On Feb. 16, Concord’s Craft imprint will release a 60th-anniversary two-LP edition of Sonny Rollins’ classic album Way Out West, featuring the Saxophone Colossus with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne. The original LP was released in 1957, on the Contemporary label. A landmark recording, it was deeply influential for its stripped-down, harmonically open “strolling trio” format, and for Rollins’ inventive repertoire choices, which, like the funny, slyly mischievous album cover photo by William Claxton, reflected the saxophonist’s love for Hollywood westerns.
Disc One – Original Way Out West Album
A1. I’m an Old Cowhand
A3. Come, Gone
B1. Wagon Wheels
B2. There Is No Greater Love
B3. Way Out West
Disc Two – Bonus Tracks from the Way Out West Recording Session
A1. Monologue: You Gotta Dig the Lyrics (previously unreleased)
A2. I’m an Old Cowhand (alternate version)
A3. Dialogue: Titling “Come, Gone” (previously unreleased)
A4. Come, Gone (alternate version)
B1. There Is No Greater Love (alternate version, previously unreleased)
B2. Way Out West (take 1, previously unreleased)
B3. Way Out West (alternate version)
Read Nate Chinen’s JT cover story on Sonny Rollins.