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  1. Greatest LPs to never make it to CD

    As far as I can tell, Tiny Grimes' Profoundly Blue (Muse 1973) has not made it to CD. I don't know how great it is, but I'd like to hear it one of these days. It looks like I probably can pick up an LP for not that much lucre, so perhaps I shall do that. Also, there is a Status compilation called Guitar Soul where the two Grimes tracks ended up coming out on a Fresh Sound compilation, and the Bill Jennings/Jack McDuff track has been out on a couple of McDuff compilations. But there are three Kenny Burrell tracks that only appear to have been out on the Prestige LP The Best of Kenny Burrell, which also doesn't appear to have been out on CD. So odd. I may be wrong about this of course.
  2. It is very sad to hear he has hung up his horn. I'm not terribly surprised, as I thought he had retired, though it really is a shame it is due to heath conditions. I'm glad I got to see him as often as I did -- I think four, maybe five times. FWIW, I thought this was a solid interview with some interesting insights into Rollins' mindset.
  3. Now reading...

    This is quite good. He's funnier than I expected, almost as sly as Austen at times. And is it possible that this is the first novel (1908) that really delved into the pain of childbirth, lifting the veil so to speak on what was definitely unmentionable in Victorian-era novels? I'm not sure this is the case, but I can't think of any other cases. (I can think of a very small handful that discussed abortions and abortificants but even most of these were from the 1930s or later.) Anyway, is this enough to inspire me to read his other novels? Not really, but I do rate this fairly highly.
  4. Now reading...

    I just finished Nina Berberova's The Tattered Cloak and Other Novels. These tales are mostly about Russian emigres living in Paris in the 1930s and 40s. There some interesting bits about living through war-time Paris, which I believe Berberova actually did. I'll be tackling White Walls (NYRB) by Tatyana Tolstaya soon. This includes all the stories from Sleepwalker in a Fog and On the Golden Porch. Currently, I am reading Takashi Hiraide's The Guest Cat (New Directions). It's a very short meditation on letting a cat into one's life. Tonight or tomorrow I should launch into Bennett's The Old Wives' Tale. In a way I am glad to finally have gotten to this one off my reading list. This was a book I was assigned literally decades ago in undergrad, and I had too many reading courses that semester, so I just skipped it (and sort of bulled my way through the discussion of the book that week). So it is a way of getting around to some unfinished business.
  5. Now reading...

    I finished Gaskell's North and South. It was an interesting depiction of a city very much like Manchester. She is probably one of the few writers of her era not to completely demonize union members, though apparently neither she nor Dickens liked professional union organizers. I've not read Hard Times, but I gather the caricature of Slackbridge is quite unkind. I didn't realize that North and South and Hard Times were serialized one right after the other in Dickens's magazine Household Words. I'll have to move Hard Times up in my reading list, though it will still be a while until I can get to it. I've just started Zweig's The Post Office Girl. Good so far. The blurb on the back promises some serious action (perhaps even proto-Fight Club action), so we'll see.
  6. Now reading...

    I finished Mitford's Love in a Cold Climate, and I'm halfway through the sequel, Don't Tell Alfred. I'd say Mitford is a bit of an acquired taste. It's very much like reading a novel written for the 1% (in terms of class position, not necessarily their bank accounts). Quite a change after this -- Gaskell's North and South.
  7. Album covers with neon lights on buildings.

    54-40 Smilin' Buddha Cabaret A little hard to tell, but this is a sign that used to be displayed in Vancouver (this is probably a slightly rebuilt/refurbished version of the sign).
  8. Now reading...

    I read CYFH? and the rest of the Palliser novels, but it was a very long time ago and not much has stuck with me. I don't recall the scene you are talking about. About the only things I can remember are Lady Eustace and her diamonds and the unlikely promotion of one of the main characters to Prime Minister. It would be great to tackle them again, but it is so far down on my reading list that I can't predict when I would ever get around to them. In any event, I am 2/3rd through The Way We Live Now, and the plot is definitely thickening... I'm gearing up to read Mitford's Love in a Cold Climate and the other associated novels, like The Blessing and probably Don't Tell Alfred.
  9. What music did you buy today?

    Was doing some poking around on on-line discography sites. Found out about an Al Haig session with Jimmy Raney - Special Brew. Never on LP. Sad... It is mentioned briefly here in a different thread more focused on Raney, but not the music that never made it to CD thread. Anyway, found a supposedly NM- copy on-line for $5. I'll post my thoughts on the not on CD thread when I can, but it will be a long while before I actually have it in my hands...
  10. Now reading...

    Almost halfway through Trollope's The Way We Live Now. There are a lot of people behaving quite badly (or at least selfishly) and traditional values have broken down, including several young near penniless minor aristocrats (it is tough-going for me when they are on stage, since they are so pathetic). It is interesting that Trollope does seem to slightly undercut the standing of the presumable "hero" of the book, Roger Carbury, by making him a bit too much of a prig. Still, this is a novel that I may admire a bit more than actually enjoy... Has anyone read Ernest Cline's Ready Player One? There is a pretty devoted fan base (mostly of nostalgic Gen Xers) but also some insightful negative reviews (that seem to have a lot of truth to them). I'm not sure which camp I'd fall into, though I suppose I'd know within a few pages. Anyway, since the movie was announced (and I'll probably end up taking my son), the demand for the book has gone through the roof, and it looks like it would take 4 or 5 months to get the book through the library, but there are a few other options I am exploring...
  11. Anybody Heard From Jazzmoose Lately?

    RIP, Jazzmoose. Far, far too young. Really sorry to learn of this.
  12. Very exciting! I will put in an order for this soon. Glad that I did hold off on going the download route. I wish that some Ellington was included, and if there is a later release of it (even a DL), I'll probably pick that up. I wonder if there is enough additional material to make up an entire 2nd box set, but I would assume not (in terms of quality of preservation and then reissue rights).
  13. What music did you buy today?

    Somewhat inspired by the music that didn't make it to LP thread, I searched again and found Dolo Coker's Third Down LP for $15 and ordered that. It will be quite some time before it is in my hands and I reassemble my turntable, but I'll try to be patient. I'm leaning towards ordering Night Train by Jimmy Forrest, a compilation of his early material on Delmark. I'm holding back for the moment because I think I probably owned this at one point, but maybe I just saw it a lot back in the day when I used to drop into the Jazz Record Mart a lot. In either case, I don't have it in my collection now.
  14. Rudresh Mahanthappa & the Indo-Pak Coalition - Agrima

    I only stumbled across this today. The album is still available for $2.50, so I went ahead and took the plunge. I think I do have all of Rudresh's CDs (or at least downloads). I should dig out Codebook, which was an early favorite. I actually got the inner ring decoder signed by Rudresh back when he and Vijay played the Green Mill.
  15. LPs that have never made it into CD

    That would be great if it happens. I think they slowed down a lot on the reissue front. It turns out that a university library has a copy of Third Down, but I don't know if it circulates, and I am not particularly close with any York University staff or students unfortunately...