Blue Note guides: LJC 1st press checklist

LJC brings you the unofficial guide to Blue Note first pressings. Created a year before Fred Cohens Guide was published, it represents this enthusiasts attempt to fill the knowledge gap that existed then. Its free! However it contains some (unintentional) errors and ommissions

In particular, collector Alan Songer has written, oft repeated, that 4059 Kenny Drew Undercurrent was the last title on which Deep Groove dies were used on first pressings. However there are around ten titles beyond that where some collectors consider the possibility that the transition to non-Deep Groove dies for first pressings was not so clear cut. You decide.

First Pressing   Guide flat edge DG ear RVGh/m VANGELD Label address no “inc” cover address cvr no INC frame cvr
1501: Miles Davis, Miles Davis +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1502: Miles Davis, Miles Davis +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1503: Bud Powell, The Amazing +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1504: Bud Powell, The Amazing +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1505: J.J. Johnson, The Eminen +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1506: J.J. Johnson, The Eminen +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1507: Art Blakey and the Jazz +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1508: Art Blakey and the Jazz +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1509: Milt Jackson, Milt Jacks +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1510: Thelonious Monk, Genius +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1511: Thelonious Monk, Genius +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1512: Jimmy Smith, A New Sound +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1513: Thad Jones, Detroit-New +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1514: Jimmy Smith, A New Sound +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1515: Jutta Hipp, At the Hicko +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1516: Jutta Hipp, At the Hicko +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc
1517: Gil Melle, Patterns in J +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1518: Horace Silver, Horace Si +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1519: Herbie Nichols, The Herb +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1520: Horace Silver and Art Bl +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1521: Art Blakey, A Night at B +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1522: Art Blakey, A Night at B +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1523: Kenny Burrell, Introduci +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1524: Kenny Dorham, ‘Round Mid +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1525: Jimmy Smith, The Incredi +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1526: Clifford Brown, Memorial +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1527: Thad Jones, The Magnificent +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1528: Jimmy Smith, At Club Bab +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1529: Jimmy Smith, At Club Bab +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1530: Jutta Hipp, With Zoot Sims +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1531: Fats Navarro, The Fabulo +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1532: Fats Navarro, The Fabulo +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1533: Johnny Griffin, Introduc +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1534: Paul Chambers, Whims of +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1535: Kenny Dorham, Afro-Cuban +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1536: J. R. Monterose, J. R. M +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1537: Lou Donaldson, Quartet/Q +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1538: Lee Morgan, Lee Morgan I +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1539: Horace Silver, Six Piece +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1540: Hank Mobley, With Donald +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1541: Lee Morgan, Volume 2  (1 +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1542: Sonny Rollins, Sonny Rol +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc Lex – inc K
1543: Kenny Burrell, Kenny Bur +FE DGx2 ear RVGh LEX -R – inc NY 23 – inc K
1544: Hank Mobley, And His All +FE DGx2 ear RVGh NY 23 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1545: Lou Donaldson, Wailing w +FE DGx2 ear RVGh NY 23 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1546: Thad Jones, The Magnific +FE DGx2 ear RVGh NY 23 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1547: Jimmy Smith, A Date with +FE DGx2 ear RVGh NY 23 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1548: Jimmy Smith, A Date with +FE DGx2 ear RVGh NY 23 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1549: Cliff Jordan/John Gilmor +FE DGx2 ear RVGh NY 23 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1550: Hank Mobley, With Farmer +FE DGx2 ear RVGh NY 23 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1551: Jimmy Smith, At the Orga +FE DGx2 ear RVGh NY 23 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1552: Jimmy Smith, At the Orga +FE DGx2 ear RVGh NY 23 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1553: (not issued)
1554: Art Blakey, Orgy in Rhyt +FE DGx2 ear RVGh NY 23 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1555: Art Blakey, Orgy in Rhyt +FE DGx2 ear RVGh NY 23 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1556: Jimmy Smith, The Sounds +FE DGx2 ear RVGh NY 23 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1557: Lee Morgan, Volume 3  (1 +FE DGx2 ear RVGh NY 23 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1558: Sonny Rollins, Volume 2 DGx2 ear RVGh NY 23 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1559: Johnny Griffin, A Blowin DGx2 ear RVGh NY 23 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1560: Hank Mobley, Hank  (1957 DGx2 ear   RVG m NY 23 -R – inc 47W63 – inc
