A Question About Blue Note Labels in Transition
Someone asked us off-line if the LP Dexter Calling by Dexter Gordon, Blue Note 4083, is known to have pressings with the West 63rd Street label. There is often confusion about some of these titles right on the cusp of when the company moved and changed addresses. I’ve seen sellers on eBay list Sonny Rollins Volume 1, Blue Note 1542, as a West 63rd Street original when I have a Lexington Avenue copy on my shelf. Anyway, on the Dexter Record, the original pressing is New York USA. This question had come up a few years ago and the Blue Note expert Larry Cohn set us straight. The real question is on the Dexter Gordon LP Doin’ Allright, Blue Note 4077. There actually are pressings of this with the West 63rd Street label, but there is no evidence to suggest that these are any earlier than the New York USA pressings. This album was issued at a time when Blue Note was in transition and they simply used both labels while they
had an inventory of those with the West 63rd Street address. We have some expertise in these areas, but we would never pass ourselves off as an expert, so when questions come up we will reach out to our reader base and try to find the answers for you. By the way, I did a search on eBay to find a picture of Dexter Calling to accompany this post and the one copy selling on eBay now is from the aforementioned bobdjukic. This is listed as an original pressing and in this case that is accurate: The copy he’s selling has the New York USA label. We’ll watch it and let you know what it sells for.