Best Chick Corea CDs?

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  1. synchronizer

    synchronizer Active Member Thread Starter

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    I am curious about people's opinions on the available Chick Corea CDs, and specifically, I am looking into "My Spanish Heart," which has a recent remastering, a Japanese SHM-CD, and various other masterings. (I prefer masterings without needless compression.) What do we know about the Chick Corea CDs? Do most people prefer a particular CD version?
    Thanks.
     
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  2. Archtop

    Archtop Infinity goes up on trial!

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    Well, I know this much: the playing is more important to me than the mastering.

    Now He Sings, Now He Sobs (1968); and
    Trio Music (1982)

    with Miroslav Vitous and Roy Haynes are top shelf releases, and should be part of any great jazz collection.

    I hope someone else can weigh in on mastering for you. And here's a friendly bump + info.
     
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  3. Svetonio

    Svetonio Forum Resident

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  4. Yovra

    Yovra Forum Enthusiast

    I love Touchstone, mainly because of the two tracks featuring Paco de Lucia.
     
  5. Rodney Toady

    Rodney Toady Waste of cyberspace

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    As for My Spanish Heart, the original 80's Polydor CD is very nice, except that it omits The Sky. The 2000 Verve remaster isn't bad either (compression-wise, that is), and it restores The Sky in the running order plus adds one previously unreleased bonus track (The Clouds). These are the two versions I've got and I think I may have a slight preference to the Polydor, despite the missing track.
     
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  6. yasujiro

    yasujiro Forum Resident

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    Return To forever (First) Polydor 3112-8
    Piano Improvisation Vol.1 Polydor 3112-9
    Gary Burton Like Minds Concord SACD 1029-6
     
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  8. synchronizer

    synchronizer Active Member Thread Starter

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    I saw the Corea and Gadd Band play the previous month and the music was wonderful.

    Apparently the Polydor is missing a track and the remaster is "okay." Hmm, perfection is rare I suppose.
     
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  9. pbuzby

    pbuzby Forum Resident

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    A track titled "The Sky" was left off some versions to fit it on one CD. If you like vinyl the double LP is still around.
     
  10. synchronizer

    synchronizer Active Member Thread Starter

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    Ah, I don't have a turntable, so I am looking for digital versions.
     
  11. Musicisthebest

    Musicisthebest Forum Resident

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    I don't know if you have a SACD player but if you do the SACD of Chick Corea - Return To Forever is worth buying while it's still available. This is sold only by Tower Records in Japan but can be ordered using the CD Japan proxy service.
     
  12. synchronizer

    synchronizer Active Member Thread Starter

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    Hm, no I don't. I would only be able to play CDs or SHM-CDs. Thank you though!
     
  13. Lucidae

    Lucidae AAD

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    The 24/96 digital download of Light as a Feather sounds incredible.
     
  14. mesfen

    mesfen Forum Resident

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    One of my favorites, besides Return to Forever, is A Week at the Bluenote with his group , Origin. Top notch music incredible improvisation.
     
  15. Wounded Land

    Wounded Land Forum Resident

    Nice picks! Crystal Silence...now that is some grown-up music right there...
     
  16. Maestro63

    Maestro63 Forum Resident

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    Light as a feather
     
  17. van1

    van1 Forum Resident

    I'm trying to buy CDs of the band 'return to forever'. Does anyone have recommendations. Any must have or ones to avoid, especially 'romantic warrior'. I've seen two CDs of romantic warrior, one says 'digitally remastered from the original analogue tapes'

    There's a 5 cd chick corea set that includes four RTF CDs, is this a good easy collection builder?

    Chick Corea - 5 Original Albums
     
  18. Bytor Snowdog

    Bytor Snowdog Forum Resident

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    The Anthology by Return to Forever

    The Anthology Remixes sound the best (imo) and it includes all of Romantic Warrior.
     
  19. Yesternow

    Yesternow Forum Resident

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    Sound wise... nothing special. As for the music... I would take this one to a desert island.
     
  20. van1

    van1 Forum Resident

    Thanks, I wasn't aware of any remixes; looks like a nice set with 2 complete albums and a best of the rest.

    Still also interested in the other albums on the Chick Corea 5 disc set
     
  21. kevnhuys

    kevnhuys Forum Resident

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    I bought the My Spanish Heart Verve remaster when it came out and sold my older Polydor CD. On an accurate system the remaster now sounds bloated/compressed to me, so I'm re-buying the old CD to compare and see if it's intrinsic or just a case of loudness mastering.
     
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  22. Matty

    Matty Forum Resident

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    Same here. I was pleasantly surprised by the sound of the remaster, though ultimately I sold it and kept Dennis Drake's original mastering on Polydor.
     

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