Mercury Album Discography, Part 22:
Perfect Presence Sound Series (PPM 2000/PPS 6000) 1960-1962

By Brian Voss, David Edwards, Mike Callahan, Patrice Eyries, Randy Watts and Tim Neely
Last update: January 19, 2012

This Mercury audiophile series used the PPS 2000 series for mono and the PPS 6000 series for stereo.

The issues began with PPS 2000/6000, released in September, 1960, and went through PPS 2032/6032, released in September, 1962. The series was meant to be for the audiophile who was interested in the purest sound, rather than specific performances.

Starting with PPS 2019/6019, the albums were recorded on 35mm movie film and had the added designation f:35d. The f:35d albums contained much additional detailed technical information. Album cover and label design also changed at this point, but there was no interruption in the numbers.

All albums throughout the series were issued in gatefold covers with detailed personnel and technical information inside.

There were two sampler albums, one for each part of the series (as well as at least one sampler EP). The numbers for these sampler albums are separate from the rest of the series, and are part of Mercury's Galaxy series, which usually sold for 99 cents as an introduction to series being promoted.

The first part of the Perfect Presence Sound series (to 2018/6018) had a blue Mercury label (far left) for mono releases, and a gold label (near left) for stereo releases.
The first sampler album, Galaxy, had a black Mercury label for mono (far left) and a blue Mercury label (near left) for stereo.
The second part of the Perfect Presence Sound series, starting at 2019/6019, used a gold label (far left) with a film strip for both mono and stereo releases. This label was also used on the second sampler album, Music in Depth. The series was also released in the UK, where it had a black label (near left) for both mono and stereo.

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Number - Title - Artist - [Release Date] Contents

PPS 2000 (mono)/PPS 6000 (stereo) Perfect Presence Sound Series:

Note: The first banner for this series, which was used from 2000/6000 to 2018/6018, was red with white print:

PPS 2000/6000 - Latin Percussion - David Carroll & His Orchestra [9/60] In A Little Spanish Town Cha-Cha/The Breeze And I/Heartaches/Patricia/Besame Mucho/Everything's Coming Up Roses//By Heck Cha-Cha-Cha/Oye Negra/I Could Have Danced All Night/Bijou/The Lamp Of Memory/Baia

PPS 2001/6001 - 10 Trombones Like 2 Pianos - Pete Rugolo & Orchestra [1/61] Marie/Moonglow And Theme from "Picnic"/Let There Be Love/Like Love/Willow Weep for Me/Intermission Riff//Love Is Just Around the Corner/Angel Eyes/Love Is Here to Stay/It's a Most Unusual Day/Basin Street East/Ten Trombones Like

PPS 2002/6002 - Percussion Orientale: Musical Sounds of the Middle East - David Carroll & His Orchestra [11/60] Caravan/In A Persian Market/Harem Dance/Ballet Egyptian/Bacchanale//Twilight In Turkey/Scheherazade Themes/Danse Orientale/Dance Of The Slave Maidens/Shish-Kebab/Orientale

PPS 2003/6003 - Viva Cugat! - Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra [1/61] Jungle Concerto/The Peanut Vendor/Isle Of Capri/Tropical Merengue/Nightingale/Perfidia//Siboney/Jungle Drums/Anna/Maria Elena/Poinciana/Say Si Si

PPS 2004/6004 - Discussion in Percussion - Mike Simpson & Orchestra [1/61] Say Si Si/Too Marvelous For Words/Takes Two To Tango/It's A Pity To Say Goodnight/Three Little Words/Can't We Talk It Over//Listen To The Mocking Bird/She Didn't Say Yes/Open Discussion/What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry?/What Is There To Say?/Hawaiian War Chant

PPS 2005/6005 - Harmonica Holiday - Richard Hayman & His Harmonica Orchestra [1/61] Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers/Russian Sailors Dance/A String of Pearls/Gypsy Dance/You're Just In Love/Eldorado//The River Kwai March & Colonel Bogey/Dark Eyes Fantasy/Jersey Bounce/Serenata/Polka From The Golden Age Ballet/Day Of The Painter

