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Though famed for their engineering quality, Japanese reissues are often sonically more restrained, lacking the punch of Blue Note originals. No Toshiba, no! Japanese collectors rightly have a preference for vintage original US Blue Note pressings.
Hoever they do not sound anywhere as good. The Meisners sold Aladdin to Imperial Records around Imperial was bought by Liberty Records inwho two years later went on to buy Blue Note Records. This included the reissue not only of Blue Note recordings, but also other material that had come into possession of United Artists, such as Transition, Jazz West, Pacific Jazz and Contemporary.
Tokyo dealers who specialise in selling Japanese Blue Note pressings say King are becoming particularly hard to find, originating from a dwindling numbers Japanese collections. Japanese is like a foreign language to me. I can see the first letter is a drawing of a factory, with a long approach road leading up to it where the top executives can park their company cars. King Record Co. Claimed by some enthusiasts to be the best pressings originating from Japan, and preferred to United Artists own US reissues.
Truth is lost in the mists of time. If only. Note catalogue number is pure local invention. Van Gelder was brought in to remaster recordings for CD not for vinyl! Much of the Blue Note catalogue went on to be released a second or third time in Japan, and it is always advisable to check the year of manufacture of any particular issue. Earlier editions are generally preferable to later ones. Claims are made that the records are mastered from the original tapes, though that is true of every record.
One Sawano I bought I sent back as the quality was shocking. To my mind a copy is still a copy, however good a copy, it is not the real deal. Not ones to give up, the Sawano brothers now produce replicas which claim to have been from the original master tapes.
How they came to have access to them remains unclear, and a cynic might remark that every issue or reissue is derived from the original master tapes, just not mastered directly from the original tapes.
The upside of Toshiba from around this time is they are fairly readily available and not expensive, and the vinyl will be well-cared for. Sonically, they do not compare well against the original US pressings, or Liberty reissues. Soft, some rolled off at the top end, and lacking the punch of originals. As with all things there are some titles fare better than others. I see it in many Japan pressings here and also in many other titles.
Is this what you are referring to? Hi, Google it, please, the concierge service is on Autumn break. Hi, love the website. Can anyone personally recommend any record stores in Tokyo or Kyoto please. In this case, monitoring and mixing are the same LP) mix the music you need to monitor it and Van Gelder was doing all this with one speaker in Hackensack and for some time at Englewood Cliffs.
So what he, Alfred Lion, and the musicians heard through that single speaker was the two channels of music going to his two-track tape machine summed together at equal volumes. Then, when Van Gelder went to cut the mono master lacquer disk later, he would sum the channels together the same way and hear and cut the same thing Alfred Lion and the musicians would have heard in the studio during the recording session.
The fascinating thing is in many cases the sessions would have been recorded, mixed, and mastered for mono without Lion or Van Gelder ever even hearing the tape in stereo once!
Thanks again for the info. I understand your diagram regarding the placement of the instruments and I have heard this about Van Gelder before. What I had never heard was that each instrument was individually miked and would love to know where you got that info. Also, we now have access to many of the previously unpublished photos from inside the recording studio. The only microphone that I have seen this far is one placed in front of Grant Greens guitar amp on Idle Moments.
One would hope these photos were candid and not staged or maybe the microphones are out of site. It also makes it hard to comprehend why if each instrument had a mike, it is so hard to hear the piano contribution on so many of these records, unless Van Gelder arbitrarily decided to turn them down.
The fact that the whole album is improvised, with Ornette on the left side and Donald Cherry on the right side like they are having a conversation is so much better to me when heard in stereo. Likewise, when they come together in harmony, it sounds so much better in stereo. On the mono version I envision a single person in the middle of the soundstage, playing out of a morphed instrument that plays sax and trumpet at the same time.
OK a little hyperbole. Thank you for this information. But armed with this info knew what it was exactly! So thank you. I am curious why King released so few mono albums, for the ones where Blue Note albums had both a mono and stereo release. It seems unusual, given the Japanese love for mono that they chose to use stereo.
Probably because there were no mono tapes after BLP King used copies of the masters which were all stereo after BLP Seems a point of detail overlooked by most Ebay sellers — true or fake stereo. I could be wrong, but I think you may have it backwards. During the Music Matters sessions, it was apparently discovered that all of the Rudy Van Gelder recordings were actually made in stereo only. To get the mono versions, they actually backed out the stereo.
If you think about it logically, then the mono version would be the inferior, or at least less natural sound. They did a sound comparison during the pressings and all involved preferred the stereo versions.
I set up my own experiment on both vinyl and digital copies. Think about it from the studio perspective. If you were lucky enough to be sitting in the studio with Rudy Van Gelder and LP) musicians you would hear the trumpet coming from the left side of the room and the sax from the right or vice versa. Everything before that was recorded in both mono and stereo or mono only.
From then until the the album you referred to,they were made in both stereo and mono. After that time, the records were only recorded in stereo and the mono records were made from their stereo siblings. Ironically, the LJC site says the exact opposite when it comes from how the albums were produced:.
The mono vs. If the goal is getting to the essence of the music, we discovered that you cannot take a dogmatic view of this issue. From then until an October 30, Art Blakey session, Rudy simultaneously ran both mono and stereo session tapes. After that session, Rudy abandoned the practice of running both mono and stereo session tapes and recorded strictly in stereo. The evidence is there for anyone to see who examines the original master tapes. But upon delving further into the issue, I discovered that the topic was more complicated than it first seemed.
I am aware Ron has taken all or many of the Blue Note master tapes into custody, and if that now puts things in a different light, happy to give space to that conclusion. I would like to commend you on cutting directly to the heart of this issue!
