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Bird on Savoy, Dial

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I am interested in buying CDs of Charlie Parker's master takes for Savoy and Dial.

I am not particularly interested in multiple alternate takes and false starts.

Can you recommend some things currently available which sound good?

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I purchased the JSP box Charlie Parker: A Studio Chronicle 1940-1948 some years ago.

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This has minimal track duplication and cost isn't high. I don't know if the provenance is entirely kosher (JSP certainly appears to be a PD reissue specialist). Can't comment on comparative sound quality, but it doesn't sound outright bad IMO.

Also bought the complete live Savoy.

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Definitely a legitimate issue. Can't comment on comparative SQ; certainly it isn't audiophile, but I didn't have high sonic expecations.

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Legitimate in what way? Authorization to use? Sound not pristine?

If you wanted studio, why not purchase the complete savoy dial. You can probably find it in the secondary market.

Sorry, didn’t see GAs post. The alt takes are important but you can skip them if you don’t like them. I’d rather have them than not. 

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Savoy issued a master takes package of the Savoy and Dial material. Find one and buy it.

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3 minutes ago, Chuck Nessa said:

Savoy issued a master takes package of the Savoy and Dial material. Find one and buy it.

It's a Savoy 3CD-set and unfortunately out of print. Chuck is right, get it if you find one - it's this one:

The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes by Charlie Parker (2002-09-24)

 

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I third Chuck and Hans' recommendation--the absolute best way to pick up that material.

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If you’re just looking for an intro to Bird, I got my start years ago with Yardbird Suite, which also includes his Verve material. I progressed from there. 

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Thanks for the suggestions!

I already have the Savoy Live box and the Complete Verve box.

I have considered the "Best of Savoy & Dial" disc.  If you guys think the fidelity is good enough, I guess that is my best option.
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Complete-Savoy-Studio-Recordings/dp/B000067FUO/

Now I see that the box Chuck and Hans mention is available for streaming at Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Savoy-Dial-Master-Takes/dp/B00006H6A6/

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1 hour ago, J.A.W. said:

It's a Savoy 3CD-set and unfortunately out of print. Chuck is right, get it if you find one - it's this one:

The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes by Charlie Parker (2002-09-24)

 

Yes!!

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I think a little patience will bring you the one above at a decent price.  Median selling price on Discogs is $25.49, and they go dirt cheap on ebay, just went for under $10 this past week.

 

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11 hours ago, J.A.W. said:

It's a Savoy 3CD-set and unfortunately out of print. Chuck is right, get it if you find one - it's this one:

The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes by Charlie Parker (2002-09-24)

 

That´s what I have ! This is the most enjoyable Version, you can listen to all the master takes in a chronological order. So you really have the most representative Studio work of Charlie Parker from 1944-1948.

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13 hours ago, felser said:

I think a little patience will bring you the one above at a decent price.  Median selling price on Discogs is $25.49, and they go dirt cheap on ebay, just went for under $10 this past week.

Set up an automated search on eBay, and it'll alert you whenever a new copy is being sold.  Bet you'll snag a decently priced on inside ot 10 weeks.

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