Watching Some Blue Note Records on eBay

Here are some Blue Notes we’ve been watching on eBay:

Lee Morgan Volume 3, Blue Note 1557. This was an original first pressing that was listed in M- condition for both the record and the cover The pictures in the listing were pristine and clear. The record sold for $2,253.88. This Lee Morgan didn’t do quite as well: Lee Morgan, Lee-Way, Blue Note 4034. The record was in M- condition and the cover was VG+. The price was $442.89.

Here’s one that features Sonny Clark on piano: Curtis Fuller Volume 3, Blue Note 1583. This was an original pressing in M- condition for the vinyl and VG+ for the cover. It sold for $612.69.

This one did not reach the seller’s reserve price: The Prophetic Herbie Nichols Volume 1, Blue Note 5068. This was an original 10-inch LP that was listed in M- condition for the record and what looked to be VG++ condition for the cover. The top bid was $255, so we won’t know what the reserve price was.

This one had sold for more than $600 last week, but not this time:

Clifford Brown, New Star on the Horizon, Blue Note 5032. This was an original 10-inch pressing in VG++ condition for both the record and the cover. The price was $395.

This one, surprisingly, didn’t sell at all: Kenny Burrell, Blue Lights Volume 1, Blue Note 1596. This looked to be an original pressing. The record was VG+ and the cover was M-. It does have the Andy Warhol cover, so cover condition is important. This had a start price of $500 and there were no takers. If I were to pay $500 for a record, this might be one, although the VG+ condition always leaves you open to a lot of variables.


  • i don’t think it is a deep groove on that jackie picture… it has just a realy undeep groove, but because of the type of light that is falling on the lp it LOOKS like a deep groove.
    I have never seen a liberty or UA label with deep groove.

  • You may very well be right, Maarten, but still: that label sure looks as if it has a deep groove. Still we’re looking at a UA pressing, so for Katharsis it would serve perfectly as a filler until a genuine pressing pops up. And, correct me if I’m wrong, but I do remember an extensive discussion here at Jazzcollector about the fact that in some cases Liberty and UA pressings have been spotted with a deep groove on either the A or B-side. Or did I just read it wrong? How about the use of old stampers, considering the fact that Van Gelder is in the trail off groove?

  • on the liberties there is often a different “rudy van gelder”, nl. the small written ” van gelder”, then on the originals

  • I would definitely see this record as a deep groove pressing. The angle of the photography is not uncommon to me and on others you’ll never see this circle that good. But I may be wrong as well
    @maarten: Do you mean the blue and white Liberties or the blue label ones? And you say, that the stampers differ from the ones on originals?

  • One addition: I looked again at the UA-label and besides the definitive UA-adress, it looked very much like the old – let’s say NY-labels. I know, that usually the UA-labels look absolutely different, mostly they have black writing on the label as well.

  • To quote the words from Maarten: it’s science! 🙂

  • I checked some Blue Notes randomly today and came across “Horace-Scope” by Silver. On the backcover I found the adress to be written in Sans Serif as 1595. Interesting.

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