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Mark Stryker

Louis Armstrong Hot 5 and Hot 7

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Can someone help me sort the various "complete" sets of the Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings on Columbia. Specifically, why does the complete long box issued in 2000 have four discs but the complete set on individual discs that came out in 2003 only contains three? Are the transfers any better between one or the other or are they all the same? 

Finally, what are folks best recommendations for the best transfers of this material on CD in the various issues that might be available -- both a complete set and a one or two disc highlight set?

 

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For sound, I still like John R.T. Davies's remastering in the 4-cd JSP set.

 

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That one sounds great, but I prefer the Columbia box set by a hair for sound, and it sure has excellent packaging (notes, photos).

I've not studied the difference between the single and complete releases from Columbia. My guess is that the mastering is the same between the two editions and more material (there is additional material that is not technically "Hot Five and Seven") in the complete set.

Get the JSP or the Columbia. . .go complete. . . the music should be encountered. (As you no doubt know).

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I like the sound on the six-eye Louis Armstrong Story Columbia LPs.  They are not that hard to find. 

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Thanks.  To be clear, I do have the Columbia box, but have (a) always wondered about the discrepancy between it and the subsequent 3-CD series but have wondered if there was s better sounding set and (b) wanted a good compilation disc in good sound. I often find myself pulling out the LP series that was so perfect for so many years, which is cool but there are times I’d rather have a CD.

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the JSP is excellent. The old LPs, pound for pound, sound the best. To my ears.

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I have the JSP and Columbia CD boxes, as well as the Columbia LP series.   When I reach for the Hot 5s & 7s, I almost always choose JSP: great sound and programming.    

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I have the Columbia box (the longish, weirdly shaped one) and the LPs. Considering that both are essentially a collection of singles, I'm not sure that one side of an LP at a time isn't the best for the digestion. That music is very rich, very deep, and in a way is like the Art Tatum solo records, you need time to let it sink in before eating more.

Now, having said that, in a perfect world, I'd just load all the CDs into everything else and just press "random" and get them cold, unexpected, unknowing. That's as close to a "real time" impact as you can get these days. Some people listen to all their music like that. Me, very, very seldomly. That's one of those "it is what it is" things.

Point being, the Columbia box is fine as "library". What you do with it is up to you, but at least you have the options.

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IIRC there are some tracks on the JSP not on the Columbia that aren't strictly Hot 5 or 7. 

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