The truth is the Music Matters press release is the number one reason I delved so deeply into this issue and took it upon myself to become an expert on it.
To prefer the stereo to the mono is also a very valid opinion. The issue I have with the statement on the Music Matters website is that whether or not they had this intention, they are leading people to believe that the albums recorded to two-track tape only were mixed in stereo, but many if not most or all of them were actually mixed in mono.
The hardest evidence of this comes from Rudy Van Gelder himself, as I quoted in my article. Thanks so much for your response. I re-read your article and am fascinated by the time period. I had one last question based on your final conclusion and after speaking with Fred and buying his book in New York. You concluded based on quotes from Van Gelder that most of the records were mixed in mono. The way I read and understood the shift in was that everything was then recorded in two track.
Two track by definition my understanding is the placement of two microphones in the studio Stereo Once the music is recorded stereo it would have to mixed in stereo as it was my understanding that you could make mono tapes from stereo but not not vice versa. Could it be that confusion lies in the fact that Van Gelder only like to listen to one speaker in the control room while he was mixing? So glad to see my database being utilized, Aaron!
One of the key things that I think comes out of that information is that we can see how many albums were recorded to two-track only but then only released in mono originally, and for the rest of the albums during that period that were also released in stereo, the mono version was always released first I also mention this in my article.
This is why my best guess is they focused on mono until around at the very least, which was when they began releasing the mono and stereo versions of albums at the same time. Anyone have any idea as to how many of the factory pressings there is, I picked up a Jackie McLean Jackies Bag the other day and have to say its wonderful, going to ave to search a few more out, its on GXK That is most likely the case.
Before Toshiba started pressing their own, they just re-packaged US pressings. I have one of those, too. King Records pressed Japan Blue Notes Though the first pressings were singles. I own a couple of those on red vinyl. They all are labeled NP. From the blue ink colour variation I would guessthe years Liberty was under Transamerica prior to merger with United Artists. Possibly a West Coast pressing. Possibly the insert holds some missing information.
How very very interesting. A scan or sharp photo of the insert LP) be nice. In complete contrast, you could drive a tractor over a gm Lexington Blue Note and it would still play fine. They say gm is all that is required to achieve a good fill, and I am sure that is true from a production point of view, but without regard to the realities of mishandling by previous owners.
Some of those OJC reissues are less than gm vinyl, and they click and pop if you just look at them. King also made some special replica editions of the series — I have Sonny Clark Trio. Perhaps in the case of the Toshibas, because they were the earliest pressings. The King replicas are recognisable through the complete lack of any Japanese markings other than the fact they came with an insert.
If you look on the very bottom of the record jacket where you have the address you will see it marked King. Of Course, there needs to be a picture of both sides of the jacket and it has to be high quality enough that when you blow it up you can read it. As far as the thickness of the record and the length of the needle, I always thought the thickness was to prevent warpage.
As the needle plays in the groove and on top of the surface, I assumed skipping would be from something inside the groove. Any needle is going to hit the bottom of the groove. I continue to buy Japanese pressings quite happily, where they are an affordable alternative to originals, or where they are the only source, for example the Japan-only releases of some Blue Note recordings.
My Dynavector TKR has a long profile stylus, which I am told sits lower down into the groove than a conventional round-tipped stylus, and is able to better extract information from more of the groove-wall, LP).
Experience trumps explanation every time. I agree wholeheartedly regarding the immense importance of sound over explanation. Unfortunately I own as many minor sounding gr pressings of that series and it is absolutely impossible to tell them apart if you buy online. Even the round OBI is the same. Fortunately all my records are scratchless, so I cannot tell the advantage discussed above.
Yes I should have said more clearly that the Toshiba thicker pressings were limited to the first pressings from a given reissue — not sure just how many that amounted to.
And yes all the King pressings are pretty good whether light or heavier. This is really a great point, not only in the context of early vs. It seems an uncharted topic worthy of further debate. Sounds wonderful, and considering what I paid for it, a valuable lesson learned. By contrast, if I as much sneeze at any of my Toshiba Blue Notes, or wipe them the wrong way, they are doomed for the dust bin.
Spot on. I now see the relationship between vinyl weight and surface marks in a different way. What helps is a long profile stylus, which gets its information from the vinyl wall lower down in the groove which is less open to surface damage. Blockbuster Video may be a thing of the past in the West, but rental services are still hugely popular in Japan, and alongside DVDs and booksthey also lend music.
And, yet, after initial legal skirmishes with the rental companies, the Japanese music industry reached a compromise in the early s. It introduced a license fee, paid by the rental companies each year, which claws back some of the revenue lost to piracy. That said, there are still more than 2, rental stores in Japan.
For instance, all of the singles that sold one million or more copies in pdf were by idol groups. The huge popularity of girl and boy bands, and the rabid fandoms that they spawn, allow record companies to cash in using the marketing gimmick of limited editions.
These two countries have a shared preference for cash over credit cards, Untitled - Various - Japan In Decline (Vinyl also the strongest sales of physical music in the world. In the last 15 years, record companies have partnered with artist management agencies to take this further.
Fans can vote as many times as they want—one CD single counts as one vote—leading extreme fans to buy thousands of copies of the same CD. The convenience of digital music will sooner or later trump the love of physical objects.
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Jun 19, · The Beatles 3-Lp Anthology Japanese pressings don't have the pressing quality problems that seem to exist with the U.S. and UK pressings of the same albums. Many also like the sound and pressing quality of the Beatles mono LP series (reissued in .
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Aug 15, · Japanese vinyl is noticeably quieter than "% virgin vinyl" pressings from the RTI plant (which presses many, if not most, of the recent audiophile label reissues). Different mastering engineers, quality of the tape used, etc., however, resulted in varying sound quality.
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