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Upcoming 8 CD Duke Ellington box (40s)

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Serious question: I started buying Ellington recordings in the '50s, have about 250 cds and another 150 lps (not to mention 78s, 45's, 10" lps, reel tapes, cassettes, dats, etc). I still have not completely digested the Brunswick 45s in my collection. How the heck can you need more?

As I said, serious question.

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Serious question.

I don't have a serious answer.

I've got about as much Ducal stuff as you do.

I WOULD like to complete the DETS . . . I'll buy all the cds that come out. I'd like to have "A Drum is a Woman" in a great Columbia cd edition. I could LIVE with that forward for some time, listening to the stuff I have. . . .Wouldn't need more. . . .

BUT I'd WANT more. You can get sort of addicted to collecting Ducal stuff.

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I will have to see the discography for the new set

as I also have much from storyville, I will not rebuy

for only 1 or 2 sessions

I think I am up to 11 on the DETS

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Some updates:

-The Box will be available from Storyville's website on February 15th.

-Prices: €66,98, £49,98, $79,98, DKK 499,00. + postage.

-All the material has been issued before

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-All the material has been issued before

This comes from somebody who got a review copy of this upcoming 8 CD set:

-Some 1940 broadcasts

-Fargo concert (2 CDs worth)

-1943 Carnegie Hall concert (2 CDs worth)

-and other tracks up to and including 1948.

So 4 out of 8 discs are the Fargo and the 1943 Carnegie Hall concerts. Though reportedly they have done a very good remastering job, it's bit deceiving, isn't it?

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ARGH!

It pains me, but I think I'm going to pass on this one.

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Ain't it wonderful when companies get bought out?

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On second thought, I'll skip this set and wait for the remaining DETS.

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Not having any of this stuff, it looks like a pretty attractive set. But

before I get overexcited and order both this and the DETs, does

anyone know whether this will include any of the DET material?

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Does not look like it, but I can't swear to it.

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Courtesy of a member of the duke-lym list, here is the track listing for this set:

CD1

1 East St. Louis Toodle-Oo (Duke Ellington) A 1:07

2 Me And You (Duke Ellington) A 2:43

3 Grievin’ (Duke Ellington-Billy Strayhorn) A 3:40

4 Little Posey (Duke Ellington) A 2:54

5 My Last Goodbye (hj) (Howard) A 3:19

6 The Gal From Joe’s (Duke Ellington) A 3:35

7 Tootin’ Through The Roof (Duke Ellington) A 4:57

8 Day In, Day Out (Mercer-Bloom) A 4:15

9 Merry-Go-Round (Duke Ellington) A 2:23

10 East St.Louis Toodle-Oo (Duke Ellington) B 1:09

11 Ko Ko (Duke Ellington) B 2:25

12 Blue Goose (Duke Ellington) B 3:18

13 So Far, So Good (Lawrence-Mundy-White) B 2:38

14 Cotton Tail (Duke Ellington) B 3:40

15 Concerto For Cootie (Duke Ellington) B 4:14

16 Jack The Bear (Duke Ellington) B 3:14)

17 Boy Meets Horn (Rex Stewart-Duke Ellington) B 5:07

18 The Sergeant Was Shy (Duke Ellington) B 2:37

19 Never No Lament (Duke Ellington) B 0:55

Total time: 58:19

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

A Wallace Jones, Cootie Williams (tp), Rex Stewart (cnt), Lawrence

Brown, Joseph “Tricky” Sam Nanton, Juan Tizol (tb), Barney Bigard

(cl &

ts), Johnny Hodges (as & ss), Otto Hardwick (as), Harry Carney (bs,cl &

as), Duke Ellington (p), Fred Guy(g), Jimmy Blanton (b), Sonny Greer

(dr), Herb Jeffries (vo)

