Various Artists - Impulse Records: Music, Message And The Moment

 (60th Anniversary Edition 4 LP Box Set + Booklet + Vinyl Slip Mat)


Impulse (Impulse 60!)



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UPC: 602435671871
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No. of Discs: 4
Note: 150 Gram

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4LP Box Set Impulse Records: Music, Message & The Moment

Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of Impulse! Records with booklet and vinyl slip mat

Vinyl plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings for superior sound!

Museum drop-front box set tells the story of the political, social and spiritual facets of the artists and music of Impulse! Records

Tracks by John Coltrane, Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, Oliver Nelson, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp and other legendary Impulse artists. Includes liner notes by Greg Tate and A.B. Spellman

"In many ways, this collection is a mural in sound of the activist's stimulation of the Sixties and Seventies...we need this scope of sound again: We need the horns to scream of stout resistance, and we need the bands to sing to us of the righteous beauty of our souls." — Journalist/Author A.B. Spellman

To celebrate its 60th anniversary, Impulse! Records and Universal Music Group's global catalog company UMe, have announced a year-long campaign in 2021 that includes a gorgeous, curated box set with tracks by John Coltrane, Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, Oliver Nelson, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp and other legendary Impulse artists.

Impulse Records: Music, Message & The Moment comes as a high-quality 4LP set, plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings, makers of the world's finest sounding LPs, with virtually noiseless playing surfaces.

Impulse! was at its prolific height throughout the 1960s. Wearing its signature colors of orange and black proudly and raising its exclamation point high, Impulse! Records was the go-to label for music that harnessed the searching and political stand-taking of the '60s. Launched in 1961, Impulse grew to become an inherent part of the era's velocity as well as its volume, pulling jazz into the age of Black Power, Afrocentricity, and Spiritual Expansion.

In its balance of tradition and transition, it bridged the golden age of jazz, that brief window from the late 1950s to the 1970s when players representing every jazz era were alive and active-from Louis Armstrong to Albert Ayler, from the legends of lore to a new generation of energy players. Impulse treated all its musicians as innovators, revolutionaries even-from swing and bebop, to free and Afrofuturist.

Jazz was an integral part of exploring Black identity and pushing cultural and political boundaries and conversations, as outlined in the box set essays by poet and critic A.B. Spellman and critic Greg Tate, both of whom offer vital perspective on the importance of this label, the artists and music that flowed through it, and the cultural backdrop.

The performances on Impulse Records: Music, Message and the Moment draw their staying power from a wide embrace of styles and sounds, as well as a tight focus on a historic moment when the promise of change was in the air and the message of racial harmony was in the music. Today that music has lost none of its relevance: the promise still deferred, the message still on time.


LPs housed in a high-quality archival portfolio cast with a museum drop front

Includes a magazine style booklet featuring original Impulse! ads and artist photos

Includes Impulse! vinyl slip mat



LP 1
Side A
1. Africa - The John Coltrane Quartet

Side B
1. Garvey's Ghost - Max Roach
2. Hard Sock Dance - Quincy Jones and his Orchestra
3. Up 'Gainst the Wall - John Coltrane
4. Just Us Blues - Elvin Jones/Jimmy Garrison Sextet

LP 2
Side C
1. Alabama - John Coltrane
2. Better Get Hit in Yo' Soul - Charles Mingus
3. Freedom Dance - Shirley Scott Trio
4. Sister Mamie - Yusef Lateef

Side D
1. Malcolm, Malcolm—Semper Malcolm - Archie Shepp
2. Good Lookin' Out - Stanley Turrentine
3. Black and Tan Fantasy - Earl Hines
4. The Rights of All - Oliver Nelson

LP 3
Side E
1. The Creator Has a Master Plan (edit) - Pharoah Sanders
2. Reverend King - John Coltrane & Alice Coltrane

Side F
1. The Awakening - The Ahmad Jamal Trio
2. Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe - Albert Ayler
3. We Shall Overcome - Charlie Haden

LP 4
Side G
1. Blue Nile - Alice Coltrane
2. Astral Traveling - Pharoah Sanders
3. Blues for Brother George Jackson - Archie Shepp
4. Lament (Mankind) - Michael White

Side H
1. Imani - Dewey Redman
2. Bismillahi 'Rrahmani 'Rrahim - Marion Brown
3. Hard Work - John Handy

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