“Better Records/Hot Stampers”/Well-Recorded Jazz


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Vinyl collector culture, an LJC Public Interest post, . Better Records And  Hot Stampers  are an American record selling company, based on the premise that old records can sound dramatically better than ones made today.  I had heard of them … Continue reading

Collector’s Guide to Vintage Blue Note Classics: BLP1595 Cannonball Adderley: Somethin’ Else (1958)


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Collector’s Corner What started me on this journey through Somethin’ Else was an enquiry from Takashi in Japan, who has a mysterious Liberty pressing of Somethin’ Else. In his own words: “Side 2 has RVG STEREO Stamp but, side 1 … Continue reading

Calling all Prestige LP-owners


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No, it doesn’t exist. At least not yet. With the invaluable help of Diego S, LJC’s Head of Special Projects Involving Quite Complicated Things, LJC is launching an appeal for information from Prestige collectors  about the records they own, in forensic detail.  We … Continue reading

How big is your vinyl jazz collection? An LJC Poll.


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It’s poll time. There have been many comments about quality and preferences for different artists and styles of jazz, but I want to get down to the more basic question of quantity: how big, or how small, is your vinyl  jazz collection? Perhaps you … Continue reading



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“It’s not about notes any more” declared Albert Ayler famously. Or melody, harmony or rhythm either. Some people love it, some people hate it. Music consisting of simultaneous improvisation in the total absence of structure. But does it swing? you ask (gallows humour).  LJC hands over … Continue reading