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The Early Years: 1930-34

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Who was hip enough to headline at the Cotton Club in the 1930s and star in 'The Blues Brothers' movie in the 1980s'The list isn't long.As far as we know, it contains just one name: Bandleader/Singer/Entertainer Cab Calloway.How did he do it'The usual 'secrets' - personality, talent, style...perpetual hard work.And an insistence on fine musicians, schooled to perfection.And great big band jazz.This collection shows his early rise to fame. 'Explosive' is the word.The remastering is what you'd expect from JSP...near perfect.A new generation of Cab Calloway fans'

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Gotta Darn Good Reason Now (For Bein' Good)
  2. St. Louis Blues
  3. Sweet Jennie Lee
  4. Happy Feet
  5. Yaller
  6. The Viper's Drag
  7. Is That Religion?
  8. Some Of These Days
  9. Nobody's Sweetheart
  10. St. James' Infirmary
  11. Dixie Vagabond
  12. So Sweet
  13. Minnie The Moocher
  14. Doin' The Rumba
  15. Mood Indigo
  16. Farewell Blues
  17. I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby
  18. Creole Love Song (Creole Love Call)
  19. The Levee Low-Down
  20. Blues In My Heart
  21. My Honey's Lovin' Arms
  22. The Nightmare
  23. It Looks Like Susie
  24. Sweet Georgia Brown
  25. Basin Street Blues

Disc: 2

  1. Black Rhythm
  2. Six Or Seven Times
  3. Bugle Call Rag
  4. You Rascal, You
  5. Stardust
  6. You Can't Stop Me From Lovin' You
  7. You Dog
  8. Somebody Stole My Gal
  9. Ain't Got No Gal In This Town
  10. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
  11. Trickeration
  12. Kickin' The Gong Around
  13. Down-Hearted Blues
  14. Without Rhythm
  15. Corinne Corinna
  16. Stack O' Lee Blues
  17. The Scat Song
  18. Cabin In The Cotton
  19. A Strictly Cullud Affair
  20. Aw You Dawg
  21. Minnie The Moocher's Wedding Day
  22. Dinah
  23. How Come You Do Me Like You Do?
  24. Old Yazoo

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
  6. You Gotta Ho-De-Ho (To Get Along With Me)
  7. Strange As It Seems
  8. This Time It's Love
  9. Git Along
  10. Hot Toddy
  11. I've Got The World On A String
  12. Harlem Holiday
  13. Dixie Doorway
  14. Wah-Dee-Dah
  15. Sweet Rhythm
  16. Beale Street Mama
  17. That's What I Hate About Love
  18. The Man From Harlem
  19. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
  20. My Sunday Gal
  21. Eadie Was A Lady
  22. Gotta Go Places And Do Things
  23. Hot Water

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
  6. Father's Got His Glasses On - Cab Calloway And His Cotton Club Orchestra
  7. Minnie The Moocher - Cab Calloway And His Cotton Club Orchestra
  8. The Scat Song - Cab Calloway And His Cotton Club Orchestra
  9. Kickin' The Gong Around - Cab Calloway And His Cotton Club Orchestra
  10. There's A Cabin In The Cotton - Cab Calloway And His Cotton Club Orchestra
  11. I Learned About Love From Her - Cab Calloway And His Cotton Club Orchestra
  12. Little Town Girl - Cab Calloway And His Cotton Club Orchestra
  13. 'Long About Midnight
  14. Moon Glow
  15. Jitter Bug
  16. Hotcha Razz-Ma-Tazz
  17. Margie
  18. Emaline
  19. Chinese Rhythm
  20. Moonlight Rhapsody
  21. Avalon
  22. Weakness


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 (14 customer reviews)
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