Mono, Stereo, Blue Note, Riverside

The Jazz Record Center has an auction closing this week. Not the normal list of heavyweights, but some nice records, including: Bill Evans, Explorations, Riverside 9531. This is the original stereo pressing with the black label. The record looks to be in M- condition and the cover is probably M- as well. The current price is about $110 and there are two days to go. Maybe this is a week of stereo pressings, because there is also this: Blue Mitchell, The Thing To Do, Blue Note 84178. This is an original stereo pressing and it looks to be in M- condition for the record and the cover. The start price is $100 and so far there are no takers. With the Blue Notes, there’s something about the monos that make them feel “more original.” I find with the later Riversides, such as the Evans LP, I don’t have the same preference for the mono pressing.

This one got a pretty high top bid, but did not sell because it didn’t meet the seller’s reserve price:

Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan, Peckin’ Time, Blue Note 1574. This was an original pressing that looked to be in M- condition for the record and VG++ for the cover. The top bid was $910. You can see where the seller expected more: The last six times we’ve recorded this record into the Jazz Collector Price Guide it sold for more than $1,000, with a top price of more than $2,600.


  • I’m glad to see that I’m not crazy on the Riverside Stereos. I think they are great, and usually cheaper which makes it easier to collect more of them. I think Riverside must have paid more attention to engineering a quality STEREO recording. RVG was making quality recordings, without much focus on the stereo aspect. I’m usually going to prefer the mono, but I consider the mono or stereo to be originals. If I had every 4000 series original Blue Note and some where Stereo, I’d say I have all originals. Now, having all of the original stereos and monos. That’s intense. That’s a few leaps away from where I’m at. I keep buying Stereos though in hopes that they sound good because they are cheaper. With Riversides I’ve always been happy with them. With Blue Notes, I often just hit the mono switch on the Pre.

  • ” I often just hit the mono switch on the Pre.”-Mike,you don’t know how hard it is to FIND current preamps with a mono switch.(Almost as annoying as when I lost ‘picture-in-picture’ after I upgraded to a flat screen. That’s so-called progress,I guess.)

  • The stereo Riverside LPs I have sound good to me. That copy of Explorations is really nice, I’d love to have it.

  • Man that copy of Explorations went for way more than I was expecting.

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