NBC Broadcast, Southland Cafe, Boston January 9, 1940

B Wallace Jones, Cootie Williams (tp), Rex Stewart (cnt), Lawrence

Brown, Joseph “Tricky” Sam Nanton, Juan Tizol (tb), Barney Bigard

(cl &

ts), Johnny Hodges (as & ss), Ben Webster (ts), Harry Carney (bs, cl &

as), Duke

Ellington (p), Fred Guy (g), Jimmy Blanton (b), Sonny Greer (dr), Ivie

Anderson (vo) CBS Studios,New York, June 10, 1940

CD2

1 It’s Glory (Duke Ellington-Mills) 0:43

2 The Mooche (Duke Ellington) 5:20

3 The Sheik Of Araby (Smith-Wheeler-Snyder) 2:52

4 Sepia Panorama (Duke Ellington) 1:15

5 Ko Ko (Duke Ellington) 2:20

6 There Shall Be No Night (Shelley-Silver) 3:09

7 Pussy Willow (Duke Ellington) 4:34

8 Chatterbox (Duke Ellington-Rex Stewart) 3:22

9 Mood Indigo (Duke Ellington-Mills-Barney Bigard) 4:11

10 Harlem Airshaft (Duke Ellington) 3:42

11 Ferryboat Serenade (Panzeri-DiLazzaro-Adamson) 1:33

12 Warm Valley (Duke Ellington) 3:32

13 Stompy Jones (Duke Ellington) 2:42

14 Chloe (Kahn-Moret) 4:02

15 Bojangles (Duke Ellington) 4:02

16 On The Air (Duke Ellington) 5:08

17 Rumpus In Richmond (Duke Ellington) 2:36

18 Chaser 0:13

19 The Sidewalks Of New York (Lawlor-Blake) 5:06

20 The Flaming Sword (Duke Ellington) 4:59

21 Never No Lament (Duke Ellington) 4:20

22 Caravan (Duke Ellington-Juan Tizol) 3:44

23 Clarinet Lament (Duke Ellington-Barney Bigard) 3:28

Total time: 77:24

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

Rex Stewart (co), Wallace Jones (tp), Ray Nance (tp,v,vo), Joseph

“Tricky” Sam Nanton, Juan Tizol, Lawrence Brown (tb), Barney Bigard

(cl,ts), Johnny Hodges (as,ss,cl), Otto Hardwick (as,cl), Ben Webster

(ts,cl), Harry Carney (bs,cl), Duke Ellington (p), Fred Guy

(g,whistle),

Jimmy Blanton (b), Sonny Greer (dr), Ivie Anderson, Herb Jeffries (vo)

Recorded live at Crystal Ballroom Fargo,North Dakota,November 7,1940

There are drop-outs that cannot be remedied on...

Track 14: 3:06

Track 19: 1:54

Track 22: 2:13

CD3

1 Slap Happy (Duke Ellington) 3:24

2 Sepia Panorama (Duke Ellington) 5:08

3 Boy Meets Horn (Rex Stewart-Duke Ellington) 5:36

4 Way Down Yonder In New Orleans (Creamer-Layton) 1:27

5 Oh Babe, Maybe Someday (Duke Ellington) 2:17

6 Five O’Clock Whistle (Gannon-Myow-Whistle) 2:01

7 Fanfare 0:30

8 Call Of The Canyon/Unidentified title/All This And Heaven Too

(Hill/Hill/Van Heusen-De Lange) 1:30

9 Rockin’ In Rhythm (Duke Ellington-Mills-Harry Carney) 4:52

10 Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington) 5:11

11 Cotton Tail (Duke Ellington) 3:03

12 Whispering Grass (Fisher) 2:30

13 Congo Brava (Duke Ellington-Juan Tizol) 4:07

14 I Never Felt This Way Before (Dubin-Duke Ellington) 5:27

15 Across The Track Blues (Duke Ellington) 6:44

16 Honeysuckle Rose (Fats Waller-Andy Razaf) 5:08

17 Wham (Miller-Durham) 2:46

18 Star Dust (Hoagy Carmichael) 4:16

19 Rose Of The Rio Grande (Leslie-Warren-Gorman) 3:33

20 St. Louis Blues (W.C. Handy) 5:39

21 Warm Valley (Duke Ellington) 0:50

22 God Bless America (Irving Berlin) 0:28

Total time:76:56

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra Rex Stewart (co), Wallace Jones (tp),

