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Original Album Classics Box set

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One of the watershed jazz albums-1960's Time Out -plus the four LPs that followed its lead: Time Further Out ('61), Countdown: Time in Outer Space ('62), Time Changes ('64) and Time In ('66). Don't try to dance to these crazy time signatures-just enjoy the brilliance of Brubeck, Desmond and company as they do the immortal Take Five plus Blue Rondo a la Turk; Countdown; Three's a Crowd; Unsquare Dance; It's a Raggy Waltz; Elementals; World's Fair; Time In; Lost Waltz , and more!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Blue Rondo à la Turk
  2. Strange Meadow Lark
  3. Take Five
  4. Three to Get Ready
  5. Kathy's Waltz
  6. Everybody's Jumpin'
  7. Pick up Sticks

Disc: 2

  1. Countdown
  2. Eleven Four
  3. Why Phillis Waltz
  4. Someday My Prince Will Come
  5. Castilian Blues
  6. Castilian Drums
  7. Fast Life
  8. Waltz Limp
  9. Three's a Crowd
  10. Danse Duet
  11. Back to Earth
  12. Fatha

Disc: 3

  1. It's a Raggy Waltz
  2. Bluette
  3. Charles Matthew Hallelujah
  4. Far More Blue
  5. Far More Drums
  6. Maori Blues
  7. Unsquare Dance
  8. Bru's Boogie Woogie
  9. Blue Shadows in the Street
  10. Slow and Easy (a.k.a. Lawless Mike)
  11. It's a Raggy Waltz - Dave Brubeck

Disc: 4

  1. Iberia
  2. Unisphere
  3. Shim Wha
  4. World's Fair
  5. Cable Car
  6. Theme from Elementals
  7. Elementals

Disc: 5

  1. Lost Waltz - Dave Brubeck
  2. Softly, William, Softly - Dave Brubeck
  3. Time In - Dave Brubeck
  4. Forty Days - Dave Brubeck
  5. Travellin' Blues - Dave Brubeck
  6. He Done Her Wrong - Dave Brubeck
  7. Lonesome - Dave Brubeck
  8. Cassandra - Dave Brubeck
  9. Rude Old Man - Dave Brubeck
  10. Who Said That? - Dave Brubeck
  11. Watusi Drums - Dave Brubeck

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 2, 2010)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: November 2, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony / Columbia
  • Run Time: 212 minutes
  • ASIN: B003924NZ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Two of the five titles in this "Original Album Classics" set had seen no CD release before the boxed set "For All Time" appeared, and another had only been available via imports ("Time In"). This set is in essence another release of "For All Time", but with a few differences which may be of interest to potential buyers.

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.
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Each album in this set shares one thing in common: the theme and associated tracks are odd time signatures. By odd I mean not the more common 4/4 time (four beats to a measure with a note value of four of quarter note). However, if you don't want to get into that and just enjoy the music, that is what it's really about. I sometimes need to pull myself back from the technical aspects so I can just enjoy the gifts music bestows - and each album in this set is a gift as far as I am concerned.

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).
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Brubeck was anything but "love at first sight" for an isolated high-school teen-ager seeking alternatives to Dick Clark's "American Bandstand" in the 1950s. But with each successive listening to Paul's sublime statements on his own blues, "Balcony Rock," and to Brubeck's aggressive rhythmic thunder on "Le Souk," both tunes from Dave's first blockbuster recording for Columbia, Jazz Goes to College, I became increasingly engaged, until I was "hooked," and occasionally even mesmerized. Next, I began to seek out Dave's earlier recordings, primarily on the Fantasy label and from "live" concerts for clearly captive (voluntarily) college audiences. The discovery, above all, of Jazz At Oberlin was like an epiphany. Never had I heard musicians--especially Desmond--play with such fire, imagination, and daring, combining classical interpolations with their own jazz sensibilities within improvised solos that seemed to slip into higher gear with each audible response, or bit of encouragement, from the fully engaged audience.

"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,
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