Mike Longo* ‎– The Awakening

Mainstream Records ‎– MRL 357
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Pass It 7:37
A2 The Awakening 8:31
B1 A Piece Of Resistance 6:23
B2 Bitchin' 7:40
B3 Just To Let You Know 3:40

Companies, etc.


Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): MRL-357-A 1 1A P
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): MRL-357-B 1A

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MRL 357 Mike Longo* The Awakening(LP, Album, Promo) Mainstream Records MRL 357 US 1972 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45273 Mike Longo* The Awakening(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Solid Records (6) CDSOL-45273 Japan 2017 Sell This Version
PCD-23936 Mike Longo* The Awakening(CD, Album, RE, RM) P-Vine Records PCD-23936 Japan 2007 Sell This Version



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August 17, 2020

I love Mike Longo's output. I have everything he did on Mainstream and Groove Merchant. His work with Dizzy Gillespie on Perception is fantastic, and his album on Pablo "Talk With Spirits" is also very good.

This was somehow the first album of the Mainstream Jazz series I found, It was around 2010, I was 18, and the Goodwill by my house had finally turned up some LP's, It was how I got Bob James's Two, which was exciting for a beginning crate digger, also there were some Prog records that looked interesting, and this Mike Longo Awakening LP. I bought them all, I remember being blown away by The Awakening, and over the years amassing more Mike Longo LP's, and many Mainstream jazz LP's (including Frank Foster's Loud Minority, Jack Wilkins Windows, Harold Land's, Hal Galper's, Blue Mitchell's, etc.)

I think I can finally articulate why this is my favorite Mike Longo LP, and why it deserves to make the top 3 for the Mainstream Jazz series (I love Alice Walker's LP, I suppose I consider that entirely in a class of it's own, soul-funk that is top notch).

It's because The Awakening has this overall sound that reminds me of the best dramatic "Dusty Fingers" gone Jazz. It's evocative, original, and every player is doing it at the top of their game.

It's like a soundtrack for your mind, cinema projecting from the spirit, film of the soul....