1561: Sabu Martinez, Palo Cong DGx2 ear   RVG m NY 23 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1562: Horace Silver, The Styli DGx2 ear     RVG m LEX -R – inc NY 23 – inc  K
1563: Jimmy Smith, Plays Prett DGx2 ear    RVG m NY 23 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1564: Paul Chambers, Quintet DGx2 ear    RVG m NY 23 -R – inc 47W63 – inc
1565: Cliff Jordan, Cliff Jord DGx2 ear RVG m NY 23 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1566: Lou Donaldson, Swing and DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc 47W63 – inc
1567: Curtis Fuller, The Opene DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc 47W63 – inc
1568: Hank Mobley, Hank Mobley DGx2 ear RVG m NY23/47W -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1569: Paul Chambers, Bass on T DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1570: Sonny Clark, Dial “S” fo DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1571: Bud Powell, Bud! [= The DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1572: Curtis Fuller, Bone and DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1573: John Jenkins, With Kenny DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1574: Hank Mobley, Peckin’ Tim DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1575: Lee Morgan, City Lights DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1576: Sonny Clark, Sonny’s Cri DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1577: John Coltrane, Blue Trai DGx2 ear RVG m NY23/47 W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1578: Lee Morgan, The Cooker DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1579: Sonny Clark, Trio  (1957 DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1580: Johnny Griffin, The Cong DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1581: Sonny Rollins, A Night a DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1582: Cliff Jordan, Cliff Craf DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1583: Curtis Fuller/Art Farmer DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1584: Louis Smith, Here Comes DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1585: Jimmy Smith, Groovin’ at DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1586: Jimmy Smith, Groovin’ at DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1587: Bennie Green, Back on th DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1588: Sonny Clark, Cool Strutt DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1589: Horace Silver, Further E DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1590: Lee Morgan, Candy  (1958 DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1591: Lou Donaldson, Lou Takes DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1592: Sonny Clark, [unissued] DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1593: Lou Donaldson, Blues Wal DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1594: Louis Smith, Smithville DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1595: Cannonball Adderley, Som DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1596: Kenny Burrell, Blue Ligh DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1597: Kenny Burrell, Blue Ligh -DG 0 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1598: Bud Powell, Time Waits [ DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
1599: Bennie Green, Soul Stirr DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
4001: Sonny Rollins, Newk’s Ti DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
4002: Jimmy Smith, House Party DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
4003: Art Blakey and the Jazz DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
4004: Art Blakey, Holiday for DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
4005: Art Blakey, Holiday for DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
4006: Dizzy Reece, Blues in Tr DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
4007: Donald Byrd, Off to the DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
4008: Horace Silver Quintet, F DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
4009: Bud Powell, The Scene Ch DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
4010: Bennie Green, Walkin’ an DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
4011: Jimmy Smith, The Sermon DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
4012: Lou Donaldson, Lou Donal DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 – inc
4013: Jackie McLean, New Soil DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 +inc
4014: The Three Sounds, Bottom DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc NY 23 +inc
4015: Art Blakey, At the Jazz DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R -inc none
4016: Art Blakey, At the Jazz DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -R – inc none
4017: Horace Silver, Blowin’ t DGx2 ear RVG m
47W63
 INC + ® NY 23 +inc
4018: Walter Davis, Davis Cup DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 -inc NY 23 – inc
4019: Donald Byrd, Byrd in Han DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 NY 23 +inc
4020: The Three Sounds, Good D DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 NY 23 +inc
4021: Kenny Burrell, At the Fi DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 NY 23 +inc
