The Clown (studio album) by Charles Mingus

The Clown
The Clown by Charles Mingus
Year: 1957
Overall rank: 2,780th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 107 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1957 (15th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1950s (69th)
Award Best albums of all time (2,780th)
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Charles Mingus - The Clown - (Atlantic Jazz, 1987 CD) 90142-2
Condition: Like New
Time left: 7h 32m 14s
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Charles Mingus - Pithecantropus Erectus the Clown - CD - EJC55437 - NEW
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Charles Mingus bestography

The Clown is ranked 6th best out of 50 albums by Charles Mingus on

The best album by Charles Mingus is The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady which is ranked number 106 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 15,289.

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From 10/22/2020 09:44
Decent. Not up to par witg Mingus Ah Um but good enough to grant at least 1 or 2 full listens. Maybe skip the dialogue at the end the 2nd time around.
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From 08/15/2019 15:21
Really good album, one of Mingus' better ones. Haitian Fight Song is the best song on the album.
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From 09/27/2016 07:25
Solid Mingus set with the highlight being the bizarre and ultimately depressing narrated title track. A cynical look into the underbelly of late 50's society or a bitter metaphor for his own experience?
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