Impulse!

Impulse!

Profile:
1960 The Impulse! label was started as a jazz subsidiary of Am-Par Record Corp. under the direction of Creed Taylor and soon after the label's creation, Bob Thiele.
In the 60s the Canadian versions of the label were manufactured by Sparton Of Canada Ltd. and wear the Sparton Impulse! Records label.
1962 The company names changed to ABC-Paramount Records, Inc. - The Sparton Impulse! Records remains to mention Am-Par Record Corp. after the company name changed.
1967 A new change to ABC Records, Inc. In this period sometimes a second ABC Records brand appears on the label.
1974 Versions on the concentric label design from the 70s commonly display the ABC Impulse! label brand.
It operated until 1979, though new recordings had stopped by 1977; it survived on with reissues.
1979 ABC was bought by MCA Records and Impulse! shut down along with all of the other ABC-affilated labels.

Impulse is known as The House That Trane Built because of John Coltrane's 1961-67 association with the label.

MCA revived the label mainly as a reissue imprint with a few new releases in the 1980s. It was reactivated as part of MCA-owned GRP with new artist signings including Diana Krall in the 1990s. Following a series of major label buy-outs and mergers, Impulse! is now part of the The Verve Music Group unit of the larger multi-national Universal Music Group where it is currently a reissue-only label.