4022: Duke Pearson, Profile  ( DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4023: Dizzy Reece, Star Bright DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4024: Jackie McLean, Swing, Sw DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4025: Lou Donaldson, The Time DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4026: Donald Byrd, Fuego  (195 DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4027: Freddie Redd, Music from DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4028: Horace Parlan, Movin’ an DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4029: Art Blakey and the Jazz DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4030: Jimmy Smith, Crazy Baby DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4031: Hank Mobley, Soul Statio DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4032: Sonny Red, Out of the Bl DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4033: Dizzy Reece, Soundin’ Of DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4034: Lee Morgan, Leeway  (196 DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4035: Duke Pearson, Tender Fee DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4036: Lou Donaldson, Sunny Sid DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4037: Horace Parlan, Us Three DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4038: Jackie McLean, Capuchin DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4039: Stanley Turrentine, Look DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4040: Freddie Hubbard, Open Se DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4041: Tina Brooks, True Blue DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4042: Horace Silver, Horace-Sc DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4043: Horace Parlan, Speakin’ DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4044: The Three Sounds, Moods DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4045: Freddie Redd, Shades of DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4046: Duke Jordan, Flight to J DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4047: Art Taylor, A. T.’s Deli DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4048: Donald Byrd, Byrd in Fli DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4049: Art Blakey and the Jazz DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4050: Jimmy Smith, Home Cookin DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4051: Jackie McLean, Jackie’s DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4052: Tina Brooks, Back to the DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4053: Lou Donaldson, Lightfoot DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4054: Vol 1 Art Blakey and the DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4055: Vol2 Art Blakey and the DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4056: Freddie Hubbard, Goin’ U DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4057: Stanley Turrentine, Blue DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4058: Hank Mobley, Roll Call DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4059: Kenny Drew, Undercurrent DGx1 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4060: Vol1 Donald Byrd, At the DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4061: Vol2 onald Byrd, At the DG 0 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4062: Horace Parlan, Headin’ S DGx1 ear RVG m NY 43 W +inc
4063: Kenny Dorham, Whistle St DGx2 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4064: Grant Green, Grant’s Fir DG 0 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4065: Stanley Turrentine, Coming Your Way unissued
4066: Lou Donaldson, Here ‘Tis DG 0 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4067: Jackie McLean, Bluesnik DG ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4068: Baby Face Willette, Face DG ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4069: Vol1 Stanley Turrentine, DG ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4070: Vol2 Stanley Turrentine, DG ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4071: Grant Green, Green Stree DG ear RVG m NY 43 W +inc
4072: The Three Sounds, Feelin DG 0 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4073: Freddie Hubbard, Hub Cap DG 0 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4074: Horace Parlan, On the Sp DG ear RVG m 47W s1 /NY 43 W +inc
4075: Donald Byrd, The Cat Wal DG 0 ear RVG m NY 43 W +inc
4076: Horace Silver, Doin’ the DGs1 ear RVG m NY 43 W +inc
4077: Dexter Gordon, Doin’ All DG 0 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4078: Jimmy Smith, Midnight Sp DG s1 or s2 ear RVG m NY 43 W +inc
4079: Lou Donaldson, Gravy Tra DG s1 ear RVG m NY 43 W +inc
4080: Hank Mobley, Workout  (1 DG 0 ear RVG m 47W63 43 W +inc
4081: Stanley Turrentine, Dear DG 0 ear RVG m NY 43 W +inc
4082: Horace Parlan, Up and Do DG 0 ear RVG m NY 43 W +inc
4083: Dexter Gordon, Dexter Ca DG 0 ear RVG m NY 43 W +inc
4084: Baby-Face Willette, Stop DG 0 ear RVG m NY 43 W +inc
4085: Freddie Hubbard, Ready f DG 0 ear RVG m NY 43 W +inc
4086: Grant Green, Grantstand DG s1 ear RVG m NY 43 W +inc
4087: Leo Parker, Let Me Tell DG 0 ear RVG m NY 43 W +inc
4088: The Three Sounds, Here W DG s1 ear RVG m NY 43 W +inc
4089: Jackie McLean, A Fickle DG 0 ear RVG m NY 43 W +inc
4090: Art Blakey and the Jazz DG ear RVG m NY 43 W +inc
4091: Sonny Clark, Leapin’ and DG 0 ear RVG m NY 43 W +inc
4092: Kenny Clarke, The Golden DG 0 ear RVG m NY 43 W +inc
4093: Ike Quebec, Heavy Soul DG 0 ear RVG m NY 43 W +inc
4094: Fred Jackson, Hootin’ ‘n DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4095: Leo Parker, Rollin’ with DG 0 ear ? NY 43 W +inc
4096: Stanley Turrentine, That DG s2 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4097: Art Blakey, The African DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4098: Ike Quebec, Blue and Sen DG 0 ear RVG m NY 43 W +inc
