Jazz Vinyl Countdown: Jackie, Bluesnik
So I went through this whole process of cataloguing my Blue Notes a few weeks ago. It was quite interesting and, if you’ve been following my adventures, you will recall that it led to (yet another) existential crisis. More on that later. For now: In going through my Blue Notes I came to the realization that some records I thought I owned as original pressings were not originals. This is fine, except for the ones that are blue label late pressing Blue Notes, of which, unfortunately, Jackie McClean, Bluesnik, Blue Note 4067, was one. This, I thought, was a record that needed to be replaced by a better copy — i.e., an earlier pressing that wouldn’t cause me to hang my head in disgust every time I looked at it. With a blue label Blue Note, no matter how good the record, I was never going to listen to it, period. The problem, however, is that Bluesnik is now selling
for several hundred dollars apiece in decent condition, which is hard to justify when, in fact, I am supposed to be scaling my collection down. Anyway, I came across a VG copy on eBay and there were no bids and the starting price was $50 and I said to myself, what if I put in a bid of $50? What would be the harm in that? So I put in the bid and I won. The record arrived today. It is a legitimate VG record in that it has plenty of marks and scuffs. Yet . . . on the turntable, aahhh, bliss. It sounds great. Is there a little surface noise? Perhaps. Would I rather watch this one spinning and hear the sound out of my speakers from a West 63rd pressing and know that this record has been properly played and enjoyed — versus having a later pressing with no surface noise? Hey, this site is Jazz Collector, is it not? So Bluesnik — the VG one with the West 63rd label — says in the collection in an exalted place while the blue label Bluesnik is on its way to eBay.