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Begin the Beguine 1909-2004 [Box set]

Artie Shaw Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Membran Media
  • ASIN: B0007UAR5G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Japanese Sandman
2. A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody
3. I Used To Be Above Love
4. No Regrets
5. South Sea Island Magic
6. It Ain't Right
7. Sugar Foot Stomp
8. Thou Swell
9. You're Giving Me A Song And A Dance
10. Darling, Not Without You
11. One, Two, Button Your Shoe
12. Let's Call A Heart A Heart
13. Skeleton In The Closet
14. There's Something In The Air
15. Take Another Guess
16. There's Frost On The Moon
17. Love And Learn
18. Moon Face
19. Same Old Line
20. You Can Tell She Comes From Dixie
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Artie Shaw CD Box 1. The japanese sandman 2. A pretty girl is like a melody 3. I used to be above love 4. No regrets 5. South sea island magic 6. It ain't right 7. Sugar foot stomp 8. Thou swell 9. You're giving me a song and a dance 10. Darling, not without you 11. One, two, button your shoe 12. Let's call a heart a heart 13. The skeleton in the closet 14. There's something in the air 15. Take another guess 16. There's frost on the moon 17. Love and learn 18. Moon face 19. The same old line 20. You can tell she comes from dixie 21. Sobbin' blues 22. Copenhagen 23. Cream puff 24. My blue heaven 25. Streamline 26. Sweet Lorraine 27. Love is good for anything that ails you 28. No more tears 29. Moonlight and shadows 30. Was it rain 31. All alone 32. All God's chillun got rhythm 33. It goes to your feet 34. Because I love you 35. Night and day 36. I surrender dear 37. Blue skies 38. Someday sweetheart 39. Afraid to dream 40. If you should ever leave 41. Sweet Adeline 42. How dry I am 43. Am I in love 44. Fee fi fo fum 45. Please pardon us, we're in love 46. The chant 47. The blues march part 1 48. The blues march part 2 49. It's a long, long way to Tipperary 50. I've a strange new rhythm in my heart 51. If it's the last thing I do 52. Nightmare 53. Shoot the likker to me, John Boy 54. Free wheeling 55. Let 'er go 56. A strange loneliness 57. Monsoon 58. I'm yours 59. Just you, just me 60. Free for all 61. Whistle while you work 62. One song 63. Goodnight, Angel 64. There's a new moon over the old mill 65. Non stop flight 66. I'll be with you in appleblossom time 67. Begin the beguine 68. Indian love call 69. Comin' on 70. Back bay shuffle 71. Any old time 72. I can't believe that you're in love with me 73. Nightmare 74. Non-stop flight a.o.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down your hats,gentlemen! 9 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is IT!

Virtually all the Brunswick and Rca Victor recordings from June 11th 1936 to June 7th 1945 by the great Artie and his several bands,including the Gramercy 5s sessions.The package comes in a box set with the 10 cd s packed in simple cardboard envelopes,but who cares? check the price,and listen to the quality!I personally prefer the 1939 band,with Georgie Auld and all the boys you know,but all sessions are thrilling.

No personnel or discography are listed,but if you're an expert there's no need of it.I strongly suggest to buy The Vladimir Simosko Artie shaw's biography,and there you'll find everything.

