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Sam Rivers: Streams

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I can get a slightly scratchy copy of this with a big promo sticker on the somewhat chewed up cover for $25. Should I pull the trigger or pass? I've never heard the album before, but I know it is supposed to be great.

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I would get his "Waves" on Tomato Records before I would get "Streams".

I don't play "Streams" that often--it's one of those albums I admire on occasion. With just the three musicians, it has a rather minimalist, hard edge to the sound, for me. It is no doubt an excellent album, and one that a Rivers fan would want to get at some point. With the problems in condition that you have mentioned, it might be just as well to wait.

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I've had Waves for a long time - it is really good. Haven't spun it in a while, though - I should dig it out tonight.

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I bought mine for maybe $6 and wouldn't spend more than $15 - then it had better be NM.

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Thanks - I'll wait till the next time this comes around.

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I was looking on eBay tonight for this title, and the one seller who currently has a copy ... used my review from Amazon for the disc's description. I guess that's a compliment. (I only have a digital copy of the album.) I wish this title had been in the 2011 SHM-CD UCCI Impulse! reissue series.

Is it too far-fetched to think a Rivers Trio Mosaic set could ever happen? The only thing I'd like more is a Lucky Thompson Mosaic.

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Would love either of those boxes.

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FWIW, I increasingly look to discogs.com for used vinyl - particularly from the 1970s forward. You generally cannot see a picture of the cover, but prices are usually cheaper. Perhaps more of a European vs US reach, but I've good luck with US sellers.

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Condition is often an issue with Discogs sellers because they don't have the same "buyer protection" put in place that eBay has. Then again it's always a crapshoot, even in person!

I still would not fork over a lot of bread for the Sam Rivers Impulse LPs. They are quite good but also common.

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Condition is often an issue with Discogs sellers

You actually play your lps??? :P

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In my experience buyer protection at eBay boils down to filing a PayPal claim. Pay the seller at Discogs with PayPal and you should be assured of the same (inadequate) protection, right?

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In my experience buyer protection at eBay boils down to filing a PayPal claim. Pay the seller at Discogs with PayPal and you should be assured of the same (inadequate) protection, right?

Yep, in my (limited) experience, trying to get recompense from ebay/Paypal is like trying to get blood from a stone.... a complete waste of time. I NEVER buy anything from ebay that I can't afford to never receive or to throw away if it's not right. Luckily, most sellers are honest.....

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To me Discogs has been a breath of fresh air after years on eBay. I buy CDs and no LPs of course, but there are a lot of honest sellers on Discogs and their prices are often very reasonable compared to eBay and Amazon third party. Look closely at feedback scores and comments, seek out private sellers for second hand items, and buy mint or near mint items only.

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No issues here with discogs. I've found honest folks, but I'm not buying anything that can't be bought for more than the cost of a case of beer. I've made plenty of late night impulse purchases...

though it's been a while since I've purchased anything.

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I would get his "Waves" on Tomato Records before I would get "Streams".

I don't play "Streams" that often--it's one of those albums I admire on occasion. With just the three musicians, it has a rather minimalist, hard edge to the sound, for me. It is no doubt an excellent album, and one that a Rivers fan would want to get at some point. With the problems in condition that you have mentioned, it might be just as well to wait.

waves is rediculously good, get this first

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Listening to Waves right now. It really is ridiculously good.

There's a Japanese K2 edition of Streams. Will eventually find it, but am good with digital files for now.

Oh — would love to see Paragon some day come out on compact disc. But a 1970-1978 (approx.) Rivers Mosaic big box would be ideal. Sigh.

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Digging Contrasts and Celebration lately.

Others I have are:

Fuchsia Swing Song

Contours

Dimensions and Inventions

Streams

Waves

Crystals

Crosscurrent

Violet Violets

Reunion-Live In New York

 

Any other great ones I'm missing?

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I remember 'Sizzle' on Impulse being real interesting, but I haven't heard it in 35 years, and it's not available on CD (to my knowledge).  I like 'Capricorn Rising', the one he did with Don Pullen on Black Saint.  

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I have Sizzle on CDR from the go-go days of "free" downloads. It's good, I listen to it a few times a year.  Streams, while good, isn't suitable as $25 lust-for vinyl. I would suggest spending on blank CDRs that your "friends" could use to "lend" you "play" copies of some of the very good but rare and OOP sessions that Rivers released in the 20 years before his death e.g. - Configuration, Winter Garden, and Eight Day Journal. 

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