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Begin the Beguine Box set, Import

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This 10-CD wallet box set includes 250 tracks! Documents. 2005.

1. Japanese Sandman
2. A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody
3. I Used To Be Above Love
4. No Regrets
5. South Sea Island Magic
6. It Ain't Right
7. Sugar Foot Stomp
8. Thou Swell
9. You're Giving Me A Song And A Dance
10. Darling, Not Without You
11. One, Two, Button Your Shoe
12. Let's Call A Heart A Heart
13. Skeleton In The Closet
14. There's Something In The Air
15. Take Another Guess
16. There's Frost On The Moon
17. Love And Learn
18. Moon Face
19. Same Old Line
20. You Can Tell She Comes From Dixie
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  • Audio CD (March 14, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Documents Classics
  • ASIN: B0007UAR5G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,345 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Claude Avary on March 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
[First of all, there seems to be some confusion at Amazon as to what tracks are actually on this disc: there are two "editions" listed of the same album (?), but with completely different track details. For the record, here are the tracks on the CD that I own, which I believe is the only one available -- the second listing is a mistake:
1. Nightmare
2. Indian Love Call
2. Back Bay Shuffle
4. Any Old Time
5. Traffic Jam
6. Comes Love
7. What Is this Thing Called Love?
8. Begin the Beguine
9. Oh! Lady Be Good
10. Frenesi
11. Serenade to a Savage
12. Deep Purple
13. Special Delivery Stomp
14. Summit Ridge Drive
15. Temptation
16. Star Dust
17. Blues (Parts I & II)
18. Moonglow
19. Moon Ray
20. The Carioca
If this track listing matches the one you see listed Amazon, then buy with confidence! My review covers these tracks.]
Artie Shaw was an uncompromising, brilliant swing musician and bandleader who was always seeking new creative outlets and stretching the boundaries of swing. He frequently broke up his bands and took vacations from music, only to return with new ideas (he finally retired from music for good in the 1950s, and now lives quietly in Los Angeles). This CD is a great introduction (at a great price) to the man and his music. It focuses mostly on his most popular band: the 1938-1939 band that stole away "The King of the Swing" title from the other clarinet bandleader, Benny Goodman. This was the most popular Big Band of its time, but Shaw disbanded it in disgust at the `business' side of the music business.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Homer9600 on May 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have to say at the start I was suspicious of this box - 10-CD's from Germany, public domain recordings, transfers from 78 discs. Usually these things tend to have lots of noise reduction, processing and sometimes phoney-baloney fake stereo.

Not so with this box. I've gotten through about half of it and it is quite impressive. The transfers are generally good and whoever did the remastering used very little noise reduction, and left enough surface noise so that it doesn't detract from the music or deaden the sound. It actually is as good as some of the Chronologial Classics Shaw material I have. The tracks vary in quality based on the discs used for transfers but overall this is a good box. And at sixteen or seventeen bucks for 250 tracks of some of the greatest music ever recorded - well if you're disappointed after that then you may be a tad too critical.

I have a lot of Shaw and he had wonderful bands. This box set is as good or better than much of the recodings I have. I have seen this box retail for fifty dollars - beware you can get it a lot cheaper. There is no booklet and the CD's come in cardboard sleeves but the discs come out easily and they are in perfect condition

Not a bad find for so little.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Doug - Haydn Fan VINE VOICE on August 18, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This collection - which I own and have also given as a gift - surveys an enormous span of time, starting with some of Shaw's earliest band work and proceeding to showcase scores of recordings made with his many different groups over the next two decades. At the price it represents the best possible introduction to one of America's greatest popular musicians. By the end of the thirties Artie Shaw had come to symbolize America and American culture in the same was as Clark Gable or Mickey Mouse, and these musical selections show why.
Attempting to break down over 200 numbers with any sort of critical appraisal of their worth misses the point. A listener can rest assured there's a ton of gold here - with this many great recordings everyone can choose their own - many - favorites.
Of note - there are a number of recordings here of the underrated vocalist Peggy LaCentra - look for them on the earlier discs, especially the snappy "It Ain't Right" and the dreamy ballad, "There' Something In the Air." Her recordings are now difficult to find - so this must be counted a considerable bonus.
A later disc in this set has many of the Gramercy Five Sessions - landmark recordings similar in style to Goodman's small group recordings.
A can't miss purchase.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Hap on November 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I do not know how nor why these CD's are so cheap. I am sure the fact they are packaged so simply has a great deal to do with it. The quality of the sound is very good to excellent. If you like the music of Artie Shaw this is one amazing deal. I looked into my Dance Band Discography and for the most part this music is packaged chronologically. You cannot go wrong buying this set.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. T. Clough on March 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I thoroughly agree with your previous reviewer that this would be one of the best purchases you could ever make of the unforgettable music of the late Artie Shaw. Although made in Germany, which seems somewhat unusual for an American Big Band Era Jazz Artist, the CD set has flawless playing, despite being packaged simply in cardboard covers with no accompanying notes.

With over 230 tunes of this great maestro, available at a most reasonable price generally, it is worth the outlay to get a collection of the best of his outstanding music.

The cover contains a printing error in the top left hand corner under his signature, although a minor thing.

It lists Artie Shaw's life covering 1909-2004. He was actually born in 1910 (May 23rd).
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