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 Posted:   Feb 25, 2014 - 3:39 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

This really is an exceptional set. Sound is stunningly good.
Already having The Carpetbaggers part of it, and not being keen on the Baby The Rain Must Fall score with its pop flavor, the set for me is about the other four albums. I'm pleased to say I rate all of those four as 10/10 quality.

Walk on the Wild Side, The Caretakers and To Kill a Mockingbird sound like one is present at the actual sessions. Simply wonderful performances and sonics that sound as fresh as can be.

I already had the "Movie and TV Themes" album, but I didn't expect the huge improvement in quality that's obvious with the new one. Outstanding! All trace of hardness in the sound has gone and this now sounds as good (if not better) than any jazz ensemble recording I've heard from this period.

Strongest possible recommendation!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2014 - 3:47 PM   
 By:   jonnyquest   (Member)

This really is an exceptional set. Sound is stunningly good.
Already having The Carpetbaggers part of it, and not being keen on the Baby The Rain Must Fall score with its pop flavor, the set for me is about the other four albums. I'm pleased to say I rate all of those four as 10/10 quality.

Walk on the Wild Side, The Caretakers and To Kill a Mockingbird sound like one is present at the actual sessions. Simply wonderful performances and sonics that sound as fresh as can be.

I already had the "Movie and TV Themes" album, but I didn't expect the huge improvement in quality that's obvious with the new one. Outstanding! All trace of hardness in the sound has gone and this now sounds as good (if not better) than any jazz ensemble recording I've heard from this period.

Strongest possible recommendation!


Thanks for that review Basil, I'm more excited than ever for mine! Sometimes the sound upgrade is barely noticeable, but when it's to the extent that you describe it's like hearing the music for the first time and that's a priceless experience!

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2014 - 3:52 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)



Thanks for that review Basil, I'm more excited than ever for mine! Sometimes the sound upgrade is barely noticeable, but when it's to the extent that you describe it's like hearing the music for the first time and that's a priceless experience!



Yes, there were a couple of tracks on my earlier "Movie and TV Themes" CD that I wasn't so keen on and always programmed out. It's only now that I realize it was the slightly hard sound that was putting me off – with the new version those same tracks sound altogether more vibrant and "live", with no sense of roughness. I won't be programming them out any more. As you say, like listening for the first time.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2014 - 3:57 PM   
 By:   crogrr   (Member)

Wonderful News! Mine shipped today. The first CD of Mockingbird was such a Sonic Disaster - am so happy this one is great as it is probably the closest we will get to the original tracks due to apparent legal issues.

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 4:14 AM   
 By:   Anabel Boyer   (Member)

This really is an exceptional set. Sound is stunningly good.
Already having The Carpetbaggers part of it, and not being keen on the Baby The Rain Must Fall score with its pop flavor, the set for me is about the other four albums. I'm pleased to say I rate all of those four as 10/10 quality.

Walk on the Wild Side, The Caretakers and To Kill a Mockingbird sound like one is present at the actual sessions. Simply wonderful performances and sonics that sound as fresh as can be.

I already had the "Movie and TV Themes" album, but I didn't expect the huge improvement in quality that's obvious with the new one. Outstanding! All trace of hardness in the sound has gone and this now sounds as good (if not better) than any jazz ensemble recording I've heard from this period.

Strongest possible recommendation!



I always enjoy these accurate informative posts of yours very much, especially when it comes to comparing a new edition with a previous one -- like FANTASTIC VOYAGE.

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 5:33 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)


Walk on the Wild Side, The Caretakers and To Kill a Mockingbird sound like one is present at the actual sessions. Simply wonderful performances and sonics that sound as fresh as can be.


Whoa... that sounds great. I do have some of these on vinyl, and while I love the music, the sound of the vinyls was never convincing. In fact, sometimes -- like Mockingbird -- downright poor.
Sounds (oh, the pun) like this release is going to be an acoustic revelation.

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 6:06 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)


Only word of warning is to expect very little from Baby The Rain Must Fall.
Apart from the first track and just over a minute at the very end, it's hard to imagine this corny pop nonsense having any connection to Bernstein.



 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 6:11 AM   
 By:   Dorian   (Member)

I have all the old Mainstream CD's but this new set looks like it's not to be missed! Thanks for the review Basil!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 6:21 AM   
 By:   dbrooks   (Member)

Basil, this might be a stupid question but what does the package set look like? Is it just a clamshell jewel case with a booklet or do they show the individual replica albums?

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 7:33 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Basil, this might be a stupid question but what does the package set look like? Is it just a clamshell jewel case with a booklet or do they show the individual replica albums?


