Blue Note Pressing Guide For Contributors

By berothbr berothbr
updated 8 months ago

This list intends to provide fellow Discoggers with a quick reference guide for identifying US LP pressings of Blue Note releases and especially to help with release date approximations as well as navigating the format.

The releases on this list are organized chronologically from earliest to latest pressing and intend to provide concrete comparative examples.

The supplemental text identifies the potential chronological range each release exemplifies, identifying characteristics organized by physical location, and a workflow to aid submissions.

Useful Resources for submitting Blue Note releases:
Blue Note, London Jazz Collector website.
• A comprehensive guide for identifying pressings, cover information, release dates, and so much more.
Blue Note Records: A Collector’s Guide to Mono & Stereo, Deep Groove Mono website.
• Extensive database of release dates for mono and stereo first pressings.
Billboard Magazine 1936 to 2011, American Radio History website.
• Archive of PDF scans of Billboard Magazine issues. This is particularly helpful for approximating the release year for early 10" LPs.

Discussions:
Forum - 8.1.1: How to approximate when year is unknown, but year range is known
Forum - Blue Note LP Releases Clean Up

Useful Guidelines:
RSG §6.13 Stereo
RSG §6.17 Reissue And Repress
RSG §8.1.1 Release Date
RSG §4.7.3 Catalog Number Variations
RSG §4.8.1 Multiple Catalog Numbers (see also RSG §4.8.4)

(Messages with constructive criticism, suggestions, and/or questions about this list are of course welcome!)

  1. Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell (Volume 1)

    3 For Sale from $39.99

    1951 to 1957 (Mono):
    • Labels: Blue Note Records 767 Lexington Ave NYC
    • Runouts HAVE the Plastylite 'Ear' symbol

    Submission Guide:
    1. Add to LCCN:
    • Record Company - Blue Note Records
    • Pressed By - Plastylite
    2. Add to Format: Mono
    3. For versions without an exact release year, add to:
    • Released: 1951
    • Release Notes: The company information printed on the labels indicates that this version was likely released between 1951 and 1957.

  2. Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell (Volume 1)

    5 For Sale from $72.22

    1957 to 1958 (Mono):
    Labels: Blue Note Records • 47 West 63rd • New York 23
    Runouts: Plastylite 'ear' symbol

    Submission Guide:
    1. Add to LCCN:
    • Record Company - Blue Note Records
    • Pressed By - Plastylite
    2. Add to Format: Mono
    3. For versions without an exact release year, add to:
    • Format: Repress and/or Reissue (RSG §6.17.1, RSG §6.17.2)
    • Released: 1957
    • Release Notes: The company information printed on the labels indicates that this version was likely released between 1957 and 1958.

  3. Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell (Volume 1)

    1 For Sale from $29.99

    1957 to 1958 'Transitional Labels' (Mono):
    A-side label: Blue Note Records • 47 West 63rd • New York 23
    B-side label: Blue Note Records 767 Lexington Ave NYC
    Runouts: Plastylite 'ear' symbol

    Submission Guide:
    1. Add to LCCN:
    • Record Company - Blue Note Records
    • Pressed By - Plastylite
    2. Add to Format: Mono
    3. For versions without an exact release year, add to:
    • Format: Repress and/or Reissue (RSG §6.17.1, RSG §6.17.2)
    • Released: 1957
    • Release Notes: The company information printed on the labels indicates that this version was likely released between 1957 and 1958.

  4. Jimmy Smith - Groovin' At Smalls' Paradise (Volume 2)

    4 For Sale from $18.00

    1958-1964 'Transitional Cover' (Mono)
    Back Cover: Blue Note Records Inc., 47 West 63rd St., New York 23
    Labels:
    Blue Note Records • 47 West 63rd • New York 23
    • No ® symbol
    Runouts: Plastylite 'ear' symbol

    Submission Guide:
    1. Add to LCCN:
    • Record Company - Blue Note Records Inc.
    • Pressed By - Plastylite
    2. Add to Format: Mono
    3. For versions without an exact release year, add to:
    • Format: Repress and/or Reissue (RSG §6.17.1, RSG §6.17.2)
    • Released: (Release specific; ask in forums for help)
    • Release Notes: (Release specific; ask in forums)

