Offered for sale is a sealed original 1959 stereo pressing of At Music Inn, Volume 2, by the Modern Jazz Quartet, featuring Sonny Rollins.
After the success of 1958’s At Music Inn, featuring saxophonist Jimmy Giuffre, the MJQ returned to the venue to record a second volume, At Music Inn, Volume 2, this time featuring Sonny Rollins. The results were terrific, resulting in one of the MJQ’s most satisfying albums, as well as one of their best-sounding recordings.
Mobile Fidelity released At Music Inn, Volume 2 a few years back as a limited edition half speed mastered audiophile pressing. While a very good sounding record, the Mobile Fidelity pressing takes a back seat to a well-preserved first pressing, and that’s what we’re offering here.
We’re big fans of Alantic’s 1950s stereo pressings, which were issued on a green label that was used only from 1958-1960. Atlantic put a lot of effort into their early stereo recordings, taking care with the mastering and using quiet, high-quality vinyl that was rarely found on other companies’ records of the day. As stereo phonographs were relatively scarce at the time, Atlantic’s stereo records didn’t sell particularly well in the late 1950s, and the price didn’t help – the album offered for sale has a retail price of $5.39 marked on it, which was quite a lot of money some 57 years ago.
About this pressing: The copy of At Music Inn, Volume 2 offered for sale is an original stereo pressing that is still sealed and presumably unplayed. The first pressing stereo issues of this title had an oval logo that said “STEREO DISC” inside it; the post-1960s pressings on the newer blue and green label had a simpler logo that simply said “STEREO.”
The shrink wrap is the thick style used in the 1950s and early 1960s and the record appears to have been wrapped by the original retailer, Sam Goody, rather than Atlantic Records, as the price of the album is written in ballpoint pen in the lower right hand corner of the back cover under the wrap. A Sam Goody price tag is also attached to the wrap.
The shrink wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears or holes. This is a gorgeous copy that will be virtually impossible to upgrade.
We rarely see original green label Atlantic stereo albums by any artist, as the mono copies probably outsold the stereo pressings by a ratio of more than 50:1 and because the green label was in use for such a short period of time. Most of the stereo copies we’ve seen of At Music Inn, Volume 2 over the years were later pressings on the blue and green label.
An ultra-rare sealed original stereo pressing of a terrific record by one of our favorite jazz artists.
See photos for comparisons between first and second pressings of this LP.
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