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Not Cha-Cha, But Chi-Chi

LP (Item 769842) Verve, 1957 — Condition: Near Mint-

Quite an interesting little record from Rose "Chi Chi" Murphy – a singer with a really unique style! For the session, Rose accompanies herself on piano – playing in a lightly skipping mode that's a great pairing with her breezy, bird-like vocals. The style's a bit like Blossom Dearie, but not nearly as controlled – as Rose often breaks into a "chi chi" call, and claps along with the tunes out of enthusiasm – making for a style that's also got a bit of Slim Gaillard in the mix! The rest of the group includes Willie Smith on alto, Barney Kessel on guitar, and Alvin Stoller on drums – and titles include "Mr Wonderful", "Sympathetic Little Star", "Watcha Gonna Lose", "If You Were Only Mine", "Coquette", and "By The Waters Of Minnetonka".  © 1996-2021, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(Japanese pressing, with insert – hard to find in any format!)

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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