4099: Grant Green, Sunday Morn DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4100: Jimmy Smith, Plays Fats DG s2 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4101: Donald Byrd, Royal Flush DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4102: The Three Sounds, Hey Th DGs1 or s2 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4103: Ike Quebec, Congo Lament DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4104: Art Blakey, Buhaina’s De DG ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4105: Ike Quebec, It Might as DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4106: Jackie McLean, Let Freed DG ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4107: Don Wilkerson, Preach Br DG s2 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4108: Lou Donaldson, The Natur DG ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4109: Herbie Hancock, Takin’ O DG s2 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4110: Horace Silver, The Tokyo DG s1 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4111: Grant Green, The Latin B DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4112: Dexter Gordon, Go  (1962 DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4113: Freddie Roach, Down to E DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4114: Ike Quebec, Bossa Nova S DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4115: Freddie Hubbard, Hub-Ton DG s2 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4116: Jackie McLean, The Jacki DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4117: Jimmy Smith, Back at the DG s1 or s2 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4118: Donald Byrd, Free Form DG 0 VG NY 43 W +inc
4119: Charlie Rouse, Bossa Nov DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4120: The Three Sounds, It Jus DG s2 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4121: Don Wilkerson, Elder Don DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4122: Stanley Turrentine, Jubi DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4123: Kenny Burrell, Midnight DG ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4124: Donald Byrd, A New Persp DG s1 or s2 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4125: Lou Donaldson, Good Grac DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4126: Herbie Hancock, My Point DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4127: Kenny Dorham, Una Mas  ( DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4128: Freddie Roach, Mo’ Green DG ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4129: Stanley Turrentine, Neve DG ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4130: John Patton, Along Came DG s1 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4131: Horace Silver, Silver’s DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4132: Grant Green, Feelin’ the DG s1 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4133: Dexter Gordon, A Swingin DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4134: Horace Parlan, Happy Fra DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4135: Freddie Hubbard, Here to DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4136: Solomon Ilori, African H DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4137: Jackie McLean, One Step DG s1 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4138: Harold Vick, Steppin’ Ou DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4139: Grant Green, Am I Blue DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4140: Joe Henderson, Page One DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4141: Jimmy Smith, Rockin’ the DG ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4142: Blue Mitchell, Step Ligh DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4143: John Patton, Blue John DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4144: Johnny Coles, Little Joh DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4145: Don Wilkerson, Shoutin’ DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4146: Dexter Gordon, Our Man i DG ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4147: Herbie Hancock, Inventio DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4148: George Braith, Two Souls DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4149: Hank Mobley, No Room for DG s2 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4150: Stanley Turrentine, A Ch DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4151: Andrew Hill, Black Fire DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4152: Joe Henderson, Our Thing DG ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4153: Grachan Moncur III, Evol DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4154: Grant Green, Idle Moment DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4155: The Three Sounds, Black DG s1 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4156: Art Blakey and the Jazz DG s1 or s2 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4157: Lee Morgan, The Sidewind DG ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4158: Freddie Roach, Good Move DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4159: Andrew Hill, Judgment! DG s1 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4160: Andrew Hill, Smoke Stack DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4161: George Braith, Soul Stre DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4162: Stanley Turrentine, Hust DG ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4163: Eric Dolphy, Out To Lunc DG s1 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4164: Jimmy Smith, Prayer Meet DG ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4165: Jackie McLean, Destinati DG s2 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4166: Joe Henderson, In ‘n Out DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4167: Andrew Hill, Point of De DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4168: Freddie Roach, Brown Sug DG ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4169: Lee Morgan, Search for t DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4170: Art Blakey and the Jazz DG ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4171: George Braith, Extension DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4172: Freddie Hubbard, Breakin DG s1 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4173: Wayne Shorter, Night Dre DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4174: John Patton, The Way I F DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4175: Herbie Hancock, Empyrean DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4176: Dexter Gordon, One Fligh DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4177: Grachan Moncur III, Some DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4178: Blue Mitchell, The Thing DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4179: Jackie McLean, It’s Time DG or DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4180: Anthony Williams, Life T DG s1 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4181: Kenny Dorham, Trompeta T DG s2 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4182: Wayne Shorter, Juju  (19 DG s1 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4183: Grant Green, Talkin’ Abo DG s1 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4184: Sam Rivers, Fuchsia Swin DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4185: Horace Silver, Song for DG ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4186: Hank Mobley, The Turnaro DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4187: Larry Young, Into Someth DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4188: Donald Byrd, I’m Tryin’ DG s1 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4189: Joe Henderson, Inner Urg DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4190: Freddie Roach, All That’ DG s1 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4191: Duke Pearson, Wahoo!  (1 DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4192: John Patton, Oh Baby!  ( DG s1 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4193: Art Blakey and the Jazz DG 0 -no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4194: Wayne Shorter, Speak No DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4195: Herbie Hancock, Maiden V DG s1 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4196: Freddie Hubbard, Blue Sp DG 0 -no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4197: The Three Sounds, Out of DG s1 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4198: Bobby Hutcherson, Dialog DG ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4199: Lee Morgan, The Rumproll DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4200: Jimmy Smith, Softly as a DG s2 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4201: Stanley Turrentine, Joyr DG ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4202: Grant Green, I Want to H DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4203: Andrew Hill, Andrew!  (1 DG 0 no ear VG DivLIB 43 W +inc
4204: Dexter Gordon, Gettin’ A DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4205: Pete LaRoca, Basra  (196 DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4206: Sam Rivers, Contours  (1 DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4207: Freddie Hubbard, The Nig DG ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4208: Freddie Hubbard, The Nig DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4209: Hank Mobley, Dippin’  (1 DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4210: Ornette Coleman, Town Ha DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4211: Ornette Coleman, Town Ha DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4212: Lee Morgan, The Gigolo DG 0 no ear VG DivLIB 43 W +inc
4213: Bobby Hutcherson, Compon DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4214: Blue Mitchell, Down with DG 2 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4215: Jackie McLean, Right Now DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4216: Anthony Williams, Spring DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4217: Andrew Hill, Compulsion DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4218: Jackie McLean, Action  ( DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4219: Wayne Shorter, The All-S DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4220: Horace Silver, The Cape DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4221: Larry Young, Unity  (196 DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4222: Lee Morgan, Cornbread  ( DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4223: Jackie McLean, Jacknife DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4224: Ornette Coleman, At the DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4225: Ornette Coleman, At the DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4226: Don Cherry, Complete Com DG 0 ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4227: Joe Henderson, Mode for DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4228: Blue Mitchell, Bring it DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4229: John Patton, Got a Good DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4230: Hank Mobley, A Caddy for DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4231: Bobby Hutcherson, Happen DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4232: Wayne Shorter, Adam’s Ap DG 0 no ear VG DivLIB 43 W +inc
4233: Andrew Hill, Involution  unissued
4234: Stanley Turrentine, In M  unissued
4235: Jimmy Smith, Bucket!  (1 DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4236: Jackie McLean, High Freq unissued
4237: Cecil Taylor, Unit Struc DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4238: Donald Byrd, Mustang!  ( DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4239: John Patton, Let ‘Em Rol DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4240: Stanley Turrentine, Roug DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4241: Hank Mobley, A Slice of umissued
4242: Larry Young, Of Love and DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4243: Lee Morgan, Delightfulee DG 0 no ear VG DivLIB 43 W +inc
4244: Bobby Hutcherson, Stick DG 0 no ear VG DivLIB 43 W +inc
4245: Art Blakey, Like Someone DG 0 no ear VG NY/DivLIB 43 W +inc
4246: Ornette Coleman, The Emp DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4247: Don Cherry, Symphony for DG 0 no ear VG NY 43 W +inc
4248: The Three Sounds, Vibrat DG 0 no ear VG DivLIB 43 W +inc
4249: Sam Rivers, A New Concep DG 0 no ear VG DivLIB 43 W +inc
4250: Horace Silver, The Jody DG 0 no ear VG DivLIB 43 W +inc
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17 thoughts on “Blue Note guides: LJC 1st press checklist

