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Make Room For "No Room For Squares",
This review is from: No Room For Squares (Audio CD)
"No Room For Squares" is my favorite Hank Mobley album. That's saying a lot considering "Soul Station" and the scandalously deleted "Roll Call" are easily two of Blue Note's top 100 albums of all time. This album features two sessions from 1963 -- one featuring Lee Morgan, Andrew Hill, John Ore (on bass), and Philly Joe Jones, and the other featuring Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock, Butch Warren and Philly Joe. This CD is different from the original CD issue -- the original CD gathered all the music that was recorded on 10/2/63, while the RVG version mirrors the original vinyl release and adds two alternate takes as bonuses. "No Room For Squares" opens with Philly Joe's furious hi-hat and cymbal work on the hard-swinging "Three Way Spilt." "Carolyn," a sensual ballad, is next followed by "Up A Step," one of two tracks originally issued on CD on "Straight, No Filter." The up and down melody of the title track is next, followed by Lee Morgan's "Me 'N You," which has a Sidewinder-like feel, although at a slightly faster clip, and this tune could have easily been used for that famous car commercial instead. "Old World, New Imports," the other "Straight, No Filter" track and the two alternate takes conclude the RVG version of this album. While I prefer the original CD sequencing, the inclusion of material from "Straight, No Filter" is very significant, particularly since I have seen that original CD sell at auction for more than $100! Blue Note plans to re-release "The Turnaround" on CD in October, and hopefully "Straight, No Filter" will follow. For now I'm holding on to my old CD too, but as soon as all this material is available there will be no reason to own both. In all, the music is classic regardless of the different sequencing. Don't be a square, get "No Room For Squares."
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Initial post: Jan 13, 2009 1:26:11 PM PST
Roger Berlind says:
I don't believe that "Up A Step" and "Old World, New Imports" were ever on a release of "Straight No Filter"; as you said, the RVG edition of "No Room For Squares" mirrors the original vinyl release, BLP 4149. "Straight No Filter" does have 4 tunes originally recorded during the two sessions used on "No Room For Squares": "Syrup And Biscuits" and "Comin' Back" from the Morgan session and "The Feelin's Good" and "Yes Indeed" from the Byrd session.
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