The Complete RCA Victor Recordings Box set
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So, this set differs from the "RCA" set with which it has been confused in the reviews, in the following ways: This set omits 7 tunes, one from "Bossa Antigua" and 6 alternate takes, and replaces them with the 7 tunes on "East of the Sun" and one track which surfaced on its cd reissue.
Considered by the musical contents, of the 3 box sets I think this one is to be preferred, as it is only missing one original tune and 6 versions, whereas the Moziac set it missing 13 tunes, and the RCA set is missing 8 tunes.
The booklet from this set is rather brief, but does include significant excerpts from Desmond's original liner notes to "Take Ten" and "Bossa Antigua", which are quite clever. I understand, however, that the written materials in the Mozaic set are superior.Read more ›
That said, after fiddling with my stereo's mids and bass, problem mostly solved.
Since the Mosaic set was more pricey and is now a collector's item - you would be well advised to pick up this set if you like Desmond. In fact, I'd recommend you go for everything Desmond recorded in a quartet format with either of two guitarists: Jim Hall and Ed Bickert.
I have dozens of Desmond recording acquired over decades and pure, unadulterated Desmond (without strings or orchestra) is as good as it gets. Get this set for your ears and your soul.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Music worthy of 5 stars - Liner notes worthy of 0.
The liner notes provide absolutely no information on songs other than title and time. Read more
In the universe of jazz the stars playing the alto sax were legion. The brightest stars during jazz's heydays in the 1940's and 1950's were illuminating the nights of jazz's... Read morePublished on May 7, 2010 by Down Home Hip to the Jive
Having listened to Paul Desmond from the late 50's on this has got to be one of the best collections ever. Read morePublished on February 19, 2003 by Faye Phillips
This whole box set is a fabulous jazz collection. It's the best of Paul Desmond. I recommend this to any jazz collector.Published on November 25, 2001 by Reed Kotler
Some of the most beautiful and innovative solos , both saxophone and guitar, can be heard on these recordings. Read morePublished on July 8, 2001 by Emma Mkrtchian
Because both Desmond and Hall played so quietly and melodically, their music is often grouped with "mellow" jazz. Read morePublished on January 12, 2001 by Amazon Customer