Here’s a good one–it’s hard bop at it’s finest and all of my favorite players are involved. Mobley was joined on this March 1961 Blue Note session by Wynton Kelly, Grant Green, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones.
I believe I have a first pressing here, right at the transition to the New York USA label. This one is (A) New York USA/(B) 47 W.63rd NYC with no deepgroove and includes the RVG and “p” stamps.
This shows a fair amount of wear–lots and lots of hairlines, but only a few small scratches. Visually I’d call it VG, maybe on the weak side of the grade, but when I got it I was still optimistic…..and my hunch was right, it sounded excellent and had minimal noise. Another old pressing that sounded a lot better than it looked. I listened to side A a couple times and put it away. I came back to it later to clean it on the VPI and listen to the whole thing, and it sounded even better now that it was cleaned. Sadly, it turns out there was a skip on side B–a tiny dig into the vinyl that could barely be seen. Too bad, but still a very solid play copy with a beautiful cover, and it’s one of the coolest records I own.
(Details: Blue Note BLP 4080 mono/NY USA+47W63/no DG/RVG/p)