Ray Nance (tp,v,vo), Joseph “Tricky” Sam Nanton, Juan Tizol,

Lawrence

Brown (tb), Barney Bigard (cl,ts), Johnny Hodges (as,ss,cl), Otto

Hardwick (as,cl), Ben Webster (ts,cl), Harry Carney (bs,cl), Duke

Ellington (p), Fred Guy (g,whistle), Jimmy Blanton (b), Sonny Greer

(dr), Ivie Anderson, Herb Jeffries (vo)

Recorded live at Crystal Ballroom Fargo,North Dakota,November 7,1940

CD4

1 Take The “A” Train (Billy Strayhorn) A 0:40

2 Hayfoot Strawfoot (Drake-Lenk-McGrane) A 2:36

3 It Can’t Be Wrong (Steiner-Gannon) A 3:02

4 What Am I Here For? (Duke Ellington) A 3:34

5 Mainstem a.k.a. Altitude (Duke Ellington) A 3:07

6 Could It BeYou? (Cole Porter) A 2:51)

7 Goin’ Up (Duke Ellington) A 3:44

8 Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington) A 3:48

9 Nevada (Donaldson-Greene) A 2:42

10 Things Ain’t What They Used To Be (Mercer Ellington) A 1:01)

11 Take The “A” Train (Billy Strayhorn) B 0:46

12 Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington) A 4:01

13 Mainstem a.k.a. Altitude (Duke Ellington) A 3:00

14 I Don’t Want Anybody At All (Jule Styne-Herb Magidson) A 3:12

15 Johnny Come Lately (Billy Strayhorn) A 2:51

16 Things Ain’t What They Used To Be (Mercer Ellington) A 0:34

17 Moon Mist (Mercer Ellington) C 2:59

18 You’ll Never Know (Warren-Gordon) C 3:08

19 Tonight I Shall Sleep (Duke Ellington-Gordon) C 3:34

20 I Don’t Know What Kind Of Blues I Got (Duke Ellington) C 3:23

21 Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington) C 4:31

22 Moon Mist (Mercer Ellington) C 0:36)

23 Introduction D 0:26)

24 I Wonder Why (Tubb) D 3:03

25 Goin’ Up (Duke Ellington) D 3:43

Total time: 67:06

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra featuring Ben Webster A Ray Nance, Rex

Stewart, Harold Baker, Wallace Jones (tp), Lawrence Brown, Joseph

“Tricky” Sam Nanton, Juan Tizol (tb), Johnny Hodges (as), Sax

Mallard

(as & cl), Chancey Haughton (cl), Ben Webster (ts), Harry Carney (bs &

b-cl), Duke Ellington (p), Fred Guy (g), Alvin “Junior” Raglin (b),

Sonny Greer (dr), Betty Roche (vo)

Hurricane, New York, April 3, 1943, Radio Broadcasts

B As above except April 4, 1943

C Ray Nance, Taft Jordan, Harold Baker, Wallace Jones (tp), Sandy

Williams, Joseph “Tricky” Sam Nanton, Juan Tizol (tb), Johnny

Hodges

(as), Nat Jones (as & cl), Jimmy Hamilton (ts &cl), Ben Webster (ts),

Harry Carney (bs & b-cl), Duke Ellington (p), Fred Guy (g), Alvin

“Junior” Raglin (b), Sonny Greer (dr)

Hurricane, New York, June 6, 1943, Radio Broadcasts

D Wallace Jones, Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan (tp), Ray Nance (tp & vo),

