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The Genius Of The Electric Guitar Box set, Import

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  • Audio CD (14 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B008S80S1C
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Flying Home
2. Rose Room
3. Stardust
4. Memories Of You
5. Soft Winds
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Six Appeal (My Daddy Rocks Me)
2. Good Enough To Keep (Air Mail Special)
3. Ad Lib Blues
4. Wholly Cats
5. Charlie's Dream
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Breakfast Feud
2. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
3. Breakfast Feud
4. On The Alamo
5. I Found A New Baby
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. All Star Strut - The Metronome All-Stars
2. Honeysuckle Rose - Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman & His Orchestra, Jerry Jerome, Buff Estes, Nick Fatool, Artie Bernstein, Arnold Covey, Toots Mondello, Red Ballard, Johnny Martel, Ziggy Elman, Ted Vesely, Jimmy Maxwell, Bus Bassey, Vernon Brown
3. Li'l Boy Love - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
4. Solo Flight - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
5. All Star Strut - The Metronome All-Stars
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Product Description

This Gibson-styled 4 CD box set features the remarkable talents of American jazz & swing guitarist, Charlie Christian (1916-1942), an important early performer on the electric guitar. From 1939-1941 he featured in the Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra and was a key figure not only in bringing the guitar out of the general rhythm section for it to become an upfront solo instrument but also in bringing about a whole new soundworld, as his influence on the later development of bebop and cool jazz testifies.
Les Paul, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Grant Green and Wes Montgomery are just some of the jazz guitarists who were influenced by Charlie Christian, let alone later guitarists such as B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Carlos Santana and Jimi Hendrix as well as other bebop musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk & Miles Davis. Charlie Christian played the Gibson ES-150, the first ‘Spanish style’ guitar, introduced in 1936, as opposed to the Hawaiian lap style instruments that had been used previously. His pioneering work led to the guitar being known as the ‘Charlie Christian Guitar’ and the pickup being named after him.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Masters on 17 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Excellent variety and fidelity. Boy Charlie was a good musician. And this box even though it's a bit small, is done very very well. And the remastering sounds great.
gerard masters
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This short review is for anyone thinking about purchasing this new issue of Christian's music.

The outer box still simulates the old speaker look like the original release. The difference is in the size-this one is smaller. The attached lidded box swings open instead of slipping off entirely. But it's a nice thick cardboard with a slick, smooth finish-pretty cool looking.

The original set opened to reveal the four discs standing up, bare, in slots in a piece of foam rubber, plus a booklet. This new issue offers better protection because each disc slips inside a thick cardboard sleeve (which should be lined to avoid damage) that's color coded for each disc. The tracks are listed on the back of each sleeve. The front graphic of each sleeve emulates the graphic on the outer box.

The 39 page booklet contains a 10 page essay on Christian, the era, and the music by Peter Broadbent, who oversees the Charlie Christian Archives. He's also written a biography of Christian for those who want to learn more. There's several nice atmospheric b & w photographs of Christian in the recording studio with Benny Goodman, Cootie Williams, Lester Young, Jo Jones, Buck Clayton, Freddie Green, and other members of the various groups. Also included are complete details for each track-location, date, personnel, etc.

The nice thing is that the master takes for each disc are in sequence first, and then the alternate takes are grouped together towards the end of each disc. The music (obviously) is unassailable. Christian brought the electric guitar out of the shadows as a rhythm instrument, and introduced it as a lead instrument. The sound is very good-clean and fairly crisp. All in all, a nice (and less expensive) presentation of some seminal jazz. Compared to the prices for the original release, this is a real bargain. If you don't already own these recordings, now's the time to get them.

