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8 Classic Albums [Audio CD] Chet Baker Box set, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (22 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Real Gone Jazz
  • ASIN: B006TX26EA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,361 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Grey December
2. I Wish I Knew
3. Someone to Watch Over Me
4. This Is Always
5. Headline
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Little Man, You've Had a Bad Day
2. Dot's Groovy
3. Stella By Starlight
4. Tommyhawk
5. I'm Glad There Is You
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. That Old Feeling
2. It's Always You
3. Like Someone in Love
4. My Ideal
5. I've Never Been in Love Before
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. For Minors Only - Chet Baker & Art Pepper
2. Minor-yours - Chet Baker & Art Pepper
3. Resonant Emotions - Chet Baker & Art Pepper
4. Tynan Tyme - Chet Baker & Art Pepper
5. Picture of Heath - Chet Baker & Art Pepper
See all 20 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Includes the following albums - Grey December, Chet Baker and Strings, Chet Baker Sextet, Chet Baker Introduces Johnny Pace, Chet Baker Sings, Chet Baker Cools Out, Play Boys, Embraceable You

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 April 2013
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It was quite a surprise to see eight Chet Baker albums, all recorded/released in the 1950s, collected together like this, out of which I only had one already in our large-ish collection of his music. Most Baker fans will pretty likely have most or all of the Chet Baker Sings tracks, as this is not only one of his best known, best loved and best selling albums in its own right, but the first port of call for compilation makers. If, like us, you have quite a bit else from Chet's extensive catalogue, most of this will slot in nicely. There's plenty of excellent material from both his trumpet-playing and vocalising sides, and the material and treatment is both varied and yet, for the most part, consistently good.

If you don't yet know the joys of C.B., this would be a good place to start, as you get the absolutely essential Chet Baker Sings as well as a good representative range of his other work from the period (arguably when he was at his peak). There's a fairly large dose of string arrangements (and not just on the Chet Baker And Strings album), which range from dated and saccharine to really quite good. If, however, you already know and love Baker, then there are really only two particularly noteworthy albums, to my mind. One notable for bad reasons, and one for good. The former is Chet Baker Introduces Johnny Pace. This is, for me at any rate, and despite Chet and the band doing a sterling job musically, irrevocably ruined by the featured vocalist, Johnny Pace. A Sinatra knock-off, he only differs from his role model in utilising more vibrato. His schmaltzy mannered delivery couldn't be more of a contrast with Baker's own singing style. Whose idea was this?

As if to highlight this, the album most notable for positive reasons is the vocal-heavy trio recording, Embraceable You.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 April 2012
There are several releases by Chet Baker.
Some box sets feature 3 Albums
Disc One tracks 1-12 (Grey December) and 13-24 (Chet Baker and Strings)
Disc Two tracks 25-34 (Sextet) and 35-44 (Introduces Johnny Pace)
Disc Three tracks 45-58 (Chet Baker Sings) and 59-64 (Chet Baker Cools Out)
Disc Four tracks 65-71 (Playboys) and 72-84 (Embraceable You)

This one features 8 spread over 4 CDS.
Alan Kirk has kindly provide me with the album titles and the spaceings so I've adjusted this listing
A big Thankyou Alan..

Chesney Henry "Chet" Baker, Jr. was born an early Christmas present for his parents on 23rd December 1929 he died on 13th May 1988).
He started out on the Trombone and not only played the trumpet but also the flugelhorn and he was a noted recorded vocalist.
Perhaps it was his two stints in the US army where he played in the bands that allowed him to develop his skills?

Chet had a hard life with his Heroin addiction causing him a lot of trouble. Prison terms in Italy- getting deported from Germany (where he had served in the US Army) and Great Britain.
Not to mention the beating he took which ruined his embouchure (the position the mouth has to take to play brass instruments) and prevented his being able to play until he had his dentures and mouth fixed.

There is a volume two with 7 of Chet's Classic Albums available.
7 Classic Albums 28 Classic Albums [Audio CD] Chet Baker by Chet Baker (2012) Audio CD

I've provided the track listing to help you see what's on them.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Derek Vernon-morris on 25 Nov. 2012
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This is a fabulous CD set. Incredible value. I have been a Chet Baker fan for a long time, but there are some albums that I have not heard before, and besides 'Chet Baker Sings' 1956, and 'Chet Baker indroduces Johnny Pace' 1958, Chet's inimitable clear, direct expressive style of singing is featured on tracks such as 'Grey December', the title of the 1953 album.
Amongst other songs Chet Baker vocalises on There's a Lull in My Life, and Little Girl Blue, on the 1957 album 'Embraceable You.
Chet baker and Strings of 1954, contains some lush romantic interpretations such as 'I Married an Angel', and some soulfull Trumpet playing on 'You don't know what Love is' and some interesting counterpoint with Saxophonist Zoot Sims.
There are a whole range of Jazz styles featured by the 'Chet Baker Sextet of 1957, from Dixiland, Swing, Cool, and I particularly like the last track ' X 4.31' which plunges into Atonal Modern Jazz.On this abum he is accompanied by Bud Shank on Baritone Sax, Carson Smith on Bass, Bob Ticarico on Bassoon, Seymour Barab on Cello, Russ Freeman on Piano, Bob BrBrookmayer on Trombone, and Gene Allen on Bass Clarinet, and Shelly Mann on Drums.

The 8 albums are very well presented on four CD's, with a textured surface representing a vynil album, with a general title of Real Gone, which is very appropriate.
The albums 'Chet Baker Cools Out' and 'Playboys' showcase more of his plaintive, relaxed, and sometimes amusing artistry with his Trumpet, along with Art Pepper on Alto Saxophone, Larance Marable on drums, some mean piano work from Carl Perkins, Curtis Counce on Bass, and Phil Urso on Tenor Sax.
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