I really thing this is a sweeping statement you made:
"the ordering of items in an album was generally made by the producer,not the artist."
Yes, in some cases, artists had little interest in the final commercially-released product beyond
what they did at the session, so how it was sequenced and packaged was left up to the producer. But
more often, it was a collaboration, starting with decisions about what sort of material would be
recorded (pre-session decisions), which takes were acceptable (during sessions and playbacks),
sometimes editing decisions if several takes were strung together (this became more common in the
60's onward), and then the final sequence/groove to the thing. Jazz artists were, in general, less
activist in these matters than rock artists but both became more involved as the LP era progressed.
Different artists had differerent levels of involvement, but I think at least as often as not they
had interest and input as to what takes were used and in what sequence they were presented.
You are correct that "recordings" in and of themselves are different from final released commercial
products, they are only part of the final whole.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Michel RUPPLI" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2010 9:41 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Sonny Stitt Roost records discography wanted
You are right, Mike,with saying that the ordering of items in an
album was generally made by the producer,not the artist.
This confirms my opinion that 'records' and 'recordings' are two
different "worlds", although tightly connected.
Le 4 mai 10 à 08:11, Michael Biel a écrit :
> From: Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
>> Did I mention how much I don't like chronological-discography compilations?
>> This substitutes the taste and intents of the artist and producer (s) for
>> some sort of academic study of a body of work. Boring! Bad enough to waste
>> listening time with rejected takes and false starts, but also to destroy
>> album continuity and vibe, for the sake of what? I never understood this
>> sort of compilation, going back to multi-LP collections of the 70's and 80's.
>> -- Tom Fine
> I have the exact opposite attitude. The body of work of a performer
> exists as it was recorded in the studio. The ordering of the items in
> the album is usually an afterthought that rarely includes the performer,
> just as the performer almost never knew what the album cover would look
> like. If "album continuity" actually meant something, they would record
> it in the studio in that order. Just recently I did hear a discussion
> by George Avakian about how he decided on programming LP tracks, but
> that was his decision alone as producer, not the performer. In a live
> concert the performer usually makes the choice. That is not the same.
> And if there HAS to be a certain order, every one of their concerts
> would be ordered in the exact same order. Some do, and others NEVER do!
> The pacing of an LP is different when it is combined into a CD with no
> turn-over break. Comments have been made about the British LPs of the
> Beatles as opposed to the U.S. albums. Some American listeners were
> disoriented when they could only get the British versions on CD, so
> Capitol put out a set of CDs of the American albums. But those were
> arranged by the Capitol people without any input from the producer or
> performers. But it is what the American kids grew up with and they
> preferred it. And TRUE Beatles fans want to hear the recording sessions
> to learn how the tracks themselves were built. You can't know that from
> just the "finished product".
> Studying recording sessions with busted takes and alternate takes in
> order is similar to studying rough drafts of a writer. Studying the
> drafts of great documents like the Declaration of Independence and
> speeches like the Gettysburg Address and FDR's Declaration of War where
> you can see how words and phrases were tried, changed, and modified
> gives great insight into the creative process. Hearing a talented
> performer's recording session can be similar. Certainly you have
> attended orchestral rehearsals. Same thing. THEN when you hear the
> actual performance or the approved take you know more about what went
> into it.
> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Sonny Stitt Roost records discography wanted
> From: Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Mon, May 03, 2010 3:12 pm
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Hi All:
> In one of my windmill-tilting projects for listening pleasure, I am
> trying to deconstruct the Mosaic
> set of Sonny Stitt Roost recordings and reconstruct it as the original
> albums, in the proper
> sequence. I couldn't find any good discography online. Does anyone have
> the original Roost records?
> Would you be willing to type in the song order and ping me on- or
> off-list? Much appreciated, any
> and all help. I will gather and organize the total of whatever I get
> from the ether and publish in a
> subsequent posting to this list.