The Great Jazz Vinyl Countdown: John Coltrane, Settin’ The Pace, Prestige 7213

As you may expect, the whole idea of permanently and arbitrarily shrinking my record collection, which has taken close to 40 years to accumulate, is causing quite a bit of trauma around here, around here being inside my very guts. So, if you’ll excuse me, I will ease into the process over the next few days before undertaking any gut-wrenching decisions. Therefore I shall start with one of my all-time favorite records: John Coltrane, Settin’ the Pace, Prestige 7213. This is a great record, probably my second favorite of all the Coltrane Prestiges (right behind Soultrane). The first “Arthur Schwartz” side, with the amazing ballad “I See Your Face Before Me” and the incredible “If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You” is all-time great Trane. The challenge is not deciding whether to keep this record for a collection of 1,000 — if the collection were to be shrunk to 20 records, this would probably still make the cut. The question is merely

how many to keep and which ones. I have three copies, as you can see in the picture. Each one is a deep groove yellow label with the New Jersey address. One of the covers is slightly different than the others: The title is in orange and the Prestige lettering is knocked-out white type instead of a blue type that appears in the other copies. I prefer the blue-type covers, and believe them to be “more original” than the other, although, frankly, I had never even noted the differences in covers before. Also, the cover with the orange lettering is in worse shape than the others. All three records are in comparable VG+ condition, so one of the records is going into the orange-lettering cover and heading toward eBay. As for the other two copies?

Decision time.

Here’s the first surprise on the first day of this exercise.  I’m only keeping one copy, the one in the better condition, whichever that is. Normally, with a record I love as much as this one, I’d surely have kept two: After all, I have two residences, and more than one room in each of them. But, the truth is, I also have this record on CD and on ITunes and it is portable and goes everywhere with me. When I truly want to listen closely, I will put it on my turntable. Plus, I can always hold out hope of finding a mint copy one day. Anyway, that’s the decision — so, eventually, two of these three will end up on eBay. Keep an eye out for them. If you don’t own this record, you should. It’s a great one.

Whew. Day One done. That wasn’t so bad.

6 Responses to “The Great Jazz Vinyl Countdown: John Coltrane, Settin’ The Pace, Prestige 7213”

  1. Jason Sweet Says:

    Only 6,631 more to go! I don’t envy that task.


  2. ceedee Says:

    “or perhaps even offered on the Jazz Collector website”-hmmm…


  3. DaveS Says:

    Don’t let Al fool you. At this decision rate, he’ll still be selling records from his collection 10 years from now.

    And by then eBay will be collecting 93% of the transaction sales price and the US postal service sold to Amazon.


  4. Al Says:

    Ceedee (or anyone else) I’d be happy to sell either copy to you for a fair price. Send me an email to al@jazzcollector.com if you are interested.

    To Jason and Dave — If I have to go through all 6,632 records on the Jazz Collector site we’re all in trouble. You think Basie Plays James Bond is going to survive the cut? The real problem will be when I go out and buy more records — which is only inevitable, isn’t it? — then the process will last even longer and eBay will own the mortgages on both of my homes and the rights to my first-born grandchildren.


  5. ceedee Says:

    Here’s one common solution: limit your purchases only to a percentage of what you make from the stuff you sell. Once you’ve spent that weekly amount on new records/cds,whatever,,THATS IT! Make that percentage a number likely to scratch your ‘itch’-and if it’s not enough,use that as incentive to sell MORE records. In time you’ll see some benefits.
    If you’re not satisfied with that,there’s always the ol’ “DOLLAR BLOWOUT SALE!”. Start with one of your copies(I’m assuming you have both the mono and stereo-lol) of Basie Plays Bond,perhaps tossed in with one or two blue label Prestiges. You’ll get some takers with the low starting bid(with closing bids at much more than a buck)-and plenty of repeat business. Just keep reminding yourself the goal is to sell,not hoard.
    If all else fails,maybe your close friends could hold an intervention-”Al,we’re all here because we CARE about you.”(Insert sounds of sobbing relatives here) After all,if music isn’t a drug,I don’t know what is…


  6. Al Says:

    OK — after we posted this, someone sent us a note asking to buy the record. We are happy to sell it to one of our Jazz Collector readers, but we seem to have misplaced the email. If you are out there and want to purchase a copy of this record, please send an email to al@jazzcollector.com. Sorry we didn’t get back to you sooner.


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