  1. Hello LJC,

    If you could, what does DG by itself mean? I am asking because there are also included ‘DGx1’ and ‘DG s1 or s2’.

    Also, my original stereo Jody Grind has NY labels – does the first mono issue really have Liberty “address”?

    Thank you!

    • In my syntax, DG on it’s own means, by default, DG on both sides. DG on only one side or other = DGs1 or DG s2, or no DG either side = DG0

      Silver’s Jody Grind is the definitive Blue Note to Liberty Records Inc handover title 1966. A stock of NY labels from the BN inventory accompanied the first Liberty pressing. Liberty would at some point have run out of the inherited stock and printed their own label for more copies. I don’t think there is any significance in the label change – the same recording, the same metalware.

      • Thanks for getting back to me.

        Ahh, okay. DGx2 is also included, hence my confusion. I was under the impression, though, that for post-Undercurrent titles, DG on one side only was thought to be indicative of a first pressing. Can you shed any light on this?

        Re: Jody Grind, that means I passed up a perfectly good first mono issue believing it was second pressing. Oh well, that’ll teach me for not consulting your guide.

        • There is a lot of folklore built up over many years by mainly US buyers/sellers in search of certainty about what is “original”. I don’t think much of it holds water, and I have seen many records described as “original pressing” which are probably not.

          During the transition from the old “deep groove” dies starting in 1961 and the final replacement by all non-DG dies in the mid-sixties, there was a random use of dies, they just came out of the box, you see every permutation. One of our readers who worked at Plastylite as a press operator in the ’60s confirmed it was of no importance, and pressing runs were short, always changing stampers and dies, multiple machines.

          However, sentiment rules. Cohen’s guide is as good as information gets.

  2. Hello, firstly THANK YOU for the titanic job you’ve done with this site.
    Just in case… got a copy of BST 84252 with not “liberty” label but with older “New York” one. Can make a photo if you need it.

    • “Titanic”? Didn’t that sink with all hands? No matter, its the thought that counts, thanks.

      Pearson’s Sweet Honey Bee with an NY label – that’s interesting. Recorded December 7, 1966, puts it way into Liberty ownership, so it is not like a deferred release prepped some time previously.

      Shoot me a piccie and email it to me (address in CONTACT LJC in the banner) see if there are any other clues, like ink colour, clues as to origin.

