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Disc: 1

  1. The Story Of I’m Alabama Bound (Spoken)/I’m Alabama Bound (Song)
  2. Time in Mobile (Spoken)/I’m Alabama Bound, continued (Song)
  3. King Porter Stomp (Piano Instrumental)/The Story Of King Porter Stomp (Spoken)
  4. The Story of King Porter Stomp Continued (Spoken)/You Can Have It, I Don’t Want It (Song)/Copyrights and Battles of Music (Spoken)
  5. Jelly Roll’s Background (Spoken)
  6. Music Lessons (Spoken)/Miserere (Piano Instrumental)
  7. Miserere continued (Piano Instrumental)/The French Opera House and the Tenderloin (Spoken)
  8. The Stomping Grounds (Spoken)
  9. The Style of Sammy Davis (Piano Instrumental)/The Renown of Tony Jackson (Spoken)/Pretty Baby (Song)
  10. Tony Jackson was the Favorite/Dope, Crown, and Opium (Spoken)
  11. Poor Alfred Wilson (Spoken)/ Tony Jackson’s Naked Dance (Piano Instrumental)
  12. Honky Tonk Blues (Song)/In New Orleans, Anyone Could Carry a Gun (Spoken)
  13. New Orleans Was A Free And Easy Place (Spoken)
  14. The Story Of Aaron Harris (Spoken)

Disc: 2

  1. The Story Of Aaron Harris Continued (Spoken)/Aaron Harris Blues (Song)
  2. Aaron Harris, His Hoodoo Woman, And The Hat That Started A Riot (Spoken)
  3. The Story Of The 1900 New Orleans Riot And The Song Of Robert Charles (Spoken)
  4. The Story Of The 1900 New Orleans Riot, Continued (Spoken)/Game Kid Blues (Song)
  5. Game Kid Blues continued (Piano Instrumental)/Buddy Carter Rag” (Piano Instrumental)
  6. New Orleans Funerals (Spoken)/Steal Away (Song)/Nearer My God To Thee (Song)
  7. Funeral Marches (Spoken)/Flee As The Bird To The Mountain (Piano Instrumental)
  8. Oh! Didn’t He Ramble (Piano Instrumental)/Evolution Of Tiger Rag (Spoken)/Tiger Rag, First And Second Strains (Piano Instrumental)
  9. Tiger Rag, Third, Fourth, And Fifth Strains (Piano Instrumental)/Tiger Rag, Transformed (Piano Instrumental)
  10. Tiger Rag (Piano Instrumental)/Panama(Piano Instrumental)
  11. The Right Tempo Is The Accurate Tempo (Interview And Demonstration) /Harmony, Melody, And Riffs (Interview And Demonstration)
  12. Jazz Discords And The Story Of The Kansas City Stomp (Interview And Demonstration)/Kansas City Stomp(Piano Instrumental)
  13. Kansas City Stomp continued (Piano Instrumental)/Breaks In Jazz (Interview And Demonstration)/Darktown Strutters’ Ball (Piano Instrumental)
  14. Slow Swing And Sweet Jazz Music (Interview And Demonstration)
  15. Salty Dog (Song)/Bill Johnson, Jelly’s Brother-In-Law (Spoken)
  16. Hesitation Blues (Interview And Song)

Disc: 3

  1. My Gal Sal, Original And Transformation (Interview And Song)
  2. The St. Louis Scene (Spoken)/Randalls’ Tune (Piano Instrumental)/Maple Leaf Rag, St. Louis Style (Piano Instrumental)
  3. Maple Leaf Rag, St. Louis Style conclusion (Piano Instrumemtal)/Maple Leaf Rag, New Orleans Style (Piano Instrumental)
  4. Jelly Roll Carves St. Louis (Spoken)
  5. Jelly Roll Carves St. Louis continued (Spoken)/ Miserere, Swinging Arrangement, With Portion Of Anvil Chorus (Piano Instrumental)
  6. New Orleans Blues (Low Down Blues) (Song)
  7. Winin’ Boy Blues (Song)
  8. Winin’ Boy Blues continued (Song)
  9. The Anamule Dance (Song)
  10. The Anamule Dance continued (Song)/The Story Of The Anamule Dance (Spoken)/The Origins Of Scat, Scat Song (Interview And Demonstration)
  11. The Great Buddy Bolden (Spoken)/Buddy Bolden’s Blues (Song)
  12. The Great Buddy Bolden continued (Spoken)/Mr. Jelly Lord (Song)
  13. How Jelly Roll Got His Name (Spoken)/Original Jelly Roll Blues (Piano Instrumental)
  14. Original Jelly Roll Blues continued (Song)/ Jelly Roll’s Four-Beat Foot (Spoken)
  15. Honky Tonk Blues (Song)/Old-Time Honky Tonks (Spoken)

