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Coltrane Box at Best Buy

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For what it's worth, here's the AMG review with comments on the sound quality:

As part of its Originals series, the Verve Music Group has begun reissuing — at a budget price — the Impulse! recordings of John Coltrane in box set form, as well as single-disc titles. This first volume focuses on some seminal entries from 1961 and 1962. In chronological order they are Africa/Brass, Live at the Village Vanguard, Coltrane, Duke Ellington & John Coltrane, and Ballads. Keep in mind that these are newly remastered — yet again (and one suspects they are the Japanese remasters issued here for the first time) —

If the reviewer of this set had bothered to look at the credits printed under the clear cd tray he would have seen who "mastered [ie. remastered]" these cds. These are not Japanese remasters. I think these are really good remasters. In fact all the cds in the Originals series that I have bought have been excellent.

Michael

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Someone on the Steve Hoffman site passed on the tip that Best Buy has the Coltrane Box The Impulse Albums Vol.1 for $11.99. According to the website none of my local stores had it, but I ordered it from the website and even with shipping and tax it came to under $15. I know there are reservations about this set, but at this price...

so what are the reservations about this set?

JB

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Someone on the Steve Hoffman site passed on the tip that Best Buy has the Coltrane Box The Impulse Albums Vol.1 for $11.99. According to the website none of my local stores had it, but I ordered it from the website and even with shipping and tax it came to under $15. I know there are reservations about this set, but at this price...

so what are the reservations about this set?

JB

sorry, I hadn't read the rest of the threat.

but how is this really the best sound quality till now?

JB

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I got it because I did not have a copy of the Ellington disc, so for about $14 it was still cheaper than buying that CD on its own!

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Someone on the Steve Hoffman site passed on the tip that Best Buy has the Coltrane Box The Impulse Albums Vol.1 for $11.99. According to the website none of my local stores had it, but I ordered it from the website and even with shipping and tax it came to under $15. I know there are reservations about this set, but at this price...

so what are the reservations about this set?

JB

sorry, I hadn't read the rest of the threat.

but how is this really the best sound quality till now?

JB

John, everyone has a different idea of what "the best sound quality" is.

I will say that these sound very very good. I put them up there with the K2 Digital Impulse cds from Japan as my favorite sounding versions. There are many reasons why these may sound so good. Better source tapes. . . more careful engineering of the remastering process. . . improved mastering equipment. . . .Whatever the reasons, it seems to me that great care was taken to get a great sounding result and it has paid off.

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Lon (or someone else): is the remastering place and engineer stated?

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Lon (or someone else): is the remastering place and engineer stated?

Mastered by Todd Whitelock, Universal Mastering Studios, East

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Someone on the Steve Hoffman site passed on the tip that Best Buy has the Coltrane Box The Impulse Albums Vol.1 for $11.99. According to the website none of my local stores had it, but I ordered it from the website and even with shipping and tax it came to under $15. I know there are reservations about this set, but at this price...

so what are the reservations about this set?

JB

One of the reservations is that the CDs in this box set are as they were originally released. Since then, these same CDs have been re-released and several have added bonus tracks and alternate takes and all the titles in the box are still readily available. Many people look at it as, "Why settle for less when you can have more?" and "Why re-package and sell what's still readily available?" (in what they often see as a better form)

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Someone on the Steve Hoffman site passed on the tip that Best Buy has the Coltrane Box The Impulse Albums Vol.1 for $11.99. According to the website none of my local stores had it, but I ordered it from the website and even with shipping and tax it came to under $15. I know there are reservations about this set, but at this price...

so what are the reservations about this set?

JB

sorry, I hadn't read the rest of the threat.

but how is this really the best sound quality till now?

JB

John, everyone has a different idea of what "the best sound quality" is.

I will say that these sound very very good. I put them up there with the K2 Digital Impulse cds from Japan as my favorite sounding versions. There are many reasons why these may sound so good. Better source tapes. . . more careful engineering of the remastering process. . . improved mastering equipment. . . .Whatever the reasons, it seems to me that great care was taken to get a great sounding result and it has paid off.

thanks jazzbo!

what about comparing the sound quality to the expanded versions of "Ballads" and "AFRICA/BRASS" ??

JB

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I just ordered one -- $14.29 total, including shipping and sales tax.

I don't have the Ellington/Coltrane CD yet, so what the heck!

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I just ordered one -- $14.29 total, including shipping and sales tax.

I don't have the Ellington/Coltrane CD yet, so what the heck!

You gotta bring that by so we can compare the masterings. :rolleyes:

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Will do! :tup:)

And report back to the rest of us. :rolleyes:

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Because why? :ph34r:

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You are not my mom. <_<

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not yet, but who knows in a very near future anything is possible.....

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The "nice price" is over. Best Buy now has it selling for $44.99. A lot of us got quite a deal!

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Someone on the Steve Hoffman site passed on the tip that Best Buy has the Coltrane Box The Impulse Albums Vol.1 for $11.99. According to the website none of my local stores had it, but I ordered it from the website and even with shipping and tax it came to under $15. I know there are reservations about this set, but at this price...

so what are the reservations about this set?

JB

sorry, I hadn't read the rest of the threat.

but how is this really the best sound quality till now?

JB

John, everyone has a different idea of what "the best sound quality" is.

I will say that these sound very very good. I put them up there with the K2 Digital Impulse cds from Japan as my favorite sounding versions. There are many reasons why these may sound so good. Better source tapes. . . more careful engineering of the remastering process. . . improved mastering equipment. . . .Whatever the reasons, it seems to me that great care was taken to get a great sounding result and it has paid off.

thanks jazzbo!

what about comparing the sound quality to the expanded versions of "Ballads" and "AFRICA/BRASS" ??

JB

John,

I prefer the sound of the new single disc version of Africa Brass to the Impulse two cd set, but of course there is far less material.

As for the "Ballads" Deluxe version. .. . People who don't like RVG remastering will prefer the new one. I like them both (and of course the two cd set has more material).

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I got in on this cheap set from BB, and I just got around to looking at the set. Anyone else notice that there are typos on a couple of the digipaks? Ellington/Coltrane and Africa/Brass are labeled "IMPIULSE!". Kind of sloppy. I wonder if they've caught this themselves.

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You can buy this 5-CD set from BMGmusic with the 2/3 off code "J8S2" which includes free shipping. $19.99

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Someone on the Steve Hoffman site passed on the tip that Best Buy has the Coltrane Box The Impulse Albums Vol.1 for $11.99. According to the website none of my local stores had it, but I ordered it from the website and even with shipping and tax it came to under $15. I know there are reservations about this set, but at this price...

so what are the reservations about this set?

JB

sorry, I hadn't read the rest of the threat.

but how is this really the best sound quality till now?

JB

John, everyone has a different idea of what "the best sound quality" is.

I will say that these sound very very good. I put them up there with the K2 Digital Impulse cds from Japan as my favorite sounding versions. There are many reasons why these may sound so good. Better source tapes. . . more careful engineering of the remastering process. . . improved mastering equipment. . . .Whatever the reasons, it seems to me that great care was taken to get a great sounding result and it has paid off.

thanks jazzbo!

what about comparing the sound quality to the expanded versions of "Ballads" and "AFRICA/BRASS" ??

JB

John,

I prefer the sound of the new single disc version of Africa Brass to the Impulse two cd set, but of course there is far less material.

As for the "Ballads" Deluxe version. .. . People who don't like RVG remastering will prefer the new one. I like them both (and of course the two cd set has more material).

thanks for the info, jazzbo!

JB

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