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5 Original Albums
5 Original Albums
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Thelonious Monk titles in 1 neat package - 5 star bargain!, 20 Jun. 2016
This review is from: 5 Original Albums (Audio CD)
The box itself is mini/compact in shape. All CDs are in original cardboard sleeves. There are no extra/bonus tracks and no booklet.

Unlike many pirated Jazz box sets flooding the market this one is refreshingly authentic.

I previously had "Plays Duke Ellington" & "Briliant Corners" out of the 5 titles in this box but it was worth buying just to get copies of "The Unique Thelonious Monk", "At The Blackhawk" and "Monk In Italy" and all in one go.

Although there is no mastering credits on the packaging all the CDs sound really good too, so no worries on that front, .

All recordings were originally issued on Riverside LPs between 1955 & 1963

For anyone missing out on any of these albums I highly recommend purchase.

This authentic Riverside box set is a bargain - just check the cost of the stand alone CDs and compare prices!


5 Original Albums
5 Original Albums
Price: £12.56

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 of the coolest 1950's Stan Getz titles in 1 neat package - An authentic 5 star bargain!, 9 Jun. 2016
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This review is from: 5 Original Albums (Audio CD)
The box itself is mini/compact in shape. All CDs are in original cardboard sleeves. There are no extra/bonus tracks and no booklet.

Unlike many pirated Jazz box sets flooding the market this one is refreshingly authentic.

Although there is no mastering credits on the packaging all the CDs sound really good too, so no worries on that front, .

All recordings were originally issued on Verve LPs between 1955 & 1958

For anyone missing out on any of these 5 notable albums I highly recommend purchase.

The music on all 5 CDs is delightful with the coolest Stan Getz vibes spread over the 5 discs.

CD1 - West Coast Jazz
CD2 - In Stockholm
CD3 - The Steamer
CD4 - And The Cool Sounds
CD5 - Stan Meets Chet Baker

This authentic Verve box set is a bargain - just check the cost of the stand alone CDs and compare prices!


5 Original Albums
5 Original Albums
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars 5 of the coolest Wes Montgomery titles in 1 neat package - A 5 star bargain!, 9 Jun. 2016
This review is from: 5 Original Albums (Audio CD)
Wes Montgomery is a Jazz guitar genius & legend and this box set has been the best, and my most listened to box set collection I have heard this month (May/June)

The box itself is mini/compact in shape. All CDs are in original cardboard sleeves. There are no extra/bonus tracks and no booklet.

Unlike many pirated Jazz box sets flooding the market this one is refreshingly authentic.

Although there is no mastering credits on the packaging all the CDs sound really good too, so no worries on that front, .

All recordings were originally issued on Riverside LPs between 1959 & 1963

For anyone missing out on any of these albums I highly recommend purchase.

The music on all 5 CDs is delightful with the coolest of guitar led vibes spread over the 5 discs.

The edition of 'The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery' in this box is sounds so much better than all previously issued versions and is easily the best sounding one currently available.

Listening satisfaction is guaranteed!

This authentic Riverside box set is a bargain - just check the cost of the stand alone CDs and compare prices!


Power To The People
Power To The People
Price: £5.65

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware! This is a (secretly issued) CD-R/copy & not an authentic CD, 9 Jun. 2016
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This review is from: Power To The People (Audio CD)
The music is great (5 STAR) but unfortunately this is not an authentic CD (as advertised) but a CD-R/COPY. The print on the disc label is pitted but is a good imitation of the authentic factory made Keepnews Collection remaster. The rainbow effect look on the playing side, and the hard evidence of a generic matrix stamped on the inner hub of the disc (RFD80m-79249 80) confirm this is a burned/copy CD-R. The CD-R sounds fine (if slightly quieter than the normal authentic CDs) but it is depressing to know that Concord (who own the masters) and Universal (who distributed this CD-R) are involved in the shady practice of (secretly) issuing CD-Rs in original CD packaging.

I presume (in the UK) the trade descriptions act makes this type of deliberate mis-information on a product illegal.


