Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series

Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series

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The Blue Note Classic Vinyl Reissue Series, a continuation of the acclaimed Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series which was launched in celebration of the Blue Note 80th anniversary in 2019. The Classic Series will once again feature all-analog 180g vinyl pressings in standard packaging that are mastered by Kevin Gray directly from the original master tapes and manufactured at Optimal Media GmbH in Germany.

The first 16 titles of the Classic Series will focus on the enduring classics of the Blue Note catalog, kicking off on December 4 with the release of two masterpieces - pianist McCoy Tyner’s The Real McCoy and trumpeter Lee Morgan’s The Sidewinder.

The Classic Series will be on-going, running alongside the Blue Note Tone Poet Series which is produced by Joe Harley.
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Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
0743884 The Real McCoy  album cover McCoy Tyner The Real McCoy(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note 0743884 Worldwide 2020 Sell This Version
0743886 The Sidewinder  album cover Lee Morgan The Sidewinder(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note 0743886 Worldwide 2020 Sell This Version
0744042 Speak No Evil  album cover Wayne Shorter Speak No Evil(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note 0744042 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
0744043 Song For My Father (Cantiga Para Meu Pai)  album cover The Horace Silver Quintet Song For My Father (Cantiga Para Meu Pai)(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note 0744043 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
0746554 Soul Station  album cover Hank Mobley Soul Station(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe 0746554 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
0746555 Somethin' Else  album cover Cannonball Adderley Somethin' Else(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, Blue Note 0746555 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
0746563 Page One  album cover Joe Henderson Page One(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note 0746563 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
0746568 Moanin'  album cover Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Moanin'(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe 0746568 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
3579051 Back At The Chicken Shack  album cover The Incredible Jimmy Smith* Back At The Chicken Shack(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe 3579051 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
3579178 Cool Struttin'  album cover Sonny Clark Cool Struttin'(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe 3579178 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
3579907 Go!  album cover Dexter Gordon Go!(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe 3579907 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
3579908 Midnight Blue  album cover Kenny Burrell Midnight Blue(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe 3579908 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
3579910 Idle Moments  album cover Grant Green Idle Moments(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe 3579910 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
3587502 Out To Lunch!  album cover Eric Dolphy Out To Lunch!(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note 3587502 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
3593196 Maiden Voyage  album cover Herbie Hancock Maiden Voyage(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note 3593196 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
3596791 Ready For Freddie  album cover Freddie Hubbard Ready For Freddie(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe 3596791 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
3596800 Places And Spaces  album cover Donald Byrd Places And Spaces(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note 3596800 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
3596803 Fancy Dancer  album cover Bobbi Humphrey Fancy Dancer(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe 3596803 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
3808954 Merry Ole Soul  album cover Duke Pearson Merry Ole Soul(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note 3808954 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
3817611 The Big Beat  album cover Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers The Big Beat(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note 3817611 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
3817618 6 Pieces Of Silver  album cover Horace Silver Quintet* 6 Pieces Of Silver(LP, Album, Mono, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe 3817618 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
3829300 Love Bug  album cover Reuben Wilson Love Bug(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe 3829300 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
3829304 Home Cookin'  album cover The Incredible Jimmy Smith* Home Cookin'(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe 3829304 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
3829360 Introducing Kenny Cox And The Contemporary Jazz Quintet  album cover Kenny Cox And The Contemporary Jazz Quintet (2) Kenny Cox And The Contemporary Jazz Quintet (2) - Introducing Kenny Cox And The Contemporary Jazz Quintet(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note 3829360 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
3829365 The Prophetic Herbie Nichols Vol. 1 & 2  album cover Herbie Nichols The Prophetic Herbie Nichols Vol. 1 & 2(LP, Album, Comp, Mono, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe 3829365 Worldwide 2021 Sell This Version
3876157 Destination... Out!  album cover Jackie McLean Destination... Out!(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note 3876157 Worldwide 2022 Sell This Version
3876171 Where Is Brooklyn?  album cover Don Cherry Where Is Brooklyn?(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note 3876171 Worldwide 2022 Sell This Version
3876183 Inner Urge  album cover Joe Henderson Inner Urge(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe 3876183 Worldwide 2022 Sell This Version
3876185 ¡Caramba!  album cover Lee Morgan ¡Caramba!(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe 3876185 Worldwide 2022 Sell This Version
3876188 Twenty One  album cover Geri Allen Trio With Ron Carter, Tony Williams* Geri Allen Trio With Ron Carter, Tony Williams* - Twenty One(2xLP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe, UMe 3876188 Worldwide 2022 Sell This Version
3876190 Blue Light 'Til Dawn  album cover Cassandra Wilson Blue Light 'Til Dawn(2xLP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe, UMe 3876190 Worldwide 2022 Sell This Version
4508216 Time Waits (The Amazing Bud Powell)  album cover Bud Powell Time Waits (The Amazing Bud Powell)(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note 4508216 Worldwide 2022 Sell This Version
4508227 Milt Jackson With John Lewis, Percy Heath, Kenny Clarke, Lou Donaldson And The Thelonious Monk Quintet  album cover Milt Jackson With John Lewis (2), Percy Heath, Kenny Clarke, Lou Donaldson And The Thelonious Monk Quintet Milt Jackson With John Lewis (2), Percy Heath, Kenny Clarke, Lou Donaldson And The Thelonious Monk Quintet - Milt Jackson With John Lewis, Percy Heath, Kenny Clarke, Lou Donaldson And The Thelonious Monk Quintet(LP, Comp, Mono, RE, RM, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe 4508227 Worldwide 2022 Sell This Version
4535203 Two Headed Freap  album cover Ronnie Foster Two Headed Freap(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe 4535203 Worldwide 2022 Sell This Version
4535205 Moon Rappin'  album cover Brother Jack McDuff Moon Rappin'(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe 4535205 Worldwide 2022 Sell This Version
4535208 Blues Walk  album cover Lou Donaldson Blues Walk(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe 4535208 Worldwide 2022 Sell This Version
4535210 Dial "S" For Sonny  album cover Sonny Clark Dial "S" For Sonny(LP, Album, Mono, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note 4535210 Worldwide 2022 Sell This Version
4535287 Preach Brother!  album cover Don Wilkerson Preach Brother!(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe 4535287 Worldwide 2022 Sell This Version
4535294 Extension  album cover George Braith Extension(LP, Album, RE, 180) Blue Note, UMe, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, UMe 4535294 Worldwide 2022 Sell This Version

