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  1. I have no idea why Mosaic cancelled the "Select" series - and they probably had a good reason to do so - but, for example, the "Al Cohn, Joe Newman & Freddie Green" select (27) is still one of my favorite releases in a collection that - today - spans nearly 90 meters of CDs. There are others (I love the Mosaic Teddy Wilson box, although I'm not always too happy about the sonics), many of them, both Selects and regular boxed sets, but Mosaic select #27 has rocked my boat since 2007. I wish they would reconsider and reanimate this series.
  2. I haven't been around this forum for ages but, just to chime in, I suspect that some from this box (which I also have) is probably available on the single CD reissues and compilation boxes that were part of the Jazz in Paris series ages ago. I was not very discerning way back when and bought everything available (that was cheap) and don't feel like checking how much money I might have wasted. I was also always too lazy to check which one of the global players had which rights to which catalog (Vogue/Gitanes/Universal/ ...). Looking at the prices that I paid for all the Django Reinhard material I have, it didn't really matter if I ended up having everything three times over. As someone else wrote above, this Vogue material reissue sounds good ... whereas a lot of the material reissued by Universal in the later 90s and thereafter sounded like Ted Nugent remastered it. Deaf, dumb ... and blind. The Jazz in Paris material has been covered well here: (if you want to compare sessions/dates, etc.). No matter what, the Vogue reissue box in question is good and if you have a (hifi) system you can tweak a bit here and there, it's actually really good (I also have some Avid boxed sets, etc.). Cheers! Off to disappear again for several years ...
  3. Errol Garner: "Alexander's Ragtime Band"

    A blast from the past. Some members here might still remember me, but I cruise around here only sporadically today. I wanted to dig this thread up from the depths of bits & bytes hell to answer my own question. Being the vintage HiFi geek I am (if it weighs more than 15 kilos and has shiny buttons to twirl, I start lusting for it), I recently bought myself a vintage record player that I am enjoying even more than I should. At some point I decided to re-buy a cheap copy of the above mentioned boxed LP set (or $5) to finally get hold of that one elusive tune I had stuck in my head. Well (of course), it turned out to NOT be a live recording (...but I never really listened into (=actually bought) the one I myself suggested as an "alternative" above). Actually, "Alexander's Ragtime Band" came from the 1956 (1957) "The Most Happy Piano" LP and is, in fact, a studio recording. Listening to it again today, it was the almost brutal room (hall) ambiance mixed into that session that at the time made me classify it as a live recording. My bad. Here's a link to the release: Just wanted to put this (personal) issue to rest once and for all, an issue that has been following me around (=haunting me) for much more than a decade. Cheers! Carry on ...
  4. Mosaic Rosemary Clooney set coming out this summer

    I love her recording of (that silly but upbeat tune) "Lovely Weather for Ducks", backed by the wonderful T. Dorsey band. I have that one on some odd (Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra, "Song of India", Dance Band Days, Prism/Leisure 1987) Dorsey radio transcriptions CD that I bought ages ago. I was never able to find it in better sound although I have tried many times. Totally silly, I know, but one of my favorite songs in my entire collection.
  5. I thought I had quite a bit of music, but my collection only spans what this guy buys between 15:01 and 15:02 on a slow Thursday.
  6. Classical music bargains

    I spent thirty-five years doing exactly that within other genres ... and continue to do so. The recent drastic price drops in classical music via these "monster" boxed sets just helped me get a head start because ... P.S.: I'm going out to a nice dinner tonight and expect a bill that is the equivalent of four or maybe five of these 55-CD (or whatever) boxed sets.. Without elaborating too much, that's my perspective. The music will be around longer than the effects of said dinner and, if I happen to dislike a box, I can always sell it for (probably) at least the equivalent price, especially when considering that these price drops and increases have been all over the damn map these past 48 months.
  7. Thanks for the heads up, once again! I already have these, but at those prices (I also added some other boxes) I was able to buy a whole bunch of future presents for people who are always surprised when I bring them, for example, the complete Brubeck along for dinner. Always a total hit!
  8. Classical music bargains

