Gatemouth Moore Sings Blues LP Original King 684 Rare
Record Condition: VG + (VERY slight surface marks. No skips. Shiny lacquer. Clean labels.) This LP was play graded on my personal system (Rega P3) and plays quietly throughout with VERY minimal surface noise and only occasional ticks. All auction LP's are professionally cleaned using a VPI Record Cleaning Machine.
Cover Condition: VG + (Very slight surface and edge wear. No ring wear. Approximately 1 inch tight seam split along upper right corner. No stickers or writing.)
Notes: Rarely available blues masterpiece valued at over $8000 in Goldmine's album price guide! King Records (#684). Mono. Original U.S. pressing. This LP was purchased from the private collection of the original owner. It has been carefully maintained in a smoke and pet free home. An impossible find in this condition!
Track Listing: I'm A Fool To Care, Highway 61 Blues, Gambling Woman, Don't You Know I Love You Baby, Teasin' Brown, Hey Mr. Gatemouth, You're My Specialty Baby, Gotta Walk, Something I'm Gonna Be, I Ain't Mad At You Pretty Baby, Did You Ever Try To Cry, Satisfying Papa, Graveyard Disposition, Willa Mae, After Loving A Woman, You're Having Hard Luck
Biography by Wade Kergan (www.allmusic.com)
Blues shouter, and later Gospel preacher, Gatemouth Moore got his start in Kansas City while still a teenager, singing for the bands of Bennie Moten and Walter Barnes. Graced with a smooth but powerful voice similar to Charles Brown, Moore spent the 1940's penning and recording songs, most notably "Have You Ever Loved a Woman," which would later be covered by B.B. King and the previously mentioned Charles Brown. Others would revisit Moore's songs too with Rufus Thomas covering Gatemouth's "Somebody's Got to Go" and Jimmy Witherspoon adopted "Christmas Blues". In 1949 Moore gave up secular singing for the gospel trail. He still sang and recorded, but almost exclusively gospel material and spent most of the ensuing decades working in churches and promoting gospel music through radio programs that he hosted. In 2003, Moore appeared in director Richard Pearce's film Road to Memphis singing a latter day song he wrote titled "Beale Street Ain't Beale Street No More." The following year, the singer dubbed Gatemouth because of his massive voice passed away from natural causes at the age of 90.
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All records are graded using the following Goldmine Price Guide criteria:
Mint: Absolutely perfect in every way. Certainly never been played, possibly even still sealed. I do not use this grade.
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 as if you just got it home from a new record store and removed the shrink wrap.
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. Record surfaces may show some signs of wear and may have slight scuffs or very light scratches that don't affect one'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. In general, if not for a couple things wrong with it, this would be Near Mint. 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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