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on 25 January 2013
Beware!!!! As a plethora of different masters and confusingly titled box sets enter the market older reviews are often being tagged to new products which don't precisely correspond to the original review. Columbia's Monk and Miles archive is a supreme case in point. It seems Sony BMG's complete Monk box set was prohibitively expensive so it's now being released in bits and bobs under its bargain Original Album Series. Amazon is currently placing reviews of the first Monk Original Album on the second Original's instalment which contains different albums.

As far as the genre goes both sets are worthy of five stars and that's an overall subjective rating of 10/10 (~). However in absolute terms that does not give these two sets equality in terms of raw enjoyment, intellectual stimulation, intuitive insight, affect, etc. In my humble view the first issue is more essential. It contains:

Straight, No Chaser [1967] with; Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Ben Riley (drums), Larry Gales (bass). ~ 10/10

Underground [1968] with; Charlie Rouse (t.s), Ben Riley (dr), Larry Gales (ba), Jon Hendricks (Vocal on "in walked Bud" -. ~ 10/10

Criss Cross [1963]; Charlie Rouse (t.s), John Ore (ba), Frankie Dunlop (dr). ~10/10

Monk's Dream [1963]; Charlie Rouse (t.s), John Ore (ba), Frankie Dunlop (dr). ~10/10

Solo Monk [1965] ~ 8/10

The second issue in the Original Album classics series contains:

Misterioso [1965]; Charlie Rouse (t.s), Ben Riley/Frank Dunlop (dr), Butch Warren/Larry Gales (ba) ~ 9/10. NOTE: not to be confused with the Riverside Album [1958] of same title ~ 100/100.

Monk in Tokyo [1963]; Charlie Rouse (t.s), Frank Dunlop (dr), Butch Warren (ba). ~ 10/10

Monk [1964] Charlie Rouse (ts), Larry Gales (b), Ben Riley (d) ~ 9/10. NOTE: not to be confused with the Prestige Album [1954] of the same name.

Blue Monk [1968] various (big band arrangements). ~ 4/10

All The Original Album Classics are organised around the Columbia Vinyl releases [ ] = date of issue. However the CD Albums have the benefit of substituting edited tracks for unedited ones. Additionally these issues have extra tracks.
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