Bob Weinstock, ever resourceful, selected many of his prime recordings for a second issue with a new catalogue number and a new cover, and occasionally an altogether new title to snag the unwary. It is worth noting these pairs as they offer the opportunity to acquire very scarce rare early issues effectively pressed with metal derived from the original master. Or enable you to avoid mistakenly buying a later copy of an original release you already have, something I have done more than I care to admit to. Further, a number of second issues sought to capitalise on the craze for stereo, being remastered for pseudo-stereo, something absolutely to avoid.
In a world of “re-issues” these are not the usual fare – they are “vintage reissues” ’60s pressings and can sound very fine, though not always. Some I have encountered are sonically poor whilst others have all the hallmarks of feisty originals.
7053 Monk kicks off with two different reissue covers in addition to the Warhol original alternative cover, unfortunately, the second issue retitled We See and later as The Golden Monk is pseudo-stereo.
(UPDATE- see Aaron’s note in comment re mono editions of these reissues)