Hank Mobley “Caddy for Daddy” (1965)

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Lee Morgan (tp) Curtis Fuller (tb) Hank Mobley (ts) McCoy Tyner (p) Bob Cranshaw (b) Billy Higgins (d) Recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 18, 1965


Wayne Shorter composition with a sharp title and sharper musically than some other tracks, which are verging on soft-bop. But Hank still delivers your money’s worth, and you get both Lee Morgan and Curtis Fuller into the bargain along with McCoy Tyner, Higgins and Cranshaw on rhythm. An enjoyable outing, more so than later Mobley dates, which beyond 1966 in my view went a little down hill.

Vinyl Stuff

No ear.  And Stereo.  Not one for the Blue Note Bounty Hunters.                                      Cue The Collector With No Name.   “Pah! I spit on your Blue Note, Gringo! ”              Still, it never had the ear as it was pressed first by Liberty, I guess in 1966 (rushes off to consult Cohen oracle), on already previously printed NY labels, and sports a nice VAN GELDER in the run-out, though someone also had trouble lining up the label with the centre hole. First day at the factory perhaps.

Cut corner once remaindered stock but nevertheless in very nice condition and clean under that shrink-wrap. I always worry: should I remove the shrink?

Collectors Corner

A Fistful of just a few Dollars secured this copy in a London store. It is more desirable in mono and this was Stereo, but it’s not like you have a choice. “No thanks, I’ll just wait a few more years to see if a mono pops up, see you ’round”

It was actually the first copy I had seen on a shelf and the seller priced it pretty fairly without his family going hungry. In very nice condition, shrink wrap still in place, NY labels with VAN GELDER in the run-out, like that matters. We all know it’s an early Liberty 1st press, but still fairly rare in a retail setting.

These Popsike charts sometimes make me laugh. Look at that one guy out on the right at £291. I bet he had a hangover the next morning. “ Honey honey, we’ll have to sell the house! I bid too much! That new keyboard has added a zero to all my bids!! “ That is what every seller will now quote you to talk up the price. Safe to say mine was comfortably below the median. And a nice cover, if shameless product placement. I hope Mobley got to take home the Cadillac, if not the model.

7 thoughts on “Hank Mobley “Caddy for Daddy” (1965)

    • Ahh the “Bob Jukebox” factor. Pure BS delivered by a very large shovel. What we used to call in marketing “all sizzle, no sausage” if that translates alright for you.
      Popsike is indispensible, but you have to discount the odd “moment of madness” bids. Who hasn’t been there?

  1. I’ve had some serious debates with myself over the years about whether or not to remove the shrink wrap plastic if it’s still present. I mean, this shrink wrap question already popped up during my funk collecting years. And to be clear: we’re not talking about a sealed shrink wrapped cover, but the remaining plastic of an already broken seal shrink wrap. At a certain point I just removed them all, ’cause over the years it curls up, breaks or just looks sloppy. I store all my records like LJC describes in the above mentioned link (there are plenty of companies who deliver high quality inner sleeves and outer sleeves and and that is good enough for me, although I do tend to keep the original inner sleeves if they’re collectible 😉

  2. Since it is already open (and you can listen to it) why not keep it nice and tidy in the shrink that is left. I would do that. These non-laminated cover are very sensitive to color loss and ringmarks.

  3. Probably won’t sound so good unless he removes the shrink. I’m guessing our man here prefers to actually LISTEN to the glorious music occasionally rather than keep everything wrapped like some anal-retentive philistine. Am I wrong?

  4. Don’t remove the shrink if it has anything written on it. Otherwise, don’t remove the shrink. Love the snowflakes. Great track.


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