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Wes MontgomeryThe Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery

Label:Riverside Records – RLP 12-320
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Jazz
Style:Hard Bop

Tracklist

A1Airegin4:24
A2D-Natural Blues5:18
A3Polka Dots And Moonbeams4:38
A4Four On Six6:10
B1West Coast Blues7:20
B2In Your Own Sweet Way4:45
B3Mister Walker4:28
B4Gone With The Wind6:13
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1st press mono with small deep groove blue labels having no "Inc" at the end of "Bill Grauer Productions" at bottom.

Recorded in New York, January 26 & 28, 1960.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Etched): RLP-12-320 A 3.21.60. A B M
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Etched): RLP-12-320 B 3.24.60 A B M

Other Versions (5 of 97)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (LP, Album, Mono)Riverside Records, Riverside RecordsRLP 320, RLP 12-320Europe1960
New Submission
The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (LP, Album, Stereo)Riverside RecordsRLP 1169US1960
New Submission
The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (LP, Mono)Riverside RecordsRLP 12-320Netherlands1960
The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (LP, Album, Stereo)Riverside RecordsRLP 1169US1960
New Submission
The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (LP, Album, Mono)Riverside RecordsRLP 12-320UK1960

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leonthepro's avatar
leonthepro
Edited 2 years ago
Having the US and UK first pressings makes it impossible not to compare the two.
To be brief the difference is not huge by any means, but there seems to be a better presence to the US.
Instruments are more in the room, tighter, and resolve more in the soundstage.
Although thats mostly a figure of speech as these recordings are extremely quiet, recessed and not in the room to begin with.
These small differences are also most likely just derived from a one generation younger master tape used for the US cut and you really have to listen closely to notice it, if there even is one as I doubt my own testing at times. Or its perhaps from a slightly lower EQ for the UK as performances seem slightly more muffled, but I dont think so as bass seems in favor of the US still.
But in general this is whats to be expected from all Riverside US vs UK and EU pressings, and just vinyl pressings in general.

Update:
It should also be mentioned that for those who are looking for a better sounding pressing might be out of luck still as the tapes for this album are long lost which may also be why its seen such a drought of reissues with the lack of good sourcing. A needledrop from and old mother is apparently whats been used for many reissues, probably including the OJC ones.
Perhaps a tape dub could be found and someone lile Kevin Gray could set out to do it justice but it may well be the case that it remains sonically deprived with the US original as your best option.

Equipment Used:
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Cyrus 2 Amplifier
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