I would recommend you tell Archiv, for sure. They need to know these things because I think they
receive their digital disc images from the record companies. It would be interesting to know if they
were given the wrong source by mistake because, although I don't have any of them, I had read very
good reviews of the Everest reissues in the 1990's. It would be strange but not unheard of if some
inferior digital master existed and was used by accident. Universal would definitely run into the
possibility of this problem with the Verve/Mercury/MGM/Argo/Chess jazz because there were
less-than-stellar-sounding reissues done in the very early days of CD's and then some were reissued
again in the past 10 years with generally better sonic results (but not in all cases).
But, main point, you should definitely direct your comments to Archiv and I bet at least a few of us
would be curious to hear what they say for themselves. I totally agree with what I think you're
saying, that a good idea badly executed is not very useful.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Don Tait" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2007 3:37 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] One business model for out of print recordings -- let's hope i...
> I hope this comes through coherently. I still have difficulties posting
> things to ARSC, so please be charitable everyone if this is a mess.
> I want to comment about Tom Fine's mention that Arkivmusic's reissues of
> Everest recordings have been remastered. I very recently bought three of them
> (all Stokowski). Each is almost painfully shrill. I had to turn the treble on my
> pre-amp all the way down, and even with that I could get only a hint of the
> genuine Stokowski sound (I heard it live) or a semblance of the rich violin
> tone I get from early pressings of the Everest LPs. I don't think this will do.
> The Arkiv. reissues don't say they had been remastered; there are no
> program notes except a bare insert. Yes, this is a good reissue program. But they
> must do a better job than what I've spent my money on here. I'll buy no more.
> Don Tait
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