Pete La Roca ‎– Basra

Blue Note ‎– BST 84205
Vinyl, LP, Stereo


"VAN GELDER" is machine-stamped in the run-out, in addition to the etched Plastylite "ear" symbol.

Label is blue and white, with "Blue Note Records Inc • New York USA", rather than "BLUE NOTE RECORDS • A DIVISION OF LIBERTY RECORDS, INC."

The non-Liberty label and the etched ear symbol differentiate this version from the other early stereo release.

Back cover reads "43 West 61st St., New York 23".

With "26 YEARS BLUE NOTE" inner sleeve.

Other Versions (5 of 17) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BLP 4205 Pete La Roca Basra(LP, Album, Mono) Blue Note BLP 4205 US 1965 Sell This Version
CDP 7243 8 32091 2 5, B2-32091 Pete La Roca Basra(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Blue Note, Blue Note CDP 7243 8 32091 2 5, B2-32091 US 1995 Sell This Version
GXK-8129, BST 84205 Pete La Roca Basra(LP, Album, RE) Blue Note, Blue Note GXK-8129, BST 84205 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
ST-84205, MMBST-84205 Pete La Roca Basra(2x12", Album, Ltd, RE, RM, 180) Blue Note, Music Matters Ltd. ST-84205, MMBST-84205 US 2012 Sell This Version
7243 8 75259 2 4 Pete La Roca Basra(CD, Album, Copy Prot., RE, RM) Blue Note 7243 8 75259 2 4 Europe 2005 Sell This Version

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March 11, 2018
edited 8 months ago

A superb session. I do prefer the stereo mix over the mono mix, though. Most Blue Notes from this era and before sound better in mono in my honest opinion, but this particular record sounds best in stereo. The session is on fire, and you imagine yourself somewhere in the middle east, accompanied by belly dancers and camels. A masterpiece.


April 18, 2017
edited about 1 year ago

Basra is a classic mid-60s jazz album by a young and dynamic drummer. The LP never slows down. The mood is mystic, moody. Everyone - Joe Henderson, tenor sax; Steve Swallow, bass and Steve Kuhn, piano - have robust tone and rhythm. The improvisation is so much better than most of what I hear today. This is a classic album I've enjoyed for 50 years. As usual Rudy Van Gelder gets that up close immediate sound.