Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to Amazon.com (US).
  
Buy Used
$23.84
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Our ranking is your confidence! The CDs are in very good shape. The case shows some wear and tear. The CD has the original artwork included. Fast Shipping - Safe and Secure Mailer - Satisfaction Guaranteed!
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $0.25
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Complete Blue Note Recordings
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Complete Blue Note Recordings Box set


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Listen Instantly with Amazon Music Album
Other Formats & Versions Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, Box set, October 18, 1994
"Please retry"
$281.81 $23.84

Hot Hot


Listen to Samples and Buy MP3s

Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


Disc 1:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. HumphThelonious Monk 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Evonce (Alternate Take)Thelonious Monk 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. EvonceThelonious Monk 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Suburban EyesThelonious Monk 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Suburban Eyes (Alternate Take)Thelonious Monk 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. TheloniousThelonious Monk 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Nice Work If You Can Get It (Alternate Take)Thelonious Monk 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Nice Work If You Can Get ItThelonious Monk 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ruby My Dear (Alternate Take)Thelonious Monk 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ruby My DearThelonious Monk 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Well You Needn'tThelonious Monk 2:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Well You Needn't (Alternate Take)Thelonious Monk 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. April In Paris (Alternate Take)Thelonious Monk 2:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. April In ParisThelonious Monk 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Off MinorThelonious Monk 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. IntrospectionThelonious Monk 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. In Walked BudThelonious Monk 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Monk's MoodThelonious Monk 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Who Knows?Thelonious Monk 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. 'Round MidnightThelonious Monk 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Who Knows? (Alternate Take)Thelonious Monk 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. All The Things You Are (1988 Digital Remaster)Thelonious Monk 2:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I Should Care (Alternate Take) (1988 Digital Remaster)Thelonious Monk 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I Should Care (1988 Digital Remaster)Thelonious Monk 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. EvidenceThelonious Monk 2:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Misterioso (1988 Digital Remaster)Thelonious Monk 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Misterioso (Alternate Take)Thelonious Monk 2:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Epistrophy (1988 Digital Remaster)Thelonious Monk 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I Mean You (1988 Digital Remaster)Thelonious Monk 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Four In One (1988 Digital Remaster)Thelonious Monk 3:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Four In One (Alternate Take)Thelonious Monk 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Criss CrossThelonious Monk 2:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Criss Cross (Alternate Take)Thelonious Monk 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Eronel (1988 Digital Remaster)Thelonious Monk 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Straight No ChaserThelonious Monk 2:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Ask Me Now (Alternate Take)Thelonious Monk 4:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Ask Me NowThelonious Monk 3:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Willow Weep For MeThelonious Monk 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. SkippyThelonious Monk 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Skippy (Alternate Take)Thelonious Monk 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Hornin' In (Alternate Take)Thelonious Monk 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Hornin' InThelonious Monk 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Sixteen (First Take)Thelonious Monk 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Sixteen (Second Take)Thelonious Monk 3:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Carolina MoonThelonious Monk 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Let's Cool OneThelonious Monk 3:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I'll Follow YouThelonious Monk 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. ReflectionsSonny Rollins 7:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. MisteriosoSonny Rollins 9:22$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Crepuscule With Nellie (Live) (Digitally Remastered 94)Thelonious Monk 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Trinkle Tinkle (Live) (Digitally Remastered)Thelonious Monk10:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. In Walked Bud (Live) (Digitally Remastered)Thelonious Monk11:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I Mean You (Live Version) (Digitally Remastered)Thelonious Monk13:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Epistrophy (Live Version) (Digitally Remastered '94)Thelonious Monk 5:19$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 18, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • 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: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000005GYH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,575 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

