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Complete Hot Five & Hot Seven Recordings [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Louis ArmstrongAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (August 22, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • 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
  • ASIN: B000GRTQP2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,163 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Gut Bucket Blues
2. My Heart
3. Yes! I'm in the Barrel
4. Come Back Sweet Papa
5. Georgia Grind
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Put 'Em Down Blues
2. Ory's Creole Trombone
3. The Last Time
4. Struttin' With Some Barbecue
5. Got No Blues
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Willie the Weeper
2. Wild Man Blues
3. Alligator Crawl
4. Potato Head Blues
5. Melancholy
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Fireworks
2. Skip the Gutter
3. A Monday Date
4. Don't Jive Me
5. West End Blues
See all 23 tracks on this disc

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134 of 146 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy production, horrid sound (but a nice book) November 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The reprocessing on this (...) compilation is among the worst in years: thin, harsh, and (on the first two CDs) with nearly overwhelming surface noise. Take it from a collector who owns original copies of many of these sides: The originals do NOT sound this bad! Some selections on the first CD were obviously taken from old tapes (a telltale "pre-echo" is clearly audible) rather than being freshly remastered. The noise problem abates somewhat on CDs 3 and 4, but the transfers remain curiously thin and harsh with an inexplicably weak bass compared to the brilliantly recorded originals. Incidentally, all four CDs had glue on the playing surfaces (removable with alcohol; but why should one have to clean a $ set?). The accompanying hardcover book is visually stunning if you can overlook the warped binding boards, and it's not without some sloppy discographical errors. (Among other gaffs, Sony apparently is trying to rewrite record-industry history, making the ludicrous claim that they -- rather than Columbia and Okeh -- produced the original issues!) A far better alternative, at half the price, is JSP's Hot Five/Hot Seven set, masterfully reprocessed by John R.T. Davies. You won't get a book, but you'll get clean, richly detailed transfers that do justice to these historic sides in a way that this set does not.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bypass this set - go for the JSP box set instead... December 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Columbia missed a trick with this one. Although they succeeded in removing most of the snap and crackle of the original 78s, the resulting sound quality is flat and lifeless. I suppose Columbia was aiming this product at a general listening audience as opposed to a dedicated afficionado of oldie jazz. Perhaps Columbia reasoned that the average listener would find the surface noise distracting. But this music should sound better than it does in Columbia's presentation of it. Yes it sounds clean, but it also sounds dull. There's no bloom on the trumpet tone!
JSP's (much cheaper) issue of this wonderful music is also available on Amazon. The powerful sound of Louis's trumpet comes through much better on their box set.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb music, slipshod packaging October 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
First of all, the music is five stars plus. I've had these tracks in many different configurations over the years, and they sound better now than ever before. The packaging looks good, and the booklet is informative and classy, but Columbia did us a great disservice by the shabby packaging of the discs themselves.
The discs are where the music is, folks, the heart and soul of any package, and they should be protected. When those discs are slipped without protection into cardboard half-sleeves held to the "endpapers" of the book by a glue that appears similar to rubber cement, the CDs get scratched, and the glue adheres to the CD edges, even making their way onto the surface. Bad, Columbia, bad. This is like when record companies used to put LPs into a cardboard sleeve without a liner.
When you get this set, take the CDs out, clean off the glue, and put them in protective inner sleeves before reinserting them. Fortunately, my CDs seem to play all right, but my CD player is excellent at error correction.
This would be a five-star review, were it not for the packaging. This is like shipping a priceless crystal vase in a cardboard box without padding.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Seldom have I been this disappointed November 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have at least half of these Armstrong 78s in my collection, and they are master pressings, not dubs. When played with a proper sized needle and equalized properly as well, they sound many times better than the tracks presented here. This collection is an inconsistent sonic mess. The timbre of the songs changes from track to track, some of the speeds are wrong, the volume levels are all over the place, and the overall listening experience is brash and painful. I don't worry so much about surface noise, and this collection has plenty. But a bigger issue is the way the music has been EQ'd --- in many cases an unnatural bass boost that makes the bottom end sound boxy and muddy, and which consequently makes the already-hyped highs sound even thinner and brasher by comparison. There was obviously no attempt made to properly compensate for the turnover frequencies of the original records, and it's a BIG problem for me. The collection sounds like many contributors sent in material transferred/remastered 'their own way' and the result was just thrown together as a finished product. I was very, very, very disappointed; and feel that the inflated purchase price is not justified.

