Catching Up on Some 10-Inch Jazz Vinyl

Can’t sleep so I’m up early updating the Jazz Collector Price Guide. Here are some 10-inch records that will be going in:

Miles Davis All Stars Volume 2, Prestige 200. This looks to be an original pressing with the yellow label, probably one of the first Prestiges to have the famous yellow label. The record was listed in VG++ condition and the cover was VG+. The price was $204.50.

I think this was the first LP issued by Blue Note: Mellow The Mood, Blue Note 5001. It features Ike Quebec, Benny Morton, Buck Clayton and others. The record was VG and the cover was VG++. You’d think it would fetch a high price just for the historic value. But, alas, this copy did not: It sold for $28.

I’ve never seen this one and it has quite a cool cover: Bill Jennings/Leo Parker Quintet, Billy in the Lion’s Den, King 527. This was listed in VG condition for both the record and the cover. It sold for $81.

Hard to find this one in M- condition, but here was a copy: Gerry Mulligan Quartet, With Chet Baker, Pacific Jazz 5. It sold for $115.52.

And now for some 10-inch Blue Notes:

Hank Mobley Quartet, Blue Note 5066. We’ve seen this one fetch some high prices lately, but this seems a little ridiculous: The record was in VG- condition, which means barely playable, and the cover was VG+. It sold for $510. Tal Farlow Quartet, Blue Note 5042. This was an original pressing in VG+ condition for the record and VG++ for the cover. It sold for $140.26. Β Gigi Gryce/Clifford Brown Sextet, Blue Note 5048. This was in VG condition for the record and the cover and sold for $249.50. Lou Donaldson, New Faces, New Sounds, Blue Note 5021. This was in VG+ condition for both the record and the cover. It sold for $151.50. Jay Jay Johnson, Blue Note 5028. This one was in VG+ condition for the record and VG++ for the cover. It sold for $170. Finally there was Clifford Brown, New Star on the Horizon, Blue Note 5032. The vinyl was listed in VG++ condition and the cover was listed in in VG++ condition as well, although there seemed to be clear damage to the cover in the picture, if you check out the link. I would have been wary looking at the picture, but the winning bidder was not: This one sold for $468.


  • Out of all the 10-inches that featured here today, the one I thought would fetch the most, turned out to sold for 28 bucks: the 5001. You’d indeed think that the actual first 10″ of Blue Note would be worth more… Try to make sense outta that πŸ˜‰

  • Nick (Tales Of The Hunt 6)

    Hello All
    First let me say. I am not lucky and anyone of you reading these Tales Of The Hunt, could do the same thing I did. And you can still do it today?
    Now your saying to yourself how..
    3 years ago I was in a flea market looking for records of course. One particular dealer had around 3 thousand lps most of them were beat up and looked as if they were in a washing machine, but there was 2 boxes and most of these were sealed 12″ Hip Hop records. My son is selling on EBAY and I know he likes to put different types of things in his EBAY store. I asked how much for the LP’s he tells me 50 cent each but if you buy alot I’ll come down. It turns out I buy around 130 or so. And he charged me $50. I gave them to my son. The ones he knew he put in the store $9.99 to $15.00. One in particular there was 5 copies The Dirty Face Angels. He put it in auction. Within an hour or so a collector in Europe offered him $150.00 to take it off auction, he told me I told him leave it on, in the end it sold for $288.00. The guy who purchased it turns out had a store in Germany and emailed us a list of hip hop lps that he was willing to pay big bucks for (I guess these are some of the BLUE NOTES of the Hip Hop music field)I emailed him telling him I had 3 more Dirty Face Angels and another one he was looking for. I than asked him that I was only interested in a trade for Blue Notes. Around two weeks later he offered me 8 Blue Notes 3 Lee Morgan, 3 Mobley’s Donaldson and a Jimmy Smith all NYC except for one Liberty pressings which was still a 1st and all of them were Mono except the Liberty and in NM condition. We traded. Knowledge of all types of music can be very worth while if you are collecting! As for my self I would estimate my knowledge is around 10% of what there is to know…. Thanks and good luck on the hunt.

