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    Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers*First Flight To Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings

    Label:Blue Note – BN 2801, Blue Note – B003372801
    2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Mono, 180g
    Style:Hard Bop


    A1Now's The Time
    Written-ByCharlie Parker
    Written-ByBobby Timmons
    B2Blues March
    Written-ByBenny Golson
    B3The Theme0:32
    C1Dat Dere
    Written-ByBobby Timmons
    C2'Round About Midnight
    Written-ByThelonious Monk
    D1Now's The Time (Version 2)
    Written-ByCharlie Parker
    D2A Night In Tunesia11:12
    D3The Theme (Version 2)0:30

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    Recorded live at Hibiya Public Hall, Tokyo, Japan, January 14, 1961.

    Never before released limited edition double-LP includes 6 collector postcards, a 16-page insert with rare photo essay, exclusive interviews with Wayne Shorter, Lou Donaldson and more. Gatefold sleeve. Pressed on 180g vinyl.

    Barcode and Other Identifiers

    • Barcode (Text): 6 02435 95286 4
    • Barcode (Scanned): 0602435952864
    • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 1): B003372801-A (RE1) 37745.1(3)… BG
    • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 1): B003372801-B (RE1) 37745.2(3)… BG
    • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout, variant 1): B003372801-C (RE1) 37745.3(3)… BG
    • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout, variant 1): B003372801-D (RE1) 37745.4(3)… BG
    • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 2): B003372801-A (RE1) 37745.1(3)… BG
    • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 2): B003372801-B (RE1) 37745.2(3)… BG
    • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout, variant 2): B003372801-C (RE1) 38070.3(3)… BG
    • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout, variant 2): B003372801-D 37868.4(3)… BG

    Other Versions (5 of 7)View All

    Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
    First Flight To Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings (2×LP, Album, Limited Edition, Mono, 180g)Blue Note, Blue Note00602435952864, BN 28012021
    First Flight To Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings (2×CD, Album, Mono)Blue Note006024359528572021
    New Submission
    First Flight To Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings (2×CD, Album, Mono, SHM-CD)Blue NoteUCCQ-1145/6Japan2021
    New Submission
    First Flight To Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings (2×CD, Album)Blue NoteB003372702USA & Canada2021
    New Submission
    First Flight To Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings (9×File, FLAC, Album, Mono, 24bit 192kHz)Blue Notenone2021


    Bfigs250's profile picture
    Edited 2 days ago
    Has anyone else had a problem with skipping on side D? Mine seems to have an issue/locked groove at the end of 'Now's the Time'
    ausgraeme's profile picture
    This is a superb release. Records are perfect pressings. Sound quality is of course slightly limited due to it being a mono live recording from 60 years ago but having said that, all the instruments can be clearly heard and all are nicely detailed.
    Lastly the cover and booklet is well put together.
    All in all a wonderful document of a golden age of jazz music.
    romanNYC's profile picture
    Someone at Blue Note made a boneheaded decision to put a stack of 5x7 cards inside the sleeve with first disc. The result is a warped side A. If you don't have a periphery ring/weight to flatten the disc, you might be considerably disappointed. Great album otherwise (and those cards are sure nice to look at).
    phillyspins's profile picture
    Edited 20 days ago
    Late contender for the best overall vinyl release of 2021. One I'll listen to hundreds of times. Warm, inviting, dynamic, and beautiful music performed under extraordinary circumstances (of the best kind!).

    If you are reading this and on the fence (maybe because of the price, the fact that it isn't a studio recording, the fact that it's 2 LPs, etc...), buy now or cry later.
    AndrewBWhite's profile picture
    Edited 22 days ago
    Why they gotta put those horrible FBI logos on the sleeves. Only some labels do it and it wrecks the artwork and assumes you're some kind of criminal. It's especially idiotic on LPs.
    calgarywax's profile picture
    Great pressing! all the other goodies are a nice touch as well :)
    CanuckPJ's profile picture
    Just received my copy. Playable but both discs badly dish warped. Love the album, disappointed in the pressing
    moohoohahaha's profile picture
    Edited one month ago
    I’m not sure this is a Mono pressing. The front cover states “Stereo”. This is the RTI pressing, the other entry is the Optimal pressing. The packaging on this one is pretty great.
    ranf1970's profile picture
    How can you tell the difference between the mono and stereo version? Is there even a mono version?
    mcintosh6600's profile picture
    Edited one month ago
    Finally got my hands on a copy of this wonderful moment in time.
    I didn’t know what to expect based on other comments but for $40
    how could you go wrong, hell anything with Lee Morgan on it I’m in.
    Must say for a live recording I’m very pleased. I’ve heard much worst
    and nothing to think of any better. I have a pretty revealing system and it’s pure joy and energy coming from these speakers. If you’re on the fence hurry and get off it before they are gone. Amazon is giving them away.
    Enjoy your holidays people, we deserve it. 😎