Now on Apple Music

Michael Hagerty

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Decided to go digging around on Apple Music this morning and found some A&M/CTi releases that I hadn't seen available before (if I'm just late to the party, it won't be the first time):

NAT ADDERLEY: CALLING OUT LOUD
SOUL FLUTES: TRUST IN ME
NAT ADDERLEY: YOU, BABY
 

Rudy

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Qobuz of course has these, and many other Nat titles (just one screenful here):


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They are recent additions, as I had checked for these early in the year and didn't come across them. So thankfully I can get downloads of both titles, even though my vinyl is OK.

I still haven't seen Stonebone appear yet, and I keep checking regularly. But if Universal is sending these two obscurities to streaming, chances are Stonebone will be there in the not too distant future. It took the Tamba 4 about nine months to hit streaming distribution (completely with its terrible alternate album cover), and it was even rarer than Stonebone (basically just a rumor).
 

Rudy

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If/when they do STONEBONE, I’d love to see ISRAEL and BETWIXT & BETWEEN, too.
I would hope so. The cost for a label to reissue a streaming album is minimal--there's no physical product to create, so no production, shipping or inventory cost. I could see a small number of A&M/CTi albums never issued but Johnson and Winding are jazz legends. Certainly better known than Nat Adderley (and not to knock Adderley, but I always felt he was in the shadow of his brother Julian aka "Cannonball").

The only thought I have is that with Universal owning these, there's a chance the masters went up in flames. Not everything was in the blaze, but I don't think even Universal knows what they have and what they don't. If the label had the masters stored on the east coast, had safeties stored elsewhere, or copies of the masters in other countries for non-US release, there could still be something available to issue a release from--after all, they did find the Nat Adderley albums.

The big problem with Johnson and Winding's albums--the only way to look them up is by their album title, since CTi used a different name for each. If I'm not mistaken, they were billed as J.J. & K, K & J, J & K. (Plus, I think they only recorded three albums since CTi ran out of variations on those letter combinations. 😁)

Thankfully, because I use Roon Player, any new version of Stonebone or the other two will show up under my "Versions" tab with a Qobuz logo. I've been pleasantly surprised a few times by that. (My library version is my own needle drop.)

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Michael Hagerty

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So, as of today, the only A&M CTi LPs missing from Apple Music streaming are:

ARTIE BUTLER: HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES?
K. & JJ.: ISRAEL
RICHARD BARBARY: SOUL MACHINE
TAMIKO JONES: I'LL BE ANYTHING FOR YOU
J&K: BETWIXT & BETWEEN
J&K: STONEBONE

...which might be the smallest number of unavailable titles since 1971.
 

Rudy

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There will be no tears shed for that Artie Butler album. 😁 I don't know why the Johnson/Winding albums have been held back for so long--the other three titles are pretty much forgotten to time, but Johnson and Winding recorded many albums together, both before and after the A&Ms, so it's not like their pairing was an obscurity.
 

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Like Harry, count me in as one who enjoys that Artie Butler CTi LP. I'd buy it if came out on CD...

--Mr Bill
 

Rudy

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Two copies wouldn't make it a profitable CD reissue, though... 🤣

Once things calm down here with all the ongoing projects, I want to finish up getting the remaining CTi records digitized, along with others I've purchased that are not available in digital. Thankfully now that a few more digital versions have materialized (noted above), I can pick them up on Qobuz to save me some time. And eventually, I may fill in all the A&M/CTi with vinyl copies anyway--they make for a nice set.
 

Rudy

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Still no Stonebone on digital yet. But I'm still expecting it.
 

Michael Hagerty

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Apple Music has now added WHIRLWINDS by Deodato (his first MCA release, unavailable via streaming until now) and Gabor Szabo’s MIZRAB (his first on CTI, and also previously unavailable).
 

Rudy

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Qobuz is showing four MCA albums, released under the Verve Reissues label--Artistry, First Cuckoo, Whirlwinds and Very Together. I remember from a thread last year that you were wondering why those first three were never released on CD. Whirlwinds and Artistry are $8.99, and the other two $10.49. So, about $39 would cover all four. 😁 These are good times for releases like this--eliminating unnecessary physical product allows the labels to pump out many more releases without incurring production, shipping and inventory carrying costs.
 
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