8461Re: [RedHotJazz] Chronological Classics (French) series
- Feb 14, 2011While buying these labels where they exist is a no-brainer the statement
that all the music from the 'classic' era reissued by Classics is available
from them is sadly untrue. There is for instance quite a lot of earlier
Fletcher Henderson and Clarence Williams for which Classics is the only
reasonably accessible source.
My understanding is that abeille music had the remainder stock from one of
the distributor-collapses that finished Classics. They used to have quite a
lot of the actual CDs available for sale but it looks as though most or all
are now sold out. I did wonder whether they might be selling downloads of
ones they didn¹t have but a spot check suggests not. There are some titles
that just never turn up at any price, which makes me suspect that some
remainders were actually destroyed (or are still in a warehouse somewhere
while a bankruptcy is settled).
If only someone would reinstate the far superior competing Masters of Jazz
series which emanated from Média 7. It was less comprehensive overall but
more comprehensive for the artists it covered. Their Bechet set for instance
has never been bettered and includes material which has never otherwise been
available at all.
on 14/02/2011 09:59, David Brown at johnhaleysims@... wrote:
>Howard Rye, 20 Coppermill Lane, London, England, E17 7HB
> Chronogical (sic -- as they never corrected) Classics were a remarkable
> logistical achievement but all the music from the 'classic' era --'our'
> era -- i.e. up to 1930 -- is available in better sound quality on small
> specialist labels Frog, Timeless, Retrieval, early JSP and Jazz Oracle,
> mostly in transcriptions by John R.T.Davies.
> Most, if not all, of these are still available and buy these in preference
> to expensive copies of poorly engineered CCs or dubious downloads thereof.
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