Good Vibrations [Blu-ray] [2012]
Good Vibrations [Blu-ray] [2012]
Dvd ~ Jodie Whittaker
Price: £6.00

3.0 out of 5 stars BIG TIME Fantasy, 4 Jun. 2016
Don't "Laugh At Me" but this is a well made film that had all the makings of being a great one except it relied much too heavily on the make believe of one man's love and promotion of the (big) self.

Some facts to bear in mind when following the cleverly constituted fact meets fiction storyline....

No-one from Good Vibrations was in the recording studio with The Undertones.

The first time anyone from Good Vibrations actually heard the recording was when it was delivered to the shop, direct from EMI in Dublin. They had no idea want it sounded like (or knew it was a 4 track EP) until they opened the boxes that had just been delivered.

Good Vibrations issued Teenage Kicks EP but that was the only link The Undertones had with that organisation. There was no contract.

The Undertones posted out several promo copies. Undertone Mickey Bradley was the one who posted the record to John Peel at Radio 1

The actual Good Vibrations record was never touted around big time record companies in London. It was never rejected by anyone. To imply otherwise was absurd. Teenage Kicks EP was so good it promoted itself, especially after John Peel received his copy in the post. He loved it and played it (twice). After that historic occasion every the record company, music journalist & DJ were falling over themselves to get in on the action.

Whatever big time record company moved the quickest (in this case it was Sire) got The Undertones signed up, and under contract, plus they got the Teenage Kicks EP tapes from Good Vibrations for a pittance.

Sire remixed the original recordings and issued Teenage Kicks as a two track 7" for radio promotional purposes only.

To this day I have never heard anyone express dislike of Teenage Kicks, except in one of the many make believe sections in this film.

There was a Good Vibrations concert one evening in Belfast's Ulster Hall. It ended with a mini battle between some punk band members and a small number of so called security. One of the so called security got on stage, grabbed the mike and encouraged the audience to chant "SS RUC". Perfect material for any film. One thing is for sure - it certainly did not end in the harmonious way portrayed in this film. The scene in which John Peel arrived unexpectedly for the Ulster Hall concert was pure fantasy.

Good Vibrations' owner had a constant craving for self publicity and praise, and the mix of a little fact with a large serving of fantasy in this film helps deliver that his way in abundance.

Chaotic Good Vibrations did go into bankruptcy (owing different suppliers differing amounts ), re-opened as Good Vibes, went bankrupt again, re-opened with another name, closed down again, re-opened with another name, changed address, got burned down/out, re-opened once again before closing again, probably for ever,

The Big Time for the Big Ego (Self) continued on though with a book of full of fantasic tales, followed by up with his great work of fiction.

Incidentally, Davy Shannon (the man who single handedly produced the original Good Vibrations Teenage Kicks EP) lived two doors down from Chris Stewart. Chris was a member of Eire Apparent (whose one and only album was produced by Jimi Hendrix).
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Jazz At Massey Hall, Vol. 2
Jazz At Massey Hall, Vol. 2
Price: £7.64

3.0 out of 5 stars Beware! This is a (secretly re-issued) CD-R/copy & not an authentic original CD, 29 April 2016
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The music is great but unfortunately this is not an authentic CD (as advertised) but a CD-R/COPY. The print in the booklet is faded, the disc label side is a cheap imitation of an an authentic factory made Original Jazz Classics CD. The rainbow effect look on the playing side, and the hard evidence of a generic matrix stamped on the inner hub of the disc (RFD80m-79249 80) confirm this is a burned/copy CD-R. The CD-R sounds fine but it is depressing to know that Coincord (who own the master tapes) and Universal (who distributed this CD-R) are involved in the shady practice of (secretly) issuing CD-Rs in original CD packaging.

I presume (in the UK) the trade descriptions act makes this type of deliberate mis-information on a product illegal.


