Never Before Released Erroll Garner Recordings Coming From Octave Music and Mack Avenue Music Group

The Erroll Garner Project in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh (where Octave Music in 2015 archived Garner’s physical assets) and in partnership with Mack Avenue Music Group celebrate what would have been Garner’s 100th birthday with three forthcoming vinyl releases due September 17th: Liberation in Swing: Centennial Collection is a Deluxe Limited Edition Box Set, Liberation in Swing: The Octave Records Story & Complete Symphony Hall Concert (Standard Edition Box Set) and Symphony Hall Concert (single 180g LP, CD and digital editions).

Both multi-LP boxed sets include noted historian Dr. Robin D. G. Kelley’s definitive career narrative as well as essays from Terri Lyne Carrington and Cécile McLorin Salvant. The included book showcases Garner’s little known visual artistry.

The deluxe limited to 300 copies edition box ($349.98) includes:
• 3-LP 180-gram black vinyl, Complete Symphony Hall Concert (previously unreleased live performance from Boston’s Symphony Hall, recorded January 17, 1959)
• 1-LP 180-gram white vinyl, SESSIONS (new compilation of Garner originals from the Octave Remastered Series, first time on vinyl)
• The complete 12 CD Octave Remastered Series, redesigned in custom tri-fold folio
• Hi-Res 192kHz / 24bit digital master quality audio of the complete 12 album Octave Remastered Series (digital download)
• Vintage 1967 promotional box from Erroll Garner’s private archive, featuring five 7-inch 45rpm singles
• 1 Cassette, The Final Concert Cassette (Garner’s last performance recorded at Mister Kelly’s in Chicago, 1975)
• Hardcover cloth-wrapped 60-page book with essays from Dr. Robin D. G. Kelley (“Octave Records & The Liberation of Erroll Garner”), Terri Lyne Carrington (“Complete Symphony Hall Concert”) and Cécile McLorin Salvant (“Garner, The Visual Artist”), as well as unpublished original artwork from Erroll Garner and previously unseen photos.
• Certificate of Authenticity

The edition titled Liberation in Swing: The Octave Records Story & Complete Symphony Hall Concert ($149.98) includes the same as above in a less opulent package, but omits the cassette as well as the 12 CDs but does include the same Hi-Res 192kHz/24 bit download featured in the limited edition box.

The single LP Symphony Hall Concert is a 9 song compilation from 1959 Boston Symphony Hall concert and is also available on CD and digitally.

The original mono analog tapes were newly transferred to Hi-Res digital via the Plangent Process and having listened to a set of test LPs I’m here to tell you the sound is “you are there” outstanding! The three editions, to be released on September 17th are available for pre-order at the Erroll Garner store.

tghicks20's picture

Michael, I loved your unboxing. I read other reviews and immediately ordered. Thanks!