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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a great time to start collecting classic jazz recordings, 19 Sep 2011
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I plan to buy all the sets in this jazz series by real gone jazz, you get great music from the 50's, greatly remastered by the best exponent of genre.
This one is great, as is the set by Thelonious Monk and Charlie Mingus.

The problems are technical, I don't expect extensive liner notes and it is fine that the label just gives us the name of all the players (which is not always the case) , but the problems are the following

1) the jewel cases are very unfriendly, they arrive mostly broken and the cd's fall. It is very hard to pull out the cd's from the inner part of the case and they fall on the outside part of the case (this is a one dbl case that holds 4 cd's)

2) The name of the 2 LP's on each cd should be written on the cd.

3) the slim booklet includes the musicians, but the insert on the back cover lists the name of the LP's without the musicians, it would make more sense to have all this info together in the back cover. And it would even be cheaper.

All this said I have all these releases on my wish list, I have already bought 5 sets and ordered 3 more. Each cd includes 2 ORIGINAL LP's without bonus tracks mostly it's 70-80 minutes per cd.

This set includes the following LP's

MOVING OUT 1954
TOUR DE FORCE 1957
WORK TIME 1956
SONNY ROLLINS VOLUME 1 1956
SONNY ROLLINS PLUS 4 4956
SONNY ROLLINS VOLUME 2 1956
TENOR MADNESS 1956B (WITH COLTRANE)
SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS 1956

So, dont hesitate, at the price just buy it, you wont regret it even if this is the first jazz cd you hear
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's The Music That Matters, 8 May 2012
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Just as a supplement to the other reviews of this collection, I have just spent a day listening to 8 great Sonny Rollins cds, each one a gem in its own right (all of these have 3 or 4 stars in the Penguin Guide To Jazz - 4 is as high as it goes!). If you want the musicological details, well, all I can say is that, if you are reading this, you clearly have access to the internet. So save yourself about 50 on the cds and find a web page with the anorak details (I am the world's worst anorak so, if I can live with the superficial detail then anyone can). Great music for less than the price of one full price cd.

Rollins, John Coltrane, Tommy Flanagan, Wynton Kelly, Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard, Doug Watkins, Paul Chambers, George Morrow, Max Roach, J.J. Johnson,. Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Percy Heath, Art BLakey, Gene Ramey, Clifford Brown, Richie Powell, Kenny Dorham, Wade Legge, Ray Bryant..... You'd be a fool not to!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Value (And Playing, Of Course), 28 Mar 2012
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As has been noted in another review, this Eight Classic Albums series provides quite astonishing value in repackaging a selection of eight highly acclaimed (certainly in the case of this Sonny Rollins set) albums for less than 10 (from Amazon) - giving you over five hours of listening! OK, there may be some minor gripes about the packaging - the eight albums are split, two per CD, and the album documentation is split, with track listings appearing on the back of the CD cover, with the musicians being listed on an enclosed pamphlet - but there can be no complaints about the music presented, or, for me, the quality of the remastered sound.

As opposed to many other compilations or box sets, this Sonny Rollins package really does contain some of Rollins' essential recordings, originally made for the Prestige and Blue Note labels over the period 1954 to 1957, including the acknowledged classic albums, Sonny Rollins Volume 2, Tenor Madness and Saxophone Colossus. In terms of musicians appearing with Rollins, these are pretty much a who's who of great players at the time and include John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, Max Roach, Wynton Kelly, Clifford Brown, Kenny Drew, Horace Silver, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones, Tommy Flanagan,.... the list goes on.

There are some marvellous renditions here, the standouts including the Rollins penned tune, and title track, from the 1954 album Moving Out, the astonishing B Quick, another Rollins composition on which he does a great tenor impression of Charlie Parker's alto playing, a superb cover of the Cole Porter tune It's All Right With Me (featuring the brilliant Max Roach), some characteristically great playing from both Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver on the Monk tune Misterioso, and the dual tenor sax attack from Messrs. Rollins and Coltrane on the title track of the 1956 album Tenor Madness (making for a very interesting comparison between the two jazz masters).

In summary, if you have any level of interest in a jazz player who was one of the most important musicians of the 20th century, and, in particular, if you (like me) have only a handful of these recordings already, then this is a purchase that is almost impossible to pass up.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Track Listings, 15 April 2012
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Glenn Cook (South Cave, near Hull UK) - See all my reviews
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There is no track listings and the Cds are not clearly marked so this listings may help.
Track Listing
DISC 1: MOVING OUT/TOUR DE FORCE:
1. Moving Out
2. Swingin' for Bumsey
3. Silk 'n' Satin
4. Solid
5. More Than You Know
6. Ee-Ah
7. B Quick
8. Two Different Worlds
9. B Swift
10. My Ideal
11. Sonny Boy

DISC 2: WORK TIME/SONNY ROLLINS, VOL. 1:
1. There's No Business Like Show Business
2. Paradox
3. Raincheck
4. There Are Such Things
5. It's All Right with Me
6. Decision
7. Bluesnote
8. Plain Jane
9. Sonnysphere
10. How Are Things in Glocca Mora

DISC 3: SONNY ROLLINS PLUS 4/SONNY ROLLINS, VOL. 2:
1. Valse Hot
2. Kiss and Run
3. I Feel a Song Coming On
4. Count Your Blessings
5. Pent-Up House
6. Why Don't I
7. Wail March
8. Misterioso
9. Reflections
10. You Stepped Out of a Dream
11. Poor Butterfly

DISC 4: TENOR MADNESS/SAXOPPHONE COLOSSUS:
1. Tenor Madness
2. When Your Lover Has Gone
3. Paul's Pal
4. My Reverie
5. Most Beautiful Girl in the World, The
6. St Thomas
7. You Don't Know What Love Is
8. Strode Rode
9. Moritat
10. Blue 7
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Rollins., 19 Feb 2014
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If it's the music you want and are not bothered how it's presented, this is a must. So here we have no seleve notes, no critique and the package is squeezed. But what the hell, it's great jazz. Especially at the price.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of these 8-cd sets., 12 April 2012
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It goes without saying that 8CDs for this price is good value; the principle problem with these re-releases (apart from the lack of liner notes or explanatory information) is that they often tend to pair up excellent albums with lesser material by the same artist. The albums are always all from the same period so they are strictly inadequate as a 'best of' so shouldn't be approached as such (by way of example, this set only includes albums Rollins made between 1954 and 1957 (four years out of a 60-year (and counting!) musical career).

That said, unlike most of these 8CD sets there is almost no 'ballast' here. This was certainly the greatest period in Rollins' career, featuring some of his greatest masterpieces: Saxophone Colossus, Tour de Force and Work Time are all essential Sonny Rollins. Moving Out, the earliest album here, offers a glimpse of a slightly earlier Rollins and if the saxophonist is less inspiring here than on the later records that is only a reflection of the dizzying heights he achieved in them. 'Plus Four' is an excellent set with legendary trumpeter Clifford Brown (an essential set of Brown fans too) and Tenor Madness features his only recording with John Coltrane (frustratingly, on the title track alone). Only the two self-titled albums are less than essential, but they still reach the standard of most other jazz musicians' best work in what was a golden age for the music, and for Rollins himself.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great collection, 28 Dec 2012
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Bought as a Christmas present for my dad who was very pleased. he says it looks like a very good collection of songs.
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