Earl Bostic – Fantastic Bostic Japan red vinyl LP with obi and cheesecake cover


A red vinyl Japanese pressing of Fantastic Bostic by Earl Bostic, complete with obi.

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Offered for sale is an original red vinyl pressing of the Japanese-only LP Fantastic Bostic by sax player Earl Bostic, complete with original obi and cheesecake cover.

About this copy: This LP was released only in Japan, and as far as we know, it was only issued once, circa 1964.  This copy was pressed on red “Everclean” vinyl and includes the original obi and a pretty terrific cover.

The cover is VG++.  No wear, but the thin laminated cover does show an impression from the record that it’s had inside it for 50+ years.  The record is VG+, and has a few scuffs from the original paper inner sleeve (included). It clearly hasn’t had a lot of play, as there are only a couple of spindle marks on the label.  The original obi is included and is M-.  This LP was issued without an insert.

A nice copy of a rare LP.

Background: Earl Bostic doesn’t get the credit he deserves today, but the creator of hits such as “Harlem Nocturne”, “Flamingo”, “Temptation”, “Sleep”, “Special Delivery Stomp” and “Where or When” was a tremendous influence on a number of other players during his career, particularly John Coltrane.

He might have been overlooked largely because he recorded for King Records, which was better known for R&B and country than jazz.

You can listen to Bostic’s version of “Harlem Nocturne” here:

Tracks on Fantastic Bostic are:

  • Dark Eyes
  • Breeze and I
  • Don’t Blame Me
  • Softly As In a Morning Sunrise
  • More Than You Know
  • Indian Love Call
  • Sentimental Journey
  • My Reverie
  • Be My Love
  • Twilight Time
  • Minky Pinkie
  • Third Man Theme

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Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in