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Retrospective [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Jimmy SmithAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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listen  1. You Get 'Cha (2004 Digital Remaster) 4:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Preacher 4:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Champ (2004 Digital Remaster) 8:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Bayou (2004 Digital Remaster) 4:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Judo Mambo (2004 Digital Remaster) 5:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Willow Weep For Me (2004 Digital Remaster) 5:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Fiddlin' The Minors (2004 Digital Remaster) 5:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Well You Needn't (2004 Digital Remaster) 6:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Get Happy (2004 Digital Remaster) 7:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Groovy Date (2004 Digital Remaster)13:01$1.29  Buy MP3 

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listen  1. Yardbird Suite (2004 - Remaster) 9:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Summertime (2004 - Remaster) 4:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. All Day Long (2004 - Remaster)10:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Duel (2004 - Remaster)10:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I Can't Get Started (2004 - Remaster) 4:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Body And Soul (2004 - Remaster) 9:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Slightly Monkish (Live) [2004 - Remaster] 6:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Blues After All (2004 - Remaster) 6:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. 'Round Midnight (2004 - Remaster) 6:27$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

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listen  1. The Sermon (2004 - Remaster)20:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Flamingo (2004 - Remaster) 8:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Hackensack (2004 - Remaster) 6:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I Got A Woman (2004 - Remaster) 3:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. See See Rider (2004 - Remaster) 6:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. When Johnny Comes Marching Home (2004 - Remaster) 7:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Sista Rebecca (2004 - Remaster)10:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Old Folks (2004 - Remaster) 4:48$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 4:

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listen  1. Back At The Chicken Shack (2004 - Remaster) 8:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Minor Chant (2004 - Remaster) 7:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Midnight Special (2004 - Remaster) 9:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Jumpin' Blues (2004 - Remaster) 5:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Squeeze Me (2004 - Remaster) 5:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Ain't No Use (2004 - Remaster) 6:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Pork Chop (2004 - Remaster) 7:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Can Heat (2004 - Remaster) 5:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Come Rain Or Come Shine (2004 - Remaster) 5:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Prayer Meetin' (2004 - Remaster) 5:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Fungii Mama (2004 - Remaster) 4:52$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 19, 2004)
  • 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: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B0002Y4TUQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,634 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The classic room-warming sound of the Hammond organ has so ingrained itself in the jazz consciousness--and Jimmy Smith has figured so prominently in that ingraining process--that some fans may forget that the B-3 master had all manner of sounds in his bag of tricks when he started out. Retrospective, a choice four-disc sampling of his work for Blue Note from the mid '50s to early '60s, celebrates the variety of his attack: the rough swipes and charming clip-clopped phrases, the convulsive chords and breakneck notes. Bringing his profound blues sensibility to originals, standards, and bop, Smith started out and has spent much of his career leading a trio including drums and guitar, a format that gave him the freedom to wail (and to showcase his incomparable skills on foot pedals). But he scored some of his greatest triumphs in expanded groups that included members of the close-knit Blue Note family: trumpeter Lee Morgan, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson, guitarist Kenny Burrell, drummer Art Blakey, and, on expanded tunes such as the consistently rewarding, 20-minute "The Sermon," neglected tenor saxophonist Tina Brooks. After leaving Blue Note for Verve, Smith elevated his commercial profile with big-band orchestrations, movie themes, and superstar summits, but as ear-opening as some of those recordings are, they lack the seat-of-the-pants magic and spiritual thrust of these inspired tracks. --Lloyd Sachs

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blue Note years October 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
4 CD's remastered by Ron McMaster, with the best of Jimmy Smith at Blue Note records, from his first session up to his very last session in the 80's. Specially worthy are the first 2 CD's including a bunch of material that is out of print, including Jimmy's first albums. I am really happy overall with the track selection, I'd probably change one or two: 'Flamingo' is really a Lee Morgan feature, and the albums 'Cool Blues' and 'Six views of the blues' are not represented here'; but this still is the definitive Jimmy Smith compilation. Booklet includes session details and essay on the tracks that are included here. Pricey, but it is worth your money.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where it began on the B3 for Jazz and Blues alike December 9, 2006
By Earsby
Format:Audio CD
I was reading this month's Down Beat and Jimmy Smith has (finally) made it to the Hall Of Fame. This Retrospective is an excellent place to start for new listeners or for Jimmy Smith fanatics alike. Every cut on the 4 CDs are worthy of inclusion and there are some great ones included for Jazz or Blues fans. I'm listening to my copy right now. I just got finished listening to the "Duel" between Jimmy and Art Blakey, a 10 minute duet between B3 and drums that is alone worth the price of admission. This boxed set includes a nice booklet with a bio of Smith's career and the dates of recording of the songs, etc.

This boxed set would make an excellent gift idea or just a great way to add some seminal organ Jazz/Blues to your collection. The people who this would probably appeal to are keyboard afficionados, Jazz history buffs, any Hammond B3 organ fans, and even anyone who enjoys the awesome sound of that classic B3 organ/Leslie speaker combination. After all, you might as well get some inspiration from the source, because Jimmy Smith is the first and most important B3 Organ player from the 50s to the 80s. He is a "god" of the B3 in Jazz.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Single best collection of Smith's Blue Note Years January 3, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I am impressed this collection contains the absolute best of Smith's Blue Note years and hardly leaves anything left to be desired, it contains the absolute best songs spanning his early years from his 1956 albums to his departure from them in 1962 to record for Verve. Smith is the absolute best organist in the history of jazz and this collection is the perfect showcase of his versatility and skill on the Hammond B3. It contains his most well-known jams like The Champ, The Sermon, Back at the Chicken Shack, and Midnight Special. This album is the greatest thing for casual organ jazz/Jimmy Smith fans as it gives you the essential songs on most of his most famous Blue Note albums. If you are die-hard you probably will want individual albums, but this collection still contains a lot of his hard to find earlier stuff recorded in the 50s, and you get more than you bargain for. Plus it is remastered.
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