Prestige Bergenfield Years: Mono (Updated)


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Updated May 1, 2021: Ivory/Black Fireworks promo labels (1962) added. Rare!! PRESTIGE ORIGINAL PRESSINGS VOLUME III: MONO, THE BERGENFIELD YEARS To accompany the recent Bergenfield Years – Stereo Edition, a new companion Mono Edition covering releases on the second yellow/black … Continue reading

Harold Land: West Coast Blues (1960) Jazzland


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I’ve been posting about the Jazzland label recently, let’s dig deep into one of the great recordings there, Harold Land, West Coast Blues! Selection: Ursula (Land) … Artists Joe Gordon (trumpet) Harold Land (tenor sax) Barry Harris (piano) Wes Montgomery … Continue reading

Impulse – end of the road for mono: A-9165


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Impulse Part IV The end of monaural format The years between 1966 and 1968 saw the ending of the mono ( “monaural”) format  for home listening of Impulse, ushering in the brave new world of stereo once and for all. The orange/black label ABC … Continue reading

Blue Note’s Transition from Mono to Stereo – Updated Guest Post


DGmono has updated his excellent, authoritative and now greatly condensed story of Blue Note’s transition from mono to stereo, which I am delighted to publish on the permanent pages at LJC: How They Heard It (Second Edition) My thanks to Rich Capeless. … Continue reading

How They Heard It – Blue Note Records and the Transition from Mono to Stereo


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GUEST POST : Richard Capeless, October 23, 2014 Ed. Note: In the second draft of this article, I aimed to trim much of the fat. For those of you who have already read the first draft, I hope that you … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk: Criss Cross (1962) Columbia


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Last updated: January 27, 2021 Head to Head “Double Cross” Special Post Something a little different by way of an experiment  – mono and stereo go head to head in the classic “Which is best,  chocolate or vanilla?” contest. The brilliant … Continue reading

Howard McGhee “Maggies Back in Town” (1961)


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Track Selection: “Demon Chase” Artists Howard McGhee (tp) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Shelly Manne (d) Phineas Newborn Jr.(p) Recorded June 26, 1961 at Contemporary Records in Los Angeles. Music AllMusic’s take: “After spending much of the 1950s only partly active in music due … Continue reading