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Sugar & Spice

LP (Item 373704) RCA (France), 1972 — Condition: Near Mint-

A rich, warm session from French tenor giant Guy Lafitte – one of the most soulful players to come out of the Paris scene of the postwar years, and a player with a sound that's somewhere between Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster! Lafitte's really in his element here – blowing wonderfully laidback solos in a group that features a 4-piece trombone section on about half the album, plus some more stripped-down settings with Raymond Fol on piano. Given the date and the title, the set should come across as hokey, but for some reason it doesn't – and that's largely because Lafitte's tenor work is so compelling – like a voice from the past that you think you've heard before, but somehow missed. Great stuff all around – and with tracks that include "Teemoo", "Chloe", "Passion Flower", "Sugar & Spice", and "A Lollipop For Chris".  © 1996-2022, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(Original French pressing! Cover has some very light wear in a few spots – but this is a beautiful copy overall.)

Near Mint - (minus)

  • Black vinyl that may show a slight amount of dust or dirt.
  • Should still be very shiny under a light, even with slight amount of dust on surface.
  • One or two small marks that would make an otherwise near perfect record slightly less so. These marks cannot be too deep, and should only be surface marks that won't affect play, but might detract from the looks.
  • May have some flaws and discoloration in the vinyl, but only those that would be intrinsic to the pressing. These should disappear when the record is tilted under the light, and will only show up when looking straight at the record. (Buddah and ABC pressings from the 70's are a good example of this.)
  • May have some slight marks from aging of the paper sleeve on the vinyl.
  • Possible minor surface noise when played.

Additional Marks & Notes

If something is noteworthy, we try to note it in the comments — especially if it is an oddity that is the only wrong thing about the record. This might include, but isn't limited to, warped records, tracks that skip, cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.



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