Ramsey Lewis Trio – Bossa Nova Japan LP with obi


An original Japanese pressing of Bossa Nova by the Ramsey Lewis Trio, including the original obi and a cheesecake cover that was unique to the Japanese pressing.

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Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Bossa Nova by the Ramsey Lewis Trio, including the original obi and a cover that was unique to the Japanese release.

About this copy: This copy of Bossa Nova is a 1966 pressing on the Globe label.  While the album was released in 1963, we believe that this 1966 pressing represents the original Japanese release of the album.

The cover is VG++, with slight edge wear and a small 1″ crack in the center of the spine.

The obi is VG+, with a few wrinkles and some foxing.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, has been removed.

This LP has no insert; we don’t know if it originally included one or not, as the information that would likely have been printed on an insert has been printed on the back cover.

The disc is M- with a couple of spindle marks on the labels but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

The disc appears to have been pressed with American stampers, as the U.S. catalog number ARGO-LP 705 is stamped in the dead wax.

A nice copy of a terrific LP that’s hard to find in this condition.

Background: Originally released in 1963, Bossa Nova is the fourteenth album by the Ramsey Lewis Trio, offering their take on the then-raging Bossa Nova fad.

Allmusic.com gave Bossa Nova a 4 star review:

Several months before the breakout success of Astrud Gilberto’s “The Girl from Ipanema” introduced much of the world to the bossa nova sound, the Ramsey Lewis Trio embraced the sunkissed Rio groove to create one of its most unusual and engaging LPs. Cut with a small corps of Brazilian musicians for added authenticity, the album is nevertheless first and foremost a showcase for the remarkable rhythm battery of bassist Eldee Young and drummer Redd Holt, who adapt to the bossa beat as naturally as if it emerged from their south side of Chicago, not the southern hemisphere.

You can listen to “Generique (Happiness)” here:

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Globe
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Stereo
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Weight 9 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in