Friday, 2 December 2016

The art is in the looking...

Original art work from the 1982 Columbia LP The Girls' Suite and Perfume Suite currently for sale on Ebay - starting price $849.00 (see here).

The listing says:

We’re proud to offer the original hand retouched color photograph used on the cover of the 1982 Duke Ellington album The Girls Suite And The Perfume Suite, released by Columbia Records as part of their Contemporary Masters Series.  
We obtained this superb original artwork from a former Columbia Records executive who worked on the album.  The original photograph is by Leigh Weiner, and it was hand colored by Ken Robbins.  The cover was designed by Columbia’s legendary art director John Berg and Peter Alfieri.  This one-of-a-kind artwork measures 11 x 14” and is in excellent condition and ready to frame and display.  Included is Recordmecca’s written lifetime guarantee of authenticity and a copy of the Bluesin Around LP.

I can only afford to reproduce the photographs...

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Pressing Matters...

10 1/2" Single Sided 78 rpm Nickel Plated Copper Record
( OKeh Matrix 401177-A )
1928 OKeh recording
CONDITION: See Description Below 
( Light surface marking and staining consistent with age; raised spindle hole to allow for correct centring on the turntable;
quiet surfaces and plays superbly! )
This incredibly rare copper metal mother (positive) is playable with a normal 78 stylus. 
This metal provides unrivalled sound quality and is the closest you can hope to get to the original 1928 Studio performance; sound sample provided below! 
Supplied with the original German Odeon storage envelope (split seam on one side)

Update: Winning bid - £323.00 (!)

Friday, 28 October 2016

Primping for the Prom...

From the on-line auction house...

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
We are offering an 8.5 x 14 green folded sheet that has been signed on the verso by Duke Ellington & four members of his orchestra. The sheet is a program for the 1960 – 1961 Homecoming Queen Candidates in which Duke and his orchestra played, as noted on the program. The program refers to KSC, I believe this to be Kentucky State College.  
The sheet has been folded into squares, probably in 1960, which is why it has been signed as it is.
This item comes with the vintage Duke Ellington publicity photo that is shown. This photo is date stamped on the back Jun 22 1969.