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Opinions on Analogue Productions Prestige mono series?

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Have an opportunity to buy some of these at half price from a local collector and was just curious if anyone here has opinions on them? Do they sound nice? Worth buying?

Also being offered a MFSL pressing of "milestones" and would appreciate opinions on this pressing as well...

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I am not familiar with these, BUT in my experience the Analogue Productions' vinyls are usually excellent.

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I have Miles "Cookin" and "Steamin", along with a couple Sonny Rollins titles, and they sound really excellent. I'd recommend them and am planning to pick up a few more.

There is a stereo series coming out at some point as well that has some interesting titles.

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I've been thinking about looking into this as well. I'm tired of finding Prestige originals / early pressing only to find they were pressed with crappy, noisy vinyl.

Any idea if there are any differences between the AP's and the OJC's pressed at the same facility, presumably with the same plating?

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These are newly mastered versions and pressed at QRP.

The covers are very nice and the vinyl is much heavier than OJC.

I compared the titles I got to OJC versions, and the APs were better in every case. That said, the OJCs do sound good, and you can buy 4 of them used for the price of one of these new ones.

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So I bought 3 titles on this series and will be buying about 8 more. They look and sound superb and will definitely be buying the upcoming Dolphy titles in the stereo series. Original Prestige vinyl was not the greatest..I've heard even scratch-free copies that were noisy. So for a tiny fraction of a "mint"(ie could still be noisy recycled vinyl) original you get a top notch replica with far better sound.

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I bought several from the mono releases and like the sound quite a bit. I have a preference for their older 45 rpm versions which sound a bit better, but that's not a knock against the new ones.

I have a bunch of original Prestige/New Jazz (the former on the older NYC and later NJ address fireworks label) and none of them play as quiet as these reissues.


I'm also really happy that for the stereo releases they are releasing some material that doesn't usually get a vinyl reissue like all the Booker Ervin titles. I just wish Space Book was amongst them!

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So now I got 16 of the 25 titles in the mono series. I was lucky to buy these all from a local collector for $20 Canadian (that's about $15 usd now) and they are all in pristine condition. I skipped a few of the Miles Davis titles because I'm happy enough with how they sound in my AP "great prestige recordings" Miles box.

I must give special mention to the Tommy Flanagan trio record which was recorded in Europe; this one in particular sounds fantastic!

I also have a handful of original prestige/new jazz titles and agree that these new reissues sound better.

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I find Esquires to provide the best sounding original vinyl pressings of Prestige material - and they usually have 'RVG' in the runout. To be honest though, you really can't go wrong with the 70s RCA 24000 series twofer reissues either (apart from the French Carrerre versions), which can usually be picked up at moderate price. Don't think I have any Analog Production titles.

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Overseas is the shizznit. I have a copy on Japanese Metronome - it came out originally as three separate Swedish Metronome EPs. One of the finest piano trio sets, for sure.

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Excellent--"Overseas" is one of the sessions I'd like to get along with "Taylor's Wailers". Any more suggestions?

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A slight digression: those of you who like Overseas may want to check out "Sea Changes," where he revisited much of the album almost 40 years later. I don't own it, but hope to someday.

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Excellent--"Overseas" is one of the sessions I'd like to get along with "Taylor's Wailers". Any more suggestions?

Coltrane w/the Red Garland trio, "4,5,6" by Jackie McLean are a few more highlights for me...

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Red Garland - All Mornin' Long; Phil Woods/Don Byrd - Young Bloods; Phil Woods - Woodlore; Rollins Plays for Bird; George Wallington - Jazz for the Carriage Trade

I need to spend more time with a couple of these sessions, like Elmo Hope's Informal Jazz and both of the Mobleys.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I only know or have other copies of a few of those. It'll be a good chance to check out some new ones--and sounding great too.

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ftr, I don't have any of the AP Prestige titles - am only recommending sessions I like that I have elsewhere.

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Red Garland - All Mornin' Long; Phil Woods/Don Byrd - Young Bloods; Phil Woods - Woodlore; Rollins Plays for Bird; George Wallington - Jazz for the Carriage Trade

I need to spend more time with a couple of these sessions, like Elmo Hope's Informal Jazz and both of the Mobleys.

I'll have to give both the Mobleys another spin. I'm a huge fan, but in the past didn't find the two Prestige albums that inspiring.

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Those are some nice early Phil Woods dates. I particularly like Woodlore for its burning version of Get Happy and 3 takes of Slow Boat to China.

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