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.
Aw heck, it's only money! Get a Clearaudio Master Innovation and live a little. You don't need those cars or that spare kidney anyways. But I assure you, it does sound wonderful. (I heard it with a DS Audio optical cartridge.)That may end up being the route I go, too---though it means having to get the turntable back in working order.
Nice turntable!Aw heck, it's only money! Get a Clearaudio Master Innovation and live a little. You don't need those cars or that spare kidney anyways. But I assure you, it does sound wonderful. (I heard it with a DS Audio optical cartridge.)
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But back to reality. I hope UMe releases this album and California Soul digitally one of these days. CDs are pretty much a thing of the past for lesser-known titles, and I wouldn't expect anything in a low volume seller to go through the process of manufacturing and distribution. But what wouldn't surprise me is the fanatical Japanese market to release them on CD at some point. They seem to cater to specialists like us. (Look back many years ago when we kept Dusty Groove in business, buying all those Brasil '66 releases.)
Indeed! I guess I can dream a little, and I certainly wouldn't turn one down if offered to me for free. The baby brother Innovation Compact Wood (pictured here) with tonearm is around $12K (new), a bit less in the non-"wood" version. (And there are more expensive arms--I'd prefer a 10" or longer arm over the 9" pictured here.)Nice turntable!