Bix reissues on CD

Bix reissues on CD

James Kidd
James Kidd

March 12th, 2017, 2:44 am #1

I have over 40 CDs of Bix recordings, including the Proper and JSP box sets. As one can imagine, the quality of the transfers from the 78 rpm originals depends on the tastes of the producers and engineers who are responsible for the CDs. I wonder what opinions are as to the best transfers. At the moment I'm listening to the two 'official' Columbia CDs from issued in 1990. They sound 'reasonable', considering their origin. I once had several of the original pressings and, played on professional broadcast turntables and amplifiers, had a sparkle that I don't hear on CDs.It's now 2017 and I'm wondering if there's been any advance in technology that would allow engineers to produce even better results. Am I asking too much? Opinions, please!
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James Kidd
James Kidd

March 12th, 2017, 4:22 am #2

The folks at Archeophone did a superb job on The Complete Wolverines CD in 2012. I wonder what they might be able to produce if they had access to the Bix Okeh and Columbia sides?
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James Kidd
James Kidd

March 12th, 2017, 10:00 am #3

I have over 40 CDs of Bix recordings, including the Proper and JSP box sets. As one can imagine, the quality of the transfers from the 78 rpm originals depends on the tastes of the producers and engineers who are responsible for the CDs. I wonder what opinions are as to the best transfers. At the moment I'm listening to the two 'official' Columbia CDs from issued in 1990. They sound 'reasonable', considering their origin. I once had several of the original pressings and, played on professional broadcast turntables and amplifiers, had a sparkle that I don't hear on CDs.It's now 2017 and I'm wondering if there's been any advance in technology that would allow engineers to produce even better results. Am I asking too much? Opinions, please!
And the Mosaic set of course. Did they come closest?
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March 12th, 2017, 2:53 pm #4

I have over 40 CDs of Bix recordings, including the Proper and JSP box sets. As one can imagine, the quality of the transfers from the 78 rpm originals depends on the tastes of the producers and engineers who are responsible for the CDs. I wonder what opinions are as to the best transfers. At the moment I'm listening to the two 'official' Columbia CDs from issued in 1990. They sound 'reasonable', considering their origin. I once had several of the original pressings and, played on professional broadcast turntables and amplifiers, had a sparkle that I don't hear on CDs.It's now 2017 and I'm wondering if there's been any advance in technology that would allow engineers to produce even better results. Am I asking too much? Opinions, please!
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David Sager
David Sager

March 12th, 2017, 9:37 pm #5

The folks at Archeophone did a superb job on The Complete Wolverines CD in 2012. I wonder what they might be able to produce if they had access to the Bix Okeh and Columbia sides?
The release "Complete Wolverines" is not an Archeophone product. It was produced by Doug Benson (audio restoration) and myself (notes) for our label Off The Record.
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James Kidd
James Kidd

March 12th, 2017, 10:24 pm #6

Just speculating what you might have accomplished.
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