Disc: 4

  1. Real Tough Boys (Spoken)
  2. Sporting Attire And Shooting The Agate (Spoken)
  3. Sweet Mamas And Sweet Papas (Spoken)/See See Rider (Song)
  4. See See Rider, Continued (Song)/Parading With The Broadway Swells (Spoken)
  5. Parading With The Broadway Swells, Continued (Spoken)
  6. Fights And Weapons (Spoken)/Stars And Stripes Forever (Piano Instrumental)
  7. Luis Russell And New Orleans Riffs (Interview And Demonstration)/Call Of The Freaks (Song)
  8. Jelly’s Travels: From Yazoo To Clarksdale (Spoken)
  9. Jelly’s Travels: From Clarksdale To Helena (Spoken)
  10. Jelly’s Travels: From Helena To Memphis (Spoken)
  11. In Memphis: The Monarch Saloon And Benny Frenchy (Spoken)/Benny Frenchy’s Tune (Piano Instrumental)
  12. Benny Frenchy’s Tune continued (Piano Instrumental)/Bad Sam, Memphis’ Toughest (Interview)/ The Stomp That Beat Benny Frenchy (Piano Instrumental)/ All I That I Ask Is Love (Song)
  13. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor (Interview And Song)
  14. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor continued (Song)
  15. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor continued (Song)
  16. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor conclusion (Song)

Disc: 5

  1. The Dirty Dozen (Interview And Song)
  2. The Murder Ballad, Part One (Song)
  3. The Murder Ballad, Part Two (Song)
  4. The Murder Ballad, Part Three (Song)
  5. The Murder Ballad, Part Four (Song)
  6. The Murder Ballad, Part Five (Song)
  7. The Murder Ballad, Part Six (Song)
  8. The Murder Ballad, Conclusion (Song)
  9. Fickle Fay Creep (Piano Instrumental)
  10. Jungle Blues (Piano Instrumental)
  11. King Porter Stomp (Piano Instrumental)
  12. Sweet Peter (Piano Instrumental)
  13. Track 13. Hyena Stomp (Piano Instrumental)
  14. Wolverine Blues (Song)
  15. Wolverine Blues, Continued (Song)
  16. State And Madison (Piano Instrumental)
  17. The Pearls (Piano Instrumental)
  18. The Pearls, Continued (Piano Instrumental)

Disc: 6

  1. Bert Williams (Piano Instrumental)
  2. Freakish (Piano Instrumental)
  3. Pep (Piano Instrumental)
  4. The Georgia Skin Game (Spoken)
  5. The Georgia Skin Game continued (Spoken)
  6. The Georgia Skin Game, Conclusion (Spoken)/I’m Gonna Get One And Go Directly (Song)
  7. Ungai Hai, The Sign Of The Indians (Interview And Song)
  8. New Orleans Blues (Piano Instrumental)/The Spanish Tinge (Spoken)
  9. The Spanish Tinge, Continued (Interview And Demonstration)
  10. Improving Spanish Tempos And Creepy Feeling (Interview And Piano Instrumental)
  11. Creepy Feeling, Continued (Piano Instrumental)
  12. The Crave (Piano Instrumental)
  13. Mamanita (Piano Instrumental)
  14. C’était N’aut’ Can-Can, Payez Donc (Song And Interview)/If You Don’t Shake, You Don’t Get No Cake (Song)
  15. Spanish Swat (Piano Instrumental)
  16. Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Song)
  17. I Hate A Man Like You (Song And Interview)/Rolling Stuff (Piano Instrumental) Michigan Water Blues (Interview And Song)

Disc: 7

  1. Winin’ Boy Blues (Song)
  2. Winin’ Boy Blues, Continued (Song)
  3. Boogie Woogie Blues (Piano Instrumental)/ Albert Carroll’s Tune (Piano Instrumental) / Buddy Bertrand’s Blues (Piano Instrumental)
  4. Buddy Bertrand’s Blues, Continued (Piano Instrumental)/Mamie’s Blues (Interview, Piano Instrumental, And Song)
  5. When The Hot Stuff Came In (Spoken)
  6. The First Hot Arrangements (Spoken)
  7. The Pensacola Kid And The Cadillac Café (Spoken)
  8. At The Cadillac Café, Los Angeles, Continued (Spoken)/Little Liza Jane (Song)
  9. Little Liza Jane, Continued (Song)/On The West Coast: Getting Along Swell (Spoken)
  10. In The Publishing Business (Spoken)/Tricks Ain’t Walking No More (Song)

