The Clown (studio album) by Charles Mingus

The Clown by Charles Mingus
Year: 1957
Overall rank: 2,540th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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79/100 (from 125 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1957 (14th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1950s (67th)
Award Best albums of all time (2,540th)
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Charles Mingus: The Clown LP Atlantic/US mono DG G+
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Charles Mingus The Clown (Vinyl) (UK IMPORT)
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Charles Mingus bestography

The Clown is ranked 7th best out of 52 albums by Charles Mingus on

The best album by Charles Mingus is The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady which is ranked number 92 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 14,141.

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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 83 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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79/100 (from 125 votes)
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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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