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#54 Maroon Vee-Jays
"You Can Make It If You Try"
by Gene Allison

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The first Vee-Jay mono album labels were maroon colored (from 1957-1961). There were two varieties (see label guide), and it's unclear whether one preceded the other or perhaps there were two pressing plants that used slightly different label blanks. Most of these albums were later reissued with the oval and/or the brackets logo, but collectors crave the first pressing maroon labels. Even rarer but not as desirable, are the stereo counterparts of these albums that have silver or gold labels (see label guide).

You may notice that there's a big numerical gap before # 1022 Jimmy Reed. This late number seems to be an anomaly, as I've never seen any maroon labels after 1016 other than that one. However, with Vee-Jay, anything is possible. Thanks to Bill Schweitzer for contributing some album photos.


LP-1001---The-El-Dorados
LP 1001 - The El Dorados
LP-1002---The-Spaniels
LP 1002 - The Spaniels
LP-1003---Sarah-McLawler-N-
LP 1003 - Sarah McLawler & Richard Otto
LP-1004---Jimmy-Reed
LP 1004 - Jimmy Reed
LP-1005---Benny-Green
LP 1005 - Benny Green
LP-1006----Sarah-McLawler-N
LP 1006 - Sarah McLawler & Richard Otto
LP-1007---John-Lee-Hooker
LP 1007 - John Lee Hooker
LP-1008---Jimmy-Reed
LP 1008 - Jimmy Reed
LP-1009---Gene-Allison
LP 1009 - Gene Allison
LP-1010---The-Dells
LP 1010 - The Dells
LP-1011---Wade-Flemons
LP 1011 - Wade Flemons
LP-1012----Memphis-Slim
LP 1012 - Memphis Slim
LP1014-PaulChambers
LP 1014 - Paul Chambers
LP-1015---Bill-Henderson
LP 1015 - Bill Henderson
LP-1016---Wynton-Kelley
LP 1016 - Wynton Kelley
LP-1022---Jimmy-Reed
LP 1022 - Jimmy Reed
LP-3008---MJT+3
LP-3008 - MJT+3
LP-5000---The-Staple-Singer
LP 5000 - The Staple Singers
LP-5001---Maceo-Wood
LP 5001 - Maceo Wood
LP-5002---The-Harmonizing-F
LP 5002 - The Harmonizing Four
LP-5003---The-Swan-Silverto
LP 5003 - The Swan Silvertones
LP-5004---The-Five-Blind-Bo
LP 5004 - The Five Blind Boys
LP-5005---The-Highway-QCs
LP 5005 - The Highway QC's
Missing are #101 Dave Remington, #1013 Walter Perkins, #3005 Frank Strozier, #3006 Wayne Shorter and possibly #3007 Lee Morgan.



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