George Marino says the Verve masters are in excellent condition, with just one exception.
"The one problem we had was an Oscar Peterson one We Get Requests," he says. "We played through it and there was a lot of weirdness going on, and the tape was really deteriorating. But what happened was they got the original three-track on that, and the three-track was great. So it all worked out in the end. That was the one tape that gave us a headache."
So imagine that. We Get Requests, of course, is a timeless audiophile classic. But the stereo master was shot. Given that we know the three-track hadn't been used before, this means that all those great reissues of this record to date? They were made from copies of the master. Now we get to hear the original three-track master!
"And it's the best sounding of all of them," Marino says. "Excellent sounding record."
Those reissues you've heard up until now definitely still breathy, warm and rich were made from something less than the master. Prepare to hear the veil removed.
This 1964 studio session features the Peterson trio with bassist Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen, a group that had been together for five years by then and performed like a well-oiled machine. The repertoire is mostly pop songs of the day, including bossa nova tunes and film themes, and the treatments are fairly brief, with emphasis placed squarely on the melodies. Even in their lightest moments, though, the group demonstrates some of the qualities that made it among the most influential piano trios in jazz, a group that could generate tremendous rhythmic energy and a sense of developing musical detail. For all his legendary force, Peterson possesses a subtle rhythmic sense, and here he infuses even "People" with an undercurrent of swing.
Super Audio CD
SACD Stereo SACD Layer
This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound!
Cut from the Absolute Original Analog Master Tapes!
Original Verve Label Recording
Oscar Peterson, piano
Ray Brown, bass
Ed Thigpen, drum
1. Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
2. The Days Of Wine And Roses
3. My One And Only Love
5. Have You Met Miss Jones?
6. You Look Good To Me
7. The Girl From Ipanema
8. D. & E.
9. Time And Again
10. Goodbye J.D.