The Story of Blue Note Records

Told through six iconic albums, curated by Blue Note & VMP.

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Hear The Story of Blue Note From Don Was
Most 80-year-old cultural institutions in America survive by becoming a little grandiose. I think it is fascinating that Blue Note has basically avoided grandiosity and won.
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Ben Ratliff
Grammy-nominated Jazz Writer

Join us on a six-week journey...

A great series unfolds in episodes, and the best stories are told in chapters. We’re reinventing the box set experience as Don Was (the president of Blue Note Records) takes us all on a sequential journey through each album in the box. Here’s how it will work:

Phase 1 Shipment + Podcast Drop
New Titles Revealed, Phase 2 Shipment + Podcast Drop
New Titles Revealed, Phase 3 Shipment + Podcast Drop

What's Included?

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Exclusive Podcast Series
Dive deep into Blue Note’s story through exclusive access to a 4 episode podcast, featuring extensive interviews with Don Was and VMP’s editorial director.
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7 LPs (5 single LPs, 1 double LP)
Limited to 1000, pressed on 180g black vinyl — this set was curated to represent the 6 eras of Blue Note Records by its president, Don Was. For more details about numbering and stamping, see FAQs below.
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Private Fan Community
You’ll receive an invite to connect and compare notes with other fans in a private group powered by Discourse.org, exclusive to Motown Anthology members.
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12” Deluxe Liner Notes Booklet

Thoughtfully written by Grammy-nominated jazz writer, Ben Ratliff with large-scale photography. Received in the final shipment.
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Premium Commemorative Box
Only the best for Blue Note Records’ 80th anniversary. The deluxe two-piece slip and slash box features a satin finish with spot UV gloss.
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More Surprises
'We’ll also be dropping exclusive content, AMAs, listening parties, giveaways and discounts for this group.
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Why aren’t all the records displayed and shipped together?


We created VMP Anthology for people who recognize that every album has a deep story to tell. By revealing the records slowly and shipping in installments, we give you space to truly listen and absorb each individual masterpiece, and the opportunity to share your thoughts with others.

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How was the audio sourced?


All six albums in VMP Anthology were remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearant Audio, and pressed at RTI on high quality 180g black vinyl. For the first five albums, Blue Note pulled the master tapes for the albums out of their vaults for an all analog remaster and pressing. For the modern jazz album, we remastered from highest quality digital source.


Got a question?

VMP Anthology is the vinyl box set, reinvented. It aims to use music to tell a story, and gives space for lots of listening, learning, and conversation along the way.
VMP started as a record of the month club in 2013 and has expanded into an online record store and magazine. Click our logo in the footer to learn more.
Shipping is free in the U.S. and $50 internationally. Records will be sent in one shipment Orders placed before 10/13 (5pm EST) are expected to ship in late October. Orders placed after 10/13 (5pm EST) are expected to ship in mid November. Timeline is subject to change due to COVID-19. We will notify you of any shipping updates.
We created VMP Anthology for people who recognize that every album has a deep story to tell. By breaking up the albums into 4 episodes, we give you space to truly listen and absorb each individual recording, listen to the podcast and soak it in.
Nope! We built VMP Anthology as a way for all fans to experience music more deeply, and VMP membership is not required.
Yes, shipping is available in 16 countries in addition to the U.S. (view all FAQs for more details). For international customers, customs and duties will be pre-paid and nothing will be due upon receipt.
Afterpay is an interest-free financing option that allows you to make four bi-weekly (every two weeks) installment payments rather than one upfront payment. If you choose Afterpay at checkout, you will be redirected to the Afterpay site to create an account and to complete your payment. You won’t be charged any interest or fees, as long as your payments are made on time. At this time, Afterpay is only available for customers in the United States.

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