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  Supreme Jazz -
  Supreme Jazz: Count Basie
  Count Basie
Track listing:
  1. Cherry point
2. Bubbles
3. Right on
4. The blues done come back
5. Plymouth rock
6. I feel like a new man
7. You for me
8. Soft drink
9. Two for the blues
10. Slow but sure
11. Two Franks
12. Stereophonic
13. Everyday
14. April in Paris
15. Shiny stockings
16. Midgets
17. Big red
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Review by AmirKessner April 28, 2007 (2 of 6 found this review helpful)
Have you ever bothered to imagine how a 5.1-channel MONOPHONIC disc might sound? :-)

Well, here is your chance to find out, though it's not GUARANTEED to be mono, as Membran are not very explicit about any reprocessing the (surely mono) recording has been gone thru.

The nylon-sealed carton that covers the jewel case says "HYBRID MULTICHANNEL: PLAYS IN BOTH CD AND SACD PLAYERS" (their upper-case) and then "SACD Stereo / SACD Surround Sound / CD Audio". When you open the nylon and remove the carton cover, you see the same text, but now DDD is added. It's only when you open the booklet that you can see that the recordings are from 1953-1956. The sound as such is not BAD, but is pretty mono-ish, and definitely cannot possibly be DDD… Any spatial effects might as well be imagined, as often happens with explicit mono recordings. Some electronic reprocessing may have been performed, I can't tell. Maybe a bitwise comparison of the channels is required for this…

Anyway, that's not the only problem with the presentation. From outside you can't even tell if it's a solo disc or not. Again, you'll have to consult the booklet to see that there are a few different groups playing on a few different dates.

The performances are probably OK, but I won't comment on them – they might be as authentic as the multichannel sound…:-)

There are similar problems with the Dave Brubeck: Supreme Jazz and Supreme Jazz: Jay Jay Johnson albums I've bought. I'm not going to buy any more Membran SACDs. I don't know about you, but I don't like to be, shall we say, "mislead"?

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