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The Duke: The Columbia Years (1927-1962) Box set, Original recording remastered

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Audio CD, Box set, Original recording remastered, September 14, 2004
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 14, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • 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: Sony
  • ASIN: B0002VEYF4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By bukhtan on May 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm pleasantly surprised to see that this "centennial" selection from those parts of Duke's Gesamtwerk that were in the hands of Sony is still available. It covers the historical labels Okeh, Columbia, the later Brunswicks (the earlier ones belong to Decca (MCA), Master and maybe a few I'm forgetting. This corresponds, roughly, to the years 1927 -1939, 1947 - 1951, and 1956 - 1962. The three discs contain a remarkably fine and representative extract from those periods, in my view.

The sound is excellent throughout, a real improvement over previous Sony re-issues. There appears to have been real re-mastering (from 78's and studio masters both), and, though some might describe it as "brittle", the music itself comes through clearly and sharply, with all the parts audible. The engineers have laid off the heavy noise reduction that disfigured some of Sony's earlier re-issues, such as their otherwise praiseworthy CD editions of the Ellington small-group recordings from the Thirties.

Sony included an entertaining and moderately informative booklet along with these three CD's, with full discographical information. Packaging otherwise could be better; the set is a fold-out sort of thing, and the nubs that hold the CD's are made of hard plastic that eventually breaks, so that I have to be very careful when I open it, otherwise the discs fly out. But this beats the downright destructive packaging you get with their otherwise fine Armstrong Hot Fives from which the discs fall into pinching crannies or the silly sleeves in the Miles-Trane set, from which only a pickpocket can extract the discs without damaging them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Music Man on July 18, 2009
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I can't get enough of Duke Ellington. This 3-cd set and album is a treasure, with extensive background information and photos. You can hear the historical transformation of his music over the 35-year period of this set. I only wish that a 4th cd was added to finish out his historical timeline.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Rushton on September 17, 2012
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This is a fabulous collection of this supreme artist and composer. He is the Titan of Jazz and has been the shining beacon of this music across the jazz firmament until the day he died. He remains the everlasting Olympian maestro and without question we who listen to his music owe him an eternal debt of gratitude.

Outstanding music with viruoso performances from Johnny Hodges, Lawrence Brown and of course Cootie Williams, without even mentioning Ben Webster and the Blanton years.

A tresure trove of the Duke's music.
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