I neglected to post this back in the summer, but Blue Note has an updated list of the upcoming Classic Vinyl series reissues. I already own Blowin' The Blues Away but, unfortunately, discovered that it is a digitally-sourced title and sounds a bit "off" compared to the others. But, I'll hang onto it as it's not as much of a favorite of mine that other titles of Silver's area. It's nice to see such a well-rounded list of releases this time out.
The Classic Vinyl series, just like the Tone Poet series, is remastered by Kevin Gray of Cohearant from the original analog master tapes. The Classic Vinyl releases are in standard non-gatefold LP jackets (whereas the Tone Poet series are primarily gatefolds, using the premium Stoughton tip-on jackets which are thick and feel substantial).
Due to the original date of the list, many of the titles have already been released.
JULY 31, 2023
Blue Note Records has announced the next run of titles in the Classic Vinyl Reissue Series, which will present 180g all-analog vinyl reissues of some of the most iconic masterpieces of the Blue Note catalog by jazz legends including Art Blakey, Donald Byrd, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, and more. Curated by Don Was and Cem Kurosman, Classic Vinyl reissues are mastered by Kevin Gray directly from the original analog master tapes and pressed at Optimal. Newly announced titles will begin September 15 with the release of Horace Silver Blowin’ The Blues Away and Jimmy Smith Midnight Special, both of which are available for pre-order now on the Blue Note Store.
Classic Vinyl Reissue Series – Release Schedule:
September 15, 2023
- Bud Powell – Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1 (1949-51)
- Clifford Brown – Memorial Album (1953)
- Lee Morgan – Search for the New Land (1964)
- Joe Henderson – Mode for Joe (1966)
- Miles Davis – Volume 2 [BLP 1502] (1952-54)
- Donald Byrd – A New Perspective (1963)
- Bobby Hutcherson – Happenings (1966)
- Herbie Hancock – Speak Like a Child (1968)