I'm just a fool for box sets and I've been looking for this one for ages until I finally found it at a reasonable price. I tell you the music here is unbelievable and I shuold have bought it before!
The groove from Louis and his players will take you to that New Orleans of the 1920s that all of of us have in our heads because of legends, movies or what have you; but this IS the REAL thing, the beginning of one of the greatest musicians of the century. But, this is quality, love and feeling translated in notes that will make you smile all the way through.
I was listening to the cds along reading the liner notes, and is just an experience in itself, the pictures from the era, Louis as a boy, how he got to play with his heroes the 'King' Joe Oliver and ultimately got a contract with Okeh records to form his own band 'The Hot Five' the first legendary Jazz quintet.
The journey of this box set take you throughout the beginnings and let you inside the evolutions and changes in the lineups of the band evolving into the 'hot seven', sometimes 'Hot Four' with no clarinet... but to me was fascinating to hear this man's voice he just got it in his blood as he said himself. These were early recordings but in my mind you feel as he lived for generations to sing in such a style and blues feeling coming out of his vocal lines.
There's no way anyone wouldn't love this collection, everything from it is a joy, the liner notes and book alone is worth the price. If you are reading this you have interest in Louis and/or Jazz... or just plain music, don't waste more time and please buy it there's not regret here, GUARANTEED!
God bless Louis!
Let the Music Play!