Disc: 8

  1. Triginal Jelly Roll Blues (Guitar Instrumental) - Johnny St. Cyr
  2. Jelly Roll’s Early Playing Days In The District (Spoken) - Johnny St. Cyr And Alan Lomax
  3. Hot Bands And Creole Tunes (Spoken) - Johnny St. Cyr And Alan Lomax
  4. Eh, Las Bas (Song) – Johnny St. Cyr/ Riffs And Breaks From Creole Songs (Spoken) - Johnny St. Cyr And Alan Lomax
  5. Old-Time Creole Musicians And The French Element (Spoken) - Leonard Bechet And Alan Lomax
  6. Playing Hot With Buddy Bolden (Spoken) - Paul Dominguez, Jr., Alphonse Picou, And Alan Lomax
  7. High Society (Instrumental) - Alphonse Picou (Cornet) And Paul Dominguez, Jr. (Guitar)
  8. Sporting Life Costumes (Spoken) - Albert Glenny, Leonard Bechet, And Alan Lomax
  9. Buddy Bolden: Man And Musician (Spoken) - Albert Glenny, Leonard Bechet, And Alan Lomax
  10. Creoles Playing With Negroes: Getting That Drive (Spoken) - Leonard Bechet And Alan Lomax
  11. Jelly Roll’s Compositions (Spoken) - Johnny St. Cyr And Alan Lomax
  12. How Johnny St. Cyr Learned To Play Guitar (Spoken) - Johnny St. Cyr And Alan Lomax
  13. Guitar Blues (Guitar Instrumental) - Johnny St. Cyr/Just The Guitar Blues (Spoken) - Johnny St. Cyr And Alan Lomax
  14. Bad Men And Pimps (Spoken) - Johnny St. Cyr And Alan Lomax
  15. The Story Of The Coon Blues (Spoken) - Alphonse Picou And Alan Lomax
  16. Coon Blues (Instrumental) - Alphonse Picou (Cornet) And Paul Dominguez, Jr. (Guitar)
  17. Jazz Is Just A Makeup: Buddy Bolden, Honky Tonks, Brass Band Funerals, And Parades (Spoken) - Albert Glenny, Leonard Bechet, And Alan Lomax
  18. Young Sidney Bechet: Jim Crow And The Dangers Of The District (Spoken) - Leonard Bechet And Alan Lomax
  19. The Main Idea In Jazz: Just Watch Me — Improvising And Reading Music (Spoken) - Albert Glenny, Leonard Bechet, And Alan Lomax
  20. Of All His Mother’s Children He Loved Jelly The Best: A Little Tale Of Jelly Roll Morton (Spoken) - Johnny St. Cyr And Alan Lomax

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BACK IN STOCK! Due to the complexity of the boxset and the unerring eye for detail required to reproduce this exquiste, Grammy Award winning set, there has been a lengthy delay in getting a repress manufactured. April 17th will see the collection back in stock and in store so please make sure you get your orders in! The stories and songs on these recordings are a document of the big bang of jazz music at the dawn of the 20th Century. New Orleans composer, pianist and pool shark Jelly Roll Morton was one of the key figures in the creation of jazz. Alan Lomax was the visionary folklorist who created a legacy that illuminated roots music sounds from around the world. Together, in 1938 at the Library of Congress, they made these groundbreaking recordings - the first recorded oral history in jazz. Jelly Roll's earthy and remarkably detailed stories of the milieu that surrounded the formation of jazz music are punctuated with his musical illustrations and stunning solo piano versions of his best-known compositions. The dandies, piano players, prostitutes, hustlers and musical legends that populated Jelly Roll's world are brought to life in this riveting narrative, an essential document of American culture. * The first complete and unexpurgated release of the 1938 Library of Congress recordings, on 7 compact discs, plus a bonus disc of interviews of Jelly Roll Morton's peers by Alan Lomax * Remastered from the original acetate discs at the Library of Congress using Sony Direct Stream Digital technology, and restored using the Cedar Cambridge system. * Includes Alan Lomax's acclaimed biography, Mister Jelly Roll, plus a new 80-page book with an appreciation by John Szwed and many rare photographs. * Expanded liner notes and new comprehensive transcription, with Alan Lomax's hand-written annotations, included as an Adobe PDF document.

