First and second covers for original Prestige releases, pictures from the bounty of the internet, as I don’t have many of these myself. Though some alternative covers were introduced to accompany the formal reissue with new Prestige catalogue number, the focus here is where two or more covers exist for the original Prestige release.
With some you can recognise the repackaging of rising and falling artists. Coltrane rises, especially after his moved to Impulse left Weinstock with a lot of material recorded for Prestige, poor Elmo Hope is air-brushed out of existence, Gene Ammons given alternative covers for no obvious reason, likewise Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis. In other cases a mere change of colour – would it go better with someone’s new carpet and curtains?
I’m sure there may be other alternatives, and a few I have missed as I can’t source a picture at the present time, and some I may have mixed up the first with the second cover, if you know better, feel free to add to the comments. Click pictures to view full screen.
My Thanks to Rudolf, for his encyclopaedic knowledge of all things jazz, and the good Dottorjazz for same, and setting me off on this
wild goose chase exciting challenge!. It seemed a good idea at the time.
Postscript: 7014 Green cover – two differet typesetting /fonts. Left copy cursive italic font “Prestige lp” -with NYC label; the conventional capitalised font “PRESTIGE HI FI” on the right, also NYC label (hat tip Frederik)
7109 – Discogs list 38 different impressions of Bags Groove, including one from the Soviet Melodiya label. Here the basic green NYC and blue Bergenfield NY editions
Updated Feb 2015 on expert opinion (Rudolf F) that the Blue Green is the earlier cover. I’m sayin’ nuthin’
7064 Red Garland Garland of Red first cover with
paint strokes, variously coloured “pianos”, second cover without (Hat tip, Rudolf and Aaron)
Updated continuously as new information comes to light