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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
0000 Count Basie And The Kansas City 7  &   Basie Straight Ahead  album cover Count Basie Count Basie And The Kansas City 7 & Basie Straight Ahead(CD) Dot Records, Impulse! 0000 US Unknown Sell This Version
1 C 052-90 384 Intercontinental Jazz  album cover Bob Thiele / Gabor Szabo Bob Thiele / Gabor Szabo - Intercontinental Jazz(LP, Album) Columbia 1 C 052-90 384 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1C 052-90 806 The Definitive Jazz Scene Volume 1  album cover Various The Definitive Jazz Scene Volume 1(LP, Comp) Columbia, Impulse! 1C 052-90 806 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1 C 052-90 812 The Best Of Chico Hamilton  album cover Chico Hamilton The Best Of Chico Hamilton(LP, Comp) Impulse! 1 C 052-90 812 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
2C 154-92336/37 La Saga Héroïque  album cover Albert Ayler La Saga Héroïque(2xLP, Comp, gat) Impulse!, Les Industries Musicales Et Electriques Pathé Marconi 2C 154-92336/37 France 1971 Sell This Version
3 C064 - 92072 Memphis Jackson  album cover Milt Jackson With The Ray Brown Big Band Milt Jackson With The Ray Brown Big Band - Memphis Jackson(LP, Album, Gat) ABC Impulse!, ABC Records, Impulse! 3 C064 - 92072 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
3C064 92484 Liberation Music Orchestra  album cover Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra (Album) 3C064 92484 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
3C 064-92883 The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady  album cover Mingus* The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady(LP, Album, RE) Impulse!, ABC Records, Impulse!, ABC Records 3C 064-92883 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
3c 064-92920 New Thing At Newport  album cover John Coltrane / Archie Shepp John Coltrane / Archie Shepp - New Thing At Newport(LP, Album, Gat) Impulse!, ABC Records 3c 064-92920 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
3C 064 95721 Percussion Bitter Sweet  album cover Max Roach Percussion Bitter Sweet(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Impulse! 3C 064 95721 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
3C 064-95723 Tranquility  album cover Ahmad Jamal Tranquility(LP, Album, RE) Impulse! 3C 064-95723 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
3C 064 - 95768 Count Basie And The Kansas City 7  album cover Count Basie And The Kansas City 7* Count Basie And The Kansas City 7(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Impulse! 3C 064 - 95768 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
3C 064 - 95769 Impressions  album cover John Coltrane Impressions(LP, Album, Gat) Impulse!, Impulse!, ABC Records, ABC Records 3C 064 - 95769 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
3c 064-95770 Coltrane  album cover The John Coltrane Quartette* Coltrane(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Impulse!, ABC Records 3c 064-95770 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
3C 064-96047 Chapter Three: Viva Emiliano Zapata  album cover Gato Barbieri Chapter Three: Viva Emiliano Zapata(LP, Album) Impulse!, ABC Records 3C 064-96047 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
3C 064-96079 Interstellar Space  album cover John Coltrane Interstellar Space(LP, Album) Impulse! 3C 064-96079 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
3C 064-96321 Ballads  album cover John Coltrane Quartet* Ballads(LP, Album, RE) Impulse! 3C 064-96321 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
3C 064-96322 Ascention  album cover John Coltrane Ascention(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Impulse!, ABC Records, Impulse!, ABC Records 3C 064-96322 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
3C 064-96327 Love In Us All  album cover Pharoah Sanders Love In Us All(LP, Album) Impulse!, Impulse! 3C 064-96327 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
3C 064 96333 Today And Tomorrow  album cover McCoy Tyner Today And Tomorrow(LP, Album) Impulse! 3C 064 96333 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
3C 064-96335 Coincide  album cover Dewey Redman Coincide(LP, Album) Impulse! 3C 064-96335 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
3C 164-96422/3 Concert In Japan  album cover John Coltrane Concert In Japan(2xLP, Album, Gat) Impulse!, ABC Records 3C 164-96422/3 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
7S-LP Ascension  album cover John Coltrane Ascension(7", Promo) Impulse!, Impulse! 7S-LP US 1965 Sell This Version
25P2-2285 Don't Try This At Home  album cover Michael Brecker Don't Try This At Home (Album) 25P2-2285 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
32XD-570 Ballads  album cover John Coltrane Quartet* Ballads(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-570 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-571 Crescent  album cover John Coltrane Quartet* Crescent(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-571 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-572 Coltrane  album cover The John Coltrane Quartet Coltrane(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-572 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-575 Transition  album cover John Coltrane Transition(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-575 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-576 John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman  album cover John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman - John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-576 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-577 Ascension  album cover John Coltrane Ascension(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-577 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-578 The John Coltrane Quartet Plays  album cover The John Coltrane Quartet The John Coltrane Quartet Plays(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-578 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-581 Meditations  album cover John Coltrane Meditations(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-581 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-582 Coltrane* "Live" At The Village Vanguard(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-582 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-583 Impressions  album cover John Coltrane Impressions(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-583 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-584 John Coltrane Ascension (Edition I)(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-584 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-585 Selflessness  album cover John Coltrane Selflessness(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-585 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-586 John Coltrane Sun Ship(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-586 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-587 Duke Ellington & John Coltrane  album cover Duke Ellington & John Coltrane Duke Ellington & John Coltrane - Duke Ellington & John Coltrane(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-587 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-588 Live At Birdland  album cover Coltrane* Live At Birdland(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-588 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-589 Africa/Brass  album cover The John Coltrane Quartet Africa/Brass(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-589 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-592 Om  album cover John Coltrane Om(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-592 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-595 A Love Supreme  album cover John Coltrane A Love Supreme(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-595 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-596 Kulu Sé Mama  album cover John Coltrane Kulu Sé Mama(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-596 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-597 John Coltrane Expression(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-597 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-598 John Coltrane Live At The Village Vanguard Again!