Track Selection: Second City Steamer
Tubby Hayes (ts,f) Mick Pyne (p) Ron Mathewson (b) Tony Levin (d) Recorded 2nd February and 7th March 1967, London
Music: It’s Tubbs…what more do you need to know. A different track selection this time. But Tubbs in full flow, unstoppable.
Vinyl: UK original pressing Fontana SFJL 911
The Mole Jazz 1981 reissue was Blogged previously on 31st December 2011, but now an update…
At last! A 1960s Fontana original! It is a little worse for wear, but the sound is sooo much superior to what now seems a comparatively feeble Mole Jazz reissue from the 1980s. And that great cover.
Lots of wear around those spindle holes, a much played much-loved record, unfortunately passing through the hands of owners that played but did not take care of their records. These would be the self-same people who welcomed the move to CD to get away from the scratches caused by their lack of care in handling.
Significant spindle wear.
Country code 420 for UK, indicates pressing by Philips
Full liner notes not included on the Mole Jazz reissue
Source: eBay Sellers Grading: Vinyl: VG minus. Cover VG
I wouldn’t normally consider a VG minus – do I look like the tramp rooting around in rubbish bins? I bought this record for the cover, thinking to provide a superior home for my Mole Jazz reissue, which has a “rubbish cover“.Not the first time I have looked to upgrade to a better cover. This one shouted a 27 shilling 11 pence price sticker. Oh those were the days, records for under a pound. The large price sticker came off with a little persistence, and a combination of lighter fuel and WD40, which the laminated cover tolerated.
The eBay seller confessed to all manner of problems, for the most part over-egging it though some of the scratches are feelable and sound, though not for any great length of time. Only one rival bargain hunter was not put off, but it was mine, for less than a tenner. For the cover. And what do you know. She sounds great. Those defects I can live with. I’d rather the fresh quality sound with the odd scratch than a dull plastic-sounding reissue with no scratches. Despite the good reputation of the people behind the 1980’s Mole Jazz releases – Nimbus as I recall, the 1960s Fontana is vastly superior. Now why aren’t I surprised?
The original Fontana is indeed fairly “rare”, and the last EX condition I bid on went for three figures, so a 90% discount for condition seems a reasonable exchange. Plus of course I get the cover, hehe. Now what am I bid for this 27’11 price sticker?
UPDATE March 2013
The above record was upgraded to an EX/EX copy last year. Letters of sympathy no longer necessary.
UPDATE: Main photos updated to current standard December 2015.