Blue Note Japan Releases: King Records Era (1977-1983)



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King Records Era (1977-1983)

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1977 "Immortal Masterpiece Selection" Series, Limited Edition, by King Records

This series was released to celebrate that King acquired the contract to distribute Blue Note materials in Japan. As much as 20 famous titles are selected and released in limited numbers only, prior to the 1978 "Blue Note Masterpiece Selection 150" series.

cover and OBI of GXF-3006 centre label of GXF-3006

GXF-3001
Somethin' Else
Cannonball Adderley
81595
GXF-3002
Moanin'
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
84003
GXF-3003 (M)
A Night At Birdland, Vol.1
Art Blakey Quintet
1521
GXF-3004
Cool Struttin'
Sonny Clark
81588
GXF-3005
Sonny Clark Trio
Sonny Clark
81579
GXF-3006 (M)
Clifford Brown Memorial Album
Clifford Brown
1526
GXF-3007 (M)
A Night At The Village Vanguard
Sonny Rollins
1581
GXF-3008
The Real McCoy
McCoy Tyner
84264
GXF-3009
Out To Lunch!
Eric Dolphy
84163
GXF-3010
Blue Train
John Coltrane
81577
GXF-3011 (M)
Miles Davis, Vol.1
Miles Davis
1501
GXF-3012 (M)
Miles Davis, Vol.2
Miles Davis
1502
GXF-3013
The Scene Changes - The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol.5
Bud Powell
84009
GXF-3014 (M)
Genius Of Modern Music, Vol.1
Thelonious Monk
1510
GXF-3015
The Sidewinder
Lee Morgan
84157
GXF-3016
Bass On Top
Paul Chambers
81569
GXF-3017
Song For My Father
Horace Silver
84185
GXF-3018
At The "Golden Circle" Stockholm, Vol.1
Ornette Coleman
84224
GXF-3019
Super Nova
Wayne Shorter
84332
GXF-3020
Maiden Voyage
Herbie Hancock
84195



1977-1980 "Blue Note Masterpiece Selection 150" Series, by King Records

This is a follow-up to the 1977 limited edition GXF series. This time, as much as 150 titles were chosen from 1500 series, 4000 series, and even BN-LA series. You may notice that all their titles represents which albums/artists were very popular and highly acclaimed in Japan at that time.

This series is not a limited edition.

cover and OBI of GXK-8133 centre label of GXK-8133

These GXK titles kept being pressed and released until 1983. Some of the last pressings (circa 1982-1983) have extra “yellow OBI”s attached. The yellow OBI mentions about "10:1 special bonus disc giveaway" of unreleased materials (I haven't confirmed any of these titles yet).

cover and OBI of GXK-8043
extra yellow OBI may indicate this copy is later pressing,
while the yellow OBI itself is very hard to find...

