Julian "Cannonball" Adderley
Vinyl Stock Number: BST 1595
It is my pleasure to review for you, the Enjoy the
Music.com Review Magazine readership, this perennial favorite jazz
recording of mine -- Cannonball Adderleys Somethin Else. For
reasons Ill disclose later in this write-up (read on), I plan to keep this review
short and sweet.
Classic Records just released this 180gm vinyl LP reissue this past June. (God knows Id been waiting for a long time for the premium vinyl reissue of this beloved classic). Would it hold its own against the revered Blue Note original LP? Read on.
For comparisons sake, I summoned an original mono Blue Note (thanks Ted!), the recent Blue Note 180gm reissue, the latest Rudy Van Gelder (RVG) Edition 20-bit CD & the MFSL Gold Ultradisc II (both CDs which I own). The shootout is on....yeeehaaa!
BUT....WAIT A MINUTE!!! Remember what I said about keeping this review short and sweet??? OK, this is what happened...
This music is way too cool to pick it apart dudes! Every time I tried to take careful notes, I started to tap my feet and snap my fingers uncontrollably! To be honest with you, Id still listen to this great music even if it were only available on high grade ToysRUs cassette, you know what I mean? Is the Classic reissue then worth the money? Heck yeah!!! It swings like you wouldnt believe! Its way better than than the RVG CD, better than the 180gm Blue Note (though not by tons), better in most ways than the MFSL Ultradisc (which probably has the fullest/tightest bass), and surprisingly enough, better in most ways than the original mono Blue Note. BTW, the RVG CD is also mono. Only the Classic LP, MoFi gold disc & the Blue Note LP are stereo.
Yeah, purists will chime in and say the original's mono presentation IS IT. Whatever. The monos sound very nice presentation-wise. In some ways a bit more coherent I suppose. I have nothing against mono! Im just not willing to pay crazy prices to acquire a mint original (as if they exist anymore-truly mint that is!) mono or not. I personally found the original mono Blue Note lacking in bass, dynamics and detail big time compared to the Classic. Not to mention that the Classic has flawless and quiet surfaces. The all important midband on the Classic reissue must be heard to be believed! I dont think Miles sounded better (well, except in Classics KOB).
Bottom line? All you need to know is that if you love great jazz and you are a vinylholic...you must own this reissue! Period.
Sound Quality: 85