  • many if not most BN 47 west usually reach higher prices than Lexington.
    BN 1501 or Prestige 7001 aren’t much sought after.
    so mattyman don’t be surprised.
    I’m pretty sure most of us have/desire True blue or Shades of Redd,but how many would like to run for m davis or t monk in the 1500 series ? and at what prices ? over 1000 ? never,even if the music is historically more important.
    why ?
    I’ve got no answer.

  • Intersting post. Just for info I am selling some Blue Notes (nothing extremely rare but there could be something of interest there):

  • Shameless self-promotion,Matt…I love it! You know that your listings are only shown in UK,right?

  • Good point get to it. Shameless promotion…but hey the prices are hardly massive πŸ™‚

  • Thanks for clearing that up, Dottorjazz. Still, knowing that many look for real 1st pressings, you’d think that the Lexingtons would always fetch more than the later addresses. But then again, I learn something new everyday. And I’m glad I got the 1501 (and 1502), both Lexingtons in my modest collection! πŸ˜‰
    Last but not least @Matt: too bad that your Jazz Messengers Vol.2 has Volume 1 inside… ‘Cause I have Vol.1 Lexington and now I want Vol.2 as Lexington as well! πŸ˜›

  • really don’t know:47 west prices are higher and always have been.
    davis,monk,nichols,hipp,t jones contain music far superior than many higher numbers.
    but the market seems uninterested.

  • dottore: the Monks and Davis 1500-series are re-issues. I think this explains a lot. I for one, prefer the three 10″ Miles Davis albums to the two 12″ re-issue LP’s. Also, the Monks on 10″ are not the originals. They were recorded mainly before the LP era. One session though came out only on vol. 2 of the 12 inchers (1511?)
    You are making a point regarding Herbie Nichols and Thad Jones, much underrated artists, whose albums indeed don’t fetch high prices. These artists are not sexy enough, compared to the eternal winners Mobley and Morgan. Having said this, I love them both very much, on a par with Thad and Herbie.
    Btw, Horace Silver is also one of the less sexy Blue Note artists. Of course, the pressings of his albums must have been plentiful and people may have become tired of his kind of music, which is repetitive.

  • ’ve never seen this one and it has quite a cool cover: Bill Jennings/Leo Parker Quintet, Billy in the Lion’s Den, King 527. This was listed in VG condition for both the record and the cover. It sold for $81.

    This Leo parker is a fine album, and can be very very pricey when in collectable condition. The music is very interesting.

  • Regarding Thad Jones, the only Lex that i really plan to buy one day or another is 1513. One of my favourite by all means. Even if i already own some sexier Lex like Mobleys and Morgans….

  • rudolf:as you posted in the past some of early BN 12″ are reissues of formerly 10 “.I prefer the originals 10 too.What I wanted to underline is that the musical value in many cheaper (?) early 1500’s is much more important than many of the high priced 47 west we all know.mattyman is happy with his lex davis:he backed the right horse.I still don’t owe ’em because I’m still looking for the 3 man with the horn in very nice shape.Of course I have a reissue of that music,lp as well as cd.and again mattyman:don’t tag your collection as’re a rookie among some old cats and your collection is young.feed it right step by step,it will grow in the years.
    my tip for you is this:search for quality,music and his home,the lp.don’t buy trashed copies,look for nice shape only.the pleasure with great music in great shape will last forever.
    and a great collection begins with one record:i dug your enthusiasm with your first great bn.
    I’m thinking of my first originals,one after another,from USA to Europe to the East.
    I’ve assembled a collection I really love,not thousands but music I love and go back to listen again and again,adding one more as I find it and can afford.What I like you to know is that you are a Jazz Collector,no matter how many your babies are now.

  • I totally agree with you, Dottore. Although my collection of jazz on CD is much, much bigger than its vinyl counterpart, quality has always been key when it came to buying what I really, really dug. And with vinyl purchases of course that motto is key πŸ˜‰

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