How extensive is the Blue Note catalog? Large enough to release five remastered titles every month for an undetermined number of years. In celebration of the label’s 75th anniversary, Don Was, president of Blue Note Records, announced a massive campaign to release remastered vinyl titles that include a full range of gems from both classic and new eras of Blue Note. We can barely contain ourselves pouring over these titles. Big thank you to Don Was and Blue Note for making this happen! Good folks, check it out but don’t forget to come up for air.

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From the man Don Was himself:

Two years ago, we decided to begin remastering the jewels of the Blue Note catalog in hi-def resolutions of 96k and 192k. In order to develop a guiding artistic philosophy for this delicate endeavor, we donned our lab coats, ran dozens of sonic experiments and carefully referenced every generation of our reissues. Ultimately, we decided that our goal would be to protect the original intentions of the artists, producers, and engineers who made these records and that, in the case of pre-digital-era albums, these intentions were best represented by the sound and feel of their first-edition vinyl releases. Working with a team of dedicated and groovy engineers, we found a sound that both captured the feel of the original records while maintaining the depth and transparency of the master tapes… the new remasters are really cool!

While these new versions will become available in Digital Hi Def, CD and the Mastered for iTunes formats, the allure of vinyl records is WAY too potent to ignore. This year, Blue Note – along with our friends at Universal Music Enterprises – is launching a major 75th Anniversary Vinyl Initiative that is dedicated to the proposition that our catalog should be readily available at a low cost – featuring high quality pressings and authentic reproductions of Blue Note’s iconic packaging. Beginning in March 2014, we’ll start rolling out five remastered vinyl reissues every month. Although this program begins in celebration of Blue Note’s 75th Anniversary, our catalog runs so deep that we will faithfully be reissuing five albums a month for many years to come!

—Don Was, President, Blue Note Records

CONTEST! But wait, there’s more! Our good friends at Wax Poetics have a killin’ contest going on right now. You can win a prize pack of five titles by April 14th! Head over to Wax Poetics and learn more!

 

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