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Genres: Jazz, Pop
Budget-priced box featuring 142 of the Duke's finestrecordings from 1956-1971. Eight of the CDs consist ofstudio sessions recorded around the U.S.; the last two arelive performances from California in 1958. Also containsco... more »
Budget-priced box featuring 142 of the Duke's finestrecordings from 1956-1971. Eight of the CDs consist ofstudio sessions recorded around the U.S.; the last two arelive performances from California in 1958. Also containscomprehensive liner notes, including recording informationand musicians. Cuts include 'Mood Indigo', 'Paris Blues','In A Sentimental Mood', 'I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good','Stompin' At The Savoy', 'One O' Clock Jump' and of course,'Take The 'A' Train'. 1998 Castle release. Sturdy 4 x 5 x6in box with each CD in a separate standard jewel case.
Ellington's Private Collection - MORE unreleased studio cuts
Comic Online | Washington, DC United States | 05/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Unfortunately, like many products here on this web site, Amazon has failed to get the name of this box set correct. This poorly-listed product is actually the 5-disc collection Duke Ellington: The Private Collection: Volumes 6-10. (Volumes 1-5 are in another box set).
What each disc of the Private Collection contains is unreleased studio sessions from Duke Ellington. Don't worry. This is not some dubious bootleg or import of Ellington's Columbia or RCA recordings. These are recordings OWNED by the Duke. Starting in the mid-'50s and continuing until his death, Duke recorded many tracks at his own expense. He did this so he could distribute them as he saw fit, and not have to give money to the big studios. Since they are not OWNED by the big studios, they had no rights to them. Many of these tracks were never released during Duke's lifetime, and saw the light of day for the first time in The Private Collection.
Another great aspect is that while these recordings are Duke's, and not owned by the studios, he usually recorded these using the big studios' facilities. So, most tracks were recorded either at the Columbia, RCA or Reprise studios, and the sound is superb.
You can still get all 10 volumes individually, but several are out-of-print, except for within this box set. Since Amazon doesn't give you a track listing here, you can just do an Amazon search for "Duke Ellington: Private Collection", where you will see a breakdown of all the tracks by looking at each individual volume. (You will also see how much more expensive they are when purchased individually.)
Anyway, i highly recommend these two box sets. Aside from the excellent sound quality, you get music recorded for about 15 different Ellington albums that were either never released, or released only for a very short time. There are some exclusive suites, small group sessions, new songs never recorded but once, and even a couple complete live concerts from the 1950's (in stereo, no less)."