Yusef LateefThe Three Faces of Yusef Lateef

Label:Riverside Records – CR00478
Series:Vinyl Me, Please. Classics – C067
Vinyl, LP, Album, Club Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo, 180g


A1Goin' Home
Written-ByDvorak*, Fisher*
A2I'm Just A Lucky So And So
Written-ByEllington*, David*
Written-ByAbe Woodley
A4From Within
Written-ByYusef Lateef
B1Salt Water Blues
Written-ByYusef Lateef
B2Lateef Minor 7th
Written-ByJoe Zawinul
Written-ByYusef Lateef
B4Ma-He's Makin' Eyes At Me
Written-ByConrad*, Clare*

Companies, etc.



VMP Classics Record of the Month December 2022
Packaged in a glossy, tip-on sleeve.

• (AAA) Lacquers Cut From the Original Analog Tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
• Pressed on 180g Black Audiophile Vinyl at RTI
• Listening Notes Booklet by Ashawnta Jackson

Riverside-Reeves Spectrosonic High Fidelity Engineering.

Riverside Records are produced for Bill Grauer Productions, Inc.

℗ 2022 & © 1960 Craft Recordings, a Concord company. 10 Lea Avenue, Suite 300, Nashville, TN 37210.
Made in the Czech Republic.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): CR 00478-A RKS STERLING 39949.1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): CR 00478-B RE2 RKS STERLING 40966.2(3)...

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The Three Faces Of Yusef Lateef (LP, Album, Mono)Riverside RecordsRLP 325US1960
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The Three Faces Of Yusef Lateef (LP, Album, Stereo)Riverside RecordsRLP 1176US1960
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The Three Faces Of Yusef Lateef (LP, Album, Stereo, deep groove)Riverside RecordsRLP 1176US1960
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This Is Yusef Lateef (LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo)Riverside RecordsRS 3011US1968
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This Is Yusef Lateef (LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo)Riverside RecordsRS 3011Canada1968


  • Dfost115's avatar
    This is an amazing pressing. Great clarity, no noise, dynamic, and also a tremendous album I would have never heard if it weren’t for VMP. I do recommend!
    • jgknick's avatar
      Sometimes I let VMP curate my collection, and TBH I never heard this record before I got it from VMP. I was surprised to find that it is a fairly traditional jazz record, nothing particularly daring or avant garde. I love the variety of instrumentation on the record (flute, oboe, sax). The oboe playing is very robust, but also monochromatic. The flute and sax playing are on a much higher level. The bass playing is S-tier. The record sounds good but (subjectively speaking) I also think the sound picture is a little flat. It's hard to place the musicians on the soundstage at times. So it's good but not great. I am glad to have encountered this artist and this record.

      I want to add a brief comment in praise of the way VMP packages its releases. I love the extras like the booklet here or the little art prints that are sometimes included with their releases. The record is as beautiful to look at as it is to hear. The production values for the artwork, the sleeves, etc. are top-notch. I agree with the criticism that the obi obscures the artwork, but I like that VMP does things in a unique and immediately identifiable way, so I put up with the obis. VMP certainly put together a gorgeous product here. I have a small collection, but many of my favorite records are VMP records. This will probably not be one of those, but it is a record I will enjoy for the rest of my life.

      Highly recommended, but you simply must hear their Ornette Coleman record!
      • stuayoung's avatar
        It’s a great record and the pressing is top. Shame that prices at vmp have crept up yet again as not sure I can keep this up as an international subscriber.
        • dillonpc's avatar
          This is such a wonderful jazz record. Totally unique. Sound is pretty damn great.
          • J-Keller's avatar
            My copy is excellent across the board. The pressing itself is well done with zero surface noise and the mastering is top notch. Highly recommended.
            • josephbritos's avatar
              Wow. I’d never heard this album before so, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The music is amazing, right in my wheelhouse. The Pressing Sounds awesome. Flat. Wonderful jacket. Only complaint. The archival inner sleeve was jammed in the jacket (upside down too), so it’s pretty wrinkled. Overall I’m stoked to add this one to the collection.
              • themodernlore's avatar
                Fantastic pressing! PESSIMISTIC RANT WARNING - I still can’t get over the unnecessary crap VMP adds to these. The obi is just a black strip that covers the artwork and the little booklet would be better off an LP-sized insert. The thin plastic sleeve split open when I went to slide the record out. The jacket is very nice however and the pressing is phenomenal.
                • bvanpelt's avatar
                  Edited one month ago
                  This pressing is excellent - no surface noise to speak of at all. The music bursts from the record. Each of the instruments is very clear and easy to hear.

                  The bass plucks are well-defined. Flute, sax both sound sharp as ever. Even the piano sounds more vivid than your typical Rudy van Gelder recording.

                  Yusef usually plays the middle, and it's like he's right in front of you. The musicians seem like they are lined up from left to right, stretching from speaker to speaker, and there doesn't appear to be much depth because, well, they are all so close up sounding.

                  This is as good as any Tone Poet issue, Overall, this is a phenomenal record.

                  Cartridge: AT150Sa



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