GXK-8001
Speak Like A Child
Herbie Hancock
84279
GXK-8002
Empirian Isles
Herbie Hancock
84175
GXK-8003
Night Dreamer
Wayne Shorter
84173
GXK-8004
The All Seeing Eye
Wayne Shorter
84219
GXK-8005
Hub Cap
Freddie Hubbard
84073
GXK-8006
Breaking Point
Freddie Hubbard
84172
GXK-8007
Spring
Tony Williams
84216
GXK-8008
Expansions
McCoy Tyner
84338
GXK-8009
Happenings
Bobby Hucherson
84231
GXK-8010
Inner Urge
Joe Henderson
84189
GXK-8011 (M)
Introducing Kenny Burrell
Kenny Burrell
1523
GXK-8012 (M)
Dial "S" For Sonny
Sonny Clark
1570
GXK-8013 (M)
'Round About Midnight At The Cafe Bohemia
Kenny Dorham
1524
GXK-8014
Page One
Joe Henderson
84140
GXK-8015 (M)
Introducing Johnny Griffin
Johnny Griffin
1533
GXK-8016 (M)
Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
1542
GXK-8017 (M)
Lee Morgan Indeed!
Lee Morgan
1538
GXK-8018 (M)
Whims Of Chambers
Paul Chambers
1534
GXK-8019
Puttin' Together
Elvin Jones
84282
GXK-8020
Fuchsia Swing Song
Sam Revers
84184
GXK-8021
Takin' Off
Herbie Hancock
84109
GXK-8022
Open Sesame
Freddie Hubbard
84040
GXK-8023
Brack Fire
Andrew Hill
84151
GXK-8024
Dialogue
Bobby Hutcherson
84198
GXK-8025 (M)
A New Sound, A New Star
Jimmy Smith
1512
GXK-8026
Life Time
Tony Williams
84180
GXK-8027 (M)
Horace Silver Trio
Horace Silver
1520
GXK-8028
New Soil
Jackie McLean
84013
GXK-8029 (M)
Quartet, Quintet, Sextet
Lou Donaldson
1537
GXK-8030
Off To The Races
Donald Byrd
84007
GXK-8031 (M)
Detroit - New York Junction
Thad Jones
1513
GXK-8032 (M)
The Eminent J. J. Johnson, Vol.1
J. J. Johnson
1505
GXK-8033 (M)
The Eminent J. J. Johnson, Vol.2
J. J. Johnson
1506
GXK-8034 (M)
Milt Jackson
Milt Jackson
1509
GXK-8035 (M)
Sonny Rollins, Vol.2
Sonny Rollins
1558
GXK-8036
Blowin' The Blues Away
Horace Silver
84017
GXK-8037
Fuego
Donald Byrd
84026
GXK-8038
Let Freedom Ring
Jackie McLean
84106
GXK-8039 (M)
Curtis Fuller, Vol.3
Curtis Fuller
1583
GXK-8040 (M)
Horace Silver & The Jazz Messengers
Horace Silver
1518
GXK-8041
A Night In Tunisia
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
84049
GXK-8042
Somethin' Else
Cannonball Adderley
81595
GXK-8043
Cool Struttin'
Sonny Clark
81588
GXK-8044
Moanin'
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
84003
GXK-8045
The Sidewinder
Lee Morgan
84157
GXK-8046
Out To Lunch!
Eric Dolphy
84163
GXK-8047
Song For My Father
Horace Silver
84185
GXK-8048
Super Nova
Wayne Shorter
84332
GXK-8049
The Real McCoy
McCoy Tyner
84264
GXK-8050
Maiden Voyage
Herbie Hancock
84195
GXK-8051
Sonny Clark Trio
Sonny Clark
81579
GXK-8052
Our Man In Paris
Dexter Gordon
84146
GXK-8053
Bass On Top
Paul Chambers
81569
GXK-8054 (M)
Clifford Brown Memorial Album
Clifford Brown
1526
GXK-8055
Blue Train
John Coltrane
81577
GXK-8056 (M)
Miles Davis, Vol.1
Miles Davis
1501
GXK-8057 (M)
Miles Davis, Vol.2
Miles Davis
1502
GXK-8058 (M)
Genius Of Modern Music, Vol.1
Thelonious Monk
1510
GXK-8059 (M)
Genius Of Modern Music, Vol.2
Thelonious Monk
1511
GXK-8060 (M)
The Fabulous Fats Navarro, Vol.1
Fats Navarro
1531
GXK-8061 (M)
The Fabulous Fats Navarro, Vol.2
Fats Navarro
1532
GXK-8062 (M)
6 Pieces Of Silver
Horace Silver
1539
GXK-8063
The Stylings Of Silver
Horace Silver
81562
GXK-8064
Further Explorations
Horace Silver
81589
GXK-8065
Finger Poppin'
Horace Silver
84008
GXK-8066
Horace scope
Horace Silver
84042
GXK-8067
Doin' The Thing
Horace Silver
84076
GXK-8068
Tender Moments
McCoy Tyner
84275
GXK-8069
Time For Tyner
McCoy Tyner
84307
GXK-8070
Extensions
McCoy Tyner
BN-LA 006-F
GXK-8071 (M)
The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol.1
Bud Powell
1503
GXK-8072 (M)
The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol.2
Bud Powell
1504
GXK-8073
Bud! - The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol.3
Bud Powell
81571
GXK-8074
Time Waits - The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol.4
Bud Powell
81598
GXK-8075
The Scene Changes - The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol.5
Bud Powell
84009
GXK-8076
Juju
Wayne Shorter
84182
GXK-8077
Speak No Evil
Wayne Shorter
84194
GXK-8078
Adam's Apple
Wayne Shorter
84232
GXK-8079
Skizzofrenia
Wayne Shorter
84297
GXK-8080
Oddysey Of Iska
Wayne Shorter
84363
GXK-8081
Swing, Swang, Swingin'
Jackie McLean
84024
GXK-8082
Jackie's Bag
Jackie McLean
84051
GXK-8083
One Step Beyond
Jackie McLean
84137
GXK-8084
Destination... Out!
Jackie McLean
84165
GXK-8085
It's Time
Jackie McLean
84179
GXK-8086
Right Now!
Jackie McLean
84215
GXK-8087
Action
Jackie McLean
84218
GXK-8088
New And Old Gospel
Jackie McLean & Ornette Coleman
84262
GXK-8089
Newk's Time
Sonny Rollins
84001
GXK-8090
Gettin' Around
Dexter Gordon
84204
GXK-8091 (M)
A Blowing Session
Johnny Griffin
1559
GXK-8092 (M)
The Congrigation
Johnny Griffin
1580
GXK-8093 (M)
J.R. Monterose
J.R. Monterose
1536
GXK-8094 (M)
Wailin' With Lou
Lou Donaldson
1545
GXK-8095
Peckin' Time
Hank Mobley
81574
GXK-8096
Soul Station
Hank Mobley
84031
GXK-8097
Roll Call
Hank Mobley
84058
GXK-8098
Workout
Hank Mobley
84080
GXK-8099 (M)
A Night At Birdland, Vol.1
Art Blakey Quintet
1521
GXK-8100 (M)
A Night At Birdland, Vol.2
Art Blakey Quintet
1522
GXK-8101 (M)
A Night At The Village Vanguard
Sonny Rollins
1581
GXK-8102 (M)
The Jazz Messengers At Cafe Bohemia, Vol.1
The Jazz Messengers
1507
GXK-8103 (M)
The Jazz Messengers At Cafe Bohemia, Vol.2
The Jazz Messengers
1508
GXK-8104
At The Half Note Cafe, Vol.1
Donald Byrd
84060
GXK-8105
At The Half Note Cafe, Vol.2
Donald Byrd
84061
GXK-8106
At The Five Spot Cafe
Kenny Burrell
84021
GXK-8107
At The "Golden Circle" Stockholm, Vol.1
Ornette Coleman
84224
GXK-8108
At The "Golden Circle" Stockholm, Vol.2
Ornette Coleman
84225
GXK-8109 (M)
The Magnificent Thad Jones
Thad Jones
1527
GXK-8110 (M)
The Magnificent Thad Jones, Vol.3
Thad Jones
1546
GXK-8111
Here Comes Louis Smith
Louis Smith
1584
GXK-8112 (M)
Blowing In From Chicago
Cliff Jordan & John Gilmore
1549
GXK-8113 (M)
Cliff Craft
Cliff Jordan
1582
GXK-8114
Green Street
Grant Green
84071
GXK-8115 (M)
Kenny Burrell, Vol.2
Kenny Burrell
1543
GXK-8116
Midnight Blue
Kenny Burrell
84123
GXK-8117
Feelin' The Spirit
Grant Green
84132
GXK-8118 (M)
Sonny's Crib
Sonny Clark
1576
GXK-8119
Flight To Jordan
Duke Jordan
84046
GXK-8120
Undercurrent
Kenny Drew
84059
GXK-8121 (M)
Herbie Nichols Trio
Herbie Nichols
1519
GXK-8122
Good Deal
Three Sounds
84020
GXK-8123
Movin' And Groovin'
Horace Harlan
84028
GXK-8124
Byrd In Hand
Donald Byrd
84019
GXK-8125
Byrd In Flight
Donald Byrd
84048
GXK-8126
Goin' Up
Freddie Hubbard
84056
GXK-8127
Royal Flush
Donald Byrd
84101
GXK-8128
Una Mas
Kenny Dorham
84127
GXK-8129
Basra
Pete LaRoca
84205
GXK-8130
Mosaic
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
84090
GXK-8131 (M)
Candy
Lee Morgan
1590
GXK-8132
The Cooker
Lee Morgan
81578
GXK-8133
Lee Way
Lee Morgan
84034
GXK-8134 (M)
Lee Morgan, Vol.2
Lee Morgan
1541
GXK-8135 (M)
Lee Morgan, Vol.3
Lee Morgan
1557
GXK-8136
My Point Of View
Herbie Hancock
84126
GXK-8137
Inventions & Dimensions
Herbie Hancock
84147
GXK-8138
The Prisoner
Herbie Hancock
84321
GXK-8139
Point Of Departure
Andrew Hill
84167
GXK-8140
Total Eclipse
Bobby Hutcherson
84291
GXK-8141
Fancy Free
Donald Byrd
84319
GXK-8142 (M)
The Champ
Jimmy Smith
1514
GXK-8143 (M)
Paul Chambers Quintet
Paul Chambers
1564
GXK-8144
The Music From The Connection
Freddie Redd
84027
GXK-8145
Crazy Baby!
Jimmy Smith
84030
GXK-8146
Tender Feelin'
Duke Pearson
84035
GXK-8147
Unit Structures
Cecil Taylor
84237
GXK-8148
Conquistador
Cecil Taylor
84260
GXK-8149
The Empty Foxhole
Ornette Coleman
84246
GXK-8150
Symphony For Improvisers
Don Cherry
84247