It's a "fat"-style double jewel case and the booklet is substantial. The layout is a bit odd with new notes and original notes spread about in a slightly confusing way at times. But all the information one could want is there. A welcome bonus is that there are no notes by Julie Kirgo.
There is a full page color reproduction for each original album cover throughout the booklet, the same as they would look if they were on the front of CD booklets.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   dbrooks   (Member)

Sounds like a set. Another reason I love these new releases is the artwork. Mp3s are great but I love picking up the booklet and reading the notes and looking at the pictures. I was always fond of the 50s and 60s style of artwork in movie posters and album covers. No computers just real artists.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 9:04 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Thank you for the review -- and I am eagerly awaiting my copy. I do have to personally disagree with you about "Baby the Rain Must Fall". I've always found this lp to be an absolute joy (like many of the Mancini pop albums) -- full of great tunes, exuberant performances, and raucous riffs. Love it! I find it fits right in with "Walk on the Wild Side", and other jazzy/pop scores from Mr. Bernstein. The actual film score is, of course, much more lyrical and less pop-star. It is such a tragedy that the original masters for the film have, apparently, been lost/destroyed.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 11:20 AM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

Thank you for the review -- and I am eagerly awaiting my copy. I do have to personally disagree with you about "Baby the Rain Must Fall". I've always found this lp to be an absolute joy (like many of the Mancini pop albums) -- full of great tunes, exuberant performances, and raucous riffs. Love it! I find it fits right in with "Walk on the Wild Side", and other jazzy/pop scores from Mr. Bernstein. The actual film score is, of course, much more lyrical and less pop-star. It is such a tragedy that the original masters for the film have, apparently, been lost/destroyed.

I do agree with all that you have said John, I have always found Baby The Rain Must Fall to be an absolute joy, it's been a firm favourite of mine since I got the LP back in the 60s. The sound on the old Fontana LP was/is exceptionally good, one of my treasures. I'm looking forward so much to receiving the Intrada Bernstein Collection, got my shipping notice yesterday!

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 1:20 PM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

This may be a dumb question but is this the same To Kill A Mockingbird recording used in the Mainstream release? I had that decades ago and loved it despite the poor sound.

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 1:35 PM   
 By:   Michael_McMahan   (Member)

Indeed it is. Also, not abridged this time.

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 1:38 PM   
 By:   Dadid L   (Member)

Of course this is it ! Note that a track present in the initial LP incarnation was missing in the CD because of sound preservation. Now, thanks to Intrada, we will listen directly to the original masters !

EDIT : ouuups, Michael_McMahan was faster ! For the record, the missing track was Boo Woo?, I think.

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

I do have to personally disagree with you about "Baby the Rain Must Fall". I've always found this lp to be an absolute joy (like many of the Mancini pop albums) -- full of great tunes, exuberant performances, and raucous riffs. Love it!



Very well then... I'll subject myself to it again in a couple of days, when I might be more receptive to it.

In the meantime, I'll keep playing Walk on the Wild Side. What a treat! I prefer listening to this one without the three interspersed "source" jazz combo pieces. That leaves just the rich and flowing orchestral parts. Those alone add up to only a little over twenty minutes, but there's so much wonderful music in there, it comes across as a substantial and well-rounded listen at that length. The track "Rejected" has been on repeat for a while and it's quite intoxicating. No Bernstein admirer should be without this excellence.

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 3:33 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Mine arrived today. Cannot wait to delve into it!

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 4:53 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

You've convinced me to buy it (which had been in and out of my SAE shopping cart). I already had some of the originals, including various CD incarnations of the wondrous "To Kill A Mockingbird" and even, digitally, "Baby The Rain Must Fall," which I long had on LP and later bought the movie on DVD -- granted, not your typical Elmer Bernstein, but always liked the movie. So now I have a couple of SAE boxes on their way to me.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 5:14 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

This really is an exceptional set. Sound is stunningly good.
Already having The Carpetbaggers part of it, and not being keen on the Baby The Rain Must Fall score with its pop flavor, the set for me is about the other four albums. I'm pleased to say I rate all of those four as 10/10 quality.

Walk on the Wild Side, The Caretakers and To Kill a Mockingbird sound like one is present at the actual sessions. Simply wonderful performances and sonics that sound as fresh as can be.

I already had the "Movie and TV Themes" album, but I didn't expect the huge improvement in quality that's obvious with the new one. Outstanding! All trace of hardness in the sound has gone and this now sounds as good (if not better) than any jazz ensemble recording I've heard from this period.

Strongest possible recommendation!




Thanks for the review Basil. Can't wait to get mine.

As I mentioned on another thread, I bought all these stereo LPs back in 1964, 50 years ago!
They were already in the bargain bins of K Mart etc. at 50 cents each. I'm anxious to hear the improved sound. Always enjoyed them. Didn't care for Baby the Rain Must Fall back then, will give it another listen. smile

 
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