Memorial Album - 1st - Lex DG - Good

CLIFFORD BROWN Memorial Album (1956 US first press 10-track Deep Groove Mono vinyl LP on the 'Lexington Ave' address Blue Note label, with no 'r' in 'Note' & the 'ear' & 'RVG' etchings in both run-outs. This is one of the holy grails of Blue Note collecting. Don't waste your time trying to find a mint one (they don't exist!), buy a cheaper alternative & marvel at the sound quality. This beats any CD version hands down & the disc has been professionally cleaned & play graded. Complete with the original pasted picture sleeve, this example is graded G/G- & comes from the private collection of a former staff member for Dobells record shop in Charing Cross, London. See 'more info' for condition details... BLP1526)

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Release Year 1956 - 63 years ago
Condition Unless stated otherwise in the description above, all items are in at least excellent condition - so please read our descriptions carefully. We try to sell items as close to Mint condition as possible, and many will indeed be close to brand new and/or unplayed. Others may be 'used' - and all will meet our strict grading and are 100% guaranteed.
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Format vinyl LP album (LP record)
Record Label Blue Note
Complete Stock List Go to Clifford Brown
Product Catalogue No BLP1526
Music Genre Jazz
Country Comes from USA Comes from 'USA'
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Tracklisting & More Information

A1 Hymn Of The Orient
A2 Easy Living
A3 Minor Mood
A4 Cherokee
A5 Wail Bait
B1 Brownie Speaks
B2 De-Dah
B3 Cookin'
B4 You Go To My Head
B5 Carving The Rock

Recorded At – WOR Studios
Recorded At – Audio-Video Studios
Side 1 recorded on August 28, 1953. Side 2 on June 9, 1953.
Recorded By - Rudy Van Gelder
Producer - Alfred Lion

Trumpet - Clifford Brown
Alto Saxophone – Gigi Gryce (tracks: A1 to A5), Lou Donaldson (tracks: B1 to B5)
Tenor Saxophone - Charlie Rouse (tracks: A1 to A5)
Flute - Gigi Gryce
Piano - Elmo Hope (tracks: B1 to B5), John Lewis (2) (tracks: A1 to A5)
Bass – Percy Heath
Drums – Philly Joe Jones (tracks: B1 to B5), Art Blakey (tracks: A1 to A5)


At first glance, this record would appear to fall into our "Wrecked But Rare" category, but it plays like a beaut. The pasted picture sleeve has split halfway along the top & bottom horizontal edges & remains intact. There is some faint sticker residue along the top edge from past reinforcement & we have left the edges 'as found' for you to secure with tape as you wish. There is paper loss & scuffing along the spine, yet the panels look great & the artwork still packs a punch. The original tax import stickers are attached on the back [small number annotation on the rear in the corner], & although the spine is no longer readable, all album notes are clearly legible. This is a serviceable & surviving copy that grades G- & could even be framed.

The labels are unblemished with no tears or writing. The 'deep groove' is present both sides & there is no 'r' registered trademark at the end of 'Note'. The original 'Lexington Ave' address is shown both sides. All of this indicates to a first pressing, & what confirms it is the 'ear' marking in the run-outs, meaning pre-Liberty [these are most certainly NOT left-over stock labels from a later re-release]. The 'RVG' marking is also etched by hand both sides of the run-offs. There are spindle marks by the centre holes to indicate a large amount of play.

We have professionally cleaned the disc on a top of the line Matrix machine & the wax is nice & shiny & grades Good, with a flat edge before the run-ins. There is cosmetic wear & some scratches & marks on the disc, but playback reveals no major loss in fidelity. On a correct mono playback setting, which eliminates surface noise left & right, the sound quality is astonishing. There is a little faint surface at the start & very little inbetween tracks, & no distortion. The record is pressed to such a high quality that the music simply takes over & is loud & clear, with any faint clicking from the marks mentioned barely detectable. Even in this condition, this really does sound miles better than any CD version we have heard, & although it's a world away from being mint [which would fetch ££££!] this is a very pleasing G-/G example that plays higher & comes recommended.

Recording Artist Clifford Brown
Product Title Memorial Album - 1st - Lex DG - Good
Product Information Clifford Brown Memorial Album - 1st - Lex DG - Good USA vinyl LP album (LP record).
Language All tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description.
Additional info Deleted - A deleted or out-of-print item is one that is no longer manufactured. However, we stock thousands of out-of-print formats and we specialise in tracking down out-of-print, deleted and hard-to-find releases.
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