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Vinyl | LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
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Mosaic (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)
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Vinyl LP repressing. Originally released by Blue Note Records in 1961, MOSAIC features critically-acclaimed jazz greats like Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard and Curtis Fuller. This version of the Jazz Messengers performed together from 1961 through 1964. Includes special Blue Note 75 vinyl sleeve that features album cover art for 75 Blue Note titles.
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Every tune on this LP is solid and there is some great improvisation here. For me, Freddie Hubbard's track "Crisis" is the standout. The music doesn't quite reach the intensity of "Free For All," but you will still like this album is you enjoy that one.
My issues are with the product itself. I have purchased the Blue Note 75 vinyl versions of "Mosaic" and "Free For All" with mixed results. Granted, these are not audiophile 180 gram vinyls, but more care could have been put into the production. My copy of "Mosaic" arrived with what I call a "pseudo split seam" on the top of the cover. It seems that the cover was not fully bonded and there is an ugly, thin white space as a result. The paper inner sleeves are nice to look at, but they fill the record with paper debris. My carbon fiber brush could only get some of the debris off, so I eventually had to use a Spin-Clean record washer to get rid of the rest. My final gripe is with the sound. Both of the LPs I purchased, but especially "Mosaic," have audible ticks at certain points throughout the record. I keep my records spotless, so I am guessing the blame lies with the pressings. When you look at the records closely, you can see small pits/depressions in the grooves and even some scratches the first time the record is removed from the inner sleeve (probably due to the abrasive, shedding paper sleeve).
I applaud Blue Note's efforts to re-release some classic LPs and I like that they are trying to make them affordable, but some of the corners they appeared to cut really detract from the overall experience of the product. "Mosaic" and "Free For All" will get some spin on my platter, but I will be hesitant to purchase more of these reissues. Which is a shame, because there are several others I am really digging ("6 Pieces of Silver" anyone?).
Most recent customer reviews
A must have.... "Crisis" is a standout.