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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.
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if it is an oddity that is the only wrong thing about the record.
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cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.
The title's an apt one, because after frustrations experienced working for Columbia and other labels, Mingus is finally allowed the freedom here to present his own ideas in all their unfettered glory – working with a bracingly tight quartet that features Eric Dolphy on alto and bass clarinet ... LP, Vinyl record album
Set of free "out" tracks by this classic 70's loft avant group. Leroy Jenkins, Sirone, and Jerome Cooper mesh together brilliantly, and have honed their style sharply by the time of this A&M release. Gatefold cover, with the tracks "Trio for Trio", "Chinese Rock" ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Braxton's first recordings of his work for larger ensembles, and a masterpiece that gives a good example of the kind of early ideas that have informed some of his recent work in the same style. The orchestras vary from track to track, but they all include excellent players like Roscoe ... LP, Vinyl record album
A pivotal album in the career of Charles Mingus – one that really has him honing his sound, and reaching for that trademark mix of modernism and raw emotion that set a whole generation on fire! The album's a lot more freewheeling than other Mingus material from the time – although ... LP, Vinyl record album
An early record from the Norwegian avant-gardist Terje Rypdal. This was recorded in 1971 in Oslo and was produced by Manfred Eicher. Rypdal plays guitar and flute and is accompanied by Jon Christensen on percussion, Bob Stenson and Tom Halvesen on electric piano, Inger Lise Rypdal doing vocals, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful early work from Weather Report – one of the finest statements ever uttered by group, and a set that's got a bit more soul and warmth than their first album! The lineup's changed slightly at this point – still Wayne Shorter on reeds, Joe Zawinul on keyboards, and Miroslav ... LP, Vinyl record album
Spare and introspective musings from Terje Rypdal – playing nearly solo here on a variety of guitars, plus piano, electric piano, soprano sax, flute, and bells – all of which are used very spaciously in the set! The record does feature a bit of almost-indiscernible voice from Inger ... LP, Vinyl record album
A much more straightforward album than some of David Newman's previous records – a stripped-down, small combo acoustic jazz album – one that's quite different from the funkier and more electric work that Newman recorded back in the 70s. The style is one that almost takes Newman back to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Great material from George Wein's 1972 tour under the Giants Of Jazz name – the same group that was also recorded by Atlantic Records. This set comes from November of 72, from Switzerland – with Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet, Sonny Stitt on alto and tenor, Kai Winding on trombone, ... LP, Vinyl record album
A magic carpet ride of funky soul from Kool & The Gang – classic Open Sesame from '76 – one that took the group to a higher level! It's not as rawly funky as some of the group's earlier albums, but they do still bring it, just with a cooler spirtual vibe that we never expected ... LP, Vinyl record album
The big cuts here include Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five's full 12-inch version of "Beat Street Breakdown", Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force's "Frantic Situation", and Arthur Baker's "Breaker's Revenge". LP, Vinyl record album
Baroquely beautiful work from the Stax soul master – one of Isaac Hayes' heaviest albums of the 70s – and a record so massive, they needed 2LPs to contain the whole thing! The record's a culmination of the rich, full style of soulful arranging that Hayes had pioneered in his early solo ... LP, Vinyl record album