From the 1947 sessions that lead off this set through to the 1958 live recordings at the Five Spot with John Coltrane, this box set chronicles the development of one of the most unique and creative American musicians. The first CD dates entirely from 1947, and on it we hear a Monk conversant in the bebop idiom, his distinct style emerging. By 1951 on the second CD we have a gorgeous version of "Ask Me Now," with all the delightful rhythmic hesitation that became one of his trademarks. "Reflections" on the third CD has Sonny Rollins caressing the melody in an almost languid tempo, followed by a classic version of "Misterioso," with J.J. Johnson and Horace Silver sharing the piano role. The Monk-Coltrane live cuts on the fourth CD are incandescent. All in all, a set that is both enlightening (with a number of alternate takes) in its scope and delightful in its sheer musicianship and creative spark. --Michael Monhart

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
5 star
73%
4 star
27%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 11 customer reviews
In regards to the music itself, it's some of the best I've ever heard.
J.F. Carroll
The recordings themselves are very clean and clear, which I really like, and there is a wide variety of styles covered on the different discs.
Eric C. Sedensky
Hearing Monk's music , which if you're a long time Jazz listener like me you have heard many times over, in many ways.
Jeffery Gifford

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By gtra1n VINE VOICE on May 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you care about jazz at all, then you know Monk is one of the greats, the necessary ones, a great American artist. And this is Monk's most important period, when he confounded the world with his sound and vision. His later period on Riverside produced a lot of great playing, but this set documents the revolution, and you must have it.
The music, the tunes speak for themselves, but what is so important here is the freshness. You are hearing the musicians grapple with Monk's work for the first time, some take naturally to it, others don't, but the tension is an important part of the experience. And you are also hearing his work as all listeners did for the first time, right off his first Blue Note LPs.
Yes, the sound quality on the live set with Coltrane is poor, but a complaint about that is meaningless. The gig was recorded on a cheap tape deck with no professional quality or intent, and the set is what it is, a find, never intended as a record. But the music comes through all the same, better to be with it than without it.
5 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
43 of 54 people found the following review helpful By "s_molman" on January 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
but the Riversides are more important and in far better sound. Unless you are a completist (as I am), I would say get "Genious of Modern Music, II" only. It contains the best dates from this set. Then spend the rest of the money that you saved on "Brilliant Corners", "Monk's Music", and "Himself" on Riverside. With that, you will have a great collection of classic Monk.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rohin Hattiangadi on June 13, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This album has many different takes of various tunes, giving you a good insight into the way that Thelonious Monk approached his work. The spare, rhythmic piano style that was his trademark shines through brightly... I love the various versions of April in Paris. Makes you realize how much people like Harry Connick have been influenced by Monk's brilliant style. If you think you have a "good" sense of rhythm and timing... then.. please try and hum some of the passages in this CD in the same timing as Thelonious... As BB king said.. sometimes it's more a question of knowing when NOT to play.. In Thelonious' case what made him truly special was his tremendous sense of phrasing and timing.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
26 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Frank Cohen on August 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I feel badly about giving this 4 and not 5 stars. I know it is seminal and in that way it's a classic but I try to aim my review at the average jazz consumer, not all of which are scholars eager to track down every detailed aspect of Monk's development. Some of them want a great sound to listen to. With the Louis Armstrong Hot Fives and Sevens, subpar fidelity is expected. But I'm sorry, contemporaries of this set of recordings have much better fidelity. There are too many outtakes and the fidelity is poor given its time. The Five-Spot outing has absolutely atrocious fidelity! The worst! It takes great patience to get through it even though it's Monk and Trane. For those who simply love listening to Monk and are not incredibly compelled to chart the the progression of his art, I recommend better fidelity versions of the same tunes on later non-Blue Note albums.
The musical substance is 5-star but the fidelity of the whole set is 2-star. Since the former is more important than the latter I give it 4.
5 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
One other reviwer is correct in writing off the five-spot disc; it does sound awful. But the rest of the set is great and young Sonny Rollins and others sound great.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Salo on January 6, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Definitive versions of classic compositions such as Epistrophy, Misterioso, 'Round Midnight and many others, these recordings from Monk's first studio sessions as a leader are some of the most magical and inspiring music ever recorded. The fourth (live) disc is more of a bonus and should not be held against the rating. The sound quality of the three main discs is excellent for its time and actually adds to the mysterious mood. Essential listening.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for Similar Items by Category