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The Complete Recordings: 1960-1962

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It was during the 1960s that Quincy Jones became a world renowned Jazz musician and composer of film soundtracks, but it was not until about the middle of the decade that success of this nature began to come his way, soon after he had composed the score for Oscar nominated 'The Pawnbroker'. Indeed, during the first few years of the 1960s he lived as a working musician, bandleader and the musical director of Barclay Records - the French imprint of Mercury - but could barely earn enough to pay the bills. This however, did not prevent Quincy from continuing to perform and release music of a quite superlative nature. While still in Paris, Quincy, along with his Jones Boys, recorded his first album of the 1960s, the upbeat 'I Dig Dancers'. Released in 1961, his follow up, titled 'Around the World', was cut back in New York (to where he had returned in October 1960) and featured Quincy's arrangements of songs and tunes from - just as it said on the tin - around the world. Over the next two years Jones continued releasing music at a prolific rate whilst drawing from influences far and wide, and by the end of 1962 his profile had risen considerably as he begun to be noticed in circles outside of the Jazz community. This 4CD collection brings together the nine albums Quincy Jones made during 1960 - 1962, providing a comprehensive overview of a musician on the cusp of greatness.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Pleasingly Plump
  2. G'Wan Train
  3. Moonglow
  4. Tone Poem
  5. You Turned The Tables On Me
  6. Chinese Checkers
  7. Our Love Is Here To Stay
  8. The Midnight Sun Will Never Set
  9. Trouble On My Mind
  10. A Sunday Kind Of Love
  11. Hot Sake
  12. Strike Up The Band
  13. Africana
  14. Meadowlands
  15. Rico Vacilon
  16. Under Paris Skies
  17. Mack The Knife
  18. Manolete De Espana
  19. Baia (Brazil)
  20. Come Back To Sorrento
  21. Dear Old Stockholm

Disc: 2

  1. Meet B.B.
  2. The Boy In The Tree
  3. Evening In Paris
  4. Air Mail Special
  5. Lester Leaps In
  6. G'Wan Train
  7. Banja Luka
  8. Ghana
  9. Air Mail Special
  10. Banja Luka
  11. Bess, You Is My Women Now
  12. Solitude
  13. Stolen Moments
  14. Moanin'

Disc: 3

  1. Main Title
  2. The Boy In The Tree
  3. Crucifixion March
  4. Fulla' Fira
  5. The Quintessence
  6. Robot Portrait
  7. Little Karen
  8. Straight, No Chaser
  9. For Lena and Lennie
  10. Hard Sock Dance
  11. Invitation
  12. The Twitch
  13. Alright, Okay, You Win
  14. I'm Falling For You, Fool That I Am, Everything I Have is for You
  15. In The Still Of The Night
  16. Don't Get Around Much Anymore, I'm Just A Lucky So and So, Caravan, Sophisticated Lady
  17. Work Song
  18. Ma (She's Making Eyes At Me)

Disc: 4

  1. Soul Bossa Nova
  2. Boogie Stop Shuffle
  3. Desafinado
  4. Manha De Carnaval
  5. Se E Tarde Me Pardoa
  6. On The Street Where You Live
  7. Samba De Uma Nota So
  8. Lalo Bossa Nova
  9. Serenata
  10. Chega De Saudade
  11. You're Mine You
  12. The Best Is Yet To Come
  13. Witchcraft
  14. The Second Time Around
  15. I Could Write A Book
  16. Maria
  17. Baubles, Bangles and Beads
  18. Fly Me To The Moon
  19. So Long
  20. On Green Dolphin Street


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 11, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: Enlightenment
  • ASIN: B00GTSVPTM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,967 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 27, 2014
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This is the second volume collecting Jones' early recordings before he went on to work with many major stars in the 70's and beyond. Much of this music can be purchased individually or some of the records as a 4 CD set of eight albums in the popular "Classic Albums" series. But having this music in order of release and all in two nice packages is hard to beat. The sound is very good--clean and open with a hint of warmth to the sound. There's nothing that says these albums have been digitally remastered, but they sound like they have. The booklet is four pages (including the front/back covers) and contains an essay on Jones and the music, plus there's a list of tracks and the original albums they appeared on. That's it. Personally I wish there would've been a more in-depth booklet with information on the albums, original liner notes, and musicians. Oh well.

Included are live and studio sets, both showing how good Jones was at arranging and leading a big band. Beginning with "I Dig Dancers", with it's up-beat rhythms reminiscent of Ellington or Basie, this collection is full of good/great big band jazz, played by some of the very best musicians of the period. "Around The World" is just that--Jones' arrangements of different compositions from around the world. This album shows Jones' mastery of arranging various songs into his own style and sound. The "Newport '61" album is a good example of Jones live. There's an excitement to this music that runs all through this set.

Around the same time (1961) Jones recorded four tracks for a Swedish documentary "The Boy In The Tree", along with another live set from Europe, "The Great Wide World Of Quincy Jones Live!". The live set is another good chance to hear Jones in action in front of an appreciative crowd.
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This collection of early Quincy Jones is wonderful. It's great to finally own these albums all in one set! Quincy Jones is a leader in music of all genres though he excels most in jazz!!!
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Great big band sound with classic Quincy horn harmonies and sound. Many of the cuts I have never heard before and I must have ten Quincy CDs. This is great music at a good price.
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Would have been great to know this was all instrumental before i bought it.
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its early quincy, not the later crp
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