Just picked up my copy of the new Ahmad Jamal title from Analogue Productions, and it sounds lovely. I'm curious if anybody has a backstory on this mastering, plating, and pressing process? Because here's what I'm gathering: I figured this was mastered by Ryan K Smith (Acoustic Sounds website says "Mastering took place at Sterling Sound" but the promo video for the release makes no mention of mastering). However, looking at the deadwax has revealed a fun surprise for a vinyl collector. It reads: Runout side A: CH-8302 A TR(in a circle) CR 12/83 ▣-G-▣ (stamped) G APJ 128 Runout side B: CH-8302 B TR(in a circle) CR 12/83 ▣-G-▣ (stamped) G APJ-128 CH-8302 is the Chess Records catalog number assigned to this title once Chess took over the Argo catalog in the 80s. TR = Trutone Mastering; CR = Carl Rowatti; 12/83 is a mastering month. ▣-G-▣ is the old Gloversville MCA plant. The final "G" is inscribed. I have two other titles -- one a Cadet reissue ("My Main Man") and the other a Chess Records reissue (Muddy Waters "Folk Singer") -- that feature similar markings and an inscribed mastering date from Trutone Mastering. So my first thought was, "hey they're copying the deadwax of a 1980s reissue for fun"... but then I realized the obvious and much less stupid answer: This AP release is a repress of the Trutone cut from 1983. For reference, here is the Discogs listing of the 2020 AP reissue: Ahmad Jamal Trio - Ahmad Jamal At The Pershing And a Chess 1984 reissue: Ahmad Jamal Trio - At The Pershing / But Not For Me Some people might be upset it's not a new mastering... but considering that many Argo tapes are said to have been lost in the 2008 Universal fire, I'm curious if "At the Pershing" is one of those, and AP has gone to the effort to unearth and properly repress an old AAA mastering (I assume they got the mothers, as this is said to have been plated at QRP) so people can discover this title again, on clean quiet vinyl. If there are mothers or stampers sitting around for other old tapes that have since been lost to time or fire (assuming that's what's happened here), it would be cool to see other titles repressed similarly. As I said- the Acoustic Sounds listing kind of dances around the topic: "The Analogue Productions reissue LP you hold has matchless listenability, employing steps calculated to extract the highest-quality transfer and playback from the original master tape. Mastering took place at Sterling Sound, while plating and 200-gram pressing is by our own Quality Record Pressings, where the best-sounding LPs with dead-quiet surfaces are produced. A Stoughton Printing old-style tip-on jacket completes the package." If anybody has more info on this, would love to know.