Prestige in Japan
Prestige recordings were reissued in Japan by Victor Record Company Ltd/ Victor Music Industries, Inc., in the late 70’s early 80’s. Victor had originally been a Japanese offshoot of the American RCA Victor company, but a small territiorial dispute between 1941and 1945 – the War in the Pacific – caused a falling out – and the link was never re-established. JVC was taken over in 1953 by the Panasonic Corporation, the multinational electronics company behind the familiar DJ-loved brand Technics
Victor Japan 1970’s/ early 80’s pressings are generally the equivalent of King Records for Blue Note, very acceptable, slightly punchier than the later Toshiba-EMI pressings (1983+). Usually found in immaculate condition, Victor will only ever have been played on “modern” hifi with lightweight tonearms rather than 50’s radiograms. Pressed on near-silent vinyl, they have an advantage over the recycled vinyl lottery that plagues original New Jazz titles. Many are mono format, and are inexpensive compared to the US original pressings, however they are not as forward-sounding as Original Prestige you will not own the real American historical artefact.
1a. Promo (“Factory Sample”) Victor Musical Industries Inc.
Photo Courtesy of Steven M
1b.Victor Record Company Ltd., yellow/fireworks facsimile label Stereo.
Liner Notes all-Japanese for domestic release, no Jasrac logo. Japanese reissues count the number of tracks on each side, small number in a circle, at foot of the credits.
2. Victor Music Industries, Inc. – yellow/fireworks facsimile label
Prestige Stereo PRLP 7258
3. Victor Music Industries, Inc. yellow/fireworks facsimile label
Prestige Mono 7014, JASRAC logo
4. Victor Music Industries, Inc. purple New Jazz facsimile
“Licensed by Fantasy Records, Inc.” – who took over all Prestige labels in 1971. Jasrac logo New Jazz NJLP 8277
Prestige Jazz Masterpiece Series (1976)
Taking a leaf out of the King/Blue Note Masterpiece editions, Victor produced the Prestige Jazz Masterpiece series. Vinyl 132gm in this sample, original mono 1957 recording.
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