Oldest Known Stereo Recording, Duke Ellington - Black and Tan Fantasy, 1932

...the sound quality is amazing - and it happened by accident!




This is the Duke Ellington Orchestra in true stereo sound, just 1 year after they left the Cotton Club. On February 3rd and February 9th of 1932, the Orchestra recorded 2 jazz medleys that go down as the oldest known recordings in Stereo sound. This tune is part of the 2nd medley from Feb 9th. The recording was never intended for Stereo sound, the engineers just wanted 2 different attempts at getting the right sound. However, decades later, a couple of Ellington record collectors noticed that there were 2 takes noted in the discography but they sounded the same. After close listening they realized that the 2 "takes" were from 2 different recording machines during the same recording! They had accidentally stumbled upon the oldest stereo recording. You can read about it here: www.youtube.com/redirect?q=http%3A%2F%2Farticles.chicagotrib;amp;session_token=AnVQu3aP2rnJS_W852ShahwE-iR8MTM4MTAyODA2OUAxMzgwOTQxNjY5