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Complete Library of Congress Recordings Box set, Original recording remastered

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The stories and songs on these recordings are a document of the big bang of jazz music at the dawn of the 20th Century. New Orleans composer, pianist and pool shark Jelly Roll Morton was one of the key figures in the creation of jazz. Alan Lomax was the visionary folklorist who created a legacy that illuminated roots music sounds from around the world. Together, in 1938 at the Library of Congress, they made these groundbreaking recordings--the first recorded oral history in jazz.

When folklorist Alan Lomax made these epic 1938 recordings of Jelly Roll Morton's reminiscences and piano playing, he was creating the first great oral documentation of early jazz. This material has never been issued with the care, sensitivity and completeness that it gets here, with the complete interviews and musical performances sequenced over seven CDs in the order in which they took place. Morton was almost as great a raconteur as he was a musician, and his accounts of New Orleans in the early years of the 20th century--from bordellos to riots to funeral parades--are vivid, bawdy, and sometimes hilarious. His accounts of the music and his performances, from "King Porter Stomp" to the lengthy "Murder Ballad," provide a brilliant window on the mechanics and progress of jazz in its earliest years. The sound restoration is excellent and the complete package--cover art by R. Crumb, a piano-shaped box, a reprinting of Lomax's groundbreaking book Mister Jelly Roll, and an additional book with an essay by John Szwed and extensive photographs--befits a document of this significance. An eighth CD excerpts interviews Lomax conducted in 1949 with various New Orleans musicians (most notably Johnny St. Cyr) reminiscing about Morton and the early years of jazz. --Stuart Broomer

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Disc 1:

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listen  1. I'm Alabama Bound 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Time in Mobile 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. King Porter Stomp 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Story of "King Porter Stomp" 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Jelly Roll's Background 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Music Lessons 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Miserere 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Stomping Grounds 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Style of Sammy Davis 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Tony Jackson was the Favorite / Dope, Crown, and Opium 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Poor Alfred Wilson 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Honky Tonk Blues / In New Orleans, Anyone Could Carry a Gun 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. New Orleans was a Free and Easy Place 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Story of Aaron Harris 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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listen  1. The Story of Aaron Harris, continued / Aaron Harris Blues 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Aaron Harris, His Hoodoo Woman, and the Hat That Started a Riot 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Story of the 1900 New Orleans Riot and the Song of Robert Charles 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Story of the 1900 New Orleans Riot, continued 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Game Kid Blues 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. New Orleans Funerals 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Funeral Marches 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Oh! Didn't He Ramble 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Tiger Rag, third, fourth, and fifth strains 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Tiger Rag / Panama 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Right Tempo is the Accurate Tempo 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Jazz Discords and Story of the Kansas City Stomp 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Kansas City Stomp, continued 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Slow Swing and "Sweet Jazz Music" 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Salty Dog / Bill Johnson, Jelly's Brother-in-Law 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Hesitation Blues 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

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listen  1. My Gal Sal 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The St. Louis Scene 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Maple Leaf Rag, St. Louis style / Maple Leaf Rag, New Orleans style 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Jelly Roll Carves St. Louis 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Jelly Roll Carves St. Louis, continued 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. New Orleans Blues 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Winin' Boy Blues 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. The Anamule Dance 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen11. The Great Buddy Bolden / Buddy Bilden's Blues 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Great Buddy Bolden, continued 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mr. Jelly Lord 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. How Jelly Roll Got His Name 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Original Jelly Roll Blues 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Honky Tonk Blues 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 4:

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listen  1. Real Tough Boys 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sporting Attire and Shooting the Agate 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Sweet Mamas and Sweet Papas 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Parading with the Broadway Swells 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Fights and Weapons 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Luis Russell and New Orleans Riffs 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Jelly's Travels: From Yazoo to Clarksdale 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Jelly's Travels: From Clarksdale to Helena 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Jelly's Travels: From Helena to Memphis 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. In Memphis: The Monarch Saloon and Benny Frenchy 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Benny Frenchy's Tune, continued 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Make Me a Pallet on the Floor 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen15. Make Me a Pallet on the Floor, part 3 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Make Me a Pallet on the Floor, concluded 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 5:

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listen  1. The Dirty Dozen 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Murder Ballad, part 1 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Murder Ballad, part 2 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Murder Ballad, part 3 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Murder Ballad, part 4 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Murder Ballad, part 5 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Murder Ballad, part 6 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Murder Ballad, part 7 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Fickle Fay Creep 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Jungle Blues 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. King Porter Stomp 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Sweet Peter 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Hyena Stomp 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Wolverine Blues, begun 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen16. State And Madison 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. The Pearls, begun 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. The Pearls, concluded 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 6:

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listen  3. Pep 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Georgia Skin Game 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. The Georgia Skin Game, conclusion 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ungai Hai 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. New Orleans Blues 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Spanish Tinge 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Improving Spanish Tempos 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Creepy Feeling, concluded 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Crave 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mamanita 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. C'était N'aut' Can-Can, Payez Donc 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Spanish Swat 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Ain't Misbehavin' 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. I Hate a Man Like You / Rolling Stuff 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Michigan Water Blues 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 7:

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listen  1. Winin' Boy Blues No. 1, begun 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Boogie Woogie Blues 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Buddy Bertrand's Blues, continued / Mamie's Blues 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. When the Hot Stuff Came In 8:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. The Pensacola Kid and the Cadillac Café 8:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. At the Cadillac Café, Los Angeles 9:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Little Liza Jane, continued / On the West Coast 9:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. In the Publishing Business 8:51$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 8:

