First of I must commend on such a great price on the five CD box set. It illustrates the first half of Django's career, dealing with his stay at the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Chronologically placed, the songs simply ooze beauty. Beauty not in the sense of a cello holding a long minor note in the midst of a self contrived orchestra, but simply because the musicians are musicians. The tracks demonstrate their knowledge and ability as musicians. The improvisational gypsy jazz style sound amazingly fresh for music from the 30's, ranging from classics such Dinah, Tiger Rag, Improvisation, Swing from Paris, just to name a few. The music bears the etiquette and progressive prowess which are evident in alot of contemprary music. To hear Reinhardt, Grappelli and Vola pump up the pace in My Sweet is extremely gratifying. The several takes of certain songs demonstrate the how good Django and Stephane are at improvisation, in some cases the Hot Club may change certain songs to and extent where the end result is simply perfection. For example the several takes of Japanese Sandman on CD 3 show the development and progress during each take, they finally settle with an inspiring chilled version.
If anything, the box set suffers because some of the early recordings are of low sound quality. It states that the surface noise have been cleared up and everything given a good clean to give the best possible sound. However I have heard better recordings of Nagasaki, Swing Guitars etc on CD 4. Saying so, this does not affect the enjoyment much, in fact i am nick picking!
This box set is highly recommending!