PPS 2006/6006 - Frederick Fennell Conducts George Gershwin - Frederick Fennell & His Orchestra [3/61] I Got Rhythm/Love Is Sweeping The Country/Love Walked In/'S Wonderful/Bidin' My Time/Oh, Lady Be Good//Fascinating Rhythm/Liza/Embraceable You/The Man I Love/Someone To Watch Over Me/But Not For Me

PPS 2007/6007 - Frederick Fennell Conducts Victor Herbert - Frederick Fennell & His Orchestra [1/61] The Streets Of New York/Habanera/I'm Falling In Love With Someone/March Of The Toys/Sweethearts/Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life//Italian Street Song/The Irish Have A Great Day Tonight/A Kiss In The Dark/Romany Life/Thine Alone/Kiss Me Again

PPS 2008/6008 - Percussion Parisienne - David Carroll & His Orchestra [5/61] The Poor People Of Paris/Mimi/Alouette/My Uncle/Petite Fleur/Gaite Parisenne//Valentine/Blues From An American In Paris/Petite Waltz/20th Century Drawing Room/Dites Moi/Can-Can From La Boutique Fantasque

PPS 2009/6009 - Dixieland Left and Right - Johnny Best & His All Stars/Dick Cathcart & His All Stars [9/61] Little Sir Echo - Johnny Best/Little Rock Getaway - Johnny Best/A Good Man Is Hard To Find - Johnny Best/Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie - Johnny Best/Blue Turning Grey Over You - Johnny Best/Cornet Chop Sue - Johnny Best//When You're Smiling - Dick Cathcart/Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone - Dick Cathcart/Carolina In The Morning - Dick Cathcart/The Weary Blues - Dick Cathcart/Sam's Song - Dick Cathcart/You're Just in Love - Dick Cathcart

PPS 2010/6010 - Richard Hayman Conducts Pop Concert in Sound! - Richard Hayman & His Orchestra [9/61] Toreador Song/Ritual Fire Dance/Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2/Sabre Dance/Prelude In C# Minor/Can- Can//March Militaire/William Tell Overture/Anitra's Dance/Danse Macabre/Prelude In G Minor

PPS 2011/6011 - Guitar Galaxies - George Barnes [9/61] Tequila/When Yuba Plays The Rhumba On The Tuba/Bim Bam Boom/Cuban Pete/Lady In Red/Adios//Mama Inez/Cumana/Linda Mujer/La Paloma/Anna/Orchids In The Moonlight

PPS 2012/6012 - Exciting Sounds - Clebanoff Strings & Percussion [3/61] What Is This Thing Called Love/Golden Earrings/Quiet Village/Turkish Harem Dance/Barrenquilla/Quierme Mucho (Yours)//Cumana/Orchids In The Moonlight/Hava Nagila/Cha Cha Cha Flamenco/Sueño Flamenco/My Shawl

PPS 2013/6013 - Woodwinds & Percussion - Hal Mooney & His Orchestra [9/61] Swampfire/Baby, It's Cold Outside/Lover/Tonight/Old Devil Moon/Bye Bye Blues//Pavanne/Brazil/Ragging the Scale/Speak Low/I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm/Holiday for Strings

PPS 2014/6014 - Around the World - Quincy Jones & His Orchestra [9/61] Hot Sake/Strike Up The Band/Africana/Meadowlands/Rico Vacilon/Under Paris Skies//Mack The Knife/Manolete de España/Baia/Come Back To Sorrento/Dear Old Stockholm

PPS 2015/6015 - The Best of Cugat - Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra [9/61] Mama Inez/Tea For Two/Tequila/Taboo/Sway/Amor//Amapola/El Cumbanchero/Ba-Tu-Ca-Da/Misirlou/It Happened In Monterey/Always In My Heart

