May 12, 2011 Blue Note
Did a quick eBay search on jazz vinyl this morning and was quite amazed to see the quantity and quality of Blue Notes for sale right now. Perhaps this is a time to buy, with the market seeming to be somewhat soft. Here are some of the items worth perusing:
This one is already headed for the $1,000 bin: Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan, Peckin’ Time, Blue Note 1574. This is an original West 63rd pressing that looks to be in about VG++ condition for both the record and the vinyl. It closes later today and is already at more than $1,100. This one is from the same seller and it has most of the makings of an original pressing but, unfortunately, not all: Hank Mobley, Roll Call, Blue Note 4058. This is a mono pressing with the West 63rd Street address, the ear, the Van Gelder stamp but no deep grooves. What do we think of pressings like these. They are likely pre- Liberty, right, with the Plastylite ear, but are not the very first pressing? I’d be happy to have this one in my collection even if it is not an original, but the price is already at $250.
This seller also has several Blue Notes in varying conditions, including: Tina Brooks, True Blue, Blue Note 4041. This is an original pressing that’s listed in excellent condition for the vinyl, which we generally take to be VG+, and VG condition for the cover. There’s a day to go on the auction and the price is in the $460 range. From the same seller is:
Lee Morgan, Indeed!, Blue Note 1538. This also looks to be an original pressing. The record is in VG++ condition and the cover is VG with a seam split. The price is $565.
Here’s another Mobley from another seller: Hank Mobley Quintet, Blue Note 1550. This looks to be an original pressing. The record is listed in VG+ condition and the cover is VG++. There are two days to go and it’s still less than $200, so perhaps I’m missing something since you would expect this to sell for quite a bit more (and it probably will).
And one more Lee Morgan from one more seller: Lee Morgan, Lee-Way, Blue Note 4034. This looks to be an original pressing in very nice VG++ condition. There are two days to go and the price is in the $225 range. A nice addition to someone’s collection, we presume.