Blue Note 80th Anniversary reissues...any news?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by riverrat, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. conjotter

    conjotter Forum Resident

    I have the MM Basra.

    The album is a must-have if you are a Joe Henderson fan.

    Lazy Afternoon is sublime.
  2. Mr.Sneis

    Mr.Sneis Forum Resident

    Phoenix, AZ
    Excited for what's to come, hopefully they succeed with better pressings and better mastering. Optimal can be hit or miss, usually the former. Would be interesting if we could figure out which 75th titles were cut analog and which digital. In my experience they were decent starter copies but the 80's DMM counterparts were clearly better.
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  3. guidedbyvoices

    guidedbyvoices Diver Dan

    Alpine, TX
  4. Fritz G23

    Fritz G23 Forum Resident

    CDs, mp3s, and hi-res digital also play in analog.
  5. Fritz G23

    Fritz G23 Forum Resident

    Would love to know which it is. I will wait and see.
  6. p.analogowy

    p.analogowy Forum Resident

    Warsaw PL
    I think I'll try the Herbie Hancock as well to see how it sound, although I don't have any version of Takin' Off yet to compare it to. Also definitely in for Canvas (first time on vinyl it seems) and Hand Jive.
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  7. Tommyboy

    Tommyboy Senior Member

    New York
    Kudos to Don Was for possibly using analog sources when possible and having the LPs pressed at Optimal. I’d gladly pay $25 for a few of these titles, even if some are digital.

    At least he’s not using United. Hopefully, plants like United who continue to suck and do nothing about it will lose business.
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  8. Tommyboy

    Tommyboy Senior Member

    New York
    I wonder if they’ll use the in-house engineer at Capitol? I’m not thrilled with his work.
  9. Tommyboy

    Tommyboy Senior Member

    New York
    Agreed about Optimal, but they’re better than United.
  10. Starquest

    Starquest Forum Resident

    Twin Cities, MN
    Yep, but records are more fun.
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  11. Budgetphile

    Budgetphile Forum Resident

    I’m so happy about Basra!!!!!!! Also there are some great titles here. I’ll take Optimal o we United any day. I’ve got big hopes for these. I stopped buying BN75s after getting burned a few too many times. However, I have recently received a few more as gifts and thought they were not bad. We shall see.
  12. johnnyb1964

    johnnyb1964 Treats please!

    Eugene, Oregon
    Looking forward to these. Most of these are titles I haven’t heard and the price point is right for my budget.
  13. ausgraeme

    ausgraeme Forum Resident

    Looks like Blue Note are going to get some of my money this year between these and the Tone Poet series.
  14. DeRosa

    DeRosa Vinyl Forever

    We should wait to see what info about mastering comes out, but the 80th series is lower in price from the Tone Poet series
    by being pressed at Optimal in a standard single pocket jacket, where the Tone Poet series are RTI pressings in a deluxe gatefold Stoughton Tip On jacket.
  15. brimuchmuze

    brimuchmuze Forum Resident

    Nice to have an Andrew Hill title from both the 80 ' th series and Tone Poet series :)
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  16. magnet

    magnet Forum Resident

    Athens, Greece
    Is it clear that 80th anniv LPs will be AAA mastered in case the analog tapes are available ? That would be very very interesting.
  17. puelche

    puelche Forum Resident

    Santiago de Chile
    Streaming it right now, never heard of him...very nice album!
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  18. spacecoyote

    spacecoyote Astral Resident

    It is not abundantly clear, but the safest assumption would be that they will be hi-res transfers.

    Do I want all-analog? Yes. Will I be happy with the BN 80th releases if they are hi-res transfers? Most likely, yes.
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  19. Marko K

    Marko K Forum Resident

    EU, Estonia
    I know, but one correction - not all Tone Poet releases are gatefold :)
  20. magnet

    magnet Forum Resident

    Athens, Greece
    75th were hi-res tranfers? If yes, we have now 80th being the 75th using better vinyl and better pressing from Optimal Germany ... just that, right?
  21. Tommyboy

    Tommyboy Senior Member

    New York
    It appears that way
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  22. geddy402

    geddy402 Forum Resident

    Any updates on who mastered these?
  23. Ben Toscano

    Ben Toscano Forum Resident

    Hartford, CT
    Kevin Gray.
  24. Ben Toscano

    Ben Toscano Forum Resident

    Hartford, CT
  25. nosliw

    nosliw Azunyan! にゃーーー!

    Ottawa, ON, Canada
    Interesting to know that Kevin Gray at Cohearant Audio is involved in the 80th Anniversary reissues. But I'm still wondering if they still use the high-resolution digital files, sourced from the original analog tapes. Though to be quite fair, Gray's cut for Vangelis' Blade Runner from 24-bit 88KHz audio files do sound absolutely sublime.

    I honestly thought they'd reuse the metal parts for the 75th Anniversary pressings with the Bernie Grundman/Ian Sefchick cuts.

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