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The Ragtime Band Sessions 1939

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Big Butter And Egg Man (Take 1)
  2. Big Butter And Egg Man (Take 2)
  3. Someday Sweetheart (Take 1)
  4. Someday Sweetheart (Take 2)
  5. Eccentric (That Eccentric Rag)
  6. That Da Da Strain (Take 1)
  7. That Da Da Strain (Take 2)
  8. At The Jazz Band Ball
  9. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
  10. Dippermouth Blues
  11. Livery Stable Blues (Barnyard Blues) (Take 1)
  12. Livery Stable Blues (Barnyard Blues) (Take 2)
  13. Riverboat Shuffle (Take 1)
  14. Riverboat Shuffle (Take 2)
  15. Relaxin' At The Touro (Take 1)
  16. Relaxin' At The Touro (Take 2)
  17. At Sundown
  18. Bluin' The Blues
  19. Lonesome Road (Take 1)
  20. Lonesome Road (Take 2)
  21. Dinah
  22. (What Did Do To Be So) Black And Blue
  23. Mandy, Make Up Your Mind (Take 1)
  24. Mandy, Make Up Your Mind (Take 2)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 28, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bluebird
  • ASIN: B000002WSJ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,818 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Scott MacGillivray VINE VOICE on June 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This compilation features almost all of the recorded output of Muggsy Spanier's Ragtime Band, a short-lived "concept" group of 1939 that insisted on playing traditional jazz when everybody else was playing swing arrangements. "Ragtime" is purely an indicator of the band's deliberately anachronistic repertoire; no Joplinesque rags here, but there are some venerable dixieland standards.

Muggsy Spanier leads with some terrific trumpet; Rod Cless on clarinet and George Brunies on trombone are almost as prominent and every bit as good. Some of the cuts feature the tenor sax of Bernie Billings, whose phrasing will remind vintage-jazz fans of Bud Freeman. Almost all of the cuts are instrumentals (Brunies sings two numbers). Typical are "Livery Stable Blues," popularized by the pioneer Original Dixieland Jazz Band (Billings shines on tenor), "That Da-Da Strain," with the entire band joyously jamming, and "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate," dominated by Brunies on trombone and vocal.

The band's brief life span made these Bluebird recordings collector's items, and this CD presents almost all of them. There are generally two takes of each tune. Despite the producers' claim that this is the "complete" Ragtime Band output, it isn't: they forgot to include the alternate take of "Eccentric." That's the only reservation about the programming. Care has obviously been taken to optimize the sound fidelity, and the disc's informative liner notes put the Spanier band in its proper context. An excellent buy for jazz fans.
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My first dixieland favourite! I had some of this Music on 78 rpm records! Bluin' the Blues" was my first jazz recording, I guess that I Heard it already about 1950! All the "Great sixteen" tracks give ne nice associotions!
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