Thelonious Monk THE UNIQUE THELONIOUS MONK - 2LP 45 RPM LP Sealed and Near Mint

Sold Date: May 7, 2023
Start Date: April 30, 2023
Final Price: $142.50 (USD)
Bid Count: 7
Seller Feedback: 1125
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Thelonious Monk THE UNIQUE THELONIOUS MONK  - Analogue Productions 2LP 45 RPM edition, LONG out of print. This copy is sealed and near mint, and #0868. Part of Analogue Productions' Top 100 Jazz Albums series (I was an early subscriber to a number of Analogue Productions subscription series), featuring the GREAT Art Blakey on drums. Another legendary record from one of the TOWERING figures in jazz. Check out Honeysuckle Rose and Tea For Two! The whole album demonstrates what a great player Monk was, besides his position as one of the all-time great composers. Now's your chance to get this long out of print rarity at a fair market price!
CONDITION: A two inch section of the perforated part of the outer bag has separated along the lower front left (please see Picture 3). There is also a VERY small bump to the rear lower right corner (please see Picture 4). The front of the cover is not affected by this.  

A lot of audiophile titles get reissued as 45 rpm sets for several reasons, but the most important one is because they almost universally sound better than a 33 1/3 version. 
This is not hype. LPs pressed at 45 rpm offer a wider dynamic range, deeper bass, and sweeter top end. While 33 1/3 offers more convenience (more tracks/time per side before you have to flip the LP over), there are significant tradeoffs, including more compression (particularly as the stylus moves closer to the center) and lower frequency extension (you need physical space to cut deep bass wavelengths into vinyl). 
I’ve played “A/B” comparisons for a lot of folks (mostly non-audiophiles), and no one has yet chosen a 33 1/3 title over a 45 rpm version. It is NOT subtle. 

ABOUT SHIPPING AND HANDLING: Please note there is a $5 fee included in Ebay's estimate of Media Mail shipping costs. I believe the best way to way to ship an LP includes a 13"x14"x3" "pizza" style box, 12"x12" cardboard flats, outer shopping bag, and bubble wrap. The shipping boxes alone cost me over $3 each, and the average total cost of shipping materials is around $4.72, so this is NOT a money-maker for me. However, it does ensure, consistently, that these high value LPs arrive safely. Please check my feedback and I think you'll see that buyers appreciate the care with which these precious artifacts are handled.

COMBINED SHIPPING: I am more than happy to combine shipping. Ebay buyers pay the actual postage costs. If a single LP is purchased, the buyer pays actual postage and $5 for shipping materials. If two LPs are purchased, the buyer pays actual postage and $5 for shipping materials. If three or more LPs are purchased, the buyer pays actual postage and $0 for shipping materials (I will absorb the cost of materials). As the final amount can only be calculated after auctions have ended, I will issue the appropriate refund on the day the LPs are shipped. 

About Me: I'm a long time Ebay buyer intent on selling a significant portion of my LP collection over the next year or two (or three!). I believe in the auction process, so I'm NOT going to list records at absurdly high prices, and I look forward to getting rare, out of print records into the hands of music lovers, record collectors and audiophiles (I consider myself all of the above). All LPS stored in a smoke-free, climate controlled environment. 

Please check my feedback and BID WITH CONFIDENCE. Also, please take a look at other items I'm listing (new items will be listed on Sunday and Wednesday nights), and good luck! 

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