    About 1/3 to 1/2 of my job is spent sitting at my desk at home. Tons of time to have music running. Plus, I always make time for more intensive music listening in the evenings, several times a week. The TV hasn't been on since, what, 2008?
  9. Classical music bargains

    Never, I'm 1000% for everyone listening to as much classical music as possible, make no mistake. The trouble with these boxes is twofold. First is obvious-- getting far more than one can listen to, absorb, understand, unless you read music and have scores available etc. That's not a HUGE issue-- some brilliant composers have been autodidacts-- but, even as a once heavy "collector", it's preferable to know x # of works very well than to drown, disc-by-disc-by-disc-by-disc by neverending disc in the mass of it all. Second, tho' a # of the boxes from Brilliant are more enterprising, the major label regurgitations are vomiting up A LOT of same old same old same old sams old shit, repeatedly, and again. MomsMobley, thanks for your thoughts! Although my mom was a (quite successful) concert pianist in her younger days, my dad's jazz collection exerted a much more devastating (in financial terms) influence on me. I'm just beginning to enjoy classical music (again) a lot more than I have, perhaps, previously done. It's difficult to explain, but I don't think I have managed to develop "an ear" for excellent classical performances in the same way that I might possibly have managed for jazz. Yes, there are a few single performances that I (with my ears and my experience) have sought out after much reading and listening (one example: Maria João Pires' rendition of "Von fremden Menschen und Ländern" [schumann], perhaps my single most-favorite tune (due to my mom), is, after having sampled every single one that I am aware of, my favourite performance). For someone who doesn't have THAT much classical music at home, Decca, DG, Sony, and the many other labels have, in my eyes, gone down the correct road by re-releasing the "same old ... same old", which I simply don't/didn't have. That kind of reissue programme drives me up the wall in regard to my jazz collection, simply because I have most of whatever is being released time and again, but in regard to classical music, it serves me more than fine. Again, I'm a beginner and I have enough money to "waste" on these boxed sets to get my bearings. Unfortunately, once I have managed to get my bearings, more money will need to be spent on hunting down better renditions of what I like. That has been my modus operandi these past decades. In regard to the sheer mass of music, which (absolutely no doubt about it) can be totally overwhelming when ten to fifteen 55-CD boxed sets roll in, I have never had the feeling that I did not have time to listen to all of it at least once. Music has been my passion for just about 45 years now, and that is a lot of seconds, minutes and hours I have spent on actually also listening to what I have ... and enjoying it. Yes, a lot of it might instantly be relegated to the remote parts of my shelf system, but there's always something that sticks (and is pulled out again and again). "Hearses don't have luggage racks" is perhaps the one single statement that stuck with me these past 30 to 40 years, but I sure as hell do not want to miss out on listening to as much as I can before I kick the bucket. Most of it is just too damn good and uplifting. If it's in a thrown-together 60-CD boxed set, so be it (for now). Cheers!
  10. Classical music bargains

    Again, thanks Flurin! Re more recent postings, and that is the real kicker, for those living in the EU, Amazon Italy has had such drastic price reductions these past months that I have, for the first time in my life, dropped my cocktail(s) and fine dinner weekends (only four, to be honest) in favour of securing some of these boxed sets. Hah... I actually thought you were being sarcastic with *great*. While I love much of the repertoire, I'd say there's only five-- ten absolutely tops, in a pinch-- of those discs I'd recommend seperately (Goebel/MAK Telemann (& maybe Heinechen), Minkowski Handel). McCreesh, Gardiner, Pinnock have almost uniformly been outclassed though some Pinnock recordings were OK at the time. I'm surprised (as a "beginner"). I really enjoyed that set (perhaps more than many others).
  11. Classical music bargains

