Catching Up on Some Blue Notes
Wayne Shorter, JuJu, Blue Note 4182. This was an original pressing in M- condition, both record and cover. It was sold by Euclid Records, which generally means it will get top dollar. This one did: It sold for $443.88. We’ve only tracked this record one time previously in the Jazz Collector Price Guide and it sold for $115 in VG++ condition. So this will go into the Price Guide as a new high point for this record.
Kenny Dorham, Afro Cuban, Blue Note 1535. This was an original Lexington Avenue pressing. The record was VG++ and the cover was pretty beat, listed as G+ or VG-. Despite the poor condition of the cover, the record still sold for $483.
Bennie Green, Back on the Scene, Blue Note 1587. This was an interesting one because the seller
had several Blue Notes and listed the condition of the records as “VF+.” At first I thought this was a typo, but I noticed it in all the listings. I’m taking it as “very fine” for now, but if I see more records from this seller I’ll send an email and inquire. The Bennie Green was listed as VF+ for the record and VG+ for the cover. It sold for $383.33. Also from this seller was Dexter Gordon, A Swingin’ Affair, Blue Note 4133. This was New York USA pressing and was listed as VF++ for the record and VG+ for the cover. It sold for $153. Between one seller using VF and another listing his record as VG+ “or better” we’re starting to deal with a whole new nomenclature on eBay these days.
Lou Donaldson, Wailing With Lou, Blue Note 1545. This was the one that was listed as VG+ “or better” for the record and VG- for the cover. Despite the condition of the cover, it sold for $334.
Finally, there was Horace Silver Quintet, Blue Note 5062. This was an original 10-inch LP. The record was VG and the cover was VG+. It sold for $96. It does seem that prices are waning a bit for 10-inch LPs, although, to be fair, this was in VG condition for the vinyl.