UCJU-90xx Japanese remastered vinyl jazz series'

By ccj ccj
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Discussion: jazz group #216828 // Errors/omissions: Contact me

Major edits log:
2011.Mar.02.Wed - added cached "Jazz chart avec..." link.
2011.Apr.18.Mon - added new "SRCo chart" link.
2015.Jul.02.Thu - fixed some links, added separate "名盤 LP 100選" series info.
2016.Apr.16.Sat - began splitting into seven separate series.
2016.Apr.22.Fri - FINISHED splitting into seven separate series (outstanding: obi strip spine #'s, when confirmed).
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Series info:

Official exact Japanese replica reproductions of original US/UK/EU/Brazilian 1950s to 1960s classic & underground jazz releases
(91 x albums / 1 x 7" EP).

Released across seven separate series, all sharing the "UCJU-90xx" cat# scheme:
[1] "Jazz The Best" LP Collection
  en: "Jazz The Best LP Collection" / white on red logo.
  UCJU-90##: 01 to 20, 22 to 27, 29 to 37, 39 to 43.
[2] フォンタナ フィリップス幻の名盤
  Fontana Firippusu Maboroshi-no Meiban / en: "Fontana And Philips Illusory Masterpieces" / brown on yellow logo.
  UCJU-90##: 44 to 57.
[3] ヨーロッパジャズ 最後の秘宝
  Youroppa Jazu - Saigo-no Hihou / en: "European Jazz - The Ultimate Hidden Treasures" / green on yellow logo.
  UCJU-90##: 58 to 62.
[4] 名盤 LP 100選
  Meiban LP Hyakusen / en: "100 Selected LP Masterpieces" / yellow/white on black logo.
  UCJU-90##: 64 to 83.
[5] 須永辰緒の夜ジャズ アナログ復刻5+1
  Sunaga Tatsuo-no Yoru Jazu Anarogu Fukkoku 5+1 / en: "Tatsuo Sunaga's Jazz Allnighters - Analogue Reissues 5+1" / black/red on white logo.
  UCJU-90##: 84 to 89.
[6] 須永辰緒の夜ジャズ アナログ復刻 no.2 世界を巡る
  Sunaga Tatsuo-no Yoru Jazu Anarogu Fukkoku no.2 Sekai-wo Meguru / en: "Tatsuo Sunaga's Jazz Allnighters - Analogue Reissues No.2 - Around The World" / black/red+blue on white logo.
  UCJU-90##: 90 to 94.
[7] 英国ジャズ 幻の名盤LP復刻
  Eikoku Jazu Maboroshi-no Meiban LP Fukkoku / en: "British Jazz - Illusory Masterpieces LP Reissues" / British flag logo.
  UCJU-90##: 96 & 98.
(massive thanks to MGhast for translations, via forum https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/711635.)

They do not have any logos from the Japanese record companies Universal Music K.K. or USM Japan, but do have a Japanese language obi strip & info sheet, along with some "UCJU-90xx" cat# markings on artwork, and the obi featuring a logo for one of the above series' names with the 'series number' only appearing on the spine of the obi strip.
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Packaging info:

Exact pressing amounts unknown, but pretty sure only 500 to 800 of each release, although there may well have been represses of some popular releases.

They are packaged as:
Sleeve 1: exact repro copies of the original releases sleeve (just the Japanese label "UCJU-90xx" cat# on the bottom right corner on the back).
Sleeve 2: an additional completely plain white Japanese-style heavy duty sleeve (for keeping the actual vinyl separately in).
Inner sleeve: a Japanese-style clear transparent D-shaped inner sleeve.
Vinyl: 180g (some may be 200 gram) virgin vinyl remastered reissue of the original release (though in addition includes Jap label cat# printed on labels, & just the Jap label's cat# in the runout with side info, eg. "UCJU-9004 A").
Obi strip: Japanese-language tracklist translation, release dates, barcode, and similar info.
Info Sheet: a single-sided near-12" Japanese-language only info sheet. With "Universal Music K.K." or "USM Japan" along with some other Japanese reissue staff credits in English.
Outer Packaging: all neatly put inside a Japanese-style clear envelope, as most Japanese vinyl releases have.
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Missing / unreleased items:

#63: Completely unknown. What this is/was going to be, and why never released?

#21/28/38: 21 July 2005 (original due date for release).
Release was cancelled (perhaps?) due to the condition of original master tapes. But they would have been:
- UCJU-9021 - Antonio Carlos Jobim - "Wave" (A&M Records).
- UCJU-9028 - Wes Montgomery - "A Day In The Life" (A&M Records).
- UCJU-9038 - Bud Powell - "Jazz Giant" (Verve Records).

#95/97/99: 23 December 2009 (original due date for release).
The record company were apparently unable to confirm the whereabouts of the rights abroad, so discontinued sale. Unsure if any were ever pressed, and if so, if any ever slipped-out for sale before being discontinued, but highly unlikely. They would have been:
- UCJU-9095 - The Dick Morrissey Quartet - "Storm Warning!" (Mercury).
- UCJU-9097 - Phil Seamen - "Now! ... Live!" (Verve Records).
- UCJU-9099 - The New Jazz Orchestra - "Le Déjeuner Sur L'Herbe" (Verve Records).
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Release dates & obi strip series numbers:

They were all released between December 2004 and December 2009 in batches of releases, normally on the same day, with each release batch having a number on the obi strip spine, indicating which number in that batch the release was from.