Joseph “Tricky Sam” Nanton, Juan Tizol, Lawrence Brown (tb), Jimmy

Hamilton, Skippy Williams (ts & cl), Otto Hardwick, Johnny Hodges (as),

Harry Carney (bs,cl & bcl), Duke Ellington (p), Fred Guy(g), Alvin

“Junior” Raglin (b), Sonny Greer (dr), Betty Roche (vo) Langley Air

Force Base,Hampton, Virginia,December 8,1943

CD5

1 Star Spangled Banner (Francis Scott Key) 1:37

2 Introduction by Duke Ellington 1:03

3 Take The “A” Train (Billy Strayhorn) 3:18

4 Moon Mist (Mercer Ellington) 3:37

5 Tea For Two (Vincent Youmans) 3:00

6 Honeysuckle Rose (Fats Waller-Andy Razaf) 3:46

7 Star Dust (Hoagy Carmichael) 4:41

8 The “C” Jam Blues (Duke Ellington) 4:42

9 West Indian Influence (Duke Ellington) 3:20

10 Lighter Attitude (Duke Ellington) 3:59)

11 New World A-Coming (Duke Ellington) 14:11

12 Floor Show (Duke Ellington) 3:50

13 Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington) 4:22

Total time: 55:29

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra A Harold Baker, Taft Jordan, Wallace

Jones, Rex Stewart (tp), Ray Nance (tp,v & vo), Lawrence Brown, Joseph

“Tricky” Sam Nanton, Juan Tizol (tb), Jimmy Hamilton (ts & cl),

Skippy

Williams (ts), Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick (as), Harry Carney (bs &

cl),Duke Ellington (p), Fred Guy (g), Alvin “Junior” Raglin (b),

Sonny

Greer (dr), Al Hibbler (vo), Billy Strayhorn (assistant arranger) Live

at Carnegie Hall, New York, December 11, 1943

CD6

1 Introduction by Duke Ellington A 0:41

2 Ring Dem Bells (Duke Ellington) A 2:53

3 Medley: A 6:40

In A Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington)

Mood Indigo (Duke Ellington)

Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington)

Caravan (Juan Tizol)

Solitude (Duke Ellington)

I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart (Duke Ellington)

4 Jack The Bear (Duke Ellington) A 3:42

5 Do Nothing ’Till You Hear From Me (Duke Ellington) A 3:19

6 Summertime (George & Ira Gershwin) A 3:59

7 Cotton Tail (Duke Ellington) A 3:50

8 Black And Tan Fantasy (Duke Ellington-Bubber Miley) A 5:56

9 Rockin’ In Rhythm (Duke Ellington-Harry Carney) A 5:16

10 Sentimental Lady (Duke Ellington) A 3:52

11 Trumpet In Spades (Duke Ellington) A 4:45

12 Things Ain’t What They Used To Be (Mercer Ellington) A 5:07

13 Announcer and Duke Ellington Introduction B 0:35

14 G.I. Jive (Johnny Mercer) B 1:36

15 Amor, Amor (Mendez Ruiz) B 2:28

16 Frankie And Johnny (trad.) B 2:59

Total Time: 57:53

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

A Harold Baker, Taft Jordan, Wallace Jones, Rex Stewart (tp), Ray Nance

(tp,v & vo), Lawrence Brown, Joseph “Tricky” Sam Nanton, Juan Tizol

(tb), Jimmy Hamilton (ts & cl), Skippy Williams (ts), Johnny Hodges,

Otto Hardwick (as), Harry Carney (bs & cl), Duke Ellington (p), Fred

Guy

(g), Alvin “Junior” Raglin (b), Sonny Greer (dr), Al Hibbler (vo),

Billy

Strayhorn (assistant arranger)

Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, December 11, 1943

B Wallace Jones, Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan (tp), Ray Nance (tp & vo),

