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John Surman / John WarrenTales Of The Algonquin

Tracklist

With Terry's Help
The Dandelion
We'll Make It
Picture Tree
Tales Of The Algonquin
I The Purple Swan
II Shingebis And The North Wind
III The Adventures Of Manabush
IV The White Water Lily
V Wihio The Wanderer

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    Cover of Tales Of The Algonquin, 1971, VinylTales Of The Algonquin
    LP, Album
    Deram – SML 1094, Deram – SML. 1094UK1971UK1971
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    Cover of Tales Of The Algonquin, 1971, VinylTales Of The Algonquin
    LP, Album
    Deram – 258.061France1971France1971
    Cover of Tales Of The Algonquin, 1972-07-05, VinylTales Of The Algonquin
    LP, Album
    Deram – DL 3010Japan1972Japan1972
    New Submission
    Cover of Tales Of The Algonquin, 1972-07-05, VinylTales Of The Algonquin
    LP, Album, Promo
    Deram – DL 3010Japan1972Japan1972
    New Submission
    Cover of Tales Of The Algonquin, 1972-07-05, VinylTales Of The Algonquin
    LP, Album, Promo
    Deram – DL3010Japan1972Japan1972
    New Submission
    Cover of Tales Of The Algonquin, 1998, CDTales Of The Algonquin
    CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
    Deram – 844 883-2UK1998UK1998
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    Cover of Tales Of The Algonquin, 2005, CDTales Of The Algonquin
    CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
    Vocalion – CDSML 8410UK2005UK2005
    New Submission
    Cover of Tales Of The Algonquin, 2008-07-23, CDTales Of The Algonquin
    CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Paper Sleeve
    Deram – UCCM-9253, Deram – SML 1094Japan2008Japan2008
    New Submission
    Cover of Tales Of The Algonquin, 2014, VinylTales Of The Algonquin
    LP, Album, Reissue
    Klimt Records – MJJ374France & Benelux2014France & Benelux2014
    New Submission
    Cover of Tales Of The Algonquin, 2023-01-06, VinylTales Of The Algonquin
    LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo, 180g
    Deram – 4539740, Decca – 4539740, Deram – 0602445397402, Decca – 0602445397402Worldwide2023Worldwide2023

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    • northropfrye's avatar
      northropfrye
      My copy does not have some of the issues others have experienced. Dead flat. Quiet. Vibrant sound.
      • mrchrisdaykin's avatar
        mrchrisdaykin
        First things first - mine has a slight dish warp as others have reported by, on my setup (Rega P3 with Exact cartridge), this doesn’t affect play at all.

        This, to me, is a stellar reissue that has nothing to be less than proud of. There’s clear tape degradation (one can hear the hiss between tracks), and this might put some off, but that’s surely what all analogue cutting is all about.

        What is here is dynamic and spicy as all hell, and a thrill of the senses. The presentation of the tenor and bari saxophones is particularly good, especially cutting through a dense mix.

        In short, if you want a thrill and accept that records are simply shoddily pressed these days (not excusing that, just a fact of life) then you’ll get a kick out of this.
        • jasdstacey's avatar
          jasdstacey
          My copy has a dish warp also. All too common. Disappointing.
          • druimalban's avatar
            druimalban
            Edited one year ago
            These other reviewers seem nonplussed, but I do feel that a sense of perspective is in order here. It's a wonder that these recordings ever got made, and it's a wonder that Decca feel that they can sell a reissue programme of these in 2023. The sampler hinted at many more titles to come and it does feel that if we don't go out and buy these, those might not come out. Comparisons to original pressings are valid but to an extent are abstract because most of us won't ever hear one. If we want e.g. "Pendulum" or "The Greek Variations", we must support the series and enjoy what's been put out so far by its merits.

            My experience with this is overwhelmingly positive, it tracks fine, sound quality is pretty good and compares favourably with the Vocalion CD (still the best CD/digital version) and the Japanese pressing. Packaging is of the same good standard, a high-quality flipback sleeve.

            The extensive interview by Tony Higgins with John Surman, John Warren and Peter Eden is excellent, and paints a vivid portrait of what was a golden age for British jazz. It's also much longer than the notes provided with past entries in the series, it's around three pages and it was a really pleasant surprise.

            The music is of course great, and they are all so atrociously young. It's astonishing, and still immensely fresh fifty years later!

            In other words, I'd say this is a brilliant reissue for 2023. It's the same standard as many of the other jazz reissue series, and it strikes me as unfair to cast doubts that it's cut from tape. There's a photo of the Harry Beckett tape on Instagram, for instance. Anyway, to sum up, Decca, Tony Higgins and Gearbox did a great job, and they really do deserve praise for this. Buy it and the accompanying Harry Beckett LP with confidence!
            • grekar's avatar
              grekar
              My copy arrived dished so the needle cannot precisely track the path, resulting in lower contact and lack of full bass presence when playing close to the outer groove. Situation is better when approaching the inner groove. Beside this, I am not satisfied with the sound quality at all, and it was difficult for me to listen a whole side at once. I had no such issue with my original press that I have been listening to a week before - it was warm and rich and did not make me tired. Generally, this reissue sounds brighter than the original press and, if it is really AAA, it is one of the worst all analog in my collection and I do not think that I will listen to it again. Note I have all previous BJE releases including Tubby's box and I wanted to have a whole collection of these new releases because the Tales of Alonquin is the only first press from that set I have. Now I am wondering how the other albums would compare to the first presses and if it is worth to keep on buying the BJE editions. BTW, there is no download voucher in this release, which was the case for Windmill Tilter, Space Walk and Le Déjeuner... All in all I do not recommend.
              • charleybarley's avatar
                charleybarley
                Wonderful mastering on this big band masterpiece. BUT my first minute or so on side B was full of skips, even though there was no scratches visible. Some bump in the acutal vinyl, it seems. Be sure to check before buying. Shame on such a great album. I have had no issues with previous titles in the British Jazz Explosion series.
                • csibila's avatar
                  csibila
                  Seems that finally we'll get an official reissue of this gem by Decca on his British jazz explsion series by Juanary 2023 ! :) You're welcome!
                  • jazzfanatic1972's avatar
                    One of the best and criminally underrated British Jazz gems.
                    • The_Jazz_Dad's avatar
                      The_Jazz_Dad
                      Absolutely amazing record, killer Brit jazz at its best. Check the line up!
                      • ing.antonio.maschio's avatar
                        One of the best jazz records I have ever listened to.

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