MC Jazz says: Some interesting lessons from the last few reader-participation posts I thought I might share. Thanks to all those who took the trouble to compile their lists and send them in. Isn’t this Internet thing great? The Fantasy Record Collector exercise really hit the spot, those wants lists are great aren’t they? Some positively mouthwatering record collections out there, and pretty fertile imaginations too – wishful thinking!
LJC has never seen Daily Stats like this before. Phew, those page views…
LJC has no commercial motive, it’s a labour of love, more a pride thing, so I am delighted with the response, and I’ve learned a lot.
Size of Jazz Collections
A total 139 collectors pushed the button before I took the poll results to the analysis couch. The distribution of LJC readers jazz collection size was wide, varying from just a hand full of records to an astonishing 14,000. As a reminder, this is what 14,000 records looks like.
Remember that when someone opines you have “too many records” . It is now a scientifically proven fact that the right size of a complete jazz collection is 14,001, (as pre-eminent collector Kat still has one on his wants list)
This was the overall distribution of posters collections by size of collection:
Half of collectors collections are below 500 records but over a quarter are over 1,000( and that includes me).
Conclusion: Almost everyone can and almost certainly should buy more records. I will certainly be doing my bit. My modest 1,200 simply isn’t enough.
But what records should you buy?
The Most Wanted Artists
Pressing buttons is easy, typing lists is harder work, nevertheless many lists came in, bravo and thank you. A total of a nearly 300 records were nominated by readers in their Most Wanted lists, a very high proportion of which were unique to each individual collector. That is good news for all you Ebay bidders – you are one of only very few who crave that title. However the same artist names – though often different titles – appear frequently among the Most Wanted.
Here is the LJC readers Most Wanted Artists Hall of Fame:
Over a hundred artists were nominated for just the one record, which may of course mean you have all their others on your shelf. Tricky interpreting these statistics. All kudos to “Middleweight Champion of the Tenor” Hank Mobley, whose records top the poll of most wanted records among our collectors, I suspect because his recordings are both musically very desirable and at the same time very difficult to find at an acceptable price.
Most Wanted Individual Record Titles (in the form of their original release, naturally)
Whilst a lot of Most Wanted records were unique to individual collectors, there were some particular titles that appear again and again in collectors lists. I’m guessing but a lot of collectors may have later reissues to access the music but really want that prized original. You probably won’t be surprised what they are. Eleven titles with three or more mentions ranked here by number of mentions.
|Most Wanted Artist and Title||number of mentions|
|John Coltrane Blue Train||7|
|Miles Davis Kind of Blue||7|
|Hank Mobley BN 1568||7|
|Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus||5|
|Sonny Clark Cool Struttin’||5|
|Eric Dolphy Outward Bound||4|
|Bill Evans Waltz For Debby||4|
|Tina Brooks True Blue||3|
|Kenny Dorham Quiet Kenny||3|
|Jutta Hipp At the Hickory House||3|
|Lawrence Marable Tenorman||3|
A lot of collectors might want to check how they spell “Debby” in their Ebay Bill Evans Waltz For Debby search. Seems it is commonly spelled Debbie. I’m not one to talk, as I can never remember how many S’s and L’s there are in Saxophone Collossus, and whether it’s Saxaphone or Saxophone. Perhaps that’s why I still haven’t got an original. And who is this Lorry Marble eh? Why don’t I know who he is?
The Most Desirable records in your collections
This post seemed the most challenging, as even I found it very difficult to separate out those in my collection I myself liked most from those I thought other collectors would most covet. In the end it’s probably a bit of both.
The biggest problem really was I have never heard of many of the very rarest records, artists whose name I am only dimly aware, and will probably never see in the field. This is the province of our Senior Collectors. I am not going to try and analyse the lists, you can quite simply read them for yourselves, but I echo the comment of someone in response to one list. Hardcore! the nearest thing to record porn I have ever seen.
Hope you have enjoyed taking part. It’s not winning, it’s the taking part that counts.
(Oh no it isn’t, its getting your grubby hands on those records, LJC!)
There will be more in future, stay tuned, and may The Jazz be with you.