1978 "Unissued Masters" Series, Limited Edition, by King Records

This series is interesting: instead of simply reissuing "Unreleased Material Series" (mostly in 2LP format) seen in BN-LA series, King re-compiled the materials and fitted with nice jacket covers.

cover and OBI of GXF-3027 centre label of GXF-3027

GXF-3021
Live At The Renaissance Club
Art Blakey
473J2
GXF-3022
Hipnosis
Jackie McLean Quintet
483H2
GXF-3023
All-Star Sextet
Lee Morgan
582J2
GXF-3024
Lee Morgan Sextet
Lee Morgan
582J2
GXF-3025
Jubilee Shouts
Stanley Turrentine
883J2
GXF-3026
Circulus, Vol.1
Chick Corea
882J2
GXF-3027
Circulus, Vol.2
Chick Corea
882J2



1979-1980 "World First Appearance" Series, Limited Edition, by King Records

Most materials in this series were still unissued at that time. So these are the original worldwide 1st release.

In the early 1980s, they were re-issued with different release numbers.

cover and OBI of GXF-3053
centre label of GXF-3051 centre label of GXF-3053
(promotional issue)

this Japanese letters indicate it's pressed for promotional purpose
("Mihon Hin" - literal translation would be "factory sample")

GXF-3051
Blues In The Night
Sonny Clark
2nd issue: GXK-8156
GXF-3052
K. B. Blues
Kenny Burrell
2nd issue: GXK-8154
GXF-3053
Matador
Grant Green
2nd issue: GXK-8159
GXF-3054
The Soothsayer
Wayne Shorter
2nd issue: GXK-8152
GXF-3055
Clubhouse
Dexter Gordon
LT-989
GXF-3056
My Conception
Sonny Clark
2nd issue: GXK-8158
GXF-3057
Freedom
Kenny Burrell
2nd issue: GXK-8170
GXF-3058
Gooden's Corner
Grant Green
2nd issue: GXK-8168
GXF-3059
The Collector
Wayne Shorter
2nd issue: GXK-8153
GXF-3060
Pisces
Art Blakey
2nd issue: GXK-8151
GXF-3061
Oblique
Bobby Hutcherson

GXF-3062
Tippin' The Scales
Jackie McLean
2nd issue: GXK-8160
GXF-3063
Minor Revelation
Bennie Green
2nd issue: GXK-8165
GXF-3064
Two Bones
Curtis Fuller
2nd issue: GXK-8166
GXF-3065
Oleo
Grant Green
2nd issue: GXK-8169
GXF-3066
Poppin'
Hank Mobley
2nd issue: GXK-8163
GXF-3067
Street Singer
Jackie McLean & Tina Brooks
2nd issue: GXK-8161
GXF-3068
Sweet Slumber
Lou Donaldson
2nd issue: GXK-8164
GXF-3069
The Art Of The Trio
Sonny Clark
2nd issue: GXK-8157
LNJ-70079
BNJ-61017
GXF-3070
Swingin'
Kenny Burrell
2nd issue: GXK-8155
GXF-3071
Remembering
Grant Green
2nd issue: GXK-8167
GXF-3072
Minor Move
Tina Brooks
2nd issue: GXK-8162
GXF-3073
Inner Glow
Bobby Hutcherson




1979 "Jazz Piano Trio Masterpiece Collection" Series by King Records

This series contains not only Blue Note, but other labels like Pacific Jazz.

