- Audio CD (Dec 8 2017)
- Number of Discs: 4
- Label: Enlightenment
- ASIN: B075QQ24YR
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Complete Albums Collection: 1957-1961
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Disc-1: 70:15 minutes. Baritones & French Horns (1957; mono; by the Prestige All Stars; only the 6 songs of the “Baritones” part of this album is included) & Pepper Adams Quintet (’57, stereo; his true debut).
D-2: 76:57. Critic’s Choice (’57; mono) & The Cool Sound of Pepper Adams (’58; mono; booklet incorrectly lists songs 6-10, but is actually 7-10 on this disc).
D-3: 79:52. 10 to 4 at the 5 Spot (’58; songs 1-4 stereo, 5 mono; live) & The Pepper-Knepper Quintet (’59; mono; there is some disagreement of ’58 or ’59 as release year).
D-4: 82:53. Motor City Scene (a.k.a. Stardust) (’60; stereo) & Out of this World (’61; stereo; by Pepper Adams Donald Byrd Quintet; recording debut of Herbie Hancock).
Sound (w/headphones) is great, but unfortunately the playback volume level is not uniform – album 1 is louder than everything else, album 2 is lower. Albums 3-8 are pretty consistent. Albums are complete & in proper song order. Discs are securely held by plastic teeth inside a dual-hinged jewel case, which in turn slides into a cardboard box w/a closing flap, same height/ length as a normal jewel case for optimal storage. Front cover of box, case & booklet all show pictures of original album’s front covers; back of box & case list songs + lengths; minimal 8 page booklet: 2 pages of a limited Adams bio w/some song personnel listed; ¼ page w/album names + release year; 1 page w/songs + lengths + composers; 4 pictures. If interested, Windows Media Player does not recognize anything.