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5.0 out of 5 stars Is this the best edition of hot fives and hot sevens available?, 29 May 2008
This review is from: Hot Fives and Sevens (Audio CD)
Frankly, I don't know.
I still have two "hot five" and "hot seven" audio tapes (Vol II i Vol III) bought in the late 1980s (edition "CBS masterpieces") and they also sound pretty good (and I didn't drink no gin... sorry for the lame "Monday Date" joke).
Basically, all I can say is, these cds sound great on my quite average cd player, confirming everything I have known about Armstrong before (and about Johnny Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Baby Dodds, Kid Ory , Lonnie Johnson and others,
while I must admit I'm only starting to get (and enjoy) Earl Hines.

Aditional, non hot five and non hot seven tracks certainly augment my understanding of Satchmo and his golden era, with adittional thrill of Jack Teagarden, Eddie Lang or Hoagy Carmichael on some tracks.
Admittedly, discs 3 and 4 contain some (commercial) duds, but the amount of brilliant music in this box is amazing...
Just listen to the first, best or at least seminal versions of songs such as "Struttin' with some barbicue", "West End Blues", "Potato Head Blues", "S.O.L. Blues", "Fireworks", "Ain't Misbehavin", "Knockin' the Jug"; "St. James Infirmary"....

BTW, it is important to know that many songs that have the word "blues" in their title don't really belong to that category... Just as the term jazz in the 20s didn't mean the same thing it means today.

p.s.
In very informative liner notes we read about banjoist Mancy Carr, while the song listing gives his name as Cara; if I remember my CBS Jazz masterpieces liner notes correctly, "Cara" was an early misprint that snowballed into the future decades.

p.p.s.
The only real fault of this cd box- names of authors of the songs are sometimes listed in the liner notes, there's no complete list... Ofcourse, some songs are by Ory, some by Lil Hardin/Armstorng, some by King Oliver, some by Fats Waller, but it would be nice to have the data next to the song title. But, the performers (and date) listing is complete.
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