Post updated: February 13, 2019 (new photos and rips, complete)
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Track Selection 2. Know What I Mean (Evans)
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Cannonball Adderley (as) Bill Evans (p) Percy Heath (b) Connie Kay (d) recorded NYC, January 27, February 21 and March 13, 1961
Dream Team, Bill Evans Quartet, Trio plus saxophone. For a fan of both Evans and Adderley this record is irresistible, playing together again after the Kind of Blue classic sessions. Rhythm section of MJQ provide the underpinnings. Waltz for Debby, Evans on the keyboard, but with a saxophone solo? Be still my heart. Adderley’s alto has wings, flies like an angel on the title track, belieing his “Cannonball” moniker.
Vinyl: Riverside RLP 433 UK release Dutch pressing by Philips, mono
The Dutch pressings of Riverside are deceptive. At first I thought they were a little subdued compared with the British pressings, but if you boost the volume 10-15% they sound alive, as they should. Something about the way the Philips plant in Holland engineered things. They just need a little push to deliver that punch.
Oh, did I forget to mention? Love that cover, conceptual art, sixties style, glossy laminate in 60s-only technology, and beautiful. CD owners, weep
Source: eBay Sellers Grading: UK pressing (Near mint) Cover & Record EXCELLENT condition
Seller had not a lot to say about this one, mainly a seller of R&B, Beatles and the like. . “All sausage, no sizzle” , a phrase, for any of you who ever worked in marketing.
The joy of a targeted eBay search based on artist, title and vinyl. Pops up on a Buy-it-Now offer, it must be like shooting grouse. The beaters beat, bird take to wing, gets twenty yards into the air before a “bang” sends it hurtling too earth. Sellers chose to sell it that way, no auction and sniping grief, just like old-fashioned shopping, sold and bought immediately, delighted.
A little bit of surface noise, 1961 vinyl, your expectations are unrealistic if you expect silence.
Postscript November 1, 2013
Once again, as with the Thelonious Monk Alone in San Francisco post, the mystery of missing artwork on Riverside/ Interdisk European editions. Both Dutch pressings by Philips. On the left, the LJC copy produced for the UK market (purchase tax codes pressed into the vinyl around the spindle-hole) made by Fontana (owned by Philips) No artwork. . The other a release by Philips itself – presumably for Holland or who knows where export, with artwork.
Anyone who can shed light on the Philips / Interdisk madness, the floor is yours.