The Curious Case of the Lexington That Wasn’t.
The labels say 767 Lexington Ave on both sides, no “Inc” and no “R”, the cover address says Lexington and has no print on the spine. The vinyl is double deep groove, has the ear, and handwritten RVG in the runout. What more proof do you need, Mr Damn Vinyl Detective Lieutenant? It’s a Lexington!
Detective Lieutenant Columbo (crumpled fawn raincoat, hand to forehead)
“There’s just one thing bothering me, sir, if you have a moment, please … it is pressed on moderate weight vinyl, around 140gm, with a round and not a flat edge, and I can see the cover is not a kakubuchi frame cover. If you could just explain, sir. The inner sleeve, if it is correctly matched, means that this record was not actually made until 1964″
“Damn you Columbo, you’re smart…but you’ll never take me alive!!” (Throws self through window)
A perfect example of Blue Note and Plastylite ensuring nothing is wasted in the record manufacturing process. Old stock labels and covers used up first, whatever inner sleeve happened to be current, even the choice of “old dies” – leaving the deep groove. None of this matters at all, of course. Unless you are trying to put a value on it. Or indeed, if you are relying on a sellers description, sight unseen, in an auction listing.
Happily I don’t care, because its a perfect-sounding Blue Note original pressing, off the same stampers as that Lexington, pressed by Plastylite to the same exacting standards. Blakey’s cymbal strikes ring and hang in the air while Silver is at his most “Bud Powell-ish”. Recorded in 1952 but a good recording, with Sabu Martinez on little-hand-drum-things on several tracks bringing a polyrhythmic element Blakey’s pacing. A YouTube posted here offers a sample track: