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Duke Ellington Centennial 24 CD Box

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I might have one of these for sale within a week. I'm not quite sure yet, but I'm just wondering if anyone would be interested. Box would have to be sent from Germany at around 40 Euro or thereabouts.

I haven't set a price ... I leave that to those who are interested.

Cheers!

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Just wanted to give everyone on this board a chance to maybe make an offer first before I sell it elsewhere.

The box is here. It was completely new (shrink-wrapped) and untouched. I opened it and played two CDs to check if they were ok (the box was stowed away for several years) and both the CDs and the box as well as the book are in mint condition besides me having removed each item once and put it back within about 10 minutes.

I already have one, so it's gotta go.

Quick-take:

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Duke Ellington: The Duke Ellington Centennial Edition - The Complete RCA Victor Recordings. RCA Victor, 1999.

This 24-CD box, which dwarfs even most Bear Family sets in scope, is essentially everything Ellington cut for RCA-Victor over a 46-year period. There are gaps, especially after 1946 when he jumped to Columbia, but otherwise, this is all of it. One quickly discovers that, by virtue of its leader's taste, combined with the good sense of RCA-Victor's recording managers, this was a band that did little, if any, wrong on record. Better yet, from the opening cut on Disc One (which encompasses 1927 and part of 1928), there's scarcely a trace of tinniness, and the bass and middle are rich and natural. Disc Three takes us from 1929 into 1930, and even only two years into their recording career, the Ellington band was evolving into something more sophisticated than a dance band. Disc Five includes the 1930 session that yielded the first recording of "Mood Indigo," where the band sort of announces to the world that they're the most musically sophisticated and adept outfit in jazz. Disc Eight picks up in 1940 — this is the Blanton-Webster band transferred properly to CD, and it never got any better than this, at least within the context of big-band swing. The excerpts from "Black, Brown and Beige" included on Disc 14 are among the most famous parts of this body of work, and they've never sounded better. Discs 18 through 20 encompass the complete trio of Sacred Concerts, and Discs 21 thru 24 cover the Far East Suite, Ellington's mid-'60s recuttings of his classic hits, and his tribute to Billy Strayhorn, through to his final concert release from 1973. This material is all worthwhile, and the 122-page book that comes with the set is chock full of extraordinarily informative and well-written essays, plus vital sessionography information. The set is also, alas, incredibly unwieldy, the individual CDs sliding out too easily from their separate sleeves. They're still a bargain, of course, but someone should have given more thought to the needs of real listeners. — Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

Please post here or PM me if you are interested.

Cheers!

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The box was sold to a member of the organissimo board.

Cheers.

Edited by deus62

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Volkher:

Just PM-ed you (I tried to send you and e-mail, but I´m not allowed to do so).

Please, contact me via PM or via e-mail:

bhdezfdez@telefonica.net

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You´ve got a new PM, Volkher

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Congrats! Despite the fact that the booklet will soon fall apart, this is one great set!

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(the box was stowed away for several years)

Do you happen to know the story why it was stored away?

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The person who sold this one had several of these - apparently he had bought them as an investment and kept them for quite a while because he wasn't happy about some people in Germany (on amazon.de) selling these for about Euro 150 to Euro 190.-

I guess he suddenly needed some cash and I took two off his hands because I knew I could get what he was asking back from some fans here. So I sold them for exactly the amount I paid. Not a cent made.

Call me humanitarian. :P

Call me dumb. :o

Call me jazz fan. :wub:

I'm somewhere in the middle. :g

Cheers!

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On 1/18/2004 at 6:06 AM, mikeweil said:

Congrats! Despite the fact that the booklet will soon fall apart, this is one great set!

My book is still fine, more than 20 years later. And it was used.

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Mine fell apart in about a year. 'S alright. I did not buy it for the book.

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16 hours ago, jazzbo said:

Mine fell apart in about a year. 'S alright. I did not buy it for the book.

Ditto.

 

 

gregmo

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