"To hear the mind of Bill Evans playing against the mind of Bill Evans is always extraordinary. Many of his middle-period Verve recordings suffer from a "boxy" and often tinny piano sound, but getting deeper inside what he did with harmonic possibilities is always an adventure. This is one of the least successful engineered Verve recordings, and their reissue doesn't help much, but he's just so damn good, I've learned to live with it, and just immerse myself in those rich chords and flowing lines. Those who want to hear EXQUISITE-SOUNDING Evans overdubbing himself, with clarity and no tape noise, check out his Warner Bros' 1978 album "New Conversations"!"
Mostly a pleasure, warts and all
Stephen Elman | Brighton, MA USA | 02/20/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The review criticizing the tech flaws of the original recording has a point, and Verve should have cleaned this reissue up if possible. But the music shines and Evans fans shouldn't be warned away. My old LP version of this was pressed improperly (out of round), so this acqusition finally lets me hear everything in tune. It's (mostly) a great pleasure."
Please, no quibbles with this monument of genius...
Stephen Elman | 11/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"How can the reviews below quibble, the little quibblers?! Supposed technical deficiencies in the recording have never marred my enjoyment and respect for this record because I WAS LISTENING TO THE MUSIC. So there. Ignore the obsessive engineer types and buy this incredible invention."
I wouldn't be that strict
M. Grigoryan | Santa Monica,CA | 12/04/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, technical drawbacks are obvious, but after all - this is Bill Evans... I don't quite like the idea of this overdubbed records, but as a real Bill Evans fan I'd go for this record as well"