Joseph “Tricky Sam” Nanton, Claude Jones, Lawrence Brown (tb),

Jimmy

Hamilton, Skippy Williams (ts & cl), Otto Hardwick, Johnny Hodges (as),

Harry Carney (bs,cl & bcl), Duke Ellington (p), Fred Guy (g), Alvin

“Junior” Raglin (b), Sonny Greer (dr), Betty Roche (vo) Naval

Trainin

Center, Bainbridge, Maryland,July 8,1944

CD7

1 Take The “A” Train (Billy Strayhorn) A 0:41

2 Suddenly It Jumped (Duke Ellington) A 2:51

3 Laura (Dave Raskin-Johnny Mercer) A 3:08

4 Kissing Bug (Billy Strayhorn-Rex Stewart-Joya Sherrill) A 3:16

5 Stompy Jones (Duke Ellington) A 3:41

6 Solid Old Man (Duke Ellington) A 3:33

7 Carnegie Blues (Duke Ellington)A 3:01

8 In A Mellotone (Duke Ellington) A 3:00

9 Fancy Dan (Duke Ellington) A 4:15

10 Things Ain’t What They Used To Be (Mercer Ellington) A 0:58

11 Black And Tan Fantasy (Duke Ellington-Bubber Miley)B 2:00

12 Mood To Be Wooed (Johnny Hodges-Duke Ellington) B 4:49

13 Frantic Fantasy (Duke Ellington) B 5:36

14 The “C” Jam Blues (Duke Ellington) B 2:20

15 Air Conditioned Jungle (Duke Ellington) B 4:54

16 On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Jimmy McHugh-Dorothy Fields) B 4:51

17 Rockin’ In Rhythm (Duke Ellington) B 4:49

18 Take The “A” Train (Billy Strayhorn) B 0:35

19 The Blues (Duke Ellington) C 7:22

20 Sono (Duke Ellington) C 5:23

Total time: 71:20

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra A Cat Anderson, Shelton Hemphill, Taft

Jordan, Ray Nance, Rex Stewart (tp), Lawrence Brown, Claude Jones,

Joseph “Tricky” Sam Nanton (tb) Jimmy Hamilton (ts & cl), Johnny

Hodges,

Otto Hardwick (as), Al Sears (ts), Harry Carney (bs,cl & b-cl), Duke

Ellington (p), Fred Guy (g), Alvin “Junior” Raglin (b), Sonny Greer

(dr), Joya Sherrill (vo)

The New Zanzibar, New York,September 26,1945

B Cat Anderson, Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, Ray Nance, Rex Stewart

(tp), Lawrence Brown, Claude Jones, Joseph “Tricky” Sam Nanton

(tb),

Jimmy

Hamilton (ts & cl), Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick (as), Al Sears (ts),

Harry Carney (bs,cl & b-cl), Duke Ellington (p), Fred Guy (g), Al

Lucas,

Alvin “Junior” Raglin (b), Sonny Greer (dr)

Recorded at World Studios, New York, August 3, 1945. Broadcasted on

December 28, 1945

C Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, Francis Williams, Cat Anderson,

Reunald

Jones (tp), Ray Nance (tp & vo), Joseph “Tricky” Sam Nanton,

Lawrence

Brown,

Claude Jones, Wilbur DeParis (tb), Jimmy Hamilton (ts & cl), Al Sears

(ts), Otto Hardwick, Johnny Hodges (as), Harry Carney (bs,cl & b-cl),

Duke Ellington (p), Fred Guy (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Sonny Greer

(dr),

Kay Davis (vo) Howard Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 20, 1946

