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Gene Ammons Greatest Hits

LP (Item 73558) Prestige, 1960s — Condition: Very Good
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(€2.67 || £2.32 || ¥331) (approx.)

While it's tough to think of a jazz player having "hits" – given the low sales of jazz albums, even in the 60s – it's still the case that Ammons' sound was so strong, and so soulful, he had plenty of fans in the crossover market for some of his bigger recordings. The album does a good job of bringing some of those soul jazz gems together – mostly tracks from his early 60s, pre-incarceration years at Prestige, but a few later cuts that get a bit funky. Titles include "Jungle Strut", "Seed Shack", "Exactly Like You", "Didn't We", "Angel Eyes", "Ca'Purange", and "Canadian Sunset". (Cover has wear & seam splitting.)  © 1996-2017, Dusty Groove, Inc.

Very Good

  • Vinyl can have some dirt, but nothing major.
  • May not shine under light, but should still be pretty clean, and not too dirty.
  • May have a number of marks (5 to 10 at most), and obvious signs of play, but never a big cluster of them, or any major mark that would be very deep. Most marks should still not click under a fingernail.
  • May not look near perfect, but should play fairly well, with slight surface noise, and the occasional click in part of a song, but never throughout a whole song or more.
  • This is clearly a copy that was played by someone a number of times, but which could also be a good "play copy" for someone new.

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