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Reviews: Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus

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Reviews: 7

Review by stvnharr November 9, 2003 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
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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 DeSelby June 1, 2005 (0 of 5 found this review helpful)
very good sound

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Review by Claude August 23, 2005 (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
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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 LeMo August 22, 2006 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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I totally agree with CLAUDE.
The DCC 24 gold karat version from 1995 remastered by Steve Hoffmann is the best sounding version of SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS. no question about it.

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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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Review by lampertb January 28, 2011 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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I love this album and have had it on several formats. This one's the best, bar none. In addition to all of the other stuff (texture, separation, analogue-feel) that people love about SACD, if you really dig jazz drumming, then this one's for you. High hats, kick drums, snap, rolls.... Fantastic distinction of the drum kit!

Musically, there's nothing that I can add to what the rest of the internet-enabled, music-listening world has said about this album.

Another great SACD from Analogue Productions... greatly recommended.

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Review by Marpow November 2, 2014 (0 of 4 found this review helpful)
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Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus Hybrid SACD Mono 2014

As I continue into my jazz listening experimentation, again I am not dissapointed. A 1956 mono recording brought to life in this 2014 reissue.

This performance was a sleepy, calming trip for me, leaving me very relaxed and in a good mood. The AP mono reissue was stunning to my baby ears as I have nothing to compare it to. I loved the drumming by Max Roach and the smooth saxophone, strong piano, and great bass.

When I listened I could really feel the vibe of the recording studio and the way they had to record, less mics, very quiet, everybody at total professionalism to do there part. Colossus is an understatement.

This two channel mono I listened to via front and right speakers that was pure as pure can be. I did try one center speaker but wasn't as good for me.

Packaging is sturdy paper gate fold with good liner notes.

I respect the other reviews as they have more experience than I.

FYI: Shipping Nov 2014 is a SHM SACD.

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