      4252 definitely shouldn’t be on NY labels unless the studio date is recorded incorrectly (possible), or Pearson knew the track names, order, track lengths, and someone commissioned the label print run before it had been recorded (most unlikely)

      Ho hum, another mystery

        • Great if you could shoot me a picture, best you can. I believe Liberty continued to use the same printer as Blue Note – Keystone Printed Specialties, Scranton, PA – for a year or may be two. Keystone would have had all the BN logo/artwork and typesetting already set up, the ink colours and paper stock all matched, so it makes sense. Could be they had not yet set up “A Division of Liberty” template or someone just used an older NY template by mistake, corrected with the following batch of labels. Could be a number of explanations, but an interesting anomaly.

  3. Thank you for a superb and informative site! I have a Fats Navarro (The Fabulous FN Vol. 2, BLP 1532). Lexington on cover, cvr frame K. Vinyl: both record labels Lexington etc, RVG hand etched on both sides wax, BN-LP-1532 – A and BN-LP-1532 – B also hand etched, flat edge, DG both sides, but… no Ear!… Seems like they forgot to etch it, but is this possible? Thanks for any possible answer, Nicholas.

    • No original (pre-1966) 1500 series Blue Note has been seen without Plastylite ear. It was applied in the NJ pressing plant, it’s not present on the master matrix, and therefore one cannot rule out the possibility that somehow part of a pressing run slipped by without it applied, but what is more likely is a Liberty press using up old stock of labels, covers, everything,

      I would suggest you get out the kitchen scales – if it’s a genuine Lexington we should be looking at close to 200gm of bare vinyl, maybe more. If its around 160 gram or less its a Liberty. Tell us what you find, I am curious. Though there are exceptions, vinyl weight is an insightful diagnostic. The norm for vinyl weight shifted down a lot in the decade between mid ’50s and mid ’60s.

      • It weights 160gm! But, surprise, I do have another Lex copy of Navarro 2, with the Ear, and it weights just 175-180gm! My Navarro volume 1 Lex copy weights 200gm. Thank you once more and I’m looking forward to reading your comments. Nicholas

        • 160 grams, no ear, Liberty, bullseye!

          I have an LJC theory not read elsewhere. I think there were a number of Blue Note titles, of which Navarro is one, where the label print order and cover stock order was way over-optimistic as regards sales. Sales were not high as Lion expected, resulting in surplus stocks of print. As a result, this excess stock went on to be used for many years on repressings/ reissues, including by Liberty, there being no need to print more labels.

          In this category I include Freddie Redd’s Music from The Connection, and for different reasons, Horace Silver’s Six Pieces of Silver. These are titles that I have found with very early labels but much later vinyl weight and no ear.

          The Lex and 200gm syncs for me as right. The others, other explanations welcome.

  4. Hello LJC, so every new release (Not re-issue) after Horace Silver’s The Jody Grind (4250) and up to Hank Mobley’s Straight no Filter (4435) is a pre LA original pressing on Liberty?

    You also mention the left over New York labels that appear on releases from this period.

    Is that all correct?

    Thank you,

    Diego

    • Not exactly. A lot of the higher BN catalogue numbers were recorded as late as 1972 – well into the United Artists years, several years after the move to LA.
      BLP 4321 Herbie Hancock’s The Prisoner was I think among the last of the Liberty releases while still under Transamerica ownership, late 1969/early 1970. Original NY labels were long gone, that was Division of Liberty as I recall. Around 1973 I believe UA abandoned the long-running BLP 4000 series numbering and invented their own, BN-LA. The last BLP 4435 Mobley Straight No Filter is I believe 1966 recordings from the vaults curated by Michael Cuscuna for United Artists around 1973, (I’m not entirely sure as my copy is a cheapo ’80s pressing)

  5. Very informative; this page and the whole site is a labour (sp. nod to the Brits) of love.
    an appreciative Yank.

    • We gave you the Beatles, then we gave you the Rolling Stones, The Pink Floyd, The Kinks, The Who, Gerry and the Pacemakers – OK there were a few mistakes – but you gave us Modern Jazz, a very fair exchange. Here’s to the microgroove long playing record – cheers!

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