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The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection 1951-1958 [Box set]

Duke Ellington Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 6, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • 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: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B008S80RZO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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No one can deny the beauty of Duke Ellington's music of the 1930s and 40s, yet not to pay similar respect to his masterworks of the 1950s would be scandalous. It was during this time that Ellington embraced the long-playing album with a passion and sense of invention, and released one brilliant recording after another.

While some of the giants were gone from the band, the names that appeared with Ellington during the decade were great: Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Clark Terry, Ray Nance and Harry Carney among others, as well as Duke's right hand man, composer and arranger Billy Strayhorn. Taking advantage of the instrumental riches at their disposal and the additional space offered by the LP, Ellington and Strayhorn began thinking in terms of ambitious expanded projects.

The initial Columbia album, Masterpieces By Ellington, found the maestro embracing the new technology, displaying grand arrangements of his popular anthems. Other visionary projects soon followed: Ellington Uptown, featuring the masterful composition, "Tone Parallel To Harlem"; Blue Rose with singer Rosemary Clooney; Such Sweet Thunder, a Shakespearian adaption; Black, Brown and Beige with majestic contributions from Mahalia Jackson; and Anatomy of a Murder, with music written for the hit film, among them. Each of these albums, as well as other jewels including Ellington Indigos, Blues In Orbit and A Drum Is A Woman, brim with marvelous melodies, sumptuous arrangements, glistening solos and exceptional ensemble work from all involved.

Consider just a handful of the contemporary gems to be found on these albums: "The Star-Crossed Lovers," "The Tattooed Bride," and "U.M.M.G." -- and there are dozens more to be found. The 1950s, it turns out, was just one more golden era for the Duke.

Box Set Includes:
1. 1951 -- Masterpieces By Ellington
2. 1952 -- Ellington Uptown
3. 1956 -- Blue Rose w/ Rosemary Clooney
4. 1956 -- The Drum Is A Woman
5. 1957 -- Such Sweet Thunder
6. 1957 -- Ellington Indigos
7. 1958 -- Black, Brown And Beige w/ Mahalia Jackson
8. 1958 -- Duke Ellington At The Bal Masque
9. 1958 -- Duke Ellington's Spacemen: The Cosmic Scene

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stupid error left uncorreted November 18, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Wonderful music and performances. Three of the albums are new to "official" cd release and it is great to have them. The other six are the same masterings as previous cd issues. There was an unfortunate (stupid) editing error on the Such Sweet Thunder cd and Sony have failed to correct it here. It would have taken less than an hour in the studio. Bummed.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpieces November 7, 2012
Format:Audio CD
This box set is worth the Sixty bucks just for Mood Indigo on the Masterpieces CD. This arrangement has every style of music on it. old swing, be bop dixi land, classical, you name it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection!! December 29, 2012
By Zanchie
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This 10 CD collection is a great start of Duke Ellington's work. The value is great! Imagine trying to buy all of these on vinyl! I hope the other labels he was on can follow suit. The sound is great and packaging is good too. There was another review who mentioned the scratching of the discs when removing them from the LP style case. I had experienced this too when taking a few out but they play fine. I recommend making a backup copy so you don't have to insert and reinsert in the case.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always essential July 28, 2013
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A nice collection of studio recordings, from the always essential Duke Ellington. Highly recommended. A great way to get all the studio LP's together, at a great price
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Ellingtonia July 16, 2013
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The whole batch is marvellous especially with Columbia's great sound. Many Ellington collectors will have this music already but for anybody new to this fabulous music, don't miss this collection. Such Sweet Thunder is a masterpiece with Johnny Hodges at his voluptuous best. Masterpieces is magnificent complete with expanded melodies and the final album has Terry, Hamilton and Gonsalves in great form. Rosemary Clooney sings magnificently on Blue Rose

Give yourself a treat at a bargain price; this is top drawer stuff!
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