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Pre-War Classic Sides [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Sidney BechetAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 30, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • 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: B000L21F9C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Got The Bench, Got The Park
2. In A Café On The Road To Calais
3. Loveless Love
4. Basement Blues
5. Wha'd Ya Do To Me?
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Characteristic Blues
2. Viper Mad
3. Blackstick
4. When The Sun Sets Down South
5. Sweet Patootie
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Blues For Tommmy
2. Pounding Heart Blues
3. Magic Islands
4. Mayotte
5. Rosa Rhumba
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Lonesome Blues
2. Dear Old Southland
3. Bechet's Steady Rider
4. Saturday Night Blues
5. Four Or Five Times
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Sidney Bechet was probably the greatest clarinetist of the classic jazz era and definitely the greatest soprano saxophonist. Thus, legends like Jelly Roll Morton, Meade "Lux" Lewis, Charlie Shavers, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Tommy Ladnier and even Josh White lined up to play with him, and you'll hear them all on this 97-track set. Includes Maple Leaf Rag; Summertime; Sidney's Blues; Wild Man Blues; Viper Mad; Dear Old Southland , and more.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Deal for Lots of Great Music! March 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you like Bechet, go for it! I like this collection better than the Proper set! It includes tunes that I should have owned for years, such as "Viper Mad."
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Fabulous Sidney Bechet March 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
When I first started listening to jazz, I never cared much for him. That earthquake-like vibrato of his kept me from appreciating his true artistry as much as I should have. Later on though, I could hear how much life he added to sessions by the likes of Jelly Roll Morton and the New Orleans Feetwarmers. One listen to the 12 numbers in this set by the Haitian Orchestra was enough for me, and it caused me to take a star off this review. This was perhaps unfair, because most of this 4 CD set is great (My favorite is the 2 versions of "My Daddy Rocks Me", with its' hilarious lyrics, earthy vocals, and especially his exciting licks. And also the blues and sessions with Jelly Roll). He was a true soul man and pioneer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Bechet Classics! November 26, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The box of this fantastic set describes Sidney Bechet as the "musical Mohammed Ali," an assertion that is difficult to argue, especially when one listens to some of the sides included here. The selection is fun and eclectic, featuring Bechet's recordings with Louis Armstrong, Tommy Ladnier, Meade "Lux" Lewis, Jelly Roll Morton, Noble Sissle, Muggsy Spanier, and Josh White, among others.

The best tracks are probably the hot and wild pieces from the New Orleans Feetwarmers (especially "Lay Your Racket", "Maple Leaf Rag", and "Shag"). However, there are just so many more, like "Dear Old Southland" (I'm referring to the Noble Sissle version with Bechet's killer opening), "Viper Mad", "Jack, I'm Mellow", "What a Dream", "Colonel Bogey", and "I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say", that really make this set a must-buy! And to hear Louis Armstrong's vocals and trumpet alongside Bechet's soprano sax on a track like "2.19 Blues" is really something, especially considering the rivalry between the two jazz masters. Highly recommended!
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars From great to inconsistent May 6, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This 5 disc album spanning many decades is inconsistent, as you might expect. I find myself listening exclusively to the earlier periods which are really great. Strictly a matter of taste, not any erosion of Bechet's talent.
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