CD8

1 Solid Old Man (Duke Ellington) 3:27

2 Singin’ In The Rain (Brown) 6:06

3 Three Cent Stomp (Duke Ellington) 4:07

4 Tulip Or Turnip (Duke Ellington-George) 3:00

5 Take The “A” Train (Billy Strayhorn) 8:15

6 Hy’a Sue (Duke Ellington) 3:53

7 The “C” Jam Blues (Duke Ellington) 3:23

8 Passion Flower (Billy Strayhorn) 4:11

9 Clementine (Billy Strayhorn) 2:59

10 Just A-Sittin’ And A-Rockin’ (Duke Ellington-Billy Strayhorn)

3:17

11 One O’Clock Jump (Count Basie) 1:57

12 Unbooted Character (Duke Ellington) 4:59

13 Paradise (Billy Strayhorn) 4:48

14 How You Sound (Duke Ellington) 4:14

15 It’s Monday Every Day (Robin) 3:16

16 Caravan (Juan Tizol) 5:15

17 Cotton Tail (Duke Ellington) 3:45

Total time: 70:57

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra Shelton Hemphill, Al Killian, Francis

Williams, Harold Baker (tp), Ray Nance (tp & vo), Lawrence Brown,

Quentin Jackson, Tyree Glenn (tb), Jimmy Hamilton (ts & cl), Johnny

Hodges, Russell Procope (as), Ben Webster (ts), Harry Carney (bs), Duke

Ellington, Billy Strayhorn (p), Wendell Marshall (b), Sonny Greer (dr),

Al Hibbler (vo), Burley Smith (announcer) Hollywood Empire L.A.,

February 1949

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Hope some seasoned Ellington buff can help... I don't have the Fargo nor the Carnegie Hall concert (in fact, the only Ellington I own are the big Centennial box and Money Jungle). Is this a worthy purchase or should I pick them up separately elsewhere?

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In my opinion, this would be a worthy purchase if you didn't have the material elsewhere! This is really fine music. If you like the forties material in the Centennial box, this is a go!

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In my opinion, this would be a worthy purchase if you didn't have the material elsewhere! This is really fine music. If you like the forties material in the Centennial box, this is a go!

Thanks for your help... I'm enthusiastic about this box, yes. I was considering picking up the Storyville Fargo anyway.

Now that I have your ear, can you recommend a decent alternative to the MCA 'Early Ellington' 3CD set now that it has gone OOP? Or do you think perhaps if I hold on for a while it will see the light of day again?

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I would bet you can find a used or not yet sold copy around. This was in print a long time!

There is a Definitive collection that almost completely mirrors it, but in my opinion the sound on the MCA is better and there are copious and helpful notes. I'd say see if you can find a copy of the MCA for a spell. It's not likely to show up in print again as the same thing, but one never knows.

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I'm with Lon. Get the "Complete Brunswick and Vocalion" Decca set. This set is still available at many online stores, among them cduniverse (for $35.00).

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I have only got the Fargo set, nothing else that's in this box... looks great to me! (But it's likely going to be pretty expensive?)

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€66,98 + postage. . .not too bad.

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oh man, I just got weak and ordered if from Amazon France for 43 eurozlotys (that is 46 minus VAT plus 5 for shipping). Not bad since I only have the Fargo (I did get the Carnegie sets from Fantasy in the zweitausendeins Fantasy sale, but never got the Storyville one to complete the run).

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Well, I'm glad I didn't buy this, I received it as a gift today.

Pretty cool in my opinion! Nice sound.

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I would bet you can find a used or not yet sold copy around. This was in print a long time!

There is a Definitive collection that almost completely mirrors it, but in my opinion the sound on the MCA is better and there are copious and helpful notes. I'd say see if you can find a copy of the MCA for a spell. It's not likely to show up in print again as the same thing, but one never knows.

I returned home today to find a sealed copy waiting in the mail. Fantastic music which I am enjoying immensely. Thanks for the advice.

I have the Victor material too but the rest of the early Ellington recordings seem pretty daunting to collect... a dubious 40 CD boxed set or numerous OOP Chronological Classics. Is there an easier way?

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VERY GLAD you decided to get that and did.

Well, there's the two cd OKEH recordings from Columbia, a good way to get a large chunk of essential sides. . . .

Too bad that the Masters of Jazz series has become defunct and so hard to find. . . that's an avenue I wish I could go . . . and I'd recommend if they were in print.

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