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Anita O'Day is the epitome of a jazz singer. A fearless performer and a vocal risk-taker, In other words a true jazz singer. This box set features her early adventures with Gene Krupa, Stan Kenton and her first solo sid... more »
Anita O'Day is the epitome of a jazz singer. A fearless performer and a vocal risk-taker, In other words a true jazz singer. This box set features her early adventures with Gene Krupa, Stan Kenton and her first solo sides, fresh and invigorating. This box features 89 tracks and includes a 52 page illustrated booklet that tells her story and provides track and session details as well as including many archive images. Tracks include: 'Georgia on my Mind', 'Let me Off Uptown', 'Bolero at the Savoy' and 'Tennessee Waltz'. Four standard jewel cases housed in a slip-box. 2001 release.
One-stop shopping for early Anita!
C. Fischer | Bloomington, IN United States | 08/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having owned several expensive French imports for the various years of early Anita O'Day performances, I can say that the Proper Box set is an incredible value. They have taken almost all of her early performances with various small groups and large bands (including Krupa, Kenton, and Basie!) and put them all in one place, in chronological order and with decent sound. What's more, they put out an excellent booklet, with biography, photos, and complete discocraphy...kind of a mini-mosaic! Unlike some of her later, more sophisticated (and occasionally flat) performances, she is heard on these discs with a slightly less husky voice and always spot-on in tune and musically swinging.
As another viewer has pointed out, this set contains material that has fallen out of copyright while the artist is still living and she won't receive any royalties from this issue. I suggest he send her a check to salve his conscience and then go back to enjoying the music! Proper has done other great box sets of Django Reinhardt, Fats Navarro, Charlie Parker, and Bud Powell among others and I say more power to them! Another british company, JSP, offers similar box sets with remastering and extensive documentation and Mosaic, the leader in this field actually buys limited copyrights from the parent labels. If you can afford it, Mosaic puts out the highest quality sets."
The high point of all her ensembles
bukhtan | Chicago, Illinois, USA | 05/06/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Anita O'Day was a singer whose particular virtues become apparent to post-bebop ears only after time. She didn't have the subtle inflection of Billie Holiday, the sheer beauty of Ella Fitzgerald, or the romantic elaboration of Sarah Vaughan. Directness, lack of affectation, energy, enthusiasm, and projection of a working-class, non-kittenish femininity marked her singing.
Unfortunately, O'Day wound up being buried, for the first part of her career, in muscle-bound big bands like the Gene Krupa and Stan Kenton orchestras. Since she only sings during some of the numbers, and even then may be paired with unendurable male romantic leads, and surrounded by corny soloists who belong in Vegas, collecting her work can be like digging around in Paul Whiteman for Bix Beiderbecke solos. People used to put up with it because she danced the whole time, but you don't get that part listening to an old record.
This set fixes that. You're still listening to a lot of second and third-rate jazz music, but at least you know she'll sing in this number.
Of course, this is one of those "re-issue" labels that take advantage of lapse of copyright. You may not care about the record company - they're all jerks, as well as owned by somebody in some country you've never heard of, right? - but the last I heard, Anita O'Day was still alive, and shouldn't artists get some fruits from their labors? She won't get a penny from this.
Five stars for O'Day. Three stars for band mediocrity and questionable re-issue practices."
Great music, great price!
synthdrug | Redwood City, CA | 11/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this box set with very little prior knowledge of this genre of music and I am extremely pleased with it. I played this at my workplace and many of my coworkers complimented the music. Some people might criticize the albums' quality of sound but I think that's just part of the allure -- to give you that "old-time" feel. It's a great starter set at a great price. This music lifts the spirits and makes a room smile!"