PPS 2016/6016 - Ten Trumpets and 2 Guitars - Pete Rugolo & Orchestra [9/61] Carnival Of Venice/Hot Lips/Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White/Struttin' With Some Barbeque/Trumpets At Large/Guitarsville//Ciribiribin/Sugar Blues/Whispering/Echoes Of Harlem/Ten Trumpets Have I/Two Guitars

PPS 2017/6017 - Ballet with a Beat - Hal Mooney & His Orchestra [11/61] Waltz Of The Flowers/Sabre Dance/An American In Paris/Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy/Mambo (From "West Side Story")/Pas De Fleurs (From "Naila")//Slaughter On Tenth Avenue/Barcarolle (Offenbach)/March Of The Toys/Sleeping Beauty Waltz/Coppelia Waltz/Pizzicato

PPS 2018/6018 - Marching Along - Mike Simpson & His Orchestra [11/61] Waltzing Matilda/Our Director/The Thunderer/American Patrol/Military Escort/Under The Double Eagle/The Billboard March/El Capitan//King Cotton/Thunder And Blazes/National Emblem March/The Stars And Stripes Forever/Colonel Bogey/Washington Post March/Marching Along

At this point, the series begins being recorded on 35mm film.

Note: The banner changes to the filmstrip banner, used from PPS 2019/6019 to the end of the series:

PPS 2019/6019 - Strings Afire - Clebanoff & His Orchestra [1/62] Millionaire's Hoe-Down/You Do Something To Me/Nigrita/Oye Negra/Blue Theme/Bobsled//Strings Afire/Like Paganini/Harlem Nocturne/Cherokee/Brazilian Polka/Blue Mountain

PPS 2020/6020 - Guitars Galore - George Barnes [1/62] Singin' In The Rain/Have You Met Miss Jones?/Jeepers Creepers/Runnin' Wild/Indiana/Guitars Galore//Liza/Sugar (That Sugar Baby Of Mine)/Waiting At The End Of The Road/Too Marvelous For Words/Should I?/Pickin' Plenty

PPS 2021/6021 - Cugat Plays Continental Hits - Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra [1/62] Mack The Knife (Moritat)/Petite Fleur/Apache/Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)/Never On Sunday/Calcutta//Sucu Sucu/The Third Man Theme/Wonderland By Night/The Poor People Of Paris/Come Prima/Guaglione

PPS 2022/6022 - All the World Dances - David Carroll & His Orchestra [1/62] Mexican Hat Dance/Canadian Capers/Jamaican Rhumba/Shuffle/Blue Danube Walk/Hava Nagila//El Cha Cha/Square Dance/Clarinet Polka/Swedish Folk Dance/Comin' Thru The Rye/España Cani

PPS 2023/6023 - 10 Saxophones and 2 Basses - Pete Rugolo & His Orchestra [1/62] Skyliner/Sophisticated Lady/How High The Moon/Saxophobia/Holiday For Strings/Reed Rapture//Sometimes I'm Happy/Contrasts/Four Brothers And Early Autumn/Come Back To Sorrento/Guy Meets Freddy Meets Billy/2 Funky Basses

PPS 2024/6024 - Frederick Fennell Conducts Cole Porter - Frederick Fennell & His Orchestra [1/62] Blow Gabriel Blow/So In Love/It's All Right With Me/Ridin' High/In The Still Of The Night/Begin The Beguine//Night And Day/My Heart Belongs To Daddy/Anything Goes/I've Got You Under My Skin/It's Delovely/You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

PPS 2025/6025 - Spanish Fire - Los Chavales De España [3/62] Ay, Ay, Ay/La Marcha De Cadiz/Doce Casabeles/Amor/Te Sigo Esperando/Danza Castellana//Flamenco Twist/La Morena De Me Copla/La Violetera/Escandalo/Noche De Ronda/Viva Madrid

