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Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five Box set, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (July 10, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • 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: Jsp Records
  • ASIN: B00005KFUG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Honey In The Bee Ball
2. Barnacle Bill The Sailor
3. Flat Face
4. Keep A Knockin' But You Can't Come In
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Pinetop's Boogie
2. The Two Little Squirrels (Nuts To You)
3. T-Bone Blues
4. Pan Pan
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. My Baby Said Yes (Yip, Yip De Hootie)
2. Your Socks Don't Match
3. Buzz Me
4. Caldonia Boogie
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Friendship
2. Open The Door, Richard
3. Boogie Woogie Blue Plate
4. Barnyard Boogie
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Onion
2. Baby's Gonna Go, Bye-Bye
3. Heed My Warning
4. Psycho Loco
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

Think five discs and 131 songs is too much Louis Jordan? Not a chance. Not for a man who so consistently and so definitively achieved the elusive and delicate combination of musicianship and accessibility. Not for a man who paved new and vital musical roads without ever losing his sense of style or his appetite for fun. Covering Jordan's historic (not to mention commercially successful) Decca tenure (1938 to 1950), this amazing collection finds the alto sax player, songwriter, and singer building blues and swing into a hot mix that came to be known as R&B, producing hit after hit with topnotch bands behind him, streamlining the big-band concept without diminishing the music's force. Much has been made of his role in the development of R&B--and as a result, rock & roll--and his importance as a musical pioneer can't be underestimated. But all ideas about "historical importance" fade away as these vibrant, insistent, irresistible tracks roll by. --Marc Greilsamer

Product Description

Over six hours of jivin' and hoodooin'! Remastered by renowned engineer John R.T. Davies, these 131 sides take us from 1938, when Louis was just formulating his act, all the way up to 1950, when he was the biggest star on the "race records" circuit. Along the way lie such all-time great tunes as Ration Blues; G. I. Jive; Caldonia Boogie; Buzz Me; Is You Is or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby); My Baby Said Yes; Stone Cold Dead in the Market; Choo Choo Ch'Boogie; Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens; Open the Door, Richard; Baby, It's Cold Outside -in short, every hit Louis had, all dished up hot and chronological-like!

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Chock full of songs that explore the humorous failings of the human character.
shancarrick
While jazz drifted toward be-bop, which wasn't danceable, Louis Jordan offered the dancing hepcats and new kind of music to sweat and swing to.
Claude Avary
Jordan's infectuous joy and pure sense of fun will have you humming and swinging for hours to come!
chris meesey Food Czar

