Re: Yeah I saw the thread
I basically think of vols 1 & 2 as the same album and encourage you to seek out the full sessions because there are some nice bonus tracks (even if I generally agree that the alternate takes aren't really worth many reslistens unless the lineup is different). Think the couple of tracks with vocals are on vol. 2 though and I always thought they were ass (reminds me of "Darn That Dream" from "Birth of the Cool"- might be the same singer) but aside from those, it's all gold.
"I think Blakey plays on every track in the two albums."
Haha- I see what you did there. He does play on the vast majority of the Blue Note sessions but Roach and Shadow Wilson are also on there. And in any given session, the drumming isn't really part of the main appeal, since the tracks are short and none of them get much of a chance to stretch out.