PPS 2026/6026 - The Brilliant Sound of Pianos and Percussion - Caesar Giovannini [3/62] A Minor Boogie/Rica Pulpa/Something's Coming/Warsaw Concerto/Che Bella Bambina/Enchanted Night//I Hear A Rhapsody/The Joy Of Love/Song Of India Twist/Arnhem Concerto/Jungle Drums/I've Got You Under My Skin

PPS 2027/6027 - Gypsy - Richard Hayman & His Orchestra [5/62] Hungarian Dance #5/Zigeunerweisen/Play Fiddle Play/Czardas/Two Guitars/Hungarian Dance #6//Romany Life/Roumanian Rhapsody/Habañera (From "Carmen")/Golden Earrings/Francesca/Tzena, Tzena, Tzena

PPS 2028/6028 - Impressions of Duke Ellington - Billy Byers [5/62] Take The "A" Train/Sophisticated Lady/Just Squeeze Me/Chelsea Bridge/Caravan//Mood Indigo/I'm Beginning To See The Light/Solitude/Don't Get Around Much Anymore/All Too Soon

PPS 2029/6029 - Organ Sounds & Percussion - Eddie Layton [7/62] March Of The Siamese Children/The Donkey Serenade/Sugar Blues/Cumana/Ebb Tide/Skyliner//The Shiek Of Araby/Sabre Dance/Hawaiian Wedding Song/Chattanooga Choo Choo/Love/Anchors Aweigh

PPS 2030/6030 - African Sounds - Carl Stevens [7/62] Baby Elephant Walk/Afrikaan Beat/Wimoweh/Botha-Bothe/Jolly Jika/The Call Of The Jungle//Skokiaan/African Waltz/Wa-Chi-Bam-Ba/King Kong/Tsetse Fly/Tiana Tche

PPS 2031/6031 - Far East Goes Western - Tak Shindo [9/62] Jungle Jangle Jingle/Tumbling Tumbleweeds/On The Trail/The Green Leaves Of Summer/Buttons & Bows/Deep In The Heart Of Texas//Wagon Wheels/The Last Round-Up/High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)/I'm An Old Cowhand/San Antonio Rose

PPS 2032/6032 - Afire in Spain - Clebanoff Strings [9/62] Malagueña/Besame Mucho/Ritual Fire Dance/The Flea/La Paloma/Souvenir Of Mexico//Latin Fire/Jalousie/Ay, Ay, Ay/Miserlou/Samba de La Cumparsita/El Torero

Perfect Presence Sound Series Samplers:

PPMD 3-12/PPSD 3-12 - Galaxy: Music from Eleven Great Orchestras - Various Artists [9/61] El Cumbanchero - Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra/Carnival Of Venice - Pete Rugolo & His Orchestra/Mimi - David Carroll & His Orchestra/Mama Inez - George Barnes/Say Si Si - Mike Simpson & His Orchestra/Little Sir Echo - Johnny Best-Dick Cathcart All Stars//Africana - Quincy Jones & His Orchestra/Cumana - Clebanoff Strings/Pavanne - Hal Mooney & His Orchestra/Toreador Song - Richard Hayman & His Orchestra/The Streets Of New York - Frederick Fennell & His Orchestra

PPMD 4-12/PPSD 4-12 - Music in Depth - Various Artists [1/62] Sucu Sucu - Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra/Millionaire's Hoedown - Clebanoff & His Orchestra/El Cha Cha - David Carroll & His Orchestra/So In Love - Frederick Fennell & His Orchestra/Singin' In The Rain - George Barnes/Contrasts - Pete Rugolo & His Orchestra//Mambo - Hal Mooney & His Orchestra/Waltzing Matilda - Mike Simpson & His Orchestra/Hot Sake - Quincy Jones & His Orchestra/Prelude In G Minor - Richard Hayman & His Orchestra/Turkish Harem Dance - Clebanoff Strings/Little Rock Getaway - Johnny Best-Dick Cathcart All Stars

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