An ultra-rare Japanese pressing of the 1956 LP My Fair Lady by Shelly Manne & Friends
Offered for sale is an original Japanese stereo pressing of Modern Jazz Performances of Songs from My Fair Lady by Shelly Manne & Friends.
“Shelly Manne & Friends” was Shelly Manne on drums, Andre Previn on piano, and Leroy Vinnegar on bass. The awkardly-titled Modern Jazz Performances of Songs from My Fair Lady album, released in mono in 1956 on Contemporary Records (and a few years later in stereo) became a surprise best seller and for good reason – it’s a terrific record.
We’ve long been fans of this one, and have both mono and stereo copies in our own collection.
This trio set by Shelly Manne & His Friends (consisting of the drummer/leader, pianist André Previn, and bassist Leroy Vinnegar) was a surprise best-seller and is now considered a classic. Previn (who is really the main voice) leads the group through eight themes from the famous play, including “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and “On the Street Where You Live.” The result is a very appealing set that is easily recommended.
About this copy: This copy is an original Japanese stereo pressing on the London/Contemporary label. We’re not sure when it was released there, but the pressing probably dates from about 1960 or so. The cover is VG++ with bits of wear at the corners. The heavy, 182 gram disc is VG+ with a few sleeve scuffs and a couple of light marks. No obi, but one rarely sees albums from this era with the obi intact.
A nice copy of a terrific jazz LP.
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