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listen  1. Original Jelly Roll Blues 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Jelly Roll's Early Playing Days in the District 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Hot Bands and Creole Tunes 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Old-Time Creole Musicians and the French Element 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Sporting Life Costumes 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Buddy Bolden: Man and Musician 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Creoles Playing with Negroes: Getting that Drive 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Jelly Roll's Compositions 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. How Johnny St. Cyr Learned to Play Guitar 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Guitar Blues 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Bad Men and Pimps 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. The Story of the Coon Blues 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Coon Blues 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Jazz is Just a Makeup: Buddy Bolden, Honky Tonks, Brass Band Funerals, and Parades 5:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Young Sidney Bechet: Jim Crow and the Dangers of the District 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. The Main Idea in Jazz: "Just Watch Me" - Improvising and Reading Music 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Of All His Mother's Children He Loved Jelly the Best 6:18$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 27, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • 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: Rounder Records
  • ASIN: B000AOF9W0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful By W. Severns on October 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
A portion of these recordings was released on a 12 lp set many years ago. My dad had a copy of the set when I was in my teens. I determined that as a fan of early jazz, I should listen to the whole set. I decided to make myself listen to one side of one lp every day. The first day I sat down and went through 3 1/2 lps. There was something hypnotic and fascinating about listening to Jelly talk and play, even though the speed was way off and the sound quality not good. It was hard to stop listening. With these disks it will be harder.
These are not for everyone. Someone just wanting to sample Jelly's music should buy a Red Hot Peppers CD. Jelly's language, in places, is not fit for young children or the faint of heart, particularly in sessions in which he had consumed a fair amount of whisky while recording. But this is a historic set of recordings. It is a first hand account of a largely undocumented world that existed a century ago and still has a profound effect on present day jazz and popular music. The speed has been corrected and the sound is much improved over the old Circle and Riverside issues.
I think it was Danny Barker who pointed out that Jelly was the product of an era in which there weren't publicists, so he can be excused if he engages in self-promoting hyperbole. While not everything Jelly says is the gospel truth, others have pointed out that many of the things he described have been authenticated by totally independent sources. Jelly may not have been the inventor of jazz, as he claimed, but he is probably closer than any other person. He was a generation earlier than Louis and Bix, and is one of the few primary sources of jazz prehistory.
I think everyone seriously interested in early jazz should consider this set.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Willie on November 11, 2005
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The below reviewer (a reader) is absolutely right. The new audio restoration has impressively gotten rid of almost all of the extraneous hissing and popping that you heard on the 1993 release, but unfortunately, this has been carried out at the expense of the bass! It now sounds like you're listening to something recorded in 1903- everything is tinny and jarring. What's really a shame, though, is that the lower register of Jelly Roll's rich, rolling God-like baritone is attenuated, so though he's still chilling and wonderful to listen to, his voice no longer carries the same kind of authority it did in the old releases.

That said, this is an absolutely invaluable historical document, and even though it's no longer as pleasurable to the ear, Jelly Roll is still Jelly Roll, and listening to his unexpurgated conversation is sublime and worth twenty times the price of admission.
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73 of 84 people found the following review helpful By a reader on November 4, 2005
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These recordings are legendary, and it's taken 67 years for them to fully emerge. Though they are complete here for the first time (including all of Morton's spoken narration and incidental music), I feel this release has been mishandled.

The audio "restoration" here is vastly inferior to the 1993 Rounder issue of these sessions. Some pre-release apprehension arose when Rounder announced their use of the notorious Cedar remastering system for this 2005 edition. Concern was well-founded: the sound is thin, sharp and tinny. Even turning the treble response all the way down seems to have no effect. I've listened on different systems, with the same frustration--the material is great, but enjoyment is limited. The 1993 (music only) discs had a few minor speed/pitch inconsistencies, but the sound was rich and full, and made for pleasant listening.

This 2005 set does have some positive features. The booklet includes 25 pages of Morton's fascinating 1938 prose writings; another highlight is Disc 8, an audio/data CD with over 200 pages of written material, including a complete transcript of the Library of Congress interviews and other documents, enough to keep Morton scholars and enthusiasts busy for a while...

About the packaging: the box is rather unwieldy (shaped like a piano), a bit flimsy, and about twice as large as it should have been.

To conclude: a disappointing release (I recommend hanging on to those 1993 discs, if you have them). However, it contains much additional material (especially the data disc) essential to those interested in jazz history.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Adolph Buddha on January 10, 2006
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Let me first say that the box this is packed in, though unique, is in fact a bit flimsy. I have reinforced mine with clear packing tape. End of problem. That said, I have listened to 2 of the 8 discs and they are wonderful. Who would want to just hear the music? The story telling is first rate. It is the story of a by-gone era, when Jazz was forming, when New Orleans was in it's prime (Morton played in the fabled "Storyville"). It is story of the players, the personalities, the songs, the city, with some music theory thrown in ....absolutely fasinating. No, the music has not been worked over by a sound engineer. It is true to the raw material, and it IS raw, but I love it JUST AS IT IS. I am new to Morton's music and have not been swayed by the sound quality of previous releases. It is a "no-brainer" that this an important historical document. I am looking forward to reading the book which comes with this set. I was surprised by the size of the box. It is BIG! Check out the measurments. If you appreciate a great story and great music then you can't go wrong. Get this while you can. You won't be sorry.
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