I haven't confirmed all titles yet. I've been investigating other titles which still missing here.

GXF-3151 (M)
Wynton Kelly Trio / Kenny Drew Trio
Wynton Kelly / Kenny Drew
5025
5023
GXF-3152
Introducing The Three Sounds
The Three Sounds
81600
GXF-3153
Moods
The Three Sounds
84044
GXF-3154
Us Three
Horace Perlan
84037
GXF-3155
Alexander The Great
Monty Alexander
-
GXF-3156
Spunky
Monty Alexander
-
GXF-3157 (M)
Rus Freeman Trio / Richard Twardzik Trio
Rus Freeman / Richard Twardzik
Pacific Jazz PJ-1212
GXF-3158
First Time Out
Clare Fischer
Pacific Jazz ST-52



















1979 "Jazz Guitar Album" Series by King Records

This series contains not only Blue Note, but other labels like Pacific Jazz.

I haven't confirmed all titles yet. I've been investigating other titles which still missing here.

GXF-3171 (M)
Tal Farlow Quartet / Sal Salvador Quintet
Tal Farlow / Sal Salvador
5042
5035
GXF-3172
Blue Lights, Vol.1
Kenny Burrell
1596
GXF-3173
Sunday Mornin'
Grant Green
84099
GXF-3174
The Montgomery Brothers
The Montgomery Brothers
Pacific Jazz
GXF-3175
Catch Me
Joe Pass
Pacific Jazz PJ-73
GXF-3176 (M)
Quintet Of The Hot Club Of France
Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelly

GXF-3177
Blue Lights, Vol.2
Kenny Burrell
1597
GXF-3178
Idle Moments
Grant Green
84154
GXF-3179
The Stones Jazz
Joe Pass
World Pacific 1854
GXF-3180
Saltations F.S.
Al Viola
PBR International PBR-7



1980 "Jazz Vocal Favorite Collection", by King Records

At least six titles were released in the series, chosen from Blue Note, Vanguard, Pacific Jazz, Solid State and Muse labels.


GXH-3503
Portrait Of Sheila
Sheila Jordan
89002
GXH-3504
If This Ain't The Blues
Jimmy Rushing
Vanguard VRS-8513
GXH-3505
Hoagy Sings Carmichael
Hoagy Carmichael
Pacific Jazz PJ-1223
GXH-3506
Something Old, New And Blue
Joe Williams
Solid State SS-18015
GXH-3507
The Live-Liest
Eddie Jefferson
Muse MR-5127
GXH-3508
Everything Must Change
Morgana King
Muse MR-5190



1980-1981 "Unissued Masters Series Part 1", by King Records

Re-compiled and renumbered issue of 1979 "World First Appearance" series.


GXK-8151
Pisces
Art Blakey
GXF-3060
GXK-8152
The Soothsayer
Wayne Shorter
GXF-3054
GXK-8153
The Collector
Wayne Shorter
GXF-3059
GXK-8154
K. B. Blues
Kenny Burrell
GXF-3052
GXK-8155
Swingin'
Kenny Burrell
GXF-3070
GXK-8156
Blues In The Night
Sonny Clark
GXF-3051
GXK-8157
The Art Of The Trio
Sonny Clark
GXF-3069
GXK-8158
My Conception
Sonny Clark
GXF-3056
GXK-8159
Matador
Grant Green
GXF-3053
GXK-8160
Tippin' The Scales
Jackie McLean
GXF-3062
GXK-8161
Street Singer
Jackie McLean & Tina Brooks
GXF-3067
GXK-8162
Minor Move
Tina Brooks
GXF-3072
GXK-8163
Poppin'
Hank Mobley
GXF-3066
GXK-8164
Sweet Slumber
Lou Donaldson
GXF-3068
GXK-8165
Minor Revelation
Bennie Green
GXF-3063
GXK-8166
Two Bones
Curtis Fuller
GXF-3064
GXK-8167
Remembering
Grant Green
GXF-3072
GXK-8168
Gooden's Corner
Grant Green
GXF-3058
GXK-8169
Oleo
Grant Green
GXF-3065
GXK-8170
Freedom
Kenny Burrell
GXF-3057



1980-1981 "Unissued Masters Series, Part 2", by King Records

This part 2 includes unreleased materials which were already issued in the LT series. However, instead of reusing jacket designs seen on LT series, King records fitted newly-designed cover artworks.

cover and OBI of GXK-8190 centre label of GXK-8190

GXK-8171
Sonic Boom
Lee Morgan
LT-987
GXK-8172
Consequence
Jackie McLean
LT-994
GXK-8173
Midnight Sun
Lou Donaldson
LT-1028
GXK-8174
Take Aim
Harold Land
LT-1057
GXK-8175
Landslide
Dexter Gordon
LT-1051
GXK-8176
Mr. Natural
Stanley Turrentine
LT-1075
GXK-8177
A Slice Of The Top
Hank Mobley
LT-995
GXK-8178
Spiral
Bobby Hutcherson
LT-996
GXK-8179
Confirmation
Jimmy Smith
LT-992
GXK-8180
Nigeria
Grant Green
LT-1032
GXK-8181
Tom Cat
Lee Morgan
LT-1058
GXK-8182
Step Lightly
Blue Mitchell
84142 (unissued)
LT-1082
GXK-8183
Chant
Donald Byrd
LT-991
GXK-8184
Dance With Death
Andrew Hill
LT-1030
GXK-8185
Patterns
Bobby Hutcherson
LT-1044
GXK-8186
Cool Blues
Jimmy Smith
LT-1054
GXK-8187
Solid
Grant Green
LT-990
GXK-8188
Thinking Of home
Hank Mobley
LT-1045
GXK-8189
New Time Shuffle
Stanley Turrentine
LT-993
GXK-8190
WIth A Song In My Heart
Ike Quebec
LT-1052



1981 "Blue Note Collectors' Item" Series, by King Records

A followup to 1978 "Masterpiece Selection 150" series. This series has 30 titles in all (thanks Larry Cohn-san for letting me know)..

