Sunday, August 13, 2006

Hidden Tracks

In a jazz forum Paul S. tells about an experience he had while playing the Charles Mingus CD: Pre-Bird (Mercury/Verve) - I guess I'd always shut this off when the music on Half-Mast Inhibition ended. I'd compared the timings with the old Mingus Revisited CD, and Half-Mast Inhibition on PreBird runs about a minute longer, although the music seems to be the same. This listen, I let Half-Mast play out, and after a silence, there's about 45 seconds of control booth/studio talk and a snippet of Lorraine Cousins singing Weird Nightmare - perhaps one of the edits in the released form of that track. The edits are displayed after the track listing as each track plays, which is interesting.

I had te same experiences with the Verve CD Baby Breeze from Chet Baker. When the last track Think Beautiful has finished ( 4: 18) the CD seems to have ended. If you don't stop it or change the CD at once because you love to finish the article in the news paper you're reading, studio noises and music starts again after one minute.

These hidden tracks kept me buzy for some times and thanks to an article in the IAJRC Journal ( and in Jazz) I could make a list of those hidden tracks.

These hidden tracks were added by Verve in some releases.These bonus tracks have all turned up at the end of the compact disc in question, not mentioned in the insert sleeve-notes, on the tray card, or listed in the track. The list below, made by some collectors, learn that also other record companies sometimes inserted hidden tracks.

It would be nice if I could enlarge this list with your hidden finds.

Louis Armstrong meet Oscar Peterson ( Verve 539 060)
Fred Astaire - Steppin' Out With My Baby
Chet Baker - Baby Breeze ( Verve 538 328)
Michiel Borstlap - Live Line ( EmArcy 159111)
Ray Brown/Milt Jackson - Much in Common ( Verve 533 259 )
John Coltrane - Kulu Se Mama ( Impulse 5434122)
John Coltrane - Interstellar Space ( Impulse 5434152)
Buddy DeFranco & Oscar Peterson play Gershwin ( Verve 557 099)
Duke Ellington/Ella Fitzgerald - At the Cote d'Azur
Ella Fitzgerald sings the Duke Ellington Song Book ( Verve 559 248)
Ella Fitzgerald - The Complete Song Books ( Verve)
Ella Fitzgerald/Count Basie/Joe Williams - One O'Clock Jump ( Verve 559 806 )
Paul Gonsalves- Tell it the Way / Cleopatra Feelin' ( Impulse 5479602)
Antonio Carlos Jobim - The Man From Ipanema ( Verve )
Branford Marsalis - Contemporary Jazz ( Columbia)
Wynton Marsalis - Black Codes ( Columbia)
Charles Mingus - Pre-bird ( Verve )
Gerry Mulligan/Paul Desmond Quartet (Verve 519850)
The Oscar Peterson Trio - Night Train (Verve 521 440)
Martin Taylor - Kiss and Tell ( Columbia)
Dinah Washington - What a Different a Day Made ( Verve 543 300 )
Dinah Washington - The Definitive ( Verve 589 839)

These hidden tracks were mentioned in the article Verve Records Bonus Tracks by David Griffiths ( Summer 1999 and Summer 2001 and in the article Geheime nummers by Bert Vuijsje ( Jazz #1-2003)

If you have found hidden tracks on CDs that are not in the list, please post a comment with your hidden treasures.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

some more examples have been mentioned here on this board. If you press rewind after the first track starts on the Billy Bauer Verve Elite "The Plectrist", you will get 9 minutes of additional material. The same applies to studio chatter on John Coltrane's "Interstellar Space" (though only on the US issue it seems). There is some studio chatter at the end of Dinah Washington's "What A Difference a Day Makes" and apparantly there is 13 minutes of bonus material on Louis Armstrong's "I Love Jazz".

Couw ( on Organissimo Jazz Forum )

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's also the hidden inflight version of 'Nuages' during the Caravelle plane inaugural flight that was included although unannounced at the end of the 'Sacha Distel Jazz Guitarist' double CD from the Jazz In Paris series.

Brownie( on Organissimo Jazz Forum )

9:11 PM  
Blogger Babel blog said...

Three on my own Babel Label:
Polar Bear - Held On The Tips Of Fingers
Finn Peters - Su Ling
Hungry Ants - Myrmidons

1:38 PM  

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