Acoustic Sounds
The Complete Full House Recordings Wes Montgomery recorded live at Tsubo-Berkeley, California
By: Tracking Angle

September 14th, 2023



Craft to Issue "The Complete Full House Recordings—Wes Montgomery recorded 'live' at Tsubo—Berkeley, California"

3 LP 180g, 2CD and 192/24 streaming editions available November 10th

Los Angeles, CA (September 14, 2023) – Craft Recordings honors the inimitable Wes Montgomery on his centennial with an expanded edition of his classic 1962 LP, Full House. Captured at Berkeley, CA’s Tsubo coffee house, the album marks the influential jazz guitarist’s sole live session for Riverside Records and features stellar performances by all, including tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb. Presented as The Complete Full House Recordings, this brand-new collection has been remastered from the original analog tapes by Joe Tarantino, with lacquers cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Germany’s Optimal Media, the 3-LP set is housed in a gatefold jacket, complete with new liner notes by journalist and author Bill Milkowski (Downbeat, Jazziz, Guitar Player). An exclusive new Riverside Records T-Shirt is also available to order at alongside the album.

Craft plays it straight: Kevin Gray cut from hi-resolution files prepared by Joe Tarantino. Rounding out all formats is a variety of alternate takes and outtakes, including two previously unreleased performances: an alternate take of Montgomery’s “S.O.S.” as well as the complete unedited master take of “Full House,” featuring Montgomery’s originally played (and previously replaced) guitar solo restored.

We Montgomery Full House  Live at Tsubo


  • 2023-09-14 05:19:56 PM

    Rashers wrote:

    This is Wes Montgomery Metis the Rhythm Section with Johnny Griffin. An astonishing recording. I have a 1984 Japanese reissue and it sounds phenomenal. I have no doubt that Kevin Gray will work his magic on the digital files. I wonder why they didn’t go AAA for the original masters. Perhaps the tapes needed a lot of digital restoration?

  • 2023-09-14 06:13:08 PM

    Dennis Poggenburg wrote:

    It appears the LP is only available on Craft's site as a bundle with a T-Shirt. I trust the record will be available for purchase without the t-shirt (and at an appropriately lower price)?

    • 2023-09-14 08:02:03 PM

      bwb wrote:

  • 2023-09-14 08:30:19 PM

    Come on wrote:

    I still wonder why labels do this, using digital transfers for such releases. Many Craft releases seemed to show, they understood and they know what the customers want. Anyway now they’re doing the opposite. It’s like selling a certain Porsche type with narrow tires only. No one really wants it, but it just can be purchased like this.

    • 2023-09-15 10:25:52 AM

      Michael Fremer wrote:

      I think it's because of difficulties assembling a new running master to provide the complete concert.....

      • 2023-09-15 06:25:42 PM

        Come on wrote:

        Yes, makes sense. If that’s the right project then for such a release remains a question. I think the first question for such a project should be: can it be done AAA?

    • 2023-09-15 11:43:55 AM

      bwb wrote:

      It says the LPs are from analog tapes, not digital... "this brand-new collection has been remastered from the original analog tapes by Joe Tarantino, with lacquers cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Germany’s Optimal Media"

  • 2023-09-15 06:48:06 AM

    Dennis Poggenburg wrote:

    Thanks for the link BWB…for the life of me I could not find that purchase option using the Craft link that’s embedded in the article.

  • 2023-09-16 01:08:29 AM

    Eric Lubow wrote:

    I don’t even wear t-shirts! I suppose I can give it to someone or donate it. Not sure I understand the rationale. Craft’s mistake was not saying “ buy the three record set and we’ll include a free t-shirt.” At least then we wouldn’t feel we were forced to buy something we didn’t want.

    What if you went shopping for a t-shirt but you could only buy it with a vinyl record? What if you don’t have a turntable? Yes, this is a first-world problem but slightly annoying nonetheless.😬

    • 2023-09-16 09:54:55 AM

      PeterG wrote:

      You can buy the LPs only if you search Montgomery on Craft's site--$12 less

      • 2023-09-16 10:32:15 AM

        Eric Lubow wrote:

        Thanks. It would have been nice if they made that clear in the ad…