(below photos were provided by Colston “Rife” Thompson-san - thanks!)
cover and OBI of GXK-8214 centre label of GXK-8214

GXK-8201
Dippin'
Hank Mobley
84209
GXK-8202
True Blue
Tina Brooks
84041
GXK-8203
Ready For Freddie
Freddie Hubbard
84085
GXK-8204
Little Johnny C
Johnny Coles
84144
GXK-8205
Unity
Larry Young
84221
GXK-8206
Bossa Nova Bacchanal
Charlie Rouse
84119
GXK-8207 (M)
City Lights
Lee Morgan
1575
GXK-8208 (M)
Lou Takes Off
Lou Donaldson
1591
GXK-8209
The Latin Bit
Grant Green
84111
GXK-8210
The Sermon
Jimmy Smith
84011
GXK-8211
Demon's Dance
Jackie McLean
84345
GXK-8212
Profile
Duke Pearson
84022
GXK-8213 (M)
Jutta Hipp With Zoot Sims
Jutta Hipp with Zoot Sims
1530
GXK-8214 (M)
John Jenkins With Kenny Burrell
John Jenkins
1573
GXK-8215
The Tokyo Blues
Horace Silver
84110
GXK-8216
Leapin' And Lopin'
Sonny Clark
84091
GXK-8217
Walkin' And Talkin'
Bennie Green
84010
GXK-8218
Alligator Boogaloo
Lou Donaldson
84263
GXK-8219
Bluesnik
Jackie McLean
84067
GXK-8220
Jimmy Smith Plays Fats Waller
Jimmy Smith
84100
GXK-8221
Grant's First Stand
Grant Green
84064
GXK-8222
One Flight Up
Dexter Gordon
84176
GXK-8223 (M)
Smithville
Louis Smith
1594
GXK-8224
Down With It
Blue Mitchell
84214
GXK-8225 (M)
Hank Mobley
Hank Mobley
1568
GXK-8226
Blue Hour
Stanley Turrentine With The Three Sounds
84057
GXK-8227
House Party
Jimmy Smith
84002
GXK-8228
It Might As Well Be Spring
Ike Quebec
84105
GXK-8229
LD+3
Lou Donaldson
84012
GXK-8230
I Want To Hold Your Hand
Grant Green
84202



1982 “Blue Note Special” Limited Edition, by King Records

This series are chronological compilations of Blue Note materials. Totally five LPs were released under this series.

cover and OBI of K18P-9124 centre label of K18P-9124

K18P-9124
Round About Midnight - Blue Note Special 1947-1956
Various Artists
-
K18P-9125
Yesterdays - Blue Note Special 1956-1957
Various Artists
-
K18P-9126
Autumn Leaves - Blue Note Special 1957-1958
Various Artists
-
K18P-9127
A Night In Tunisia - Blue Note Special 1958-1962
Various Artists
-
K18P-9128
Blue Bossa - Blue Note Special 1963-1965
Various Artists
-



Jan. 10, 1983 "Blue Note Masterpiece Vol.1" Limited Edition, by King Records

This is the Volume 1 (15 titles) of the Masterpiece Series. Some people says this series provides better sound quality (at least among any Japan pressings).

cover and OBI of K18P-9211 centre label of K18P-9211

K18P-9201
At The Jazz Corner Of The World, Vol.1
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
84015
K18P-9202
At The Jazz Corner Of The World, Vol.2
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
84016
K18P-9203
A Fickle Sonance
Jackie McLean
84089
K18P-9204
Blues Walk
Lou Donaldson
1593
K18P-9205
Sweet Honey Bee
Duke Pearson
84252
K18P-9206
Up And Down
Horace Parlan
84082
K18P-9207
Shades Of Redd
Freddie Redd
4045
K18P-9208
A.T.'s Delight
Art Taylor
4047
K18P-9209
The Opener
Curtis Fuller
1567
K18P-9210
Soul Stirrin'
Bennie Green
1599
K18P-9211
Hank Mobley With Donald Byrd And Lee Morgan
Hank Mobley
1540
K18P-9212
Talkin' About!
Grant Green
84183
K18P-9213
Midnight Special
Jimmy Smith
84078
K18P-9214
Coalition
Elvin Jones
84361
K18P-9215
Moto Grosso Feio
Wayne Shorter
BN-LA 014-G




DY-5801-01
(BONUS)
Am I Blue
Grant Green
84139
DY-5801-02
(BONUS)
Let Me Tell You 'Bout It
Leo Parker
84087



Feb. 5, 1983 "Pacific - UA Jazz Masterpiece Vol.1" Limited Edition, by King Records

This is the Volume 1 (10 titles) of the Pacific - UA Jazz Masterpiece Series.

Although this series doesn't contain Blue Note titles, they are still collectable.


