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Oscar Peterson was a star in Canada, his homeland, before Norman Granz brought him to this country in 1949 for a surprise debut at Carnegie Hall. He had his own Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio program when he was fourteen. By the age of twenty-four, he was famous throughout the country and well known to the American musicians who heard him at the Alberta Lounge near the Montreal train ... Read more in Amazon's Oscar Peterson Store

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  • Audio CD (21 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Not Now Music
  • ASIN: B0083CZRH8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,456 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
The new (May 2012) 3 CD set is a great release bringing together the early and late 1950s sessions. These are transfers from disc and the quality is very good indeed. Price wise a good deal. Liner notes and packaging for the 3 CD set excellent and slimpack format attractive. Not Now have done us proud again and now have a superb catalogue of classic jazz.

This set brings together 6 song books and that is 2 each for Cole Porter; Duke Ellington and The Gershwin's. The time scale covers 1951 at the earliest and 1959 at the latest with albums originally released on the Mercury and Verve labels. All the sessions are produced by Norman Granz and recorded in either Los Angeles or Chicago.

Each collection are presented here has a total of 24 compositions many of which are immediately recognisable as the best of the 20th Century song book. In each case it does not take longer than seconds to hear the wonderful phrasing that Oscar Peterson adds to each number. Given that there are 72 tracks you would expect there to be exceptional performances and there are and for me it is the combination of a tight knit group of musicians that produce the goods.

2 CD earlier set from Not Now Music...
The songbooks have always been popular and were a defining period in the career of Oscar Peterson. The 2 CD set offers The Duke Ellington; Jerome Kern; Count Basie and Harry Warren & Vincent Youmans Songbooks with recording dates 1952 to 1956.
Again, these are record to CD transfers that have been digitally remastered and what you get for the price is amazing. All originally produced by Norman Granz the sidesmen include Ray Brown, bass on all songbooks, Barney Kessell, guitar and Buddy Rich, drums.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Pease on 18 Jan 2010
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Don't be put off this release by some of the above comments or the fact that a 10 CD release is now available at less than a tenner. This disc consists of four albums only one of which is on the Avid box set, namely the Ellington songbook. Of the others, the Kern Songbook and the Warren & Youmans Songbooks are examples of Peterson re visiting these composers with his bass and drums trio. Ignore the given recording dates given for these two. They almost certainly come from later in the 1950s and are, in my opinion, far superior to the original piano, guitar and bass efforts. The remaining set, "The Count Basie Songbook" is a bit of a misnomer in that Basie did not write or co-write more than four of the tracks. It is, however, an enjoyable session and does not appear on the Avid release. In conclusion, I can thoroughly recommend this CD as good value for money and an ideal companion to the Avid release.
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Only 4 stars for this one, and really I would have given it 3.5, but Amazon doesn't allow for halfs.

The rating is not of course due to Oscar Peterson's playing, which imho is perfectly flawless as usual. The rating is for the sound quality for around 50% of the 3 disk set. Each disc has two whole albums recorded, the first half of each from early 1950s and the latter from late 1950s. The first half of each album sound quality is poor with an audible hiss on every track plus vibration from the instruments when volume is set at moderate to high. The set is billed as having been digitally remastered, but I have serious doubts about that. Had they even applied Dolby B to the earlier album tracks it would have made a huge difference.

Neverthelsss, I have to say that for the price the set is a fair price, although on my playlists I won't be including any of the earlier tracks.
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I was a bit disappointed with the quality of sound generally, but the 3 disc CD is good value for money and the tracks selected are a true delight for Oscar Peterson fans.
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By Onavy on 14 Feb 2013
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Love his music! And with this songbook you get a load.

First CD has lot of noise, the second one is fine.
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They are virtually giving this three disc box set away. Who cares if you will get some tracks that you have already. Hours of pleasure for less that the cost of a bottle of wine!!
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