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22nd October UPDATE! V2.1
Now contains 50% more added Bob Djukic! Banished are those pesky UK editions of the xxxVille labels; new - the extraordinary 16rpm black and white Fireworks label I had never heard of; but the damned Frenchie is still there, until I can find a label to put in its place, room for twenty labels only, he stays for now.
A number of posters have been encouraging me to do more research into the Prestige Records label, lamenting the lack of a quality labelography, though there are some good efforts around. I have already created a Blue Note “Cheat Sheet”, but realised I hadn’t attempted this for Prestige until now. Part of that was down to a lack of confidence, as Prestige was distributed in Europe by licensees, with local pressing and sometimes local re-mastering. What do we Brits know about American Prestige?
This persuaded me to update and re-evaluate my old label guide to Prestige, updated with recent discoveries and more research. I realised I have added a lot knowledge since the original page a few years back. As it took shape, it showed up the chaotic influence of the new discovery “Stereo” in the early Sixties, and the lack of a proper documentation. Yes, the wonderful enthusiasts at jazzDisco produce these great discographies, words words words, but nowhere are there pictures of the artefacts, what you find as you battle the sellers hype and blurred photos on Ebay.
So I thought it timely to go public with Prestige 2.0 - The LJC label Guide – it’s incomplete, it’s probably still wrong in places, opinionated as always, but I have found there are collectors out there with their own little piece of the jigsaw, posters Albert and Carlos have kindly sent me stuff, I thought maybe some of my 600 visitors daily might want to add a little of their knowledge.
The full Prestige Pages with hi-res pictures and controversial opinion on audio quality, go here:
I’ve done the best I can, and its been an education which in itself has sharpened my understanding of that great rival to Blue Note, Prestige. The floor is yours. WikiJazz.