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An early Japanese issue of Coleman Hawkins Hawkins! Alive! At The Village Gate

With this post, we consider the person who brought the tenor saxophone to the forefront in jazz and arguably the best tenor saxophonist of all time. Coleman Hawkins. For nearly 40 years, Hawkins continued to break new ground with the tenor sax and in jazz in general. His influence is unquestioned. When reviewing Hawkins’ extensive […]

The U.S. Nimbus pressing of The Very Best of The Kingston Trio

2018 is almost here, so Happy New Year!  As we usher in a new year on, let’s consider a legendary popular music group. Formed in the late 1950s, The Kingston Trio led the charge to bring folk music into the spotlight. The group was formed by Dave Guard, Nick Reynolds, and Bob Shane. Their […]

‘Tis the Season: Art Garfunkel and Amy Grant The Animals’ Christmas by Jimmy Webb

Happy Holidays! We’ve featured many classic yuletide albums here at over the years. For the 2017 holiday season, we will take a look at something a bit different. It is a 1986 album performed by Art Garfunkel and Amy Grant entitled The Animals’ Christmas by Jimmy Webb. The album has an extensive list of […]

A Japan-for-U.S. pressing of Wynton Marsalis Trumpet Concertos

Born in a New Orleans family of musicians, Wynton Marsalis quickly demonstrated his genius as a trumpet player. With his roots in The Big Easy, it might come as no surprise that Marsalis showed great talent as a jazz trumpeter. However, what made the young Marsalis particularly intriguing was his equal ability as a classical […]

The original Japanese issue of McCoy Tyner Fly With The Wind

When considering the extensive portfolio of albums by legendary jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, the efforts that are normally heralded are his classics from the 1960’s, such as the inaugural Inception (1962), Nights of Ballads & Blues (1963), and The Real McCoy (1967). While we could, and should, address such trademark Tyner albums here on, […]

The rare Canadian Atlantic issue of ABBA Greatest Hits Vol. 2

Back in 2012, we discussed the rarity of a Canadian CD release of ABBA’s Super Trouper album on Atlantic Records. That post can be found here. As noted, the Super Trouper inserts were printed in Canada, but the disc was pressed in the U.S. The disc is still unique as a Canadian release since it […]

The West German pressing of Laura Branigan Hold Me

Laura Branigan makes the short list of great ’80s pop divas. She hit the scene with 1982’s Branigan and gained further momentum with follow-up albums Branigan 2 and Self Control over the next two years. Unfortunately, Branigan’s trajectory changed with her fourth album, 1985’s Hold Me. The album has its moments with the title track […]

Lou Reed Transformer revisited

In December 2013, we reviewed an early Japan-for-U.S. pressing of Lou Reed’s classic album from 1972, Transformer. That write-up can be found here. In that post, the focus was a particularly rare early Japanese Denon pressing that is paired with inserts printed in Japan. Reference was also made to a more common Japanese Denon pressing […]

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