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Whole batch of Mosaic Selects and Singles running low

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Compared to what all those original album boxes and others go for, the Selects are high price - that may be the main reason. Look what you can get for the money you need for one Select ... and many projects they may have had in mind were done by Fresh Sound or others. 

There were sets with one, two or three discs well before the Singles and Selects, so it was a new attempt to market these reissues. 

I'll definitely get the Boogie Select with the postage reduction, and maybe the Pass box - I like Pass' playing from those years better than his Pablo albums, his drive and percussive attack. 

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2 hours ago, JSngry said:

I love Selects.

+1!

Not really into the big boxes (though I own a few) - big $ investment and inconvenient packaging. All IMO of course, and yes, I'm generally out of touch.

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13 hours ago, mikeweil said:

Compared to what all those original album boxes and others go for, the Selects are high price - that may be the main reason. Look what you can get for the money you need for one Select ... and many projects they may have had in mind were done by Fresh Sound or others. 

There were sets with one, two or three discs well before the Singles and Selects, so it was a new attempt to market these reissues. 

I'll definitely get the Boogie Select with the postage reduction, and maybe the Pass box - I like Pass' playing from those years better than his Pablo albums, his drive and percussive attack. 

Thumbs up for both the Boogie Woogie box and the Pass. Both very nice..

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There was also the disaster when the processing plant lost all those masters. That may have put them off doing any more.

 

 

gregmo

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1 hour ago, gmonahan said:

There was also the disaster when the processing plant lost all those masters. That may have put them off doing any more.

Dark days.  Anyone have a link to the announcement/discussion about that here?  I've forgotten just how many sets disappeared almost overnight as a result.  Was it all/only Selects that bit the dust in that clusterfuck? - or did any big boxes disappear from lost masters too?

Dark, dark, days.

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6 hours ago, gmonahan said:

There was also the disaster when the processing plant lost all those masters. That may have put them off doing any more.

 

 

gregmo

What happened?

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2 hours ago, Dmitry said:

What happened?

Here's the original thread on that.

 

I suspect part of the problem with the Selects is that $44 for a 3-disc set without the big box and book just felt too expensive for a lot of people. It's a pity, I really liked the series. 

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I thought the price of the selects was just fine. ~$15 per disc, the same as the big boxes (per disc).

Sure, I would have liked to pay less (who wouldn't?), but it never stopped me from buying 15 Selects total. I think I got lots with a 10% discount, or with free shipping (I'd wait until there was a sale of some sort, about once every 18-24 months), and I'd order practically EVERY set (big boxes and Selects) that I felt strongly like I knew I'd get eventually anyway.

So like clockwork, I'd drop about $300-$400 on a bunch of sets all at the same time (once closer to $500, iirc) -- about once every 3-4 years.

But ultimately the price wasn't much of a deterant, and if there had been more Selects I wanted, I'm sure I would have ponied up.

$35 per Select would have been "better" (sure) - but $44 wasn't all that much more to get some *awfully* damn good material.

Edited by Rooster_Ties

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The 3-disk Selects were deceiving because there were more than 3 albums crammed in there. Usually about 4-6 total.

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5 hours ago, BFrank said:

The 3-disk Selects were deceiving because there were more than 3 albums crammed in there. Usually about 4-6 total.

Definitely, and timings per disc generally well over an hour. Same is true of the big sets (of course), and no one seems to mind paying $16-17 per disc for those. I miss the Selects.

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11 hours ago, bluesoul said:

Here's the original thread on that.

 

I suspect part of the problem with the Selects is that $44 for a 3-disc set without the big box and book just felt too expensive for a lot of people. It's a pity, I really liked the series. 

Thanks.

All in all , nothing earth-shaking happened. Most of those deleted sets, save one or two, are available on eBay at reasonable prices, sometimes at original cost, sometimes just a few bucks more.

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On 2/6/2017 at 8:28 AM, mr jazz said:

Thanks all. Might have to grab this one.

Woody on its way along with the Art Farmer disc which Scott was kind enough to discount so put me at the free shipping mark!

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The Farmer single disc is nice, the only Mosaic single I think I ever got, iirc. Great selection of songs, and playing too, of course.

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3 hours ago, mr jazz said:

Woody on its way along with the Art Farmer disc which Scott was kind enough to discount so put me at the free shipping mark!

The Farmer disk is nice ... and the story behind it, too!

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On 09/02/2017 at 7:19 AM, BFrank said:

The 3-disk Selects were deceiving because there were more than 3 albums crammed in there. Usually about 4-6 total.

Yep, case in point the Duke Pearson Select, which has two LPs per CD. Makes it quite a good value listen in my book.

On 09/02/2017 at 1:49 AM, bluesoul said:

Here's the original thread on that.

 

I suspect part of the problem with the Selects is that $44 for a 3-disc set without the big box and book just felt too expensive for a lot of people. It's a pity, I really liked the series. 

 Makes me shudder just rereading that ! Fortunately, was able to fill in most of the gaps but never did pick up the Dinah Washington.

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Needed to grab the Hines and Lunceford before they totally disappear and the half price shipping will at least offset some of the import tax (;)). Really liked the Rosemary Clooney CBS samples that I've heard as well so I've plumped for that too, although not exactly a fan of ice hockey style organ and celeste. I suspect that this will be a real sleeper gem of a set.

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Is it this kind of organ?

 

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Yep. Might even be the very same organ, if they are both CBS !

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That's from Chicago, was the Clooney stuff cut in Chicago?

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Just ordered the Boogie & Blues Select and the Art Farmer single. The Pass and the Hines will have to wait .... I sincerely hope the Chick Webb will not run low that soon .... :rolleyes:

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Ordered the James P. Johnson and Eddie Condon/Bud Freeman sets.  

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Ordered the Classic James P. Johnson sessions and Boogie Woogie and Blues piano Select.

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I decided to use the free shipping offer to pick up the sets that I did not have that are on the running low list:

  • Woody Herman Select
  • Clooney
  • Hines

 

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I did something similar — I ordered the Earl Hines big box, the Boogie-Woogie Select, and the Art Farmer single.  Made my order on Friday, they arrived yesterday!

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I think you'll like the Boogie Woogie.  I was pleasantly surprised. 

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