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Essential Duke Ellington [Original recording remastered]

Duke EllingtonAudio CD
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Disc 1:

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listen  1. East St. Louis Toodle-OoDuke Ellington & His Washingtonians 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Black And Tan FantasyDuke Ellington & His Washingtonians 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Take It EasyDuke Ellington 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Hot And BotheredDuke Ellington And His Orchestra 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The MoocheMill's Ten Black Berries 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Rockin' In RhythmThe Harlem Footwarmers 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Creole RhapsodyDuke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 8:25Album Only
listen  8. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)Duke Ellington And His Orchestra 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Creole Love CallDuke Ellington 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Sophisticated LadyDuke Ellington 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Drop Me Off In HarlemDuke Ellington 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. SolitudeDuke Ellington 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. In A Sentimental MoodDuke Ellington 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Back Room RompRex Stewart & His 52nd St. Stompers 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Clouds In My Heart (78rpm Version)Barney Bigard & His Jazzopators 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Echoes Of HarlemDuke Ellington And His Orchestra 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. CaravanDuke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Blue Reverie (78rpm Version)Cootie Williams & His Rug Cutters 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Diminuendo In BlueDuke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Crescendo In BlueDuke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart (78rpm Version)Duke Ellington And His Orchestra 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. PyramidDuke Ellington & His Washingtonians 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Prelude To A KissDuke Ellington And His Orchestra 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Tired Socks (78rpm Version)Johnny Hodges & His Orchestra 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mood IndigoDuke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Ko-KoDuke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Don't Get Around Much AnymoreDuke Ellington 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Cotton TailDuke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra;Ben Webster 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Take The "A" TrainDuke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Harlem Air-ShaftDuke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear From Me (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Satin DollDuke Ellington 2:53Album Only
listen13. PerdidoDuke Ellington 8:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Come SundayDuke Ellington 5:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Jeep's BluesDuke Ellington 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Black BeautyDuke Ellington 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Arabesque CookieDuke Ellington 5:44$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 28, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0009RQSC8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,622 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Duke Ellington recorded for so many labels and went through so many stylistic phases, any attempt to boil down his "essence" will inevitably come up short. So it goes with this two-disc collection. While containing a wealth of gems from Columbia's huge Duke catalog, as well as some early efforts for Brunswick, it does not represent such defining works as the late-'30s/early-'40s songs gathered on RCA's Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band and The Far East Suite, Prestige's Carnegie Hall Concerts, January 1943, Blue Note's supertrio album Money Jungle, and Fantasy's The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse. That said, this 37-song set offers a great ride through the ages, powered by such classics as "Black and Tan Fantasy," "Creole Love Call," "Caravan," "Mood Indigo," "Cotton Tail" and "Come Sunday" featuring such immortal soloists as Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart and the never-to-be-underrated Ellington. Even after all this time, the transcendent genius of "Ko-Ko" still manages to spin you around the room in delight. --Lloyd Sachs

Product Description

This is the ultimate 2-CD look at one of the best composers, jazzmen AND bandleaders ever: Take the "A" Train; Caravan; Satin Doll; Perdido; Mood Indigo; Cotton Tail; Prelude to a Kiss; Black and Tan Fantasy; Sophisticated Lady; The Mooche; Solitude; Creole Love Call 37 essentials!

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78 of 78 people found the following review helpful
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First, let's talk about the actual music compiled on this set. If one is looking for a good set as an introduction to the WHOLE of Ellington's long career, this is the set to get. Some of Ellington's biggest fans complain that certain songs are missing. Everyone has their favorites, and with only 2 discs, SOME stuff has to be left out. The man recorded for almost 50 years! An equivalent would be assembling a 10-song Beatles Greatest Hits. No matter WHAT the song choice, there would be more 1-star reviews than anything else, from people complaining that stuff was left out.

Here is the problem with most Duke compilations: until very recently, a fairly complete overview of Ellington's ENTIRE career was nearly impossible. In the early days of jazz, many musicians, especially black musicians, got the shaft with recording contracts. Consequently, many would jump ship to other labels to get a better deal. Ellington recorded for over a dozen different labels. Well, nearly all of those labels became defunct, and were later absorbed by bigger companies. So, in order to get an Ellington compilation that's somewhat complete, you would have to buy something from Sony/Columbia/Legacy and another from BMG/RCA. Those two companies owned the vast bulk of Ellingtonia. Well, in late 2004, Sony acquired distribution of the BMG catalog. Which means Sony controls nearly all of Ellington's output. As far as i know, this is the only CD collection out there of this post-merger thing that CAN condense nearly his whole career into a comprehensive set (without buying one of those dubious sounding bootlegs out there, imported from other countries...RUN from the Proper UK box set).

Ok, now on to the SOUND of the music.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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Recently released from Sony Music is "The Essential Duke Ellington", a comprehensive double-CD overview of the immortal jazz music pioneer.

Contained in this retrospective is nearly every important piece of work from the Duke including the original recordings of "East St.Louis Toodle-oo", "Black and Tan Fantasy", "It Don't Mean A Thing", "Cotton Tail", "Take The 'A' Train", "Satin Doll", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and the list goes on.

The sound quality and remastering is amazing especially on the early recordings which were taken from old 78's. The CD booklet includes detailed session information as well as a short two-page essay and a few historic photos.

Although this is a great overview of Duke Ellington's essential work, there are a few classic Ellington staples which are questionably missing from this collection. Standards such as "C-Jam Blues", "Things Ain't What They Used To Be", "Dancers in Love" and "I'm Beginning To See The Light" are nowhere to be found here which many raise some eyebrows amongst die-hard Ellington afficianados. Which each of the two CDs running between 64 and 67 minutes apiece, there shouldn't been any problem in fitting these missing gems onto this collection.

Despite this, "The Essential Duke Ellington" is an awesome and historic collection and is an excellent introduction to the man and his music. After this, one should check out the many other masterworks of this important and monumental figure in music history.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE: SIMULATED STEREO!!! June 8, 2010
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More odd remastering tricks that died in 1962. What is wrong with these people?!! This music is supposed to be monaural, bright and punchy with deep bass. Yes, there is surface noise. However, if re-mastered properly, there is also great music. This is over filtered and processed, and it sounds like rubbish. As Louis Jordan said, "BEWARE".

I own the original 78s and if people could here what these records are supposed to sound like, they would angry with remasters like this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great item for beginners. May 5, 2006
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If you don?t know Ellington?s music this is great way. There are almost all periods of his great career and this cd is result of unity of Sony and BMG. This means that on this cd is music from two grat labels on which Ellington recorded his greatest music - RCA Victor and Columbia. Highly recommend.
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