On EBay: A Few From Impulse

We’ve been very busy with eBay the past couple of weeks — putting records on eBay is what we often do when we are procrastinating from other work, so this would be the evidence that we’ve been in heavy-duty procrastination mode. Anyway, our neurosis is your gain: This week we’ve had 70 items on eBay, several of which closed yesterday, many more of which close today, and a few more of which close tomorrow. Part of what we have up there now is a nice batch of Impulse LPs we’ve either pulled from our own collection, or pulled from the collection we purchased in Trenton back in May. Here are a couple of examples:

Archie Shepp, Four For Trane, Impulse 71. This is an original orange label pressing in nice VG+ condition. It is closing later today and is currently at $40.  Also from the same batch is this:

Yusef Lateef, Jazz ‘Round the World, Impulse 56. This is also an original mono pressing with the orange label. This one is in VG++ condition and is currently at about $25. I knew a knowledgeable collector about 20 years ago who predicted that one day the Impulses would have the same cachet — and the same value — as the Blue Notes and Prestiges. With three or four notable exceptions — John Coltrane with Duke, Coltrane Ballads, A Love Supreme, Oliver Nelson Blues and the Abstract Truth — that prophesy hasn’t come close to coming true. Perhaps someday in the future, but I wouldn’t bet too heavily on it: Although the packaging on the Impulses is great, as is the music (generally), as are the recordings, generally by Rudy Van Gelder. So it’s hard to go wrong, isn’t it?


  • ‘Four for Trane’ is probably Archie Shepp’s best recording, and is due in no small way to the arrangement skills of Roswell Rudd.

    A powerful record still, 46 years after its release, and all the more interesting hearing Coltrane’s tunes played by a larger ensemble. And who woulda thought a trombone solo would work on ‘Syeeda’s Song Flute’?

    Coltrane did it better, but Shepp, the disciple, probably played his best paying tribute to the master.

  • Impulse collector

    Does anyone have more information of Impulse original pressings? I have always emphasized at least first 32 (until Ballads) have AM-PAR written on label on 1st pressings. abc paramount Records would be then in place until 1967 or -68. Then onwards acb Records reissued all Impulse releases so far (but only in Stereo?)

    Is this correct info?

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