I have wondered what the backstory is concerning the album cropping up in Las Cruces. It would be interesting to find out.
When I was in the eighth grade (1962-1963 school year, in South Dakota), a friend of mine had Close Up and I liked it quite a bit. In the spring of 1963, I bought College Concert, my first LP. I was very familiar with the early albums of the original Trio; my older brother had several and let me listen to them. I've been listening to them ever since.