Posts Tagged "Vinyl Spotlight"

Vinyl Spotlight: Herbie Hancock, Empyrean Isles (Blue Note 4175)


February 28, 2017 /

This is one of my favorite Herbie Hancock albums. It has a soft, gentle vibe that I return to time and time again when I want to listen to something quiet. The quartet with trumpet seems like the perfect minimal arrangement for this album, and even though I’m not the biggest Freddie Hubbard fan, I find that he fits in with the rest of the group… More→

Vinyl Spotlight: Cliff Jordan (Blue Note 1565)


February 21, 2017 /

Truth be told, these United Artists mono pressings from the early to mid ’70s are hit and miss, having heard more than one that suffered from significant non-fill problems. But this particular copy made it through that inconsistent manufacturing process unscathed. United Artists pressings also seem to have a gentler top end than a lot of… More→

Vinyl Spotlight: The Cats (New Jazz 8217)


February 14, 2017 /

When I lived in Albany, New York, the East Greenbush library had a killer selection of classic jazz CDs, and the 1989 Original Jazz Classics reissue of this album was one of them. Flipping through the racks, this album piqued my interest because of its super-hip cover and the name “John Coltrane”. I became more familiar with this album over… More→

Vinyl Spotlight: Hank Mobley, No Room for Squares (Blue Note 4149)


January 31, 2017 /

So far on Deep Groove Mono, we’ve covered original pressings, Liberty pressings and early ’70s United Artists pressings of classic albums released by the beloved Blue Note label. This ’70s copy of Hank Mobley’s No Room for Squares with the all-blue label and the white (sometimes black) lowercase “b” logo is more or less… More→

Vinyl Spotlight: John Coltrane, Coltrane Live at Birdland (Impulse 50)


January 24, 2017 /

Generally speaking, I don’t know the Impulse catalog very well, and accordingly I have a harder time keeping track of the ‘first-first pressing’ melee associated with the label. Thus I’m not really sure if this is a ‘first-first pressing’ or just a ‘first pressing’, but it has the Van Gelder stamp of approval and, more importantly, it plays… More→

Vinyl Spotlight: Big John Patton, The Way I Feel (Blue Note 4174)


January 17, 2017 /

A rare record in any format, this is the genuine article right here: Van Gelder stamp, Plastylite “P”, mono. After its original release in 1964, The Way I Feel was never reissued on LP or CD in the United States, and it has only been reissued twice in Japan on CD. The reason for the scarce number of reissues could be related to the fact… More→

Vinyl Spotlight: Cookin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet (Prestige 7094)


January 10, 2017 /

I found this record several years back at the first WFMU record fair I ever attended in New York City. It’s not an “original original” pressing in the sense that it lacks the “NYC” address on the labels, but it’s still made from original Van Gelder mastering. On the ballad “My Funny Valentine” especially, you should be able to hear that this is a very… More→

Vinyl Spotlight: Herbie Hancock, Inventions and Dimensions (Blue Note 4147)


January 3, 2017 /

Although Liberty pressings of most classic Blue Note albums are not original pressings, they still have the potential to sound great. They may lack the Plastylite “P” found in the runout groove of most originals but they do usually brandish the Van Gelder stamp in the runout groove, indicating that they were made from the same master lacquer… More→