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Claude Avary on March 27, 2004
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I know what you're thinking: "A set of five discs of the best of Louis Jordan? 131 tracks of great jump blues and swing? For this price? There's got to be something wrong here."
Amazingly, there isn't. These five discs are superbly produced, placing Louis Jordan's career in chronological order from 1938 to 1950, and the sound quality is top-notch. Almost all his classics are here, "Caldonia," "Saturday Night Fish Fry," "Knock Me a Kiss," "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie," plus many surprises you might never have heard before. The only major songs missing are the good numbers he turned out after 1950, when his popularity faded, like "I Want You to Be My Baby." But otherwise: this is the whole deal and then some, for a pretty incredible price.
Louis Jordan is the link between big band swing of the thirties and the rock `n' roll of the fifties. Starting out as a saxophonist in Chick Webb's 1930s big band, Louis struck out on his own in 1938 with his small group The Tympany Five (not always five people, but the name stuck anyway). They played hard-driving blues swing numbers with creative, crazy lyrics, and scored hit after hit on both the R&B and pop charts for ten years. While jazz drifted toward be-bop, which wasn't danceable, Louis Jordan offered the dancing hepcats and new kind of music to sweat and swing to. His band was a swing dancer's dream, and still is. No musician had a bigger effect on the modern swing movement than Louis Jordan, and his numbers are endlessly covered by other bands. But there's nothing like the real deal: Jordan swung hard on sax, had a wicked sense of humor, was a born entertainer, and lead a band that seemed to be having more fun than anyone.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. W. Kaylor on December 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have both this set from JSP and the two disc MCA Best Of and in terms of sound quality there is no doubt that the JSP set is far better. Gone are most of the static from"Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" and many other songs that had fair sound on the MCA set. JSP does an incredible job at a discount price. Plus, this set offers an additional 90+ songs. Don't be fooled by the low price -- THIS IS A MUST BUY!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By chris meesey Food Czar on December 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Louis Jordan takes you back to the time of zoot suits, racing forms, colorful characters, rationing and the war effort, and most of all, trains, trains, and more trains!! His music, language, and tempos are all infused with the rhythm of "the clicky-clack" and make this box set one of the drivingest, jivingest, greatest, and above all, MOST FUN sets of music you will ever listen to! Whether his songs are set in the coolest barnyard this side of Old MacDonald ("A Bird Ain't Nothin' But a Chicken,""Barnyard Boogie,""Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens")or on one of the many trains that criscrossed America throughout the 1940s ("Texas and Pacific," "Choo,Choo,Ch'Boogie," "Salt Pork, West Virginia"), Jordan's music is all about fun and is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Don't be intimidated by the size of this set; just one listen, and you'll be startled by how your attention is kept riveted to the speaker through five discs of sheer delights. Several guest greats assist, including Bing Crosby ("My Baby Said Yes"), Louis Armstrong ("Life is So Peculiar"), and, featured on a dozen or so tracks, the immortal Ella Fitzgerald ("Stone Cold Dead in the Market"). Quibblers may not like the fact that several really good songs from Let the Good Times Roll: The Anthology are not present ("Louisville Lodge Meeting," "Bone Dry," "Fat Sam From Birmingham"), but considering you get more than five hours of great music, this is a minor complaint. In any case, you must purchase this set today. Jordan's infectuous joy and pure sense of fun will have you humming and swinging for hours to come! Let The Good Times Roll!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Grau on January 2, 2002
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it's hard to express my feelings towards louis jordan's music. i could listen to it over and over, never tiring of it. i previously had the "best of" album and had worn out that cd. this set, considering the price for 5 discs, is surprisingly wonderful in both quality and track listings. it gives a great overview of his best years, as opposed to the 2-cd "anthology" recently released, with poor sound quality in my opinion. also, this has all the more popular tunes included on the easy to find 'best of" along with many more great songs. i could go on forever. buy this! for the price, what have you got to lose? nothin! the only thing that will happen is you might find yourself dancin around the room. just wait, you'll be movin in some way! aww-reet!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Claude Avary on March 23, 2004
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I know what you're thinking: "A set of five discs of the best of Louis Jordan? 131 tracks of great jump blues and swing? For this price? There's got to be something wrong here."
Amazingly, there isn't. These five discs are superbly produced, placing Louis Jordan's career in chronological order from 1938 to 1950, and the sound quality is top-notch. Almost all his classics are here, "Caldonia," "Saturday Night Fish Fry," "Knock Me a Kiss," "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie," plus many surprises you might never have heard before. The only major songs missing are the good numbers he turned out after 1950, when his popularity faded, like "I Want You to Be My Baby." But otherwise: this is the whole deal and then some, for a pretty incredible price.
Louis Jordan is the link between big band swing of the thirties and the rock `n' roll of the fifties. Starting out as a saxophonist in Chick Webb's 1930s big band, Louis struck out on his own in 1938 with his small group The Tympany Five (not always five people, but the name stuck anyway). They played hard-driving blues swing numbers with creative, crazy lyrics, and scored hit after hit on both the R&B and pop charts for ten years. While jazz drifted toward be-bop, which wasn't danceable, Louis Jordan offered the dancing hepcats and new kind of music to sweat and swing to. His band was a swing dancer's dream, and still is. No musician had a bigger effect on the modern swing movement than Louis Jordan, and his numbers are endlessly covered by other bands. But there's nothing like the real deal: Jordan swung hard on sax, had a wicked sense of humor, was a born entertainer, and lead a band that seemed to be having more fun than anyone.
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