Native American
Native American
Price: £22.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Beware! This is a (secretly re-issued) CD-R/copy & not an authentic original CD, 24 April 2016
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This review is from: Native American (Audio CD)
A superb selection of other artists songs in combination with the usual expected wonderful musicianship. The only down side is it is not a CD (as advertised) but a CD-R/COPY. The label side has sub standard print (indicating a CD-R). The rainbow effect look on the playing side, and the hard evidence of a generic matrix stamped on the inner hub of the disc confirm this. The CD-R sounds fine but it is depressing to know that Rounder (or whoever owns the master tapes) are now involved in the shady practice of (secretly) issuing CD-Rs in original CD packaging.

I presume (in the UK) deliberate mis-information on a product is at odds with the trade descriptions act and illegal.


Leader On Debut
Leader On Debut
Price: £23.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Mingus Authentic 7CD Budget Box, 13 April 2016
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This review is from: Leader On Debut (Audio CD)
Unlike many suspect (pirated) box sets doing the rounds this 2013 Euro budget release from Universal Music (on Original Jazz Classics) is completely genuine. The music is from the original debut/Original Jazz Classics tapes, and most of the CDs have been mastered by Kirk Felton or Phil De Lancie at Fantasy, so you know you are guaranteed the best possible sound.

Artists credited include
The Charles Mingus Octet & The Jimmy Knepper Quintet (CD1),
The Charles Mingus Duo & Trio with Spaulding Givens & Max Roach (CD2),
The Charles Mingus Group (CD3),
The Charles Mingus Groups (CD4),
The Charles Mingus Quintet (CD5 & CD6),
Charles Mingus, Clifford Jordan, John Handy, Jane Getz & Dannie Richmond (CD7)

There is a 16 page booklet included that gives recording session details and colour prints of all the 7 original CD sleeves.

For anyone undecided about buying this box set and curious enough to check the reviews I'd say go for it because it is without doubt the most cost effective way to get hold of this delightfully varied selection of Mingus albums, and all in one go.

All the music stands up to repeated listenings and the more I hear of it the more delightful it sounds.


Best of
Best of
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £12.10

3.0 out of 5 stars Beware! This is a (secretly re-issued) CD-R/copy of original CD, 29 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Best of (Audio CD)
Great compilation now released on a secretly issued CD-R (copy). It is not an authentic original factory manufactured CD as indicated on the sleeve.

The CD-R sounds great but it is depressing to know that Blue Note (or whoever owns them) are now involved in the shady practice of (secretly) issuing CD-Rs in original CD packaging.


Jazz From America On Disques Vogue
Jazz From America On Disques Vogue
Price: £37.72

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 41 Original American Jazz Albums plus several 7" singles & EPs in one killer box!, 13 Feb. 2016
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A superb collection of 41 mainly original 10" albums, plus a number of relevant 7" singles & EPs, all originally released in America on various labels including - Mercer Records, Roost, Modern, Discovery, Esoteric, Down Home, Dixieland Jubilee, Ragtime, Dial, 3 Deuces, Blue Note, Apollo, King, Federal, Commodore, Fantasy & Pacific Jazz. These albums were then re-issued in France on either the Swing or Vogue labels, and are now available again thanks to this wonderful Sony Legacy/Vogue Box.

The original artwork is attractive, and all 20 CDs have very sturdy cardboard sleeves. The actual design (and size) of the box itself is also very cool. There is an informative and colourful booklet included with track listings etc., so no need to struggle with sleeve notes!

The music is vintage quality Jazz, presented in fine style and is a must for collectors (or anyone else too for that matter!)

The CDs are mostly Mono and have been well mastered, possibly sounding even better now than than they ever did.

I've been listening to practically nothing else for the past few weeks and really appreciate listening to 1940s/1950s Jazz in Mono - as it was originally recorded/intended to sound.

It's encouraging to know Sony/Legacy are paying attention to some of the vast treasure trove of (currently) unavailable Jazz originally issued way back in the 1940s & early 1950s.

Just like the other box in this series (Jazz Disques On Vogue) this one is also the bees knees, and no Jazz lover interested in music from this period can afford to miss it!

A genuine goldmine of Jazz recordings and one of the most impressive selections I have ever had the pleasure to hear!

Considering all the cheapo cheapo box sets out there containing clones of original issues and issued by dubious labels this Sony Music box is refreshingly different because it is completely authentic - both in sound and packaging.


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