Johnny Hartman - Once In Every Life


Analogue Productions



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AAPJ 105
UPC: 753088010514
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

180 Gram LP  
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Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the Original Analog Master Tape!

180-gram vinyl pressed at Quality Record Pressings!

Tip-on Old-Style jacket by Stoughton Printing

"This is a record fans of it have long hoped would be reissued but I'd been told that (Clint) Eastwood had gone beyond licensing the tracks and had bought the tapes. Leave it to Chad Kassem to get the tapes ... In any case the sound here is even better — way better than the already fine original. If you are a fan of this kind of 'Great American Songbook' style singing, you'll love this record. How great was Hartman? He's the only vocalist John Coltrane recorded with, but you probably knew that. An easy to recommend reissue!" — Music = 9/11; Sound = 10/11 - Michael Fremer, Read the whole review here.

"Analogue Productions rose to the challenge and reissued this gem in ever better balance, clarity, and focus of instruments. Hartman's voice is pure velvet smoothness. His mellow baritone at times is amazing in his breath control. Instruments come out of darkness, and yet blend and support Hartman to perfection. ... This entire album is not to be missed. It is a valuable example of how to produce a recording that literally takes the listener on a journey through the ups and downs of love and romance. Analogue Productions has done it yet again. This recording is ageless, and is a top recommendation from me!" — David Nemzer for Positive Feedback Online, November 2016. Read the whole review here.

"He was a baritone with an ease that could kill you." So writes Eugene S. Robinson for, describing the genius jazz baritone crooner Johnny Hartman.

In 1946, when Hartman was 23, he won a singing contest; eventually, he earned a spot in Dizzy Gillespie's band. Hartman labored largely unappreciated after getting kicked out of the band. That is, until he was spotted by John Coltrane and got pulled into creating what is probably his most noted recording, John Coltane and Johnny Hartman. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin routinely sought out Hartman's shows to soak up how he caught the phrase of a song just so. Sadly, Hartman was felled by lung cancer at age 60; both his work and his story are heartbreakingly underappreciated.

Here, Analogue Productions brings you Once in Every Life. This was Johnny Hartman's next-to-last album (he made a record for Audiophile 12 days later) and the 57-year-old singer was still in prime form. His rich baritone voice is joined by a sextet also including Frank Wess (on tenor and flute), trumpeter Joe Wilder and pianist Billy Taylor.

The ballads range from slow to a brighter medium-tempo pace, and Hartman (particularly on such tunes as "Easy Living," "Wave" and "I Could Write a Book") shows that he still had it this late in his career, writes AllMusic. In his film "Bridges of Madison County" Clint Eastwood used four tracks from Once in Every Life. That movie turned a lot of people on to Johnny Hartman.

Needless to say, the richness of this 180-gram reissue doesn't stop with Hartman's easy, mellow voice. Not by a long shot. To present his gorgeous tone in its best light we relied upon the always-top-notch mastering of Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, and the superior plating and pressing talents of Quality Record Pressings, makers of the world's finest-sounding LPs. Top it off with a Stoughton Printing tip-on heavyweight jacket and you've got the best Johnny Hartman reissue album you'll ever own.

This is definitely one you're not going to want to miss. Wow! Analogue Productions' Chad Kassem had been trying to license this title since 1994, and we finally got it. You'll know why he tried so long after you hear it. If you like our reissue of Dean Martin/Dream With Dean, you're gonna love this one.



Ratings from Michael Fremer @ Analogue Planet

1. Easy Living
2. It Was Almost Like A Song
3. Wave
4. By Myself
5. For All We Know
6. Will You Still Be Mine
7. Nobody Home
8. I Could Write A Book
9. I See Your Face Before Me

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 7 person(s) rated this product.


posted on 12/15/2020
5 Stars
I find this to be a beautiful recording of Johnny. I find it fascinating that the original label/producer of this recording is not mentioned. That would be BeeHive Records for the records.


posted on 12/30/2018
5 Stars
Reviewer: Mike
JH delivers and so do the quality of this great pressing!

simply beautiful

posted on 11/12/2017
5 Stars
Reviewer: kevin burke
wow ,ive heard and read so much about johnny hartman and specificly this record,it sounds so real so beautiful,and no surface is deep soulful sound it makes the hair on your arms me this is the best acoustic sounds record ever re-issued.and of course acoustic sounds is the very best place to get re-issues,they do it the right way,and you always get what you pay for.SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

posted on 12/26/2016
5 Stars
Finally this record gets the sonic treatment it deserves. If you are familiar with this record you have never heard it like this. If you are not familiar with this record you are in for a treat! I have played my original copy at least 1000 times yet I can say I have never really heard it until now. BUY THIS RECORD! All I can say is Chad, THANK YOU!!!

Just Awesome!!!!!!!

posted on 12/07/2016
5 Stars

A Sonic Masterpiece!!!!

posted on 11/27/2016
5 Stars
Reviewer: Al Webb
Johnny Hartman is literally in your room. His voice is sultry and has outstanding intonation. The instrumental timbre of the accompanying musicians is superb. In particular the piano is captured amazingly well and listen to that flugelhorn on side one!! As good as Dream with Dean is, this is a step up. This is without question a Desert Island Disc. A big shout out to Acoustic Sounds for bringing us this "audio revelation" on vinyl.


posted on 11/21/2016
5 Stars
beautiful mastering and pressing

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