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King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band: The Complete Set [Import]

King OliverAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

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listen  1. Just GoneKing Oliver 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Canal Street BluesKing Oliver 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mandy Lee BluesKing Oliver 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I'm Going Away To Wear You Off My MindKing Oliver 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Chimes BluesKing Oliver 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Weather Bird RagKing Oliver 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Dipper Mouth BluesKing Oliver 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Froggie MooreKing Oliver 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Snake RagKing Oliver 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Snake RagKing Oliver 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Sweet Lovin'ManKing Oliver 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. High Society RagKing Oliver 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Sobbin' BluesKing Oliver 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Where Did You Stay Last Night?King Oliver 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Dipper Mouth BluesKing Oliver 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Jazzin' Babies BluesKing Oliver 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Alligator HopKing Oliver 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Zulu's BallKing Oliver 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Working Man BluesKing Oliver 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Krooked BluesKing Oliver 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Chattanooga StompKing Oliver 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. London Cafe BluesKing Oliver 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Camp Meeting BluesKing Oliver 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. New Orleans StompKing Oliver 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Buddy's HabitsKing Oliver 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. TearsKing Oliver 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I Aint Gonna Tell NobodyKing Oliver 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Room Rent BluesKing Oliver 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Riverside BluesKing Oliver 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Sweet Baby DollKing Oliver 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Workin' Man BluesKing Oliver 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mabel's DreamKing Oliver 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mabel's DreamKing Oliver 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Mabel's DreamKing Oliver 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. The Southern StompsKing Oliver 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. The Southern StompsKing Oliver 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Riverside BluesKing Oliver 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Kiss Me SweetKing Oliver 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Construction GangKing Oliver 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. King Porter StompKing Oliver 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Tom CatKing Oliver 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 27, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Challenge
  • ASIN: B000005R5L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

This New Orleans jazz giant only had this band together for a brief time, but it was enough for them to earn a permanent place of honor in the annals of American music. Louis Armstrong and Johnny Dodds join the cornet king on the legendary Dipper Mouth Blues ; the 1924 hit High Society Rag , plus Just Gone; Canal Street Blues; Tears; Tom Cat; Zulu's Ball; Snake Rag; Sobbin' Blues; Froggie Moore; Alligator Hop , and more!

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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The best collection so far BUT..... April 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Before this release, we were stuck with the Milestone reissue on CD, which is left over from the early days of digital remastering. The noise is gone, but so is half of the music. Not good. Luckily, this collection came out a few years later. Certainly better than the Milestones, but still not a satisfying collection. This 2 disc set of all of the Oliver sides (including the extremely rare Autograph sessions with Jelly Roll Morton AND the one-of-a-kind "Zulus Ball" on Gennett) is a very exciting collection to own if you are interested in "having" them all. For listening pleasure, however, the set is rather inconsistent in its sound quality and in some cases difficult to listen to. I am a fan of the work of Mr. Davies (the mastering engineer) but in this case I think he missed the boat. The EQ is overly boosted in the bottom end, causing lots of unnatural resonances. Meanwhile, the high midrange (where the cornets are) is also overly boosted and sounds tinny, especially in my car. I've heard a few of these originals coming straight off of 78 RPM, and they sound nothing like this set. In the attempt to emphasize various sections of the band, I think overall clarity has been sacrificed. Volume from song to song also varies.

The whole project is put together rather sloppily as well. The track listing doesn't allow for the fact that this is a 2 CD set; Disc 2 starts with "track 21.." ??Even the discographical information is hard to comprehend; to find personnel on any given song, you have to go back to the first session and add and subtract members through each subsequent session.

