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Technical gaff - buyers beware,
By A Customer
This review is from: Celebration (Audio CD)
Although the rather skimpy packaging of this new reissue of Westbrook's 1967 debut compares unfavourably with that issued by Polygram in 1998, I suppose that we should be relieved that the record is available at all. However I must report that track four - the epic "Echoes and Heroics" - lasts all of 16 seconds; in other words, it cuts off after the opening brass fanfare.
There seems to be a jinx with Westbrook CD reissues - remember the hash that BGO made of the first pressing of Metropolis (though they did make amends with subsequent pressings) - so it's doubly a shame that this idiotic goof has marred what is an important historical document, not to mention the ideal entry point for anyone unsure where to start in the labyrinth of Westbrook's extensive and eclectic discography. His music at this stage perhaps still betrayed too much of a debt to Gil Evans, Ellington and Mingus, but Celebration is elevated above the commonplace by the extraordinary improvising of its principal soloists, the then virtually unknown saxophonists John Surman and Mike Osborne.
Here's hoping, therefore, that Universal Jazz can make amends and restore the full "Echoes And Heroics" to future pressings - and let us hope that they don't make the same mistakes when they get around to reissuing Release and Marching Song.