If you're a newcomer,well.You'll be surprised.Those lads knew how to swing,and Artie is a modern clarinet player.Nobody can take such high notes!A big bargain,and a very complete record.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ARTIE SHAW; BEGIN THE BEGUINE 1909 - 2004 21 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This collection is unsurpassable. Apart from the value, which is absolutely unbelievable, the sound quality is pristine, even on the earliest tracks, which are not easily found elsewhere. I am an Artie Shaw fan from way back with a very extensive collection of his recordings, yet I feel privileged to have acquired this set, which ought to have pride of place in any collection of big band swing, let alone a Shaw collection.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The great Artie Shaw at a great price! 1 May 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first saw this advertised in a Collectors Choice catalog for $50.00. I decided to look for it at Amazon, and finally found it here. It cost $23.00 U.S., so I ordered it. At that price, I didn't expect to get a product of this high quality! Most of the tracks are close to master quality; a few show surface noise from worn original 78 pressings. These performances start with Shaw's earliest Brunswick performances, and continue with his Bluebird and Victor releases up to about 1942. I'm sure these discs are remastered from original 78s, but again, they did a great job with the source material they used. The discgraphy is almost complete, according to Delaunay's "New Hot Discography." I have the complete Artie Shaw issues on RCA lp's during the 70's, and this CD set compares favorably with the lp's. One thing I'm grateful for, is that none of the original 78s were off center! I've had that experience with a few reissues, and that is unexcusable.

With that said, there are no liner notes or personnel listings. The discs come in a neat CD-sized box, and each disc is inserted into a holder shaped like a miniature LP record cover. The package fits nicely on a shelf with other jewel case CD's.

My recommendation is to buy this set while it is available. It is a rare bargain; the real deal.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
If Artie and his bands aren't the most listenable of bands, well then I'll be a monkey's uncle! I first heard the band on our only record, a shellac of Frenesi with Adios, Mariquita Linda ... on the back. I loved both sides but the "B" side better. Now of course Frenesi is justly famous but the B side is in my opinion an even better track, the Shaw solo is one of, if not in fact his best and the blend of strings and saxes /swing is very musically interesting. And it is this musicality that shines through from the early Shaw bands to those of disc 10 and even later though as far as I can work out this collection takes us up to the time Shaw joined the Navy, so about 1942 (I estimate), his best periods with one later exception. (I actually got this set to get the Adios Track and a CD version of the marvellous Chantez-Les Bas).

Wonderfully restored tracks, they seem better than the Blue Bird Portrait set and although some of the tracks are less current sounding, mainly those with singers, there is no doubting he had first rate singers with great voices and usually a swinging or bluesy backing and of course I challenge you to find any without a Shaw solo somewhere. Much sounds as fresh today as 50+ years ago, due in no small amount to Shaw's solos and his and his arranger's splendidly original sounds.

Absolutely great value and superb entertainment, its nice to hear the less familiar tracks and some are real gems; the studio Moon Ray for instance, almost exactly like the live recording without the background noise but still retaining its excitement. Then there is the opportunity to examine why so many of us love this mans music, check out if you can their recording of "A handful of Stars" with that by the Glen Miller Orchestra.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ideal Collection? 1 Nov 2008
By J. Gibbons TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
A ten CD set which gives a comprehensive overview of Artie Shaw's bands both small and large from the early Brunswicks until the end of the Second World War at a very reasonable price, this collection seems too good to be true! There is however a downside in that no discographical details are included and, much more importantly, all the tracks are taken from studio sessions. This is a pity as Shaw's bands very often sound better when recorded 'live' and in a number of cases airshot versions could well have been substituted for inferior studio tracks - 'Moonray' and 'Begin the Beguine' for example.

This carping apart, the set as a whole is a delight from beginning to end. Through one man's music we can hear the first tentative sounds of the swing era, one of the great bands of the late 1930's, the addition of strings and, finally, the influence of the deep romanticism of the closing years of the war. Of course one has one's favourite period - mine is the 1938/9 band with Helen Forrest, George Auld and Buddy Rich - but what is remarkable is the consistent high quality of all the groups featured in this anthology. Artie Shaw is the outstanding soloist throughout. He was one of the great clarinet players of jazz; easily as good as Benny Goodman - his great rival - but more melodic at slow tempo and with a richer tone.

The remastering has been well done. The packaging is perfectly adequate and, at the price asked, this must now be the very best introductory Shaw compilation in the current catalogue. An essential addition to any self-respecting big band collection.
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This Cd set is certainly comprehensive - but one thing reduces your enjoyment greatly - THERE IS NO BOOKLET OR INFO OF ANY KIND !! Not even the date for each recording . Read more
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