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Atlantic 3D-1 Modern Jazz Quartet "Fontessa" was Atlantic's very first 2-track stereo tape, issued in 1956. The stereo version of this album on vinyl has long been out of print, apparently due to a defective master that had a low-level hum and rolled-off bass. 3D-1 is now offered on ebay. I've had a stereo vinyl copy for years, but never listened to it until today. Sure enough, the hum is there and the bass response near-non-existent.
Was wondering if anyone here has a copy of 3D-1 and can let us know how the tape sounds.
There were six 2-track tapes in this series, recorded by the iconic Roy duNann. I own one of them and borrowed another to make a dub. If you ever see one of these gems (2-track, 7 1/2 ips) for less than $200, think seriously about picking it up. Here they are:
CT-1 -- Shelly Manne & His Men, Swinging Sounds in Stereo
CT-2 -- Music to Listen to Barney Kessel by
CT-3 -- The Curtis Counce Group (See Note 1 below)
CT-4 -- Shelly Manne & His Friends, My Fair Lady (See Note 2 below)
CT-5 -- Howard Rumsey, Music for Lighthousekeeping
CT-6 -- Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section
Note 1 -- This is the one I borrowed (thanks, Chris). Absolutely superb sonics. Counce on bass, others include Jack Sheldon, Harold Land, Carl Perkins, and Frank Butler on drums who does an amazing solo on the final track.
Note 2 -- This is the one I own, with Andre Previn on piano and Leroy Vinnegar on bass. I also have the original LP and the 4-track tape version and there is no comparison with this 2-track.
I have one of these too. It may have been the most popular title in the series. It's a great tape, both musically and sonicly. CT-6 is the tape Holy Grail. It goes for $$$. I can't even imagine what it sounds like.
Sold for $169.
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