COMPLETE Blue Note Masterpiece Special Replica 15 Series Japan King
A little about the “Blue Note Masterpiece Special Replica 15” Series:
Each of the records in this highly limited fifteen record set were created, down to the gram, to be exact replicas of the original Blue Note US issues. The vinyl is extra heavy like the US originals, where applicable, and bears no Japanese imprints. The only difference with the vinyl, where applicable, is the absence of a deep groove imprint on the label. The heavy-weight covers were similarly reproduced and also bear no Japanese imprints. The only difference with the covers is that they were made with a different type of cardboard. The records from this series are arguably the best sounding jazz Japanese reissues of them all. Everyone is welcome to these records, but audiophiles will be particularly pleased.
Artists: Herbie Hancock, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Clark, John Coltrane, Bud Powell, Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Paul Chambers, Eric Dolphy, Horace Silver, Lee Morgan, Kenny Burrell, Dexter Gordon, Clifford Brown
Titles (Catalog #s): Maiden Voyage (BST-84195), Somethin’ Else (BST-81595), Cool Struttin’ (BST-81588), Blue Train (BST-81577), The Scene Changes – The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 5 (BST-84009), A Night At The Village Vanguard (BLP-1581), Moanin’ (Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers (BST-84003), Sonny Clark Trio (BST-81579), Bass On Top (BST-81569), Out To Lunch! (BST-84163), Blowin’ The Blues Away (BST-84017), Candy (BLP-1590), Midnight Blue (BST-84123), Our Man In Paris (BST-84146), Clifford Brown Memorial Album
Label: Blue Note Japan / King
Special Series: Blue Note Masterpiece Special Replica 15 Series
Catalog #s: BST-84195, BST-81595, BST-81588, BST-81577, BST-54009, BLP-1581, BST-84003, BST-81579, BST-81579, BST-81569, BST-84163, BST-84017, BLP-1590, BST-84123, BST-84146, BLP-1526
Mono/Stereo: BST = Stereo, BLP = Mono
Records: All records are in at least NM- condition. Audiophile grade playback.
Covers: All covers are in at least EX shape, many in NM. Some covers have light to moderate foxing, mainly only on the back. Please see pictures for further details.
Obi: All obi except the one on “Cool Struttin’” are in at least NM- shape. “Cool Struttin’” has a small chip out of the back of the obi towards the top right. See Pictures.
Inner Sleeves: All LPs come with both original inner sleeves: the square Blue Note paper inner sleeve and the fitted Japanese style plastic inner sleeve. The Dexter Gordon album has on faint spot of foxing.
Inserts: All records are complete with all inserts in at least NM- condition. Dexter Gordon’s insert is EX- due to a fold in the paper. Only a few of the records included the gold “STEREO” sticker while fewer records still included the large multi sticker sheet. I have never been able to track down definitive information about which records came with which stickers, but please check out this link for further information: http://microgroove.jp/bluenote-jpn/1977-1983.html.
Photographs are of actual items up for bid.
Shipping: invoice will be sent after determining shipping costs at the post office
This set of records will be packed up extra well to prevent damage during transit. All records will be packed outside their covers while remaining in their inner sleeves. Additional support/bubble wrap will be added to the corners of the package. All sales are final. No returns, refunds, etc.
All of the records I will be listing kept me company while I was working in Japan, but it has come time to pass them on now that I’m back in the states. Plus, as much as I love jazz, I made a promise to myself when I started collecting records that I would stick to the blues. All of my records have been cleaned on my VPI 16.5 as well as fully play tested on my Linn LP-12. I have done my best to include detailed notes concerning the playback of each LP, but please keep in mind playback greatly depends on the setup. Therefore, some playback discrepancies are possible. Without exception, the fidelity of these records is exquisite—good enough, in most cases, for an audiophile. Whoever winds up with these records is in for a real treat. Happy listening!