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Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five Box set, Original recording remastered

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Over six hours of jivin' and hoodooin'! Remastered by renowned engineer John R.T. Davies, these 131 sides take us from 1938, when Louis was just formulating his act, all the way up to 1950, when he was the biggest star on the "race records" circuit. Along the way lie such all-time great tunes as Ration Blues; G. I. Jive; Caldonia Boogie; Buzz Me; Is You Is or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby); My Baby Said Yes; Stone Cold Dead in the Market; Choo Choo Ch'Boogie; Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens; Open the Door, Richard; Baby, It's Cold Outside -in short, every hit Louis had, all dished up hot and chronological-like!


Think five discs and 131 songs is too much Louis Jordan? Not a chance. Not for a man who so consistently and so definitively achieved the elusive and delicate combination of musicianship and accessibility. Not for a man who paved new and vital musical roads without ever losing his sense of style or his appetite for fun. Covering Jordan's historic (not to mention commercially successful) Decca tenure (1938 to 1950), this amazing collection finds the alto sax player, songwriter, and singer building blues and swing into a hot mix that came to be known as R&B, producing hit after hit with topnotch bands behind him, streamlining the big-band concept without diminishing the music's force. Much has been made of his role in the development of R&B--and as a result, rock & roll--and his importance as a musical pioneer can't be underestimated. But all ideas about "historical importance" fade away as these vibrant, insistent, irresistible tracks roll by. --Marc Greilsamer

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Honey In The Bee Ball
  2. Barnacle Bill The Sailor
  3. Flat Face
  4. Keep A Knockin' But You Can't Come In
  5. Sam Jones Done Snagged His Britches On
  6. Swinging In A Coconut Tree
  7. Doug The Jitterbug
  8. At The Swing Cat's Ball
  9. Jake, What A Snake
  10. Honeysuckle Rose
  11. 'Fore Day Blues
  12. But I'll Be Back
  13. You Ain't Nowhere
  14. You're My Meat
  15. June Tenth Jamboree
  16. You Run Your Mouth And I'll Run My Business
  17. I'm Alabama Bound
  18. Somebody Done Hoodoo'd The Hoodoo Man
  19. Bounce The Ball (Doo Dah Diddle Dum Day)
  20. Penthouse In The Basement
  21. After School Swing Session (Swinging With Symphony Sid)
  22. Oh Boy, I'm In The Groove
  23. Never Let Your Left Hand Know What The Right Hand's Doin'
  24. Don't Come Cryin' On My Shoulder
  25. Waiting For The Robert E. Lee
  26. A Chicken Ain't Nothing But A Bird
  27. Pompton Turnpike
  28. Do You Call That A Buddy? (Dirty Cat)
  29. I Know. I Know What You Wanna Do

Disc: 2

  1. Pinetop's Boogie
  2. The Two Little Squirrels (Nuts To You)
  3. T-Bone Blues
  4. Pan Pan
  5. St Vitus Dance
  6. Saxa Woogie
  7. Brotherly Love
  8. Boogie Woogie Came To Town
  9. How 'Bout That
  10. Mama, Mama Bues (Rusty, Dusty Blues)
  11. Knock Me A Kiss
  12. The Green Grass Grows All Around
  13. Small Town Boy
  14. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town
  15. What's The Use Of Getting Sober
  16. The Chicks I Pick Are Slender Tender And Tall
  17. I'm Gonna Leave You On The Outskirts Of Town
  18. That'll Just 'Bout Knock Me Out
  19. Five Guys Named Moe
  20. It's A Low Down Dirty Shame
  21. Ration Blues
  22. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
  23. Deacon Jones
  24. I Like 'Em Fat Like That
  25. Mop! Mop!
  26. G.I. Jive
  27. You Can't Get That No More

Disc: 3

  1. My Baby Said Yes (Yip, Yip De Hootie)
  2. Your Socks Don't Match
  3. Buzz Me
  4. Caldonia Boogie
  5. Somebody Done Changed The Lock On My Door
  6. How Long Must I Wait For You?
  7. Salt Pork, West Virginia
  8. Don't Worry 'Bout That Mule
  9. Stone Cold Dead In The Market
  10. Petootie Pie
  11. Reconversion Blues
  12. It's So Easy
  13. Beware
  14. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying
  15. Choo Choo Ch' Boogie
  16. Ain't That Just Like A Woman
  17. That Chick's Too Young To Fry
  18. No Sale
  19. If It's Love You Want, Baby That's Me
  20. Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
  21. Let The Good Times Roll
  22. All For The Love Of Lil
  23. Texas And Pacific
  24. Jack, You're Dead
  25. Reet, Petite And Gone
  26. Sure Had A Wonderful Time
  27. I Know What You're Putting Down

Disc: 4

  1. Friendship
  2. Open The Door, Richard
  3. Boogie Woogie Blue Plate
  4. Barnyard Boogie
  5. Every Man To His Own Profession
  6. Early In The Morning
  7. Run, Joe
  8. Look Out
  9. Have You Got The Gumption?
  10. We Can't Agree
  11. Chicky-Mo, Craney Crow
  12. Roamin' Blues
  13. Inflation Blues
  14. You're Much Too Fat (And That's That)
  15. Pettin' And Pokin'
  16. You're On The Right Track, Baby
  17. Don't Burn The Candle At Both Ends
  18. Why'd You Do It, Baby?
  19. Daddy-O
  20. Safe, Sane And Single
  21. I Know What I've Got, Don't Know What I'm Getting
  22. You Broke Your Promise
  23. Push-Ka Pee-Shee Pie (The Saga Of Saga Boy)
  24. Coleslaw
  25. Beans And Corn Bread

Disc: 5

  1. Onion
  2. Baby's Gonna Go, Bye-Bye
  3. Heed My Warning
  4. Psycho Loco
  5. Baby, It's Cold Outside
  6. Don't Cry, Cry-Baby
  7. School Days
  8. Hungry Man
  9. Saturday Night Fish Fry
  10. I Want A Roof Over My Head
  11. Show Me How (You Milk The Cow)
  12. Blue Light Boogie
  13. Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own
  14. I'll Never Be Free
  15. Tamburitza Boogie
  16. You Dyed Your Hair Chartreuse
  17. Lemonade
  18. It's A Great, Great Pleasure
  19. You Will Always Have A Friend
  20. Trouble Then Satisfaction
  21. Life Is So Peculiar
  22. I'll Be Glad When You're Dead (You Rascal, You)
  23. Tear Drops From My Eyes

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 10, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • 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
  • Run Time: 361 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005KFUG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,002 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I know what you're thinking: "A set of five discs of the best of Louis Jordan? 131 tracks of great jump blues and swing? For this price? There's got to be something wrong here."
Amazingly, there isn't. These five discs are superbly produced, placing Louis Jordan's career in chronological order from 1938 to 1950, and the sound quality is top-notch. Almost all his classics are here, "Caldonia," "Saturday Night Fish Fry," "Knock Me a Kiss," "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie," plus many surprises you might never have heard before. The only major songs missing are the good numbers he turned out after 1950, when his popularity faded, like "I Want You to Be My Baby." But otherwise: this is the whole deal and then some, for a pretty incredible price.
Louis Jordan is the link between big band swing of the thirties and the rock `n' roll of the fifties. Starting out as a saxophonist in Chick Webb's 1930s big band, Louis struck out on his own in 1938 with his small group The Tympany Five (not always five people, but the name stuck anyway). They played hard-driving blues swing numbers with creative, crazy lyrics, and scored hit after hit on both the R&B and pop charts for ten years. While jazz drifted toward be-bop, which wasn't danceable, Louis Jordan offered the dancing hepcats and new kind of music to sweat and swing to. His band was a swing dancer's dream, and still is. No musician had a bigger effect on the modern swing movement than Louis Jordan, and his numbers are endlessly covered by other bands. But there's nothing like the real deal: Jordan swung hard on sax, had a wicked sense of humor, was a born entertainer, and lead a band that seemed to be having more fun than anyone.
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I have both this set from JSP and the two disc MCA Best Of and in terms of sound quality there is no doubt that the JSP set is far better. Gone are most of the static from"Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" and many other songs that had fair sound on the MCA set. JSP does an incredible job at a discount price. Plus, this set offers an additional 90+ songs. Don't be fooled by the low price -- THIS IS A MUST BUY!
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Louis Jordan takes you back to the time of zoot suits, racing forms, colorful characters, rationing and the war effort, and most of all, trains, trains, and more trains!! His music, language, and tempos are all infused with the rhythm of "the clicky-clack" and make this box set one of the drivingest, jivingest, greatest, and above all, MOST FUN sets of music you will ever listen to! Whether his songs are set in the coolest barnyard this side of Old MacDonald ("A Bird Ain't Nothin' But a Chicken,""Barnyard Boogie,""Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens")or on one of the many trains that criscrossed America throughout the 1940s ("Texas and Pacific," "Choo,Choo,Ch'Boogie," "Salt Pork, West Virginia"), Jordan's music is all about fun and is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Don't be intimidated by the size of this set; just one listen, and you'll be startled by how your attention is kept riveted to the speaker through five discs of sheer delights. Several guest greats assist, including Bing Crosby ("My Baby Said Yes"), Louis Armstrong ("Life is So Peculiar"), and, featured on a dozen or so tracks, the immortal Ella Fitzgerald ("Stone Cold Dead in the Market"). Quibblers may not like the fact that several really good songs from Let the Good Times Roll: The Anthology are not present ("Louisville Lodge Meeting," "Bone Dry," "Fat Sam From Birmingham"), but considering you get more than five hours of great music, this is a minor complaint. In any case, you must purchase this set today. Jordan's infectuous joy and pure sense of fun will have you humming and swinging for hours to come! Let The Good Times Roll!!!
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Wolf Shadow, great review. Louis Jordan was my uncle and I have almost all of these great cuts on original 33 1/3s and even 45s and 78s. I will buy this CD to preserve my Louis collection which I hardly ever played in the past 40 years.

I give it four stars instead of five because his grearest blues hit "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" is not included in over 130 cuts.

There are others I would have liked to have seen included like 'School Days', which we loved as kids years ago. Plus more of his blues solos. Lots of people did not consider my uncle a "serious" musician, which he surely was.

All in all, a great box set well worth the price.
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it's hard to express my feelings towards louis jordan's music. i could listen to it over and over, never tiring of it. i previously had the "best of" album and had worn out that cd. this set, considering the price for 5 discs, is surprisingly wonderful in both quality and track listings. it gives a great overview of his best years, as opposed to the 2-cd "anthology" recently released, with poor sound quality in my opinion. also, this has all the more popular tunes included on the easy to find 'best of" along with many more great songs. i could go on forever. buy this! for the price, what have you got to lose? nothin! the only thing that will happen is you might find yourself dancin around the room. just wait, you'll be movin in some way! aww-reet!
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