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m.wilding

m.wilding

March 19, 2022
edited 5 months ago
Up to this point I have bought about 15 Classic/80 series records. Only one (Rumprolller) affected by non-fill. A ratio that is nothing to be proud of, but acceptable.
However, the order I just received that included 8 Classic/80 series ( 6 for me and 2 for a friend which are hopefully ok) . A shipment that cost me about $80 to ship to the other side of the world . 2 of the 5 records I have listened to so far have severe non-fill. I am almost afraid to open the 6th. With the cost of shipping it is not practical to return them and I do not have money to roll the dice and re-order replacements, so that willl be my last blue note classic order. Do Optimal give a damn about pressing records at all? They are ruining the vinyl experience for many. I cannot understand the thinking behind getting Kevin Gray to master form the original tape and then sending them off to an outfit like Optimal to press. I would gladly pay the extra $10 for RTI pressings of these records.
patientot

patientot

February 28, 2022
edited 5 months ago
There are so many great titles in this series and KG's mastering is on point. The problem I have had with this series is pressing defects. I've had copies that were pressed off-center and factory dish warped. While I haven't had any major problems with non-fill on this series lately, it does affect these records sometimes if you are unlucky.

I'm not suggesting anyone avoid this series, just realize that Optimal's QC/QA is hit or miss and you may end up returning some of these. Better hope you buy them from a place that will take returns without hassle. I won't buy them from local record stores because they won't take them back and the chances of defects are too high. Sadly this is affecting a lot of pressing plants right now, not just Optimal. Getting to the point where I will seldom take a chance on new vinyl at shops anymore...quality is slipping everywhere over the last 3-4 years.

If Optimal is reading this the first thing you can do is get rid of the ultra-tight shrink wrap and put these in loose bags like RTI do. Then let the records cool all the way before jamming them into jackets for assembly.
johnaangus

johnaangus

February 21, 2022
I have a few of these reissues. Not had any problems, always received beautiful clean flat vinyl. The latest Lee Morgan, Caramba! is stunning
vinylfergus

vinylfergus

February 4, 2022
edited 6 months ago
I own 22 out of 27 BNC's up to 2/4/2022. Only QC problems I have had is with the covers. Something Else, Go, and The Big Beat all had creases or split edges. Vinyl on all has been excellent. Ordered all but 1 from Blue Note. What's next for this summer Blue Note???
kapervisser

kapervisser

January 9, 2022
edited 7 months ago
My first copy of this series was in bad shape but the other three copies are very good. Maybe parts of some batches suffer from productionflaws or some titles in general but i am satisfied.
edit;problems with 'Idle moments' (three copies)
revellidrum

revellidrum

January 7, 2022
McCoy Tyner's "The Real McCoy", Art Blakey's "The Big Beat", Horace Silver's "6 Pieces of Silver" and Jimmy Smith's "Back At The Chicken Shack" are my first forays into this series. I found them all to be excellent. I have no issues whatsoever with the sound (which to my ear is very present), and all the pressings were quiet and flat. I did buy them all directly from the Blue Note website if that makes any difference.
AlbertHofstein

AlbertHofstein

December 14, 2021
edited 8 months ago
It really hurts how good these reissues sound. Absolutely amazing. This series shines next to any other absolutely ridiculous overpriced and limited audiophile reissue label. And vinyl collecting can be fun again.
kapervisser

kapervisser

November 13, 2021
edited 9 months ago
Are the non-fill defects a common big problem in this serie ?
crichton

crichton

November 4, 2021
It's great. BN Classic Vinyl - the best value in vinyl since 2014 Beatles In Mono. Great pressings, great mastering. Don't trust the naysayers. Get them while they're still $23.
duffy-duck

duffy-duck

October 26, 2021
I have most of these releases from 90s reissues, but I hadn't some and I thought that it is a great opportunity to grab them. They have many issues of pops and clicks - as the 75th series - compared to older pressings. A friend suggest me to buy the EU releases, because of less or no problems at all. Finally he was right, very good pressings, flat records and great sound. (Maiden Voyage / Song for My Father / The Real McCoy).