Offered for sale is an original red vinyl pressing of the Japan-only compilation LP The Best of Carmen McRae by Carmen McRae, including the rare hankake, or “half” obi.
This obi style was used only in late 1963 and early 1964.
About this copy: This copy of The Best of Carmen McRae is an original 1964 pressing on the Kapp label.
The cover is VG+, with a bit of discoloration and a few wrinkles.
The rare hankake obi is VG+, with slight discoloration, but no tears. The lyric insert is VG++ with slight fading.
The red vinyl disc is VG++ on side one with a few spindle marks and a couple of faint scuffs. Side two is VG+, with a few spindle marks and a couple of scuffs that were likely caused by the original paper inner sleeve.
The record is quite clean and has no significant scratches.
A beautiful copy of a very rare Jazz LP that is almost impossible to find complete.
Background: We can’t find much information on this copy of The Best of Carmen McRae.
The album is clearly a 1964 Japan-only issue, and it appears to have never been reissued after the original 1964 release.
This album came out during a very short period, from late 1963 through mid-1964, when Toshiba Records used a hankake obi, or “half obi” on the LPs that they pressed for contracting record companies.
This obi wasn’t complete and didn’t form a loop around the cover. Instead, it attached to the top of the cover only. This resulted in an obi that easily fell off of the album, and was just as easily lost.
Very few albums that were issued with this obi style survive today and we’ve only had 4-5 titles with this style for sale over the years.
Tracks on this album are:
- Three Little Words
- When I Fall in Love
- Isn’t It Romantic
- Comes Love
- I Only Have Eyes For You
- By Myself
- I Can See Your Face Before Me
- Falling in Love With Love
- Ain’t Misbehavin’
- Something I Dreamed Last Night
- Alone Together
- My Romance
- Angel Eyes
- I’ll Be Seeing You
You can listen to “I’ll Be Seeing You” here:
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|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1964|