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The Vinyl Post

THE VINYL POST

The Atlantic Years

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Now that the vinyl boom has officially become big business, it is not surprising that major labels are scrambling to put together reissue projects from their back catalogs that will benefit from this cash cow. Rhino has already successfully tapped their holdings for superb mono boxed sets from both John Coltrane and Ray Charles. For their latest endeavor, they have turned to an artist on the fringes of jazz popularity. Ornette Coleman is far from being a household name and ...

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Beloved of The Sky

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Back in the late '80s, the life cycle of the vinyl record seemed to have run its course. Promoters of the compact disc had lulled people into the ideal that the little silver discs would offer perfect sound forever. Fast forward to today's marketplace and it's ironic to see new releases as available in both CD and vinyl formats. While the reissue concerns were the first ones to jump on board the record resurgence, several new music labels have started ...

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The Holy Trinity of Soul: Three Craft Reissues

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Last fall, Craft Recordings issued a four CD compilation focusing on Isaac Hayes and his recordings for Stax, Volt, and Enterprise. Spanning the years 1962 to 1976, the set cut a wide swathe of Southern soul and managed to put into perspective the importance of Hayes' impressive oeuvre. Now, Craft turns its attention to upscale vinyl reissues of Hayes' most important recordings, namely Hot Buttered Soul, Shaft , and Black Moses. With new remastering undertaken by Dave Cooley at Elysian ...

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Way Out West: The Deluxe Edition

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It was eventually bound to happen. Surveying the vinyl boom of the last few years, large record companies have decided that there is money to be made from their back catalogs. So instead of licensing their material to companies like Music Matters and Analogue Productions, they have started issuing their own vinyl reissues. Hence the impetus for the formation of Concord's Craft Recordings. As owner of the Fantasy vault stash that includes Prestige, Riverside, Contemporary, Stax, and many other smaller ...

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Other Worlds Other Sounds

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In this frantic age of vinyl rediscovery, it still never ceases to amaze as to the kinds of projects that companies are willing to go for broke on for what has become a booming and buying audience. In many ways it is truly a win-win situation. There's so much great music out there and the idea of bringing it back to our attention or finding a new audience in the guise of its original intent can rarely be seen as ...

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Passion, Grace and Fire

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Although they are primarily known for their gold CD reissue program and multi-channel SACDs, the Audio Fidelity firm has recently plunged into the vinyl market with a small number of titles. These limited edition 180 gram pressings are remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and packaged in glossy gatefold covers. Tapping into some music not usually associated with audiophile editions, Audio Fidelity's most recent batch of releases wisely includes the superlative 1982 release Passion, Grace, and Fire by guitar ...

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Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years in Mono

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Hot on the heels of their highly-touted vinyl project featuring the Atlantic sides of John Coltrane in mono, Rhino hits the vaults again for a comparable set that mines the work of Ray Charles in some of his earliest recorded works. A similar thread runs through both projects. A heavyweight box serves as a fashionable slipcover for the albums, which themselves sport glossy front covers. Mastering was done by John Webber and the albums were pressed in Germany, presumably at ...

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John Coltrane: The Atlantic Years in Mono

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Much has been made lately in audiophile circles about whether mono or stereo versions of vintage back catalog items best represent the truest form of the music. Of course, back before stereo was widely accepted and available to most consumers, monophonic was the only way to go. Stereo allowed for more choices in placement of the individual instruments, although some engineers were more skilled at such mixing than others. Still, mono often seems to present the music with a wider ...

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Gerry Mulligan: The Emarcy Sextet Recordings

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While there are many reasons why the cool jazz movement on the west coast was a somewhat short-lived era, one of the key aspects of its quiet demise was the decidedly harder-edged music coming out of New York at about the same time period. Back around 1955, hard bop was making its ascendency and this might shed some light on how it's possible for the great music recorded by Gerry Mulligan's sextet to have been so blatantly ignored. Truth be ...

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Frank Kimbrough on Newvelle: Meantime

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With the resurgence of the LP being what it is today, it should come as no surprise that some entrepreneur would decide to establish a subscription series solely devoted to music pressed on vinyl. In an era of grassroots projects and self-starters, the time had come for such a project, a point not lost on musician Elan Mehler and business partner Jean- Christophe Morisseau. Through their Kickstarter project, the pair established Newvelle Records, a jazz-only recording concern dedicated to documenting ...