  5. Thelonious Monk - Genius Of Modern Music Volume 2

    4 For Sale from $82.72

    1959 to 1962 (Mono):
    Labels:
    Blue Note Records Inc. • 47 West 63rd • NYC
    • ® (located in lower center area underneath the "E" in 'Note')
    Runouts: Plastylite 'ear' symbol

    Submission Guide:
    1. Add to LCCN:
    • Record Company - Blue Note Records Inc.
    • Pressed By - Plastylite
    2. Add to Format: Mono
    3. For versions without an exact release year:
    • Add to Format: Repress and/or Reissue (RSG §6.17.1, RSG §6.17.2)
    • Add to Released: 1959
    • Add to Release Notes: The company information printed on the labels indicates that this version was likely released between 1959 and 1962.

  6. Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Hank Jones, Sam Jones, Art Blakey - Somethin' Else

    4 For Sale from $49.99

    1959 to 1962 (Stereo):
    Labels:
    Blue Note Records Inc. • 47 West 63rd • NYC
    • ® symbol
    Runouts: Plastylite 'ear' symbol

    Submission Guide:
    1. Add to LCCN:
    • Record Company - Blue Note Records Inc.
    • Pressed By - Plastylite
    2. Add to Format: Stereo
    3. For versions without an exact release year:
    • Add to Format: Repress and/or Reissue (RSG §6.17.1, RSG §6.17.2)
    • Add to Released: 1959
    • Add to Release Notes: The company information printed on the labels indicates that this version was likely released between 1959 and 1962.

  7. Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 1

    1 For Sale from $63.33

    1962 to 1966 'Transitional' Labels (Mono):
    A-side label:
    Blue Note Records Inc. • 47 West 63rd • NYC
    • ® symbol
    B-side label: Blue Note Records Inc. • New York USA
    Runouts: Plastylite 'Ear' symbol

    Submission Guide:
    1. Add to LCCN:
    • Record Company - Blue Note Records Inc.
    • Pressed By - Plastylite
    2. Add to Format: Mono
    2. For versions without an exact release year:
    • Add to Format: Repress and/or Reissue (RSG §6.17.1, RSG §6.17.2)
    • Add to Released: 1962
    • Add to Release Notes: The company information printed on the labels indicates that this version was likely released between 1962 and 1966.

  8. Horace Silver - Horace Silver Trio

    1962 to 1966 'Transitional' Labels (Mono):
    A-side label: Blue Note Records Inc. • New York USA
    B-side label:
    Blue Note Records Inc. 47 West 63rd • NYC
    • ® symbol
    Runouts: Plastylite 'Ear' symbol

    Submission Guide:
    1. Add to LCCN:
    • Record Company - Blue Note Records Inc.
    • Pressed By - Plastylite
    2. Add to Format: Mono
    2. For versions without an exact release year:
    • Add to Format: Repress and/or Reissue (RSG §6.17.1, RSG §6.17.2)
    • Add to Released: 1962
    • Add to Release Notes: The company information printed on the labels indicates that this version was likely released between 1962 and 1966.

  9. Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell (Volume 1)

    1 For Sale from $166.67

    1962 to 1966 'Transitional' Labels (Mono):
    A-side label: Blue Note Records Inc. • New York USA
    B-side label: Blue Note Records 767 Lexington Ave NYC
    Runouts: Plastylite 'Ear' symbol

    Submission Guide:
    1. Add to LCCN:
    • Record Company - Blue Note Records Inc.
    • Record Company - Blue Note Records
    • Pressed By - Plastylite
    2. Add to Format: Mono
    2. For versions without an exact release year:
    • Add to Format: Repress and/or Reissue (RSG §6.17.1, RSG §6.17.2)
    • Add to Released: 1962
    • Add to Release Notes: The company information printed on the labels indicates that this version was likely released between 1962 and 1966.

