Offered for sale is an original red vinyl Japanese pressing of the 1968 LP Brazilian Detour by pianist Paul Smith, complete with original obi and a cover that was unique to the Japanese release.
About this copy: This copy of Brazilian Detour is an original 1968 Japanese pressing, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl and including the original obi.
The cheesecake cover features a bikini-clad woman on a beach; this differs from the U.S. cover (see photo) that featured abstract art.
Cover and obi are M-. The obi includes the “hojyuhyo”, or reorder tag. This LP was issued without an insert.
The red vinyl record looks unplayed.
This album, while 50+ years old, looks brand new.
A great copy of a terrific LP.
Background: Paul Smith is best known as a jazz pianist, though he tended to stray a bit artistically, playing whatever sort of music suited him at any given moment.
Paul Smith was a brilliant pianist with technique on the level of an Oscar Peterson, but a musician who never really dedicated himself to jazz. After playing early on with Johnny Richards in 1941 and spending a couple years in the military, he worked with Les Paul (1946-1947) and Tommy Dorsey (1947-1949) before moving to Los Angeles and becoming a studio musician. Smith recorded frequently both with his trios and as a soloist.
For 1968’s Brazilian Detour, Smith was decidedly in a Bossa Nova mood, and on this LP he deftly plays well-known Bossa Nova standards accompanied by an orchestra.
You can hear the title cut, Brazilian Detour, here: