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  1. Nice review CJ! I caught BOTC last night when it was screened in the UK on BBC 2 (apparently the BBC was a co-producer [funder]). Personally I found the interviews the most interesting as a lot of the history / timeline had been covered in so many other biographies and with the flashbacks in Miles Ahead. Great hearing from the likes of Jimmy Cobb, Wayne and Herbie, Archie Shepp, Marcus Miller, James Mtume and the late Jimmy Heath. On the down side, if as had been mentioned, the doc had been extended by 30 mins or even an hour there would have been time for more anecdotes from significant players such as Jack De Johnette, John McLaughlin, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea and Dave Holland. I got the impression that in order to appeal to a wider public (and I'm not referring to the original Miles Ahead cover) the director wanted to concentrate more on the flawed genius and his human side, rather than the music, (the women, the drugs, the Ferraris). For example, the handbrake turn that dealt with the transition from the acoustic quintet to the electric Miles BB era was far too abrupt and didn't even mention the more subtle, organic even, changes via Filles De Kilimanjaro and In A Silent Way. Nor did it adequately explain why the album of the title was so important and groundbreaking. But overall it was certainly a good 7/10 (imvho).
  2. well, yes there are other ways to here it, but purchasing the box allows you to lovingly paw the cardboard and plastic and read the sleeve notes which in this LP sized format are thankfully legible to those of a certain age who are fed up trying to read the small print on CD liners. A live HR box is interesting news.
  3. I agree this was an expensive box and the board game was an irritating and superfluous extra. However, I still think the previously unreleased stuff is probably worth the cost given there isn't any other way to hear it, (David Ayers comment above notwithstanding) eg, the extended version of "Directly From..." and lots of other examples. Also, I'm pleased it brings together the other FZ recordings that were related to HR. But $100 / £100 + is steep and I have enough plectrums already. One other point I didn't mention was that purchasing it on Amazon also included an invaluable "Auto Rip" which meant it was on my iPhone in seconds after I bought the CD box. Really useful.
  4. Just taken delivery of this and am slowly ploughing through the 6 CDs. It's replete with unearthed archival material that was used toward several FZ albums in addition to Hot Rats which is presented in full but in the 1987 FZ remix. Sessions that contributed to other albums such as Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Weasels Ripped My Flesh and Chunga's Revenge are populated amongst the 67 tracks, most of which are previously unreleased. Very well represented are sessions which feature "Sugarcane" Harris. Zappa certainly seems to have got the best out of the violinist. The booklet of sleeve notes is well presented with details of studio takes and personnel in addition to recollections and plaudits from the likes of Ian Underwood and Matt Groenig. Despite what I consider to be an unnecessary Zappa board game which includes plectra as markers, this is an excellent box set which I highly recommend to all Zappa and non-Zappa fans alike.
  5. Agreed. The Orchestra is receiving its very first CD reissue and that's long overdue. Song For A Sad Lady, the only TH original, is fantastic. The other long overdue bonus is the first stereo CD reissue of 100% Proof, again very welcome indeed as it transforms the set into something else. My only comment on the presentation of the box set, which is unequivocally superb, is that I've replaced the chunky white cardboard inner sleeves with antistatic CD sleeves, mainly for aesthetic reasons. This definitely gets my vote for CD reissue of 2019 (albeit with Nucleus a close second).
  6. CD box arrived this morning and as sidewinder has already favourably remarked, this looks like a winner.
  7. Finally!!! It’s been despatched; hallelujah!
  8. Well that's better than for me - I have heard precisely zilch about my order placed on 11 December. I've emailed them but heard nothing. All the so-called phone numbers on the UMG website are dead (fake?) numbers. So am currently pretty pissed off.
  9. Just ordered mine via Udiscover too. Can't understand (*) why Amazon (UK) decided to up their original price by over 25% thus doing themselves out of several customers including me? (*)that was a rhetorical question as I think I can guess the answer
  10. Sonny Sharrock - Ask The Ages

    Just picked up a new vinyl reissue of Sonny Sharrock's classic final album, Ask The Ages. It's very impressive although weirdly it has been released as a double vinyl because the playing speed is 45 RPM - presumably for audiophile purposes. However, Sharrock's guitar at times sound positively organ like. Anyone know what effect(s) he was using to produce such a very full chordal sound? The album has been uploaded onto YouTube by someone (not me!) in full here: Ask The Ages
  11. The CD box set is now on the UM website and looks very, very, tasty indeed... The Complete Tubby Hayes Fontana Albums So great to see The Orchestra reissued on CD at last and it wasn't nearly as bad as critics said. I like it.
  12. Ginger Baker (1939 - 2019)

    Apart from Cream, which was on another level (*), Ginger Baker's Air Force (Polydor, 1970) Going Back Home (Atlantic, 1994) with Charlie Haden and Bill Frisell and Coward of the County (Atlantic, 1999) with the DJQ2O with guest James Carter are, for me, three exceptional examples of Ginger's work in the jazz field. He will be greatly missed and was undoubtedly a true legend. RIP Ginger. (*) Jack Bruce claimed that Cream were a jazz group with Eric playing the Ornette Coleman role, they just didn't tell Eric.
  13. Ted, Tubbs in N.Y. was originally released on Fontana but "illegally" reissued on CBS 466363 in stereo as Tubby Hayes with Clark Terry "The New York Sessions". I'm currently listening to said stereo version reissued on CD as CBS 466363 2. So why the stereo tapes are missing is a mystery. Shame because the album is superb. However and notwithstanding the mono NY session, I'm still greatly looking forward to the complete Fontana Tubbs box set, especially the much maligned "The Orchestra", never previously reissued.
  14. Tubby Hayes Lost 1969 Sessions

    The "Deluxe" two CD version is very good, but crucially it contains three takes featuring guitarist Louis Stewart on CD 1 and 40 pages of sleeve note by Simon Spillett. It also includes out takes and engineer / Hayes pre-take words (not much, there isn't any conversation per se).