On 20/11/2013, Tom Fine wrote:
> Hi Lou:
> I enjoyed that book. Kahn also wrote a very good, if overly
> Coltrane-centric, history of Impulse Records. He got some good
> insights into how ABC Records/Am-Par ran things back in the days
> before MCA bought them. They actually had a progressive attitude as
> far as costs vs. sales, with both Impulse and Command. They allowed
> for costly gatefold covers, good pressings and a uniform look to both
> labels, even though most titles sold relatively few copies. Their
> reasoning, which was proven correct, was that both labels generated
> enough hits to float all boats, and the high quality, uniform look and
> feel was a selling tool for all titles present and future.
> Regarding "Kind of Blue," I also had Carl's initial "oy!" reaction,
> but to my ears, these new remasters sound better than all previous
> versions I've heard.
> Carl, I do think equal care was applied to the Miles titles included
> in the new mono box set, which covers the dawn of stereo up through
> "Someday My Prince Will Come." They already applied more than enough
> care, what I would call obsessive completism, to the fusion-electric
> Miles albums, releasing box sets made up of every scrap of tape run to
> brew up those records. Great for the scholar of Miles, but I prefer
> the edited/produced master takes. What I do wish they'd do is release
> the Miles' quad albums, from the quad master tapes, in either SACD or
> DVD-Audio. "Bitches Brew" was definitely done quad, because I have the
> 2LP, and it's funky. I don't know if "Silent Way" was too late for
> quad. While they're at it, Herbie Hancock "Head Hunters" was also
> definitely released in quad and it, too, is funky sounding when it's
> flying around your head! In general, Sony has no reason but to treat
> the Miles catalog with care because it is still a money-generating
> asset for them.
All good candidates for release on Blu=Ray audio discs.
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