As readers of this site know, I am a huge fan of Jan Johansson‘s work.
This month, ACT will finally release a much-anticipated Jan Johansson CD, which can already now be pre-ordered from Amazon.de. Continue Reading →
George Shearing/George Shearing Quintet. Classic Album Collection. Golden Stars/IMC Music Ltd, 2008.
This 3-CD box (3 jewelcases in slip cover) was produced in Portugal under European public domain law, and although it does state that the music presented on these CDs was licensed from Intermusic S.A., George Shearing probably won’t see a single cent.
It is the first time that the first two albums included here have been reissued and the remastered sound is more than OK. I sometimes do wonder though what the earlier Shearing material could sound like. Up until today I have mostly heard cheapo remasterings only, and this one is heads above some of the dreck I have had the misfortune of owning. It’s not Mosaic, but for 11 Euro one can’t complain. Continue Reading →
UFO. The Chrysalis Years (1973-1979). Chrysalis/EMI, 2011.
Remastered by Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studios, London. 4 CDs with 8 previously unreleased tracks (Electric Ballroom, Atlanta, 1974), 4 tracks available on CD for the first time as well as 5 bonus tracks. Simple 4-CD jewelcase packaging with a slim and rather sparse booklet. Continue Reading →
Although the various Amazon sites around the globe are ripe with absolutely crushing reviews of an otherwise great collectors boxed set,”Miles Davis: The Complete Columbia Album Collection”, I have to add my two cents as well.
I have seen some badly-produced reissue boxed sets in my life, simply because I seem to be buying too many of them, but this one really is the icing on the cake. One could argue that for a reasonably low price, customers shouldn’t complain that much, but collectors being a larger part of the target audience for this one (despite the fact that collectors already have most of the Miles Davis they’ll ever need), Columbia/Legacy went out of its way to ruin this one. Continue Reading →