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First, the ways in which these sets are similar: This one features, as far as my ears can discern, the identical masterings released as "For All Time". In other words, these discs sound nearly good enough to justify the years Brubeck fans had to wait for them. "Time Out", avaiable in several previous U.S. releases, saw its sound upgraded here. I had owned the imported CD of "Time In", but a comparison of the two quickly showed the domestic remastering to be noticeably superior. In addition, and in accord with the "For All Time" release, each CD label reprocduces the design of the original LP label from the era in which it first appeared. Bonus tracks, where they are included, are shared in common on the same discs in both sets.
Now to the differences between the two sets, which to some will make all the difference. "For All Time" is packaged as five individual jewel cases, one disc per case, with booklets containing both original and new liner notes and photos, and housed in a cloth-covered slipcase. The "Original Album Classics" set places each CD in a replica of the original LP-release jacket, all contained within a sturdy, glossy paper slipcase. Original liner notes may be read (with a magnifying lens) from the jackets, and a note from Sony on the slipcase offers more information about the albums through their presence on the Web.Read more ›
I am not going to review any of the albums in this set because better, more reviewers than I have already done so in those album's product pages to which I have linked below. Also, trying to describe music with verbal narratives is an exercise in futility when sound samples exist, which they do on each of the pages.
Let's start with Time Out. This is one of four albums that were released in 1959 that changed the course of both jazz and music in general because of how influential they were. For the record, the other albums were Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, Charles Mingus' Ah Um and Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come. Each changed music in a specific way - Time Out did so by breaking the 4/4 time barrier. Every track is in a time signature other than common time.
Time Further Out. This 1961 album does contain a track in 4/4 (Charles Matthew Hallelujah).Read more ›
"Jazz at Oberlin" was the recording that led to a Columbia contract and the album "Jazz Goes to College" as well as a photo of Brubeck on the cover of Time Magazine (the first jazz musician ever to receive such attention) and a national audience that Columbia could count on to support Dave's experiments with meter. The next major event would be the release of the Columbia studio recording, ...Read more ›
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This is an AWESOME collection at a price I couldn't believe! Each of the 5 discs is different from the others. A 'Must have' for Brubeck fans or any Smooth Jazz enthusiast. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Carlos Edwards
I have never been into this genre of music...most of my jazz recordings (of which are few) are in the Miles Davis category. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Roman Wolf (Michael)