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-598 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-599 John Coltrane The Africa Brass Sessions, Vol. 2(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-599 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-600 The Mastery Of John Coltrane / Vol. III Jupiter Variation  album cover John Coltrane The Mastery Of John Coltrane / Vol. III Jupiter Variation(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-600 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-603 Death And The Flower  album cover Keith Jarrett Death And The Flower(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-603 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-604 Keith Jarrett Treasure Island(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-604 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-605 Byablue  album cover Keith Jarrett Byablue(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-605 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-606 Mysteries  album cover Keith Jarrett Mysteries(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-606 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-607 On Impulse!  album cover Sonny Rollins On Impulse!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-607 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-608 Original Music From The Score "Alfie"  album cover Sonny Rollins Original Music From The Score "Alfie"(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-608 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-609 Nights Of Ballads & Blues  album cover McCoy Tyner Nights Of Ballads & Blues(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-609 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-610 Reaching Fourth  album cover McCoy Tyner Trio With Roy Haynes And Henry Grimes McCoy Tyner Trio With Roy Haynes And Henry Grimes - Reaching Fourth(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-610 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-611 The Gil Evans Orchestra* Out Of The Cool(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-611 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-612 The Gil Evans Orchestra* Into The Hot(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-612 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-613 Johnny Hartman I Just Dropped By To Say Hello(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-613 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-614 Count Basie And The Kansas City 7  album cover Count Basie And The Kansas City 7* Count Basie And The Kansas City 7(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-614 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-615 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-615 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-616 Heavy Sounds  album cover Elvin Jones And Richard Davis (2) Elvin Jones And Richard Davis (2) - Heavy Sounds(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-616 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-617 The Blues And The Abstract Truth  album cover Oliver Nelson The Blues And The Abstract Truth(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-617 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-618 More Blues And The Abstract Truth  album cover Oliver Nelson More Blues And The Abstract Truth(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-618 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-619 Liberation Music Orchestra  album cover Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-619 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-620 The Great Kai & J. J.  album cover J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding - The Great Kai & J. J.(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-620 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-621 In Greenwich Village  album cover Albert Ayler In Greenwich Village(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-621 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-622 The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady = 黒い聖者と罪ある女  album cover Charlie Mingus* The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady = 黒い聖者と罪ある女(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-622 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-623 Four For Trane  album cover Archie Shepp Four For Trane(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-623 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XD-624 The Quintessence  album cover Quincy Jones And His Orchestra The Quintessence(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 32XD-624 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
43P2-0011 A Love Supreme  album cover John Coltrane A Love Supreme(CD, Album, Gol) Impulse! 43P2-0011 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
43P2-0012 Ballads  album cover John Coltrane Quartet* Ballads(CD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 43P2-0012 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
43XD-2009 From The Original Master Tapes  album cover John Coltrane From The Original Master Tapes(CD, Comp) Impulse! 43XD-2009 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
45 IMP-240 Duke's Place / Searchin'  album cover McCoy Tyner Quintet Duke's Place / Searchin'(7") Impulse! 45 IMP-240 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-IMP-242 Money / Bottle Up And Go  album cover John Lee Hooker Money / Bottle Up And Go(7", Single) Impulse! 45-IMP-242 US 1966 Sell This Version
45-IMP-247 Alfie's Theme  album cover Sonny Rollins Alfie's Theme(7") Impulse! 45-IMP-247 US 1966 Sell This Version
45-IMP-250 Winter Samba  album cover Gary McFarland Winter Samba(7") Impulse! 45-IMP-250 US 1966 Sell This Version
45-IMP-251 Roll 'Em  album cover Shirley Scott Roll 'Em(7") Impulse! 45-IMP-251 US 1966 Sell This Version
45-IMP-255 Love Nest / Keep The Faith, Baby  album cover Shirley Scott Trio Love Nest / Keep The Faith, Baby(7") Impulse! 45-IMP-255 US Unknown Sell This Version
55XD-573/574 Live In Japan Vol.1  album cover John Coltrane Live In Japan Vol.1(2xCD, Album) MCA Records, Impulse! 55XD-573/574 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
55XD-579/580 Live In Japan Vol. 2  album cover John Coltrane Live In Japan Vol. 2(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 55XD-579/580 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
55XD-590/591 The Other Village Vanguard Tapes  album cover John Coltrane The Other Village Vanguard Tapes(2xCD, Album, RE) MCA Records, Impulse! 55XD-590/591 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
55XD-593/594 The Mastery Of John Coltrane / Vol. I Feelin' Good  album cover John Coltrane The Mastery Of John Coltrane / Vol. I Feelin' Good(2xCD, Album, Mono, RM) Impulse! 55XD-593/594 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
55XD-601/602 John Coltrane The Mastery Of John Coltrane / Vol. IV 'Trane's Modes'(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Impulse! 55XD-601/602 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
62 IMP 434 Om  album cover John Coltrane Om(LP, Album) Impulse!, Impulse! 62 IMP 434 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
224 Ben Webster Quartet Fall Of Love(7") Impulse! 224 US 1993 Sell This Version
228 Jazz 'N' Samba / The Oo-Oo Bossa Noova  album cover Milt Jackson Sextet Jazz 'N' Samba / The Oo-Oo Bossa Noova(7", Promo) Impulse! 228 US Unknown Sell This Version
239 Can't Get Over The Bossa Nova / Soul Sauce  album cover Shirley Scott Can't Get Over The Bossa Nova / Soul Sauce(7") Impulse! 239 US Unknown Sell This Version
273 Free At Last / New Ghosts  album cover Albert Ayler Free At Last / New Ghosts(7", Promo) Impulse! 273 US Unknown Sell This Version
276 Samba For Vicky / See You Later  album cover Vicky Hamilton & Dave Mackay Vicky Hamilton & Dave Mackay - Samba For Vicky / See You Later(7", Promo) Impulse! 276 US 1969 Sell This Version
00633 A Love Supreme  album cover John Coltrane A Love Supreme(LP, Album) MCA Records, Impulse! 00633 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
1377 Oh Yeah  album cover Mingus* Oh Yeah(LP, Album, Ltd, RP) Atlantic, Impulse!, Atlantic 1377 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
5027 Archie Shepp Further Fire Music(Cass, Album) GRT, GRT 5027 US 1978 Sell This Version
5059 Kulu Sé Mama  album cover John Coltrane Kulu Sé Mama(LP, Album, RE) Impulse! 5059 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
8027-IA 9334 H Bop-Be  album cover Keith Jarrett Bop-Be(8-Trk, Album) ABC Records, Impulse! 8027-IA 9334 H US 1978 Sell This Version
8046 (AS-31) George Wein & The Newport All Stars George Wein & The Newport All Stars - George Wein & The Newport All-Stars(LP, Album, W/Lbl) Impulse! 8046 (AS-31) US 1963 Sell This Version
9027-4 Out Of The Cool  album cover The Gil Evans Orchestra* Out Of The Cool(LP, Album, RE) Impulse! 9027-4 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
9146 The Sorcerer  album cover Gabor Szabo The Sorcerer(8-Trk, Album) Impulse! 9146 US 1967 Sell This Version
9226-C Outertimeinnerspace  album cover Ahmad Jamal Outertimeinnerspace(Cass, Album) Impulse! 9226-C US 1972 Sell This Version
17 246 AT Hard Work  album cover John Handy Hard Work(7", Single) Impulse! 17 246 AT Germany 1976 Sell This Version
17601 AT Thrill Is Gone  album cover B.B. King & Bobby Bland B.B. King & Bobby Bland - Thrill Is Gone(7") Impulse! 17601 AT Netherlands 1976 Sell This Version

