A Visit To A Record Store, Part 2
OK, so I was at my favorite record store, Infinity Records, and I was asking the guys to pull records off the wall and one of the records was this one: Teddy Charles (with Shorty Rogers and Jimmy Giuffre), Collaboration West, Prestige 7028. I knew the record was familiar and I was pretty sure I owned it but I started doubting myself because (1) I have too many records too keep track of every single one and (2) Remember I had that birthday last week and age does awful things to one’s memory and (3) I still do remember record covers and this cover did not look familiar at all. So I looked at the record and it was a New York pressing, deep groove, mono, RVG in the deadwax, yellow label, all the stuff you would look for. The vinyl was in pretty nice VG++ condition and the cover was a shade below M-. The price was fair as well: $75. So I bought the record, and put it in the bag with the Tal record and a couple of others and I got in the car and started driving home and I kept pondering and pondering this Teddy Charles record on Prestige and I realized, “Hey, wait a second. I have that record. But the
record I own has a different cover.” And sure enough when I got home I looked on the shelf under Teddy Charles and there was Collaboration West, Prestige 7028 with a different cover. And the copy on my shelf was also a New York pressing with a New York address on the label and I thought two things: 1. The first thing I thought was, this is why collectors prefer Blue Notes over Prestige: Prestige was inconsistent with its packaging, it re-released items with new covers and new packages and made it quite confusing for collectors, whereas Blue Note was consistent and focused and clear. I will have more to say on this in a later post this week because I’ve been thinking a lot about it. 2. The second thing I though was “Rudolf.” Rudolf will know the answer to this, why this record has two covers. I am pretty sure I know which is the original cover, and that is the one with the orange and black design and artwork, but even of this I am not 100% sure. That one, with the orange and black artwork, was the one that I had owned, the one that was sitting on my shelf at home. The other one, with a photographic design cover, was the one that I purchased the other day for $75 at Infinity Records. So I am hoping Rudolf is reading this and will share his knowledge of Prestige and, if not, perhaps someone else out there will have the knowledge to enlighten us.