My favorite reissue (if you can find it) is still the 1974 Herwin LP with all of the Gennett sides "untouched".
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best! December 6, 2001
By "wtb4"
Format:Audio CD
This reissue of the classic recordings of King Oliver's group sounds great compared to other versions that have come out over the years. John R. T. Davies has restored many classic recordings over the years, but I believe that his work with these famous Oliver records is his crowning achievement. There is another excellent reissue to consider: Robert Parker's double-CD issue which Amazon lists as "1923 - 1930 Great Original Performances". The audio restoration on Parker's reissue is also outstanding, but it only includes a handful (nine?) of the classic 1922 sessions with Armstrong. In contrast, the Davies collection includes the complete 1923 sessions over 2 CD's. I happen to think that when music is this great, you'll want to hear all of it - a sampling just won't suffice. The limitations of these performances have been noted over the years (e.g., the trombonist's playing is rather rough-hewn). But these performers, always playing with great poise and restraint, achieved a tremendous sense of dignity in their ensemble playing. And the cornet solos (by Oliver and Louis Armstrong) and especially the interplay between these two horn players make for some of the best listening in all of recorded music. Not all of the tracks rise to the level of great songs like Mabel's Dream and Dippermouth Blues, but everything on these discs is well worth hearing, and treasuring. Along with the newly-reissed Complete Set of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, this King Oliver issue is the only truly essential jazz prior to 1925.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound from the early edge of Jazz January 21, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This 2-CD set is a revelation. This is the best release I have heard of King Oliver's first recordings. It documents the beginning of King Oliver's and Louis Armstrongs recording careers. Covering the years 1923-1924, comes just 6 years after the very first jazz recordings ever made---you are travelling here to the very roots of Jazz. The sound on these CDs is remarkably vibrant and clear---the best treatment I have heard of any acoustically recorded music. Comparison with the other CD releases of the same King Oliver recordings reveals its superiority (although RealAudio compression muffles and distorts the sound, differences can be distinguished). The stunning thing in these recordings is the emotional and rhythmic intensity achieved by King Oliver's band. Canal Street Blues and Dippermouth Blues have a cathartic energy that I don't hear in other bands again until the advent of the Beatles and the Grateful Dead---it's King Oliver's on-the-edge soulfulness, something that is more than just the individual arrangements, musicians, and style of the time. And, man, King Oliver gets down! This music is funk. It's a far cry from the comic style that people associate with Dixieland. His later electric recordings show his funky vibe even more (the great sounding "Sugar Foot Stomp: King Oliver and His Dixie Syncopators" [Decca Jazz #616] is regrettably out of print).
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rediscovering A Legend December 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This superlative set allows us the pleasure of actually hearing Jazz take its early steps;while not to fault Louis Armstrong's own greatness That came later on not in 1923;King Oliver has been one of the most criminally neglected artists in jazz history,and this marvelous release will no doubt force the jazz writers to reconsider,-whether 'Zulu's Ball' or 'High Society Rag',Oliver's capacity for collective improvisation drove these wonderful records.And now with the wonder of CD Technology,we can preserve Oliver's artistry in the new millenium, let us not make the mistake of ignoring Oliver like we did last century! Oliver is HERE so deal with it,skeptics and jazz lovers - REJOICE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Crowning Achievement In Jazz From The 1920's!
What you are about to hear is an important piece of jazz history that came out
of the 1920’s—which was also known as The Jazz Age—when it originated on an
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Published 4 months ago by RH
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Published 10 months ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars And Now, His Majesty
My wife gave perhaps the best review of this collection. She said, "You haven't stoppped listening since you got this." She's right, and you won't stop listening either. Read more
Published on October 18, 2011 by Richard W. Cutler
5.0 out of 5 stars King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band: The Complete Set
This 2 set CD (King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band: The Complete Set) from Amazon brought back memories of my boyhood when having read Rex Harris' Jazz (Pelican A247 5th edition 1957) I... Read more
Published on December 13, 2009 by Mr. Michael C. Gibbs
2.0 out of 5 stars Dust off your straw hat and crank up the Victrola!
Whoo, boy. This is some old time, rag time, raggedy jazz here. Sounds like it, too. As noted throughout previous reviews and as one is no doubt aware if you are even considering... Read more
Published on June 8, 2008 by Eric C. Sedensky
2.0 out of 5 stars No longer the best choice
This used to be my favorite restoration of this music - but reviewer Ted Ison is correct: it has been definitively surpassed by the Archeophone/Off the Record set for both... Read more
Published on June 1, 2008 by Hank n Tennessee
2.0 out of 5 stars Same old same old...
There's really nothing much here that hasn't been reissued previously again and again and again. All these Oliver sets sound like they're derived from the same sources and just... Read more
Published on February 27, 2006 by Brent
3.0 out of 5 stars King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band: The Complete Set
The rhythm banjo drowns out the horns during the first 28 cuts. Cuts 29 thru 41 are much better in that regard. Read more
Published on February 2, 2006 by Richard A. Calabrese
5.0 out of 5 stars King Oliver's best cd.
Music in this double cd is the best in King Oliver's career.

He plays with young Louis Armstrong and there are some great numbers specially on disc 1. Read more
Published on September 6, 2005 by Slaninka Frantisek
5.0 out of 5 stars Remembering a Legend
I bought this set although Ive had Oliver for years on LP;the bare essence of the matter is that King Oliver is one of the most criminally neglected creative minds in jazz... Read more
Published on December 14, 2001 by Peter Acebal
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