The hard bound book is nice, but is mostly filled with fancy, decoratively framed pictures and montages; very little real reading. Also, after 2 or 3 'readings', pages began to detach. Extremely cheap manufacture. The CDs had glue all over them, which I had to clean off before they would even play.

There is mention in the notes about 'unauthorized' reissues done previously; I assume they are referring to the John R. T. Davies version on British label JSP, which is sonically FAR superior to this set, and by the way, legal according to European copyright law. Well, if Columbia Legacy could learn how to put out a decent product, people would buy it, and they wouldn't have to present Mr. Davies' excellent work as suspect.

Don't waste your money on this one.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Glue Blues and Lifeless Remastering October 31, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I jumped at the chance to get this set and was utterly disappointed with the shoddy packaging (glue on 3 of 4 cds) and the lifeless remastering. The JSP set is far less expensive and the sound is infinitely better--rich, deep, warm, and clear. JSP doesn't have a big book or great photos, but its liner notes are incredibly informative about the music. The essays in this box seem more intent upon endlessly emphasizing that this music is great art. (I know that already!) If you're relatively new to listening to older jazz, the JPS remastering will show you just how good recordings from the 1920s can sound. (And no glue!)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Great pack. Verry good condition. Love it.
Published 1 month ago by Eduardo Paiva Serra
5.0 out of 5 stars great listen
Love the packaging. The pictures in the booklet bring the music more richness. Felt like I was in the time and place. The music is alive with gin joints and the warm south. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Francene W. Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Louis Armstrong is the greatest
Fabulous set of music that gives a true picture of one of the many great periods in the fabulous Louis Armstrong's musical journey. Read more
Published on February 12, 2012 by Stephen Gordon
2.0 out of 5 stars A first-rate release project completely ruined by gooey glue
(1) Song selection: ideal.
(2) Liner notes/booklet: really really good .. absolutely first-rate.
(3) remaster: OK by me... Read more
Published on June 6, 2010 by J. Mercik
5.0 out of 5 stars One More Time
In college, I took a course in the philosophy of the "Modern." Our first assignment was to define "modern," and I borrowed a friend's tape recorder and copied "Potato Head Blues"... Read more
Published on November 28, 2007 by Richard W. Cutler
5.0 out of 5 stars Music 5 stars of course, packaging 1 star
I luckily read the reviews before purchase and had the cashier (Borders) open before purchase. The first two indeed had glue on the CD's, the third was the charm. Read more
Published on October 8, 2007 by Stagliano
5.0 out of 5 stars Loads of fun...Worth every penny spent.
I know...I know...it's music from the 1920's, the sort of music that one could not blare on the car stereo while cruising down the strip on a Friday night without getting strange... Read more
Published on March 29, 2007 by Nathan L. Stanley
5.0 out of 5 stars Music is cornerstone. Better Sonics than the JSP set.
I'm not going to labor on the fact that this music is fantastic, cornerstone of jazz, indispensible, blah, blah, blah. We all already know that. Read more
Published on February 8, 2007 by Comic Online
5.0 out of 5 stars Music is cornerstone...better sonics than JSP set.
I'm not going to labor on the fact that this music is fantastic, cornerstone of jazz, indispensible, blah, blah, blah. We all already know that. Read more
Published on February 8, 2007 by Comic Online
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, good booklet, OK sound, awful packaging
There can be no argument that these are some of the most important recordings in the history of music, the joyous sound of a new musical vocabulary being created - 5 stars. Read more
Published on November 16, 2005 by Rod Parkes
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