Tubby Hayes: Return Visit (1962) Fontana

Last updated January 27, 2017

Previously posted as Japan modern reissue (track “If I had You medley”) record now upgraded to the original 1962 Fontana. Seemed a good excuse to post more Tubby Hayes.


Track Selection: I See With My Third “I” (R. Kirk)

A poignant song title, given Kirk was blind from birth, his third eye.


Tubby Hayes (ts,vib) Roland Kirk (ts, manzello, fl, nose fl, stritch) Jimmy Gloomy alias forJames Moody – (ts fl) Walter Bishop Jr. (p); Sam Jones.
Recorded in New York, June 23, 1962
Like, totally Tubby-licious, man. Tenor-totin’ Tubbs arrives in the Big Apple, turning it briefly into the Cox’s Orange Pippin.  The follow up to Tubbs in NY recorded in 1961.
You wonder how Tubby was introduced to Roland Kirk, hearing the English accent.  Long pause, eyes narrowed, in the manner of John Wayne.
“You’re not from round these parts, are you.  Where ‘d’you learn to play like that?”  
Kings Cross, London, actually”
Yeah I heard of that station, Kings Crustacean. Like Charing Crustacean. This joke is now ready to expire
Vinyl: Fontana TL 5195
Original 1962 mono, UK Philips pressing

Philips pressing, UK plant (code 420) glorious Chingford, Outer North East Mongolia London, which is about as exciting as New Malden, not at all exciting. At least New Jersey sounds interesting, even if it isn’t. I remember the popular song “What did Dela-ware, boy, What did Delaware? She wore a brand New Malden.. .  nah, never going to work. Jersey Boys, Chingford Boys: who put the ching in Chingford? London is a great city, but the suburbs are.. well… so sub-urban.

As for the vinyl, original Fontana always sounds fresh natural and as it should, vinyl like as opposed to CD like.

Here’s the Dutch pressing, probably simultaneous with the UK


And here is how it was launched onto the American market, on Chicago label Smash Records (both mono and stereo) :



Collectors Corner: Source eBay

Seller Description: Record: VG+ Excellent except for very small scuff on A side Can’t be felt, can’t be heard; Sleeve: Excellent (Near Mint)

Tubby-mania sweeps the jazz collector world – OK 10 bidders, but that is hefty competition in an eBay auction, and the boat had to be pushed a bit further out than I would have wanted, but there is only one winner, and if you want it to be you, there is only one way. At least the price was  half the Buy it Now being  asked by another seller.

4 thoughts on “Tubby Hayes: Return Visit (1962) Fontana

  1. Hello there. I own a copy of this recording from 1963 but as label says, Made in Holland (687 302.1L MONO). Do you know if this pressing is really the same than 1st UK-1963 one?
    Best regards.

    • I’ve updated the Tubby post with pictures for the Dutch imprint, and in the interest of completeness, the US release on Smash Records, (looks like it didn’t smash many records)

      It was recorded in June 1962 – I tend to use the year of recording rather than the year of publishing, as there were many recordings from this time whose release was deferred, sometimes for many years. It usually took around three months from recording studio to record stores as finished product, but here you had the complication of US recording which stretched it to 1963.

      My guess the Dutch and UK were simultaneous pressings, one for home the other for Europe. Philips juggled their capacity between UK and Holland, pressed according to workload, nothing to choose between them usually – you wonder who held on to the original tape for mastering, and who got sent copy tape. – the US, UK or Holland?

  2. 2 flute players ! This one is definitely for me. Not to mention mr. Kirk, a jazz musician in a league of his own. Couldn’t find a drummer credit though, hope someones there. Added to my ever expanding want list, cheers LJC !

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