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Whole batch of Mosaic Selects and Singles running low

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Hope it works out! (glad you kept your avatar - still confusing with the new names...)

The Rivers Select is indeed very good, anyone interested in either Rivers or modern big band music should definitely consider grabbing it, as long as it's around.

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New names?

those with different log-in and display names ... not that I knew that had existed, but some familiar avatars go by different names (Alexandros being one of them).

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New names?

those with different log-in and display names ... not that I knew that had existed, but some familiar avatars go by different names (Alexandros being one of them).

Oh! I'm not very observant... 

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Don't worry Walt, many of us aren't.

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My first musical nightmare since Greece's banking collapse starts. The Greek credit cards are blocked by our banking system for purchases abroad. However some cards may escape. So I tried to place my Mosaic order for the Sam Rivers Select. Cross your fingers...

What about parking an x amount of Euros in your PayPal account? Most online stores accept PayPal, Amazon being the exception.

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My first musical nightmare since Greece's banking collapse starts. The Greek credit cards are blocked by our banking system for purchases abroad. However some cards may escape. So I tried to place my Mosaic order for the Sam Rivers Select. Cross your fingers...

What about parking an x amount of Euros in your PayPal account? Most online stores accept PayPal, Amazon being the exception.

Paypal suspended their cooperation with Greek Banks and we are not allowed in any case to transfer money to bank accounts abroad...

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I was just noticing how few Selects and Singles are still available. It's too bad because I think both had their place in the Mosaic catalog, but I guess they just weren't profitable.

In the meantime I ordered Art Farmer "The Time And The Place." I didn't realize how special that album was until I read the blurb, and that music probably won't be available again once it's gone. I haven't heard any of it, but look forward to getting it.

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Good move! And yes, it's really sad the Select series went belly-up - have most of them and really enjoy them! Too bad they weren't profitable.

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The Select series ruled/rules !   My Tolliver Big Band and Sam Rivers are in the mail..

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So what was the problem with the Selects that made them unprofitable?  And at what "per disc" price would they have had to charge for them to be equally profitable to the big boxes?  Was it just an economy of scale? - in terms of the amount of cost per release, regardless of whether it was a 3-disc Select, or a 6-disc big-box?

 

I'm sure I knew the answer years ago, but have long since forgotten.

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I just remember that they said 7 discs was the ideal size.

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It might have something to do with the overall depressed market for CDs, too.

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I loved the Select series.  Must have about 10 of them; really sorry to see them go.

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I don't like to bitch, but love the Select series, hate the packaging.

My Select collection: Carter/ Bradford 36, Andrew Hill 16 & 23, Don Pullen 13, McCoy Tyner 25.

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I loved the Select series.  Must have about 10 of them; really sorry to see them go.

I agree.  While I did sell off a few, I still have 7.

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Most if not all the selects and some of the boxes are available on some of the streaming sites

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I have 10:

1) Grachan Moncur III
2) Carmell Jones
4) Randy Weston
6) John Patton
7) Curtis Amy
16) Andrew Hill
20) Charles Tolliver
24) Tony Williams
26) Bobby Hutcherson
33) Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabakin

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Agreed that it was a great series, wish it could have continued.  I have 13:

2) Carmell Jones, 3) Bennie Green, 4) Randy Weston, 6) John Patton, 7) Curtis Amy, 11) Dizzy Reece, 14) Dexter Gordon (d/l), 15) Art Pepper, 21) Gerry Mulligan, 22) Sidney Bechet, 26) Bobby Hutcherson (d/l), 27) Cohn, Newman & Green, 30) Boogie Woogie & Blues Piano.

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Looks like the Sam Rivers select is sold out.

Glad I picked it up. Full of fine music and generous playing time. The booklet is very well done too.

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yes, the music came as quite a surprise to me - very, very good!

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yes, the music came as quite a surprise to me - very, very good!

For me it's a real nice memento of Sam's last UK tour with an orchestra plus his own rhythm section, done back in 2007 I think. Quite a few of the arrangements are familiar !

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Never caught him live ... and am not that familiar with his big band music, so .... would love to have such memories though!

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Never caught him live ... and am not that familiar with his big band music, so .... would love to have such memories though!

Yeah - the gig at Bath was particularly memorable. I got to see him put away his assorted instruments, signed my Mosaic booklet and a few LPs and reminisced a bit about the Blue Note recordings and his favourite LP cover design ('A New Conception'). That was an evening and a half..

 

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