Sonny SharrockAsk The Ages

Label:Hive Mind Records – HMRLP005
2 x Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue
Style:Hard Bop, Free Jazz


A1Promises Kept9:43
B1Who Does She Hope To Be?4:41
B2Little Rock7:12
C1As We Used To Sing7:45
D1Many Mansions9:31
D2Once Upon A Time6:26

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The album was produced by Bill Laswell and originally released in 1991 on his Axiom label.

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  • Barcode: 0604565264619

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Ask The Ages (CD, Album)Axiom422-848 957-2US1991
Ask The Ages (Cassette, Album)Axiom422-848 957-4US1991
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Ask The Ages (CD, Album)Axiom422-848 957-2US1991
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Ask The Ages (Cassette, Album, Promo, Stereo)Axiom422-848 957US1991
Ask The Ages (CD, Album)Axiom848 957-2Canada1991



  • AnalogArchive's avatar
    Great dynamics and sound quality to this pressing! Wish it was a gatefold, but the jacket is of good material and the discs are free of problems right out of the packaging. Excellent pressing to have!
    • mayrockcreech's avatar
      Was this pressing or the VMP sourced from original masters?
      • DatGtrPlaR's avatar
        I owned the CD since it was released and was a favorite. I got this pressing recently and it sure brings a bit more warmth and detail. 5 stars!!!
        • GarbageWolf's avatar
          My pressing of this album is flawless, and the SQ is excellent. No complaints from me at all. There's clarity and power throughout and the instruments are well separated. Very satisifed with this set.
          • Vinylshadow's avatar
            Edited 3 years ago
            I just ordered this 45 rpm set from Discogs and opened it yesterday. Today I got notification from Vinyl Me Please that my order of Ask The Ages was on the way..Wha? I completely forgot I ordered that in July! 33 RPM Red Vinyl. Remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound. $31....Should be a fun comparison.
            • cbirchall91's avatar
              Sounds is awful the mixing of this reissue is terrible.
              • Doomguy-id's avatar
                Sounds quite good to me! Clean and clear, and quite spacious, pretty much you can expect from any good quality 45RPM pressing. It didn't sound particularly dry to me, though that will depend on your set-up to a certain extent. I was listening with a AT95e cart and Sennheiser HD650 headphones, which I think most would agree are warm sounding, so keep that in mind. My record was pretty quiet for surface noise, so no complaints there. My only gripes are the lack of the original artwork and the paper inner sleeves.

                I paid $65.00AU for mine at a local record store in Melbourne, which was the cheapest I could find it anywhere online, but definitely above average for a new record. As usual, all the discogs sellers are having fantastical wet-dreams with their prices, if you can find it for a halfway reasonable price, grab it! The sound quality is definitely there.
                • Android_Skeleton's avatar
                  Edited 3 years ago
                  Edit/Update: Finally received my orders, and they look awesome. Great signatures from Laswell. And some bonus albums thrown in as a thank you. Happy with this order, even if it took a long time!

                  Anyone yet received their autographed copy from Bill Laswell’s Bandcamp page? I order the CD and LP back in January and have yet to receive any info on shipping. Starting to worry since that was over two months ago now...
                  • innergrooverecs's avatar
                    Edited 4 years ago
                    Overall sound is a B maybe a B+ It’s a bit dry, but the performance is staggering. Sonny is for the most part kind of back in the mix, which allows a certain depth to the recording as no soloist is really favored. Pharaoh shines as always, and while it’s certainly a Sharrock affair, the mix again allows substantial appreciation for the entire band. Very laid back to almost no studio effects. Flat records, a few ticks here and there but I mean a few, and overall the session just outweighs anything else as far as sonics go.
                    • graves666's avatar
                      Got mine today and it sounds great. Anyone know why the cover art was changed from the original CD?


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