Deluxe Reissue of Sonny Rollins’ “Way Out West” Out Feb. 16

60th-anniversary box set includes previously unreleased outtakes, candid studio talk

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Sonny Rollins (photo by John Abbott)

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.

This reissue, packaged in a hinged box, will include the album, sourced from the original analog tapes, as well as a second LP including previously unreleased outtakes and two tracks of candid in-studio talk. It also features liner notes by acclaimed jazz writer Neil Tesser, based on a new conversation with the artist, and will be available on iTunes, on various streaming platforms and in Hi-Res digital formats. 
Craft's "Way Out West" 2-LP Deluxe Edition
Craft’s “Way Out West” 2-LP Deluxe Edition
 

Disc One – Original Way Out West Album
Side A
A1. I’m an Old Cowhand
A2. Solitude
A3. Come, Gone 

Side B
B1. Wagon Wheels
B2. There Is No Greater Love
B3. Way Out West 

Disc Two – Bonus Tracks from the Way Out West Recording Session
Side A
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) 

Side B
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.