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Best Of The Big Bands [CD]

Chu Berry, Cab CallowayAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Minnie The Moocher (Theme Song) (78rpm Version)Cab Calloway 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beale Street Mama (Album Version)Cab Calloway 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Angeline (Album Version)Cab Calloway 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Bye Bye Blues (78rpm Version)Cab Calloway & His Orchestra 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Minnie The Moocher's Weddin' Day (Album Version)Cab Calloway 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Dinah (LP Version)Cab Calloway 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Wake Up And Live (Album Version)Cab Calloway 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Pickin' The Cabbage (78rpm Version)Cab Calloway 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. You Gotta Ho-Di-Ho (Album Version)Cab Calloway 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Reefer Man (Album Version)Cab Calloway 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Jumpin' Jive (Album Version)Cab Calloway 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Manhattan Jam (Album Version)Cab Calloway 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. I Gotta Go Places And Do Things (Album Version)Cab Calloway 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Eadie Was A Lady (Album Version)Cab Calloway 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Take The 'A' Train (Album Version)Cab Calloway 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. F.D.R. Jones (Album Version)Cab Calloway 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 23, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 16, 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000026VH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,045 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Best Of The Big Bands by Cab Calloway

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The songs are great but not the sound quality March 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm aware that these are very old recordings (1937-39 vintage) but there really is a TON of hiss on this CD. That, plus the fact that the overall signal level is low (it's "quiet" compared to other CDs of the era I've heard) make it not a great buy.

If you've been looking at this because of the specific tracks on it, every one of these is available on a 4 CD JSP box set (for $28.98 new, about $21 used) called EARLY YEARS (ASIN B000095IY9) and the sound is better if you compare sound samples.

If you're new to Cab and don't want to plunk down the dough for a multi-disc set, the best single disc compilation I've heard thus far is ARE YOU HEP TO THE JIVE? (ASIN B0000029FN). That one is a fantastic selection of songs with informative liner notes, good sound, and a few interesting rarities.

BOTTOM LINE: By all means get some Cab Calloway for your collection but don't buy THIS particular CD.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Calloway Compilation! January 24, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is the first of four Cab Calloway compilations I bought, and it reigns as my favorite. This series starts off with Calloway's coolest rendition of "Minnie the Moocher," followed by "Beale Street Mama," one of those hep songs with an upbeat melody but sorrowful lyrics. Why this tune didn't make the rounds on more Cab Calloway compilations puzzles me; his rendition is one of those great examples of Calloway's smooth yet rambling vocals.
"Minnie the Moocher's Wedding Day" is an awesome follow up to the original tune. This works opposite the "Beale Street Mama" tune: Calloway sings about Minnie's upcoming wedding in wealthy spectacular description, yet there is something haunting - almost funereal- in the melody. This seems like one of those songs that many would cover, but without Calloway and his orchestra's sweet touch, it would lose the overall little spirit.
The majority of songs on this CD are all-around upbeat numbers like "Wake Up and Live" and "Dinah." These are some of those happy-go-lucky melodies that have the magic touch of entering your cerebral database, leaving you humming the melody as you go about your day.
While this is my favorite Cab Calloway CD, there is a diverse selection of compilations that are just as solid; this just happens to be my personal pick. I would highly recommend it if you want to get a diverse sampling of his work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great stuff., December 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
this is a great CD, although the compilation on the CD "Are You Hep To The Jive" is just a wee bit better.........fortunately, the only song that is on both of them is Minnie the Moocher, so if you get them both, you've got a lot of great stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great music but ... June 10, 2009
Format:Audio CD
The sound quality on this disc is not good . The mastering seems to have been an after-thought ...
Instead, look for one of the British imports that have vastyly improved sound quality .
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent intro to Cab Calloway. February 25, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This disc is an excellent introduction to Cab Calloway's music; I recommend it to the casual Calloway fan. This disc is as good as any (and probably better than most) if you want to explore the unique Calloway sound. However, serious Calloway fans will probably be familiar with most or all of these tunes. Every number swings, and some will provoke a laugh or two. Highlights include Calloway's signature song "Minnie The Moocher," as well as a follow-up, "Minnie the Moocher's Wedding Day." Other highlights include "Reefer Man" (one of several Calloway numbers to explore the 1930s and 1940s drug scene), "The Jumpin' Jive," "Beale Street Mama" and a cover of Duke Ellington's "Take The 'A' Train" that does justice to the original.
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