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  1. Dylan Box Live 1966 recommendation

    I think this is a case of "if you have to ask..." If you aren't already sure you want this box, then it probably ain't for you. Only a fanatic would want to listen to the same concert over and over and over. None of the shows sound as good as The Bootleg Series Vol. 4. I'm not a big Dylan fan, so I only just skimmed through it and listened to a couple shows. What I did find interesting was his comments between songs, which provides more insight into his attitude toward the audiences and more context for the famous "I don't believe you! You're a liar!" statement.
  2. Ellington Treasury Shows

    What ghastly artwork. And they couldn't even get their own URL right on the back cover: is a dead-end.
  3. Stuff You've Found Inside of Used LPs

    But what's a "load"?
  4. Swing Bands: Who should I listen to next?

    And where can I find these 8? allmusic doesn't even have a discog page for him.
  5. Swing Bands: Who should I listen to next?

    A discography of 8 songs? Do you think perhaps you're being a tad precious?
  6. Swing Bands: Who should I listen to next?

    That's true. I haven't made any rules for myself, only rough plans -- and I often fail to follow my own plans.
  7. Swing Bands: Who should I listen to next?

    This reminds me of the mid '80s when I was in college and my friend and I joked that every music review we read cited either The MC5 or James Brown as an influence on every new record released. These claims always seemed somewhat dubious to me since who had ever heard The MC5 or James Brown? I was vaguely aware of James Brown, had probably heard "Sex Machine" in a commercial or somewhere, but who was The MC5? Today James Brown's complete singles have been re-released, and you can instantly hear The MC5's complete oeuvre on Spotify for free. What a world, what a world.
  8. Swing Bands: Who should I listen to next?

    I've heard Buddy Johnson too. I've been listening to a lot of early R&B so I came to Hawkins, Millinder, Andy Kirk, and Johnson from that direction. I was listening to them as proto-R&B however, so I guess I'll have to go back and listen again as jazz since aside from Hawkins they didn't really make much impression. I suppose what I was vaguely asking in my OP had to do with the canon and the ranking order. In my mind at least at the top sits Duke, the Count, Benny, and Artie. Those are the giants of the era. Who's next? "Immerse" doesn't seem like the right word. I'd like to take a top-down approach from most important to less important, if that's possible. I want to take them one or two at a time, not immerse myself in hundreds of bands at once.
  9. Swing Bands: Who should I listen to next?

    >>Is it a matter of "historical listening", i.e. listening to all varieties to cover the field in full (as a matter of "essential educational" listening), or do you already have preferences from what you so far have listened to? Yes, "essential education" is a good way to put it. I have formed preferences but they shouldn't really influence your recommendations at this point. Benny is my favorite but I like Duke, the Count, Artie, and Erskine Hawkins. Tommy Dorsey has too many corny vocals and yet I enjoy listening to him, at least once. I didn't like Harry James. I generally don't like vocals. >>It depends on what you mean by "big band": how many brass and reeds satisfy you? I can't make any rules. It depends on the band and the music. If it's good it's good. >>It also depends on what you mean by "need to hear." "essential education" >>To understand where all these guys came from, the twenties and early thirties are important. I don't dig that style. I might get there eventually, but not today. >>Cab Calloway >>Lucky Millinder I don't like Cab's vocals but I have heard the Millinder band. Yes, I have heard Erskine Hawkins and quite enjoyed it, except for some of the early vocals.
  10. I've heard the Duke, the Count, Benny, and Artie. I've heard or am currently listening to Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Gene Krupa, Erskine Hawkins, and Chick Webb. What other big bands from the 1935-1945 period do I need to hear?
  11. Chick Webb Mosaic Set announced

    I had a question about the number of instrumentals this box contains and I found the answer buried on Mosaic's website, so I'll quote it here in case anyone else was wondering. "If our plan here had been to collect only the complete instrumental work of the Chick Webb Orchestra on Decca, it would have been a sweet but slim project indeed -- barely a single CD, in fact. Of the 129 surviving commercial sides and alternates he recorded between September 1934 and his death in June 1939, only 23 were instrumental. Never in jazz history did a major swing band ever come to be so dominated by a single singer."
  12. Album Covers showing musicians lying down

    Someone should tell Mutter she's too old to still be playing the sex-pot.
  13. Lionel Hampton - Decca Sessions

    I searched for Hamp on CD about a year ago and as I recall several times came across a complete collection of his Decca sides, but I could never actually find a copy of it anywhere. So there is a mythical collection that may or may not exist. For example, I think if you google it it shows up on Spotify, but it's not actually available on Spotify. I think perhaps there was a complete collection on LP issued ? and maybe got reissued on CD in Europe or maybe was intended to but fell through.
  14. Lionel Hampton - Decca Sessions

    They can be downloaded ... if you know where to look.
  15. CDRs Not Recognized as Burned

    I meant that I keep all my files in digital format (flac or mp3) on my computer and play them through a digital to analogue converter (DAC) connected to my stereo. I never actually take my music when I go out but if I did I guess I'd have to buy a digital audio player (DAP) or maybe a phone with good audio quality. By keeping everything on my computer I can constantly fiddle with it. It's true that hard drives fail but if you keep everything backed up you won't lose your collection. As for data corruption, yeah, it's a possibility, but what are ya gonna do? Life is risky. For my really important files I try to make par2 files and keep them up to date.