K18P-9216
The Bud Shank Quartet Featuring Claude Williamson
Bud Shank
Pacific Jazz PJ-1230
K18P-9217
Beauties Of 1918
The Charlie Mariano - Jerry Dodgion Sextet
World Pacific WP-1245
K18P-9218
On Stage
The Bill Perkins Octet
Pacific Jazz PJ-1221
K18P-9219
The Chico Hamilton Trio
The Chico Hamilton Trio
Pacific Jazz PJ-1220
K18P-9220
Ellington Suite
The Chico Hamilton Quintet
World Pacific WP-1258
K18P-9221
Traditionalism Revisited
The Bob Brookmeyer Quintet
World Pacific PJ-1233
K18P-9222
Pretty Lady
Les McCann
Pacific Jazz PJ-25
K18P-9223
Pianists Galore!
Various Artists
World Pacific JWC-506
K18P-9224
Zoot Sims In Paris
Zoot Sims
United Artists UAJ-14013
K18P-9225
Town Hall Concert
Charlie Mingus
United Artists SS-18024




DY-5801-01
(BONUS)
Am I Blue
Grant Green
84139
DY-5801-02
(BONUS)
Let Me Tell You 'Bout It
Leo Parker
84087



Mar. 5, 1983 "Blue Note Masterpiece Vol.2" Limited Edition, by King Records

This is the Volume 2 (15 titles) of the Masterpiece Series.

cover and OBI of K18P-9231 centre label of K18P-9231

K18P-9226
Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World, Vol.1
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
84054
K18P-9227
Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World, Vol.2
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
84055
K18P-9228
Jutta Hipp At The Hickory House, Vol.1
Jutta Hipp
1515
K18P-9229
Jutta Hipp At The Hickory House, Vol.2
Jutta Hipp
1516
K18P-9230
Davis Cup
Walter Davis Jr.
84018
K18P-9231
The Cape Verdean Blues
The Horace Silver Quintet
84220
K18P-9232
Hub Tones
Freddie Hubbard
84115
K18P-9233
Trompeta Toccata
Kenny Dorham
84181
K18P-9234
The Gigolo
Lee Morgan
84212
K18P-9235
Into Somethin'
Larry Young
84187
K18P-9236
Sunny Side Up
Lou Donaldson
84036
K18P-9237
Blue And Sentimental
Ike Quebec
84098
K18P-9238
The Turnaround
Hank Mobley
84186
K18P-9239
Up At Minton's, Vol.1
Stanley Turrentine
84069
K18P-9240
Up At Minton's, Vol.2
Stanley Turrentine
84070




DY-5801-01
(BONUS)
Am I Blue
Grant Green
84139
DY-5801-02
(BONUS)
Let Me Tell You 'Bout It
Leo Parker
84087



Apr. 5, 1983 "Blue Note Masterpiece Vol.3" Limited Edition, by King Records

This is the Volume 3 (10 titles) of the Masterpiece Series.

cover and OBI of K18P-9247 centre label of K18P-9247

K18P-9241
Capuchin Swing
Jackie McLean
84038
K18P-9242
Swing And Soul
Lou Donaldson
1566
K18P-9243
Out Of The Blue
Sonny Redd
84032
K18P-9244
The Cat Walk
Donald Byrd
84075
K18P-9245
Blues In Trinity
Dizzy Reece
4006
K18P-9246
Search For A New Land
Lee Morgan
84169
K18P-9247
Doin' Alright
Dexter Gordon
84077
K18P-9248
Look Out!
Stanley Turrentine
4039
K18P-9249
Bone & Bari
Curtis Fuller
1572? 81572?
K18P-9250
Judgment!
Andrew Hill
84159




DY-5801-01
(BONUS)
Am I Blue
Grant Green
84139
DY-5801-02
(BONUS)
Let Me Tell You 'Bout It
Leo Parker
84087



Apr. 21, 1983 "Last Masterpiece For Jazz Collectors" Limited Edition, by King Records

This series doesn't contain Blue Note titles, but still collectable.


K18P-9251
Collections
Joe Morello
Intro ILP-608
K18P-9252
Talkin' And Walkin'
Kenny Drew
Jazz West JWLP-4
K18P-9253
Jazz U.S.A.
Sonny Criss
Imperial LP-9006
K18P-9254
Go Man!
Sonny Criss
Imperial LP-9020
K18P-9255
Sonny Criss Plays Cole Porter
Sonny Criss
Imperial LP-9024
K18P-9256
The Complete Aladdin Sessions, Vol.1
Lester Young
Aladdin
K18P-9257
The Complete Aladdin Sessions, Vol.2
Lester Young
Aladdin
K18P-9258
Jazz West Coast
Various Artists
Pacific Jazz
K18P-9259
Cool Baker, Vol.1
Chet Baker
Pacific Jazz
K18P-9260
Cool Baker, Vol.2
Chet Baker
Pacific Jazz




DY-5801-01
(BONUS)
Am I Blue
Grant Green
84139
DY-5801-02
(BONUS)
Let Me Tell You 'Bout It
Leo Parker
84087



May 21, 1983 "Blue Note Masterpiece Special Replica 15" Series, Limited Edition, by King Records

Although "Blue Note Masterpiece" is printed on the flipside of an included small paper insert, This real series name was "Special Replica 15" Series. In fact, there were other titles which was indicated as "Blue Note Masterpiece" (such as K18P series and K23P series).

