This month, we consider a 1962 jazz album from the ever-popular Blue Note catalog. It is trumpeter Freddie Hubbard’s cleverly titled Hub-Tones. The album, released when Hubbard was just 24 but already well-established, is a five-track effort. Hub-Tones opens with an interpretation of the standard “You’re My Everything” and is followed up by four tracks written by Hubbard himself.

Hub-Tones is a quintet performance, with Hubbard joined by James Spaulding on alto sax and flute, Herbie Hancock on piano, Reginald Workman on bass, and Clifford Jarvis on drums. All five tracks were recorded on October 10, 1962. Like many Blue Note albums of the era, Hub-Tones was recorded by the legendary Rudy Van Gelder and was produced by Alfred Lion.

Blue Note introduced their catalog on CD for the U.S. market in the mid-1980s. Unfortunately for collectors, few of these titles exist as Japanese or West German pressings. Those that do are generally rare. All is not lost, however. Many of these Blue Note albums were initially pressed in the U.S. by LaserVideo. These LaserVideo pressings are also quite rare. For Hub-Tones, we will look at a LaserVideo pressing. There is no Japan-for-U.S. or West German pressing of Hub-Tones.

Hub-Tones was first released in the U.S. under catalog number CDP 7 46507 2. If the catalog number format looks familiar, note that Blue Note is part of Capitol Records. Thus, early Blue Note catalog numbers follow the form of popular Capitol titles such as Dark Side of The Moon (catalog number CDP 7 46001 2). Hub-Tones, like many early Blue Note CDs, was mastered by Ron McMaster. His work is generally well regarded by audiophiles and is characterized by a smooth, natural sound. In fact, McMaster’s masters are often preferred to those in the Blue Note “RVG” remastered series currently in print.

The LaserVideo pressing of Hub-Tones bears the typical Blue Note CD label design that resembles the original LP label. The CD has blue text over aluminum (no paint coating) with “BLUE NOTE” in aluminum characters “cut out” of a blue coating. The disc states “MADE IN U.S.A.” at 8 o’clock. A DIDX number also appears beneath the catalog number even though the disc was not pressed by DADC. This is common for early Blue Note titles. The mirror band contains the matrix code and additional text as follows: “10001 MANUFACTURED IN U.S.A. BY LASERVIDEO INC. CI05531 CDP46507”.

The original U.S. issue of Hub-Tones bearing catalog number CDP 7 46507 2 is common, but the LaserVideo pressing is rare and likely will take some effort to locate. Most used copies to be found are later Capitol-EMI pressings, but the thrill is in the hunt. So keep hunting!

Shown below is the cover and back insert for the original U.S. issue of Hub-Tones, along with the LaserVideo pressing.

 

The cover for the original U.S. issue of Freddie Hubbard Hub-Tones (Blue Note catalog number CDP 7 46507 2). This is the standard cover artwork for this album.

 

The back insert for the original U.S. issue of Freddie Hubbard Hub-Tones (Blue Note catalog number CDP 7 46507 2). The artwork is similar to the back of the original LP jacket. Members of the quintet appear above the track list. The catalog number is printed beneath the Blue Note logo at the top left. Credits for this recording are listed at the bottom right.

 

The LaserVideo pressing of Freddie Hubbard Hub-Tones (Blue Note catalog number CDP 7 46507 2). The label design is typical of early U.S. Blue Note CDs and resembles the original LP label. “MADE IN U.S.A.” is printed at 8 o’clock. The matrix information is “10001 MANUFACTURED IN U.S.A. BY LASERVIDEO INC. CI05531 CDP46507”.

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