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The original Japanese issue of Elton John Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player

With the Elton John biopic Rocketman opening in theaters in the U.S. today, it seems fitting to review an early CD of the megastar behind the piano. In this post we consider the original Japanese CD issue (i.e., Japan-for-Japan) of Sir Elton’s 1973 album Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player. This is a […]

The Japan-for-Europe pressing of L.L. Cool J Bigger and Deffer

In this month’s post we consider something new: A first review of an early rap CD on keithhirsch.com. Long before L.L. Cool J starred on NCIS: Los Angeles, he was, of course, a rapper, and a brilliant one. L.L. hit the rap scene with a smash in 1985 with his acclaimed debut, Radio. Then in […]

The U.S. PDO pressing of Boston Boston

Back in October 2016, we looked at a Japan-for-U.S. pressing of Boston’s self-titled debut album. As noted in that post, the album first appeared on CD in the U.S. as a U.S. DADC pressing. Early DADC pressings of Boston are rather common, but here we consider a much rarer U.S. pressing We’ve discussed in other […]

The very rare Japanese CBS/Sony, “DIDX-20” pressing of Joan Armatrading The Key

This month, an artist makes her debut to keithhirsch.com. British singer, songwriter Joan Armatrading began recording in 1972, starting out with a folk emphasis. A master of many genres, she later infused jazz, rock, and eventually pop and new wave into her music. By 1983, Armatrading, like many, had adopted synthesizers with the release of […]

Revisiting Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers Night in Tunisia: The West German “Green-Blue-Arrow” CD

Back in 2011, a rare West German pressing of the 1979 Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers album, Night in Tunisia, was featured here on keithhirsch.com (click here). That disc is noteworthy by virtue of its prominent blue-arrow motif. The blue arrow was one of the earliest label designs used for CDs on the Philips […]

An early U.S. DADC pressing of Bob Dylan John Wesley Harding

As we head into 2019, let’s consider an early, brilliant album by Bob Dylan. No, not Bringing It All Back Home. Not Highway 61 Revisited. Not Blonde on Blonde either. These three consecutive albums certainly are brilliant and are worthy of a spot here, but not this time. Instead, let’s look at Dylan’s 1967 effort […]

‘Tis the Season: Barbara Mandrell Christmas at Our House

Happy Holidays 2018! As we embark on the most wonderful time of the year, and the cold that comes with it (for many of us), let’s take in some country music. This year, we consider the 1984 album from country legend Barbara Mandrell entitled Christmas at Our House. First, Mandrell is particularly fitting for our […]

The Japanese CBS/Sony pressing of Stanley Turrentine Pieces of Dreams

Back in January of 2013, we featured a rare Japan-for-U.S. pressing of Vince Guaraldi Trio Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus on the Fantasy label (click here). That post mentioned the existence of Japanese CBS/Sony and CTA pressings of the Guaraldi album. Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus is part of a small series of Fantasy Records titles […]

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