'Tone Poet' Jazz Reissue Series*

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by cds23, Dec 23, 2018.

  1. scotti

    scotti Forum Resident

    Atlanta GA
    I have the AP 45 of LGB and thought that version sounded great. Have that SC as well and another fine release. I have always like Simone, but when the Acoustic Sound Series released "I Put A Spell On You" and "Pastel Blues", I finally realized how much I loved her music. "When The Eagle Flies" is such a great record and very Jazz laced. Thanks and will just stick with all of my originals. Regarding John Barleycorn...when I went through my wife's record collection from the 70's, discovering over two thirds of them had lived through too many parties back in the day, her original first pressing of John Barleycorn was in like new shape.

    Reeling myself back to Tone Poet land. I just noticed Amazon changed the shipping status of "The All Seeing Eye" from estimated to now arriving Friday. No updates on the Konitz though...
  2. Josquin des Prez

    Josquin des Prez Forum Resident

    John Barleycorn is my favorite Traffic album. I always like Dave Mason (and collected his solo records back in the day), but I always thought Traffic was a better – and very different – band without him than with. But the Traffic albums with Mason are great too, just different.
  3. Hardiman

    Hardiman Forum Resident

    I picked up a black "b" Van Gelder pressing for around £35ish, if affordable I always tend to go for Van Gelder mastering.
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  4. blutiga

    blutiga Forum Resident

    Likewise, I found the white 'b' van Gelder pressing with stamped Van Gelder and Stereo. If I ever find realistically priced 70's Blue Note reissues with a Van Gelder stamp I rarely hesitate to get them.
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  5. Dai

    Dai Amazon is soma

    Do you get many of the stereotypical problems such as flecks of paper in recycled vinyl?
  6. mackeyse

    mackeyse Well-Known Member

    Poughkeepsie, NY
    Agree and I thought Roots & Herbs was even less appealing. It’s like a wax museum version of Blakey and actually a little creepy looking
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  7. Hardiman

    Hardiman Forum Resident

    Mine is fine, a little noise but nothing out of the ordinary and as soon as the music starts you can't hear it anyway.
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  8. Vibrolux_Reverb

    Vibrolux_Reverb Forum Resident

    New Orleans, LA

    That cover is awful for sure. The worst in jazz may be Charles Mingus - The Clown. It is literally the only thing keeping me from owning that album. If they sold it in a plain white sleeve with Times New Roman font with the title on there, I would have probably grabbed it at this point. I know that sounds irrational, but I hate clowns with all of my heart and soul.
  9. blutiga

    blutiga Forum Resident

    Not so much that I've encountered, but I do appreciate hearing a Van Gelder copy of Search For The New Land or Feelin The Spirit for something like $20 US - compared to $400 for an original, or something equivalent from a contemporary master cutting. Then again, I have been listening to this music long before boutique companies like MM and the like were a twinkle in Kevin Gray's mothers eyes. For me, back in the day when the reissues were early 80's Capital Blue Notes and Pathe Marconi's - or some Japan Kings if you were lucky enough to find them. Although I would guess some on the Forum actually got to purchase originals back in the day or close to it at bricks and mortar prices.
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  10. Josquin des Prez

    Josquin des Prez Forum Resident

    I love that cover…and it's a damn great album too. "Haitian Fight Song" alone makes it worth getting.
  11. scotti

    scotti Forum Resident

    Atlanta GA
    And I thought I was alone here. I don't actually hate them (maybe I do), but they scare the hell out of me, clown phobia I'm told. And what really gets me, is my wife is well aware of this and constantly calls me "Homie".

