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 first released on CD in the U.S. in the mid-’80s. Many of these titles exist as Japanese CBS/Sony and CTA pressings and U.S. DADC pressings. All pressings of these early Fantasy titles are very rare.

This month we consider another title from the initial Fantasy series, tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine’s 1974 album Pieces of Dreams. The album consists of seven songs and is best known for Turrentine’s interpretation of Michel Legrand’s “Pieces of Dreams”. This first CD issue was released by Fantasy under catalog number FCD-610-9465. The back insert credits George Horn as the mastering engineer for this CD release.

As with Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus, Pieces of Dreams exists as Japanese CBS/Sony and CTA pressings. Let’s look at the CBS/Sony pressing. The disc has “CSR COMPACT DISC” repeating in the plastic ring at the center, where CSR stands for CBS/Sony Records. The matrix code is “DIDX-119 11” and is stamped in a neat font in the mirror band bordering the plastic ring. The DIDX number and “MADE IN JAPAN” are both printed on the disc face at 3 o’clock.

It was noted above that the first U.S. issue of Pieces of Dreams is very rare. As such, one is far more likely to locate the later U.S. issue released under the Original Jazz Classics (OJC) banner. If you want to simply experience the album, get the OJC disc. It has bonus tracks and is a good listen. As a collector, it could take some time to locate a Japanese or U.S. pressing of the original issue, so be patient.

Shown below is the cover and back insert for the original U.S. issue of Pieces of Dreams, along with the Japanese CBS/Sony pressing.

 

The cover for the original U.S. CD issue of Stanley Turrentine Pieces of Dreams (Fantasy, catalog number FCD-610-9465). This is the standard cover artwork for this album.

 

The back insert for the original U.S. CD issue of Stanley Turrentine Pieces of Dreams (Fantasy, catalog number FCD-610-9465). George Horn is listed as the mastering engineer. Note that “DIDX-119” is printed beneath “All rights reserved.”

 

The Japanese CBS/Sony pressing of Stanley Turrentine Pieces of Dreams (Fantasy, catalog number FCD-610-9465). The disc has “CSR COMPACT DISC” repeating in the clear plastic ring at the center, and the matrix code is “DIDX-119 11”. “DIDX-119” is printed beneath the catalog number at 3 o’clock, and “MADE IN JAPAN” is printed beneath the CD format logo.

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