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Various Artists - Universal Gold Verve (2002)

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Various Artists - Universal Gold Verve

314 589 514-2 etc (2002)

Grab bag of Jazz titles from Verve, A&M, Impulse and others?

A rather frank article on this series (Fetishizing the LP, Verve Miniaturizes 20 Old Albums) can be found at The Village Voice.

Apparently there were about (exactly?) 120 in the series. The first 30 (10 in addition to those mentioned in the above article) came as mini LPs, the remaining 90 of them in digipaks.

Thanks to instantations for this link to the official details from the Verve site.

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Various Artists - Universal Gold Verve, Mel Torme
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instantations  (Sat, 05 Apr 2008 (02:10))
This series from the Verve Music Group was officially called "LP Reproductions".

More info here:

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Release Details
Manufacturer: Universal
This version released:2002-01-01
Original LP release:2002

Sort of.

This is not a Japanese release so what it has is not strictly an OBI. Whatever it is, it shows the track listing and times, details of the mastering and the series. It also has original album credits, bar code etc (a nice touch meaning that the cover does not need to accommodate the bar code.

Unlike most Japanese OBIs this also has details printed on the obverse (the side not usually visible). This details some of the other issues in the Verver reissue series as well as remastering credits.

The "OBI" states "Available until May 2005". Note sure why this is as this approach is typical only in Japan and nothing on the OBI is in Japanese. Perhaps a gimmick in the flavour of having an OBI.

Editor Comments

I've put this list here for safe keeping.... It seems the releases in this series were staggered over the following dates. 2002/4/9, 2002/4/23, 2003/5/7 and 2002/5/21.

I am not sure if the following is complete or when each was released.

Made in USA.

It looks like there were 30 all in all, the following in addition to the above 20

Available Until September 2005

Ernestine Anderson: My Kinda Swing

Buddy De Franco: Mr. Clarinet

Slim Gaillard: Slim Gaillard Rides Again

Terry Gibbs: Plays Jewish Melodies In Jazztime

Gigi Gryce-Donald Byrd Jazz Laboratory & The Cecil Taylor Quartet: At Newport

The Jazztet: The Jazztet At The Birdhouse

Sam Rivers: Crystals

Lalo Schifrin: Piano, Strings And Bossa Nova

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Gospel Train

Cal Tjader: Soul Bird: Whiffenproof


And yet another source ( has the following to say:

April 9, 2002

Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond, 1975: The Duets (A&M)

Oscar Peterson, Soul Espanol (Verve)

Stan Getz & The Cool Sounds (Verve)

Rosemary Clooney, Swing Around Rosie (Coral)

Ella Fitzgerald, Whisper Not (Verve)

April 23, 2002

Willie Bobo, A New Dimension (Verve)

Sarah Vaughan, It’s A Man’s World (Mercury)

Margaret Whiting Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook (Verve)

Astrud Gilberto, The Shadow Of Your Smile (Verve)

Wes Montgomery, Willow Weep For Me (Verve)

May 7, 2002

Dizzy Gillespie, Afro (Verve)

Gerry Mulligan & CJB, At the Village Vanguard (Verve)

Count Basie, King of Swing (Clef)

Stan Kenton, The Formative Years (Decca)

Woody Herman, Woody 1963 (Philipps)

May 21, 2002

Carmen McRae, Birds of a Feather (Decca)

Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66, Equinox (A&M)

Anita O’Day, Incomparable (Verve)

Mel Tormé Goes South of The Border with Billy May (Verve)

Alice Coltrane, Universal Consiousness (Impulse!)

August 6, 2002

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Gospel Train (Mercury)

Buddy De Franco, Mr. Clarinet (Verve)

Ernestine Anderson, My Kinda Swing (Mercury)

Cal Tjader, Soul Bird Whiffenproof (Verve)

Terry Gibbs Plays Jewish Melodies in Jazztime (Mercury)

August 20, 2002

The Gigi Gryce-Donald Byrd Jazz Laboratory & Cecil Taylor Quartet, At Newport (Verve)

Sam Rivers, Crystals (Impulse!)

Lalo Schifrin, Piano, Strings & Bossa Nova (MGM)

Slim Gaillard Rides Again! (Dot)

The Jazztet At Birdhouse (Argo)

March 11, 2003

Pee Wee Russell, Ask Me Now! (Impulse!)

Archie Shepp, Attica Blues (Impulse!)

Albert Ayler, Music Is The Healing Force of The Universe (Impluse!)

Earl Hines, Once Upon A Time (Impulse!)

Steve Kuhn & Gary McFarland, The October Suite (Impulse!)

March 25, 2003

Dorothy Ashby, Afro Harping (Cadet)

Gabor Szabo, High Contrast (Blue Thumb?)

Ray Brown, Jazz Cello (Verve)

Jim Hall, Live (A&M)

Buddy Emmons, Steel Guitar Jazz (Mercury)

June 10, 2003

John Klemmer, Involvement (Cadet)

Julian “Cannonball” Adderley (EmArcy)

Lee Konitz, Motion (Verve)

Sonny Stitt, New York Jazz (Verve)

This Is Billy Mitchell (Smash)

June 24, 2003

Gerry Mulligan Meets Johnny Hodges (Verve)

Phil Woods & His European Rhythm Machine At The Montreux Jazz Festival (MGM)

Stan Getz, Reflections (Verve)

Jimmy Giuffre, The Easy Way (Verve)

September 9, 2003

Buddy Rich & Sweets Edison, Buddy & Sweets (Norgran)

Hugh Masekela, Grrr (Mercury)

J.J. Johnson, J.J.’s Broadway (Verve)

Jack Teagarden, Mis’ry and the Blues (Verve)

Al Grey, Snap Your Fingers (Argo)

September 23, 2003

Frank D’Rone, After The Ball (Mercury)

Blossom Dearie, My Gentleman Friend (Verve)

Ella Fitzgerald Sings Sweet Songs For Swigers (Verve)

Brook Benton, Songs I Love To Sing (Mercury)

Mel Tormé, Tormé (Verve)

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