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Just About As Good As It Gets!: The Original Jazz Recordings 1954-1957

Acker Bilk Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (17 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Smith & Co
  • ASIN: B00142Q7YQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,939 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bernard Stanley Bilk, better known as Acker, was born in Pensford, Somerset on January 28th 1929 and his early love of Jazz, especially that of early New Orleans, led him in the direction of learning to play the clarinet and to offer up some lusty vocals, possibly slightly influenced by Louis Armstrong. Of the four British Trad Jazz giants featured in this series, Acker Bilk was possibly the most commercially successful. With hits like "Stranger On The Shore" and "Aria" he graced the charts around the world on several occasions and in his latter day would almost be termed 'middle of the road', but this 2 CD collection gives you Acker at his Jazz best. These early recordings give us some of the finest and purest work that he recorded, although there would still be a few years after the recordings on these CDs before he went 'commercial'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Appealing Acker 18 Nov 2011
By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Acker Bilk's double album of appealing and attractive numbers is one of a Smith & Co. series sub-titled `Just About As Good As It Gets!' featuring British jazz music (and other popular genres). The stated period is 1954-1957 which is before Acker's hit `Stranger On The Shore' but these CDs demonstrate his genuine jazz capabilities and the influences of New Orleans - as `St Philip Street Breakdown', `Careless Love', `Gladiolus Rag' and `High Society' plus more commercial renditions as `My Old Kentucky Home' and `Where The River Shannon Flows'. My favourites include `Postman's Lament' (2 versions), `Dippermouth Blues' and `Over In The Gloryland' which give an inkling of the diversity over all recordings. These are truly magnificent and this double album is just about as good a collection of Acker Bilk's appealing music as will be found anywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal 12 Sep 2013
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This original jazz recordings are phenomenal and can only be appreciated by authentic jazz lovers. I have a lot of Acker Bilk cd's but I can assure you that this is definitely going to be my favourite and I advice all jazz lovers to listen to this. It is a MUST!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Acker Bilk as good as it gets 27 Sep 2011
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I really like jazz music and this disc is top notch jazz I shall listen to it on many occasions with much enjoyment
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing 29 Jun 2014
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After the Kenny Ball and Chris Barber 'As Good as it Gets' CDs I found this one a slight disappointment. Some of the performances were, I thought, a bit 'ragged' - a bit uncontrolled. Didn't match what I thought I remembered (but it was a long time ago!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Jazz 16 Nov 2013
By Dave
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I have seen Acker live a couple of times through the years, I like his music and I liked this cd. Great if you're fan of his.....
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