Such Sweet Thunder Original recording reissued
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There was a time when the producers of records actually knew something about the music itself. The vinyl Columbia albums, for example, frequently included copious musical analysis supplied by George Avakian and other resident producer-critics. As listeners, we may think we know what we like, then realize we tend to like what we know. Reading liner notes, for some reason, often proved a more effective way of learning things about jazz and its creators than pulling books out of the library.
The point is that the omission of Clark Terry's celebrated Shakespearean quotation/Puck impersonation from this edition of one of Ellington's recorded treasures is more than an oversight. It's a flagrant disregard for the real listener, an insult to the makers and custodians of this music, and a stunning, shameless display of sheer ignorance. It demonstrates the complete "disconnect" between the product and its exploitive marketers.Read more ›
However, the unlabeled alternate take of "Up and Down" sticks out as an unfortunate, embarrassing oversight on Columbia/Legacy's part. The fact that the new liner notes mention Clark Terry's "famous" musical quotation, which is not even present in this take, is especially glaring.
I have read numerous reviews from the most learned jazz experts since 1999 and not one has identified this obvious error. And I have read of no apology to collectors from Columbia Legacy for this "capital offence" against the memory of Duke.
Aside from this gripe, this is a magnificent remastering of one of Duke's best extended works which should be in every self-respecting jazz collection.
Duke would get five stars if the album consisted of nothing but alternate takes, but Columbia gets no stars for its sloppiness.
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This recording is the sin-qua-non of Ellington's recordings. The "must-haves" of The Duke's discography are indeed numerous, but this one heads the list.Published on July 8, 2014 by Bob Drew
Five Stars for "Such Sweet Thunder."
Don't know enough to say anything more than I like this music. Ellington is tops.
If you're looking for the famous Puck quote, it was left intact on this digital version:
Up And Down, Up And Down (I Will lead Them Up And Down)
The sound quality isn't... Read more
I got this disc several weeks ago and have listened to it many times since then. It is genuinely great (at least in my book), and I'm writing this review because an album this... Read morePublished on August 13, 2012 by C Dub
About 15 years ago, I bought a CBS import CD of this album. After reading all these reviews, I just played it to make sure I'm right. Read morePublished on March 1, 2011 by chris35
This album by Duke Ellington, was quite amazing. Duke's extensive knowledge of the big band and how it functions harmonically is quite breathtaking. Read morePublished on May 21, 2009 by Matthew Benavidez
[The pictured Spanish edition finally arrived. Despite the advertising, it's not the Columbia LP version with CT/Puck's famous quotation at the end. Read morePublished on September 18, 2008 by Giuseppe C.
<Reference the LP version> I've argued this is the greatest jazz album while conceding there are many perfect works - Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" at the top. Read morePublished on December 23, 2007 by D. Taylor