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2.0 out of 5 stars The music is great. But this is a gray area copyright expiration schlock release, 22 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Saxophone Colossus (Audio CD)
Great early sessions by Sonny Rollins. If you're even looking at this release, you already know that.

My review, and the 2 star rating, is based on the fact that this is another gray area copyright-expiration release. And my severe annoyance at the claim that this has been "digitally remastered." Oh really? Because the company that issued this doesn't have access to the master tapes. All they can do is take CDs that are already issued, legitimately, by his original record company, and use a graphic equalizer to mess around them to make them worse. You can do the same thing using treble/bass/midrange boost on your player.

This box is cheap, but so it should be, since the company issuing it doesn't have to pay royalties to the record company or to Sonny Rollins, who is still alive and assuredly could use the royalties.

All these gray market releases suck what's left out of the record biz and make it less likely that we'll ever see legitimate returns to the actual master tapes, and, in the case of a guy like Rollins, less likely that he'll even see returns for his own work.

Buy the box if you wish, but truthfully, the only difference between this and a download from the Internet is that here you get to pay a middleman who has nothing to do with the music.
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Initial post: 20 Apr 2012 19:56:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Apr 2012 19:57:03 BDT
RBSProds says:
~Thank You~! Well stated. These ripoff companies are hurting the industry and the artists. This is why people like Sue Mingus and Clifford Brown's widow fight these pirates with their websites. This is one I'll avoid.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2012 20:23:18 BDT
Yep, agree 100%. In my view Amazon shouldn't even be selling this shoddy package.

Posted on 1 May 2012 20:24:50 BDT
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Posted on 11 Jul 2012 18:16:14 BDT
I have some of these "grey" reissues and they sound great , I have the 8 Classic Albums which sounds great and actually introduced me to this great artist. If well done the remasters are done from vinyl new copies of these albums and they can have a great sound, sometimes even better than what the big record companies did in the last century. So,I think that maybe you should try and listen before you judge, some of these issues are crap, I have some of them, but others are amazing, especially the sound is amazing. Mind you that even the big companies lost some masters and rematered many LP's in their catalog from vinyl copies. This is not new and it can be well done. I really recommend the 8 classic albums series, some great music there.

Posted on 11 Jul 2012 18:19:54 BDT
the Sonny Rollins 8 Classic Albums is absolutly marvelous and that's the set that got me into Rollins.

Another "grey" recording

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jul 2012 17:09:44 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jul 2012 17:10:11 BDT
As far as I am concerned, it is a good and totally legitimate release - which thankfully most other people seem to agree on. But then again, perhaps you work for one of the major labels? If it weren't for the small record companies, we would have far less choise and the record companies would sit on their arses and not release any of the older and less commercialrecordings. You also seem to forget the fact that songwriters still collect royalties on out of copyright material, so Sonny Rollins estate wouldn't have received a penny if the recordings were left in the vaults of a major record company. Perhaps you should look into some facts before talking about things you obviously know very little about.

Posted on 16 Jan 2013 01:40:43 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jan 2013 01:40:55 GMT
A Reviewer says:
It's not a 'grey area', the copyright has expired. It's just as legitimate to reissue this recording as it is to republish Shakespeare plays.

Posted on 26 Jun 2016 03:40:06 BDT
John Hood says:
This post is a little speculative about the digital remastering. A CD has to be digitally remastered to make a digital master that can be pressed. They don't even have to change the tonal frequencies. They can just rip the three original CDs to a hard drive and digitally remaster their two CDs without even altering the sound. My bet is they wouldn't change the tone - 1. that would involve work and 2 - they may screw it up! These gray-market jazz albums are all the same. The only remastering is transferring the original CD into the track listing that they want!
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