Paul Desmond – First Place Again 1959 Japan red vinyl LP with obi


An original red vinyl Japanese pressing of the 1959 LP First Place Again by Paul Desmond.

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Offered for sale is an original red vinyl Japanese pressing of the 1959 LP First Place Again by Paul Desmond, complete with the ultra-rare original obi.

About this copy: This copy of First Place Again, is believed to be an original 1959 Japanese pressing, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl and including the nearly-always-missing obi.

The cover has a 1958 copyright date, but the album wasn’t released until 1959.

The cover is VG+, with a small tear in the lower right hand corner and a few lamination cracks.  The obi is VG++, with a tiny tear at the bottom edge.

The red vinyl disc is M- on side one and VG+ on side two, with a few scuffs.  This LP was issued without an insert.

A very rare copy of a terrific LP and one that’s almost impossible find complete.

Background:  Taking a break from the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Paul Desmond got together with guitarist Jim Hall and half of the Modern Jazz Quartet – bassist Percy Heath and drummer Connie Kay to put together this rather impromptu LP. gave First Place Again a 3 1/2 star review:

The title of this set by alto saxophonist Paul Desmond refers to his having placed first once again in the alto chair in the Downbeat poll. Released in 1959, First Place Again is the result of an unexpected gathering of the rhythm section of the Modern Jazz Quartet: Percy Heath and Connie Kay, and Jimmy Giuffre 3 guitarist Jim Hall. …Desmond, of course, being at that time the king of melodic improvisation on the alto — with the possible exception of Art Pepper’s ascendancy — is in fine form. His whimsical, breathy, dry tone is sharp, on the spot, and full of ideas as he quotes from a vast number of tunes. This is a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxed set…

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Warner Brothers
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1959
Format: Stereo
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Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 1 in
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