Compared! CD vs LP: The Fabulous Fats Navarro

Fats-versus-WEB2Here is what you’ve been waiting for, a ringside seat at the battle of the century! It’s not Ali vs Frazier, it’s oil vs aluminum! Today I compare the same song from a vinyl LP and a CD. Compared! pits Blue Note BLP 1531, The Fabulous Fats Navarro Volume 1 against The Fats Navarro Story Properbox #11 four CD set out of the UK, remastered by Peter Rynston. I’m not using just any release of the LP, but the Toshiba-EMI reissue that is thought to be much better than many of the vinyl reissues made in America. In fact, the London Jazz Collector blog rates the Toshiba-EMIs as the fourth best pressings you can buy, with the original Lexington 47 West 63rds as best, followed by New York Blue Notes, then King Japan/Early division of Liberty 1966 coming in third. Continue reading