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  • Audio CD (September 24, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B003O5MO52
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,787 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In the few years Charlie spent alongside Benny Goodman, he recorded solos on 70 different masters; this is but a sampling of that material. Includes Seven Come Eleven; Wholly Cats; Good Enough to Keep (Air Mail Special); Flying Home; Boy Meets Goy; Benny's Bugle; Gone With What Wind , and Breakfast Feud .

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous Coward on March 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When I listen to this CD, I can't decide if I'm listening with a Jazz musician's ear or if I'm listening for simple sheer enjoyment of the tunes. The tunes as well as the solos are blistering yet catchy. A showcase for virtuosos who don't forget they're creating music with other people. It's wonderful.
Unfortunately, the CD is VERY short. And like ALL of Christian's recordings, even though I love the entire Benny Goodman band, I never feel like there's enough Charlie Christian.
The sound recording is as good as you'll get for the 40's. It doesn't get better than this. You'll be amazed at how good the quality is.
This CD is definitely worthy of a space in your collection.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gregory M. Wasson on July 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
In the few years that Charlie Christian spent as a member of the Benny Goodman sextet and big band, he recorded solos on 70 different master recordings. if you Include complete alternate takes, which at least in Christian's and Benny Goodman's case often contain strikingly different improvisations from take to take, the music of Charlie Christian with Benny Goodman stretches to over 98 recordings, all of which are included in the full CD box set of this reissue. Although even dedicated Charlie Christian fans may not need six or seven alternate takes of "Benny's Bugle" or even "Breakfast Feud," for my money the box set version of this reissue is a far better buy than this skimpy sampler disc.

Columbia has not made it an easy choice for listeners. The box set arguably did not need to include every single completed take by the Benny Goodman sextet and orchestra which included a Charlie Christian solo. Also, the packaging of this set is cumbersome and buyers might want to transfer each disc to a one or two disc replacement jewel case to avoid scratching the CDs or dropping them as you try to remove them from the unwieldy "speaker box" in which the full set has been packaged.

But the pros outweigh the cons in considering the full box set over this single disc version. First of all, those who are even passingly familiar with Charlie Christians work know that he was truly "a genius of the electric guitar." His music is thoughtful, groundbreaking, endlessly inventive, and explores, like the music of his contemporary Lester Young, the outer boundaries of what we think of as "swing."

The 98 selections in the box set amount to just under 25 cuts per disc.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Todd on January 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The wonderful remastering makes for great clarity, and CC's playing has influenced guitarists worldwide for generations. But as a sampler from the new Columbia box set, this CD is simply too short -- less than 25 minutes long. Why not put out a "best of" selection filling an entire CD? If you're looking for a one-disk volume of CC, you may not find better sound than this, but you can certainly find a more generous helping of his musical genius.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By michael harmon on November 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Yep, this one cd will wet your appetite for the wizardry of Charlie, but I think you'd be better off getting the 4-disc set. I've been studying his solos since the 70's, and I still find him refreshing. The fact that he died at 23 makes me think of him as another Jimi Hendrix (without the self-destructive tendencies). If you are a guitar player or a just a fan of this musical era, you won't be disappointed. My goal is to get everything he ever recorded. Make sure you get Swing to Bop.
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