We recently picked up a copy of the incredibly rare Paul Gonsalves Quartet LP, Boom-Jackie-Boom-Chick for the first time in while.
1964 UK magenta Vocalion deep groove label 8-track vinyl LP in MONO, distributed through Vogue Records Limited. Carved into the dead wax is the matrix VMGT 2017 – 1B/VMGT2018 1B. Flipback front and back laminated, with clarifoil, picture sleeve.
This incredible rarity has come from a vast and impressive jazz LP collection, and it’s a genuine one-previous-owner ‘low mileage’ example, bought at the time of release and cared for ever since.
The Sleeve is graded as Excellent.
The colour picture sleeve has been well protected by its full lamination with just a 4cm area from the right edge of the bottom flipback having caught and come slightly unglued and creased, however there is no tearing and it is easily repairable. The colours have been preserved beautifully and the modern design is shown to its fullest with minimal age yellowing to the reverse. The original price of 7/4 [seven shillings & four] has been written in felt pen on the reverse and although faded by age, is still just visible! There is also a small unobtrusive pen mark at the bottom which does nothing to detract from the overal stunning condition.
The vinyl is graded as Excellent
Even a cursory glance confirms that this copy has been well-looked after. The vinyl retains a wonderful deep sheen and aside from a light hairline scuff which extends across the title track and the beginning of the second track, there is no real other sign of play other than the odd small light cosmetic surface mark. The labels are clean & show no real indication of play leaving them looking superb. Playtesting revealed a wonderful sound which leaves us wondering if we’ll ever see or hear a copy as good as this again. As time goes on it seems more unlikey.
All in all a fantastic copy of a wonderful album. It more than lives up to its legendary status.
The latin-tinged title track is dedicated to Gonsalves’ friend Jack Sharpe, jazz club owner, taxi driver and all-round legendary London character and ‘supervisor’ of this very album. Paul Gonsalves was, of course, one of the finest American jazz tenor saxophonists of all-time, arriving in London during the bad winter of 1962-63 to escape the legal wranglings of the American Federation of Musicians and the Musicians Union back home to record this gem of a set! Sinclair Traill formed a crafty stratagem in declaring that the recording took place in Switzerland to avoid any further troubles. What’s more, only 500 copies were pressed on the original Vocalion British label, making this one of the most expensive and toughest jazz LPs to ever come out of Britain. Its desirability is only set to increase due to its very scarcity and the fact that the title track was included on Volume Two of the Gilles Peterson compiled Impressed With series, the most recent and authorative compilation on great British jazz rarities, which succeeded, against all odds, in bringing such recordings to light for a new generation of jazz and rare groove fans. Teamed with the British jazz musicians Pat Smythe on piano, bassist Kenny Napper, and drummer Ronnie Stevenson, all firm admirers of Gonsalves incredible warmth and depth of playing, Boom-Jackie-Boom-Chick is a killer set of hard-bop numbers. The production quality is crystal clear, especially for an LP recorded in mono, and the music is both lively and accessible, sounding almost too good to be true!
A beautiful one of a kind item.
2. I Should Care
3. Village Blues
4. If I Should Lose You
5. Poor Butterfly
6. Blue P.G.
7. You Are Too Beautiful
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