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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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  2. Canal Street BluesKing Oliver 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Mandy Lee BluesKing Oliver 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. I'm Going Away To Wear You Off My MindKing Oliver 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Chimes BluesKing Oliver 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Weather Bird RagKing Oliver 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Dipper Mouth BluesKing Oliver 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Froggie MooreKing Oliver 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Snake RagKing Oliver 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Snake RagKing Oliver 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Sweet Lovin'ManKing Oliver 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. High Society RagKing Oliver 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Sobbin' BluesKing Oliver 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Where Did You Stay Last Night?King Oliver 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Dipper Mouth BluesKing Oliver 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Jazzin' Babies BluesKing Oliver 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Alligator HopKing Oliver 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Zulu's BallKing Oliver 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Working Man BluesKing Oliver 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Krooked BluesKing Oliver 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  2. London Cafe BluesKing Oliver 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Camp Meeting BluesKing Oliver 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. New Orleans StompKing Oliver 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Buddy's HabitsKing Oliver 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. TearsKing Oliver 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. I Aint Gonna Tell NobodyKing Oliver 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
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11. Workin' Man BluesKing Oliver 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Mabel's DreamKing Oliver 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
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18. Kiss Me SweetKing Oliver 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
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20. King Porter StompKing Oliver 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Tom CatKing Oliver 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 

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: #39,574 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Ted Ison on 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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "wtb4" on December 6, 2001
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 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 2001
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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 By Peter Acebal on 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,...so 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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