Horace Silver — Cape Verdean Blues

It’s been far too long I’ve posted, but I just got a few LPs photographed and audio transferred to get on here.  Along with a bunch of listening over the last month, I caught up on my favorite record blogs.  Over at London Jazz Collector (see link on the right of page) there have been some interesting “shootouts”.  I only have a handful of comparable doubles, but one of them happened to be already on my shelf waiting to be posted here.

Unfortunately, they are not NM mono/stereo copies of the exact same vintage, but they’re pretty close and make for a decent comparison.  The mono is somewhat worn, and the stereo is in slightly better condition.

MONO – 1st pressing – NY USA – no deepgroove – Van Gelder – “p”

STEREO – NY USA – no deepgroove – Van Gelder – no “p”

I figure that makes the stereo an early Liberty pressing…

What do you think?  I prefer the stereo.

Recorded October 1965–great band featuring Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, and JJ Johnson.  This was Shaw’s first Blue Note session, a couple months shy of this 21st birthday.

Horace Silver – The African Queen MONO:

Horace Silver – The African Queen STEREO:

(Details: Blue Note BLP 4220/BST 84220)

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