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Original Album Series [Box set]

Charles Mingus Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: CLASSICAL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,655 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Pithecanthropus Erectus (Lp Version)
2. A Foggy Day (Lp Version)
3. Profile Of Jackie (Lp Version)
4. Love Chant (Lp Version)
Disc: 2
1. Haitian Fight Song (Lp Version)
2. Blue Cee (Lp Version)
3. Reincarnation Of A Lovebird (Lp Version)
4. The Clown (Lp Version)
Disc: 3
1. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting (Lp Version)
2. Cryin' Blues (Lp Version)
3. Moanin' (Lp Version)
4. Tensions (Lp Version)
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Disc: 4
1. Hog Calling Blues (Lp Version)
2. Devil Woman (Lp Version)
3. Wham Bam Thank You Ma'Am (Lp Version)
4. Ecclusiastics (Lp Version)
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Disc: 5
1. Tonight At Noon (Lp Version)
2. Invisible Lady (Lp Version)
3. Old Blues For Walt's Torin (Lp Version #2)
4. Peggy's Blue Skylight (Lp Version)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mingus at His Peak Above The Underdog. 1 Dec 2011
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Charles Mingus's autobiography 'Beneath The Underdog' (1971) reveals much of Mingus. The music contained in this magnificent bargain 'Original Series' stands alone but helps with an understanding of Mingus's self-trials,torments and turbulence. No doubt a genius who demanded and extracted the very best from his personnel. These five CDs are testimony to a man who was his own man and composed, produced, played, organised the very finest, everlasting music.

PITHOCANTHROPUS ERECTUS:Jan 1956.The title number, conceived as a jazz poem of the first man to stand erect. Divided into evolutionary concepts. Introduced by Jackie McLean's beautiful alto introduction it drives through group improvisation culminating in cry of the horns suggesting the demise of modern man.'A Foggy Day' -retitled 'In San Francisco' has a delightful melody of a Gershwin reworking with sound effects. 'Profile of Jackie' is brief but is testament to the altoist with Monterose (tenor sax) and Mingus in background sparking the piece. (He later had more than a spark with McLean). As a tribute to a musician this is up with the best. 'Love Chant' is a longer more basic run out with the horns in fine fettle driven by Mingus's bass with Monterose and Waldron (piano) playing probing solos.

THE CLOWN:Feb/Mar 1957. Mingus's effort to "try and please everyone". 'Haitian Fight Song' culminates in a huge swinging drive between Jimmy Knepper on trombone and Shafi Hadi on alto. 'Blue Cee' is a dedication to Mingus's wife. It is a broody number with Mingus at his most expressive with the ever present Danny Richmond on drums. 'Reincarnation Of A Lovebird is a gorgeous honour to Charlie Parker with Hadi playing emotionally in his own style.

BLUES AND ROOTS:Feb 59. Another classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus 18 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
This package represents astonishing value for money. Mingus is arguably the most significant jazz composer next to Duke Ellington. Mingus earliest gigs were with old school acts like Lionel Hampton and Tal Farlow but his career is defined not by his prowess as a sideman, impressive though that was, but by his innovations in the art of jazz composition. Presented here we have five of his strongest cds, each containing tracks that are 'must haves' and which cross the many sub-genres of jazz. Mingus didn't play swing, free or bop; Mingus played Mingus. Don't dismiss this as one of those bargain basement sets consisting of early tapes that were recorded before he was really famous or had properly developed. These cds are chock full of the real deal and would be a monstrously good introduction to the work of one of the music's greatest composers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five star Mingus 11 Feb 2013
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Whether you're new to the wonderful Charles Mingus or if you've known him all your life you cannot fail yo love this set of five classic albums by the masterful bassist, composer and band leader. Addictive to the point of obsession: you have been warned...
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5.0 out of 5 stars STEP BACK IN TIME 29 Oct 2012
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, No Frills Set. 22 Aug 2012
By JB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you buy from a third party seller on the marketplace, this a great deal at about twenty dollars for all the quality music you get. This is some of Mingus' best work and captures him at his peak. The packaging is a little flimsy and low-budget, but considering the price it's not a huge deal. There are no bonus tracks, but they're not really necessary anyway given the strength of the albums by themselves. Although my first recommendation on your Mingus journey would be "The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady", this little set should probably be your next stop along with "Town Hall Concert". Great music at a great price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MINGUS FOR SURE! 30 July 2012
By music freak - Published on Amazon.com
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A great, well priced and well packaged compilation of all of the studio albums that he produced for Atlantic. A great buy!
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