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5.0 out of 5 stars THAT TERRIFIC PREVIN
Somehow, Avid has managed to shoehorn four complete albums into two CDs, just three seconds short of 2 hours 40 minutes! The earliest album is "Collaboration" which dates from 1954, and features André and Shorty Rogers in a somewhat gimmicky formula, alternating leadership of a group of nine. The three remaining albums are far more straightforward. "Pal Joey" and...
Published on 30 Sep 2011 by Barry McCanna

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3.0 out of 5 stars Adnre Previn 4 Classic albums (popular jazz)
I thought this collection would be a well mastered disc but i found although the music content is good , the remestering is very poor.
I find that to have it played at a decent volume I had to have about 30% to hear a decent sound
Very dissapointed.
Joe Morgan
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THAT TERRIFIC PREVIN, 30 Sep 2011
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Barry McCanna (Normandy, France) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Four Classic Albums (West Side Story / Collaboration / King Size / Pal Joey) (Audio CD)
Somehow, Avid has managed to shoehorn four complete albums into two CDs, just three seconds short of 2 hours 40 minutes! The earliest album is "Collaboration" which dates from 1954, and features André and Shorty Rogers in a somewhat gimmicky formula, alternating leadership of a group of nine. The three remaining albums are far more straightforward. "Pal Joey" and "West Side Story" date from October 1957 and August 1959 respectively, and André's Pals were Shelly Manne and Red Mitchell, and for the November 1958 "King Size" Frankie Capp was on drums.

Just as an aside, the showtune album "Gigi" might have been a better stablemate than "Collaboration". I hope that Avid will incorporate this in a subsequent album, along with the Trio's most famous album "My Fair Lady", which was recorded under Shelly Manne's titular leadership. Taking what's here in order of presentation, the varying moods of the eight songs from "West Side Story" are reflected in their treatment, with Previn getting off on a groove in the longest track "I Feel Pretty" and the finale "America". The basic premise behind the LP "Collaborations" was that André Previn and Shorty Rogers split sides, one playing three standards, the other responding with a separate variation on the chords. It has its moments, but seems to me one of those concepts that sounds more interesting in theory than practice.

If "King Size" has the feel of an intimate late-night club session about it, that's probably because the trio were touring together at that time. It comprises only six numbers, but they are spread across 45 minutes, and it don't seem a second too long. "Pal Joey" is one of those shows of which everyone knows the title, but few (myself included) could recall more than a couple of titles. Eight are featured here, including "Talkin' with My Pal" which was dropped from the show.

Although there is no indication anywhere, "Collaborations" appears to be monaural; the other three albums are in stereo. Sound level is a bit on the low side, which is not a problem unless you're shuffling CDs. Despite being a bit of a mixed bag, this represents such good value for money that it fully merits five stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Andre Previn Jazz, 14 April 2012
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This review is from: Four Classic Albums (West Side Story / Collaboration / King Size / Pal Joey) (Audio CD)
When I saw that Avid had reissued 'King Size' by the Andre Previn Trio I had to buy it. The original album I bought in 1959 has been played more than any other LP I've ever bought. This set of two CDs is worth buying just for the 6 'King Size' tracks. However the other LPs included by Avid are also excellent. I did not know the Pal Joey set but 'Bewitched' is truly bewitching. Add to these the 'West Side Story' tracks and the 'Collaboration' with Shorty Rogers and you have a fantastic bargain.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Adnre Previn 4 Classic albums (popular jazz), 4 Sep 2013
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Mr. J. Morgan (uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Four Classic Albums (West Side Story / Collaboration / King Size / Pal Joey) (Audio CD)
I thought this collection would be a well mastered disc but i found although the music content is good , the remestering is very poor.
I find that to have it played at a decent volume I had to have about 30% to hear a decent sound
Very dissapointed.
Joe Morgan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classy classics, 27 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Four Classic Albums (West Side Story / Collaboration / King Size / Pal Joey) (Audio CD)
The antithesis of background music. The same standards of every hotel lobby, but rendered through a powerful combination of instinct and professionalism. The sheer intelligence of an orchestral musical maestro with the swingstinct of a jazzman. Hear a classic track like Rodgers Betwitched spun by a thread of imaginative genius. This is music for pursing the lips and nodding the head.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Low hi-fi, 11 Sep 2012
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This review is from: Four Classic Albums (West Side Story / Collaboration / King Size / Pal Joey) (Audio CD)
Am I alone in finding some Avid issues play at too low volume? Cranking up disc 1 to twice the volume made the first set audible, but I've never found this solution to quiet cds satisfactory. There's a distinct lack of presence. I suspect the problem is what other reviewers find so appealing - squeezing too much on. Not being able to tell which CDs will play at adequate volume by looking at them, I'll stick to Real Gone for my bargain jazz.
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