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The Early Years: 1930-34 Box set, Original recording remastered

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94 sides from when this legendary showman was making a name for himself in Harlem at the Cotton Club! Includes Minnie the Moocher; Kickin' the Gong Around; Minnie the Moocher's Wedding Day; Reefer Man; You Gotta Hi-De-Ho (to Get Along with Me); The Scat Song , and more.

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As a young singer Cab Calloway was at his most exuberant, and The Early Years: 1930-1934 has plenty of that exuberance on offer. In 1930, just before his recording debut, he took over a powerful band called the Missourians, and their best soloists (R.Q. Dickerson on trumpet and Thornton Blue on clarinet) can be heard on the first of these four CDs, which includes a startling "St. Louis Blues" as well as the original version of the famous "Minnie the Moocher." Calloway, in spite of a rather nasal tone, was a technically gifted singer who approached songs with the improvising skills of a jazz musician. No doubt because of this he ensured that his bands always swung and contained soloists of character. His repertoire here mixes well-known songs such as "Somebody Stole My Gal" and "I've Got the World on a String" with obscure delights like "Black Rhythm" and "Eadie Was a Lady," but Calloway imparted a unique flavor to whatever he sang. The value of this bargain package is enhanced by the audio restoration work of the expert John R.T. Davies, who has extracted more sonic detail from these old recordings than one would have thought possible. --Graham Colombé

Disc: 1
1. Gotta Darn Good Reason Now (For Bein' Good)
2. St. Louis Blues
3. Sweet Jennie Lee
4. Happy Feet
5. Yaller
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Disc: 2
1. Black Rhythm
2. Six Or Seven Times
3. Bugle Call Rag
4. You Rascal, You
5. Stardust
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Disc: 3
1. Angeline
2. I'm Now Prepared To Tell The World It's You
3. Swanee Lullaby
4. Reefer Man
5. The Old Man Of The Mountain
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Evenin' - Cab Calloway And His Cotton Club Orchestra
2. Harlem Hospitality - Cab Calloway And His Cotton Club Orchestra
3. The Lady With The Fan - Cab Calloway And His Cotton Club Orchestra
4. Harlem Camp Meeting - Cab Calloway And His Cotton Club Orchestra
5. Zaz Zuh Zaz - Cab Calloway And His Cotton Club Orchestra
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1930
  • 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: B00005O13O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,881 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Claude Avary on March 31, 2004
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JSP Records from the U.K. has really been doing a bang-up, first-rate job with these CD box sets of classic swing jazz: they offer complete chronological catalogs of great artists, re-mastered with terrific sound, and sold at amazing prices! I've enjoyed their Django Rheinhardt, Bill Wills, and Louis Jordan box sets, and this collection of Cab Calloway and His Orchestra (the first of two) is another triumph.
This set encompasses the earliest recordings in Cab's incredible career, starting with his first session with the musicians who had once been the Missourians (they changed to the Cab Calloway orchestra when he became their singer) through his years as the top act at the Cotton Club. Before Benny Goodman made swing a commercial smash, Cab and his orchestra were swingin' hard, and you can hear in these first four years of recordings. His band leaps from hot jazz to hard swing to Cab's bizarre slow blues that became his trademark (exemplified in "Minnie the Moocher," heard in two different versions in this set). Cab Calloway was a remarkable showman, a born entertainer, a funny guy, and a unique singer. He was also an exceptional bandleader, and this extensive collection of songs lets you savor the musicianship of the boys in the band in a way that wasn't previously possible.
The first CD shows the band and Cab finding their identity. Cab seems a bit hesitant on the first track, his first recording as a leader, "Gotta Darn Good Reason (For Bein' Good)," but with the second track, a recording of the already old "St. Louis Blues," he finds his groove and starts having fun. And the fun never stops after this.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn O. Simon on August 11, 2002
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Anything to do with Cab Calloway I've got it. I'm a fan of his and always will be. These well organized CD's gives out that crisp sound of the 1930's down home jazz melody; that only Cab can sing out. This is the only CD that gives you all of his hits of the 1930's. The first recording of Minnie the moocher, Kickin' the gong around, you gotta hi de ho (To get along with me) and many more. You haven't heard Cab Calloway until you've heard him in his early years. This is a perfect introduction to your jazz collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TeeBee on November 7, 2003
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This compilation of early (31-34) Calloway features excellent sound quality and a first-rate band backing up the King of Jive. At a great bargain price, this set is recommended for those who like their 30s swing served hot.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel Cannon on December 26, 2004
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While I'm a big fan of this collection, along with the continuing collection "1935-1940", I'd be really interested in knowing if JSP is planning on putting out a collection of Cab's 1940-1947 stuff. If such a collection exists from JSP & I'm just being ignorant, please let me know!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wenniegirl-Tris on August 15, 2007
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Cab Calloway fans, you MUST own this! Sit back, close your eyes and imagine you're nodding off in the Cotton Club. I LOVE this collection. Disc 1- St James' Infirmary, worth the price alone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By COMPUTERJAZZMAN on August 16, 2007
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THESE ARE THE ORIGINAL RECORDINGS THAT CAB CALLOWAY AND HIS BAND (THE MISSOURIANS) DID THAT MADE CAB A STAR, AND IS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE KIND OF MUSIC THAT WAS BEING PLAYED UP AT THE COTTON CLUB, WHERE CAB CALLOWAY WAS THE FEATURED PERFORMER AFTER THE DUKE ELLINGTON BAND DEPARTED. THE WORD I WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE IT "INFECTUOUS", EVEN WHEN HE SINGS A SAD SONG IT MAKES YOU FEEL HAPPY! IF YOU LOVE CAB CALLOWAY YOU HAVE TO HAVE THIS COLLECTION. AFTER LISTENING FOR AWHILE, YOU'LL FEEL LIKE YOU'RE HANGIN' WITH THE KING OF SWEDEN, YOU'LL BE KICKIN' THE GONG AROUND, CHILLING IN CHINATOWN, CABBING IT UP TO HARLEM, SPENDING TIME WITH SMOKEY JOE (WHO WAS MIGHTY COKEY), LOOKING FOR MINNIE, BECOMING A JITTERBUG AND SAYING HI-DE-HI-DE-HI-DE-HO, WHICH ALL SEEM TO BE RECURRING THEMES IN A LOT THE SONGS, ALONG WITH A LOT OF NONSENSICAL SCAT SINGING, WHICH MAKES THE WHOLE THING SUBLIME AND UNFORGETTABLE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fleet Sparrow on April 25, 2014
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I've been looking for a good thorough collection of Cab Calloway's songs for a while now, and this is the best I've found. This is the first of a set of two (1935-1940 is the second), and I suggest fans buy both. Not only are there great recordings, but the history notes in each CD booklet are fascinating.

A great buy for Cab fans, music fans, and history fans alike!
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