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Bad Metadata, AGAIN!
I am writing this review less about this particular album – which I have purchased in DSD256, but also about my general purchasing experience with this label as I have placed multiple orders since 2020. As this label sells primarily digital downloadable music targeted to the audiophile market, it is inexcusable that they do such a poor job of ensuring the metadata in their downloaded files is correct and of high quality. Across all my purchases, this has simply not been the case with HDTT. From misnamed albums, omitted or misspelled artists, bad tagging on individual tracks, no genre, year, etc. They don’t even bother to include their own catalog number. Plus, a pathetically low resolution cover art image: 300x300 looks REALLY BAD when viewed on the iPad I use with Roon to control playback – the problem is compounded by the fact that there is no higher resolution cover art image available that I can download and fix it myself. Finally, whatever the source tapes they are using, they often are missing tracks from the originally album. For the most part, the sound is very good, which is why I’ve been a repeat purchaser. However, I suspect they don’t have anyone at the company that is thinking about the actual delivery and metadata. If I purchased a vinyl album, I would expect it to be in a record jacket with art and some useful information on the back cover. Why does this label think that just because they are delivering in digital that additional information can be omitted? They are thinking more about the tape machines than the product they are producing. It is for this reason that I’ve limited my purchases with HDTT.
One of Monk's greatest albums in a superb transfer
This is one of Monk's greatest albums, he's just totally alive and driving the entire group forward. And what a really nice group of musicians are gathered here! The sound is open, airy, and detailed, with good resolution of the piano. This is as nice a release as I've heard, possibly the best of the various releases I've heard over the years. It is certainly dramatically better sounding (more open, more live, more extended) than the SACD that I have. A terrific release from HDTT!
Artist(s): Piano – Thelonious Monk
Bass – John Ore
Drums – Frankie Dunlop
Tenor Saxophone – Charles Rouse
Recording Info: All tracks recorded in New York by Columbia 1962
Producer - Teo Macero
1 Monk's Dream 5:42
2 Body And Soul 4:29
3 Bright Mississippi 7:54
4 Five Spot Blues 3:15
5 Bolivar Blues 6:26
6 Just A Gigolo 2:29
7 Bye-Ya 5:25
8 Sweet And Lovely 7:48