45-IMP-251 Shirley Scott Roll 'Em(7") Impulse! 45-IMP-251 US 1966 Sell This Version
45-IMP-252 Clark Terry & Chico O'Farrill Clark Terry & Chico O'Farrill - Peanut Vendor / Spanish Rice(7") Impulse! 45-IMP-252 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-IMP-255 Shirley Scott Trio Love Nest / Keep The Faith, Baby(7") Impulse! 45-IMP-255 US Unknown Sell This Version
55XD-573/574 John Coltrane Live In Japan Vol.1(2xCD, Album) MCA Records, Impulse! 55XD-573/574 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
55XD-579/580 John Coltrane Live In Japan Vol. 2(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 55XD-579/580 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
55XD-590/591 John Coltrane The Other Village Vanguard Tapes(2xCD, Album) MCA Records, Impulse! 55XD-590/591 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
55XD-593/594 John Coltrane The Mastery Of John Coltrane / Vol. I Feelin' Good(2xCD, Album) MCA Records, Impulse! 55XD-593/594 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
55XD-601/602 John Coltrane The Mastery Of John Coltrane / Vol. IV 'Trane's Modes'(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 55XD-601/602 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
224 Ben Webster Quartet Fall Of Love(7") Impulse! 224 US 1993 Sell This Version
228 Milt Jackson Sextet Jazz 'N' Samba / The Oo-Oo Bossa Nova(7", Promo) Impulse! 228 US Unknown Sell This Version
239 Shirley Scott Can't Get Over The Bossa Nova / Soul Sauce(7") Impulse! 239 US Unknown Sell This Version
273 Albert Ayler Free At Last / New Ghosts(7", Promo) Impulse! 273 US Unknown Sell This Version
276 Dave Mckay* Samba For Vicky / See You Later(7", Promo) Impulse! 276 US 1969 Sell This Version
1377 Mingus* Oh Yeah(LP, Album, Ltd, RP) Atlantic, Impulse!, Atlantic 1377 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
5027 Archie Shepp Further Fire Music(Cass, Album) GRT, GRT 5027 US 1978 Sell This Version
8046 (AS-31) George Wein & The Newport All Stars George Wein & The Newport All Stars - George Wein & The Newport All-Stars(LP, Album, W/Lbl) Impulse! 8046 (AS-31) US 1963 Sell This Version
9027-4 The Gil Evans Orchestra* Out Of The Cool(LP, Album, RE) Impulse! 9027-4 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
17 246 AT John Handy Hard Work(7", Single) Impulse! 17 246 AT Germany 1976 Sell This Version
17601 AT B.B. King & Bobby Bland B.B. King & Bobby Bland - Thrill Is Gone(7") Impulse! 17601 AT Netherlands 1976 Sell This Version
221-03 Sonny Rollins On Impulse!(LP, Album, Mono, Gat) Impulse!, Impulse! 221-03 Spain 1966 Sell This Version
221-03 (A-91) Sonny Rollins On Impulse!(LP, Album, Gat) Impulse!, Impulse!, Hispavox 221-03 (A-91) Spain 1966 Sell This Version
221-06 (A-77) John Coltrane A Love Supreme(LP, Album) Impulse! 221-06 (A-77) Spain Unknown Sell This Version
221-08 Gabor Szabo Jazz Raga(LP, Album) Impulse! 221-08 Spain 1967 Sell This Version
2-4134 John Coltrane Featuring Pharoah Sanders John Coltrane Featuring Pharoah Sanders - Live In Seattle(2xLP, Album, RP, Gat) MCA Records, MCA Records, Impulse!, ABC Records 2-4134 US 1980 Sell This Version
2 4138 John Coltrane The Mastery Of John Coltrane / Vol. I Feelin Good(2xLP, Album) Impulse! 2 4138 US 1978 Sell This Version
25 456 XOT Keith Jarrett Byablue(LP) Impulse! 25 456 XOT Germany 1977 Sell This Version
27 703 XOT Bobby Bland & B.B. King Bobby Bland & B.B. King - Together Again...Live(LP, Album) Impulse! 27 703 XOT Germany 1976 Sell This Version
28 307 XOT Keith Jarrett Shades(LP, Album) Impulse!, ABC Records 28 307 XOT Germany 1976 Sell This Version
28 674 ET Gato Barbieri Chapter One: Latin America(LP, Album, RP) Impulse!, Ariola Eurodisc GmbH 28 674 ET Austria Unknown Sell This Version
28 691 XOT John Handy Carnival(LP, Album) Impulse! 28 691 XOT Germany 1977 Sell This Version
29004 Basie* Straight Ahead(LP, Album, RE) ABC DOT 29004 US Unknown Sell This Version
29020 John Coltrane Ascension (Edition II)(LP, RE) Impulse! 29020 US 1980 Sell This Version
29024 John Coltrane Om(LP, Album, RE) MCA Records, Impulse! 29024 US 1980 Sell This Version
29032 Duke Ellington & John Coltrane Duke Ellington & John Coltrane - Duke Ellington & John Coltrane(LP, Album) Impulse!, MCA Records 29032 US Unknown Sell This Version

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darknesstraveller

darknesstraveller

October 21, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
Various – ‘The Impulse! Summer Solstice ’71 Sampler’ (Impulse p/s LP, US ‘71)
littleweasel

littleweasel

September 7, 2010
Some information I have on Impulse! original vinyl pressings:

1961 - 1962: AM-PAR Record Corp. (does anyone know which is the last AM-PAR issue? At least A(S)-32 Ballads 1st pressing have Am-Par on label). Orange + black label, laminated gatefold cover
1962 - 1968: abc Paramount Records (which is the last issue with Paramount text?) Orange + black label, laminated gatefold cover
1968 - 19xx: abc Records have orange + black label, laminated gatefold cover
1970's issues have black + red rim label, laminated gatefold cover

Does anyone have more detailled information, on which point the records company name is changed?

In addition to these releases there are some Capitol club releases with orange+black label, abc Paramount text. At least Coltrane: Love Supreme and Live at Birdland.

February 9, 2008
I love looking at my CD shelf seeing the orange and black spines. Something very aestheticly pleasing about it. From the 60's to the early 70's Impulse! was jazz's hottest label. They had a solid artist, who was Coltrane, but they also kept bringing in jazz's hottest artists at the time as well. Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, Duke Ellington, and Charles Mingus just to name a few. When Impulse! started, glossy gatefold records wasn't a common thing in jazz and this gave them an image that still stands up today. I think they also helped open the worlds eyes to free jazz as well. The reissues that Impulse! has been coming out with are great and often feature great notes about the release and bonus tracks. Defiantly one of my favorite jazz label's and I recommend people check out the book "Impulse!: The House That Trane Built" if they want to know the full history. They spill the beans on everything that went down!