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A 5 stars music, a 2 stars release on vinyl
on 14 July 2016
Many reviewers wrote about this important album of one of the most legendary jazzman. It is indeed amazing. The following lines refer only to this recent vinyl release. I have to say: the sound is excellent, if not some annoying popping and (few) crackling that did not disappear even I cleaned and re-cleaned the record. Well, not a problem if the sound is quite good. Too good, however! What master was used? Did the manufacturer have access at the original tapes from Columbia? I doubt. Was the original remastered? When? No mention on the cover... Maybe the LP was produced using some cds, in which case it is a real tickery. Even for the picture of Fujita, used on the cover, there is no mention regarding the copyright as usual. The back cover offers a comprehensive text, but no timing for the songs. Another reason to say that DOL - the Russian manufacturer of this vinyl - is not quite I can call a profesional editor. But who cares? This LP is available on (European) Amazon and any jazz fan can enjoy it, be it a fake or not.
The so-called Frustration-Free Packaging proved not to be enough sturdy when handed by a careless carrier like Asendia and its Romanian partner. The parcel arrived damaged, and the cover of the LP with an unaesthetic corner bent. This is not the first time when a parcel delivered through Asendia came damaged. The good new is that Amazon Customer Service proved to be very kind and offered me a refund. Finally, I was happy with this LP, despite the deficiencies mentioned above.