Track Selection: “Venus di Mildew” (W.Shorter) >
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.
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?
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.