Wes Montgomery | In the Beginning | 180g 3 LP Vinyl Box Set

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In the Beginning features recordings of Wes Montgomery spanning the years from 1949 to 1958, the formative years when the six-string virtuoso was honing his craft in Southern Indiana. Since Montgomery's passing in 1968, only two other albums of predominantly unreleased material have been released Willow Weep For Me (Verve 1968) and Echoes of Indiana Avenue (Resonance 2012). Resonance Records is pleased to introduce the third such archival offering with In the Beginning.


The project began life in the wake of Echoes of Indiana Avenue. Even before that release, Buddy Montgomery's widow Ann approached producer Zev Feldman and Resonance founder George Klabin with the Turf Club, Missile Lounge, and jam session recordings, looking for a respectful home for this never-released music. Philip Kahl, a 22 year old Butler College student had access to the brothers and recorded them at the before mentioned places with a portable tape recorder. "In the Beginning started out early as a project exclusively focusing on the recordings received from Ann & Buddy Montgomery and evolved into an early years collection. There hasn't been a release like this in Wes's discography until now," says Feldman.


The 26 tracks on these newly discovered live and studio recordings from 1949-1958, include a complete never-before-released 1955 Epic Records session produced by Quincy Jones, licensed from Sony Music Entertainment, newly discovered 78 RPM sides with Wes as a sideman recorded for Spire Records (1949), a live recording from the home of Ervena Montgomery, Indianapolis (1956), live recordings from the Turf Club (1956), the Missile Lounge (1958) and in Indianapolis, and the C&C Music Lounge in Chicago (1957).


The 3 LP set is presented on 180-gram vinyl mastered by engineering legend, Bernie Grundman, and pressed on 12-inch LPs at 33 1/3 RPM by Record Technology Incorporated (R.T.I.) in a hand-numbered slipcase with an 8-panel booklet, a digital download card and collector postcards of unpublished photos. In the Beginning features extensive liner notes, and meticulously designed artwork that have become the label's trademarks. The release is attractively designed by Burton Yount.


In The Beginning is made possible with the help of Robert Montgomery, Wes's youngest son, and the head of the Wes Montgomery Estate who signed on as associate producer for the project. Feldman says, "This is another chapter of previously undiscovered Wes, one which aficionados couldn't have even hoped existed a few short years ago. Resonance is proud to present another chapter in the legacy of Wes Montgomery."



LP Track Listings:


Side A

1. After You've Gone

2. Fascinating Rhythm

3. Brazil

4. What Is There to Say

5. Four


Side B

1. Wes' Tune

2. My Heart Stood Still

3. How High the Moon

4. Django


Side C

1. Going Down to Big Mary's

2. I Should Care

3. Caravan

4. Six Bridges to Cross

5. Ralph's New Blues


Side D

1. Soft Winds

2. Robbins' Nest


Side E

1. A Night in Tunisia

2. Love for Sale

3. Leila

4. Blues

5. Undecided

6. Far Wes


Side F

1. All the Things You Are

2. King Trotter

3. Carlena's Blues

4. Smooth Evening