Re: Futuristic Sounds in stereo???

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#1 Fri, 1994-09-30 09:00
Peter M Roberts
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Re: Futuristic Sounds in stereo???

Concerning Futuristic Sounds... and most Savoy issues for that matter... I believe the vast majority of original Savoy recordings were issued only in mono. My copy of the original Futuristic Sounds is mono and so is the pirated BYG reissue. There are at least a handful of Savoys that originally came out in stereo as well. For instance, the Coltrane/Hardin "Jazz Way Out" and "Tanganyika Strut" were issued in both mono and stereo. The Sun Ra recording may have been a multi-track, but I have never seen an original Savoy copy in stereo. I have not heard the "We Are In The Future" Savoy Jazz reissue, but this might help clear up the issue. If there is true stereo separation on the cd reissue, regardless of how badly it was re-mixed, I would guess the session was originally recorded in stereo. It always painfully obvious when a mono recording has been converted to phony stereo by electronic re-channeling. All the highs end up on one channel and the lows on the other! So, failing all else, you might be able to tell if it's real stereo by listening for things like: can you hear distinct saxophones on DIFFERENT channels or are the bass and high-hat ever on the SAME channel? Hope this helps. I have wondered myself whether Futuristic Sounds was ever issued in true stereo.

Peter Roberts