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Johnny "Hammond" Smith*Black Coffee

Label:Riverside Records – RM 442, Riverside Records – RLP 442
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Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Mono
Country:US
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Genre:Jazz
Style:Soul-Jazz

Tracklist

A1Black Coffee4:19
A2Monterey Theme3:03
A3I Remember Clifford4:15
A4Far Away Places7:14
B1Rufus Toofus7:11
B2Body And Soul6:20
B3He's A Real Gone Guy5:38
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Reissue mono pressing. Blue label with silver print, "reel & microphone" logo.

Recorded live at the Monterey Club, New Haven, Connecticut, November 8, 1962.

This recording is available in both stereophonic (RS 9442) and monaural (RM 442) form.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): RLP 12-442 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): RLP 12-442 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched): 3972-RLP442 -1 (A) S-49336
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched): 3972-RLP442-1 (B) S-49337 DcBQS

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Black Coffee (LP, Album, Stereo)Riverside RecordsRS 9442US1963
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Black Coffee (LP, Album, Mono)Riverside RecordsRM 442US1963
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Black Coffee (LP, Album, Stereo)Riverside RecordsSR 7079Japan1963
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Black Coffee (LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo)Riverside RecordsRS 9442US1966
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Rufus Toofus (LP, Album, Reissue)Riverside Records673 017UK1969

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  • McHomie's avatar
    McHomie
    This is a fun and exuberant album, recorded live in New Haven Connecticut in November 1962. Highlights include "Rufus Toofus", "I Remember Clifford", the title track, and "Far Away Places", a showcase for Smith while Powell takes a breather. "He's A Real Gone Guy" is a killer closer, taken at a frenetic, breakneck pace. In fact, Smith really cooks throughout the set, busting out a ton of inventive and melodic organ runs. The pressing I have is a Scorpio/Rainbo reissue, and it's a lovely reproduction, in glorious mono, with plenty of low end, crisp percussion, and a big fat organ sound. My copy was purchased new and plays nice and clean with zero surface noise. Good stuff.
    • gjetson's avatar
      gjetson
      Edited 6 months ago
      Based on the Rainbo catalog numbers, this is likely a 2002 Scorpio reissue.

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