This series is really collectable. Covers and labels were carefully reproduced like original U.S. issues; platters were made of heavy-weight thick vinyl; no Japanese imprints except on a small paper insert. Some collectors say this series sounds really the best, at least among any re-issues.

cover and OBI of BST-81595 an extra gold “stereo” peel-off sticker,
that came with BST-81595

another extra peel-off stickers,
that not all “Masterpiece Replica" issues don't have.
This copy shows that the original owner peeled-off and used the stickers of
"Blue Train" and "A Night at the Village Vanguard" :)

BST-84195
Maiden Voyage
Herbie Hancock
BST-81595
Somethin' Else
Cannonball Adderley
BST-81588
Cool Struttin'
Sonny Clark
BST-81577
Blue Train
John Coltrane
BST-84009
The Scene Changes - The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol.5
Bud Powell
BLP-1581
A Night At The Village Vanguard
Sonny Rollins
BST-84003
Moanin'
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
BST-81579
Sonny Clark Trio
Sonny Clark
BST-81569
Bass On Top
Paul Chambers
BST-84163
Out To Lunch!
Eric Dolphy
BST-84017
Blowin' The Blues Away
Horace Silver
BLP-1590
Candy
Lee Morgan
BST-84123
Midnight Blue
Kenny Burrell
BST-84146
Our Man In Paris
Dexter Gordon
BLP-1526
Clifford Brown Memorial Album
Clifford Brown



DY-5805-01
(BONUS)
At The Cafe Bohemia, Vol.3
The Jazz Messengers



Jun. 5, 1983 "Pacific - UA Jazz Masterpiece Vol.2" Limited Edition, by King Records

This is the Volume 2 (10 titles) of the Pacific - UA Jazz Masterpiece Series.

Although this series doesn't contain Blue Note titles, they are still collectable.


K18P-9261
Bud Shank Quintet
Bud Shank
Pacific Jazz PJ-1205
K18P-9262
Pretty / Groovy
Chet Baker
World Pacific WP-1249
K18P-9263
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers / The Elmo Hope Quintet, featuring Harold Land
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers / The Elmo Hope Quintet
Pacific Jazz PJ-15
K18P-9264
My Mother's Eyes
Sonny Stitt
Pacific Jazz PJ-71
K18P-9265
People
Roy Haynes
Pacific Jazz
K18P-9266
The Swingers!
Dave Lambert - Jon Hendricks - Annie Ross
World Pacific WP-1264
K18P-9267
Holiday In Brazil
Bud Shank - Laurindo Almeida
World Pacific WP-1259
K18P-9268
Tiger Rag And All That Jazz
Eddie Condon
World Pacific WP-1292
K18P-9269
Petite Freur
Edmond Hall
United Artists 4028
K18P-9270
St. Thomas
Herbie Mann
United Artists




DY-5801-01
(BONUS)
Am I Blue
Grant Green
84139
DY-5801-02
(BONUS)
Let Me Tell You 'Bout It
Leo Parker
84087



Jun. 21, 1983 "Blue Note Jazz Classics Masterpiece" Limited Edition, by King Records

Unlike other “Blue Note Masterpiece” series by King, this series focuses on historical pre-Modern recordings on Blue Note label. All titles were compilations. Absolutely great limited edition releases.



K23P-9281
Jazz Piano Classics On Blue Note
Various Artists

K23P-9282
Memorable Sessions On Blue Note
Edmond Hall & Charie Christian

K23P-9283
Basin Street Blues
Sidney Bechet

K23P-9284
St. Louis Blues
Sidney Bechet

K23P-9285
Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gibes To Me
Sidney Bechet

K23P-9286
Swing Sessions On Blue Note
Various Artists

K23P-9287
Jammin' In Jazz On Blue Note
Various Artists

K23P-9288
Back Room Sessions On Blue Note
Art Hodes / Baby Dodds

K23P-9289
Climax Rag
George Lewis

K23P-9290
Memorable Concert
George Lewis

K23P-9291
New Orleans Stompers '55
George Lewis

K23P-9292
Main Stream Jazz On Blue Note
Ike Quebec





DY-5806-02
(BONUS)
Port Of Harlem Jazz Man
Various Artists




Jun. 25, 1983 "Blue Note Masterpiece Vol.4" Limited Edition, by King Records

This is the Volume 4 (and the last volume, 10 titles) of the Masterpiece Series. This last volume features unreleased materials, and packaged with nice covers which show consistency with original jackets.


cover and OBI of K18P-9278 centre label of K18P-9278

K18P-9271
Elmo Hope Trio / Elmo Hope Quintet
Elmo Hope
5029
5044
K18P-9272
Herbie Nichols Trio
Herbie Nichols
5068
5069
K18P-9273
Julius Watkins Sextet
Julius Watkins
5053
5064
K18P-9274
Howard McGhee All Stars / Howard McGhee Sextet
Howard McGhee
5012
5024
K18P-9275
Gil Mellé Quintet / Gil Mellé Sextet
Gil Mellé
5020
5033
K18P-9276
George Wallington And His Band / Hank Mobley Quartet
George Wallington / Hank Mobley
5045
5066
K18P-9277
A Night At The Village Vanguard, Vol.2
Sonny Rollins
BN-LA 475-H2
K18P-9278
A Night At The Village Vanguard, Vol.3
Sonny Rollins
BN-LA 475-H2
K18P-9279
Cool Struttin', Vol.2
Sonny Clark

K18P-9280
The Singles
Jimmy Smith





DY-5806-01
(BONUS)
New Faces - New Sounds From Germany
Jutta Hipp
5056



Miscellaneous King Special Issues, most of them are Limited Edition, by King Records

Other King releases which I haven't sorted/confirmed yet.

