Thelonious Monk | London Collection, Volume 1 | 180g Vinyl LP

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The First Installment of Monk's Final Recording Sessions as a Leader


Mastered from Original Analog Tapes by Grammy Award Winner Bernie Grundman


Pressed on 180 Gram Audiophile-Grade Vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany


11/11 Music & Sound (Michael Fremer / Analog Planet)


What if you could be a fly on the wall at Thelonious Monk's final recording sessions as leader? Now you can. Offering tremendous late-period performances, The London Collection Volume 1 is nothing but Monk, improvisational, unhinged, and unrestrained.


Originally released by the UK label Black Lion, an imprint that specialized in resurrecting rare gems from US jazz and blues legends, The London Collection Volume 1 marks what are indisputably Monk's final significant contributions and a can't-miss opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts to get closer to the man and his music. The album was mastered from the original analog tapes at Bernie Grundman Studios, and pressed on 180gram vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany.


–The sound here is so transparent, the pressing quality so superb, the vinyl so quiet, if you set the level just so, I think you'll agree with me that the title of this review is not hyperbole: turn out the lights and Monk has been brought back to life to play just for you!" - Michael Fremer / Analog Planet

LP Track Listing:

1. Trinkle, Tinkle [Take 3]

2. Crepuscule With Nellie [Take 2]

3. Darn That Dream

4. Little Rootie Tootie

5. Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland

6. Nice Work If You Can Get It

7. My Melancholy Baby

8. Jackie-Ing

9. Lover Man

10. Blue Sphere