After Mois Benarroch's informative review I thought it would be good to know what's on the album set. 8 Classic Albums on 4 CDs is good but the CDs themselves do not actually indicate which Albums are on them So here is the track listing with Albums. When I wrote this 'review' Amazon had not provided a track listing. BUT the great news is that there is now a volume Two too
I hope this helps? DISC ONE: The Jazz Soul of Oscar Peterson (1959): 1 Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away) 2 Con Alma 3 Close Your Eyes 4 The Maidens Of Cadiz 5 My Heart Stood Still Plays The Duke Ellington Song Book (1959): 6 Cotton Tail Ellington 3:24 7 Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin' Ellington, Gaines, Strayhorn 3:01 8 Take the "A" Train Strayhorn 3:16 9 John Hardy's Wife Ellington 3:45 10 Sophisticated Lady Ellington, Mills, Parish 3:09 11 Don't Get Around Much Anymore Ellington, Russell 3:17 12 Rockin' in Rhythm Carney, Ellington, Mills 3:19 13 Prelude to a Kiss Ellington, Gordon, Mills 3:53 14 In a Mellow Tone Ellington, Gabler 4:00 15 Things Ain't What They Used to Be Ellington, Persons 3:19 16 I Got It Bad (And That Ain'tGood) Ellington, Webster 2:56 17 Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me Ellington, Russell 3:01 DISC TWO: Plays The George Gershwin Song Book (1959): 1 It Ain't Necessarily So 2 The Man I Love 3 Love Walked In 4 I Was Doing All Right 5 A Foggy Day 6 Oh, Lady Be Good 7 Love Is Here to Stay 8 They All Laughed 9 Let's Call the Whole Thing Off 10 Summertime 11 Nice Work If You Can Get It 12 Shall We Dance? Plays The Harold Arlen Song Book (1959): 13 As Long As I Live 14 Come Rain Or Come Shine 15 Ac-Cent-Tchu-Are The Positive 16 Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 17 I've Got Got The World On A String 18 That Old Black Magic 19 Lets Fall In Love 20 Stormy Weather 21 Over The Rainbow 22 Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe 23 The Man That Got Away 24 Ill Wind DISC THREE: Plays The Jerome Kern Song Book (1959): 1 I Won't Dance 2:32 2 Bill 2:58 3 The Song Is You 3:04 4 A Fine Romance 3:09 5 Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man 2:45 6 Ol' Man River 2:38 7 Long Ago (And Far Away) 2:35 8 Lovely to Look at You 2:48 9 Pick Yourself Up 2:12 10 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes 2:49 11 The Way You Look Tonight 3:41 12 Yesterdays 3:17 Plays The Cole Porter Song Book (1959): 13 In the Still of the Night Parris, Porter 2:49 14 It's All Right With Me Porter 2:51 15 Love for Sale Porter 3:26 16 Just One of Those Things Porter 2:21 17 I've Got You Under My Skin Porter 2:47 18 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye Porter 2:17 19 Night and Day Porter 2:30 20 Easy to Love Porter 2:34 21 Why Can't You Behave? Porter 2:58 22 I Love Paris Porter 2:09 23 I Concentrate on You Porter 3:08 24 It's De-Lovely Porter 2:28 DISC FOUR: Plays Porgy and Bess (1959): 1 I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' 6:26 2 I Wants to Stay Here 6:22 3 Summertime 3:50 4 Oh Dey's So Fresh an' Fine (Strawberry Woman) 0:55 5 Oh, Lawd, I'm on My Way! 2:35 6 It Ain't Necessarily So 4:01 7 There's a Boat Dat's Leavin'Soon for New York 7:13 8 Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess? 4:56 9 Here Come de Honey Man 1:11 10 Bess, You Is My Woman Now 3:28 A Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra (1959): 11 You Make Me Feel So Young 2:40 12 Come Dance with Me 2:22 13 Learnin' the Blues 3:41 14 Witchcraft 3:12 15 The Tender Trap 2:44 16 Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night in the Week) 2:57 17 Just in Time 1:53 18 It Happened in Monterey 2:57 19 I Get a Kick Out of You 3:03 20 All of Me 3:25 21 Birth of the Blues 2:38 22 How About You? 3:11
Real Gone Jazz have come with a great idea, take 8 albums, squeeze them into 4 cd's running 60-80 minutes of music and sell them for a budget price. Since the 50's recordings have become public domain then you can do it by recording the cd's from vinyls. So far so good, and I would buy many of these sets, actually I was in a crazy buying mood until I noticed that some discs skip. Or worse, in the case of this set, in track 22 of cd 4, it sounds as if the stylus has gathered dust and no one noticed. Add to it that the boxed sets are of very poor quality and they break in the post, and well, you get what you pay for, if it costs you 5-6 UKP(as some sellers sell these sets) then you'll just enjoy what there is to enjoy (and classic or not classic there is a lot to enjoy). I also found skips on the Wes Montgomerry8 Classic Albums set and the Thelonious Monk8 Classic Albums that I reviewed very positively. Mostly the skips and bad sounds come at the end of one of the cd's, after minute 70. Don't know if it means something. For now I have decided to stop buying these sets until I hear more from reviewers and the label pays some attention to the music and fixes the problems.