GXF-3038
The Jazz Soul Of Porgy And Bess
Bill Dodds
-




1978 "Pacific Jazz" Series Part 1 (10 titles, exact release date uncomfirmed)
GXF-3101 (M)
Grand Encounter
John Lewis
Pacific Jazz PJ-1217
GXF-3102
The Artistry Of Art Pepper
Art Pepper
Pacific Jazz PJ-60
GXF-3103 (M)
Playboys
Chet Baker & Art Pepper
Pacific Jazz PJ-1234
GXF-3104 (M)
Quartet
Russ Freeman & Chet Baker
Pacific Jazz PJ-1232
GXF-3105 (M)
Bud Shank Quartet
Bud Shank
Pacific Jazz PJ-1215
GXF-3106 (M)
Chico Hamilton Quintet In Hi-Fi
Chico Hamilton
Pacific Jazz PJ-1216
GXF-3107
For Django
Joe Pass
Pacific Jazz ST-85
GXF-3108 (M)
Gerry Mulligan Quartet
Gerry Mulligan
Pacific Jazz PJ-1207
GXF-3109
Montgomeryland
Wes Montgomery
Pacific Jazz ST-5
GXF-3110 (M)
Choice
Zoot Sims
Pacific Jazz PJ-20




1978 "Pacific Jazz" Series Part 2 (10 titles, exact release date uncomfirmed)
GXF-3111 (M)
Chet Baker Sings And Plays
Chet Baker

GXF-3112
Timeless
Jerry Mulligan & Chet Baker

GXF-3113 (M)
California Concerts
Jerry Mulligan

GXF-3114 (M)
Just Friends
Bill Perkins

GXF-3115 (M)
Jazz Guitar
Jim Hall

GXF-3116
Sounds Of Synanon
Joe Pass

GXF-3117 (M)
The Original Chico Hamilton Quintet
Chico Hamilton

GXF-3118 (M)
Jack Montrose Sextet
Jack Montrose

GXF-3119
Inta Somethin
Kenny Dorham & Jackie McLean

GXF-3120
Annie Ross Sings A Song With Mulligan!
Annie Ross





1979 "Phantom Ultra-Rare Collection" Series (10 titles, exact release date uncomfirmed)
GXF-3121 (M)
Jazz Advance
Cecil Taylor
Transition TRLP-19
GXF-3122 (M)
Watkins At Large
Doug Watkins
Transition TRLP-20
GXF-3123 (M)
Byrd's Eye View
Donald Byrd
Transition TRLP-4
GXF-3124 (M)
Byrd Blows On Beacon Hill
Donald Byrd
Transition TRLP-17
GXF-3125 (M)
Jazz In A Stable
Herb Pomeroy
Transition TRLP-1
GXF-3126 (M)
Jazz In Transition
Various Artists
Transition TRLP-30
GXF-3127 (M)
The Return Of Art Pepper
Art Pepper
Jazz West JWLP-10
GXF-3128 (M)
Quartet And Quintet
Jack Sheldon
Jazz West JWLP-6
GXF-3129 (M)
Modern Art
Art Pepper
Intro ILP-606
GXF-3130
Art Pepper On Pacific
Art Pepper
Pacific Jazz PJ-LA 896-H




1979 "Pacific Jazz" Series Part 3 (10 titles, exact release date uncomfirmed)
GXF-3131 (M)
Chet Baker Sings
Chet Baker
-
GXF-3132 (M)
Jazz Immortal
Clifford Brown

GXF-3133 (M)
Konitz Meets Mulligan
Lee Konitz & Gerry Mulligan

GXF-3134
Paris Concert
Gerry Mulligan

GXF-3135
Bud Shank Plays Tenor
Bud Shank

GXF-3136 (M)
Ritual
The Jazz Messengers Featuring Art Blakey

GXF-3137 (M)
Critic Choice
Pepper Adams

GXF-3138
Good Friday Blues
The Modest Jazz Trio

GXF-3139 (M)
Laurindo Almeida Quartet
Laurindo Almeida

GXF-3140 (M)
Chico Hamilton Quintet
Chico Hamilton





1980 "Brazilian Music" Series (probably 10 titles, exact release date uncomfirmed)
GXF-3141
Bud Shank And His Brazillian Friends
Bud Shank
Pacific Jazz 89
GXF-3142
So Danco Samba
Clare Fischer
World Pacific 1830
GXF-3143
Bossa Nova Soul Samba
Ike Quebec
84114
GXF-3144
Homenagem A Clifford Brown
Sambalanco Trio

GXF-3145
The Jimbo Trio
The Jimbo Trio
???
GXF-3146
Sambou Sambou
Joao Donato
Pacific Jazz 90
GXF-3147
Via Brasil
Tania Maria
Barclay ???
GXF-3148
Baden Powell In Paris
Baden Powell
???
GXF-3149
It Could Only Happen With You
Duke Pearson
BN-LA 317-G
GXF-3150
Manfendo Fest Trio
Manfendo Fest Trio
RGE/Fermata [Br] ???




GP-3186
Lonely Town
Tommy Flanagan





K23P-6722
Genius Monk
Thelonious Monk

K23P-6723
Cleopatra's Dream
Bud Powell








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2 Comments

Dear Sir,

Congratulation for your wonderful job here. A very interesting material to understand the Japan re-press history of Blue Note records. I have a question regarding 1977 KING GXF series : when you write it is a limited serie, do you happen to know approximately the number of copies which where released for each LP, in comparison with the GXK series for instance ?

Many thanks in advance for your answer,
D. Clement.

Hi, unfortunately not sure how many the GXF series were released actually - maybe 5,000 copies or even up to 10,000 copies? It's just my guess.

GXF was "limited" in the sense that they were not re-pressed. As you may notice, each title of the GXF series (just only 20 titles) costed 1,800 yen. On the other hand, GXK seires (150 titles) costed 2,300 yen. GXF series was the "best 20 of the entire Blue Note" and the "bargain to celebrate King Japan label acquired the right to distribute Blue Note".

Kohji

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