    But your post did get me in the mood for some Mingus, minus the clown. And on tap, the SC version of "At Antibes".
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  12. JP

    JP Forum Resident

    Brookfield, CT
    Maybe she’s just a Simpsons fan? :uhhuh:
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  13. Ronnieb

    Ronnieb Forum Resident

    The Netherlands
    Lucky you!
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  14. roverb

    roverb Forum Resident

    603 - LFOD
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  15. Biff Jones

    Biff Jones Forum Resident

    In my opinion the current leader in the competition for wonderful music in an ugly album cover goes to The Beach Boys “Feel Flows” reissues. The whole package is hideous. What were they thinking? And who are the “they” responsible for the paint-by-number graphic abomination of a cover? But alas, for the ardent fan it is a must buy.
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  16. Harrison_Bergeron

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  17. Josquin des Prez

    Josquin des Prez Forum Resident

    Thanks for reminding me…I love getting out some favorite records for HiFi upgrades (coming tomorrow), so I’ve pulled my copies for playing.

    Grabbing some classical too for that (Mahler, Bruckner, Bartok, …)
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  18. Josquin des Prez

    Josquin des Prez Forum Resident

    MoFi One-Step still gets the prize for overpriced garbage in reissue packaging and presentation.
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  19. Vibrolux_Reverb

    Vibrolux_Reverb Forum Resident

    New Orleans, LA
    Yeah, I don't get it. I feel like the vast majority of people would much prefer to pay $10 - 15 less and get it in a standard mofi package with a hype sticker and number on the back. Maybe give the one steps a gold foil one step logo on the back or something. Big packages are a turnoff unless there are many LPs inside.
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  20. AnalogJ

    AnalogJ Hearing In Stereo Since 1959

    Salem, MA
    Your post made me laugh. Really, it's a true opinion (;)). When I think of box sets, I think of wonderfully curated sets, filled with analysis and session photos, deep dives into the music. I think of the Mosaic Records sets, the recent Resonance Nat King Cole set, or the recent John Lennon Plastic Ono Band set. Even the recent Impex reissue of Patricia Barber's Cafe Blue has a large booklet filled with essays and added notes.

    But the MoFi OneSteps? Essentially filled with a lot of added foam, like an unnecessary latté, a think reproduction of the cover art, and a piece of paper explaining the OneStep process, one which accompanies every set.

    Occasionally they'll throw in an extra photo, but there are no additional notes. The reproduction of the front and back cover art of Ah Um was mediocre at best.

    And they were having a tough time with packaging quality control.

    Did I miss anything?

    The music has largely been great. I can't prove that the OneStep process is the only thing that makes them sound so great, but I'm largely glad I own the ones I do, save for a couple.
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  21. brimuchmuze

    brimuchmuze Forum Resident

    It's all about higher margins.
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  22. Tim1954

    Tim1954 Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    Nobody is going to pay 2k.

    You can ask for whatever you want for something. A quick check of Popsike shows the highest a VG+ has ever fetched in eBay’s entire history was around $600 about a month ago.
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  23. Josquin des Prez

    Josquin des Prez Forum Resident

    Well, I caved and ordered the Tokyo reissue. I can at least listen to it and sell it on later, along with other . I was convinced by the announcement of it on Wayne Shorter’s offical FB feed. This seems like it might be something special, rather than some arbitrary here’s another Jazz Messengers release. We’ll see. I still think my Jazz Messengers collection is probably three times bigger than it needs to be.
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  24. Josquin des Prez

    Josquin des Prez Forum Resident

    At least with AP you get a very nice Staughton gatefold facsimile of the original. With One-Step you get crap sleeves for each record that look like someone painted test pressing jackets with black water color and pasted some lame artwork over it. The original jacket is a useless print on card stock.
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  25. Lowgroove

    Lowgroove Forum Resident

    I only discovered these recently and have got about 10 so far. Really enjoying the music and the recording quality.

    It is quite fortunate that they seem to have quite a few of the older ones in stock around me. I have been buying them first to avoid the wait for represeses. Just bought Sam Rivers Contours and Herbie Hancock My Point of View this week.

    However reading here about the latest releases has me wanting those as well. I am banking on them remaining available for a while locally as my budget doesn’t stretch to all I want right now. This thread is a bad influence on me.
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