Pete Rugolo 10-inch LPs with Maynard Ferguson
PETE RUGOLO, INTRODUCING PETE RUGOLO AND HIS ORCHESTRA -- Columbia CL 6289
Early in 1954, MF recorded with Pete Rugolo on this, the first of his Columbia albums. It's a great little 10" LP, featuring such tunes as That Old Black Magic, Early Stan, Bazaar, You Stepped Out of a Dream, Laura, etc. MF really punches out some great notes on this one. It lists for $50.00 in NMINT condition.
COPY #1. The cover on this one is super nice. There are no seam splits, no writing on the cover, or none of the other usual flaws. The only problem is just a small amount of surface wear and a bit of brownish toning on the backing paper. Still, this cover easily rates an EX++. The vinyl is better than average, as well. There are some surface marks which cause some background noise when played, but it's not bad. I'd rate the vinyl as EX-. Overall, this one is conservatively EX. A nice, solid copy, with none of the usual damage. Reasonably priced at $12.00.
COPY #2. Just in, the cover on this one is quite nice. There's just a tiny bit of surface wear visible, front and back, and the top seam looks like it's starting to crack at the center. Still, this is easily an EX++ cover -- one of the nicest I've seen. The disc labels are clean and nice. The vinyl itself has some light surface scratches in multiple places, and they can be heard on playback as background noise. I'd rate the disc as VG -- just average. Overall, this copy is EX. It's 12.00.
VARIOUS ARTISTS, A VISIT TO JAZZLAND (DUTCH PRESSING) -- Philips B 07664 R
Here's a rare, 10" LP, that to the best of my knowledge was only released in Holland and England. It's a compilation of various jazz artists, and dates to about 1954. Included is the Pete Rugolo tune (with MF), Laura (from the Introducing Pete Rugolo LP). These are exceptionally hard to find. This one is the Dutch pressing.
COPY #1. The cover on this one has some water damage at bottom, but it's mostly visible on the back. The front cover, although flawed a bit, looks quite nice. On the back there's also an original price sticker. The seams and spine are completely intact. Although this one looks good from the front, it's definitely damaged, and rates a VG-, at best. The disc itself has clean and nice labels, but the vinyl has numerous scratches, and it plays very roughly. It's just GD-. So this is just a space filler. Due to its rarity (and the fact that I've seen a nice one go for about $100), it's $10.00.
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