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Was this the first box set?

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In April 1949, Mercury Records announced that it was soon to release a $25 jazz album made up of six 12-inch 78-rpm records, together with thirty-two 12 x 12 in. photos of top jazz stars taken by Life photographer Gjon Milli. They confirmed that material for this project had been in preparation for the last three years by Norman Granz. Granz having started the Jazz at the Philharmonic concert series in 1944 had become a record producer and was heading up Mercury’s jazz division as well as issuing records under his own label Clef, through Mercury.

This is without question one of the most important albums to be issued in the 78-rpm album era, and it arguably created a template for much that followed in the recording industry, from LP box sets to the deluxe editions of today with books, CDs and all kinds of other attractive ephemeral assets that appeal to the collector. Granz and Mercury planned to limit the output to just 5,000 numbered limited editions...

The Jazz Scene – Most important Album You’ve Never Heard

JS

More on this. https://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/jazz-scene-important-album-youve-never-heard/

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Thanks for a good read. I bought the cd reissue many years ago and must give it a play.

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Norman Granz's Jazz Scene

For a long time I thought of the 1961 Fletcher Henderson A Study In Frustration collection as the first box-set, or perhaps the Glenn Miller AAF set of LPs that RCA put out in the mid-1950s.  Interesting question.

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56 minutes ago, ghost of miles said:

Norman Granz's Jazz Scene

For a long time I thought of the 1961 Fletcher Henderson A Study In Frustration collection as the first box-set, or perhaps the Glenn Miller AAF set of LPs that RCA put out in the mid-1950s.  Interesting question.

I'd vote for the Stan Kenton "The Kenton Era" 4-LP box set (Capitol T-569) released in 1955. It must have been among the first in jazz in the VINYL era.

A close runner-up probably was "Satchmo - A Musical Autobiography of Louis Armstrong" (4 LPs on Decca, 1956).

 

As for 78 rpm "box sets", when (i.e. what minimum number of records) does a multi-disc "album" (of which there were plenty) become a "box set"?

 

Edited by Big Beat Steve

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What about the Chicago Jazz album of 78s from Decca?  Wasn't that a specific album project c. 1939/40 from the young George Avakian?

(PS:  my copy of the Granz package -- numbered somewhere around 4500ish -- is in much better shape that the copy shown above.  Was a mouse chewing on it???)

Edited by Ted O'Reilly
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1953: https://www.discogs.com/Glenn-Miller-And-His-Orchestra-Limited-Edition/release/4781757

59 minutes ago, ghost of miles said:

Norman Granz's Jazz Scene

... the Glenn Miller AAF set of LPs that RCA put out in the mid-1950s. 

1955, and technically a "real" box.

I've seen box sets of operas that appear to be a bit on the aged side, but no idea when that began or with what.

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How about Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music which I believe was released on 1952?

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4 hours ago, medjuck said:

How about Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music which I believe was released on 1952?

6 LPs - that should indeed qualify. But I, for example, had understood the original intention of the thread to refer to jazz releases.

So if we take the above 1953 Glenn Miler box set to be jazz, are there any earlier ones in the vinyl era?

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Yeah, I don't see calling a 78 album a box set, generally. But The Jazz Scene is so over-the-top deluxe that it certainly provided the template for limited edition box sets in the LP era.

When I finally found a near-mint copy of the original 78 set, I justified my purchase by noted that, adjusted for inflation, I was paying less that the original price.

 

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There were a few LP box sets in the 1950's on Columbia, like the Fletcher Henderson - Mildred Bailey and a nice 52nd Street anthology:

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But the one that started it all in the 1980's probably was this one:

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But these Columbia/Epic sets came out much later than the 50s ...:mellow:

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And look at this -Hardware and Software all in the same package. Battle Creek clearly on top of their box set game!

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25 minutes ago, JSngry said:

As always, cereal leads the way to start the day.

 

It depends ... :D

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That looks like an online-only Public Domain reissue. :g

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My attention was caught on the cusp of the '60s with Columbia's Henderson, Bailey, Holiday and Ellington boxes, but their first was:

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I remember my parents buying a record player in 1953 or '54.  When they did, they also purchased a box set (a true box) of RCA recordings called "Music America Loves Best."  These were not LPs, but 45 rpm EPs.  Two songs I remember were Perry Como's Faraway Places and The Three Suns' Twilight Time.

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9 hours ago, Chuck Nessa said:

My attention was caught on the cusp of the '60s with Columbia's Henderson, Bailey, Holiday and Ellington boxes, but their first was:

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These "thesauruses" must have been all the rage in the early 60s. German Brunswick did this one in 1962:

https://www.discogs.com/de/Various-The-Golden-Book-Of-Classic-Swing/release/6657195

and followed it up with this one in 1963:

https://www.discogs.com/de/Various-The-Golden-Book-Of-Classic-Swing-Volume-2/release/3650829

But the 60s are several steps away from early or even earliest vinyl box sets. ;)

 

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