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The other reviews have commented on the music, I'm just going to focus on the quality of the 40th Anniversary remaster compared to the CTI Legacy version issued in 1997 for the benefit of those who may be considering replacing their current cd with the new Anniversary edition. The CTI Masterworks version is not only remastered, it is also remixed and re-edited which has not been made clear in the marketing or packaging. Here are a couple of examples.
The guitar intro on the 1997 Legacy version of For Someone in Love continues once the band enters. On the new Masterworks version the guitar drops out as soon as the band enters.
The Legacy version of Sunflower is 11:04 long (not 10:01 as indicated in the liner notes) versus an 8:51 long version on the Masterworks release. The main difference is that the Legacy version has a long coda with plenty of good playing.
I don't have the original album any more so I don't know which mix/edit is consistent with the original album. I can say that overall the new Masterworks version is more muffled than the Legacy and has less detail in the percussion and leading edge of notes, especially trumpet and electric piano. Since those two instruments, along with the vibes, are the lead instruments that's a big difference in musical quality on a good stereo or headphones. The Masterworks version has more reverb on the trumpet and a fuller sound on the drums, especially on the toms.
Overall I was surprised to find that I preferred the older Legacy version.Read more ›
and love it now. The track "For Someone I Love" NEVER ceases to put me
in THAT mood. Serious, sophisticated, gorgeous. Listen to Herbie in the
mix getting into this and scatting. And those magnificent swirling strings
that just carry you away on a cloud. I love the whole recording. A classic
CTI date from the 70's with some of the best CTI stars at the time. Carter,
Cobham, and Hubbard all kick in on this with Sebesky's perfect arranging
and conducting. I only wish some alternate takes could have been added.
I won't quibble about SKJ being added. Any Bags is good Bags to my ears.
A million stars.
Overall, this recording does not disappoint. But,at times, the players seem to be getting into one another's way. It sounds rather "muddy" and cacophonous in these places. For example, the strings seem especially intrusive on the first two tracks. This is not one of Don Sebesky's better arranging efforts. What a difference it is without strings on "People Make the World Go Round!" I particularly liked Herbie Hancock's acoustic piano solo on this track.
But the overall musicianship is, as one might expect, impeccable. I would recommend this for someone who has already listened to some of Milt's other recordings. But this is not the best place to start.
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