DUKE ELLINGTON "MASTERPIECES" COLUMBIA BLUE DEEP GROOVE MONO 1E HOLY GRAIL EX
- Recorded in New York on December 18, 1950 these four tracks were Ellington's first LP in the 12" format, issued on Columbia's Masterworks imprint, and it is among the earliest such LPs released by Columbia (1951). Containing three proven compositions, the fourth (The Tattooed Bride) was first played in 1948 in concert, and recorded in a studio session only now.
- DUKE ELLINGTON'S FIRST 12 INCH LP ON AN INSANELY RARE ORIGINAL BLUE LABEL EX FIRST PRESSING!!! THIS IS THE HOLY GRAIL OF ELLINGTON'S COLUMBIA LP'S!!!
- The record is visually EX glossy and clean with no meaningful condition issues (most eBay sellers would grade this record NM) and the cover is a solid EX the nicest I've seen for this 70 year old record super nice!!! Extremely nice overall as the photos show. The labels are VG+ with a few spindle marks on one side. The spindle hole is clean and tight. A great copy of this incredibly rare 1st press LP!!! Don't let this super nice heavy vinyl deep groove mono copy get away!
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Buy from me and you will never get burned! I promise that my records are accurately described and conservatively graded according to commonly accepted industry standards such as Goldmine (see full description below). I ONLY sell records from my personal collection and NOT thrift shop/flea market junk!You will never get a record from me described as NM that is glossy but the grooves are gray and played out (collectors know what I mean)! I grade my records by playing them and under BOTH incandescent and fluorescent lights!
Records are shipped in industry standard containers with new inner and outer protective sleeves (along with the original inner sleeve or trade paper if noted).
Payment is expected within 3 days of sale.
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My Grading Scale:
All LPs are graded visually. LP's are carefully inspected by ME personally, a collector with 40 years of experience at grading and evaluating LP's, 45's and 78's and the quality of vinyl. I have owned more than 20,000 LP's and keep at least 5000 in my personal collection at all times. I often play grade records because they come straight from my collection and if the LP has been play-graded I will state that in the listing. LP's are carefully, conservatively and accurately described to the best of my abilities. I realize, of course, that a visual examination can be mistaken. In such a case, I plead humanity and offer apologies. In that hopefully-rare instance where this occurs, feel free to arrange to send the record back within 14 days in the same condition in which it was sent to you for a full refund minus shipping costs!
Near Mint (NM or M-) A nearly perfect record. Many dealers won't give a grade higher than this implying (perhaps correctly) that no record is ever truly perfect. The record should show no obvious signs of wear. A 45 RPM or EP sleeve should have no more than the most minor defects, such as almost invisible ring wear or other signs of slight handling. An LP cover should have no creases, folds, seam splits or other noticeable similar defects. No cut-out holes, either. And of course, the same should be true of any other inserts, such as posters, lyric sleeves and the like. Basically, an LP in near mint condition looks almost as if you just got it home from a new record store and removed the shrink wrap.
Excellent (EX) Somewhere in the hinterland of vinyl Nirvana between NM and VG+. Close to NM but not quite VG+. A collector copy!
Very Good Plus (VG+) A Very Good Plus record will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it. It is NOT a NM record! Record surfaces may show some signs of wear and may have slight scuffs or very light scratches that don't affect a reasonable person's listening experiences. Slight warps that do not affect the sound are "OK". The label may have some ring wear or discoloration, but it should be barely noticeable. The center hole will not have been misshapen by repeated play. Picture sleeves and LP inner sleeves will have some slight wear, lightly turned up corners, or a slight seam split. An LP cover may have slight signs of wear also and may be marred by a cut-out hole, indentation or corner indicating it was taken out of print and sold at a discount. All but the most mint-crazy collectors will find a Very Good Plus record highly acceptable.
Very Good (VG) Many of the defects found in a VG+ record will be more pronounced in a VG disc. Surface noise will be evident upon playing, especially in soft passages and during a song's intro and fade, but will not overpower the music otherwise. Groove wear will start to be noticeable, as with light scratches (deep enough to feel with a fingernail) that will affect the sound. Labels may be marred by writing, or have tape or stickers (or their residue) attached. The same will be true of picture sleeves or LP covers. However, it will not have all of these problems at the same time, only two or three of them.
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