A few weeks ago I found a mono 2-eye copy of this for really cheap and decided to throw it on last night. I played side 1 then turned it over to side 2, but when side 2 started, it sounded awfully familiar, and I realized "Rhythm-a-Ning" was playing for a second time. So I go back to the turntable, thinking maybe I flipped the record and walked away then flipped it once more back to the first side? But when I looked at the label it said "side 2", and the first song on side 2 is "Rhythm-a-Ning". Okay, I'm a little confused because I'm pretty sure I played side 1 first, but I flip it back over, drop the needle, and when "Hackensack" is supposed to start, it's "Rhythm-a-Ning" again!
My first thought is, "Did they accidentally use the same side 2 stamper for both sides of this?" But to make matters ever trippier, the grooves of each side were different, and sure enough all the other songs on side 1 were what they were supposed to be!
This is by far one of the strangest things I've ever experienced. So first of all, has anyone else ever had this issue with this record?? If not, has anyone ever heard of this happening with this record?? Matrix numbers are as follows:
Side 1: XLP-59556-1D Side 2: XLP-59557-2B
The only explanation I can think of for this is that at some point in time the master tape somehow accidentally had "Rhythm-a-Ning" on it twice, once in place of "Hacksensack", but wouldn't that mean that there are a lot of copies of this album out there like this? If so, how long might it have taken for them to catch this? I'm surprised a quick search on the web didn't bring anything up...??
Another interesting side note: Andy's post on his white label promo copy (https://londonjazzcollector.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/thelonious-monk-criss-cross-1962/) not only clearly indicates that his copy has "Hackensack" on it, it also reveals a "later" stamper number than my copy (2F for side 1). So for what it's worth, it appears that promos weren't always the very first thing to be pressed.
That is very weird, never heard of such a thing! That could be the reason they pulled the -1 lacquer and replaced it with the -2 cut for the WLP. It could either be a really early copy sent to a plant before the error was caught or a later copy where they sloppily used the wrong stamper. I take it it's the "Guaranteed High Fidelity" two-eye label?