  10. Donald Byrd - A New Perspective

    10 For Sale from $5.36

    1962 to 1966 (Stereo):
    Labels: Blue Note Records Inc. • New York USA
    Runouts: Plastylite 'Ear' symbol

    Submission Guide:
    1. Add to LCCN:
    • Record Company - Blue Note Records Inc.
    • Pressed By - Plastylite
    2. Add to Format: Stereo
    2. For versions without an exact release year:
    • Add to Format: Repress and/or Reissue (RSG §6.17.1, RSG §6.17.2)
    • Add to Released: 1962
    • Add to Release Notes: The company information printed on the labels indicates that this version was likely released between 1962 and 1966.

  11. Jimmy Smith - Plays Fats Waller

    1 For Sale from $20.00

    1966 (Mono):
    Labels: Blue Note Records Inc. • New York USA
    Runouts: Do NOT have the Plastylite 'Ear' symbol

    Submission Guide:
    1. Add to LCCN:
    • Record Company - Blue Note Records Inc.
    2. Add to Format: Mono
    2. For versions without an exact release year:
    • Add to Format: Repress and/or Reissue (RSG §6.17.1, RSG §6.17.2)
    • Add to Released: 1966
    • Add to Release Notes: The company information printed on the labels and the absence of the Plastylite 'ear' symbol in the runouts indicate that this version was likely released in 1966.

  12. The 3 Sounds* - Bottoms Up!

    1 For Sale from $39.99

    1966 'Transitional' Labels (Stereo):
    Labels:
    Blue Note Records Inc. • 47 West 63rd • NYC
    • ® symbol
    Runouts: Do NOT have the Plastylite 'Ear' symbol

    Submission Guide:
    1. Add to LCCN:
    • Record Company - Blue Note Records Inc.
    2. Add to Format: Stereo
    2. For versions without an exact release year:
    • Add to Format: Repress and/or Reissue (RSG §6.17.1, RSG §6.17.2)
    • Add to Released: 1966
    • Add to Release Notes: The company information printed on the labels and the absence of the Plastylite 'ear' symbol in the runouts indicate that this version was likely released in 1966.

  13. Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 1

    4 For Sale from $13.33

    1966 to 1970 (Mono):
    Labels: Blue Note Records • A Division Of Liberty Records, Inc.

    Submission Guide:
    1. Add to LCCN:
    • Record Company - Blue Note Records
    • Record Company - Liberty Records, Inc.
    2. Add to Format: Mono
    3. For versions without an exact release year:
    • Add to Format: Repress and/or Reissue (RSG §6.17.1, RSG §6.17.2)
    • Add to Released: 1966
    • Add to Release Notes: The company information printed on the labels indicates that this version was likely released between 1966 and 1970.

  14. Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 1

    6 For Sale from $22.22

    1966 to 1970 (Stereo):
    Labels: Blue Note Records • A Division Of Liberty Records, Inc.

    Submission Guide:
    1. Add to LCCN:
    • Record Company - Blue Note Records
    • Record Company - Liberty Records, Inc.
    2. Add to Format: Stereo
    3. For versions without an exact release year:
    • Add to Format: Repress and/or Reissue (RSG §6.17.1, RSG §6.17.2)
    • Add to Released: 1966
    • Add to Release Notes: The company information printed on the labels indicates that this version was likely released between 1966 and 1970.

  15. Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 1

    1 For Sale from $22.11

    1971 to 1972 (Stereo):
    Labels: Blue Note Records • A Division Of United Artists Records, Inc.
    • Tracklist in black text

    Submission Guide:
    1. Add to LCCN:
    • Record Company - Blue Note Records
    • Record Company - United Artists Records, Inc.
    2. For versions without an exact release year:
    • Add to Format: Repress and/or Reissue (RSG §6.17.1, RSG §6.17.2)
    • Add to Released: 1971
    • Add to Release Notes: The company information printed on the labels indicates that this version was likely released between 1971 and 1972.