From Goodman's hot licorice stick, to Hamp's cool swinging vibes, to Christian's defining the electric guitar as a lead instrument, to Fatool's drums keeping everything right there, to the arrangements-listen to (just one example) "Six Appeal (My Daddy Rocks Me)", any of the four versions-and you'll hear jazz, alive and breathing. This is another example of one of those rare moments in jazz, when something new and real and just right arrives on the scene, and we're able to listen as jazz changes and grows, leaving behind the old way of thinking, of playing, and hear something new and exciting come to life. This music is one of the large foundation stones of jazz.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Essential Box Set-Excellent Remastering 25 Jun. 2013
By Gerard Masters - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Years ago I bought the JSP box of Charlie Christian and it was a great introduction into this Musician's talents.
Now, Sony Legacy has Updated the Mastering of this collection by Mark Wilder, who has quickly become my favorite
Remastering Engineer, even Exceeding Steve Hoffman and his work with jazz reissues. The variety of music, the musicians and
the remarkably musical remastering has made this box essential. At $35, for four cd's, it's worth double the price. I don't know
why Sony/Legacy is reissuing so many Jazz sets by the likes of Dave Brubeck, Theloneous Monk, and so on, but you better gobble
these up while they are at a good price. CD's are going away, and finding titles like this Charlie Christian set will probably be around
in the public domain labels, but experience shows me that this is THE MEAT of the music, straight from the Record Labels vaults, and
once they go out of print, the public domain issues, with questionable quality, will be all that's left........Buy an extra for your grandchildres....
I did!
Gerard Masters
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
How To Salvage The CD's (The Music "Speaks For Itself!")...... 23 Feb. 2013
By John H. McCarthy - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Oh, how I hated to dock this set a star, but with the foam packaging fiasco (more to come) and the lack of a fifth disc with whatever is missing (see other reviews), I feel I had no choice.
Now, onto the packaging, and how to protect your investment before the incompatible chemical properties of the foam eventually do damage......
For those of you without the set, here is the problem: when you open the set, and lift the lid, you see the four discs upright in a row, secure by slots in a foam base, with the booklet behind in it's own space. Unlike others, I thought this looked pretty neat, but when you inspect the playing side of the discs you find a greasy film that has leeched from the foam. In my set, this stain was limited to the area inserted in discs two, three and four, but on disc 1 the stain had started to creep upwards. I played disc one as is in my computer, and it did play through with no problem, but the more I thought about it, I felt that the problem would only worsen in time as the foam continued to break down. My solution was this: I removed the foam base which is in a cardboard liner by gently, but forcibly rocking, pulling, etc. for quite awhile before in came loose, but the effort and patience was worth avoiding damage to the outer base itself. I found that five regular size jewel cases and the booklet fit perfectly snug in the base. Luckily, I also owned the Charlie Christian single CD "Genius of the Electric Guitar", so I added that to the four jewel cases containing the set's discs. Next, I attempted to clean the film off the CD's. I want to state now that the following method worked for me, but if you are unsure yourself, don't blame me if it doesn't work out!
I took each disc, and using natural medium light to see properly, coated the stained areas with a LIGHT film of GOO GONE Spray Gel, careful not to get ANY on the label sides in case it might cause damage. Using a lint free CD cleaning cloth, I removed the GOO GONE by buffing from the discs center to the outer edge, as you should always do when cleaning CD's. Afterwords I put the discs in their trays inverted, and used another clean cloth to ensure that all the gel was removed. I also made sure that nothing remained on the label side by accident. I successfully cleaned the discs, and they were now stored in a safer, fume free environment. Someone else stated that they were able to clean their discs with a commercial CD cleaning system of some sort, but I was afraid to ruin mine by transferring the oily film to it. I know that all this sounds OCD, etc., but believe me, this music has never sounded so good, and this alone is worth all the trouble if you are a true Charlie Christian fanatic. Plus, you only have to clean it once to get to enjoy the music forever!

2013 UPDATE: This set has now been re-released with somewhat better packaging (the discs are now in cardboard sleeves).....
The Genius Of The Electric Guitar With The Genius Of The Clarinet! 25 Oct. 2014
By Saxman - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is probably the ultimate Charlie Christian/Benny Goodman collection in the most pristine sound I've ever heard. I'd almost subtract one star for the 8 million alternate takes, most of which are grouped together, but overall the music is 50 stars, a Mount Everest of small group jazz few have even attempted, let alone equal. It's a shame Charlie and Benny didn't have a lot of time to record together, as fate would have it. Christian was the first great, immortal jazz guitarist with taste, innovations and solos that sound contemporary even today. Goodman is of course the king of clarinet. With the Legacy label concentrating mostly on vinyl reissues these days, I'd grab this CD boxed set ASAP! Nice booklet, too, with rare photos and great notes!
Charlie/Benny 12 July 2014
By Michael Palermo - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This an excellent way for someone to have all the studio stuff in one box. Good sound and an excellent booklet. I don't like the package. I store the discs in plastic sleeves.
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