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Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue


Analogue Productions (Blue Note)



Product No.:
ABNJ 84123
UPC: 753088412318

45 RPM Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2
Note: 200 Gram

45 RPM    

One of the best-sounding Blue Notes. True to its title, the music and groove of this album is for late nights and low lights. Thick, smoky, humid – a killer you gotta own.


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"...if you haven't picked up every one of the Blue Note and Nat King Cole reissues from Chad Kassem and company at Acoustic Sounds, you're really missing out!" - David W. Robinson, Positive Feedback, Issue 52

"A classic Blue Note, guitarist Kenny Burrell's Midnight Blue (1963) oozes with all that title suggests...The sound is famously great: wide open, natural, warm, and simply 'there.' Burrell's electric guitar has superb tone and articulation, Stanley Turrentine's tenor sax a creamy, brassy bite, Major Holley Jr.'s bass a fat sense of weight, and the drums and conga realistic snap and texture." - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, June/July 2009


"Holy shit! We went out and bought the Analogue Productions Blue Note Reissue 45 RPM Limited Edition. Probably the best sounding album in the RCN collection. Pure audio porn. This masterpiece makes us want to invest in upgrading the equipment. Cartridges, turntables, amps. Yikes!" - Record Collector News, May/June newsletter

"…Once you get into the swing of the consistently cool grooves you just want to stay there, which makes the four side changes here more painful than on some of the other Blue Note double 45s. No matter, luxuriating in the big, warm, soft yet detailed sound is easily worth the get-up-and-turn-it-over-effort. A highly recommended Blue Note reissue." Music = 9/11; Sound = 9/11 – Michael Fremer,

"These are simply amazing pressings. I have no regrets whatsoever about signing up for this subscription. The folks I'd invited over last Saturday are by no means audiophiles, but they couldn't believe that they were listening to vinyl, or that recordings that were 40+ years old could sound so good. I'm working hard to turn them into vinyl converts. These discs are the icing on the cake!" – Tim Bingaman, Acoustic Sounds customer

"Midnight Blue did not disappoint. The big fat sound of Burrell's Gibson was enough to push me back in my chair all agog! Solid bass and sweeping cymbal work, and oh so fine and mellow. Very good cuddlin' music." – Rich Brown, Klipsch Audio Technologies

"…As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their hands…Back home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent me…I hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud." – Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008

Alfred Lion considered this his favorite production and well he should have. Without piano, Burrell, Stanley Turrentine and company get a clean open sound and a deep groove on such now classic compositions as the title tune and "Chitlins Con Carne," which has become a blues band staple.

Originally released in 1963.

Ray Barretto, conga
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Billy Gene English, drums
Major Holley, bass
Stanley Turrentine, sax (tenor)


1. Chitlins Con Carne
2. Mule
3. Soul Lament
4. Midnight Blue
5. Wavy Gravy
6. Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You
7. Saturday Night Blues

Customer Reviews (4.93 Stars) 14 person(s) rated this product.

So good!

posted on 03/02/2020
5 Stars
Great record, pressing is quiet. Get a copy to listen for yourself.

Can't believe I waited this long to buy

posted on 11/25/2015
5 Stars
I've got a BN original first press which I thought sounded nice. I should have known AP would do it right. One of my favorite jazz guitar albums just went to the next level.

Wonderful! Perfect!

posted on 10/16/2012
5 Stars

Great Music but....

posted on 03/23/2012
4 Stars
Reviewer: JohnB
This is a great album but on side 2 first track popping no matter what I do. Disappointed... Great album otherwise....

Teriffic music and timing with sweet recording

posted on 10/31/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ajay
I am really starting to enjoy my 45s after getting a speed controller. Very sweet sounding with deep bass and big sound stage. And this particular one has great music

Good Sonics

posted on 06/08/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: jbs8896
Great album. Perhaps Burrell's finest. Good re-issue with good sonics. The original mix on Blue Note is superior, but this is a quiet, good sounding mix that is worth buying and is very enjoyable to listen to.

buy it now!

posted on 04/30/2010
5 Stars
Reviewer: Bruce
on top of the music being incredible, the quality of the vinyl is fantastic..You will not be disappointed......! two enthusiastic thumbs up! EPIC!!!

Great music, great recording

posted on 10/14/2009
5 Stars

Will transend time and space!

posted on 07/30/2009
5 Stars
Reviewer: J Ellis
I consider myself very lucky as a subscriber to the Blue Note 45 series. This music is in most cases pretty much unknown to me. I have spent most of my music appreciating years listening to rock LPs bar the odd Miles or Coltrane. So I decided to take an almighty punt on these and the result has been a revalation. I decided to pick this LP to review because I love it so much - but my comments could apply to all the 45 series heard to date. Whilst listening I could not get an image of cool out of my mind - I felt like the early 60's James Bond sipping a cocktail and grooving to this beauty! Why do we spend time on expensive audiophile recordings and even more expensive equipment? Why, because ultimately this LP and may others like it will take you places that transcend normal time and space.

total enjoyment

posted on 02/09/2009
5 Stars
do yourself a favor and buy this exquisite LP

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