  16. Kenny Dorham - 'Round About Midnight At The Cafe Bohemia

    1 For Sale from $52.69

    1972 to 1973 (Mono):
    Labels: Blue Note Records • A Division Of United Artists Records, Inc.
    • Tracklist in blue text

    Submission Guide:
    1. Add to LCCN:
    • Record Company - Blue Note Records
    • Record Company - United Artists Records, Inc.
    2. Add to Format: Mono
    3. For versions without an exact release year:
    • Add to Format: Repress and/or Reissue (RSG §6.17.1, RSG §6.17.2)
    • Add to Released: 1972
    • Add to Release Notes: The company information printed on the labels indicates that this version was likely released between 1972 and 1973.

  17. Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch

    1972 to 1973 (Stereo):
    Labels: Blue Note Records • A Division Of United Artists Records, Inc.
    • Tracklist in blue text

    Submission Guide:
    1. Add to LCCN:
    • Record Company - Blue Note Records
    • Record Company - United Artists Records, Inc.
    2. Add to Format: Stereo
    3. For versions without an exact release year:
    • Add to Format: Repress and/or Reissue (RSG §6.17.1, RSG §6.17.2)
    • Add to Released: 1972
    • Add to Release Notes: The company information printed on the labels indicates that this version was likely released between 1972 and 1973.

  18. Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 1

    8 For Sale from $12.00

    1973 to 1975 (Stereo):
    Labels: Blue Note Records • A Division Of United Artists Records, Inc.
    • Black 'B' logo

    Submission Guide:
    1. Add to LCCN:
    • Record Company - Blue Note Records
    • Record Company - United Artists Records, Inc.
    2. For versions without an exact release year:
    • Add to Format: Repress and/or Reissue (RSG §6.17.1, RSG §6.17.2)
    • Add to Released: 1973
    • Add to Release Notes: The company information printed on the labels indicates that this version was likely released between 1973 and 1975.

  19. Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 1

    6 For Sale from $16.67

    1975 to 1978 (Stereo):
    Labels: Blue Note Records • A Division Of United Artists Music And Records Group, Inc.
    • Black 'B' logo

    Submission Guide:
    1. Add to LCCN:
    • Record Company - Blue Note Records
    • Record Company - United Artists Music And Records Group, Inc.
    2. For versions without an exact release year:
    • Add to Format: Repress and/or Reissue (RSG §6.17.1, RSG §6.17.2)
    • Add to Released: 1975
    • Add to Release Notes: The company information printed on the labels indicates that this version was likely released between 1975 and 1978.

  20. Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 1

    9 For Sale from $9.08

    1975 to 1978 (Stereo):
    Labels: Blue Note Records • Manufactured By United Artists Music And Records Group, Inc.
    • White 'b' logo

    Submission Guide:
    1. Add to LCCN:
    • Record Company - Blue Note Records
    Manufactured By - United Artists Music And Records Group, Inc.
    2. For versions without an exact release year:
    • Add to Format: Repress and/or Reissue (RSG §6.17.1, RSG §6.17.2)
    • Add to Released: 1975
    • Add to Release Notes: The company information printed on the labels indicates that this version was likely released between 1975 and 1978.

  21. Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 1

    9 For Sale from $10.00

    1980s:
    Labels: The Finest In Jazz
    • DMM

    (currently being researched)

    Submission Guide:
    2. For versions without an exact release year:
    • Add to Format: Repress and/or Reissue (RSG §6.17.1, RSG §6.17.2)
    • Add to Released:
    • Add to Release Notes: Direct Metal Mastering (DMM)

  22. Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 1

    4 For Sale from $13.33

    1980s (Mono):
    Labels: The Finest In Jazz

    (currently being researched)

    Submission Guide:
    1. Add to LCCN:
    2. For versions without an exact release year:
    • Add to Format: Repress and/or Reissue (RSG §6.17.1, RSG §6.17.2)

  23. Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 1

    5 For Sale from $20.25

    1980s (stereo)

    (currently being researched)

  24. John Coltrane - Blue Train

    6 For Sale from $10.00

    1980s

    (currently being researched)

  25. Paul Horn - In India

    1980s

    (currently being researched)