    I hate those n.n. papersleeve sets (this is apparently one of them) so I wouldn't go for it. I went for this one ( ) when it was around Euro 39.- and am enjoying it very much. I know that fans of classical music look down with disdain on people who buy these heavily discounted monster sets, but this thread (special thanks to Flurin) plus some others around the Net allowed me to get a core classical collection together fast ... at next to no cost. The other day I picked up the Gould Bach box for around Euro 54 (on for a few seconds), the Julian Bream for "an apple and an egg" (as we say over here), plus a few others (especially excellent baroque music that I enjoy). If you are selective and actually read before you pull the "buy me now" trigger, right now seems to be the best time on covering your classical bases. I tried to make sure that I'm not doubling up that much and that the performances are above average and better, and so far ... I'm a happy camper. Thanks Flurin, and the many others who post here whenever they come across decent bargains and interesting sets. Much appreciated.
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    I already had those at preorder prices ... which were just a tiny bit more, as far as I recall.
  13. Classical music bargains

    Thanks for the heads up. I jumped on the DG All-Baroque Box. P.S.: 4.90 postage/shipping. Didn't people say that had gotten more expensive somewhere along the way? I guess they're just going to send it from anyway ... which usually happens when I order from Italy or the UK. Thanks again, Flurin. Would have missed that one.
  14. Classical music bargains

    Living Stereo #2 just showed up. I have to say I have slightly mixed feelings about it, leaning a bit towards disappointment. Whereas Vol 1 had quite a few bonus tracks added to the various CDs, Vol. 2 takes a much purer original release approach (though no back cover notes on the sleeves like a true OJC release). There is some shuffling around of Reiner conducting Beethoven Symphony 1 & 9 to put #9 on one CD but then Symphony #1 is all by itself (at about 23 minutes). Frankly this is ridiculous, since this isn't an OJC release. I think the average CD length across the 60 CDs is probably 45 minutes. What bugs me in particular is a few of the Fiedler releases where there was an actual CD release with sensible pairings of bonus material and none of this was included in this set. It just seems like a missed opportunity and I am now not sure what to do about these Living Stereo CDs with material not in the #2 set, since I was really hoping to be able to de-accession them, but now I don't think I can. Agreed. But I got it cheap, so it was an OK purchase. What really pi**es me off are the wildly jumping prices (pre-order cheap, then not cheap, release price cheaper ... then shortly thereafter (much) more expensive and then, suddenly, ... much cheaper than the preorder for a minute or two. Or for a week. Or never again. Irritating pricing robots. The problem is that one never knows when something might go out of print in an instant ... or stay in print for eternity. First world problems.) P.S.: Still, if I consider what a lot of this music used to cost, these price-reduced (sometimes somewhat pedestrian) reissues are still a real bargain.
  15. To close this particular train of thought down: Some of the material is available in (much) better quality. The problem is that it does not include alternate takes, bonus material, etc. So, if you want it all, like I do, you're stuck with what's currently available. I just decided to refrain this time ... once burned, twice shy. And, jazzbo, the polarity is definitely not the only problem if you try to reverse it. You're still stuck with mastering that pushes the trebbly aspects and narrows the soundstage ... when the polarity is reversed, only minor deficiencies get ironed out (a minor improvement in overall sound, plus, if you are lucky, a somewhat improved soundstage). That is on my system though, and many people's much more revealing ones, decent ones, better ones and whatnot might and will differ. A last thought: Most people who buy this stuff don't have the possibilty to do anything but twist a maximum of three knobs, at best ... and that's it. All of those are stuck with sub-par mastering. So, is music produced for those who have the ability to tweak the sh*t out of stuff or for those who can't, won't and haven't even thought of doing so? One step further: Is this mastered for the "elite" (with the right system) or for the average audience? The former can live with it, perhaps, the latter has to and will simply never know better. It's the latter aspect that contributes to a decline in "artistic", "sonic" or whatever value. To be quite brunt (and, I repeat what others have said before me), if you have only seen the Mona Lisa covered in fluorescent color by some hack, you won't know what it is/was really like, will you? In the end, it's really an academic question which most people couldn't give a sh*t about. I think it is depressing that sonic deficiencies aren't even recognized anymore today. But that's a whole different train of thought.