Will there ever be a U.S. release of this album in any format anytime soon...
Agreed. I think it would be more a matter of locating the original session tapes vs. the 2-track masters on which the album was compiled. That said, it would still be interesting to hear more tracks like those that ended up on Stonebone, if they are in a releasable format. (We wouldn't know if all the parts had yet been recorded, for instance.)It would also be interesting if a bonus track or two was somehow included. There were apparently other tracks recorded at the STONEBONE sessions.
That's a good theory also. There could have been some trading going on there, in order to keep peace (legally) with A&M.The record business usually revolves around how many albums a label is owed.
Stonebone actually follows that format--a sign of things to come, perhaps? Stanley Turrentine's Sugar, which I have been playing as of late, only has three tracks. Salt Song only has five. The couple of Freddie Hubbard albums I have are similarly short, although First LIght has two longer and three shorter tracks.And, if you look at the releases on the new CTi, it's a lot of long cuts and four tracks per LP, so I don't think commercialism was the concern. In fact, until Deodato broke big, A&M/CTi was a much more commercial-leaning label than the standalone CTi.
That's a good theory also. There could have been some trading going on there, in order to keep peace (legally) with A&M.
The Tamba 4 comes a bit earlier in the numbering (3021 vs. 3025, 3026, 3027), though, which makes me wonder if something else kept it shelved.