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Addresses from the covers
All the various Blue Note addresses captured exactly as they appear on the back covers of Blue Note Records up to 1966. Note the change in cover address in 1959 from 47 WEST 63rd to 43 WEST 61st, whilst the Blue Note address on the vinyl centre label remained as 47 West 63rd .
Note the incorporation of Blue Note Records in the second half of 1959, adding INC. to the company name while the 47 West 63rd address was still active (found only on 4013 – 4021) , before the move to 43 West 61st St. in 1960. (Graphic updated thanks to Bart for spotting the missing address.)
One final address – the seismic shift of geographical focus from East to West, California welcomes Blue Note. From this point, in its characteristic spirit of generosity, the invitation to write to Blue Note Records Inc. for a complete catalogue disappears.
One thing you notice about Sixties America is the meticulous attention given to punctuation. Abbreviations are always terminated with their required full stop, suceeded by a parsing comma or blank space.
And in real life, as they appear in Google Map:
767 Lexington Avenue, New York.
The original home of Blue Note Records, 767 Lexington Avenue, the address that makes collectors foam at the mouth, mortgage the farm, or raid their retirement savings. Not quite the romantic location of my imagination. The entrance to the building boasts “767” in large numerals, but there is no heritage plaque “Home of the best in Jazz since 1939”.
You would think Blue Note Music Group might have commemorated their roots.The only roots seen here now are in the nearby hair salon (dyed) and the dentist next door (canal). You want to see a giant statue of Alfred Lion here, three stories high. Or may be a tryptch of Lion, Van Gelder and Frances Wolff, painted trompe l’oeil on the face of the building, here executed only in Photoshop:
47 WEST 63rd St
That’s more like it! Fire escapes, fire hydrants, secretaries with back-combed hair, Don Draper-style men in coats, suits and hats, my idea of Blue Note’s New York. The house number address is only approximate according to Google Earth, but this fine building is in the right place and preserved as it would have looked then.
As it appeared in NY archives:
Both buildings pictured are five storys high. The first (modern day picture from Google Maps) I assume is the rear of the building by virtue of the fire escape ladders. The vintage photograph from NYC archives must be the front, retail store at street level, and the same four rooms wide, the buildings either side long since demolished.
(Vintage photo source here)
47 West 61st St NY
Final long-running cover address, now anonymous apartments or offices, and tree-lined.
Nothing very romantic about that one.
.Update (December 27, 2013)
Capitol Records – Blue Note Records, 1996 1290 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10104
RUDY VAN GELDER RECORDING STUDIOS
Hackensack home studio, Van Gelder parents house, 25 Prospect Avenue, on the corner of, Thompson Street:
Among the unusual features of the house, a one-storystory ranch style that would soon become fashionable throughout the country, were its cinder block construction and central air conditioning. In planning their new home, Van Gelder’s parents were mindful of Rudy’s keen interest in recording. In the space that might otheivvise have been an additional bedroom or study, they had architect Sidney Schenker design a control room instead. This room was separated from the living room bv a large glass window set into the concrete block wall. The window was double-paned for greater sound insulation, with one pane angled slightly off the vertical to eliminate reflective glare. Under this window, a hole through the wall served as a conduit for microphone cables
To July 1st, 1959, last Blue Note recorded at Hackensack, July 20, 1959 all recordings made at Englewood Cliffs.
As close as Google Earth will take you to the home of music magic.
Situated in New Jersey, the best record pressing plant in the US, which pressed all original Blue Note records up to 1966, its cursive “P” stamped in the runout groove is the definitive hallmark of a Blue Note original pressing.
An aerial search uncovers a mysterious “P” shaped mall in the vicinity. Coincidence, I’m sure.
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304 Park Avenue South (copied from my Blue Note Labels Guide) – “Fake Vinyl”
“I call these The South Parks. Scorpio Records NJ have for over a decade manufactured or licensed the manufacture of RINOs (Records In Name Only) of Blue Note and other collectible period labels including Prestige, Tempo, Limelight and others. You want a Mobley 1568 for $15? Scorpio make one.
These digital-to-vinyl transfers use the modern Blue Note address 304 Park Avenue S NYC on the classic Blue & White label. Note the absence of the “Inc” and the “R”: (it’s ironic). The jacket is photo-reproduced on modern plastic-finish card, with original liner notes but no indication of modern name of manufacturer or date of production ie all the “original” detail, but the modern printing technology is an instant giveaway. They pop up on eBay described to snare the unwary. “Recorded in 1957!! Mint!! Still sealed!!!” These records have all of the disadvantages of vinyl with none of its advantages.
Scorpios have been pressed in tens of thousands and are sold widely at around $10-15. That said, there are worse ways to spend $15 and I bought quite a few when I was starting out. For some people, a Scorpio is as close as they will ever get to owning the legendary Mobley 1568”.
what do we make of this address, which appears to be park avenue, on the labels?
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