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  Analogue Productions -
  APJ 7079
  Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus
  Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone
Tommy Flanagan, piano
Doug Watkins, bass
Max Roach, drums
Track listing:
  1. Strode Rode
2. Blue 7
3. Moritat
4. St. Thomas
5. You Don't Know What Love Is
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Review by Claude August 23, 2005 (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Until recently I thought this was the best digital version of this monumental 1956 session. The SACD sounds very good indeed.

I now bought the DCC CD remastered by Steve Hoffman in the early 90's (OOP but can be found on Ebay quite often). The difference between the two remasterings is that the DCC CD sounds completely "dry" while the SACD has some added artificial reverb. This may be a matter of taste, but I prefer to hear the music in the most original state, so in this case the less manipulated transfer to CD is preferable to the treatment with added reverb, despite the hi-rez advantage.

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Review by stvnharr November 9, 2003 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Smooth smooth smooth sound. This is the best rendition I've heard of this classic recording. Easy to listen to over and over. The Analogue Production discs really seem to get the fullest of SACD's strength's into the music and the listening experience.
One little thing though, the recording is mono, the sound is mono, but the disc is labelled hybrid stereo. But the sound is so good that it almost sounds like stereo.

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Review by JW September 6, 2006 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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'They' say that Van Gelder could not record piano properly. That's is really too bad for Tommy Flanagan here as his excellent playing is covered under a fairly sizeable sonic blanket. There are hardly any overtones and there is no depth to the piano. Doug Watkins' double bass is present but I would have preferred to hear more body. It's being kept somewhat behind in the mix. Max Roach's drums and Sonny Rollins' saxophone however are startingly real. This is another classic effort by APO. But it (the recording, not the disc) surely does not deserve full stars in in my view. One can easily be convinced this is a great recording but to me that means forgetting about Watkins and Flanagan and being wowed by the sound of Rollins and Roach. The music and the playing is beyond reproach.


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