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I had a TON of those Miles albums as individual titles, incl. a fair number as Japanese imports too. Directions I especially remember being a bear to find on CD, and I even had the Japanese editions of Sorcerer and Nefertiti about a year or two before they'd ever come out in the US on CD.
Anyway, while I completely agree the boxes disagreeably discard the original album-sequencing, I ultimately couldn't justify owning ALL that material twice -- for reasons of space/storage as much as anything. I never got rid of jewel boxes, and was probably up around 5,000 CD's by the time I decided to part with all those individual Miles albums on CD.
Do I regret not having them any more? Sure. But given our tiny 630 sq-ft, 1BR apartment here in DC, there's no way in hell I could justify having that much duplicated material.
I've burned a couple CDR's here and there, with the original sequences, but not all that many. Sorcerer and Nefertiti both fit wonderfully on one CD (sans "Nothing Like You..."). And a number of other key albums are in the original LP-sequences on the metal-spine boxes.
And I did keep Kind of Blue, of course - which for those rare times I want to hear it, I really want to hear the actual album as intended.
No big regrets, but I totally understand the impulse to have a lot of them as originally sequenced.
ezz-thetic - but listed hathut.com … that *is* confusing. And I guess I'll go for it, too!
Got several others besides the fantastic Giuffre in the meantime. The Lossing, Shipp and Koglman are all pretty good, need more time/spins with the Studer, which to me on first Impression wasn't that easy to get into, but I may have picked the wrong day to give it a spin.
Also just got Vol. 1. of Trane in Graz, but had no time yet to listen, same with Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin with George Lewis.
Somehow, while Uehlinger still has weird ideas (the botched Marion Brown, re-programming the sequence of Trane in Graz …), it almost seems like he's back on track (and still the old stubborn self, pissing off the new owner of the Hat catalogue … after all, the Chinese logo on the ezz-thetic Releases seems to stand for … yup, right, "Hat Hut" of Course )
I guess I'll consider Outhere on track with Hat once they put out the missing part of Braxton in Willisau ...
Anyone knows if there are any plans regarding the Joe McPhee Recordings? Will he bring them back with CvsD or Not Two? I certainly hope to see some more of it being reissued.
Btw, the new Rivers on NoBusiness is terrific!