Dating blue note records
The CD, released on Koch Records (KOC-CD-8678), is long out of print and relatively rare.
Before i Tunes, CDs, 8-tracks, LPs, or even seven-inch EPs, 78s were the main medium for recorded music, so-called because they were played at 78 rotations per minute (rpm).
However, the 45s are a completely different kettle of fish.
This is something I know about because I have several copies of my hero Joe Henderson’s “Mamacita” single in red vinyl.
It dates back to 1955, before Blue Note moved to 63rd and then to 61st.
My goofy colored LPs (which I consider bootlegs as stated above) include an Art Blakey album with green vinyl, 1507; a red vinyl of Jimmy Smith’s hit 4078.
What I did have, though, was the e-mail address of Larry Cohn, who had recently reached out to me and who I’m hoping to finally meet face to face whenever I leave paradise here in The Berkshires and make my way back to Manhattan. that he reach out to Larry, which he did, and Larry sent back a series of very detailed responses, which Jason has shared with me and, with Larry’s permission, I am sharing with you.Produced primarily by Victor, Columbia, Brunswick, and Capitol, 78s were first invented by Emile Berliner in the late 19th century.He was on a cross-country road-trip with friend and future Little Willies member Richard Julian, and stopped to see the band play.(Yes, I’ve discovered that back in the day whenever I showed them.) Best example, and I can’t remember which ones anymore, but it had a couple of LPs on which the wrong stampers were used to press them, so Side A was from one artist’s record and Side B from another artist’s entirely different record. Also, you should note that the P (what people called the ear) is never present on a 45, simply because P – Plastylite did not press the singles, not the 45s or the 78s, only the LPs, including most of the 10-inchers (but not the oldest 10-inchers which predate Plastylite’s contract).The 9M remains a mystery—it is meaningless in history since it doesn’t provide any information at all about identifying pressings (I think the 9M was from the Master or Re-Master, not the individual stamper)—for cataloging individual stampers I rely on the position and shape of the P as the fingerprint.