Blue Note founder Alfred Lion considered pianist Herbie Nichols to be as original and important as Thelonious Monk. Little-known in his time, recognition has grown for his unique compositions like "The Third World," and "2300 Skidoo." Both volumes are combined on 1 LP with Vol. 1 on the cover, Vol. 2 on the back, and liner notes inside a gatefold jacket. Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Optimal.