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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Recordings With Sound Restored Finally Available 8 Oct. 2005
By W. Severns - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A portion of these recordings was released on a 12 lp set many years ago. My dad had a copy of the set when I was in my teens. I determined that as a fan of early jazz, I should listen to the whole set. I decided to make myself listen to one side of one lp every day. The first day I sat down and went through 3 1/2 lps. There was something hypnotic and fascinating about listening to Jelly talk and play, even though the speed was way off and the sound quality not good. It was hard to stop listening. With these disks it will be harder.
These are not for everyone. Someone just wanting to sample Jelly's music should buy a Red Hot Peppers CD. Jelly's language, in places, is not fit for young children or the faint of heart, particularly in sessions in which he had consumed a fair amount of whisky while recording. But this is a historic set of recordings. It is a first hand account of a largely undocumented world that existed a century ago and still has a profound effect on present day jazz and popular music. The speed has been corrected and the sound is much improved over the old Circle and Riverside issues.
I think it was Danny Barker who pointed out that Jelly was the product of an era in which there weren't publicists, so he can be excused if he engages in self-promoting hyperbole. While not everything Jelly says is the gospel truth, others have pointed out that many of the things he described have been authenticated by totally independent sources. Jelly may not have been the inventor of jazz, as he claimed, but he is probably closer than any other person. He was a generation earlier than Louis and Bix, and is one of the few primary sources of jazz prehistory.
I think everyone seriously interested in early jazz should consider this set. It is a monumental historic document in the field of jazz. For the price of an evening at a good restaurant, you get eight CD's, a copy of the Lomax book, and a new booklet which I must confess I have not read yet since I only have had the set for a couple of days.
I did notice a couple of things that might be corrected if there is another edition. The tracks on the CDs are in the order as stated in the printed material, but if played on a computer, some of the track names are wrong. Also, on Disk 8, in addition to the material that is supposed to be there, there is a repeat of an earlier track in which Jelly talks about Tony Jackson. These are minor items and shouldn't put anyone off from buying the set.
Rounder is to be congratulated. 67 years after the recording of a historic and entertaining document, we finally get to hear the whole thing at the correct speed and with much better sound than the earlier excerpted versions.
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable oral history, flaws and all 19 Jun. 2016
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
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I have an earlier version of these recordings, which were not as comprehensive, and which were misplaced. This set is a treasure as far as I am concerned. The sound quality in places is not so good, but if I recall correctly this sounds much better than my original set. There is occasional hiss and static noise, so if you want pristine sound bypass this collection.

The only peeve I really have is in the MP3 version the continuity of the narrative and music is broken by pauses between tracks. That is a lot more irritating to me than the sound quality.

My reason for five stars is the ability to listen to nearly nine hours of narrative from someone who was around when jazz was being born. Yes, Morton was known to stretch facts to suit him, but his ability to cite other musicians, songs and even discuss his approach to music is the true value of these recordings - dare I call them the pearls?

One of the interesting things that my pianist who listened to this set with me pointed out was when Morton was talking he was invariably playing or vamping on his piano during the narrative. When he was talking about dark events he would use minor chords, and on better memories he would switch to a major key. Personally, I was taken by his many memories of various musicians and his ability to recreate their playing styles during the music demonstrations. It reminds me a lot of The Drums! Papa Jo Jones. However, Lomax served as an interviewer on these sessions whereas the Jo Jones piece was a soliloquy.

If you are a musician, music historian or even interested in then period covered (1890s through 1930s) then this is an invaluable oral history by someone why was really there. He did not do everything claimed in these recordings, but he certainly knew many of the folks whom he mentions, and also has some incredible insights into personalities, events and music that are well worth listening and considering.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 Aug. 2016
By Marie - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars A TREASURE........period. 10 Jan. 2006
By Adolph Buddha - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me first say that the box this is packed in, though unique, is in fact a bit flimsy. I have reinforced mine with clear packing tape. End of problem. That said, I have listened to 2 of the 8 discs and they are wonderful. Who would want to just hear the music? The story telling is first rate. It is the story of a by-gone era, when Jazz was forming, when New Orleans was in it's prime (Morton played in the fabled "Storyville"). It is story of the players, the personalities, the songs, the city, with some music theory thrown in ....absolutely fasinating. No, the music has not been worked over by a sound engineer. It is true to the raw material, and it IS raw, but I love it JUST AS IT IS. I am new to Morton's music and have not been swayed by the sound quality of previous releases. It is a "no-brainer" that this an important historical document. I am looking forward to reading the book which comes with this set. I was surprised by the size of the box. It is BIG! Check out the measurments. If you appreciate a great story and great music then you can't go wrong. Get this while you can. You won't be sorry.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A candid glimpse into musical history 12 Jan. 2008
By Steven Cobb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I had downloaded a few tracks from iTunes and decided that I wanted more. I wasn't disappointed. This is a treasure trove of first-hand accounts from a great and famous musician of what his life was like. The style and tone of Jelly's speech as much as the stories he told really helped paint a picture of being a musician and just being around in the early 1900s. I wish there were more recorded accounts like this--it's sort of like spending a weekend with my grandpa listening to what it was like for him as a youth. There's a lot of great music here too, and language that will offend many, but it's a rough-and-tumble account of rough-and -tumble times. I couldn't recommend these CDs highly enough to anyone interested in the formative years of jazz, when ragtime was still hot, and New Orleans was an incubator for music that eventually swept the nation. I've listened to the entire set several times, and still listen to parts of it every week.
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