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Woody Herman & His Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Musicrama/Koch
  • ASIN: B0000DENV6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Disc: 1
1. At the Woodchopper's Ball
2. Big Wig in the Wigwam
3. Dallas Blues
4. Blues Upstairs
5. Blues Downstairs
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Cherry
2. Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet
3. Irresistible You
4. It Must Be Jelly ('Cause Jam Don't Shake Like That)
5. Goin' Home
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Wildroot
2. Blowin' Up a Storm
3. Atlanta, GA
4. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
5. Welcome to My Dreams
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. I've Got News for You
2. Keen and Peachy
3. Goof and I
4. Lazy Lullaby
5. Four Brothers
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Product Description

CD Description

Multi-talented Woody Herman led bands for over 50 years, through which he expressed his musical philosophy, although he rarely wrote for them. Several hundreds of musicians passed through the ranks of his bands, though even those with previous reputations were not to achieve true greatness until they had done their stint with Woody. Woody Herman's bands offered the best of hard swinging, exciting music that was filled with good humour, delight and above all enthusiasm. This box set presents 92 slices of prime Woody focusing on the decade 1939-49 with recordings by The First and Second Herds, two of his most successful bands. Included is a 52 page booklet with extensive biographical notes, discography and rare photos.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top class big band jazz 18 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is another excellent Proper Box, with the usual highly detailed booklet which is almost worth the price in itself. The box covers Herman's band from 1939 to 1949. The music is top class, with many famous players taking part, and arrangements which allow plenty of space for real jazz solos. Particular highlights are the original recordings of Four Brothers and Summer Sequence. Herman himself plays well throughout and is a capable singer on some tracks. The sound quality is remarkably good for the 1940s and bears being turned up to a high volume (this is a big band). Well worth the price.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rhapsody In Wood 18 May 2010
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This four disc compilation from Properbox covers the Woody Herman band from 1939 to 1949 and therefore includes the best of "The band that plays the Blues", the "First Herd" and the "Second Herd". The discs comes with a very informative booklet which gives the history of Woody and the band as well as the personnel for each piece on the discs. As always with Properbox the sound quality is good considering the age of the recordings.
Disc 1 is mainly blues tunes as this is "The band that plays the Blues". Disc 2 contains the original versions of "Apple Honey", "Caldonia", "Northwest Passage", and "The Good Earth". Disc 3 is the "First Herd" which, for me, is occassonally too brass-heavy and a little pretentious, a la Kenton. Disc 4 features "Four Brothers" and "Early Autumn". As well as many other good jazz pieces the discs also feature the singing voice of Woody, which is quite good; and although they are mainly novelty songs he did,apparently, have a hit with his recording of "Laura" in 1945.
These Properbox compilations are absolutely essential for anyone who wants to fill in the gaps in their record collection, and this Woody Herman compilation is no exception. Sit back and enjoy this "Rhapsody In Wood".
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Woody Herman Story 10 April 2013
By Lizzie
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Wow, well done Amazon! I was chatting to my Dad about iTunes and MP3 downloads when he mentioned the first record he bought. I found the artist 'Woody Herman' on Amazon and bought him the collection for his 84th birthday. Dad said it was a brilliant gift and had so many tunes on it which brought back lovely memories for him. Well done Amazon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Swing to Bop 8 Dec 2012
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This Proper Box not only documents the celebrated First and Second Herds but also the development of Herman's big band from the start. The booklet enclosed gives a clear illustrated account of this development and contains a detailed discography.
The sound quality is high, allowing the dynamics of the.band to come across clearly. Not all the vocals and novelty numbers are equally interesting. However, one has to admire Caledonia and Your Father's Moustache for their sheer joie de vivre. Certain of the purely instrumental numbers surely represent some of high points of swing - The Good Earth, Bijou, North-West Passage -and early examples of the bop influence on big band music - Four Brothers, Lemon Drop, Early Autumn. Herman's was a very long career. His orchestra was a training ground for many young musicians who later achieved fame in other contexts - Getz, Sims, Giuffre, Flip Phillips, Bill Harris, Neil Hefti. Herman himself, while not the most original of players, had great drive and enthusiasm and knew how to get the best out of his musicians. This box is a fine collection of his earlier work. Well done, as usual, Proper!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Having 17 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
Sound is a bit on the ordinary side but the music is fun and very good in places. Worth having, particularly if you don't have any Woody Herman in your jazz collection.
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