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Chet Baker in Paris 1955-1956, the Barclay sessions

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at least two of them had less than 20 minutes of music

Ridiculous.

Indeed.

Thanks to Claude's link we can see that discs 1, 2 and 8 fall short of 20 minutes of music!

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Amazon.fr has this set for 81 euros. That's better. I haven't got much Chet's music in my collection. I may go for that one.

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at least two of them had less than 20 minutes of music

Ridiculous.

Indeed.

Thanks to Claude's link we can see that discs 1, 2 and 8 fall short of 20 minutes of music!

Disc 8 falls short of 12 minutes! :blink: Who came up with this idea?

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I received this set a week or so ago from amazon.fr I must say I'm really enjoying this. The book(let) is beautiful. The sound on these discs is wonderful. There's something interesting about having each session on a disc. I'm a happy camper; this has always been among my favorite music by Chet, and to have it showcased so with such majesty is pleasing.

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Right now it's back in stock at Dusty.

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I really like this set and I have been digging it big time lately. The booklet is top class with some very nice photos and good comments. This is a very good set to own in my opinion. Obviously, the fact that I didn't own much Chet Baker music apart from the Mosaic sets made the purchase of this set much easier...

I strongly recommend it.

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Dusty Groove is selling it for $86.99, although it seems to be temporalily out of stock at the moment.

Dusty Groove

Glad I moved on this one yesterday 'cause once again it's history, dust, archives............

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I think I'll stick with my Barclay 'Chet Baker In Paris' 2LP set from the 70s - unless somebody tells me I'm missing a whole load of essential extras !

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yes I'm telling you......

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While you're at it, don't overlook Jazz at the Concertgebouw, The Complete 1955 Concerts in Holland, put out in the Dutch Jazz Archive Series, which has the quartet with Twardzik, just before you know what... Imo, some of the finest early Chet on disc ... (just one CD, and a very fine production).

Q

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but still lousy sound......Indeed a nice package but such a bad sounding tape/disc isn't going to be sounding well. Maybe Andrew and the XR remastering treatment can do some wonders here......

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Back in stock (again) at Dusty Groove.

I'm attempting to resist the urge... :unsure:

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Back in stock (again) at Dusty Groove.

I'm attempting to resist the urge... :unsure:

I failed to resist the urge ... and I'm very happy about my failure!

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Yeah... I failed, too. Oh well. I tried, right? :rolleyes:

It's a gorgeous box set. Sturdy packaging with large, 12x12 book with lots of great, color photos. As much as I love my Mosaic sets, after seeing how well this set was put together makes me wish Mosaic would take it up a notch when it comes to their packaging.

Like Lon said earlier in this thread - it's kind of nice to have the sessions on individual discs. I had reservations about this before ordering due to the short time limits on some of the discs. It actually works out nicely, though...

Highly recommended to fans of Chet.

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I think I'll stick with my Barclay 'Chet Baker In Paris' 2LP set from the 70s - unless somebody tells me I'm missing a whole load of essential extras !

Sidewinder, if you feel you cannot resist the urge to get the box set and want to part with your Barclay 2LP set I'd be glad to take this off your hands. ;)

I am sure I'lll be content with the material on that vinyl (you can't be a completist all the time), and as mentioned on another thread, back then I bought those sessions on some kind of a bizarre issue - Vol. 2 and 3 as INDIVIDUAL LP's on Blue Star/Barclay (Spanish pressing). It wasn't until much later I discovered the French pressing had Vol. 1 and 2 on a 2LP set, but as the Spanish pressing (same jackets, just liner notes in Spanish) will probably be inexistent anywhere outside Spain (I bought mine while on holiday there) I'll likely have to settle for the 2 LP set in order to get my hands on Vol. 1.

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Hi Big Beat Steve - I'll probably hang on to the 2LP set anyway (sounds pretty good as I recall), always nice to have this music on vinul playback medium. Thanks anyway !

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waiting for one of these suckers to arrive at my place... had some credit w/amazon and it cost me 14€ :)

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I haven't ordered this one. Just haven't been able to get over the very stingy playing time on the discs and the sense that it's a royal ripoff. I have the Twardzik material on another disc.

gregmo

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Now I'm jealous :angry:

Ah well... the only "payback" from my blog is that I can change in my "rapidpoints" for a premium every once in a while... this time it was a 50€ amazon thingie and I went with amazon.de, which offers the Baker box for a pretty good prize.

I'm not sure I'd have gotten it otherwise...

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The box arrived yesterday, and of course I had to pay some custom fees/VAT and all... but gee, it looks great! From the "classically designed" boxes, it might indeed be the most beautiful one I've seen (contenders, though not "classically designed", would be the Ayler box, the Charley Patton box, the Ray Charles box). Maybe the Ellington Centennial would be similarly fine if you could open its book without being afraid it falls apart (mine hasn't so far).

I have a quick look at the booklet, and it's great, with lots of fine photos - was that the sister or wife of [one of the] Rovère and was Chet romantically involved with her?

There's also an attempt to re-create the diary of Chet's months in Europe, and it's all in French and English, very nice!

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I have a quick look at the booklet, and it's great, with lots of fine photos - was that the sister or wife of [one of the] Rovère and was Chet romantically involved with her?

That was Liliane Rovère.

Chet and Liliane (photo by William Claxton):

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Liliane was the reason Chet Baker came to Paris in 1955. Her US visa had expired and she had to return to France. To be with her, he arranged for an European tour.

Liliane later married bass player Gilbert (Bibi) Rovère and kept the name.

She has appeared in numeroux films under that name. She also was Dexter Gordon's copanion for a time (and made an appearance in Bertrand Tavernier's 'Round Midnight'.

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Interesting... so she was called Rovère and by chance married another Rovère?

But Paul was Gilbert's (Bibi's) brother, right? There's not even a wiki entry on him, and the Loustal Barney Wilen site spells him without the accent!

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