Eric Kloss, Herbie Hancock, new arrivals

So some more goodies came:

Eric Kloss with Dan Patterson, Pat Martino, and Billy James on the drums from 1965. Awesome picture of him on the cover. He is 16 years old here, a junior in highschool at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind. Aside from being my Jazz professor at CMU and smoking a pipe at the age of 16, he's a mainstay in the history of Jazz in Pittsburgh. Here's "Embraceable You" from the second side:

Herbie Hancock's 1969 album "Fat Albert Rotunda". This is a 1974 re-issue, Warner Bros. Records - WS 1834. Originally a soundtrack for the TV Special, "Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert," and is amongst the first of Herbie Hancock's foray into funk and R&B.

This was 1969, almost 4 years before "Head hunters", which is pretty amazing, and this is pretty awesome music for a children's TV special.

I already have a U.S. EMI 1968 copy of this but the first 2 sides were scuffed enough to hear pops, especially during Dear Prudence, which is unacceptable. So I found a 1970 reprint of the U.K. Apple PCS 7067 copy, missing the photos but the vinyl sounds flawless.

Those were the ones that were on my wishlist, both the Kloss and Hancock are kind of hard to find in such good condition, the "White" is just expensive most of the time so finding such a good UK copy for so cheap was just fortunate. The rest of the shipment contained some fillers:

The Kenny Burrell album had some pretty bad scratches on a couple of tracks but that's what you get for $5. The Billie Holiday is a 1959 mono original, it was later released by Verve as "Last Recordings". Rubber Soul is a Capitol Records reissue, ok quality and it's nice to have eventhough it's not one of my favorite albums. Now, the Gerry Mulligan album is kind of a curiosity. The 1965 album is by Limelight records and has an interesting gatefold:

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The "If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em!" is sort of a thing against the pop and rock craze that was starting up in the 60's, and the somewhat humorous passage inside the gatefold tells it, so Mulligan makes an album covering the hit pop and rock songs at the time. Nothing really much to write home about, unless you find a baritone saxophone playing "Engine, Engine No. 9", "A Hard Day's Night", or "Mr. Tambourine Man" interesting (which it kind of is).

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