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  1. Prestige LPs: 1960s Blue Label Pressings

    Hello Tom-- Good eye--it's actually a Six. It belonged to a friend of my older brother's, who was the neighborhood Fonz growing up in the 1970s. He died tragically years ago, and I managed to acquire his single stray KLH Six that had been stored away in an attic for years. It's the perfect match for the Fisher TA-500 mono receiver and the three-color Garrard Type A. I feel like I'm listening to Sam Cooke's Night Beat and my Mingus LPs exactly as they would have sounded in the early 1960s.
  2. Prestige LPs: 1960s Blue Label Pressings

    Ha ha! Here is the rest of the room, incidentally...
  3. Prestige LPs: 1960s Blue Label Pressings

    Hello again— I’m not having a problem with records “wearing out,” but I bought a marginal VG copy of a Prestige record many years ago that had pops & crackles to begin with. My question is whether a clean 60s pressing is going to be virtually identical to a 50s pressing, save for the blue “Trident” label in place of the yellow/black label with the fireworks.
  4. Prestige LPs: 1960s Blue Label Pressings

    Hello— No, it’s the original Shure M3D cartridge that came with the turntable. Though it’s a stereo cart and my system is mono, it sounds fantastic. I do have a mono GE VRII—it’s the red one for broadcasting applications—but I like the sound of the Shure better. I believe it tracks at around 3.5g.
  5. Prestige LPs: 1960s Blue Label Pressings

    Hey! My turntable resembles that remark!
  6. Prestige LPs: 1960s Blue Label Pressings

    Hi Dmitry, and thanks-- I did read an online overview of the Prestige label history; it mentions that @1963 pressings are prone to hissing due to a minute percentage of paper (label) from recycled vinyl records present in the composition. The guy who's selling the record in question has strong feedback, and he says it's in 1- or 2-play condition and it sounds fantastic.
  7. Gentlemen: Relatively new jazzer here. My original 50s copy of a certain iconic Prestige record wasn't in great shape to begin with when I bough it, and a few years and many plays later now, I am looking to replace it. I have no interest in new 180g reissues--I need to have the old, thick, musty cardboard cover in my hands so I can read the liner notes while the record is spinning, and I do not need to be distracted by unsightly bar codes while I am doing so. Harrumph! I digress. Assuming it's the same RVG info etched into the dead wax, is the blue, so-called "Trident" label second-pressing from the mid-60s essentially the identical record to the 50s yellow & black label? Thank you...
  8. Warner Japan Jazz Reissues

    I bought a black-label copy of this LP recently on a whim--I'm a big fan of Atlantic R&B and this colorful cover caught my attention--and I can't stop listening to this cool, guitar instro bossa nova record. I'm trying to find one of these Warner/Japan CDs, but as the few I'm seeing are over $45, I think the Collectibles CD pressing at $10 will have to suffice. Highlight for me is I'll Remember April.
  9. I've got mono.

    Hello Dmitry, and thanks. A big part of what I love about mono--just as you point out--is that my $10 bargain-bin Horace Silver records that look only so-so sound like a million bucks!
  10. I've got mono.

    I have a dedicated mono setup (Fisher 500 receiver from the late 50s, KLH Six speaker, red/white/gray Garrard Type A table) and I have a GE VRII Broadcast mono cartridge. Listening to my Blue Note and black label Atlantic LPs, I am transported back to 1961.
  11. VICJ Heritage of Jazz Series

    Dredging up an old thread here. Once upon a time, my opinion of jazz was that you had Thelonious Monk, and then you had varying degrees of elevator music. Then I got into Mingus...then Coltrane...and little by little I've been getting it. While listening to old Sonny Rollins tunes on YouTube (is he the last surviving member of that famous 1958 Harlem photo, by the way?) I came across the Bags Groove record. Brain-sprainingly great! How did this one manage to evade my radar all these years? All the heavy hitters on one album, and I can't get enough of the title track(s) in particular. In researching which CD copy of Bags Groove to buy, I settled upon this one: VICJ-60263 Bags Groove - Miles Davis for $11, based on nothing other than the fact that it has a cardboard sleeve, and my CD copy of Pithecanthropus Erectus has a cool cardboard sleeve. A quick google search for this release brings me here, and the organissimo.com thumbs-up convinced me to pull the trigger.
  12. Bucky Pizzarelli R.I.P.

    I chanced across this Al Caiola record at some point in my youth, and few tunes have captivated me the way Strait Ahead did in my formative years. The LP was first released on RCA in the late 50s as High Strung, and it features Pizzarelli prominently. I cut my teeth on this one and learned all the parts on my first guitar: a beat-up ES 125TC that's long gone. So sorry to learn of his passing now.
  13. Dexter's draft card.

    30 Rockfellow
  14. Sleepy LaBeef, RIP

    Wow; sobering news. I met him in Memphis at Huey's, but that was 25 years ago now that I think of it. Time marches on.