In the world of jazz records, there’s plenty of fakes out there pressed to look like you’re getting the real thing. They exist because of how the public domain rights work in the EU. Thankfully the US has revisited this issue several times and have put in many rules to prevent such practices. Sadly these rules aren't applicable across the pond and many companies are cashing in on this opportunity to make records without guilt. Artists don't receive any royalties from this presses and they also don't give fans any guarantee that the records were made from proper analog sources. We’ve chosen not to carry these presses in the shop and instead focus on only official releases.
How can you tell if a record is knock off? Wax Time, Vinyl Lovers, Simply Vinyl and DOL are the biggest manufacturers of these fake albums. If you see their name on the sleeve, it's definitely not authorized. Another good indicator if sleeve boasts about "bonus tracks", often credited as from the "same recording sessions" of the album. Avoid these unless you can't find the album
Thankfully there are a lot of authentic presses out there for you to buy. Some of the best presses are coming from the actual record companies. Blue Note, Columbia, Atlantic and Sony Legacy have been key drivers in making proper reissues available. They continuously dive into their vaults and find unique ways to celebrate their most iconic legacy recordings.
Verve Records, potentially greatest jazz label of them all, has been one of the slowest to react to the resurgence in vinyl sales. So many albums have remained unavailable, forcing fans to buy the fake presses. Thankfully it seems like they've woken up and have launched a new series called Vital Vinyl that will release numerous albums from their massive vault. Promising to use the original analog tapes and authentically replicate the original album artwork and sound. Some of the first albums from this series came out yesterday. We look forward to featuring these releases as the year goes on.
Not to be outdone, Blue Note Records is also upping their reissue game this year with vinyl represses. The first releases for 2019 are part of the new Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series. Blue Note President Don Was brought in “Tone Poet” Joe Harley (co-founder and co-producer of the acclaimed Music Matters audiophile vinyl series), to produce this new series of all-analog, mastered-from-the-original-master-tape 180g audiophile vinyl reissues in deluxe gatefold packaging. 18 titles were handpicked by Harley and cover lesser-known Blue Note classics, modern era standouts, and albums from other labels under the Blue Note catalog. The first two albums in the series Wayne Shorter "Etcetera" and Chick Corea "Now He Sings, Now He Sobs". In addition to this series, there will also be a Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series. A series of vinyl releases in standard packaging curated by Don Was and Cem Kurosman with albums grouped by themes: Blue Note Debuts, Blue Grooves, Great Reid Miles Covers, Blue Note Live, and Blue Note Drummer Leaders. These releases will begin in May 2019.
Verve's Vital Vinyl series: Order online or pick up in store.