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darknesstraveller

darknesstraveller

October 21, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
Various – ‘The Impulse! Summer Solstice ’71 Sampler’ (Impulse p/s LP, US ‘71)
littleweasel

littleweasel

September 7, 2010
Some information I have on Impulse! original vinyl pressings:

1961 - 1962: AM-PAR Record Corp. (does anyone know which is the last AM-PAR issue? At least A(S)-32 Ballads 1st pressing have Am-Par on label). Orange + black label, laminated gatefold cover
1962 - 1968: abc Paramount Records (which is the last issue with Paramount text?) Orange + black label, laminated gatefold cover
1968 - 19xx: abc Records have orange + black label, laminated gatefold cover
1970's issues have black + red rim label, laminated gatefold cover

Does anyone have more detailled information, on which point the records company name is changed?

In addition to these releases there are some Capitol club releases with orange+black label, abc Paramount text. At least Coltrane: Love Supreme and Live at Birdland.

February 9, 2008
I love looking at my CD shelf seeing the orange and black spines. Something very aestheticly pleasing about it. From the 60's to the early 70's Impulse! was jazz's hottest label. They had a solid artist, who was Coltrane, but they also kept bringing in jazz's hottest artists at the time as well. Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, Duke Ellington, and Charles Mingus just to name a few. When Impulse! started, glossy gatefold records wasn't a common thing in jazz and this gave them an image that still stands up today. I think they also helped open the worlds eyes to free jazz as well. The reissues that Impulse! has been coming out with are great and often feature great notes about the release and bonus tracks. Defiantly one of my favorite jazz label's and I recommend people check out the book "Impulse!: The House That Trane Built" if they want to know the full history. They spill the beans on everything that went down!