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Begin the Beguine

Begin the Beguine

15 Sep 2008
4.6 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 15 Sept. 2008
  • Release Date: 15 Sept. 2008
  • Label: Wnts
  • Copyright: Wnts
  • Total Length: 1:12:57
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  • ASIN: B001NADCI8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 581,293 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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I first saw this advertised in a Collectors Choice catalog for $50.00. I decided to look for it at Amazon, and finally found it here. It cost $23.00 U.S., so I ordered it. At that price, I didn't expect to get a product of this high quality! Most of the tracks are close to master quality; a few show surface noise from worn original 78 pressings. These performances start with Shaw's earliest Brunswick performances, and continue with his Bluebird and Victor releases up to about 1942. I'm sure these discs are remastered from original 78s, but again, they did a great job with the source material they used. The discgraphy is almost complete, according to Delaunay's "New Hot Discography." I have the complete Artie Shaw issues on RCA lp's during the 70's, and this CD set compares favorably with the lp's. One thing I'm grateful for, is that none of the original 78s were off center! I've had that experience with a few reissues, and that is unexcusable.

With that said, there are no liner notes or personnel listings. The discs come in a neat CD-sized box, and each disc is inserted into a holder shaped like a miniature LP record cover. The package fits nicely on a shelf with other jewel case CD's.

My recommendation is to buy this set while it is available. It is a rare bargain; the real deal.
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This collection is unsurpassable. Apart from the value, which is absolutely unbelievable, the sound quality is pristine, even on the earliest tracks, which are not easily found elsewhere. I am an Artie Shaw fan from way back with a very extensive collection of his recordings, yet I feel privileged to have acquired this set, which ought to have pride of place in any collection of big band swing, let alone a Shaw collection.
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If Artie and his bands aren't the most listenable of bands, well then I'll be a monkey's uncle! I first heard the band on our only record, a shellac of Frenesi with Adios, Mariquita Linda ... on the back. I loved both sides but the "B" side better. Now of course Frenesi is justly famous but the B side is in my opinion an even better track, the Shaw solo is one of, if not in fact his best and the blend of strings and saxes /swing is very musically interesting. And it is this musicality that shines through from the early Shaw bands to those of disc 10 and even later though as far as I can work out this collection takes us up to the time Shaw joined the Navy, so about 1942 (I estimate), his best periods with one later exception. (I actually got this set to get the Adios Track and a CD version of the marvellous Chantez-Les Bas).

Wonderfully restored tracks, they seem better than the Blue Bird Portrait set and although some of the tracks are less current sounding, mainly those with singers, there is no doubting he had first rate singers with great voices and usually a swinging or bluesy backing and of course I challenge you to find any without a Shaw solo somewhere. Much sounds as fresh today as 50+ years ago, due in no small amount to Shaw's solos and his and his arranger's splendidly original sounds.

Absolutely great value and superb entertainment, its nice to hear the less familiar tracks and some are real gems; the studio Moon Ray for instance, almost exactly like the live recording without the background noise but still retaining its excitement. Then there is the opportunity to examine why so many of us love this mans music, check out if you can their recording of "A handful of Stars" with that by the Glen Miller Orchestra.
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This is IT!

Virtually all the Brunswick and Rca Victor recordings from June 11th 1936 to June 7th 1945 by the great Artie and his several bands,including the Gramercy 5s sessions.The package comes in a box set with the 10 cd s packed in simple cardboard envelopes,but who cares? check the price,and listen to the quality!I personally prefer the 1939 band,with Georgie Auld and all the boys you know,but all sessions are thrilling.

No personnel or discography are listed,but if you're an expert there's no need of it.I strongly suggest to buy The Vladimir Simosko Artie shaw's biography,and there you'll find everything.

If you're a newcomer,well.You'll be surprised.Those lads knew how to swing,and Artie is a modern clarinet player.Nobody can take such high notes!A big bargain,and a very complete record.
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Before I buy a CD or in this case 10 of them, I always try very hard to find mp3 samples to listen to. On this rare occasion I failed to find any, so instead read many reviews on amazon.com as well as on .co.uk and on the strength of these many glowing reviews I bought this set.

Many reviews comment on the excellent remastering, even when compared with the "official" RCA and Bluebird digitally remastered ones, these tracks are remastered from old records as the copyright had expired in Germany and this is the main cause for concern.

Depending on how good or bad your 78 record is obviously has a very direct bearng on what the end product sounds like, even after cleaning up the sound digitally. There is a lot of variation in quality, tonal balance, noise level etc between consecutive tracks. I soon came across one track with a repeating click on it, which could have easily been removed in remastering, SO WHY NOT DO THAT ??? Although the sound quality is not bad, it is actually quite good, but it is not as good as the best alternatives, most tracks are noisier than necessary, lack bass and lower middle, with a tendency to brash harsh treble with a lack of subtle detail. Yes I know they are old recordings and yes the 10 CD's are a bargain and yes the music is wonderful, BUT I AM TRYING TO BALANCE THE DOZENS OF 5 STAR REVIEWS AND PUT A MORE ACCURATE DESCRIPTION.

TO SUM UP:
NEVER HAS SO MUCH BEEN OFFERED TO SO MANY FOR SO LITTLE.
VALUE 5 STARS, 10 IF IT WERE POSS.
REMASTERING 3 STARS
TRACK SELECTIONS 5 STARS,10 IF IT WERE POSS.
MUSIC BEYOND STARS
DISCOGRAPHY = ZERO AS NO BOOKLET
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