The batches were released on the following dates:
- #7/8/10-12/14/16/18/20: 22 Dec 2004 (x releases, obi no's ?-?).
- #1-6/9/15/17/19: 29 Dec 2004 (6 releases, obi no's ?-?).

- #13/34/35/39: 21 Jan 2005 (x releases, obi no's 1-x).
- #24/26/29: 21 Jul 2005 (x releases, obi no's 1-x).
- #22/13/25/27/30-33/36/37/40-44: 24 Aug 2005 (x releases, obi no's 1-x).
- #45-50: 07 Dec 2005 (x releases, obi no's 1-x).

- #51-57: 07 Jun 2006 (x releases, obi no's 1-x).
- #58-62: 06 Sep 2006 (x releases, obi no's 1-x).

- #64-68: 08 Aug 2007 (x releases, obi no's 1-x).

- #/: x July 2005 (x releases, obi no's 1-x).
- #/: x July 2005 (x releases, obi no's 1-x).
- #/: x July 2005 (x releases, obi no's 1-x).

(NB: Anywhere above or in the list below where you see a question mark ("?"), means I'm unconfirmed on.)
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Related links:

group 216828 (previous forum 216205).
• newer forum 711635 (for translations).

shops: Juno: UCJU / Juno: Universal Japan (vinyl) / Jap shop 1 / Jap shop 2.
blog: #1-20 / #11-12 / #21-43.
Universal Music K.K. & USM Japan labels: #1-20 (en: #1-20) / #22-43 (en: #22-43) / #44-50: UNAVAILABLE / #51-57 (en: #51-57) / #58-62 (en: #58-62) / #63: UNRELEASED / #64-83 (en: #64-83) / #84-89: UNAVAILABLE / #90-94 (en: #90-94) / #95-99 (en: #95-99).

other [general jazz info]: "Jazz chart avec MP3's" (cached) / "SRCo chart".
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Any omissions or data/info errors, please do contact me ;-)

  1. The John Coltrane Quartet - Ballads

    1 For Sale from $48.00

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 1.
    - cat#: UCJU-9001.

  2. Helen Merrill - Helen Merrill

    1 For Sale from $89.99

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 3.
    - cat#: UCJU-9003.

  3. John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

    3 For Sale from $80.00

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 4.
    - cat#: UCJU-9004.

  4. The Oscar Peterson Trio - We Get Requests

    1 For Sale from $313.72

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 5.
    - cat#: UCJU-9005.

  5. Bill Evans - At The Montreux Jazz Festival

    1 For Sale from $361.70

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 6?.
    - cat#: UCJU-9006.

  6. Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong - Ella And Louis

    1 For Sale from $72.78

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 7?.
    - cat#: UCJU-9007.

  7. Ella Fitzgerald - Mack The Knife - Ella In Berlin

    2 For Sale from $68.18

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 8?.
    - cat#: UCJU-9008.

  8. Sarah Vaughan - Sarah Vaughan

    1 For Sale from $46.05

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 9?.
    - cat#: UCJU-9009.

  9. The Quartet Of Charlie Parker* - Now's The Time

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 10?.
    - cat#: UCJU-9010.

  10. Clifford Brown And Max Roach - Study In Brown

    1 For Sale from $75.00

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 11?.
    - cat#: UCJU-9011.

  11. Clifford Brown - With Strings

    4 For Sale from $45.45

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 12?.
    - cat#: UCJU-9012.

  12. Gerry Mulligan - Night Lights

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 13?.
    - cat#: UCJU-9013.

  13. Stan Getz - Stan Getz Plays

    2 For Sale from $52.00

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 14?.
    - cat#: UCJU-9014.

  14. Bill Evans & Jeremy Steig - What's New

    2 For Sale from $38.00

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 15?.
    - cat#: UCJU-9015.

  15. Wynton Kelly Trio / Wes Montgomery - Smokin' At The Half Note

    3 For Sale from $45.45

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 16?.
    - cat#: UCJU-9016.

  16. Keith Jarrett - Death And The Flower

    4 For Sale from $22.73

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 17?.
    - cat#: UCJU-9017.

  17. John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman - John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman

    2 For Sale from $50.00

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 18.
    - cat#: UCJU-9018.

  18. Duke Ellington & John Coltrane - Duke Ellington & John Coltrane

    3 For Sale from $59.08

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 19?.
    - cat#: UCJU-9019.

  19. Count Basie And His Orchestra* - April In Paris

    7 For Sale from $29.80

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 20?.
    - cat#: UCJU-9020.

  20. Bill Evans - Alone

    3 For Sale from $55.05

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 22?.
    - cat#: UCJU-9022.

  21. Coltrane* - "Live" At The Village Vanguard

    4 For Sale from $31.84

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 23?.
    - cat#: UCJU-9023.

  22. The Oscar Peterson Trio - Night Train

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 24?.
    - cat#: UCJU-9024.

  23. Clifford Brown ✶ Max Roach* - Clifford Brown ✶ Max Roach

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 25?.
    - cat#: UCJU-9025.

  24. Stan Getz - Sweet Rain

    - series 1: "Jazz The Best" LP Collection.
    - obi strip series#: 26?.
    - cat#: UCJU-9026.